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“ONEIdaho” The 2017 Idaho NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 Competition

Prepared by:

Senator Laird Noh
Chair, Idaho State EPSCoR Committee

Dr. Cornelis Van der Schyf
Vice President for Research
Idaho State University

Dr. John McIver
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
University of Idaho

Dr. Mark Rudin
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Boise State University

Peter Goodwin
Rick Schumaker
Idaho EPSCoR Office
July 13, 2016

The objective of the EPSCoR RII is to build the research infrastructure of the State and help Colleges, Departments and Programs transform themselves, support the Idaho Science & Technology (S&T) plan, contribute to the institutional strategic plans and build regional, national and international recognition. The Idaho EPSCoR Committee wish to stress that their ultimate goal is to help institutions build the intellectual environments where faculty can excel and build the research capacity of Idaho.

NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) competitions are becoming increasingly competitive at the national level. Idaho will be eligible to submit its next RII proposal in August 2017. This announcement outlines the process to develop a unified statewide initiative to strengthen the Idaho Science Community and increase our national and international competitiveness. While the NSF Program Solicitation for 2017 may be different, for reference, the NSF EPSCoR RII announcement for 2016 can be found here: 

Complete information for this 2017 Idaho NSF EPSCoR: Request for Concept Proposals can be found here: Idaho EPSCoR RII Track_1 RFP Process 071316


An informational webinar will be hosted by the Idaho EPSCoR Office on July 29, 2016 from
10:00-11:00am PDT and repeated on August 2, 2016 1:00-2:00pm PDT.

Concept Proposals (4 pages) should be submitted in Word format to
by 5:00pm PDT on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Preliminary Proposals (15 pages)—by invitation only—will be due in Word format to by 5:00pm PST Friday, November 18, 2016.

Idaho State University interns design robot for nuclear fuel facility

By Nora Heikkinen, INL Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives

CheRobot_transfer_sample (002)ers erupted from an audience peering over plywood walls into a mock-up work cell. The robot  inside had successfully
transported a surrogate radioactive sample from an inter-facility transfer box, out of its transfer  containers, into an examination instrument, and then back again. It was a satisfying ending to a  nine-month-long project for four Idaho State University (ISU) mechanical and nuclear engineering  students serving internships at Idaho National Laboratory.

One of those students, Larinda Nichols, served a prior INL internship, which included attending design meetings for future post-irradiation examination (PIE) work. From that, Mitchell Meyer, the lab’s director of characterization and advanced PIE, assigned Nichols a senior project to demonstrate the use of robotics in instrument cells.

Nichols formed a team with fellow students Cody Race, Jerron Bennett and Sage Thibodeau. They received approval from ISU and – with the help of INL mentor Kevin Croft, a senior advisory engineer in INL’s Environmental Engineering & Technology Department – began work on the project.

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Idaho State University psychology Professor Tera Letzring receives $406,358 NSF grant to study judgment of personality traits and emotions

May, 20, 2016

POCATELLO – Idaho State University psychology Professor Tera Letzring recently received a $406,358 grant from the National Science Foundation to study whether making accurate judgments of emotions helps people make accurate judgments of trait.

“I think this study is pertinent to everyone. We all make judgments about people all the time,” Letzring said. “We do it automatically and don’t think about it. Sometimes we are accurate and sometimes were not. If we can figure out what makes people more accurate in making judgments, and then get the information out to people it would be very helpful.”

The project will test two hypotheses about the relationship and casual direction of people’s accuracy in judging emotions and judging traits. The predictions for the three-year grant are that people who are able to make accurate judgments of emotions are also able to make more accurate judgments of traits, and making accurate judgments of emotions actually helps people to make more accurate judgments of traits.

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