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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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The Office for Research Awards $98,727 for ISU Faculty Seed Grants

The  Office for Research’s internal Faculty Seed Grant Program encourages new junior and existing faculty, who are renewing or refocusing their research programs into a totally new direction, to develop research, scholarly, or creative programs that provide the potential for sustained professional development and extramural support. The Seed Grant program helps provide preliminary data to support proposals for external funding thus enhancing research, scholarly and creative activities within our faculty.  Individual awards up to $20,000 are awarded each year.

Faculty awarded 2016 Seed Grants:

Dr. Antonio Castro Biological Sciences
Co-PI Dr. Katrina Running, Sociology

Dr. Rebecca Hale, Biological Sciences

Dr. Grant Harville, Music
Co-PI Dr. Shandra Helman, Music

Dr. Kirk Hevener, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Andrew Sorensen, Civil & Environmental Engineering

For more information on OR Internal Grants, go to: or telephone the Sponsored Programs & Support office at 208-282-2592.

ASA/ISU RECOVER Tool Used by Wildfire Managers to Help Plan Recovery of Idaho’s Soda Fire

By Andy Taylorweber

POCATELLO – Wildfire managers are using a Geographic Information System (GIS) satellite imagery decision support system designed by Idaho State University and NASA ¬to help plan for the recovery of Idaho’s nearly-280,000 acre Soda Fire.

The Soda Fire, which started Aug. 10 about 40 miles northwest of Boise, burned 279,144 acres, including rangeland, recreational sites, and 592 miles of fence.

The system, officially known as the Rehabilitation Capability Convergence for Ecosystem Recovery (RECOVER), is still just in the first year of its second phase of development. It is a computerized decision support system in the form of multi-layered GIS maps that is automatically deployable and site-specific. ISU and NASA have worked with the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies to develop it.

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