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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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ISU, NuMat, Inc., EJ Proprietary Property Company receive $700K IGEM grant for the development of specialized crystal materials

POCATELLO – Idaho State University and partners NuMat, Inc. and EJ Proprietary Property Company have received a $700,000 grant from the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM).

The grant was awarded through the Idaho State Board of Education’s Higher Education Research Council to purchase specialized equipment to use in the development, characterization and fabrication of crystal materials for use in academic, industrial and government settings.

IGEM’s mission is to create new enterprises and high-paying, knowledge-based economy jobs by increasing strategic areas of research and development through targeted partnerships among industry, higher education and government that leverage new and existing resources.

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Once installed in the ISU Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering (RISE) Complex in Pocatello, ISU will use the equipment to conduct research, funded by NuMat, which will lead to the development of advanced technologies and the creation of jobs.

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Idaho State University Gibson Jack Creek RNA study on how plants process water has implications for climate change, water management

A solar panel sits near the top of a Douglas Fir tree about 70 feet off the ground somewhere on a steep ridge near Gibson Jack Creek, miles from the nearest trailhead.

“You know those things you enjoy as a child sometimes have applications afterwards,” said John Whiting, an Idaho State University geosciences master’s student, who has accompanied a group of ISU researchers to a study site where he climbed the tree and installed the solar panel about a year ago.

“I usually do the tree climbing, because I am most comfortable with it,” Whiting continued, “I am relatively safe and I usually use a harness, but Sarah doesn’t even like watching me install them.”

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