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Idaho State University Receives Nuclear Regulatory Production License To Produce Isotopes for Cancer Research

HowardGrimesPressConference IDAHO FALLS – Idaho State University’s Idaho Accelerator Center has achieved a milestone in nuclear medicine that promises hope to cancer patients. Scientists at the Center have used linear accelerators to produce isotopes that now can be assessed in the treatment of cancer.

Furthermore, ISU has received a production license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to use nuclear accelerators to produce the isotope copper-67, which has the potential to be more effective than chemotherapy or external radiation for the treatment of some cancers.

“We will be the only university in the western United States with production license to produce this type of cancer-fighting isotope using e-LINAC accelerators,” said Howard Grimes, vice president for research. “The potential medical and commercial implications of producing these isotopes are huge as is the potential to add to our array of cancer fighting treatments.”

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ISU Historians, Political Scientists Participate in Effort to Understand Benefits of Portneuf River Watershed and Help Form Management Decisions

140722PortneufRiverResearch06.JPGPOCATELLO – Idaho State University social scientists are involved in a statewide study devoted to finding practical solutions to some of Idaho’s most important environmental challenges, including locally managing the Portneuf River watershed.

The scope of the National Science Foundation’s Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystems Services (MILES) grant is huge – it encompasses large regions of the entire state and includes researchers from a variety of academic disciplines from ISU, Boise State University and the University of Idaho.

“As we face increasing challenges to our natural resources, it is imperative to understand both the science of our ecological systems and their societal impact,” said Howard Grimes, ISU vice president for research and economic development.  “Our strategy is to engage stakeholders in a process we can envision as the democratization of science so that robust, informed policy decisions can be made.”

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NASA/ISU RECOVER Program to Be Expanded to Cover Most Western States; Project Has Broad Range of Uses for Natural Disaster Recovery

RECOVERScreenShotPOCATELLO – Firefighters battling the 100-square-mile plus Big Cougar wildfire in Idaho are already using GIS-satellite imagery decision support system designed by Idaho State University’s GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Training and Research Center and NASA to help with planning wildfire recovery.

This system has already been tested successfully in Idaho and will be expanded for use throughout the western United States so it can used to help fire managers battle the large types of blazes that have occurred in Oregon, Washington and California this summer.

“This is a game changer for wildfire prevention, mitigation, and recovery after a fire,” said Dr. Howard Grimes, ISU Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  “Using big data approaches to solving real problems is a new, and critical, direction for GIS researchers.”

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