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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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