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April 18, 2018

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Boise State Breaks Ground on Micron Center for Materials Research

By Sherry Squires

Boise State University officially has begun construction on the $50 million Micron Center for Materials Research.

Located at 1435 University Drive, adjacent to the Charles P. Ruch Engineering Building, the three-story, 85,000-square-foot world-class materials science research facility will provide more than 40 research laboratories and spaces, state-of-the-art teaching spaces, a 250-seat lecture hall, two 80-seat classrooms, offices and work spaces for faculty members, staff and graduate students advancing materials research at Boise State, as well as other research faculty. Two classrooms and a lecture hall will be available for university-wide classes.

The new building will elevate the work of Boise State research faculty who already are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in the areas of novel materials, biological sciences and nanotechnology.

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From the VP

Commencement Season is a Celebration of Bronco Successes

Each year we celebrate the successes of our graduating students during commencement where degrees are conferred from all academic fields of study. It’s a special time for us to welcome new graduates to the Bronco family of more than 92,000 graduates as they begin their professional careers and remain lifelong Broncos. Commencement is also a time for us to pay special honor to those whose accomplishments especially shined during their academic careers.

We know our graduates will go on to be leaders in their communities and professions. We see their capacity to do great things long before they leave campus. That’s why we honor the top graduating seniors each year for exceptional academic achievement at the Top Ten Scholars award ceremony. The prestigious event provides a bridge between student and alumni life.


Recent Happenings

Hundreds of Young Bronco Fans Hit Albertsons Stadium for Annual Easter Egg Hunt on The Blue

The sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt on The Blue, hosted by the Boise State University President’s Club, was held on Saturday, March 31 at Albertsons Stadium. This special event for President’s Club, Alumni Association and Bronco Athletic Association members and their families saw kids up to 12 years old running across The Blue to collect as many of the 10,000 colorful eggs as they could.


What’s Next

Join us in Seattle for Sip ‘N Celebrate on Sunday, May 20

Join us for a Boise State gathering at the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle on Sunday, May 20 from 1–3 p.m. Bob Bertheau, senior director of winemaking for Chateau Ste. Michelle will share his vinter expertise. Remarks also will be made by President Bob Kustra and we’ll tour the winery. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine will be available. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Complimentary parking is available onsite.



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Naqsh Mansoor

Fulbright Graduate Student Joins Boise State with a Mission: Cleaning Water

By Cienna Madrid

That Naqsh Mansoor is intelligent, curious and driven comes as no surprise — Mansoor was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in her native country of Pakistan to pursue graduate studies in the field of her choice: environmental materials. But it may be surprising to learn that last fall, Mansoor chose to utilize her Fulbright to pursue a master’s degree at Boise State University’s Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, where she is working hard to develop new, sophisticated water filtration systems.

“We’ve had Boise State students who’ve been awarded Fulbrights in the past, but I believe Naqsh is one of the few Fulbright recipients who’s chosen to come to Boise State to complete her studies,” said David Estrada, an assistant professor in the Micron School and Mansoor’s advisor. “We’re very excited to have her. She’s applying a new class of materials to one of the grand challenges of engineering, which is water security.”

Water filtration systems are designed to “scrub” foreign particles from water. They are employed everywhere, from residential homes to industries like waste water treatment, and new technologies to capture and recycle “used” water grow more urgent as droughts and water shortages affect communities around the globe. A key component of filtration systems are the filters themselves, which often need replacing. Each replacement increases cost while reducing efficiency for the user.


Tom Trusky Papers, A Vast and Diverse Research Collection to Open in April

By Anna Webb

Outsider artist James Castle is getting a lot of love in April as the city prepares to open the James Castle House after a three-year renovation, and Boise State opens an exhibition of Castle’s books. But April is also a month to remember the late Boise State English professor Tom Trusky — most appropriate since Trusky was a preeminent Castle scholar and among Castle’s early, most perceptive fans. Trusky, who died in 2009, helped popularize Castle’s work in Idaho and beyond, and wrote a biography of the artist.

The current Boise State exhibition, James Castle: Eighteen Artist Books (through May 20 at Albertsons Library), features works donated by Trusky to the university.

As of Monday, April 9, the Tom Trusky Papers — research and personal papers that filled more than 210 boxes — are open to the public in the Special Collections and Archives at Albertsons Library. “Organizing the collection has been an ongoing project for more than two years,” said Gwyn Hervochon, assistant professor and librarian/archivist.

“It’s been an archival project of a lifetime,” Hervochon said. Along with the professor’s research, the collection includes zines, art books, personal correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, including interviews of Castle family members.



A huge congratulations to Bronco Nurse and alumni legacy scholarship recipient Meagan Davis for landing her dream job in the NICU at St. Lukes Health. We’re so happy for you and thank you for taking care of those little ones!Meagan Davis wearing t-shirt that reads 'It's a beautiful day to save tiny humans'

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