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November 22, 2017

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

‘BOOKS IN EVERY HOME’ PONYUP PROJECT DELIVERS BOOKS TO GARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Boise State University literature student Shannon Brennan helped deliver books to Garfield Elementary after the successful “Books in Every Home” PonyUp campaign.

This PonyUp campaign has exceeded their $1,000 goal and expanded to two schools, two grade levels (first and third) and eight classrooms. That’s more than 150 early readers who were sent home with books. PonyUp today to help them reach their stretch goal and provide another class of early readers at another Title I school with books donated by Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise.

Photo by Kristen McPeek

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FROM THE VP

CORNUCOPIA OF PEOPLE, IDEAS BRING GROWTH, AND GRATITUDE FOR BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

When looking around the Boise State University campus, it’s easy to quickly identify several things that resonate the emotion of gratitude. The obvious and often most visible is the growth of our campus facilities. The new Honors College and Sawtooth Hall, home to more than 900 honors students, is one recent example of our campus growth as is the Center for Fine Arts rising on Capitol Blvd.

After nearly $400 million in capital development, the university now boasts state-of-the-art multidisciplinary buildings, high-tech classrooms, clean rooms and laboratories, and cutting-edge facilities.

A quick glance past the obvious, and you’ll see students bustling to classes, doing research in laboratories and practicing in athletic facilities – engaged in their college experience and mentored by top-flight professors and leaders in and outside of academia. We’re grateful that more than 24,000 students have chosen Boise State as the place where they can combine information and imagination throughout their academic journeys, with a goal of earning degrees and preparing for their careers.

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RECENT HAPPENINGS

BRONCO FOOTBALL CLINCHES THE MOUNTAIN DIVISION, GUARANTEES SPOT IN MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Boise State has clinched the Mountain Division and is guaranteed a spot in the 2017 Mountain West Football Championship on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5:45 p.m. (MT). In the likelihood that Boise State is hosting the championship game at Albertsons Stadium, tickets are on sale now.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (208) 426-4737 or in person at the Athletic Ticket Office located on the west side of Albertsons Stadium. The quickest way to get your tickets is to purchase online and print at home. Instructions for online purchases are listed below. If Boise State does not host the Mountain West Football Championship your purchase will be refunded to the credit card used.

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WHAT’S NEXT

BRONCO DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION LUNCH PRESENTS ALEJANDRO FLORES AND HIS WORK WITH IDAHO’S WATER RESOURCES

Water is the lifeblood of the economy and culture of the western United States. Knowing how much water is in a landscape, how long it will be there, where it is going and how quickly, are all questions that are central to the economies of the western United States and are the driving questions of the hydrologic sciences.

This Bronco Discovery and Innovation lunch happens on Thursday, Dec. 7 from noon–1:30 p.m. at the Alumni and Friend Center. Flores will focus on how we can use computational tools, together with increasingly large and complex datasets to both understand these processes and make better decisions regarding the use of this critical commodity. The talk will also discuss how we now train computational hydrologists and an overview of the technical skills they acquire at Boise State.

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, VENTURE COLLEGE PARTNER ON ‘INVENT FOR THE PLANET’ EVENT

By Brady W. Moore

Boise State University’s College of Engineering and Venture College will join with Texas A and M, Arizona State University and more for Invent for the Planet.

JoAnn Lighty, dean of the College of Engineering, calls it a great example of the opportunities the college is interested in providing students.

“It is a great first step in providing distinctive, interdisciplinary/multi-level opportunities for students. It allows them to push their creativity, innovation, team building and communication skills in an inclusive, fun and globally impactful way,” said Lighty. “I am particularly enthusiastic about partnering with Venture College and having students from all academic disciplines involved.”

Invent for the Planet is a 48-hour intensive design experience that engages student teams at different universities around the world on a single weekend to solve high-impact, global problems. New groups will join the race to innovation as time travels across the world. Locally, student teams will work on provided design challenges and will be encouraged to connect with teams across the globe as they come online.

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ERIC HAYDEN AWARDED NSF GRANT TO STUDY HOW MICROBES INFLUENCE THE GUT OF HERBIVORES

By Cienna Madrid

Microbes are the invisible inhabitants of Earth. Yet despite their small size, these organisms can have significant impacts on their environment, including their animal and human hosts. For instance, we now know that specific microbes are important for human health, and are passed from mother to child at birth. Several human diseases have shown a different community of microbes between healthy and sick people.

Eric Hayden, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, hopes to add to the rapidly growing field of metagenomics – the modern analysis of complex populations of diverse microorganisms. This approach side-steps the need to grow microbes separately in the lab, and instead studies their DNA taken directly from the environment. Hayden is the recipient of a two-year, $130,772 grant administered by the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program.

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FROM THE MAILROOM

November 15 was National Philanthropy Day and some of the Boise State students who benefit from the generosity of our loyal donors have a message they created for you! Check it out and thank you for all you do for the students at Boise State University!

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