Friday Letter 2015-09-25:
Two Great Traditions at UI
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Two Great Traditions at UI
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation Supports CALS
In 26 years of giving, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation has generously supported College of Agricultural and Life Sciences initiatives, including sponsoring the Collegiate Farm Bureau Club in national speaking competitions, having representation on the CALS Advisory Board and supporting UI Extension. Recently, the Federation gave funds to update the Iddings Agricultural Science Building lobby with informational computer displays and an animated ticker showing commodities prices. The new lobby will invite visitors to learn about and support Idaho agriculture. “We appreciate the University of Idaho’s efforts to educate the public and promote agriculture as a mainstay in Idaho’s economy,” said Rick Keller, CEO of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation. With representation in each county, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation is a voluntary organization of farm and ranch families focused on advancing the industry, while promoting the national well-being. For more information, contact Kim O’Neill, CALS assistant dean of advancement, at (208) 885-8606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Murdock Grant Supports UI-Developed Technology
A team of University of Idaho researchers will spend the next year refining their unique technology so it’s ready to take the leap from the lab to the marketplace. A new program from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Commercialization Initiative, granted more than $55,000 to help UI physics professor David McIlroy and chemistry professor Frank Cheng, both of the UI College of Science, prepare their high-surface-area electrodes for commercial licensing. The UI President’s Office has provided additional funding for the project. McIlroy and Cheng’s electrodes combine two innovative materials: nanosprings and GUITAR. McIlroy invented nanosprings, which are tiny coils of silica 500 times thinner than a human hair. Cheng studies GUITAR, short for Graphene from University of Idaho Thermolyzed Asphalt Reaction, an unusual form of carbon that can be made from everyday materials such as roofing tar. Coating nanosprings with GUITAR creates an efficient, effective electrode that could be used in hydrogen-powered vehicles, chemical synthesis, batteries and more.
VandaLink Simplifies Transfer Process from NIC
The University of Idaho on Thursday launched a new VandaLink partnership with North Idaho College. The program simplifies process of transferring an associate’s degree from NIC to continue toward a bachelor’s degree. Part of a larger, statewide program that offers a seamless transfer experience between local community colleges and the UI, VandaLink provides admission without fees upon completion of an associate’s degree from participating schools. New students are encouraged to sign up for VandaLink soon after, or at the same time as, enrolling in NIC, to take advantage of the program’s coordinated academic advising, which includes a dedicated UI admissions counselor at NIC. Participation in VandaLink helps to ensure all credits transfer to UI. VandaLink also features new student orientation sessions for students in the program, along with priority registration and potential scholarships.