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Remembering Keith Stein

Founder of Boise State’s Blue Thunder Marching Band, Keith Stein The Stein'spassed away this weekend in his home at the age of 86. Keith’s impact on our university and students can be seen all throughout his life time, read more about Keith Stein’s life and legacy here.

Original Source: Boise State News Update – 11/9/2015 

PNPSA’s Annual Meeting


Tyler Holden, a Master of Political Science student at Boise Tyler Holden next to conference posterState University, won honorable mention at the poster competition for the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting. His poster was in regards to “Influential factors on outcomes of midterm gubernatorial elections”.

Presidential Policy Czars

Justin Vaughn, Associate Professor of Political Science at Boise State Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portraitUniversity, wrote a guest post for Presidential Power titled “Presidential Policy Czars”. Presidential Power is a blog that focuses on presidents and presidential politics around the world. Vaughn’s post focuses on the meaning and history of czars in relation to Barack Obama. Read the full post at Presidential Power.

Original Source: Presidential Power – 10/28/2015

This week on Idaho Reports

During the week of October 23rd Rocky Barker joined Justin Vaughn of Boise State University and Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review to discuss racism in Idaho and gender balances on Idaho boards and commissions. View the video here.

Original Sources: Idaho Reports – 10/23/2015

Forum for Boise City Council Candidates

Boise State’s Political Science Association organized a forum for Boise City Council candidates on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Interactive Learning Center on campus. Political Science lecturer, Isaac Castellano, moderated the forum. There are currently three council seats up for election and 5 candidates, three of which are incumbents. The forum was live-blogged by PSA students and The Blue Review. Read more about the forum here.

Law School Fair

November 5th 2015, 9:30-12:30

Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom

The Law School Fair is a great way to connect face to face with over 50 law school representatives from across the United States. Gather information on admission process, requirements, and any other general questions about the law school you are interested in.

A unique opportunity for students, alumni and community members considering law school:

  • Meet face-to-face with over 50 law school representatives from across the country
  • Ask questions and learn more about the schools that interest you
  • Suggested attire is business casual

For more information, contact:
College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Advising and Student Success
(208) 426-2663

Energy Policy Institute Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to the Energy Policy InstituteSolan
to hold a workshop on United States-Canadian electric transmission issues and challenges to harmonization. David Solan, the Energy Policy Institute’s director and principal investigator, is partnering on the project with the U.S. Department of Energy and Washington D.C.-based think tank Resources for the Future.

Original Source: The Update – 10/1/15

Touchton and Wampler on Participatory Budgeting

Last Wednesday, September 23rd, Brian Wampler and Michael Touchton lead a global webinar for the Participatory Budgeting Project. “Touchton and Wampler presented their research, which connects participatory budgeting to improvements in healthcare performance throughout Brazil, to the PB Project’s large international network of policymakers and policy advocates”. Read the full article about the webinar here.

Original Source: Brian Wampler and Michael Touchton, The Update – 9/25/2015

Obama Exercises Executive Power

Dr. Scott Yenor, professor for the Department of Political Science, wrote a guest opinion for the Idaho Statesman titled “Guest Opinion: Taming the president?”. In this post Yenor discusses President Obama’s recent executive agreement with Iran which removed many of the provisions and sanctions Congress put in place.

Original Sources : The Update – 9/24/2015, Idaho Statesman – 9/16/2015

Bronco Bi-weekly’s Photo of the Week

Students working in a lab - more details on page“Boise State has boosted the percentage of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to more than 15 percent of the university’s total graduates. This aligns with a national need for more graduates in these important fields. Pictured are sophomores Jordan Meine, a political science major (left), Savannah Chilson, an elementary education major, and Torri Thibault, a criminal justice major, who are studying photosynthesis rates in a Biology 100 lab.”