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John Freemuth was quoted in The Tennessean

Freemuth225x300 John Freemuth, professor of political science, was quoted in The Tennessean about the public land fracking debate. Freemuth noted that conflicts are only going to become more common as oil and gas reserves are discovered in new areas. Read the story here.

“John Freemuth” (44) Update, Your source for campus news, 9/30/2013  |  The Tennessean, 9/30

John Freemuth was quoted in the Missoula Independent

Freemuth 100x100 Political scientist John Freemuth was quoted in a story in the Missoula Independent about the challenges faced by forest managers in returning public lands to their natural state.  Freemuth commented on the role of, and public perception of, the U.S. Forest Service in regard to forest management. Read “Scary Prognosis” here.

CITED: “John Freemuth (43) Update, Your source for campus news, 9/23/2013 | “Scary prognosis” Missoula Independent, 9/23/13

Brian Wampler publishes article in The Blue Review

Brian Wampler, chair of the Department of Political Science, penned “Power to Participate: Engaging citizens in urban planning.” In it, he argues that citizen involvement in public life is “vital to the vibrancy of any metropolitan region.” Read “Power to Participate” here.

CITED:”Power to Participate” The Blue Review, 9/18/13

Scott Yenor was interviewed about Obamacare

Yenor250x325 Political scientist Scott Yenor was interviewed by about Obamacare. Yenor discussed what he believes will be the likely fiscal impact of the federal law, as well as how the state-based insurance exchange may operate. Read “BSU Professor Calls Obamacare Deal with the Devil” here.


Grant to Aid Research in Land Management Decisions

John Freemuth, Political Science, Beyond the Blue website photo, Carrie Quinney A $280,000 grant from the US Geological Survey titled “U.S. Protected Areas Data Aggregation and Analyses to Inform Critical Conservation and Land Management Decisions” will allow political science and public policy professor John Freemuth to continue his and his team’s work on the improvement of key mapping data useful to land management at all levels in the United States and North America.Several key activities for the grant include:

  • Assisting the USGS on the North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Wilderness and Protected Area Conservation (NAWPA Committee) to publish a North American Protected Areas Map
  • Working with federal and state agencies (including USGS) and non-governmental organizations to assess the status of recreation and other protected areas data in state GIS systems and develop a plan to complement the PAD-US inventory with additional recreation lands
  • Analyzing and reporting how PAD-US data might be used in consideration of a National Conservation Strategy

“What we hope to do this year is develop a strategic plan for the program’s growth, consider the utility of a national conservation strategy and develop better mapping and data for both recreation and wilderness management at all levels,” said Freemuth.

CITED: “Grant to Aid Research in Land Management Decisions” Update, Your source for campus news: 9/3/11

John Freemuth co-authored an article for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Leadership Forum

Freemuth 100x100 Political science professor John Freemuth wrote an article with his wife, Sheri, for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Leadership Forum. The piece is based on their recollections of Boise over the past three decades. The article is adapted from an essay written for Boise@OneFiveZero in honor of Boise’s sesquicentennial celebration. Read the Preservation Leadership Forum blog here.

CITED: “John Freemuth” (42) Update, Your source for campus news 9/11/2013 | National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Leadership Forum : 9/11/13

Justin Vaughn was elected to Presidents & Executive Politics during the APSA Conference

Vaughn_Justin  Justin Vaughn, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, recently was elected to the board of the Presidents & Executive Politics section during the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting. His co-editorship (with John Hudak of the Brookings Institution) of the “Presidents & Executive Politics Report” also was renewed.

Vaughn also organized, on behalf of the APSA’s Committee on Teaching & Learning, a half-day seminar on teaching the presidency. The seminar featured nearly a dozen experts from across the country and represented institutions ranging from California community colleges and selective liberal arts schools to comprehensive metropolitan public universities and elite institutions such as Vanderbilt University.

CITED: “Justin Vaughn” (11) Update, Your source for campus news: 9/10/13

Scott Yenor wrote an opinion piece for the Idaho Statesman

Yenor250x325Scott Yenor, professor in the Department of Political Science and a fellow of the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History, wrote an opinion piece for the Idaho Statesman examining the idea of a “color blind” Constitution.

CITED: “Scott Yenor” (7), Update, Your source for campus news, 9/9/2013 |  Idaho Statesman:9/6/13

PSA Meeting

The first meeting of the Political Science Association will take place Thursday, September 19th, at 4:45pm in the first floor conference room (Room # 1127) of the Environmental Research Building.  All who are interested in Political Science are invited to attend.  We will discuss our activities for the semester.  We’re an ASBSU student organization whose main goal is to promote the study of politics through discussion, group activities, sponsorship of campus events, and community outreach.We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!

Best wishes,
Dr. Burkhart (PSA advisor)

Constitution Day 2013

AFI is sponsoring its 5th Annual Constitution Day talk on September 17th in the Jordan Ballroom. Free parking is available in the Lincoln Garage with a coupon code. Professor Peter C. Myers will deliver a talk entitled “A Colorblind Constitution?,” a talk which investigates both the constitutionality and the wisdom of affirmative action programs.

Photo credit Kim Davies.