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Panel Looks at Climate Change and Policy March 5

The Department of Public Policy and Administration presents the second panel event in its Science-Policy Interaction Series. “Connecting Science to Policy: The Issue of Climate Change” is at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Three Boise State professors will discuss issues of climate change, including why scientists and policymakers have difficulty communicating on the topic, how policy should be formed based on scientific research, and the impacts on designing cities and informing the public. The panel will include Les Alm, professor of public policy and administration; Jen Pierce, associate professor of geosciences, and Venkataramana Sridhar, assistant professor of civil engineering.

The series explores the role of scientific research in public policymaking, as inspired by the Environmental Research Building on campus (pictured above). In May 2011, the departments of Public Policy and Administration, Political Science, Civil Engineering and Geosciences moved into the building, creating an opportunity to explore the interaction and relationship of their respective disciplines.

For more information, contact Lesley Krone at

Read Panel Looks at Climate Change and Policy March 5 in Update

Redistricting in the West

Idaho has new political boundaries this year. That means you could be voting in a new district come the May primaries. So far the latest map detailing these lines hasn’t been challenged although earlier versions were.  Boise State political science professor Gary Moncrief has watched this process unfold in Idaho over the years. Now he’s the editor of a new book “Reapportionment and Redistricting in the West.”  He told Samantha Wright redistricting happens every ten years and it’s important for a number of reasons.  Listen to the interview on BSU Public Radio.  Monday marked the start of filing for state legislative offices in Idaho.  Find out who has filed here.

This article originally appeared on Boise State Public Radio.

Copyright 2012 BSPR

Ready to Lead event to be held this Saturday

The College of Social Sciences & Public Affairs is among the sponsors for this years Ready to Lead event being held on March 3rd at Concordia Law School in downtown Boise. Professor Gary Moncrief, Political Science will be among the speakers at this years event.  Professor Moncrief will be speaking on the Nuts & Bolts of Government & Political Party Structure.


Ready to Lead is Go Lead Idaho’s 2nd annual leadership development conference focused on empowering and inspiring Idaho women to take on leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The event features two tracks, Ready to Serve, for those interested in serving on community, non-profit and business boards and Ready to Run, for those interested in running for office.


Political Science Alumni Group Spring Event!

Make your plans to attend the Political Science Alumni Group Spring Event!


The Political Science Alumni Association of Boise State University invites you to attend a very special event

 When:  Monday, March 19th, 6-8pm

 What:   An Evening with author Scott Farris, “Almost President:  The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation.”

 Where:  Rediscovered Books and the Grape Escape.

           6pm – Rediscovered Books (180 N. 8th St., Boise) – hear about the “also rans” who lost the election but whose impact on the political landscape may have been greater than the accomplishments of the candidate who won.

 Rediscovered Books will have a limited number of books available after February 24th with an additional shipment (20 copies) arriving on March 14th

           7pm – The Grape Escape (800 W. Idaho St., Boise) – join with other Political Science Alumni Association members and Mr. Farris for some social time and book signing opportunities.

Wampler to give talk in South Africa

Brian Wampler, Department of Political Science, was invited by the the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in Johannesburg, South Africa, to give a talk on citizen participation in policymaking.  The talk on March 1 will be given to 300 elected officials and civil society leaders from South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.


Beyond the Blue Podcast: Marriage and the Limits of Modern Political Thought

What is a family?  In the “Marriage and the Limits of Modern Political Thought “podcast, Scott Yenor, Professor and the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boise State and author of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought,  discusses how family and marriage are viewed through the prism of political and cultural beliefs. Many modern thinkers see marriage and family life as defined by the principle of consent and are not averse to reforming the family as part of their larger efforts to reform society. Others feel that these modern principles tend to be imperial and to cloud our vision to the detriment of marriage and family life. Consent is not adequate to explain most of the reality of marriage and family life, and there are important limits (including the nature of love and the importance of the body) on our ability to reform this central human institution.  

Listen to Yenor’s Podcast at Beyond the Blue.

Alumni Update

Bradley Dixon, BS, political science, ’97, was appointed to the Learning Lab board of directors for a three-year term. Dixon is an attorney for the Boise office of Stoel Rives LLP.

This story was originally published in the Fall 2011 FOCUS on Boise State University as well as in a Stoel Rives LLP press release.

Faculty members to be recognized at University Author Recognition reception

Albertsons Library will host the seventh annual University Author Recognition reception from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the second-floor Albertsons Library McCain Room. Authors and all members of the university community are invited to attend. A recognition program begins at 4 p.m.

Three Political Science faculty members are among those to be recognized.

  • Dr. Scott Yenor for his book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought
    Also for his article “Hegel and John Paul II” published on 6-27-2011 in First Things.
  • Dr. Gary Moncrief for his book State Legislatures Today: Politics Under the Domes.
  • Dr. Richard (Dick) Kinney for his article “And the Cuts Just Keep on Coming: Idaho State Budgeting in 2009 and 2010” published 4-1-2011 in the California Journal of Politics and Policy, 3(2).

For more information on the reception see the Scholar Works Website.
The original article appeared as Albertsons Library Hosts Seventh Annual Author Recognition Reception Feb. 29 in Update

Moncrief comments on Idaho redistricting

Comments on Idaho’s new legislative districts by political scientist Gary Moncrief were the subject of an Idaho Statesman blog by Dan Popkey. Moncrief noted that two of Idaho’s new districts are larger than nine states.

Originally posted on UPDATE.

Alumni update

Amy Lombardo, BA, history, ’93; BS, political science, ’99, joined the Boise law firm of Moffatt Thomas in July 2011. Ms. Lombardo’s areas of practice include commercial litigation, employment and labor law, government affairs, insurance defense and professional malpractice. She previously worked for Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath and Judkins, P .C.

Ms. Lombardo is currently involved with the Women in the Law Committee of DRI, serving on the Publications Subcommittee and on the 2012 Steering Committee for the Sharing Success Seminar.  You can view the Women in the Law Committee’s inaugural electronic newsletter Sharing Success where Ms. Lombardo contributes to an advice column

Ms. Lombardo is an Idaho native and volunteers her time with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, including as a Team Leader for the CF Cycle for Life Event.

This story was printed in the Fall 2011 Focus on Boise State University as well as Moffatt Thomas adds new associate, Amy Lombardo in Idaho Business Review.