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Scott Yenor Publishes Article on Gender Inequality in Sports

Scott Yenor recently published an article with the Witherspoon Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portraitInstitute’s Public Discourse titled “A Sporting Difference: On Men’s and Women’s Athletics”. In it Yenor comments on the inequality between men and women’s collegiate sports teams. Read Scott Yenor’s full article in Public Discourse here.

Original Sources: Public Discourse – 4/4/16, The Update – 4/4/16

Final Filibuster Session

Justin Vaughn and Jaclyn Kettler will return for the final 2016 Idaho Filibuster Session on Wednesday, March 30th. In this session experts will discuss the 2016 session highs and lows, in the context of our current national and local political climate. On the docket: how higher ed fared, the middling public schools budget, gun bills, and the lack of movement on health care reform in Idaho (though this may be in flux today), and anything else attendees would like to discuss.

Original Source: The Blue Review – 3/24/2016

Feeling the Bern

Justin Vaughn was quoted in a Planet Jackson Hole story titled Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portrait“The Buzz: Feeling the Bern” by Natosha Hoduski. In it she comments on how Bernie Sanders is gaining momentum in the presidential race despite his “media blackout”. Among other comments, Vaughn noted that the campaign’s media blackout seems to have reinforced the enthusiasm of many younger voters. Read the full story here.

Original Sources: The Update – 3/24/16, Planet Jackson Hole – 3/23/16

Castellano’s Co-organized Conference

Lecturer Isaac Castellano co-organized a one-day conference Castellanoheld on March 14 in the Student Union Building titled “Ethics, Hells Canyon dams, and the Columbia River Treaty.” The conference was organized in conjunction with several community partners including the Upper Snake River Tribal Foundation, and Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Read more about the conference here and read about Drs. Yu and Castellano here.

Original Sources: The Update – 3/17/16, CELP – 3/7/16


Research and Innovation in Latin America

Professors Mike Touchton and Brian Wampler wrote a Photo-Wampler_Brianpaper titled “The evolving relation between the state and Civil Society in Brazil” for Panormas, a forum that spreads the word about research and innovation in Latin America. The website is hosted by University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies.


Conference on Ethics and the Columbia River Treaty

Boise State will host a conference titled “Ethics and the Columbia River Treaty” on Monday, March 14 in the Student Union Building Jordan Ballroom. The conference is the third installment in a series addressing the ethical, environmental and political implications of renewing the 1964 treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Read more about the conference here.

Original Sources: The Update – 3/9/2016,

2016 Idaho Filibuster Sessions

The 2016 Idaho Filibuster Sessions are informal, fortnightly meetups to discuss the latest happenings at the Idaho Legislature, hosted by The Blue Review, the Boise State School of Public Service, and the Boise State Political Science Department. The third Filibuster Session on Wednesday, February 17th, presented the opportunity to discuss a recent survey conducted by the new School of Public Service. Read the full articles about the Public Policy Survey and Filibuster Session.

Original Sources: The Blue Review – 2/15/16, Public Policy Survey

School of Public Service Launches Scholarship for State Legislative Interns

Twenty-two undergraduate and graduate students Photo of Legislative Internsare currently interning at the state capitol. This year ten students each were awarded a $750 scholarship – completely covering the cost of their internship. The School of Public Service Legislative Intern Scholarship is for full-time (12 UGRD credits) students who are juniors, seniors, or graduate and participate in an internship at the Idaho State Legislature and who enroll in at least 3 internship credits through the Political Science Department. The next deadline for applying is March 15. To find out more about the School of Public Service Legislative Internship click here. To check out other Political Science internships click here.

Original Source: Read about Legislative Interns in the Update – 2/18/16

Touchton’s visit to Indonesia

Michael Touchton presented his article titled “Trapping the Tigers: Regulation of Market Entry and the Rule of Law in SE Asia” at Indonesia’s Ministry of Development and Planning in Jakarta, Indonesia. His article explores the regulation of entry into the formal marketplace and local investment in southeast Asia. Touchton then participated in workshops designed to remove some of these barriers to market entry across the country. Read Michael Touchton’s full article here.

Original Sources: The Update – 2/16/16

Passing of Former Boise State President, Dr. John Keiser

“Good morning,

I am sad to report that Dr. John Keiser, who served as Black and white photo of John Keiserthe president of Boise State University from 1978 to 1991, passed away this week.

His tenure as president was a vibrant time on campus that saw the construction of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and the athletics and entertainment facility now known as Taco Bell Arena, the creation of the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs, the affiliation of Boise State’s radio station with National Public Radio, and the installation of the Blue Turf.

Boise State’s two Rhodes Scholars, filmmaker Michael Hoffman and financial industry leader Karl Knapp, both attended during Dr. Keiser’s time as president.

Dr. Keiser’s mantra — “There is no great city without a great university” — is still a guiding force at Boise State University today.

He was an extensively published historian, with a focus on the state of Illinois (where he grew up, the son and grandson of teachers) and a passion for public affairs. He embraced a statewide public affairs mission both here at Boise State and later at Missouri State University, where he served as president from 1993 until his retirement in 2005.

Dr. Keiser also served as Provost of then Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois at Springfield, during the time I served as a faculty member there. I remember calling John when I was a candidate for the Boise State Presidency to ask for his advice. His passion and love for Boise and Boise State came through loud and clear when he told me in no uncertain terms to take the job if offered. That was the best career advice I ever received, so it was a special moment when we could honor him shortly after I arrived with his name on Keiser Hall.

Dr. Keiser majored in social science with a minor in French at Eastern Illinois University, and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in history at Northwestern University. He and his wife, Nancy, returned upon his retirement to Boise, where he had once been named Citizen of the Year.

He was a vital part of the story of both Boise State University and the city of Boise, and he will be missed. I know I speak for all of as at Boise State when I offer Nancy and their three sons our deepest condolences.

Boise State political science students involved in community service benefit from a scholarship in his name. If you wish to honor Dr. Keiser here on campus, you may contribute to the Dr. John Keiser Public Affairs Scholarship or the John & Nancy Keiser Athletic Endowed Scholarship. You can give online at or by sending a check payable to the Boise State Foundation.

Warm regards,
Bob Kustra”

Original Sources: Quoted from Bob Kustra, 1/22/16, KTVB, 1/21/16