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PhD Student in Action – Sept. 28, 2016

Amy Ferriter, a doctoral student in public policy and administration at Boise State, was asked to speak to an interim Legislative committee on Sept. 23 about policy considerations related to invasive species in Idaho. Read more about Amy’s research here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update, Student Research Spotlight 9/28/16

John Freemuth comments on Wildfire Rehabilitation

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an Associated Press story titled “Wildfire rehabilitation in Idaho, Oregon includes herbicide, replanting” about efforts to rehabilitate land in Southwest Boise and Southeast Oregon that were burned by wildfires in 2015. Freemuth comments on Sage Grouse native to the effected area. Read the full story on The Columbian.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/22/16, The Columbian 9/21/16

Freemuth quoted by Idaho Statesman

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman article titled “Bundy trial over Malheur refuge occupation holds surprises” about Ammon and Ryan Bundy and the 5 others who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. Read more about the Bundy trial here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/14/16, Idaho Statesman 9/13/16

MPA Alumni in Action, September 9, 2016

Tyler Kent, an alumnus of Boise State’s MPA program, will be speaking this Friday, September 9th, about the role of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and his experiences there and as a Presidential Management Fellow. This is part of the Politics and Policy Brownbag presentation series co-sponsored by the Idaho Policy Institute, the Center for Idaho History and Politics, and the Public Policy and Political Science Departments. The event will begin at 2:00 pm in the Interactive Learning Center, Room 402 and is free and open to the public.

Originating Sources: Boise State Events 9/9/16

New Protected Areas Database Created at Boise State

The U.S. Geological Survey recently published a new version of the PADUS_Land_Manager_Protected Areas Database (PAD) that was developed at Boise State University. PAD-US is the country’s official inventory of protected areas. Professor John Freemuth is the leader of the PAD-US development team through a multi-year cooperative agreement with the USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP). Visit the Gap Analysis Program (GAP) Protected Areas Viewer here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/6/16, USGS Gap Analysis Program

Katy Lightfield quoted by The Arbiter

The School of Public Service’s Administrative Assistant, Katy Lightfield, was quoted in an article by The Arbiter titled “Non-traditional Students Can’t Afford Campus Daycare” about the inaccessibility of Boise State’s Children’s Center.

Originating Source: The Arbiter 8/30/16

John Freemuth Referenced by KUER Article

Professor John Freemuth was referenced in an article written by John FreemuthJudy Fahys for KUER 90.1 titled “National Parks: An Enduring Value Despite Feds’ Critics”.

Originating Source: KUER 90.1 8/25/16

John Freemuth’s Column on Privatizing National Parks

Public lands expert John Freemuth co-authored a column for The Conversation and the Scientific American titled “Corporate Sponsors at Yosemite? The Case against Privatizing National Parks”. In it they discuss risky reforms, national parks as valuable public resources, and reasonable reforms.

Originating sources: The Scientific American 8/25/16, The Conversation 8/25/16, Boise State Update on Freemuth 8/25/16

Jen Schneider’s Book Receives National Recognition

A book co-authored by associate professor Jen Schneider, titled Jen Schneider“Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric and Neoliberalism”, has been awarded the Environmental Communication Division Book of the Year Award from the Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Originating Source: Boise State Update 8/26

John Freemuth on the Antiquities Act

John Freemuth’s article on the 1906 Antiquities Act titled “The Antiquities Act and America’s National Parks” was published by U.S. News. 

Originating source: U.S. NEWS post 8/19