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John Freemuth Quoted in Fusion Article

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an article published by Fusion dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. The article focused on how Obama has used his power under the 1906 Antiquities Act to establish 22 new national monuments, 7 of which are especially significant to communities of color. John Freemuth was quoted on how the Antiquities Act is “now being used to help ‘complete the American story'”. Read the full article of the National Park’s 100th Anniversary here.

Originating Sources: Fusion 8/22/16, Boise State Update 8/22/16

MPA Alumnus, Theodore Fleming, in action

On July 15th, 2016 the Magistrate Commission for the Fourth Judicial District issued a press release announcing the appointment of Boise State alumnus Theodore J. Fleming to fill the magistrate vacancy in Elmore County. He is expected to begin his judgeship position later this summer.


John Freemuth was quoted in an Associated Press story

Portrait of John Freemuth
“John Freemuth was quoted in an Associated Press story about the listing of the slickspot peppergrass plant under the Endangered Species Act. The flowering plant is found only in eight southwest Idaho counties. Freemuth noted that those eight counties also rely on grazing, and its listing will have ramifications. “Where exactly is it and what uses are going on in that habitat? Those will now have to be reassessed, or even whether those uses will be allowed to continue because of the existence of that particular plant.” Read the full story on the ABC News webpage.”

Originating source: Boise State UPDATE Freemuth post 8/16/16 | ABC News post 8/15/16

John Freemuth co-authored an article titled “Reform, Don’t Replace, the National Park Service.”

Portrait of John Freemuth
John Freemuth, executive director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy, and William Lowry, a professor at Washington University, co-authored an article titled “Reform, Don’t Replace, the National Park Service.” The article is part of the National Parks Traveler’s Centennial Series. The authors note that the National Park Service is facing serious challenges relating to the preservation and management of public lands, leading some to call for the agency’s dissolution. But privatizing parks or running them as franchises will not be as popular as imagined, nor as beneficial as promised, they say. Read the National Parks Traveler post, 8/10/16, here.
Originating Source: Boise State Update – Freemuth post 8/10/16, National Parks Traveler, post 8/10/16

Shout out to John Freemuth

John Freemuth got a shout out from Mark Rudin in his monthly column: as did SPS colleague Eric Lindquist. Great stuff! – Jen Schneider, 8/10/16

Local Graduate Students Selected to Participate in National Student Congress

Four local Graduate Students (Mackenzie Case, Erik Olsen, Kim Young and Jared Talley – Boise State University ) have been selected to participate in the third National Student Congress on Public Land Policy for Land Management, sponsored by the Public Lands Foundation (PLF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District.” “Along with Case, twenty students will engage with policy makers, current and former federal land managers and academicians to discuss public land policy in the face of a changing environment.” “This year’s Student Congress will explore, discuss and formulate responses to questions on the future of public land management and its relevance in today’s social and political climate.”

The participants will be attending this program in Las Cruces, New Mexico on September 8-11, 2016.  Interviews with Student Congress participants may be arranged by contacting Mike Ferguson at 703-336-2262 or at

Originating source: news releases announcing the participation of Mackenzie Case, Erik Olsen, Jared Tally and Kim Young, local residents/students, in the Third Biannual Student Congress on Public Land Policy for Land Management. 8/5/16 | Boise State Update posting 8/8/16

Welcome to new Professor, Luke Fowler, and CONGRATULATIONS!

“Check out this story. It lists Boise as 2016’s best run city. That in and of itself is awesome, but its made better by the fact that our newest faculty member, Luke Fowler, was a contributor to the article!” – Greg Hill,

Original source: WalletHub, 2016’s Best-Run Cities in America, 8/2/16

Jen Schneider has published two books this summer, 2016

Image of Jen Schneider“Jen Schneider has published two books this summer with her writing partners.

“Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric and Neoliberalism” is available as an e-book through Palgrave Macmillan. Written with Steve Schwarze, Peter K. Bsumek and Jennifer Peeples, the book examines five rhetorical strategies used by the U.S. coal industry to advance its interests in the face of growing economic and environmental pressures: industrial apocalyptic, corporate ventriloquism, technological shell game, hypocrite’s trap and energy utopia. The authors argue that these strategies appeal to and reinforce neoliberalism, a discourse and set of practices that privilege market rationality and individual freedom and responsibility above all else.

“The Joy of Science: Seven Principles for Scientists Seeking Happiness, Harmony, and Success” was written by Schneider and Roel Snieder and is available in print and digitally through It was published by Cambridge University Press. In an age where working in science or engineering offers tremendous professional opportunities, the pace of scientific development is truly breathtaking. Yet many researchers struggle with the pressures of the fast-paced academic workplace and struggle to harmonize their work and personal lives. The result can be burnout, exhaustion and stress on a personal level, and difficulty in recruiting and retaining talented, diverse people to science and engineering. This book aims to help scientists by identifying and questioning the core beliefs that drive a culture of overwork, and provides real-world examples and exercises for those wishing to do things differently.”

Original source: Boise State Update, Jen Schneider, 8/3/16

John Freemuth was quoted in the Associated Press

Portrait of John Freemuth“John Freemuth, executive director of the Andrus Center and a public lands expert, was quoted in an Associated Press story about how the growing number of homes built on the edge of the wilderness is complicating firefighting efforts. The story notes that the efforts going into protecting homes are detracting from those to save landscapes like the sagebrush steppe. Freemuth notes the frustration of those who manage fires and the need for homeowners to create defensible space around their homes.” Read the Denver Post publication, “Homes on edge of the wilderness complicate wildfire efforts”, here.

Original source: Boise State Update post, John Freemuth, 7/27/16 | The Denver Post, 7/27/16

MPA Alumnus, Nick Diaz, in Action

“Nick Diaz, Disability Resource Center, represented Boise State University Veteran Services at the Western Association of Veterans Education Specialists (WAVES) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this week. The conference invited WAVES members from universities across the country, focusing on various aspects of veteran education. Diaz, one of the school certifying officials for the university, was a speaker at the conference. He presented on the efforts by Boise State in providing a more complete service to its student veterans. Although most departments across the country focus on processing GI Bill benefits, he spoke about the need to provide additional support, including academic, financial and personal well-being resources.

Diaz highlighted the necessity to interact with campus and community partners in order to develop a network of assistance. The connections created with those partners assist in directing students to the correct resource in a time of need. Additionally, he highlighted efforts by Veteran Services to develop a strategy of direct support by adding an Academic and Career Advisor and an Outreach Coordinator to its department through a grant provided.”

Original source: Boise State Update post, Nick Diaz, 7/26/16