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Dr. Jen Schneider

Jen SchneiderJen Schneider has been appointed to serve on the advisory group for the Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES), an organization of the National Academy of Engineering. Learn more about the program here…

Original Source: The Update, Jen Schneider 4/3/2015

Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth was quoted in an article by U.S. News and World Report pertaining to a report released by Western-State governors to conserve that habitat of Sage Grouse.  The bird once numbered in the millions but “current estimates put the population between 200,000 and 500,000” (Ridler). John Freemuth suggests that the efforts being made may be enough for Fish and Wildlife to decline the listing as an endangered species. Read  Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts to avoid endangered species listing in US News and World Report

Original Source: The Update, Published 9:31 AM / April 3, 2015 , 4/3/2015, Great Falls Tribune Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts 4/2/2015

Boise State Faculty at Work

downloadMembers of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs have contributed to an edited volume on the Great Basin area titled “Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude: Urbanization and Cultural Conflict in the Great Basin” that has recently been published by the University of Nevada Press. Read more about Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude: Urbanization and Cultural Conflict in the Great Basin,


Original Source: The Update, Stephanie Witt, 4/14/2015

Dr. John Freemuth was quoted in the New York Times

John Freemuth, professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, was quoted in a New York Times article published this March titled “Firefighting Plan Aims to Protect Western Habitat.” Freemuth commented on a proposed plan for a new wildfire-fighting strategy that would protect a large patch of the Intermountain West sagebrush steppe. The area is key to cattle and sage-grouse.

Original source: The New York Times, 3/10/15

President Obama Visits Boise State

President Barack Obama Visits Boise State UniversityPresident Barack Obama has chosen Boise State University as his first stop after his State of the Union address this week.


Original source: Update, President Obama Highlights Boise State’s Innovative Culture, 1/21/15

John Freemuth was quoted on KBOI-TV

“BSU public policy professor John Freemuth said the governor’s plan is a reflection of a recovering economy, which is a stark contrast from just a few years ago.”

Original Source: KBOI-TV, 1/13/15 Gov. Otter has tried tackling education funding for some time

Dr. John Freemuth quoted on spread of cheatgrass

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy, was quoted in an Idaho Statesman article titled “Possible hope in Western battle against cheatgrass,” in which he says the spread of cheatgrass and the battle to control it will play heavily into the decision on whether sage grouse need federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. The story was picked up by other media outlets through the Associated Press.

 Original Source: The Update, Published 10:08 AM / December 9, 2014


Dr. John Freemuth to speak at the annual meeting of the Idaho Farm Bureau

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy, will speak at the annual meeting of the Idaho Farm Bureau on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Boise. He will speak about public land issues.

 Original Source: The Update, Published 9:46 AM December 2, 2014


Eric Lindquist speaks to panel at the 2014 Mountain Climate Research Conference

Eric Lindquist

Public Policy Research Center Director Eric Lindquist provided responses to a panel discussing the relevance of researching Coupled Human-Natural Systems at the 2014 Mountain Climate Research Conference in Midway, Utah.

The conference was held Sept. 15-18.

The MTNCLIM research conferences are sponsored by the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research on Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT), and are dedicated to mountain climate sciences and effects of climate variability on ecosystems, natural resources and conservation in western North American mountains.

Read about Dr. Linquist’s presentation in The Update

Jim Weatherby was mentioned in Twin Falls Times-News

Jim Weatherbyweatherby-150x150 Emeritus Faculty member of Boise State University was mentioned by Nathan Brown in Twin Falls Times-News in an article BLOG: Analyzing, Mapping the Superintendent’s Race, which Some Voters Skipped.

Original Source: Twin Falls Times-News, Otter hits back at Balukoff, defends handling of prison scandal