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The Freemuths at the Fettuccine Forum

John Freemuth and his wife Sheri will present at the final Fettuccine Forum of the season on May 7th. Dr. John Freemuth is a professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University. His wife, Sheri Freemuth, is a senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The speakers on this evening “will focus on the perceived divide between cultural and natural resource advocacy groups” (The Update).

Original Source: The Update, Fettuccine Forum: Freemuth on Preserving the Environment, 4/16/2015

Dr. John Freemuth quoted in Idaho Statesman article about Mike Crapo

“John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about U.S. Senator Mike Crapo’s vote in support of a public land transfer bill. Freemuth said the federal bill could hurt Idaho public lands and the state’s sage-grouse plan.”

Original Sources: The Update, 4/8/2015, John Freemuth, The Idaho Statesman, Crapo’s vote on public land transfer bill upsets sportsmen, conservationists, 4/8/2015

New Dean of Public Service

dean“Corey Cook, who worked in public policy education at the University of San Francisco, has been named the inaugural dean of Boise State University’s College of Public Service. The college, which will combine several departments including political science, criminal justice and military science, becomes operational in early July.”

Original Source: Idaho Statesman, 4/8/2015

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