Public Affairs Report
Professor John Freemuth was quoted in two different articles that were posted online by Boise State Public Radio. One, about the the future of public lands under the Trump administration and the other about how an amendment about Sage Grouse is holding up the national defense bill.
Originating Sources: Boise State Public Radio 11/29/16, Boise State Public Radio 11/30/16
Vanessa Fry was one of the 14 speakers chosen to present during Sun Valley’s first Tedx talk. The TEDx event was held on Wednesday, November 30th at the Sun Valley Opera House. Fry’s talk titled “Capital Investment for Social Success” discussed balancing fiscal responsibility with social well-being by getting disparate groups to combine their resources and knowledge to focus on long term outcomes. Read more about Sun Valley’s first TEDx talk here.
Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/28/2016, Idaho Mountain Express 11/9/2016
An article written by Professor John Freemuth and graduate student Mackenzie Case titled “What History Tells us About Obama’s Antiquity Act” was published on the Law360 website. The article discusses the history of the Antiquities Act and addresses the call for the president to designate a national monument in the Bears Ears region of eastern Utah.
Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/27/2016, and Law360 11/22/2016
Greg Hill and Vanessa Fry were cited in an article published by the Idaho Mountain Express titled “BSU offers to help Ketchum with outreach on new city hall” about Idaho Policy Institute’s offer to help the city of Ketchum on public outreach for a new city hall, police station and fire station. The IPI, which has worked with the state government and with cities and counties around Idaho, will assemble a team of faculty and students to develop a strategy to allow city leaders to connect with voters.
Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/27/16, Idaho Mountain Express 11/23/16
Professor John Freemuth was quoted in a New York Times story titled “Old Treaties and New Alliances Empower Native Americans” about the resistance to the 1,700 mile oil pipeline project in North Dakota. At the front line of the resistance are Native Americans and environmentalists claiming that “the project threatens the region’s water supply and would harm sacred cultural lands.”
Originating Sources: Boise State Update, Freemuth 11/16/16, The New York Times 11/15/16
Boise’s Rediscovered Books will host the first book signing for the Idaho Humanities Council’s “Idaho Wilderness Considered,” an anthology of essays by more than two dozen Idahoans exploring the meaning of wilderness to the state. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, as part of Boise’s Saturday Market.
Lisa Brady, History Department, and John Freemuth, Public Policy and Administration Department, join their co-authors in exploring the history and future of wilderness in this book commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of new wilderness areas in Idaho in 2015.
Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/15/2016
Dr. Luke Fowler’s article titled “Pro-Environment vs. Pro-‘Government Fixing the Environment’” was published in The Blue Review. In it he discusses environmental attitudes in the West and why public opinion may be misleading when it comes to actual environmental policy.
Originating Sources: The Blue Review 11/7/16
Dr. Luke Fowler, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, was on NPR’s Academic Minute today discussing different U.S. regions’ attitudes toward environmental issues. Listen or read about his segment on Environmentalism and Politics here.
Originating Sources: The Academic Minute 11/6/16
Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman article titled “Plan unveiled to protect swath of sagebrush areas” about federal officials’ wildfire-fighting and restoration plan to protect sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird. Freemuth says, “This is the biggest systemic effort to learn more about those ecosystems than we’ve ever seen.”
Originating sources: Boise State Update 11/2/16, Idaho Statesman 11/1/16
Vanessa Fry, assistant research professor in the School of Public Service, presented a poster at the 2016 Idaho National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) annual meeting in Coeur d’Alene. The poster, “Community engagement, advocacy and the application of science in the Boise River Basin,” detailed research on how science is used to influence water use and management in Idaho’s Boise River Basin.
The EPSCoR annual meeting provides an opportunity for participants and collaborators in Idaho’s NSF EPSCoR project to connect, communicate, and coordinate research and education activities related to Idaho’s program on Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES).
Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/1/16