Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Tale of Two Conventions

Two state party political conventions were held in Moscow this month. One was raucous, the other harmonious. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:12  )


The convention held by the Idaho Republican Party began as planned, with a Thursday speech by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who told the delegates the federal government has grown too large:

Mike Huckabee: “Our founders never believed that government would ever get that big in Washington. They would be appalled if they visited Washington, D.C. They would not go and say ‘Oh, what a magnificent city, isn’t this beautiful, why look at all this marble.’ They would go and say, ‘My gosh, what happened to our vision?'”

Friday’s schedule at the convention featured visit by Idaho Governor Butch Otter, and a speech by U.S. Senator Rand Paul.


(Idaho Gov. Butch Otter at the GOP Convention in Moscow)

But on Saturday the GOP convention ended with delegates failing to reach agreement on a party platform and failing to elect party leaders.

By contrast. the Idaho Democratic Party convened in Moscow the following weekend and approved its party platform unanimously. The convention heard a simple message from former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell:

Ed Rendell: “Don’t give up. Just get out there and say what you believe in, be true to your values, and you just might win.”


(Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in Moscow)

Rendell says he believes Idaho’s Democrats have a chance to pick up ground in heavily Republican Idaho.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Idaho Public Radio reporter Nick Dimico contributed to this report.

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U- Idaho Researchers Receive $570,000

By Glenn Mosley

Idaho Public Radio

University of Idaho researchers have been awarded $570,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Beacon Center for Evolution in Action to support new and ongoing research projects. 

The funds support ten projects among twelve UI faculty members, three graduate students, four undergraduate students and five postdoctoral researchers in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, or IBEST.


(Courtesy illustration)

The projects include developing a better model for tracking the evolution of viruses, creating methods that allow people to train robots by demonstrating tasks, and studying the evolution of animal joint control from a variety of perspectives.

James Foster, professor of biological sciences and director of the UI BEACON program, said in a statement, “This award continues an extraordinary collaboration of two leading national research groups – the BEACON Science and Technology Center and IBEST at the University of Idaho – recognizing our leadership in finding ways to improve human well being by understanding and using evolution.” 


(James Foster, Professor, Biological Sciences. Photo courtesy University of Idaho)

IBEST is an interdisciplinary research group focused on understanding the patterns and processes of evolution that occur over short periods of time.

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Idaho INBRE Receives $16.3 Million NIH Grant

A statewide biomedical research network based at the University of Idaho has received a $16.3 million, five-year renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:12)


In 2001, the University of Idaho won the first in a series of NIH grants to establish a biomedical research infrastructure network among the state’s universities. A $16 million grant followed in 2004, another $16 million grant came in 2009, and now this $16.3 million in 2014.

UI food science professor Carolyn Hovde Bohach directs Idaho INBRE:

Carolyn Hoyde Bohach: “The purpose of this funding is to increase the geographic distribution of funds from the National Institutes of Health to do research to improve the health of the nation.”


(Photo of Dr. Carolyn Hoyde Bohach courtesy University of Idaho)

Officials say Idaho INBRE, the Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, benefits hundreds of faculty and students at the state’s 10 higher educational institutions and at the Boise VA Medical Center. They say it helps to make the state more competitive in biomedical science as well as improves the quality of biomedical education in the state.

Bohach says biomedical research capacity at all of the institutions has increased significantly since the network began.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Idaho Public Radio reporters Lauren Sanders and Julie Scott contributed to this story.

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