Monthly Archives: April 2016

Global Partnerships of Seattle Receives Martin Institute Award

This year’s ‘Distinction in International Service Award’ from the Martin Institute at the University of Idaho has been awarded to Global Partnerships in Seattle. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:55)

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Global Partnerships was founded in 1994 and aims to help people living in poverty. Jason Henning is Vice President of Investor and Donor Relations:

Jason Henning: “We have been providing working capital loans to social businesses or social enterprises that are bringing essential goods and services to under-served people, mostly people living in poverty in Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa.”

Global Partnerships is currently investing in 50 micro-finance institutions in 11 countries. The focus is on four areas:  health services, green technology, rural livelihoods and micro-entrepreneurship. Investments since 1994 total $171.8 million in 85 partner organizations.

The Martin Institute at the University of Idaho uses the award each year to recognize internationally-focused nongovernmental organizations based in the Pacific Northwest.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Online:

Global Partnerships–

http://www.globalpartnerships.org/

U-Idaho Martin Institute–

http://www.uidaho.edu/class/martin-institute

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted April 27, 2016

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The Race for Idaho Supreme Court

There’s a four way race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court. The candidates are Clive Strong, a deputy attorney general; Curt McKenzie, a Republican state senator; Robyn Brody, a Rupert attorney; and  Judge Sergio Gutierrez of the Idaho Court of Appeals.

The outcome of the race on May 17th will touch many aspects of life in this state. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:05)

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Openings on the Idaho Supreme Court do not, historically speaking, come around that often, and Elizabeth Brandt, the University of Idaho James E. Wilson Distinguished Professor of Law, says this race could not be more important:

Elizabeth Brandt: “The court is important, and affects a lot more policy that most people think.”

Brandt says the state’s highest court does a lot more than just hear appeals from court cases. Here’s one example:

Elizabeth Brandt: “All of our therapeutic courts in Idaho– the drug courts that are in the counties, or child protection drug courts, mental health courts– those are all administered through funds received by the Supreme Court. And all of the standards for those specialized courts, and the rules about how they operate, are all drafted and monitored by the Supreme Court.”

Brandt says it’s an important choice for voters to make because there are only five people, making all these decisions on the Idaho Supreme Court, and she says,  voters should be concerned that those five are engaged enough, and knowledgeable enough, to be in that role.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Online:

Idaho Supreme Court

http://www.isc.idaho.gov/

Idaho Primary Information

http://www.sos.idaho.gov/

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted April 25, 2016

 

Prosthesis: Making the New Limb Work

by Michelle Kissik

Idaho Public Radio

Prosthesis can give amputees a second chance to enjoy different aspects of their lives. They have been around since ancient times and can be as simple as the iconic pirate peg leg or as complex as a mind controlled robotic arm. There are a multitude of styles and designs for these replacement limbs and everyone knows they work. What isn’t always known is how.

 

On the outside a person with a below knee amputation straps on their prosthetic, they get up, and they start walking. What happens in the muscles and joints of their body to make this new limb work is more complex.

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(Courtesy illustrations)

Craig McGowan, an assistant professor at the University of Idaho, is working to understand how prosthesis work with the human body. Listen:

 

McGowan’s research started with Kangaroos and progressed to Kangaroo Rats. Looking at the bipedal hoping these animals use to move can give insight to how below knee amputee athletes use current running prosthesis to perform.

Collecting data from these athletes allows McGowan to run simulations that replicate the motion and provide a deeper understanding of just what is happening inside the body. This insight may be able to influence how prosthesis are made in the future. Watch:

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted April 22, 2016

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SBOE Approves Tuition and Fee Hikes

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition and fee hikes for all of Idaho four-year colleges and universities. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:55)

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The unanimous action by the board came at the board’s meeting Wednesday at the University of Idaho in Moscow, and it followed presentations by each school discussing the challenges each faces.

In the case of the University of Idaho, for example, President Chuck Staben said one of the UI’s biggest challenges is retaining faculty as pay lags behind peer institutions:

Chuck Staben: “In fiscal year ’08, the University of Idaho was at about 92% of peer average in faculty salaries. Fiscal year ’14 about 83% of peer average. Our peers are increasing three to four percent a year.”

Full-time undergraduate resident students will see an increase of 3% at Boise State, 3% at the UI, 2% at Lewis-Clark State College, 3% at Eastern Idaho Technical College, and 2.5% at Idaho State.

Tuition and fees were increased for non-resident undergraduate students, as well.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Online–

Idaho State Board of Education:

https://boardofed.idaho.gov/

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted April 13, 2016

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Bills Become Law Without Otter’s Signature

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has allowed four bills passed by the 2016 Idaho State Legislature to become law without his signature.

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  • H 477, providing for the Post-secondary Credit Scholarship, and H 645, which appropriates an additional $1 million to the State Board of Education for its Scholarships and Grants Program in 2017.

In his letter to Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, Otter said he strongly supports scholarships for students going on to post-secondary education, but he said the two bills together were likely to cost more than current appropriations. Here’s his letter:

http://www.gov.idaho.gov/mediacenter/Bills/H477a_H645.pdf

  • H 555, the ‘sexting’ bill. Otter said he agreed with the intent of the bill– “diverting minors from prosecution under child pornography laws”– but he said he’s concerned about overzealous prosecution under the law. His letter:

http://www.gov.idaho.gov/mediacenter/Bills/H555a.pdf

  • S 1411 appropriates pay raises for legislative employees. Otter said he could not in good conscience sign the law because he said the employees of the judicial and executive branches are also deserving. His letter:

http://www.gov.idaho.gov/mediacenter/Bills/S1411.pdf

Posted April 8, 2016

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Samantha Nutt: “A future in which war is not seen as inevitable”

Dr. Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor and founder and executive director of the international humanitarian organization War Child. She was at the University of Idaho in Moscow on Wednesday. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:   )

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Samantha Nutt has worked with children and families all over the world– Iraq, Somalia, Darfur, Afghanistan.

She says we know what humanitarianism is– it’s the commitment we have to promote human rights, to uphold the rule of law, and to help those whose lives are being threatened by war, by violence, by political instability, by persecution.

But she says the problem is what humanitarianism is able to accomplish:

Samantha Nutt: “Given the rise of groups that have threatened, systematically threatened, targeted, intimidated, attacked, humanitarian workers all around the world… for many, many decades but unfortunately over the last decade it’s become more pronounced.”

Nutt says that social justice is always possible. The question is how quickly can you move. She says sometimes those changes can be monumental, with the right amount of investments and international and local participation. But she says the changes can also be incremental, made over time.

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Nutt spoke at the University of Idaho’s Borah Symposium on April 6th. She told the audience she really does believe that we can give peace the advantage, that there is a future in which war is no longer seen as inevitable.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

Online–

The Borah Symposium:

https://www.uidaho.edu/class/borah

War Child:

http://www.warchild.ca/

Copyright 2016 Idaho Public Radio

Posted April 7, 2016

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Crapo, Cantwell Call for Action on AVA Designation in LC Valley

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Idaho Public Radio staff

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) are asking the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to move quickly in approving the Lewis-Clark Valley’s designation as an American Viticulture Area.

The senators say that “although past designations have taken seven months to process, the Lewis-Clark Valley’s petition has been held in limbo by the TTB for 358 days.”

The AVA designation recognizes a wine-grape growing and production area that is distinguished for its unique geography and climate.

In their letter to the Treasury Department, the senators say that any further delay “poses considerable and unnecessary risk for the many stakeholders in the region,” and that action would “provide clarity and certainty for grape growers, wine producers and community stakeholders throughout the covered regions in Washington and Idaho.”

The Lewis-Clark AVA would consist of parts of Nez Perce, Clearwater, Latah and Lewis Counties in Idaho, and Asotin, Garfield and Whitman Counties in Washington.

Crapo and Cantwell say that with this year’s cut-off point for bottling quickly approaching, a slow approval process poses significant risks for producers in the L-C Valley. The wine industry in Washington, they say, contributes more than five billion dollars in economic impact to the state and supports more than 25,000 jobs.

The Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Alliance, a group of wine grape growers, wineries, and economic development and tourism organizations, has been working with community stakeholders and the TTB to secure the AVA designation.

Read the letter at the link:

https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Lewis-Clark%20AVA%20designation%20letter%20to%20Manfreda%20FINAL%20040616.pdf

Posted April 7, 2016

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