Notable neighbors: News of note about your friends and neighbors in the Treasure Valley

October 15, 2013 

Dale Brown, a graduate student in the Boise State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a Nuclear Materials Fellowship funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The award supports the first year of study by a science or engineering graduate student.

Brown earned two bachelor’s degrees from Northwest Nazarene University in 2010, where he graduated magna cum laude, and completed his master of science in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He joined Boise State’s Integrated Nanomaterials and Thermal Science and Energy Systems laboratories in August, where he is co-advised by professors David Estrada, materials science and engineering, and Yanliang Zhang, mechanical and biomedical engineering.

His research involves investigating the fundamental materials properties of two-dimensional crystals and their practical applications as thermoelectric materials and radiation sensors.

Susan Swetnam, recently-retired Idaho State University English professor, was honored by the Idaho Library Association with the Idaho Book Award for 2012 this month.

Swetnam’s winning work, “Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898-1920,” was chosen from among all books that appeared that year written by Idaho authors or dealing with Idaho or western subjects.

Her book examines how proponents of books and reading in the Intermountain West at the turn of the 20th century managed to inspire grassroots support among their fellow citizens for public library development. As it tells this historical story, the book offers inspiration and practical lessons for contemporary readers interested in promoting cultural resources in their own communities.

Swetnam, the only ISU faculty member ever to win all three of the university’s distinguished faculty awards (Teacher, Public Service, Researcher) is the author of seven books and many articles and essays. Her second book, “Home Mountains,” was awarded an Honorable Mention (first runner-up) for the Idaho Book Award in 2000; her late husband, Ford Swetnam, won an Idaho Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his books of poetry.

Mrs. Abbie Swenson has been selected as Mrs. Meridian Metro in the 2014 Mrs. Idaho America Pageant. She is married to Jake Swenson and lives in Meridian.

Abbie will be vying for the chance to represent Idaho at the national Mrs. America Pageant and a prize package valued at over $10,000. The winner of the 2014 pageant will be crowned by Mrs. Idaho America 2013 Kaley Sparling of Boise.

The Mrs. Idaho America Pageant is the official state preliminary to the nationally renowned Mrs. America Pageant now celebrating its 37th anniversary. The Mrs. America Pageant is the longest-running pageant honoring America’s 65 million married women. Mrs. Idaho America will compete October 2014 for the title of Mrs. America with delegates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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