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

November 19, 2013 

Morgan Giese from the University of Puget Sound has been selected as a 2013 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology.

This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full-time summer research at their institution with an ASM mentor and present their research results at the 114th ASM General Meeting in Boston if their abstract is accepted.

Each fellow receives up to a $4,000 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership and funding for travel expenses to the ASM Capstone Institute and 114th ASM General Meeting.

Giese is the daughter of Jerry and Julie Giese and a 2010 graduate of Boise High School. She will graduate in 2014 with a degree in molecular and cellular biology.

Christopher Sprague of Boise and a senior at Boise State University majoring in IT Business Management received a Student Spotlight Honor from the College of Business and Economics for academic and personal achievement while attending BSU.

Sprague is the son of Michael and Debbie Sprague and is a 2000 graduate of Capital High School. He is currently employed by the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare.

The Bernie and Warren McCain fund, of the Idaho Community Foundation, has given a $1,000 grant to the Garden City Library Foundation to be used exclusively to support general operations and the teen center.

The library has presented more than 750 programs to more than 26,000 children and adults. The library offers a variety of programs such as Bells for Books, chess, summer reading program, teen reading week, Books and Brushes and Day of the Child/Pirate and Princess. These programs promote literacy and stimulate intellectual development.

Ben Fischer, Northwest Nazarene University assistant professor of English, led a group of NNU students to Ketchum to attend and participate in the 5th Annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium. For many years Ketchum served as a hunting and fishing destination for the famed author; he eventually settled down there in 1958, where he lived until his death in 1961.

The theme of this year’s event was “Hemingway and the Modern,” focusing on Hemingway’s place in the modernist movement of the early 20th century. Events at the symposium ranged from movie screenings to rigorous academic discussions.

Fourteen NNU students attended the two-day event. Three of those students, Emi Bergquist, Megan Butler and Max Moser, joined by College of Idaho’s Sydney Williams, presented papers in a student panel moderated by Dr. Fischer. Boise State professor of English Clyde Moneyhun said the panel was one of the liveliest and most valuable events the symposium has had in recent memory.

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