Oct. 28, 2015

What Will a Materials Research Center Mean to BSU?

What will a materials research center mean to BSU?

Dr. Bob Kustra shares how Micron's investment into Boise State University's materials research center will impact Idaho.

Feb. 8, 2016

Research Fuels Entrepreneurial Spirit in Boise

Most people think of research as the act of investigating questions and establishing facts that lead to new ways of thinking and solutions to the vexing problems that have plagued us for centuries. But research also contributes to the economic development of a community. At Boise State, our economic development mission is about leveraging the assets of the university for the economic, societal and cultural benefit of the community, state and region. These assets include our talented researchers as well as our labs, equipment and technology. In many cases, research like that conducted at all of Idaho’s universities also leads to innovative processes or products that result in new businesses and a boost to local economies. University research efforts fuel commercial activity, train a robust workforce and increase the area’s standard of living.

An example of current research poised to make a difference is a Web tool being developed by Boise State geoscientists Lejo Flores and Nancy Glenn. Funded by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, it will allow winemakers to access important information about the climate, soils and topography of a specific grape-growing location. Without research, we couldn’t come up with these kinds of end products that are so useful to society. Research leads to discovery that can be applied within the community.

Feb. 3, 2016

Boise State Professor Receives 5 Year Funding Award for Quantum Research

Moore’s law, an observation made in 1965 by Gordon E. Moore that the overall processing speed of computers will double every two years, has governed research and development in the tech industry for years. But the physical limitations of standard silicon technology can’t support that kind of exponential growth forever. That means the industry is scrambling to find new ways to improve computer function. Paul Simmonds, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, is working on the cutting-edge of that problem.

His work is being funded by a five-year, $510,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is the NSF’s most prestigious program supporting junior faculty who effectively integrate outstanding research and education within the context of their organization’s mission. It is intended to give promising researchers an early career boost by providing stable research funding over an extended period of time.

Jan. 27, 2016

Boise State Earns Title of Doctoral Research Institution

Boise State University achieved one of its premier academic goals this month when it was announced the school has been officially classified as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. According to a Boise State campus update, this designation reflects Boise State University’s decade-long effort to become a metropolitan research university of distinction.

Apr. 5, 2018

Boise State Breaks Ground on Micron Center for Materials Research

Boise State University officially has begun construction on the $50 million Micron Center for Materials Research.

Located at 1435 University Drive, adjacent to the Charles P. Ruch Engineering Building, the four-story, 85,000-square-foot world-class materials science research facility will provide more than 40 research laboratories and spaces, state-of-the-art teaching spaces, a 250-seat lecture hall, two 80-seat classrooms, offices and work spaces for faculty members, staff and graduate students advancing materials research at Boise State, as well as other research faculty. Two classrooms and a lecture hall will be available for university-wide classes.

The new building will elevate the work of Boise State research faculty who already are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in the areas of novel materials, biological sciences and nanotechnology.

Jan. 15, 2016

Boise State Designated Doctoral Research University in Nation’s Signature Classification System

by Boise State University

Boise State University’s more than decade-long effort to become a metropolitan research university of distinction reached another major milestone this month.

The university has been classified as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education — the nation’s premier college classification system.

The designation reflects Boise State’s unique trajectory in building the research and academic programs that the modern economies in fast-growing Boise and the state of Idaho demand.

Boise State and only two other universities have ranked nationally among the top 5 percent for growth in enrollment in graduate programs in each of the past two decades. In addition, research and doctoral production have continued a steep increase in recent years.

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Dec. 12, 2014

Kestrel High Performance Cluster “In the House” with a Viz-Wall @ BSU

A new high-performance computing resource previously only accessible for campus researchers from its location at Idaho National Laboratory’s data center in Idaho Falls is now available on the BSU campus with a large visualization wall. 

The Kestrel cluster attacks Big Data problems with a fast 64 TB parallel file storage system for large data sets, 2TB of memory, 512 Intel Xeon 2.6 GHz computing cores, and 64 high end graphics processing units (GPU). Kestrel is capable of working through complex problems across disciplines, including projects as diverse as wind energy forecasting, modeling for threat reduction in chemical and biological defense, materials characterization and modeling, snow hydrology and remote sensing, and mechanisms of skeleton development in living systems.

Nov. 13, 2014

The Innate Strategy - Simplot innovates the potato

Whether you call it biotechnology or GMO there’s no arguing the fact that Simplot has made a major investment in the future of variety development with their first generation of Innate potatoes of Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties. The J.R. Simplot Company is driven by its core values; passion for people, respect for resources, and spirit of innovation. Innate™ plant technology is carrying these values forward by harnessing the benefits of responsible biotechnology to make new, better and healthier foods for the world’s consumers.