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Eric Martin to Publish Article in Journal of High Ability Studies

By Samantha Maxey

Eric Martin, assistant professor in Boise State’s School of Allied Health Department of Kinesiology, has a research article in press in the Journal of High Ability Studies titled “Specialization and sport experience in collegiate Division I athletes: How did they get here?”. Marty Ewing, associate professor emeritus at Michigan State University; and Evelyn Oregon, assistant professor at Western Kentucky University are co-authors.

The research was done in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University which was made possible through a grant from the Michigan State University College of Education Dissertation and Research Practicum Fellowship. The study investigated Division I athletes’ level of participation in sports earlier in their lives and their opinions about specializing in one sport.

More than a thousand athletes were given a self-report survey about their background with playing sports and their perceptions on specialization in one sport. The study found that the athletes’ participation in their collegiate sport started at around nine years of age and specialization, if any, began at about 12 or 13 years of age. The study also discerned that participation and specialization started earlier for some sports than others, but no differences existed between scholarship status or expected playing status. The conclusions of the study support prior research that states specialization is not a requirement for elite level performance.

Undergraduate Athletic Training Student Wins Student Poster Presentation Competition

Adrian Sanchez, a senior in the athletic training program, won the student poster presentation in the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) symposium on March 17 and 18 in Tacoma, Washington.

His presentation was “Reliability of Shoulder and Scapula Range of Motion Measurements.” Sanchez’s presentation was based on the different motions of the upper arm and shoulder blade and the reliability of today’s methods of measurement.

The NATA is a professional membership association for certified athletic trainers. The mission of NATA is to engage and foster the continued growth and development of the athletic training profession and athletic trainers as unique health care providers.

Cynthia Curl Among Authors of Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Published in 2016

Cynthia Curl, assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, is among a team of authors whose article has been selected by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) as the Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper published in 2016.

The winning article, “Association between Air Pollution and Coronary Artery Calcification within Six Metropolitan Areas in the USA (the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution): A Longitudinal Cohort Study,” was published in The Lancet, volume 388 in August 2016. The article was written by lead author Joel Kaufman, interim dean of the School of Public Health at University of Washington, and nineteen academics, including Curl, at 13 universities from across the country, including Boise State, Columbia, University of California Los Angeles, and Johns Hopkins.

The article assessed the association between long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and the progression of calcium build-up in coronary arteries and common carotid artery intima-media thickness, which is the measurement of the thickness of the two innermost layers of the wall of an artery. The study observed a cohort of more than 6,500 participants over 10 years in six metropolitan areas in the United States. The study supports the case for global efforts of pollution reduction in prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It was funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US National Institutes of Health.

ISEE announced the award in June after the Environmental Epidemiology Paper Committee completed a rigorous review of more than 39 papers that made the short-list this year. The award will be presented at the 2017 ISEE Annual Conference on September 24-28 in Sydney, Australia.

“The article makes an outstanding contribution to the knowledge of environmental epidemiology and was selected because of its quality, originality, importance and expected impact,” said Francine Laden, chair of the ISEE Awards Committee.

Boise State Graduates First Cohort of Nurse Practitioners From Master’s Program and 100 Percent Pass Credentialing Exam

AGNP First Cohort of Master's Students

Within six months of graduating with their masters of nursing, everyone in the first cohort of the Boise State School of Nursing’s adult gerontology nurse practitioner program have passed their credentialing exam.

The national pass rate for the initial AGNP exam is 75.5 percent for master’s degree graduates. These 18 Boise State students all focused on primary care, a specific certification path. Seventeen of the students were from Idaho, one was from Washington.

Nurse practitioners, educated to deliver health care to aging populations, are in high demand, particularly in rural states such as Idaho. As advanced practice providers, nurse practitioners provide a scope of services across the health-wellness continuum from diagnosing disease to managing chronic health problems and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. In addition, nurse practitioners in Idaho are fully licensed to prescribe medications and therapies. Career opportunities include positions at community health centers, private practice offices, long-term health facilities, hospice centers, correctional facilities, intensive care units, emergency departments, surgical units, and more.

“I feel Boise State has given me a good knowledge base and taught me how to be a life long learner as a clinician,” said Penny, one of the recent AGNP graduates. “I can research better, analyze and critically think better, and have really come to understand the role and scope of practice in advance practice nursing.”

The Boise State AGNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation. Applications for the master’s degree cohort starting in January are due October 1. For more information on the program, visit

Faculty Presents Public Health Disaster Preparedness Planning in Peru

Uwe Reischl

Uwe Reischl presented a three-day workshop on the topic of public health disaster preparedness planning July 19-21 in Ica, Peru. The workshop was sponsored jointly by the Universidad Alas Peruanas and the Peru Medical Association in Ica.Reischl presented information on international disaster preparedness planning strategies, and hazard and vulnerability assessment methods, and reviewed organizational structures enabling local participation in disaster planning and recovery efforts. The workshop focused specifically on earthquake events relevant to Peru. Workshop participants included physicians, police, firefighters, local government officials, hospital administrators and university public health faculty.

As part of the workshop outcome, the participants developed recommendations for the establishment of local alliances among schools, churches, service organizations, small businesses, libraries and women’s organizations to create networks that will be capable of implementing family oriented relief and support activities when centralized government response efforts are inadequate to meet the humanitarian needs of a local community. The Universidad Alas Peruanas has reached out to Boise State University to explore the potential of future collaboration in addressing international public health issues.

Where in the World? Kenya – For International, Interdisciplinary Student Learning Opportunities

Research associate Michelle Arnett and Sarah Toevs, director of Boise State University’s Center for the Study of Aging, recently completed an exploratory trip to western Kenya to identify international, interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students.

Students and local children in Kenya

July 11-23, the duo traveled from Nairobi to Kisumu, Funyula, Kakamega and Mt. Elgon National Park to establish connections with members of the Eco2Librium organization, the Vumilia Children’s Home, the Grandparent Embers Project and faculty at Masinde Muliro University in Kakamega.

These connections will serve as the foundation for future international learning experiences for students and faculty in the fields of public health, health sciences, environmental studies and engineering, among others.

The business model embraced by Eco2Librium addresses natural resource conservation and social inequities. The organization has developed several innovative products – including an energy efficient cook stove designed to reduce deforestation and improve air quality in the home, biomass fuel using waste from sugar cane processing and a solar-power business plan for individual, home-use applications.

Women making pottery in Kenya

Based on the partnerships forged during Arnett and Toevs’s trip, future student research projects could include: assessment of indoor air quality and health impacts of using the energy-efficient cook stoves; qualitative research on the impacts of cook stoves on quality of life; qualitative research on the impacts of micro-lending on family economic security; examining the impacts of carbon credit market on clean development and control of global emissions; teaching English to students living in the Vumilia Children’s Home; supporting grandparents raising grandchildren; or projects with students in sports science and health promotion through Masinde Muliro University.

Olga Salinas Presents on Stressors for High-Achieving Students

Olga Salinas

Olga Salinas co-presented with colleagues from Washington State University at the National Association of Academic Advisors Region 8 annual conference, held April 10-12 in Missoula, Montana. The session focused on addressing the variety of stressors experienced by high-achieving students in health-related majors. Topics covered included information on imposter syndrome, stereotype threat, the differences and effects of stress and distress, and some counseling and practical techniques to help students regain the confidence to continue their studies. This content is relevant and important because even after the achievement of gaining admission to competitive health programs, many students experience considerable negative stress and anxiety, which can inhibit performance in their studies.

Cynthia Curl Named One of 20 Pioneers in Environmental Public Health Under 40

Cynthia Curl

Cynthia Curl recently was named one of Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s 20 pioneers in environmental public health under 40. The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is committed to protecting the health of families, children and communities from pollution and other environmental factors that contribute to chronic disease and disability.As one of 20 pioneers, Curl will be a guest presenter on CHE’s webinar series. The series will run Sept. to June of 2018.

Mike Cutler Honored at 2017 Seven Arrows Powwow

Six individuals were recognized ​at the 2017 Seven Arrows Powwow for their work supporting Native American students, academics, community, activism and culture.

The powwow showcases the customs of Native Americans in full regalia, and visitors can try authentic Native American food and browse booths set up by regional vendors selling handmade items such as instruments, beaded jewelry, art and hand drums. In addition, dancers of all ages compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.

The individuals recognized at this year’s event were:

  • Student Brooke Putra for her work in helping recognize Indigenous People’s Day at Boise State University.
  • Mike Cutler from Boise State Counseling Services for his work with supporting Native American students on campus. He has been the Intertribal Native Council advisor in past years and works with Tunnel of Oppression.
  • Art professor Larry McNeil, for his elevation of Native American culture through his art and photography.
  • Sallie Monday with the local chapter of Idle No More, a movement aimed at protecting the earth for all people.
  • Celia Espinoza, for founding Idaho Stands with Standing Rock. Her organization held donation drives and she traveled to North Dakota to make deliveries and help at the camps.
  • Ronald Sam for his work with the Red River Powwow Association, an organization that keeps the powwow traditions and culture alive in Idaho.

The honorees received medallions designed by Tlingit student Ashley Young. Young is from Alaska and is a student in the department of art.

Cathy Deckys Earns National Healthcare Disaster Professional Board Certification

By Olivia Anderson

Cathy Deckys

Cathy Deckys, a clinical associate professor in the School of Nursing, had the opportunity from American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to attend an interprofessional panel in D.C. with doctors, physicians assistants, social workers, pharmacists and emergency management from across the United States.

Deckys learned a great amount of how these certifications are developed and tested. She has worked within two Fortune 500 companies as an occupational health nurse and in that process, she learned disaster and crisis management. Cathy teaches at Idaho State University’s Emergency Management Institute in their online program as an adjunct and volunteer at the Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School providing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

ANCC is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious healthcare credentialing organizations. ANCC invites the professionals of the healthcare world to help develop the ANCC National Healthcare Disaster Certification. After getting this interprofessional certification, employers and the public will know you have mastered the skills related to all the phases of the disaster cycle.

For more information and eligibility, please visit: