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Uwe Reischl Gives Keynote in Croatia on Killer Smoke in Kenya

Uwe ReischlUwe Reischl presented a keynote address at the 7th International Ergonomics Conference in Zadar, Croatia, June 13-16. The presentation, titled “Killer Smoke in Kenya,” provided results of a kitchen ventilation design research project carried out at Boise State University and in Kenya.

A new ventilation design solution was developed that demonstrated the ability to reduce indoor kitchen smoke build-up by 85 percent. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 2 million women die prematurely each year in Africa as a result of such smoke exposure. The objective of the new ventilation design is to reduce the public health burden imposed on rural families in Kenya. Collaboration with Eco2librium and researchers at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) in Kakamega, provided Boise State University with the ability to implement this design feature at the local community level.

The conference presentation and the associated research paper were co-authored with Olga Salinas, an academic advisor in the College of Health Sciences.

Jenny Alderden’s Manuscript Wins Award

Jenny Alderden

Jenny Alderden, School of Nursing

Jenny Alderden, assistant professor in School of Nursing was recognized on Sunday, June 3, at the 50th Annual Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society Conference. Alderden and her colleagues were awarded the WOCN Research Manuscript award for their work on “Mid-range Braden Subscale scores are associated with increased risk for pressure injury among critical care patients.” The Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing’s mission is to publish current best evidence and original research to guide the delivery of expert health care.

The purpose of Alderden and her team’s study was to examine the relationship between pressure injury development and the assessment tool known as the Braden Scale for Pressure Sore Risk in a surgical Intensive Care Unit population, and to determine whether the risk represented by the scores is different between older and younger patients. The study included a patient population of 6,377 admitted to  a medical trauma center in Utah between January 1, 2008 to May 1, 2013. The conclusion showed that the relationship between age, Braden Scale subscale scores, and pressure injury development varied among subscales. Maximum preventive efforts should be extended to include individuals with intermediate Braden Scale subscale scores and age should be considered along with the subscale as a factor in care planning.

To explore more about Alderden’s research, read her published work using the following citation.

Alderden, J.G., Cummins, M., Pepper, G.A., Zhang, Y.Y., Butcher, R., & Thomas, D. (2017). Mid-range Braden subscale scores are associated with increased risk for pressure injury among critical care patients. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 44 (5), 420-428.

A Dozen Radiologic Sciences Students Win Research Awards at State Conference

Wu, Arevelo, Lagunas

First Place Winners of Investigational Essay Competition – Yewen Wu, Brianna Arevalo and Diana Lagunas (pictured left to right)

The Department of Radiologic Sciences faculty and students attended the 2018 Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT) annual conference and celebrated many successes.

Four groups of Boise State students won awards at the ISRT conference. Awards included:

Alyssa Canegaly, Taylor Sievers, Ingred Stokes

Second Place Winners of the Investigational Essay Competition – Alyssa Canegaly, Taylor Sievers, Ingred Stokes (pictured left to right)

Student Investigational Essay Competition

First Place: Brianna Arevalo, Diana Lagunas, and Yewen Wu

Second Place: Alyssa Canegaly, Taylor Sievers, and Ingred Stokes

Third Place: Leah Koehler, Emma Peeler, and Brenda Vazquez

Student Investigational Exhibit Competition

Second place: Natalie Christiansen, Kaila Paxton, and Alexia Stanfield

Leah Koehler, Emma Peeler, and Brenda Vazquez

Third Place Winners of Invesigational Essay Competition – Leah Koehler, Emma Peeler, and Brenda Vazquez (pictured left to right)

Two Boise State faculty members, Catherine Masters and Erica Wight were elected to leadership positions within the society. Masters will serve as the membership/treasurer while Wight will serve as the president elect.

Boise State’s Department of Radiologic Sciences first program director, Duane Akroyd traveled back to Boise to celebrate with the first graduating class of the program. This year marked the 40th anniversary of that first class graduating from Boise State in 1978. In addition to celebrating with the members of the ‘78 class, Akroyd took time to meet with current faculty and gave a talk at the conference related to research and publishing in imaging sciences. Akroyd currently serves as a professor of educational leadership, policy, and human development at North Carolina State University.

Natalie Christiansen, Kaila Paxton, and Alexia Stanfield

Second Place Winners of Investigational Exhibit Competition – Alexia Stanfield, Kaila Paxton, Natalie Christiansen (pictured left to right)

Congratulations to all the students who won an award and to the faculty members who gained leadership positions within the society.

Teresa Serratt to Study Requirements for Psychiatric Technicians and Aides With New Grant

Teresa SerrattTeresa Serratt, associate professor for the School of Nursing, has been selected to receive the 2018 Sigma Theta Tau International Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant for the study, “State Regulatory Requirements for Psychiatric Technicians/Aides: A Nation-Wide Study.” The grant offers $10,000 for funding to begin June 1.

Serratt intends to identify and describe current state regulatory requirements for psychiatric technicians and aides nationwide as a first step in examining staffing in acute care psychiatric hospitals. The study will evaluate current regulatory requirements such as registry, certification and standards for training and competency to ensure safe, high quality care is being provided to a vulnerable population.

“One in five Americans suffer with a mental illness,” said Serratt. “While not everyone with a mental illness will require acute psychiatric hospitalization, those who do receive most of their day-to-day care from unlicensed assistive personnel who are supervised by registered nurses. Regulations for unlicensed assistive personnel are in place to protect other vulnerable populations (such as people in nursing homes receiving federal reimbursement) but there has been little attention focused on those admitted into acute psychiatric facilities.”

Uwe Reischl Poster Presentation at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research Conference

Uwe Reischl

Uwe Reischl, a College of Health Sciences professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, co-authored a scientific poster that was presented at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) conference May 9-12 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The poster, “Autism Assessment with Artificial Intelligence,” presented the results of an ongoing multi-site National Institutes of Health funded research and development program designed to integrate deep learning (Artificial Intelligence, or AI) into video assessment of typical and atypical behaviors of children with autism.

The presentation summarized research results comparing AI interpretations of autism behaviors captured on video to the interpretations offered by expert clinicians reviewing the same video images independently. Artificial intelligence was able to achieve an 86 percent agreement with the interpretations of the expert clinicians. It is anticipated that future use of AI in video analysis may assist clinicians in performing remote diagnostic assessments of children with autism more efficiently.

Poster co-authors included R. Oberleitner and J. Schwartz of Behavior Imaging Inc., M. Morrier of Emory University, C. Smith of SARRC and B. Martin of the University of Idaho.

College of Health Sciences 3 Minute Thesis and Graduate Showcase Winners

AuraLea Fain

Multiple Award Winner Aura Lea Fain

The month of April marked Boise State University’s second annual Research Month – a time to celebrate the diverse and rich array of research happening on campus. As part of that celebration, the Graduate College awarded $15,000 to more than 50 graduate students who participated in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and the Graduate Student Showcase events. The College of Health Sciences (COHS) is proud to announce that five students received awards in both events earning $1,350  in award money for their hard work and dedication.

The Graduate Student Showcase featured more than 180 graduate student poster and arts presentations – including music performances, creative writing readings, art displays and remote participation from online students. The showcase also included more than 80 faculty judges who ranked posters on purpose, design, impact and overall impressions, while arts graduate students were judged on their originality, creativity, technical execution and artistic merit.

COHS award winners include:

  • AuraLea Fain, Kinesiology (Master of Science in Kinesiology,Biophysical Studies), Presidential Scholar in Research, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship, $500. “Sex Differences in Lower Limb Biomechanics during a Single-Leg Cut with Body Borne Load”
  • Jess Jensen, Social Work (Masters of Social Work), College of Health Sciences award, $100. “Exploring the Profession of Social Work: Thematic Results from Practicing Social Workers.” (Not Pictured)
  • Nick Lobb, Kinesiology (Master of Science in Kinesiology, Biophysical Studies), College of Health Sciences award, $100. “Sex Impacts Leg Stiffness When Increasing Stride Length to Run with Body Borne Load.”
  • Kim Tucker, Curriculum and Instruction (Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, Kinesiology cognate), College of Education award, $250. “Mentor’s Perspective: Impact of working with a Professional Development Partnership.”
  • Isaias Zerufael, Kinesiology (Master of Science in Kinesiology, Biophysical Studies), College ofHealth Sciences award, $100. “Elite Athletes’ Perceptions on the Importance of Specialization.”

The COHS is proud of  Fain for also earning second place, a $300 prize, in the 3MT. The 3MT featured 15 participants whose presentations were assessed by three celebrity judges: Boise Mayor David Bieter, former CEO of Micron Mark Durcan, and Diane Bevan, CEO of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The other 3MT winners were:

  • First place: Sepideh Rastegar, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $500 prize
  • Audience choice: Nikki Cannon, Communication, $200 prize.

To view the complete list of Graduate Student Showcase award winners, visit:

Nick Lobb

Photo of Nick Lobb

Kim Tucker

Photo of Kim Tucker

Isaias Zerufael

Photo of Isaias Zerufael



OSHA at Boise State, ESI Construction Aim to Curb Construction Site Falls

Construction worker on ladder

You may not know that falls account for 37 percent — the largest share — of deaths on construction sites. And more than one in three fatal construction falls happen from heights of 15 feet or less.

Those are just a couple of the reasons the OSHA Consultation Program at Boise State and ESI Construction are combining forces to host the third annual Safety Stand Down for employees and subcontractors at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10 at Boise State’s Center for Fine Arts, now under construction.

During the event, ESI will stop work at the site. Boise State Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin will speak. Organizers will offer attendees fall protection training and a free lunch.

“The Fall Protection Stand Down is an annual ESI event where we stop work on our projects to create fall protection awareness within our industry. We feel it is a great opportunity for all the trades to build relationships with one another and learn ways to be proactive with fall hazard safety,” said Korey Hall, a project manager at ESI’s Meridian office.

Hall played on the celebrated Boise State football team that won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and played several years in the National Football League before returning to Idaho.

The event on campus coincides with the National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction initiative with similar events taking place across the country. ESI will also stop work at its other projects in town on Thursday, including at Micron, Albertsons and Panera Bread.

Organizers are expecting about 500 workers to attend the Boise State event. ESI has also invited the students and staff of Boise State’s Construction Management program and representatives from the OSHA Consultation Program at Boise State University to participate.

ESI recently received Engineering News-Record’s Mountain States Best Project: Excellence in Safety Award for City Center Plaza as well as an Award of Merit: Excellence in Safety for the Inn at 500, both projects in downtown Boise.

Boise State’s OSHA consultation program and ESI hosted the first Stand Down in 2016 at the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise. In 2017, workers gathered in Meridian for the annual event.

For One Nursing Student, Graduation Equals Road Trip

Ron Ordona and his crew on their way to graduation.

Ron Ordona (in yellow) and crew at the beginning of the trip from California to Idaho for Ordona’s graduation from Boise State’s doctoral nursing program.

Ron Ordona, a student in Boise State’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership program, has spent most of his time at Boise State off campus. Ordona runs a private clinic in Lincoln, California, and works full time as a nurse practitioner.

He road-tripped to Boise this week to celebrate the completion of his degree. And he didn’t come alone. Ordona rented a 15-seat Ford van and brought  his mother, Amparo Ordona, 85, and the entire staff from his clinic to Boise for the graduation festivities. Two more relatives are flying in from the Philippines.

Ordona said support from his staff throughout his schooling was a big reason for his success, so bringing them to Boise was an obvious choice.

The van left California Thursday morning. Ordona’s plan, he said, was to “take turns driving, take it slow.” The group made it to Boise early Thursday evening and the van was festooned with Bronco colors thanks to a giant banner from the School of Nursing. Ordona will  give the keynote speech at the School of Nursing Convocation at 4 p.m. Friday in the Jordan Ballroom.

Ordona was born and raised in the Philippines. He came to the U.S. in 2000. His family settled in California. He was first drawn to the nursing profession several years ago when his mother was ill and he saw how nurses in the intensive care unit watched over her. Boise State’s online program drew him because of its reasonable price, and because it allowed him to continue his medical practice in Lincoln.

Ron Ordona

“I think the program is unique. Being online allowed me to work full time, running a business, being with my family,” said Ordona. The annual visits to the Boise campus let him build a community of peers.

Ordona’s scholarly project and research at Boise State has focused on transitional care for seniors, using house calls to help seniors transition from the hospital to home, or to assisted living as smoothly as possible, and in a way that improves their health and lifestyle.

“The fact that my academic project revolved around what I do professionally is a big thing — improving what I already do,” Ordona said.

He credits classes at Boise State with helping him learn how to get the word out to the medical community beyond campus about his work. After graduation he’ll present his research at conferences in California, the United Kingdom and Australia. A class in policy also opened doors and set him on a path of advocacy. He’s working for “full practice authority” for nurse practitioners, or laws that would broaden the scope of procedures they’re able to perform independently, without a physician.

Pam Strohfus, associate professor and coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Program, said she “could go on and on” about Ordona, whom she called a “wonderful human being.”

“Ron Ordona is a deeply committed hard worker who genuinely cares for his patients, staff and family. His commitment to homebound seniors goes well beyond himself as a nurse practitioner; he searches for opportunities to enhance the quality of patients’ lives through creating better healthcare processes. Mr. Ordona uniquely brings others in his journey, sharing successes, challenges and achievements.”

See more posts and photos from Ordona’s drive to Boise on the School of Nursing’s Facebook page.

Celebrate Maya Schimpf as She Retires

Maya SchimpfThe campus community is invited to the College of Health Sciences retirement celebration for Maya Schimpf, family practice nurse practitioner for Health Services. The celebration will be held from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23 in the Health Services’ lobby on the second floor of the Norco Building.

Schimpf’s specialties include working with the patients at Health Services as a clinician and as an educator, to help them learn and apply the tools for health and wellbeing. Schmipf began her career at Health Services in 2013 after she became certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s degree in Nursing with Family Practice emphasis from Idaho State University. She has over 20 years of previous experience as a Registered Nurse in telemetry and Emergency Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the mountains, floating on the rivers and gardening.

Faculty and Staff Complete Department of Kinesiology Fitness Challenge

Hats off to the top 10 finalists of the Spring 2018 Fitness Challenge, sponsored by the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology.

The Fitness Challenge is a friendly competition between Boise State employees who train with kinesiology students over the course of one semester to see who improved their health and fitness most. Faculty and staff commit to nine weeks of personal training provided by students of the KINES 432: Conditioning Principles class. Student personal trainers develop and guide clients through an exercise routine designed to help participants meet their health and fitness goals.

Students in the kinesiology department would like to thank and congratulate all of the finalists of the Fitness Challenge who improved their health and fitness this semester. As a result of the challenge, more than $4,000 was raised for the Department of Kinesiology scholarships.

Finalists and their departments include:

  • Alma Navarrete, High School Equivalency Program
  • Anna Bailey, Service Learning Center
  • Claire Xiong, Department of Material Science and Engineering
  • Eva Horn, Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies
  • Michelle Vos, Department of Management
  • Ramona Martin, Department of Construction Management
  • Rossitta Fleming, Early and Special Education
  • Shin Pu, Biomolecular Research Center
  • Victoria Hoshino, Financial Aid  
  • Yong Gao, Department of Kinesiology