Beyond The Blue highlights Boise State University students, faculty and alumni who are proudly representing the university on campus and across the globe.
Award-winning professor dedicated to improving the lives of osteoarthritis sufferers
Osteoarthritis impacts more than one third of the world’s population over the age of 65. Boise State assistant professor Clare Fitzpatrick is dedicated to preventing osteoarthritis through a holistic understanding of the factors that cause and advance the incurable disease. As a recipient of the National Science Foundation's highly-competitive CAREER award, Fitzpatrick's research has the potential to improve the lives of millions around the world.
Fitzpatrick discusses why this research means so much to her, how she hopes to improve the lives of millions around the world, and how Boise State students can take part in this groundbreaking work.
Award-winning professor wants to change the way materials corrode
There’s a complex interplay between a material and its environment. People see the result of this relationship more often than they realize, like when noticing corrosion or rust on metal objects. But there are underlying mechanisms that go way beyond just what is seen. Mike Hurley, an assistant professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering and one of the five National Science Foundation CAREER awardees representing Boise State for 2020, is using state-of-the-art instruments and methods to go much deeper into this fascinating relationship. His research also looks to guide engineers to design materials with new, innovative properties that are more reliable than ever before.
Computer science might not be what you think it is
Cathie Olschanowsky believes everyone should know a little bit about computer science. As an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, Olschanowsky's knowledge and research involving supercomputers received national recognition with a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Her passion goes beyond just the classroom as she provides educational opportunities for at-risk teens and local and regional high schools.
In this episode of Beyond The Blue, Olschanowsky explains her groundbreaking research, how she hopes it will impact the world, and why computer science might not be exactly what we think it is.
Boise State community poised to 3D print vital medical equipment
It didn’t take long in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis before Boise State professor Amy Vecchione started hearing from students, staff and faculty who wanted to help the community. She heard from those who own 3D printers who were willing to share their equipment and expertise to create much-needed medical equipment like face shields and more.
How two students are working to make Boise State home for everyone
The second episode of the Beyond The Blue podcast series – which highlights students, faculty and alumni who are proudly representing the university on campus and across the globe – places the spotlight on two exceptional students who are working to make Boise, and this university, home for everyone.
Halima Hamud, a political science major who has her sights set on holding leadership positions with ASBSU and beyond, came to America from Kenya when she was 11 years old. Shukuru Kamulete, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, relocated to Boise at age 14 and is now finishing his degree in social work. These two students discuss the many challenges they have overcome and their work in local high schools to encourage other refugee students that they, too, can achieve their dreams through higher education.
We also hear from Gail Shuck, professor of English at Boise State and the director of English language support programs.
Boise State student-athletes go Beyond The Blue
In the first episode, hear about the lives of five highly-motivated Boise State student-athletes who are currently enrolled in the Honors College. Find out why these students decided to “bleed blue and honor orange,” what pushes them to reach new levels in and out of the classroom, and how Boise State has prepared them for their future careers.
Guests include Andrew Finstuen, dean of the Honors College, and student-athletes Georgia Zacest, Nicole Suppelsa, Maddi Nilson, Ryland McDermott and Isabelle Butler.
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Great Insight to BSU
This podcast is awesome! Episode 1 does a great job of promoting the incredible athletes beyond the playing field! Bleed blue, honor orange!