POCATELLO – Idaho State University geosciences Associate Professor Benjamin Crosby is heading about 6,000 miles south to Concepción, Chile, where he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Concepción and do research to assess the impact of hydroelectric dams in Chile.
During his one-year sabbatical from ISU, including six months serving as a Fulbright Scholar, Crosby will be responsible for teaching and research among diverse Universidad de Concepción faculty members in engineering, geosciences and geography.
He will be teaching the first geomorphology course in that university’s history.
Geomorphology is a branch of geology focusing on the processes that sculpt the topographic texture of the earth’s surface. He will leave his course and laboratory materials with a faculty member who will continue to teach the course after Crosby leaves.
“They have never had a geomorphology class taught at the university,” Crosby said. “This will be the first time that students are exposed to the dynamic interactions between rivers, hillslopes and glaciers. This class will be of interest to a wide variety of theoretical and applied academic disciplines at the university.”
The ISU Outdoor Adventure Center is sponsoring a caving expedition to Government Cave in the Arco Desert this Saturday, May 25. Escape the heat and go underground up to a mile deep, complete with belly crawls and cathedral-high ceilings. Caves will be chosen that meet the skill level of the participants. Estimated cost for ISU students is $10, or $20 for faculty/staff/spouses.
By Bob Devine
Summer classes began this week at Idaho State University and along with classes comes summer events. The Pocatello Film Society — ISU’s Alternative Cinema Circle — has released its summer movie schedule. All are welcome to attend these shows, presented in cooperation with the Idaho Progressive Student Alliance, with support from various volunteers, which include both students and community members.
Things begin tonight with a Free Movie Night, as the comedy/drama “Bird in the Air” plays at 6 and 8:15 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the Pond Student Union. A man in search of his past, and a woman who lives in the moment, are brought together when they pursue the origins of a stray parrot, an adventure that sends them on a heartfelt journey of selfdiscovery. Film Forward Magazine calls the film, “A lovely little modern screwball comedy that only hardhearted cynics will resist,” while the Los Angeles Times adds that it’s an “involving character dramedy with a pair of appealing leads who help give this offbeat movie flight.” (Rated PG-13) Admission is free. Trailer and more information is at www.pocatel lofilmsociety.com .
Then next week is a Double Feature week, with the acclaimed documentary “A Place at the Table” and Phoenix Film Festival winning movie “Shuffled,” both playing at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., on Thursday and Friday, May 30 and 31. Attendees can come to the Bengal Theater for tickets and will then be directed to either the theater or another meeting room nearby to watch the shows. Tickets are $2, or $1 with a Bengal ID. Admission is for both shows, so only one ticket purchase is necessary, and can be used on the same night or to see one show each night.
“A Place at the Table” is a Sundance Grand Prize nominee, and features actor Jeff Bridges and “Top Chef” star Tom Colicchio, as the next chapter on America’s food crisis explores the hunger epidemic in America, with 1 in 4 kids not knowing where their next meal is coming from. (Rated PG).
It’s “Free Movie Night” with romantic comedy/drama “Bird in the Air” playing this Thursday, May 23, at 6:00 and 8:15 p.m. at the Bengal Theater in the Pond Student Union. A man in search of his past, and a woman who lives in the moment, are brought together when they pursue the origins of a stray parrot, an adventure that sends them on a heartfelt journey of self-discovery. Film Forward Magazine calls the film, “A lovely little modern screwball comedy that only hard-hearted cynics will resist,” while the Los Angeles Times adds that it’s an “involving character dramedy with a pair of appealing leads who help give this offbeat movie flight.” (Rated PG-13) All are welcome. Trailer and more information is at www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/bird.
By Journal Staff
Idaho State University has agreed to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Security Rule, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.
This settlement involves the potential breach of unsecured electronic protected health information of 17,500 people who were patients at an ISU clinic during the fall and spring semesters of 2010-11.
However, no individual patient information was ever compromised, according to ISU officials.
The Office for Civil Rights opened its investigation after ISU notified HHS that health information of about 17,500 people was accessible at its Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic because an ISU server firewall was disabled.
“After working closely with OCR (Office for Civil Rights) for over a year, we were prepared to accept their findings and learn from this experience,” said Gregory Ehardt, ISU HIPAA/Assistant Compliance Officer.
The Civil Rights Office investigators found that ISU did not apply proper security measures and policies to address risks to health records and did not have in place procedures for routine review of information system activity which could have detected the breach in the firewall much sooner. Overall, ISU failed to ensure the uniform implementation of required Security Rule protections at each of its covered clinics.
“The firewall was disabled for maintenance purposes and unfortunately was not restored properly,” Ehardt said. “It was disabled from approximately August 2010 to May 2011. We did not have the proper security measures at Pocatello Family Medicine at the time.”
The firewall protected a university server storing individually identifiable information.
“As soon as we discovered that individually identifiable data was on this server, we chose to report,” Ehardt said. “Upon further due diligence, however, we determined that no patient records were accessed and the data was not compromised.”
In addition to notifying all individuals with information on this particular server, the university provided free credit monitoring for potentially affected patients of the clinic.
ISU news release:
Camas. Submitted photo.
POCATELLO – “Sustaining Lewis and Clark, How Camas Kept the Expedition from Starving” is the topic of an Idaho Museum of Natural History presentation by Mary Dundas at 7 p.m. May 30.
The presentation will be held in the Idaho State University College of Education Auditorium, Building 62 on the ISU campus, 1502 E. Terry, Pocatello. There is free parking available across the street from the college.
Her presentation is based on the article Dundas published in Idaho Yesterdays magazine, Vol. 48, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2007. Dundas is a retired professor and director of the ISU dietetics programs.
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The Office for Civil Rights press release and Journal staff:
Idaho State University has agreed to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Security Rule.
This settlement involves the breach of unsecured electronic protected health information of 17,500 individuals who were patients at an ISU clinic.
The Office for Civil Rights opened its investigation after ISU notified HHS that the ePHI of approximately 17,500 individuals was accessible at its Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic because an ISU server firewall was disabled.
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