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Fernando Perez worked incredibly hard to make 2020 a special year. He had been selected to be part of the National Youth Orchestra, invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and go on a two-week tour of North America. But then the pandemic hit, putting those dreams on hold.

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It's estimated that approximately 10,000 Boise State University students will attend at least one in-person class this semester. That said, thousands more will be accessing instruction from a distance. As Idaho's largest institution of higher education begins another academic year, students, faculty and staff are facing a lengthy list of safety protocols, while the spread of COVID-19 isn't expected to abate any time soon.

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Animal shelters across the nation reported an immediate surge in pet adoptions as Americans withdrew to their homes due to COVID-19. The term "pandemic puppies" became a quick catchphrase. But our relationships with our pets runs much deeper than any particular moment in history — no matter how dire.

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Ann Larson graduated from Boise State University with a chemistry degree in the ‘90s. Now, she’s a chemist in California and also volunteers remotely at an orphanage in Mwanza, Tanzania.


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Boise State University this week announced furloughs for all staff and full-time faculty. The university says cancelled events and student refunds have cost nearly $10 million in lost revenue. Employees will take between four and 10 work days without pay, depending on their salary.

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Boise State University is temporarily furloughing employees as a result of the financial fallout from COVID-19, according to an email sent to employees from university President Marlene Tromp.

Seniors set to graduate this spring at Boise State University will not get the chance to walk across stage. University officials announced Wednesday they’re preparing for a digital commencement ceremony in May. Frankie Barnhill has more.


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Beginning Monday, March 16, Boise State has moved to online-only instruction for its nearly 30,000 students, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Idaho's other public colleges and universities are expected to shift coursework to online-only in the coming days.

Boise State University says four students from South Korea participating in a school program are in self-isolation for 14 days in Boise. The school in a statement Thursday says the students cleared a health screening for the new coronavirus after arriving in Seattle on Monday. The virus causes the disease called COVID-19. School spokesman Greg Hahn says the four students are staying in an apartment in a complex owned by the university. He says they're able to take classes online.

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The Narrative TV Initiative is a Boise State University program that gives students real world experience in the television production process through the creation from start to finish of a show. 

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Picture books aren’t just for kids, especially not when they’re made by Scott Samuelson. 

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Graduate students spend years researching and writing about one single topic. They leave university with knowledge and information many people will never understand. And that’s a problem — a problem an unusual competition seeks to solve.

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In 2019, 26,000 Idahoans 65 and older were living with Alzheimer’s disease. Now, new research suggests that drugs being tested to stop that disease are not working. Some scientists say 30 years of past research on what causes the illness may be all wrong. Some of that research is coming out of Boise State University.


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Value-based healthcare is designed to incentivize high quality care to Medicare patients. The goal is to help lower and middle income families receive high quality care without private insurance. As more providers move toward this model, Boise State University is launching a certificate program in January to train folks in the healthcare industry. We learn more from the program's director. 

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In 1600, a Basque-born nun named Catalina de Erauso escaped the nunnery in Spain where they lived and began to dress as a man. They boarded a ship to South America where they spent 17 years fighting as a male conquistador. De Erauso returned to Spain where both the king and the pope gave them permission to live openly as a transgender man. This unbelievable story is the subject of a 17th Century Spanish play based on real events. Boise State professor Mac Test is translating the play to English, and joins Idaho Matters.

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After Republicans blasted Boise State University’s diversity programs this past summer, state lawmakers from both parties squared off in a debate Tuesday night on the issue.

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Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) refuses to answer questions about President Donald Trump, a legislator pushes to defund Boise State University, and a new Boise City Council debate. The Reporter Roundtable recaps these headlines and more on Idaho Matters.

Boise State University's Blue Sky Institute is holding its annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit on October 8. This year's summit will take place after Idaho lawmakers sent a letter criticizing diversity initiatives to newly minted university President Marlene Tromp took office. We talk with the organizers of the summit -- which is in its 5th year -- about what they hope this year's event does for the community.

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Dust devils — those updrafts of rotating air you see in parking lots or in the desert — have been studied by scientists since the mid-19th century. But this science has seen a resurgence since the 1970’s when we started sending spacecraft to mars, where dust devils have been found in abundance. We talk with a Boise State University professor who hopes to learn more about the devils on the red planet by looking closer at the phenomenon in the high desert of Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho. 

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Does where you live affect how you donate to political campaigns? That was the question Boise State assistant professor Jaclyn Kettler asked in her new study. The results are out in the August edition of the “Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties.” She looked at how more than 7,000 people donated in a U.S. House election. Then they looked again after those people had moved somewhere else. Did their donating habits change?

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When Idaho’s State Board of Education announced this spring that Marlene Tromp would be the next president of Boise State University, the crowd at the Stueckle Sky Center erupted in applause. After more than a year-long search, the university would have a new leader. 

  • Boise State's new president stops by for a chat.
  • New study looks into public perceptions of red flag laws. 
  • How do you keep drones from flying into each other?

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Idaho House Majority Leader Mike Moyle used a provocative analogy in his repeated criticism of diversity programs at Boise State University.

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter says his advocacy for installing facial recognition technology at City Hall and City Hall West comes as a response to city employees who say they're concerned for their safety.

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For the past week, the partisan debate has intensified regarding diversity and inclusion programs at Boise State University. A group of 28 Republican Idaho House members have openly criticized such programs, while a group of 21 Democratic members of the Idaho Legislature have voiced their support for the university's efforts of inclusion.