Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

CONGRESSIONAL GRANT FUNDS ON THEIR WAY

Dental Hygiene Program and Natural History Museum to receive $744,000

WASHINGTON D.C. – Idaho Senator Larry Craig and Representative Mike Simpson announced today that $744,000 in federal funding is being released to Idaho State University (ISU) by the U.S. Department of Education. ISU’s Department of Dental Hygiene will receive $496,000 while its Virtual Idaho Museum of Natural History will receive $248,000. Craig and Simpson, each a member of his respective chamber’s Appropriations Committee, worked together to secure the funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

Senator Craig said, “ISU has made great strides in recent years in providing new and needed educational innovations for the state, and has found a unique niche among the Idaho universities. I am pleased that Congressman Simpson and I have the chance to assist them in this and other endeavors, and I expect we’ll continue to see more great things from ISU.”

“This funding is a crucial component of our ongoing efforts to expand the educational opportunities offered to ISU’s students and the people ofSoutheast Idaho,” said Congressman Simpson. “This funding is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone associated with these two programs at ISU. I commend the faculty and students of ISU for their success and look forward to seeing these programs up and running real soon.”

ISU’s Department of Dental Hygiene will use its share of funding to continue the development of a master’s program in dental hygiene. First year students in the master’s program are currently in the application stage and will begin classes in late August. Craig and Simpson secured $400,000 in Fiscal Year 2004 to begin the development stage of the master’s degree program.

ISU’s Virtual Idaho Museum of Natural History (VIMNH) will virtually archive the valuable collection of the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) and serve as a laboratory for applying this technology to research, teaching, and outreach projects developed by scientists and educators associated with the IMNH and the university. Craig and Simpson secured $250,000 in Fiscal Year 2004 for the operational technology of the VIMNH and the development of scanning protocols by its basic personnel.

Senator Craig is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee through which these projects were funded. Representative Simpson is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and former member of the Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee.

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