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Many exciting talks are scheduled for this conference. Details on the featured speakers are listed below – indicative of what you can look forward to at this conference.

Michal Temkin Martínez To Speak on Integrating Teaching, Research and Service – The Boise Language Project

Michal Temkin MMichaltMartinezartínez, Boise State University, will deliver her lecture on Wednesday, July 30 2014, 1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. in the Student Union: Lookout Room, Boise State University. The title of her talk will be Integrating Teaching, Research and Service – The Boise Language Project.

Michal Temkin Martínez is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Boise State University and the director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics from California State University, Northridge and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching focus on the areas of phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics. In 2010, Dr. Temkin Martínez established the Boise Language Project (BLP) to begin the documentation of languages spoken by refugees in the Boise area with her students. The project was supported by the Arts and Humanities Institute and their Research Block Grant. Since 2011, the BLP has helped train 48 students in linguistic field methods, and has collaborated with four different language communities in Boise. Over the last few years, Dr. Temkin Martínez has secured additional funding from the Arts and Humanities Institute and the Idaho Humanities Council to focus on specific research projects stemming from the BLP.

J.R. Tietsort To Speak on Encryption in Business

TietsortJ.R. Tietsort, Micron Technology, will deliver his lecture on Thursday, July 31 2014, 1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. in the Student Union: Jordan Ballroom, Boise State University. The title of his talk will be Encryption in Business.

J.R. Tietsort currently is the Director of IT Governance at Micron Technology, Inc. In this role, he has responsibilities for information risk and security, IT finance, sourcing governance, and regulatory compliance. He has been at Micron for over 15 years serving in primarily datacenter infrastructure roles of increasing responsibility. In that time, he has supported a variety of operating systems, monitoring tools, and networks. His focus lately has been on rapidly evolving cyber threats and how they threaten the industry’s evolution of cloud technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Business Information Systems as well as the ITIL Expert certification.


Registered ICUR participants are invited to attend former NASA astronaut Wendy B. Lawrence’s presentation to the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program sponsored by the Idaho State Department of Education.


Wendy Lawrence is a retired United States Navy Captain and NASA Astronaut. She earned her bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from U.S. Naval Academy and master’s degree in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). A distinguished flight school graduate, Lawrence was designated as a naval aviator in 1982. She has more than 1,500 hours flight time in six different types of helicopters and has made more than 800 shipboard landings. Her military service included: Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6), where she was one of the first two female helicopter pilots to make a long deployment to the Indian Ocean as part of a carrier battle group; Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light THIRTY (HSL-30), where she was officer-in-charge of Detachment ALFA; and the U.S. Naval Academy, where she served as physics instructor and the novice women’s crew coach. Lawrence was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1992 and has logged over 1225 hours in space. She is a veteran of four space shuttle missions, serving on an astronomical observatory mission (STS-67), two science and logistics missions to the Russian Space Station Mir (STS-86 and 91), and the Shuttle Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station (STS-114). As a NASA astronaut, Lawrence also served as the Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, and as the astronaut office representative for International Space Station crew training, operations and support. Lawrence’s honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the National Navy League’s Captain Winifred Collins Award for inspirational leadership.

Wendy B. Lawrence, NASA Astronaut (ret.), will deliver her lecture on Thursday, July 31 2014, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Lookout Room, Student Union Building, Boise State University. The title of her talk will be Space Exploration.