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Research and Economic Development


Boise State University is committed to fostering an environment where research and creative activity thrive. The Division of Research and Economic Development leads this effort by providing comprehensive support for faculty during all phases of the research endeavor; managing the university’s intellectual property portfolio; facilitating relationships with industry for research and commercialization collaboration; and leading outreach aimed at fostering economic development in Boise and the region.

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Communicate Your Research and Creative Activity

The Research and Creative Activities Communications Toolbox offers guidance, resources and staff support from Boise State’s Office of Communications and Marketing team so you can communicate your research and creative activities with confidence. Whether you are a student explaining the microbiome of a mosquito to a class, a lecturer writing a grant proposal to a potential sponsor, or a professor sharing your expertise in a national news outlet, we are here to help.

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Explore Magazine

Explore, the research magazine of Boise State University, is published by the Division of Research and Economic Development with support from the Office of Communications and Marketing. Learn more about the university’s research, creative activities and scholarly endeavors and stories here.

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History literally runs quite deep. Beneath parking lots, in muddy river-beds and even on military testing grounds: no matter where one stands, records of the earth’s and humanity’s history dwell below. Accidental discoveries of these archaeological sites fuel curiosity and wonder, and connect people to their cultural heritage. But these discoveries often prompt another important question: how does one protect a site that hasn’t yet been found?

For Julio Gonzalez Tepetla, a master student in applied anthropology, Boise State offered him the opportunity to do exactly that. Closed captions are available or you can access a transcript in the Video Transcript section of this page.

Video Transcript

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My name is Julio Cesar Leon Gonzalez Tepetla I’m a student at Boise State University and I’m Crew Chief here for the Idaho National Guard Environmental Management Office, Cultural Crew.

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We’re out here today in the Orchard Combat Training Center. It’s commonly known as the OCTC. So we start off by using GIS mapping software and we select areas with a specific elevation, a distance to hydrological features, and a slope. And we select those areas to produce this map. After that’s produced, it’s time for field work.

The reason we’re doing this is to identify those sites so we can develop protective measures, so that military personnel can continue training in these lands. This research impacts various groups of people, including military personnel who use this land to train, indigenous people who have historical ties to the land, us researchers, because we get valuable data from this research, and the general public, because they have an opportunity to learn from our research we conduct here.

Achieving my bachelor’s has impacted me in so many ways. This is why I came to this country from Mexico. So I feel like I’m accomplishing what I’m here to do. And, I hope to inspire my younger family members to do the same and show them that this is possible.

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