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Michail Fragkias Published Global Scenarios of Urban Density and Its Impacts on Building Energy Use through 2050

image Michail FragkiasMichail Fragkias, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, published a paper in the Sustainability in an Urbanizing Planet Special Feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper is titled “Global scenarios of urban density and its impacts on building energy use through 2050.” Co-authors are Burak Güneralp (lead), Yuyu Zhou, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Mukesh Gupta, Sha Yu, Pralit L. Patel, Xiaoma Li, and Karen C. Seto. Read Fragkias’ paper here.


Urban density significantly impacts urban energy use and the quality of life of urban residents. Here, we provide a global-scale analysis of future urban densities and associated energy use in the built environment under different urbanization scenarios. The relative importance of urban density and energy-efficient technologies varies geographically. In developing regions, urban density tends to be the more critical factor in building energy use. Large-scale retrofitting of building stock later rather than sooner results in more energy savings by the middle of the century. Reducing building energy use, improving the local environment, and mitigating climate change can be achieved through systemic efforts that take potential co-benefits and trade-offs of both higher urban density and building energy efficiency into account.

Nancy Napier’s Blog – “Ask Questions with Ignorant Vulnerability, and Ye Shall Receive”

Nancy Napier, Distinguished Professor, retiredNancy Napier has a smirk (I’m-in-a-pickle kind of smirk) she uses to get people to be more open and helpful. Read her blog in the Idaho Statesman.

Department of Economics and Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation Published Study of Economic Impact of Power Boaters

To quantify the economic impact of power boating to the state, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) partnered with the Department of Economics at Boise State University to conduct a study.  Spending on power boating related products and services contributed $335.3 million to Idaho’s economy in 2015.

“It’s clear that recreation is big business in Idaho,” said David Langhorst, IDPR Director. “Understanding the economic impacts assists our agency in making the best management decisions possible when it comes to providing and maintaining recreation access in our state.”

The study includes a comprehensive survey of Idaho registered boaters and their participation in both day trips and overnight trips.  The study took into consideration factors such as purchase of boats and equipment, maintenance and repair expenses, and travel costs such as fuel, food and lodging.

College of Business and Economics faculty that worked on the study are Geoffrey Black, Michail Fragkias, Zeynep Hansen, Don Holley and Scott Lowe. Graduate research assistant, Rob Humphrey also contributed.

The full study, Economic Impact and Importance of Power Boating in Idaho, can be found on the Idaho Park and Recreation website.

Happy Holidays Video from Boise State University

Karen Corral, IT Management Associate Professor, Coauthored an Article Published in the Information Systems Frontiers Journal

Karen Corral, IT-SCM dept. chair Boise State UniversityKaren Corral and colleagues had a paper, “Enabling Self-Service BI: A Methodology and a Case Study for a Model Management Warehouse,” accepted for publication in the journal Information Systems Frontiers.  

Karen is an associate professor in the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. Read Corral’s article here.

Information Systems Frontiers examines new research and development at the interface of information systems and information technology from analytical, behavioral, and technological perspectives. It provides a common forum for both frontline industrial developments as well as pioneering academic research.

Idaho SBDC Clients Benefit from Partnership with Boise State

One of benefits the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers its clients in the Boise area, is its ability to leverage the resources provided through its partnership with Boise State. Many companies are looking for talented students to help them with projects and the SBDC encourages its clients to utilize Boise State for this purpose. Some of the programs the SBDC is involved in are formalized, like COBE’s Marketing 425 class and Human Resource Management 305 class, in which student teams work directly with SBDC clients to deliver a report or handbook as well as receive class credit.

Plus, there is also an organic network effect that happens because of the Boise State partnership. For example, an SBDC client called Predictable Ryde (real-time bus tracking for schools and parents) was encouraged by the SBDC to attend the Develop Idaho conference. Predictable Ryde applied to the conference and was selected to present their business. While there, the company met professor Bogdan Dit, and then applied, and was accepted as a 481 Computer Science Senior Design project. This means the company will have a team of six Boise State Computer Science seniors, working for two semesters to help the design and build an iPhone app.

Other SBDC clients utilize interns from local high schools. For example, every year Meridian Technical Charter High School tours the SBDC Nampa Business Accelerator to learn about technology startups. One of the SBDC clients, NSN technologies has gone on to hire six full-time employees that are graduates of the high-school, some of whom also attended Boise State. NSN currently has 4 Boise State interns working on site at the SBDC Nampa Business Accelerator.

The SBDC is proud of the relationship it has with Boise State and continues to look for ways in which to improve the contact between students and clients. This relationship is beneficial to the companies, as they get exposed to talented and energetic students; to the SBDC as the students provide direct value to the companies; and to Boise State as an avenue for students to get real-world experience. The SBDC continues to work hard to find ways, formal and organic, to integrate Boise State students to the Idaho economy and expects to have many more examples to share in the future.

President Kustra Visited COBE Living-Learning Community

Boise State Pres. Kustra at COBE Living-Learning Community Dec. 6, 2016The COBE Living Learning Community (LLC) welcomed President Robert Kustra to their final class of the semester on December 6. Faculty-In-Residence Jonathan Krutz reviewed the LLC’s activities, including business tours, service projects, social activities and the LLC’s innovative partnership with campus food vendor Aramark.

Kustra congratulated students on choosing to live in the Living-Learning Community. He said statistics show that performance and satisfaction are higher for LLC students. The Living Learning Community gives support, builds camaraderie and helps connect what is learned in the classroom to daily life.

Kustra thanked the students for their service to the community, specifically mentioning their help at the PurpleStride walk of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. He told students that their service is not disconnected to real life. You might not always see it, but you have a positive impact on people.

LLC resident August Henning asked Kustra about the university’s five-year plan. Kustra highlighted the improvement of undergraduate programs and helping students to navigate studies while having clear career objectives. Kustra said the university is focused on aligning the curriculum to job opportunities.

The community had hand-painted soup mugs for their weekly Soup Sunday social gatherings and presented Kustra with a personalized mug for his use.

Faculty-In-Resident Jonathan Krutz gives Pres. Kustra hand-painted soup mug

LLC present Kustra a soup mug hand-painted by the students

Start line of PurpleStride fundraiser

COBE LLC residents constructed the start and finish lines at the PurpleStride fundraiser for pancreatic cancer

President Kustra speaking to COBE Living-Learning Community residents

President Kustra speaking to COBE Living-Learning Community residents