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Nancy Napier’s Idaho Stateman Uncomfortable Blog

Nancy Napier's tent along Middle Fork of the Salmon River

photo: AW Olbrich

In her recent blog, “Teacher, get thee out of thy comfort zone,” Nancy Napier tells of having to take her own medicine.

“I swallowed hard and jumped in … and, boy, was that out of my comfort zone.” said Napier.

Read more here.

Department of Management Faculty Attend Design Thinking Conference

Boise State University COBE faculty Chris Baughn and Christy SuciuChris Baughn and Christy Suciu from the Department of Management, enjoyed the Design Thinking conference they attended in Boston.

Be an Officer in the Human Resource Association Student Organization

The student organization Human Resource Association (HRA) has four open officer positions for the upcoming school year (2016-17).

  • Treasurer
  • Director of Community Relations
  • Director of Chapter Info Systems
  • Director of Student Relations

HRA will be having training sessions on August 17 from 6-8 p.m. and August 22 from 4-6 p.m. in the Micron Business and Economics Building.

If you are interested please email President Jillian Lumbert ( to get started on the journey to officership and beyond or if you have any questions!

To learn how to become a HRA member and more, visit the Boise State HRA website (opens in new tab).

MBA Student, Hannah Coad, Interned for Senator Crapo

Boise State MBA student, Hannah CoadIdaho Senator Mike Crapo recognized the service of his summer interns in his Boise, Twin Falls, and Washington, D.C., offices. One of these interns is MBA candidate Hannah Joy Coad. Coad was stationed at the D.C. office and had the opportunity to work on legislative issues before the federal government and assisted the Senator’s constituent services, communications and news teams.

“As an intern in the U.S. Senate, each individual has gained hands-on experience working in the legislative branch, with the unique opportunity to see how the needs and views of Idahoans are considered before Congress,” said Crapo. “They have represented Idaho well, and I wish them continued success.”

Of her time on The Hill, Coad said, “Interning with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in Washington, D.C. this summer has been a fascinating, educational and wonderful experience. Through my duration here, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the commitment of the staff and legislatures in formulating and drafting the laws that are in the best interest of the state. One of my favorite aspects of this program has been the opportunity to attend a variety of Congressional briefings, hearings and committee meetings on topics ranging from national cybersecurity, to healthcare, to NATO and international affairs. I would highly recommend this experience to any student seeking an opportunity to learn in depth the workings of Capitol Hill.”

MBA student Hannah Joy Coad on far right in front of the U.S. Capitol Building

Boise State MBA student, Hannah Joy Coad on far right

Coad began her work in D.C. in May and returns to Boise August 18 to start her second and final year in the Career Track MBA program. As a graduate assistant in the College of Business and Economics, Coad has researched and written on a variety of topics including international healthcare, design thinking and privacy policies. Coad has assisted in the marketing the new Bridge to Career business minor and the COBE sustainability report and will continue to work this fall for the Department of Management and International Business Program.

A Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, native, Coad earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Upon her graduation from the MBA program, she will pursue a law degree. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys skiing, running, and reading.


Michail Fragkias, COBE Assistant Professor, Published Paper on Nighttime Light and Urban Electricity Use

image Michail FragkiasA paper written by Michail Fragkias, José Lobo (Arizona State University) and Karen C. Seto (Yale University) was published in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. Titled “A comparison of nighttime lights data for urban energy research: Insights from scaling analysis in the U.S. system of cities,” it looks at nighttime lights in urban areas. An abstract follows. Read Fragkias’ paper here.


Urban areas contribute to about 75 percent of global fossil fuel CO2 emissions and are a primary driver of climate change. If greenhouse gas emissions for the top 20 emitting urban areas were aggregated into a one country, it would rank third behind China and the U.S. With urban areas forecasted to triple between 2010 and 2030 and urban population expected to increase by more than 2.5 billion, sustainable development will require a better understanding of how different types of urbanization affect energy use. However, there is a scarcity of data on energy use at the urban level that are available globally. Nighttime light satellite data have been shown to be related to energy use, but to date there has not been a systematic comparison of how well different sources of nighttime light data and their derived products can proxy electricity use. This paper fills this gap. First, we perform a comparative analysis of different types of nighttime light satellite data to proxy for electricity use for U.S. cities. Second, we examine how the different types of nighttime light satellite data scale with the size of urban settlements and connect these findings to recent theoretical advances in scaling. We find that (1) all measures of nighttime light and urban electricity use in the U.S. are strongly correlated and (2) different nighttime light-derived data can measure distinct urban energy characteristics such as energy infrastructure volume versus energy use. Our results do not show a clear best nighttime light proxy for total electricity consumption, despite of the use of higher spatial and temporal resolution data.

College of Business and Economics Joins Responsible Management Education Group – UNPRME

Flags in front of the Micron Business and Economics Building at Boise StateThe College of Business and Economics (COBE) at Boise State University recently became a signatory to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

The mission of PRME is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. As a signatory, COBE students, faculty and staff gain access to dynamic local and global learning communities that collaborate on projects and events to address the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century, including poverty, health and inclusion.

Boise State University's College of Business and Economics student sustainability reporters 2015

Sustainability Reporting Team

PRME aligns with and supports the college’s commitment to responsible business, including the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI), sponsored by Wells Fargo. In preparation for becoming a PRME signatory, COBE integrated the six PRME principles into its 2015 Sustainability Report. As a signatory of PRME, COBE is well positioned to continue to integrate global social responsibility throughout its curriculum, research and community engagement efforts.

Dean Ken Petersen said, “We believe in role modeling responsible business practices by joining PRME. High performing companies like Boise-based Jitasa are signatories to the U.N. Global Compact and the college equivalent standard is PRME. We hope we are the first of many Idaho colleges to demonstrate this commitment to integrating economic, social and environmental impacts into the heart of our business aspirations and strategies.”

Learn more about COBE’s steps to become a signatory on the PRME website,

Nancy Napier, Article in the Idaho Statesman: Benefits of Being a Beginner at Something, Again

Boise State University Distinguished Professor, Nancy Napier, is “… a student to the core.” Read her article about being a beginner here.