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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.

In This Issue

Two years ago, starting with the germ of an idea of some faculty leaders on campus, Boise State created the School of Public Service — a new institution that would combine public policy and political science; global and environmental studies; community development and criminal justice. This school has attracted world-class thinkers and researchers like Dean Corey Cook, a city governance expert who came to us from the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good; and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Steven Feldstein, now the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs.

This issue of Explore focuses on the fascinating research being conducted by faculty within the School of Public Service – research that is utilized by policymakers, business leaders and nonprofits throughout the state.


Jen Schneider and Corey Cook
Centered on Service
The School of Public Service blends research and service for the public good.

Pretty dots
Big Data Equals Big Potential
Students are working to help first responders interpret, use data ethically.

Partial map of Boise
The Idaho Policy Institute
A resource for policymakers making informed decisions.

Student walking with air monitor
Air Apparent
Environmental studies course puts students to work studying air and water quality.

Boise skyline
Crafting Policies
Helping policymakers searching for effective solutions to pressing public concerns.

Explore magazine is available online along with Boise State University’s alumni magazine, FOCUS on Boise State University. Check out the archive to view past issues of Explore magazine.

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