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Martin Blair

Host of ISU Research, Innovation, and Creativity Insights

Blair began his career as a special education teacher. Following that experience, he spent the next two decades at Utah’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Center for Persons with Disabilities, the Utah Assistive Technology Program, Utah’s Interagency Outreach Training Initiative, the National Center on Disability and Access to Education, and the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education. In the various positions he held during that time, he was well regarded for his trusting and collaborative relationships with colleagues from a variety of disciplines.

Blair holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in secondary education, and a doctorate in education and disability policy from Utah State University. He also earned certifications from the National Leadership Institute at the University of Delaware and CITI: Social and Behavioral Research. He is an international policy research consultant, member of the “Together We Grow” consortium, and on the executive committee of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Board of Directors. He has authored more than 100 publications.

  • ISU Associate Professor Sarah Robey discusses the impact and history of nuclear energy in America. She talks about how the so-called “atomic age” of the past 70+ years has influenced cultural and societal expectations and relationships.
  • ISU Geosciences professor, Dr. Sarah Godsey and current PhD student, Sarah Newcomb, talk about innovative research that impacts food, farming, forests, fish and the future of Idaho’s economy. From the headwaters of the Snake River to the agriculture fields of southern Idaho, water is the key to Idaho’s sustainable future.
  • Idaho Accelerator Center director, Jon Stoner, and two ISU students from the Department of Chemistry, Jacob Egbert and Matt Cannon, describe what the Idaho Accelerator Center is and talk about how they and other ISU researchers are involved in cutting edge research to cure cancers such as sarcomas and prostate cancer.
  • Dr. Cori Jenkins, ISU Associate Professor of Chemistry and Kyler Sayer, an ISU Master’s student in Chemistry, join Marty Blair, VP for Research and Economic Development to discuss innovative research on “green” chemistry. Jenkins and Sayer discuss ways in which the native plants we find in our yards are helping us break down plastics, and how natural plant compounds are being tested and used as adhesives…“green” glue. Sayer, an ISU student, talks about his hands-on experience as a student researcher, and together, Sayer and Jenkins explore how his ISU experience sets him apart from undergraduate research at other universities.
  • More than 30,000 infections each year are untreatable with antibiotics. The only solution is limb amputation or major tissue removal. Sarah Hobdey, an ISU Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences and Boise Veterans Association (VA) Associate Research Scientist, Anyauba Nmaju, a PhD student in Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and VP for Research and Economic Development, Marty Blair, discuss ISU-based research that seeks innovative therapies to address the problem.
  • Thom Hasenpflug and VP for Research and Economic Development, Marty Blair, talk about music as a pursuit of knowledge and discovery. Listening to several of Dr. Hasenpflug’s recent compositions, they make parallels between creative pursuits in the arts and hard-science disciplines such as engineering and biology.
  • Keith Weber has been the Director of ISU’s GIS Training and Research Center for more than 25 years. Marty Blair and Keith Weber discuss the NASA RECOVER program, which provides real time information on wildfires across the United States and fire impact on landscape rehabilitation.