First Lady Laura Vailas


Dr. Laura I. Vailas 

Laura Vailas, a native of Rhode Island, met ISU President Arthur Vailas while they were undergraduates at the University of New Hampshire. Both pursued graduate degrees at the University of Iowa, where she joined the lipid research team in the UI College of Medicine. A registered dietitian, she went on to conduct and lead clinical lipid research in the University of Southern California School of Medicine and University of Wisconsin Medical School. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she earned her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences, and a certificate in gerontology. After relocating to Houston and doing a year of post-doctoral research, she became assistant director of the University of Houston Institute for Molecular Design, and later, associate dean for advancement in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University, and taught courses in nutrition and biochemistry. Her accomplishments include the authorship of grant proposals totaling more than $9 million to increase the number of minority students receiving degrees in STEM disciplines, and contributions to current knowledge about risk for malnutrition in elderly people. In recognition of her work in lipid research and cardiovascular disease, she was named Fellow of the American Heart Association. Since Idaho law prevents the spouse of a university president from working at the university, Dr. Vailas volunteers her services in university advancement initiatives and local community programs and consults for educational and health care organizations.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Laura I. Vailas 



Laura Vailas at University Events

Laura Vailas at University Events

Spring Communiversity

Volunteering at Communiversity

Volunteering at Communiversity

VOICE Students

VOICE Student with President Vailas, Laura I Vailas, and Laura Woodwoth-Ney

Jakob Dylan

Laura Vailas with Honorary Doctor of Letters, Jakob Dylan, Paige Dylan, and the President Arthur Vailas

Gem Legacy, February 25, 2011

Laura Vailas chats with Vicky Mainzer before dinner begins

Laura Vailas enjoys the presentations at the Gem Legacy Donor Recognition Dinner

Veterans Club Bowling Social, February 12, 2011

Laura Vailas joins officers of the ISU Veteran's Club at a family bowling party in the Pond SUB Feb 12.

MFA Exhibition Tim Goodworth - Davis Gallery

Laura Vailas with Tim Goodworth in the Davis Gallery

Veterans Sanctuary Blake Stephens Scholarship

Dr. Laura Vailas at the presentation of the Sgt. Blake Stephens memorial scholarships by the Veterans Sanctuary, January, 2011


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