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From the Spring 2018 Edition of Discovery

From the Dean

Maura Hagan

Dean Hagan with College of Science Ambassadors

Dean Hagan with College of Science Ambassadors

Photo courtesy Mary-Ann Muffoletto

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Our Spring 2018 issue of Discovery is inspired by Utah State University’s 2017-2018 “Year of the Arts.” This issue’s stories reflect how arts elevate and inspire our alumni and faculty’s creativity and accomplishments. You will also read about the scientific inspiration underlying the exciting art installations Amy Landesberg and Mark Pomilio are creating for our Life Sciences Building. The construction of this building, which is a work of art and design in the making, is slated for completion later this year.

There is abundant evidence that arts elevate, illuminate and inspire science and mathematics throughout the College. Among others, we are particularly proud of our contributions to the S.T.E.A.M. Expo on the USU Eastern Blanding Campus. This event is designed to enliven and increase excitement for learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The fifth annual S.T.E.A.M. Expo was held April 13, 2018, to the delight of many in spite of inclement weather, which curtailed some exhibitions and demonstrations. On our Logan campus, our Spring 2018 Science Unwrapped series featured four public engagement events focused on the science of art, including presentations by USU biologists Zach Gompert and Lauren Lucas and physicist David Peak.

During your next visit to Logan, stop by our college offices to see some of the science-inspired art we have on display, including AARON created by Harold Cohen, the gift of Professors David and Terry Peak, which is on loan from USU’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art and the subject of the article on page 24.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the College of Science at Utah State University. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Maura E. Hagan

Dean, USU College of Science

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