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From left, USU undergrads Riannon Smith and Melena Garrett are investigating emerging CRISPR technology with USU biochemistry assistant professor Ryan Jackson, right. The two URCO recipients present their research on Utah's Capitol Hill Feb. 28.

Targeting Disease: USU Undergrads Explore Emerging 'CRISPR' Technology

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Mention emerging CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) technology and many people think of “designer babies.”
“When people hear ‘CRISPR,’ they think of a tool for editing DNA,” says Utah State University biochemist Ryan Jackson. “It’s actually an immune system found in bacteria.”

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USU undergraduate Mikayla Austin, left, pictured with USU Brigham City faculty mentor Jessica Habashi, right, is investigating how to increase student interest in research. She presents findings to state legislators Feb. 28 on Utah's Capitol Hill.

USU Brigham City Scholar Fosters Undergraduate Research on Regional Campus

Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

Utah State University scholar Mikayla Austin remembers how it felt to return to college after a few years absence.
“I felt a bit intimidated,” says the self-described non-traditional student, who resumed studies at USU’s Brigham City campus, after her employer ‘downsized’ her position. “I wasn’t sure I could measure up.”

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USU undergraduate researcher Matthew Thompson, right, with USDA-ARS support scientist Ellen Klinger, left, is investigating the effects of pesticides on honey bees. He presents research to Utah legislators Feb. 28.

Sticky Problem: USU Undergrad Researcher Investigates Honey Bee Decline

Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2018

Modern chemical ingredients known as “adjuvants” make cosmetics, cleaning solutions and paints, as well as pesticides, glide on with ease in cost-effective application. But one type of these, potent organosilicone surfactants, may spell trouble for bees.

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USU undergrad researcher Garrett Rydalch, center, in harness, participates in an experiment with faculty mentor Dave Bolton, left, and undergrads Hunter Bell, seated at right, and Mahmoud Mansour, right. Rydalch presents to Utah legislators Feb. 28.

Falling for Science: USU Undergrad Researcher Explores Neuroscience

Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2018

The split-second into a stumble and fall is filled with shocking terror, with a blink of time to react. The instant dread is warranted, as accidental tumbles send millions of Americans to emergency rooms each year. The problem is especially serious for the elderly, who are more likely to suffer debilitating injury or death.

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Biologist Zachary Gompert in Butterfly lab at USU

USU’s Science Unwrapped Explores ‘Nabokov’s Butterflies’ Friday, Jan. 26

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Biology faculty members Lauren Lucas and Zach Gompert at featured speakers at free event.

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Seefeldt Group at USU

Nature Has More Than One Way to Make Methane, say USU Biochemists

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Seefeldt, Harris, Ledbetter and Yang publish in ‘Nature Microbiology”

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Dr. Yujie Sun

USU Chem Lab Receives International Recognition for Innovative Research

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Yujie Sun’s lab highlighted in ‘Research Fronts 2017’

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Air Quality Researcher at work

Anadarko Air Quality Research Fellowship for Undergrad and Grad Students

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Application process for research opportunity at USU Uintah Basin’s Bingham Research Center opens Jan. 19.

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Emerging Battery Research Lab

Application Period Now Open for 2018-19 College of Science Scholarships

Monday, January 8, 2018

Application Period Now Open for 2018-19 College of Science Scholarships

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The American flag and a small christmas tree were affixed to the top of the new USU Life Sciences Building

Progress on New Life Sciences Building Marked with ‘Topping Off’ Event

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Aggie Scientists celebrate advancing construction of new classroom, lab facility

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Emerging Battery Research Lab

Don’t Resist! USU Chemists Advance Understanding of Emerging Battery Technology

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Researchers T. Liu, Hu, Seefeldt, DeBruler, Moss, X. Liu, Luo, Sun publish in top chemistry journals

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November Demo Show Spaceships and Ice

USU Physics' November Demo Show Celebrates 10 Years of Science Fun

Friday, November 10, 2017

‘Supersonic, Sound and Sparks’ is theme for free, family friendly event Friday, Nov. 17

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Will Pearse

Early Bloomers: USU Biologist's Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Will Pearse publishes news about statistical estimator that extracts meaningful measurements from both current and historical plant data

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Science Week Molecules

All Aggies Invited to Enjoy USU Science Week Nov. 3-10

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

The Utah State University community is invited to enjoy brain-energizing fun as USU’s College of Science Student Council hosts ‘Science Week’ Nov. 3-10.

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Trish Atwood

'Sharks!' Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 3

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017

Sharks often evoke fear, but Utah State University ecologist Trisha Atwood says the aquatic creatures deserve greater credit for their role in maintaining healthy marine and coastal ecosystems and a sustainable planet.

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The USU Observatory

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Oct. 13

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Oct. 13. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

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Jim Lutz

‘Why World Needs Big Trees’ Friday, Oct. 6 at USU’s Science Unwrapped

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

USU forest ecologist Jim Lutz is featured speaker for kick-off of Fall 2017 “Ecology!” series

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Cockettes, Dean Hagan, and Dr. Ludger Scherliess

USU Inaugural Professor Shares ‘A Journey Through Space’

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Physicist Ludger Scherliess honored at USU President’s Lecture Series

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Dr. Alex Boldyrev

Ultra-Light Aluminum: USU Chemist Reports Material Design Breakthrough

Friday, September 22, 2017

Alex Boldyrev and colleagues publish in ‘Journal of Physical Chemistry C’

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Portrait of Johan de Tuit

‘Bee’ Informed: Can You Pick Bees from Insect Lineup?

Monday, September 11, 2017

In ‘The New York Times,’ USU Biologist Joe Wilson reports on survey of public knowledge about bees.

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Portrait of Johan de Tuit

Science Unwrapped Shares World with Big Animals Friday, Sept. 15

Monday, September 11, 2017

USU wildlife ecologist Johan du Toit is featured speaker for kick-off of Fall 2017 “Ecology!” series.

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Science Unwrapped Fall 2017 Theme

USU’s Science Unwrapped Announces Fall 2017 ‘Ecology!’ Series

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Program highlights USU Ecology Center, which is marking 50 years of research and academic excellence

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Physists lead International Space Station Project

Awestruck Science: USU Physicist Leads NASA-funded ISS Project

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mike Taylor designing imager to capture atmospheric gravity wave data from the International Space Station

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Bird Collisions

USU Ecologists Use Carrion Flies to Survey Tropical Forest Mammals

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Torrey Rodgers and Karen Kapheim publish findings from a project with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in which they used carrion flies to survey biodiversity in a Panamanian forest.

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Bird Collisions

Biology Professor Michelle Baker Receives Pioneers of Progress Award

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Utah State University professor of Biology, Michelle Baker, who leads water research efforts in the state as the project director of iUTAH, was recognized for her pioneering efforts in

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Bird Collisions

Recent Biology Grad Named Mountain West Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Aspiring orthopedic surgeon Devin Wright praised for outstanding athletic, academic career.

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