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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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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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Emerging Battery Research Lab

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

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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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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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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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’s-Eye View: USU Biologists, Community Partner to Prevent Bird-Window Collisions

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Biology faculty member Kim Sullivan and students conduct citizen science initiative to identify avian collision ‘hot spots.” Photo courtesy Eli Lucero, The Herald Journal...

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Bundle of Energy: USU Chemists Report Magnesium Battery Breakthroughs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Modern-day gadgets demand safer (ever hear about exploding smartphones?), more compact and less expensive batteries. Magnesium batteries may fit the bill and are considered a hopeful successor to lithium ion batters, but their development remains a challenge...

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In Hot Water: USU Geologists Probe Snake River Plain's Energy Potential

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

The thirsty farm fields of Idaho benefit from fresh, cold waters flowing from nearby mountains into the aptly named Snake River that winds its way through the Gem State and neighboring states. Yet deep underneath this....

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Six Aggie Scientists Named 2017 NSF Grad Research Fellows

Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2017

College of Science scholars among nine USU scholars honored in top national science competition.... Read More


Food on Mars, Food on Earth: NASA Taps USU Scientists for Space Quest

Wednesday, Mar. 01, 2017

Can earthlings live on Mars? They can if they develop self-sufficiency. NASA is betting on a multi-institution team of the best and brightest, including Utah State University scientists, to create the necessary technology and put it in... Read More


One-of-a-Kind? Or Not. USU Geneticist Studies Formation of New Species

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

At what point on the journey along the branches of the evolutionary tree does a population become its own, unique species? And is a species still distinct, if it mates with a different, but closely related, species? Evolutionary biologist Zach Gompert of Utah State University explores these... Read More


Exploring an Energy Game-Changer: USU Chemist Yujie Sun Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

The world’s current reliance on fossil fuel energy, which is finite and a major source of pollution, begs for new, greener energy solutions. Electrochemical water catalysis or “water splitting,” the chemical reaction by which water is separated into oxygen and hydrogen, is one... Read More


Finding Fault: USU Geologist Alexis Ault Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 2017

Unlocking the geologic past of Utah’s mighty Wasatch Fault and its earthquake history, requires a zoomed-in, nanoscale pursuit clues left over millions of years, says Utah State University geologist Alexis Ault. And what better detectives to assist her in the task than energetic youngsters, whose curiosity... Read More


Up, Up and Away: USU Chemists say 'Yes,' Helium Can Form Compounds

Monday, Feb. 06, 2017

Can helium bond with other elements to form a stable compound? Students attentive to Utah State University professor Alex Boldyrev’s introductory chemistry lectures would immediately respond.... Read More


Undergrad Chemists among Aggies Headed to Utah's Capitol Hill

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

What if you could take noxious greenhouse gasses and turn them into usable fuel? What if you could explain the inner workings of a nasty bacterium that causes life-threatening illness in humans? Those are questions Utah State University undergraduates Alyssa Sam and Jenna Hawley Bouvang are .... Read More


Pitching in: USU Biologists Study Evolution of Labor Division in Bees

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

With access to so much information on the Web, on TV and in print, it’s hard to determine what’s fact and what’s fiction... Read More


'Ant-like' Bees Among New Desert Species Tabbed by USU Entomologist

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Though declines in bee populations have heightened awareness of the importance of pollinating insects to the world’s food supply, numerous bee species remain undescribed or poorly understood..... Read More