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Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

Natural Resources Week at USU to Benefit Several Charities

Natural Resources Week at Utah State University started with a potato lunch Monday, a presentation from Wild Utah Project director Allison Jones Tuesday, and according to Quinney College of Natural Resources Senator Molly Van Engelenhoven, it has been going strong since. ... Scientist or not, Engelehoven said everybody who attends any of the scheduled events will find value and have fun. Attendees can also help out others as well. Three local charities will benefit from fundraisers. Thursday’s Empty Bowl Luncheon will raise money for the Student Nutrition Access Center and the Cache Food Pantry. Proceeds from Saturday’s Predator vs Prey 5K Fun Run will go to the Cache Refugee and Immigration Connection.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017

USU Alumnus Returns to Campus to Talk Philosophy, Comedy

A Utah State University alumnus and comedian will talk about the intersection between comedy and philosophy Wednesday night as part of a week of activities sponsored by the school’s Honors program. ... Aaron Orlovitz, 26, a 2011 USU philosophy alumnus who lives in Salt Lake City, will present, “Philosophy and Comedy: Laughing that Makes you Think” from 7 to 8 p.m. in Old Main, room 115.

Billings Gazette Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

Red Lodge Potter Mines for Inspiration

Matt Fiske is a modern-day alchemist. ... The resident potter with the Red Lodge Clay Center mixes disparate personal interests - geology, technology, art history and ceramics - with finely ground stone he sources during rock hound expeditions to make glazes that fuse art with science. ... Combined with his curiosity, the artist’s willingness to immerse himself in pottery processes and document the details via a blog earned him a full-ride master’s scholarship in ceramics to Utah State University. Fiske is the first art major to receive a STEM scholarship from USU, according to the university’s website. ... At Utah State, Fiske learned how to use a scanning electron microscope to examine materials and glazes at nanoscale; he then scanned and printed the images for his final show.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

USU's Center for Persons with Disabilities Has a New Director

When he moved into his new position as Executive Director of the Center for Persons With Disabilities at Utah State University in January, Dr. Matthew Wappett understood the potential for change in his professional world. ... He served as associate director of the Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho. ... Dr. Wappett said assistive technology is an important issue to him and he hopes the CPD can remain engaged in keeping abreast of innovations within what has been a very creative assistive technology unit at USU.

Deseret News Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017

'Originals' Author to Speak at USU's 130th Commencement

Adam Grant, a New York Times best-selling author and top-rated professor at the Wharton School, will serve as Utah State University's commencement speaker for its 130th graduation ceremony. ... During the May 6 ceremony at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Grant and three others — former U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart, Houston businessman and humanitarian Don J. Wang and former Utah Rep. Beverly Jean Larson White — will receive honorary doctorates. ... A top-rated professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Grant has been recognized as one of the world’s “25 Most Influential Management Thinkers” by “Thinkers 50” and is one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017

USU English Professor Opens up on New Memoir

Saving a baby brother from being seriously injured in a fall. Heartbreak after knowing a favorite childhood record has been destroyed. Being dropped off at the school bully’s birthday party instead of a friend’s. The disappointment of learning, as a child, you did not actually put back together that chocolate cake on your first birthday. ...These are some of the moments USU English Professor Jennifer Sinor shares about her life in her book “Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir.” The 279-page book, first conceived when Sinor was a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, examines life events that “typically pass unnoticed form the very basis for our perceptions of both love and loss,” according to the book summary. “Ordinary Trauma” was released earlier this year by University of Utah Press. ... But “Ordinary Trauma” is perhaps Sinor’s most ambitious writing yet, the story of her life in “ordinary” moments both little and big that shaped her.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017

USU Announces 2017 Commencement Speaker

New York Times bestselling author and Wharton University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant will be the speaker at Utah State University’s commencement this May, according to a USU release. Wharton lists Grant as the school’s top-rated professor for five years. ... Grant, along with three others, will receive an honorary doctorate during the commencement ceremonies. Those recognized will be former District of Utah Chief Judge Ted Stewart; businessman and humanitarian Don Wang and former 20-year member of the Utah State House of Representatives Beverly Jean Larson White.

The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 10, 2017

Conference Speakers: Healing Starts with Believing Victims

It stands to reason that a police officer’s No. 1 goal is to identify the “bad guys” and seek to prosecute them in court, particularly in sex crimes and other violent offenses. ... Not so, said West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo, keynote speaker at the Start By Believing Conference at Utah State University on Friday, an education and awareness campaign presented to local educators. ... “This is what I had to teach my staff — the goal is not simply to investigate and identify a suspect and prosecute that individual,” he said. “The goal is to serve the victim; the goal for us is to get the victim back to a place as close to normal as possible as they were before the event took place. ... “Incorporated in that goal is investigating a suspect, and prosecuting and convicting a suspect, but it is not the endpoint. The endpoint is serving the victim and healing the victim the best we can.” ... The conference included remarks from several other speakers, including Logan City Police Sgt. Louise Speth, who spoke about reporting sexual assault, child abuse or neglect to the authorities. Educators are crucial in identifying those students who may have been a victim of abuse, she said.

The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 10, 2017

Nobel Laureate, Valley Native to Return for USU Lecture

Nobel laureate Lars Peter Hansen, a Logan native and Utah State University alumnus, is returning to his old stomping grounds for a lecture this month. ... This latest appearance from Hansen comes after a trip to USU at the invitation of school officials in 2014, when he talked about his experience going to Oslo to receive the Nobel Prize in 2013 and his work in economics that earned him the honor. ... A Logan native, Hansen graduated from Logan High School in 1970 and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from USU in 1974.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Mar. 09, 2017

USU to Host Conference on Joseph Smith's Text Translations

Religious studies scholars from around the country will talk about LDS Church founder Joseph Smith’s ability to translate the Book of Mormon and other sacred texts at a conference at Utah State University next week. ... “This is the first gathering that I know of, where we are devoting an entire day to sort through this idea of translation in relation to Joseph Smith,” Barlow wrote in an email to The Herald Journal. “One doesn’t understand Mormonism well without understanding its founding prophet, Joseph Smith. Smith’s several translation projects are central to his entire enterprise. They are key to understanding his own self-consciousness and his work in bringing a new religious tradition into the world.” ... Barlow said the conference’s activities are tailored to the general public. The event is free of charge. ... Another way Barlow said the conference hopes to reach a wider audience than just scholars is with the afternoon session, which will feature three blocks of conversation in which panelists respond to a moderator’s questions — rather than formal presentations.

KSL Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017

USU Scientists Help NASA Develop Mars Technology

 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has chosen two Utah State University scientists to help them develop technology that will allow astronauts to live on Mars. ... Biochemist Lance Seefeldt and botanist Bruce Bugbee are now part of the $15 million, five-year project announced by NASA on Feb. 16 for the “Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space.” ... NASA wants to make long-duration space missions possible and self-sufficient, but currently lacks the technology to do so. A long-term mission to Mars, for example, is presently infeasible. ... “Here on Earth, in areas such as drought-stricken Africa, where the infrastructure is not yet in place to take advantage of century-old technology, we still face the challenge of producing enough protein to feed hungry people,” Seefeldt said in a news release. “What we learn from feeding people on Mars will advance our efforts on this planet.”

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2017

USU Trustees Approve Slew of New Degrees

Utah State University could get several new degree programs, ranging from bachelor to Ph.D. level. ... Master of Data Analytics and a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture. The programs now go to Utah’s higher education governing board, the Board of Regents, for approval before they can be offered.

Utah Business Monday, Mar. 06, 2017

Cache Valley's Strong Economic Outlook

Things are looking good for Utah’s economy. Inflation remains low, the consumer attitude index is up, and the job market keeps getting stronger. Hovering around 3 percent, the state’s unemployment rate is nearly two points lower than the national average, and Utah added nearly 45,000 new jobs in the past year, thanks to positive growth in all sectors save natural resources and mining. “We are in growth mode for everything, from mom and pop small businesses to our larger technology and agricultural manufacturing businesses,” says Sandra Emile, president and CEO of the Cache Chamber of Commerce. ... Both Emile and Jensen are convinced that Cache County would not be seeing the same growth without the collaboration of Utah State University. “The university is in tune with the type of businesses that are growing in our community and is filling the needs of our businesses with graduates,” Emile says. “Not all universities work so collaboratively with the economy of their region.” ... The school not only supports economic growth, it drives it. The university recently completed an addition to its football stadium, and the Huntsman School of Business finished a $50 million expansion of its facilities. The school’s Space Dynamics Laboratory also inked a $99 million contract with the Department of Defense to develop space-based sensor platforms for the Missile Defense Agency. ... USU’s research park is also attracting the interest of Utah businesses. Vivint recently opened an office in the park to support its training, sales recruitment, and research and development efforts. The company hopes the new location will help it hire more USU graduates and lead to collaborative R&D efforts with the university. ... “When you talk about the strengths of our economy, you always have to look to USU,” Jensen says. “We’re proud of what the university does and what it means to the community.”

The Herald Journal Monday, Mar. 06, 2017

USU to Conduct Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies for Cockett

Utah State University will conduct an inauguration ceremony for its new president, Noelle Cockett — the first time the university has done such an event in almost 25 years. ... “We would love community involvement,” Cockett said. “It will be short; it will be fun.” ... In January, she officially took office, succeeding Albrecht, who served as USU president from 2005-16.

The Science Times Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017

NASA Researches Together with USU for Space Missions

Utah State University professors will be working with NASA to research on how astronauts can sustain themselves on Mars. The teams are going to work together on CUBES project. ... Utah State University has reported that two professors from the university will be working with NASA. USU professors Bruce Bugbee and Lance Seefeldt will become investigators on NASA's newly initiated 'CUBES' Space Technology Research Institute. Biochemist Lance Seefeldt and botanist Bruce Bugbee will be leading the $15 million, the five-year project of NASA. It was announced on Feb. 16, 2017, that NASA will lead the new Space Technology Research Institute, "Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space" or CUBES. ... These people will be studying and researching about how people can sustain life in Mars. They will be the people responsible for starting Earth's life on Mars. Professor Seefeldt, professor in USU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry finds the project very exciting. "NASA is moving beyond near-Earth orbit projects and investing in technologies to make long-duration space missions possible and sustainable," he also said. ... 

KSL Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

New Inversion Study Takes to the Skies

The buzz of a low-flying plane along the Wasatch Front and in Cache Valley represents an aerial autopsy of sorts to find out what makes Utah's inversions tick. ... A Twin Otter airplane carrying research scientists and 2,000 pounds of instrumentation has conducted a series of flights this month charting the anatomy of Utah's notorious wintertime inversions. ... Fueled in part with funding from the Utah Legislature, the $2 million study brought together researchers from the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, the University of Toronto and multiple other entities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ... Researchers gathered pollution data from multiple ground sites from Cache County to Utah County and used the airplane to probe the different layers of the inversion with missed approaches at regional airports dipping down to 15 feet above ground. ... The Utah Department of Environmental Quality wants to take the research, and its conclusions, to form a blueprint for identifying local solutions to the problem.

Yahoo! Finance Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Why Men Have Such a Hard Time With Aging

Researchers are focusing on a factor that makes aging harder for men: having to let go of their sense of masculinity. ... One way to break out of this cycle and still maintain pride in one’s masculinity is by substituting risk taking with another, less punishing, male ideal, says Julie Gast, a professor at Utah State University who studies men’s health behaviors. ... As an example, Dr. Gast says that one of her retired male colleagues recently announced a bittersweet milestone: He had hired someone to do his snow blowing. “He said, ‘With my back at my age, I’m not going to put myself at risk. I won’t be good for anybody if I do this.’ ”

Deseret News Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

USU Recreation Center Named 2017 Outstanding Sports Facility

The National Intramural and Sports Recreation Association has named Utah State University’s Aggie Recreation Center the 2017 Outstanding Sports Facility. The announcement was made at organization’s annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland. ... The center recorded 137,926 total visits last fall. “We have had at least 50 percent of the total student population come into the building at least one time, compared to a 15 to 20 percent national average,” Chase Ellis, director of USU campus recreation, said in a statement. “We’re just excited that the students love it and that so many of them are always here.” ... The 105,000-square-foot facility features three hardwood gym courts for basketball and volleyball; an elevated indoor track; a 4,600-square-foot fitness center; outdoor basketball and volleyball courts; a student lounge; and a climbing wall.


Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Aggie Air Unveils New Unmanned Plane

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was designed entirely by Utah State University students is ready for flight. ... The Utah Water Research Laboratory at USU recently unveiled the BluJay. Capable of flying more than 200 miles in a single trip, the battery-powered plane weighs less than 30 pounds with a full load – that includes equipment and software designed to capture aerial images for data research. ... Laboratory Director Mac McKee said with all its capabilities combined, no other UAV comes close to the BluJay. ... “BluJay can probably cover, I’m guessing at least three times the geographic area of its closest competitor in a single flight and with the payload that we carry,” he said. “The quality of data and the imagery we bring back is the equivalent of the best of NASA’s satellites.”

UBMedia Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Food $ense Kids Chef Classes Test Kids Cooking Skills

The smell of homemade pizza wafted through the air at Western Park on Feb. 16 during the first class of the latest Kids Chef program put on by the USU Food $ense program and 4-H. A dozen young chefs got their first lesson in kitchen etiquette and making their own personal size pizzas. ... The next Kids Chef series will run from April 6 through May 11.

San Juan Record Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

New scholarship at USU-Eastern Honors Silvia Stubbs

The Utah State University - Eastern campus in Blanding has a new scholarship called the Silvia Stubbs Scholarship. The scholarship awards two students $1,000 to help pay for spring semester.  ... The privately funded scholarship was created to honor Blanding resident Silvia Stubbs for her hard work and ever-giving heart. 

The Salt Lake Tribune Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Utah Beer History on Tap with New USU Exhibit

The state's thriving beer culture and its rich brewing past come full circle this week when the revived A. Fisher Brewing Co. opens for business in Salt Lake City. ... Tom Fisher Riemondy, the great-great-grandson of founder Albert Fisher, and three partners — Colby Frazier, Tim Dwyer and Steven Brown — have spent the past four years working to resurrect the family's brewing business, raising money and renovating an old building at 320 W. 800 South. ... Tom Fisher Riemondy, the great-great-grandson of founder Albert Fisher, and three partners — Colby Frazier, Tim Dwyer and Steven Brown — have spent the past four years working to resurrect the family's brewing business, raising money and renovating an old building at 320 W. 800 South. ... "With the explosion of microbreweries in recent years, it's a good time to talk about where we have come from," said Clint Humphrey, the manuscript curator who put together the free exhibit in the atrium of the Merrill-Cazier Library.

WalletHub Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Easiest Credit Cards to Get: Rewards, 0%, Biz & More

Lucy Delgadillo, associate professor in the Department of Family, Consumer and Human Development at Utah State University ... Are the easiest credit cards to get necessarily the worst credit cards on the market? ... Not necessarily. It will depend on what we mean by “easiest” and “worst.” One must consider that not all credit cards are created equally. There are balance-transfer cards, low-interest cards, retail store cards, cash back cards, no annual fee cards, point cards, gas cards, airline/travel credit cards, secured credit cards, etc. If by "worst," we mean high fees high-interest, go and shop around for better options. If use wisely, credit cards can help build credit scores. Even if you do not want to take the time to compare-shop, do. It will benefit you. 

The Davis Clipper Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

USU Singles Game Night Offers Relationship Insights

Learning and play go hand-in-hand in this event. ... That’s the goal organizers had for their upcoming Battle of the Sexes Game Night for Singles, set for tonight, Feb. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Utah House in Kaysville. The event, sponsored by the USU extension, will combine a variety of games with some discussion about what makes a healthy relationship. ... Though the extension already has several such opportunities for married couples, the game night is part of a new effort by the extension to make singles feel more welcome.

CNN Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Oroville Dam: California Officials Ignored Warnings a Decade Ago

Environmental groups warned nearly 12 years ago that the nation's tallest dam in California was an imminent disaster. ... They worried that heavy rain and fast-rising waters could overwhelm the main concrete spillway of the Oroville Dam, overflow the emergency spillway and flood communities downstream. ... "Extreme hydrologic events precipitated this near-disaster," said Blake Paul Tullis, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University. ... "Any spillway  primary or emergency  usually has some kind of protection, a concrete basin," said Tullis. "For structures as big as this, it seems pretty uncommon to not have some protection at the base of the spillway."

Deseret News Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Utah State's HURD Looking to Recapture the 'Spectrum Magic'

The very mention of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at Utah State and the fans who defend it can send a shiver up the spine of the many unfortunate college basketball players unlucky enough to find themselves there. ... The Spectrum, as it is more commonly known, is frequently featured as one of the best arenas in college basketball. Publications like Thrillist, Fansided, Bleacher Report, The Travel Channel and have all placed the Spectrum in high honor as one of the toughest and loudest places to play college basketball. ... "The Spectrum and its atmosphere is one of the most recognizable parts of Utah State athletics and it has been for years," said Blake Lyman, athletics and campus recreation vice president for the Utah State University Student Association. "We're loud. We're proud. We're raucous. We're annoying. We get into people's heads." ... The impact of the HURD is hard to deny.

The New York Times Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

What Happened at the Oroville Dam

State officials ordered the evacuation of more than 180,000 people downstream of the Oroville Dam in California, the state’s highest, on Sunday night amid concerns that a largely earthen emergency spillway could collapse and cause catastrophic floods on the Feather River. But that spillway was in use only because damage to the dam’s main spillway, a concrete chute, had been discovered earlier in the week. ... It is not yet known what caused the damage to the concrete, but one culprit is cavitation, or tiny bubbles of water vapor that can form in high-velocity water, said Blake P. Tullis, a professor of civil engineering at Utah State University. When the bubbles collapse, they create tiny shock waves that are strong enough to damage concrete, he said.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Research by USU Scientist Says Bears Help Keep Wolf Kills Down

Brown bears and wolves share some territory, which means as predators, they often compete for the same food. Biologists have long thought that the presence of bears would increase wolf kill rates, but a recent study by Utah State University ecologist Aimee Tallian reveals the opposite. It actually decreases. ... Tallian said predation affects ecosystems. As biologists begin to understand this behavior and its effects better, they will be able to understand other aspects of the ecosystem. ... “Understanding how competition between these top predators which have these trickle-down effects is important for understanding how predation can affect the rest of the ecosystem,” she said. “It is just one more piece of that puzzle.”

The Herald Journal Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

USU Police Department Picks New Chief

Utah State University announced Friday that Michael J. Kuehn has accepted a position as USU’s newest police chief and executive director of public safety. ... “It is law enforcement, but with different twists and challenges,” he said. “I look forward to working in a younger community with students who will be our future leaders. It’s a neat place to be.” ... Kuehn worked in several positions within the Utah Department of Public Safety, including deputy commissioner of Public Safety and in nearly all levels with the Utah Highway Patrol, including trooper, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major. ... He also served as deputy director over the state’s Emergency Management division and as deputy commander over the Peace Officer Standards and Training division. He started his career in 1988 as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

USU Group Teaches Tolerance to Elementary, Middle School Students

In response to recent bullying incidents in Cache Valley, two local schools have reached out to Utah State University for help on educating students to handle issues like tolerance and inclusivity. ... The university brought the requests to a club that formed the day after the presidential election, called USU Inclusion. They responded by creating a “Teaching Tolerance” presentation that uses role-playing scenarios to show students the right way and the wrong way to deal with forms of discrimination.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

CAPSA to Borrow USU's 'I Will' Sexual Assault Prevention Effort

Officials with the Logan-based nonprofit Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse are planning on using Utah State University’s new “I Will” campaign, launched late last month to promote bystander intervention as a way to prevent sexual violence. ... James Boyd, development director for CAPSA, talked about why CAPSA feels the “I Will” campaign is so important. ... “Bystander prevention is proven to be one of the more successful tools to prevent sexual assault,” he said. “‘I Will’ is to start a communication with students about bystander intervention.” ... This is not the first time CAPSA has asked to use elements of a campaign started by USU. Last year, Boyd said, CAPSA borrowed from the USU “Consent Is” campaign, aimed at educating the campus community about what constitutes consensual sex and what defines sexual harassment.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2017

Science Unwrapped: Taking Intimidation Out of Science

Science Unwrapped is a free, monthly presentation series open to the public hosted by Utah State University’s College of Science. People of all ages are invited to learn about the wonders and the excitement of scientific discovery. This month a presentation will be given on a subject that’s shrouded in mystery: Black Holes. ... The idea is to make science accessible and interesting and exciting. We’ve found that a lot of people are intimidated by science and that’s too bad because science is for everybody,” Muffoletto explained.

Gizmodo Monday, Feb. 06, 2017

A Wild New Helium Compound Could Rewrite Chemistry Textbooks

Here’s a popular high school chemistry fact: Helium atoms don’t interact with other atoms to create compounds. Well, that fact might need some reevaluating. ... An international team of scientists think they’ve created a stable helium compound, meaning one composed of both helium and sodium atoms together. The discovery would be wild not only because of the way it goes against some of our basic assumptions of chemistry, but would also help scientists better understand the way atoms act in the high-pressure centers of gas giant planets. ... “Chemistry changes when you apply high pressure, and this can be achieved inside our Earth and on different planets like Saturn,” study co-author Ivan Popov, a doctoral student at the Utah State University, told Gizmodo. “But this,” chemistry involving helium, “is a book changer.” Other noble gasses, like xenon and argon, have previously been shown to bond with magnesium under high pressures.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Feb. 06, 2017

USU Performs Mozart Classic

Utah State University's opera theatre recently performed La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart. The performance is the first Italian piece performed with the USU symphony orchestra. The piece has the honor of being guest directed by Daniel Helfgot. ... Daniel Helfgots credits include over 200 productions, over 100 opera's and operetta's from the baroque to the contemporary including several world premiers. With these credentials when Helfgot compliments USU's production La Finta Giardiera under the direction of Dallas Heaton he means it. ... "When I came it was fabulously prepared by Dallas Heaton," Helfgot said. "I mean, it's really seldom where you go to a place where the performers, where the singers, where the students are this well prepared. And that paves the pass for a successful process."

The Herald Journal Friday, Feb. 03, 2017

USU President Considers Diversity Issues, New Administrative Official

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett is developing a new strategy for how to handle diversity and inclusiveness issues on campus, which could include installing a new administrative position, in response to a letter she received from over 300 students, faculty and alumni. ... Cockett received the letter the day after she was selected by Utah’s higher education governing board to be USU’s 16th president, and now the issue is coming to the forefront, just weeks after she succeeded Stan Albrecht. ... USU spokesman Tim Vitale told The Herald Journal on Friday via email that Cockett has long been committed to and a champion of diversity on campus when she was in other administrative positions at USU. ... USU has done other things in recent memory to address diversity. After the contentious 2016 presidential election, the university’s Access and Diversity Center provided space on a wall on campus for people to write “message of hope for the Aggie Community” in an effort to combat bias, harassment and discrimination.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2017

USU Researchers: Protecting Aspen Colony from Herbivores May Reverse Decline

A Utah State University professor believes herbivores are the main culprit in diminishing Pando, an extremely large colony of aspen in central Utah, and land managers need to take active steps to protect the organism before it disappears. ... That’s the gist of the study, published in a recent edition of the “Ecosphere” journal, by USU wildland resources adjunct professor Paul Rogers. ... “It’s very clear from the first experiment the whole system would collapse if we don’t do something now,” said Rogers, noting Pando’s old age. “It’s like having a whole civilization of 90-year-olds. What’s not natural is there should be a whole demographic of different ages in there, and that’s been cut off by herbivory (animals eating the plant).” ... For this study, Rogers and his research team set up 27 plots in the more-than 100-acre Pando aspen colony, near Fish Lake in Central Utah. ... “It should be an issue of concern across the state,” he said. “We’ve chosen the aspen for our state tree. It would be very unfortunate if those systems started collapsing because of a misbalance between number of herbivores and healthy forest systems.”

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

Field of Mormon Studies Growing at USU and Around Nation

There was a historic moment in the field of Mormon studies 10 years ago. That was when the Utah State University Religious Studies program created the Arrington Chair. Named for former USU professor and Mormon scholar Leonard Arrington, it was the first endowed professorship at a secular university in the world specifically focused on Mormon history and culture. Philip Barlow has held the position since. ... Barlow said an increasing amount of other scholars around the nation are realizing the importance of studying Mormonism. More universities have also followed USU in creating endowed professorships. He said Mormonism’s size and youthfulness is taken into consideration, the national interest in studying the religion is “disproportionately strong.” ... “The field of Mormon Studies has been growing quite a bit over the last generation,” he said. “But the formal establishment of it in the academies signals a new maturity in the academy and in the Mormon culture that recognizes that this is a good thing to have an academic, even-handed, fair, but scholarly rigorous treatment of Mormonism.”

The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

USU Community Pledges 'I Will

Utah State University Admissions officer Shelby Frauen-Riddle remembers being a student at an event and seeing a girl look uncomfortable when a guy asked her to dance. ... Frauen-Riddle noted instances like the one she described happened more than once with other women. ... Frauen-Riddle made those comments after signing a pledge Monday that she would not be a bystander in any given situation, look for warning signs and intervene to prevent a potential sexual assault or rape. ... That pledge is part of USU’s latest campaign — called “I Will” — to prevent and respond to sexual violence. ... USU officials have a launched a number of campaigns to educate the student body about sex and harassment in order to stop sexual violence on campus.

The Salt Lake Tribune Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

USU Concerned for International Faculty, Students After Immigration Order

Delivering a message of inclusiveness and a warning against international travel, the new president of Utah State University sent an email to all students, faculty and staff about President Donald Trump's executive order on refugees on Monday. ... She urged those with concerns about their visa status or questions about international travel to contact the university's Office of Global Engagement at 435-797-1124.

The Salt Lake Tribune Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

USU Scientists Help Shoshone Reclaim History of Bear River Massacre

Darren Parry's late grandmother often took him to a bend in the Bear River in southern Idaho to talk about what happened there on Jan. 29, 1863. They sometimes listened for the spirits of the Shoshone who lost their lives that frigid morning when Utah-based soldiers under the command of Col. Patrick Connor attacked. ... But the young Parry, now vice chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, couldn't square his grandmother's account with what he saw on the ground. Today, the river is not close to the ravine where the village stood that winter. ... New scientific analysis of the site, led by Utah State University researchers, has solved that puzzle. ... The Bear River, now locked in its channel thanks to upstream dams, was 500 yards closer to the village site in 1863, according to a research team led by Ken Cannon of the Logan firm USU Archaeological Services. ... Parry and other Shoshone hope the USU findings will eventually let them take control of the massacre's narrative while shedding light on the nation's troubled relations with its indigenous citizens.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

USU to Launch 'Engaged Bystander' Campaign to Prevent Sexual Assault

As part of its continuing efforts to prevent sexual violence, Utah State University is launching a campaign later this month to get students to intervene if they see warning signs of sexual violence and prevent incidents. ... The “I Will” campaign aims to to turn “passive bystanders” into “engaged bystanders,” who are able to “detect the warning signs of sexual assault and have the confidence to intervene,” according to a USU news release issued Wednesday. ... “Research shows that it works; it prevents sexual assault,” said Amanda DeRito, USU social media and marketing coordinator. “A lot of times, it’s hard to know, ‘Should I be the one to intervene? Is this my business?’ We want to put the message out there that it’s all of our business to protect our fellow students.”

The Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

New USU Campaign Urges Bystanders to Step in and Prevent Sex Assault

Utah State University is asking students to intervene to prevent sexual assault and support victims. ... Starting Jan. 30, students will be asked to sign a pledge to that effect — either in person or online — as part of stepped-up efforts to raise awareness on the issue. ... In conjunction with the "I Will" pledge campaign, USU has launched a sexual-assault landing webpage to help students understand how to report sexual assault and what resources are available to them. ... The bystander-intervention campaign builds on one launched last semester, which focused on consent. Signs, social media posts and messages on university shuttle bus windows sought to spread the definition of consent across campus.

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

USU Studies Carbon Sequestration Incentive

If you owned forested land near a rapidly expanding city, would you sell it to a developer? Or would you be more interested in receiving a payment to keep the land a forest? ... As urban areas expand at the expense of forested lands, more carbon emissions fill the air, and less forest exists to sequester those emissions. Utah State University researchers Jordan Smith and doctoral student Lauren Dupéy set out to find what price is needed to incentivize landowners to keep forested lands. ... Smith and Dupéy teamed up with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State for their study. They researched the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

USU Gets Worldwide Response in 2016 Presidential Election Survey

With the Donald Trump administration underway, Utah State University Special Collections and Archives recently released reflections from people all over the world giving their thoughts on the often-contentious and historic 2016 race that got him elected. ... Special Collections and Archives garnered 233 responses between Nov. 9 and the end of that month from people talking about the election between Hillary Clinton and Trump. ... “Maybe in five years, 10 years, 20 years, a person can come in and pull out information about how these individuals were feeling at that moment,” said Randy Williams, USU folklorist and curator for USU Special Collections and Archives, who spearheaded the project. “The takeaway for me with this project is it’s important to gather voices as they’re happening. The collection is amazing, it’s beautiful.”

The Herald Journal Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

USU Japan Club Honors Japanese New Year Tradition with Mochi Pounding

What was once a snack exclusive to Japanese nobles over one thousand years ago is now enjoyed by millions around the world, and Utah State University’s Japan Club is doing its part to continue the creation of mochi. ... A common treat during New Year’s celebrations in Japan, mochi is a sweet rice cake developed after pounding steamed rice into a paste and shaped into any shape the creator desires. For their January event, the members of USU’s Japan Club decided to follow tradition, making the treat in the traditional way, called mochitsuki, with the same tools used during Japan’s Yayoi period. ... “One of the main goals of the club is to bring Japanese culture to a wider audience,” USU Japan Club President Julia Lisle said. “We call ourselves the Japan Club and not the Japanese Club because we don’t want to limit people by their knowledge of the language. We want to do our part to bring these customs to the rest of the world.”

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

USU Interviewing Finalists for Police Chief Position this Week

A nationwide search for a new chief of police at Utah State University has been narrowed down to three final candidates who are being vetted by multiple university officials this week. ... More than 50 people applied for the position left open with the December retirement of Chief Steve Mecham, who has been a part of the USU Police Department since its formation in 1981.

The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

USU Ranks 14th in Online Bachelor's Degrees

Utah State University ranks No. 14 nationwide in online bachelor’s degree programs, according a new list compiled by U.S. News and World Report. ... The complete listing shows USU topped a school in a neighboring state, Colorado State University-Global Campus, as well as Washington State University, which collaborates with USU in a veterinary medicine school. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida that ranked No. 1 for this list. ... “We’re in good company; there are some fantastic institutions that are in the top 15 with us,” said Robert Wagner, USU’s executive vice provost and dean for academic and instructional services. “These are colleagues across the country that have been doing online education for a long time, like us, and have learned how to do it really well.” ... According to data provided by USU to The Herald Journal, the school had nearly 7,000 students in Utah, 1,700 students in the U.S. and 250 internationally from 11 countries taking online courses during the fall 2016 semester. There are almost 400 online courses available at USU, according to the school’s data.

The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

USU to Launch Communicating Science Lecture Series

Utah State University officials want to find ways to better explain science to “diverse audiences using diverse media” and they hope a new lecture series during this semester will give scientists more tools to do just that. ... Six lectures in the Communicating Science series are scheduled between Jan. 18 and April 26, according to a USU news release. The talks come from journalists, public relations officials at USU and professors, speaking on a range of subjects surrounding ways to communicate science. ... “We’ve been doing single events about communicating science and workshops,” said Nancy Huntly, USU professor and director of the Ecology Center. “But we want to have a larger and more consistent communications program. We decided to start a formal series with people who are experts in communication to give a talk on their perspective on communicating science. The intent is this will help students learn to be better communicators.” ... Huntly stated the new Communicating Science series will help students, but it will also help faculty communicate about their research as well and “learn to be better at telling other people what they’re doing and why it matters.”

KSL Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Agriculture Adds $21 Billion to Utah's Economy

Utah's agricultural sector pumped more than $21 billion into the state's economy, according to an analysis of 2014 numbers, making it just slightly more than 15 percent of the state's total financial output. ... An analysis of the most recent numbers available performed by Utah State University and released Tuesday detailed direct and indirect impacts of production agriculture, the agriculture processing sector and food manufacturing. ... Raising crops and revenue derived from the sale of livestock generated $2.4 billion, while the agricultural processing sector produced $10.7 billion. Indirect impacts and rippling effects of the industry also combine to bring the total jobs in the agricultural sector to close to 80,000 workers.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

USU's Governor's Medal Recipients Talk Research, Careers

Three Utah State University faculty are the recipients of a governor’s award recognizing lifelong contributions to science and technology. ... The USU faculty who won the Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Science and technology are: Terry Messmer, USU professor in the department of wildland resources and Extension specialist; Debra Spielmaker, professor and graduate adviser in the USU School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education; and John Morrey, professor in the department of animal, dairy and veterinary sciences and director of the Institute for Antiviral Research at USU.


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