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Utah Public Radio Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

The Beaver: Helping Keep Water On Drying Lands on Wild About Utah

Beginning as early as the 17th century, beavers have struggled to find safe places to build their homes. Initially, hunters trapped beaver extensively to keep up with the popular beaver fashions in Europe.Then as settlers began moving west, they considered the beavers annoying because of their tendency to cause flooding and damage trees – so the trapping continued. ... While beavers may not be welcome in most city limits, ranchers and wildlife managers are re-introducing them to rural areas where the benefits of their dams far outweigh the inconveniences. ... When Jay Tanner learned of the potential benefit of beavers, he drove to Utah State University and met with scientists and researchers who had experienced success in restoring beavers in the west. ... Eric Thacker, Rangeland Management Extension Specialist at USU said, “A beaver dam provides a buffer or mitigation for drought.” ... Once the dams are established, they keep the water on the land. This is beneficial to fish, wildlife and livestock. ... After further discussions with USU, the Tanners entered into a multi-year partnership with the Quinney College of Natural Resources and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to reintroduce beaver to their ranch.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

Archives and Special Collections Works to Preserve History Digitally at USU

Digitization involves the conversion of text, pictures, or sound into a digital form that can be processed by a computer. At Utah State University’s Merrill Cazier Library more than 120,000 images, manuscripts, state documents, personal journals, all kinds of historical items are going into a huge digital archive that has a much longer life span than paper, for example. ... Welch said it’s practical to preserve history this way because today’s students are wired differently than past generations and expect things, including historical documents, to be online. So they’re not likely to come to a reading room and look through boxes or folders. More information can be found at including information on how you can donate, or have scanned, items of historical interest to be digitized.

The Times-Independent Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

Moab March for Science Draws Large Crowd

Moab residents and visitors joined groups across the country and around the world on Earth Day, April 22, in taking to the streets to march in support of science. ... Rachel Nelson an adjunct professor in the department of environment and society at Utah State University-Moab, gave a demonstration of the scientific method — the way scientists use experiments to find out facts. ... “We can all be citizen scientists and I think if we take that mystery out of science that people are more willing to embrace it and understand that it’s attainable for everybody, it’s understandable for everybody,” Nelson said. “It’s not just these super smart people who are telling us what to do.” ... According to the Southeastern Utah March for Science Facebook page, The March for Science was organized as “a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.” ... “I figured if there’s any place I should show up today that needed to support wilderness, it’s in the state of Utah,” Reed said, adding that it is unfortunate that science has become a political issue. 

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

USU Extension to Offer Cooking/Finance Classes for Spanish Speakers

Utah State University Extension will offer two classes for Spanish speakers in May. The first course, “Creaciones en la Cocina,” is a Latino adaptation of USU Extension’s popular Food Sense program. The second class, “Fortaleciendo tu Futuro Financiero,Clases de Educación Financiera,” teaches principles of financial literacy. ... Program Coordinator Paloma Jensen said both classes are free of charge and open to the public, with free childcare available. Jensen enjoys helping Cache Valley’s Spanish-speaking community access these important resources. “I like to work with the people and share ideas and experience about both subjects,” she said. “In every class, I learn a lot. It doesn’t matter if I hear the class many times. Every class, something is new, and we learn a lot together. The teachers love to share the information with the people. It’s so exciting!”

Fox 13 Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

Utah Students Build and Race Electric Cars

The Utah Greenpower Race includes ten Utah high schools and middle schools. They get a kit with parts to build an electric car, but they have to design it and build it themselves. On race day, the goal is to see who can go the furthest on the car's battery in a certain amount of time. The real goal of the program is to inspire students to think about careers in engineering and develop skills that help in any field. ... Utah State University organizes the race, which gets funding from an international organization called Greenpower, and the Siemens corporation.


The Herald Journal Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

Professor Explains Human Dimension of Climate Change

When it comes to climate change, somewhere between 90 and 97 percent of scientists agree that it is happening and it is caused by humans. But if you ask the average American to estimate that percentage, only one in seven gets it right. ... In the third and final installment of the Climate Conversations series of discussions, USU Environment and Society Professor Peter Howe presented statistics on the perceptions of climate change, the best practices for talking about it and what can be done to mitigate and adapt to a warming world. ... Howe said the two main categories for fighting climate change at the personal level are mitigation, reducing the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and adaptation, adjusting to how we know the world will change. He suggested people learn more, reduce their carbon emissions, prepare for change and take political action.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

USU Breaks Ground on New Life Sciences Building

The rain let up just in time for the groundbreaking ceremony of Utah State University’s new Life Sciences Building Tuesday afternoon. The 103,000 square-foot structure will be erected on the site of the old Peterson Agricultural Building and will provide much needed research and education space to a campus with overcrowded and outdated laboratories. ... “It is time for students to receive instruction in a building that reflects the science of today and tomorrow,” Cockett said. ... The building will feature five levels, 13 teaching laboratories, study spaces and a lecture hall. It will also house the school’s biology department. College of Science Dean Maura Hagan said those who conceived the building wanted a space that facilitates student and faculty interactions. ... “Research has shown us that these interactions are where real meaningful learning occurs,” she said. “So many building and labs can be dark and isolating, which is why we asked the architects to design a building with ample glass to showcase light and the outside environment and to afford us the opportunity to put science on display in our campus.”

Utah Public Radio Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

Engineering Students Launch Soapbox Derby in North Logan

On Saturday, Utah State’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers sponsored North Logan’s first soapbox derby. Designed to build community interest in engineering concepts and creative problem solving, the event took place on a sunny afternoon on a residential downhill road. Families lined the sidewalks of Green Canyon as they waited for the first race to start. ... “We actually have a quite a few high school teams participating, which is a really good entry to be like, this is what an engineer does,” said Mahala Sakaeda, next year’s USU ASME president. ... “All of us are part of the American Society of mechanical engineers, and we’re all mechanical engineers up at Utah State," Sakaeda said. "We want to make these events reach out to the community and interact with them, kind of show them what engineering is about.” ... With positive feedback from the city of North Logan, ASME hopes to make the soapbox derby an annual event. 

The Herald Journal Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

USU Engineering Alumnus Sets up Endowment for Students

A Utah State University alumnus is giving back to his former stomping grounds, the College of Engineering, by creating an endowment to help students pay for their education. ... Bhupesh Parikh, of Glendale, California, is a 1962 USU graduate who is head of on engineering consulting and real estate firm. Parikh and his wife, Kumud, have established the endowment to provide financial assistance for two or more students per year, USU stated in a news release. ... In deciding to create the endowment, Parikh said he thought about the people at USU and in Logan who contributed to his success, calling USU “one of the big markers” of his life. ... “I thought this is one way I can give back a little bit and help people who were maybe in the same place I was,” he said. ... Potter said Parikh has “deep feelings about USU” and remembers “being treated very well when he came here as a young Indian student.” ... “The town was very wonderful, it was a safe place to study and I made a lot of good friends,” he stated. “During Christmas and Thanksgiving, families invited us into their home and always made us feel welcome and very comfortable.”

The Herald Journal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

USU Interfaith Conference Fosters Religious Diversity, Cooperation

Dean Thacker, the student body president for USU Eastern in Price, grew up Mormon. But these days, he's at a crossroads — still connected to his faith, while at the same time thinking about whether or not he agrees with other religious perspectives. ... Thacker was just one of many students from all over the Intermountain West who attended the Interfaith Conference at Utah State University, April 21-22. ... The conference — sponsored by the university, several other institutions in the region and faith-based organizations — brought together 140 registered participants of many diverse belief systems. ... USU professor Bonnie Glass-Coffin, who founded the university’s interfaith initiative, said the conference was made possible thanks to grant money from the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core. ... Carr Harkrader, educational resources manager for Interfaith Youth Core, noted Utah's majority-LDS population, saying USU is "very thoughtful in reaching out to minority religious groups," while also reaching out to USU's LDS student population."To me, it's a really great example for other states and other regions across the country about how to work with folks in the religion minority and majority," he said.

The Herald Journal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

USU Students Organize Metal Health Crisis Workshop

Utah State University offered a day-long workshop on Saturday where key people on campus and in the community received training in how to help someone through an immediate mental health crisis until professional help can be arranged. ... The class, Mental Health First Aid, focuses on both suicidal and non-suicidal behaviors with separate options for youth and adults as well as specific options for higher education professionals and first responders. ... Last fall, students at Utah State University took notice of the need for more access to mental health services on campus, prompting discussion on how to respond to those needs. ... Derrik Tollefson, head of the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, said there are two things that came out of that exercise: the launch of a minor in mental health and wellness and something that can be beneficial to people on a larger scale. ... Saturday’s workshop is the program his students chose to bring to the community, both on campus and throughout the valley. The primary goal was to have key people from the community and USU in attendance, he said. ... The workshop was attended by teachers, school counselors, university professors and administrators, resident assistants from USU dorms and representatives from CAPSA and Bear River Mental Health.

Standard Examiner Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

Snowmelt Raises Great Salt Lake, but It Still Suffers

The winter’s ample snowfall is now melting, sending much-needed water downhill to a withered Great Salt Lake. But climate experts caution that relief won’t last. ... “What does the Great Salt Lake mean? It’s kind of an indicator of what’s going on around it,” said Scott Jones, a professor of environmental soil physics at Utah State University, during a recent snow survey. “We have wet years and dry years, and the Great Salt Lake shows to some degree when those happen.” ... USU’s Utah Climate Center has taken historical data of the lake levels along with tree-ring data to model the lake’s fluctuating levels going back hundreds of years. Combing that with historical coral data from the Pacific, they’re able to make predictions on when the lake will rise and fall. That helps water managers prepare for future years of drought and surplus. ... “By predicting lake level, you’re predicting climate,” said Simon Wang with the Utah Climate Center.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

U.S. Air Force Academy Jazz Band to Perform at USU

The U.S. Air Force Academy’s jazz band, the Falconaires will perform in the Caine Performance Hall on the campus of Utah State University on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, with seating in the 400-seat venue available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Soapbox Derby Coming to North Logan

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at Utah State University will be hosting a soapbox derby this Saturday at 1 p.m. near the mouth of Green Canyon on 1900 North. ... A mix of university students, high school students and community members will make up the 18 teams competing for the $300 prize. ASME already coordinates with North Logan every fall for the annual pumpkin toss, and soapbox derby organizers are hoping this too becomes an annual event. ... “I know one of the community teams has been working on very complex, very well-engineered cars,” he said, “but there are some other cars that were just thrown together with whatever you have. Some contestants have calculated the weight distribution of their cars, the best steering system or aerodynamics.”

Deseret News Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

USU Mechanical Engineering Students Win Big in Vegas

Mechanical engineering students from Utah State University competed against 23 other teams and won second place overall in the 2017 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. ... The USU team also placed first in the women’s speed event, third in the men’s speed event and second in the endurance event. ... Challenge events, which aim to create future leaders in alternative transportation engineering, are organized around the world through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

High Frequency Data Informs Water Conservation Strategies

Advances in sensor technology and data storage are dramatically changing how scientists understand human behavior. And residential water use is a behavior that effects citizens across the West.  ... Utah State University Professor of Environmental Engineering Jeff Horsburgh uses high frequency data loggers to better understand peak usage and what habits use the most water in our homes. ... “If we are the state of Utah and we are planning water projects for the future and we are planning on our population growing, doubling some say in the next 50 years – are all of those people going to use water equally?" he said. "Do we just double the amount of water we are using now or if different groups of people use water differently, are we going to have different water use?” ... Hopefully this data can help utilities develop conservation strategies to increase water use efficiency and plan for peak loads. Data loggers have already been installed in all individual-use dorms on the Utah State University campus. After establishing a baseline level of water use, students will be enrolled in a campus wide competition to save water. ... “We are going to have this water wars competition," Horsburgh said. "We are really interested in how much their behavior changes based on informational campaigns - giving them information about how they can save water, and then how long does that behavior last, and how durable are those changes in behavior and conservation that we achieve.”

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Building the Next Generation of Air Force Leaders

The annual Tri-Det competition sees Air Force ROTC detachments from three Utah universities face off in events designed to challenge young cadets mentally and physically. Tri-Det 2017, held in Logan, saw the Brigham Young University Air Force ROTC take home first place, but not before a down-to-the-wire challenge from the cadets of Utah State University. UPR's Evan Hall takes us there.

Idaho Press-Tribune Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Students to Host First-Ever USU Outdoor Film Festival

A group of USU students who are part of the school’s outdoor product design and development degree are hosting a first-ever outdoor film festival this week. ... The USU Outdoor Film Festival will take place April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. It’s sponsored by the USU Outdoor Industry Student Association, or OISA. ... “I think it’s inspiring. When I watch these types of things, it makes me want to get outdoors, try new things and be adventurous,” Halling said. “It gets everyone pumped up. They’re telling their friend, ‘Come watch this video I made,’ so it really is like a local camaraderie-type thing.” ... The festival will feature nine films made by USU students, ranging anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes. ... OISA is run by students in the outdoor product design and development program at USU, a program that is among the first like it in the nation. The association gets students who are interested in the outdoors together, doing outdoors activities and professional networking with the outdoor industry.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

USU Starting New Mental Health First Aid Workshop

A different type of first aid course will be taking place at Utah State University this Saturday. ... Instead of learning to treat cuts and burns, those who attend the all-day workshop will learn to give mental health first aid. According to Derrik Tollefson, director of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at USU, this is the first time a workshop of this type has been offered in Cache County. He said it will give participants “basic training and knowledge around mental health and how they can be helpful to people who may have mental health challenges.” ... The workshops are open to the public, but registration has already filled. Tollefson said more will be offered in the near future. He said most attendees at this first workshop are either affiliated with USU or other organizations around Cache County. ... “A lot of people think, ‘Mental health, that’s the realm of professionals and I can’t do anything in that realm,’” he said. “Certainly we want people to access professional help, but when its necessary people can do more than they think in terms of how they talk about mental health and how they respond to people with mental health challenges. There are certain things people can do that turn out to be quite helpful.”

The Salt Lake Tribune Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Want to Attract Bees? Plant Flowers, Avoid Pesticides, Experts Say

Gardeners hoping to attract pollinators to their yards start envisioning rows of brightly colored blossoms this time of year. ... But for those really wanting to nurture bees, experts say it's what goes on the garden beds, rather than what's planted in them, that may make the biggest difference. ... Flowers are important to bees, and bees to flowers. About 80 percent of the world's fruit and nut crops are pollinated by honeybees, said Jaydee Gunnell, a regional horticulturist at Utah State University who also teaches classes on beekeeping. ... USU has fact sheets detailing various methods for controlling specific pests.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Apr. 14, 2017

USU-Online to Offer Accelerated Course Options

 For students already competent in their field of study, Utah State University-Online is making it possible to get through courses faster – or just test out of them altogether. ... Starting this summer, USU-Online will be offering a limited number of its courses with accelerated options. At the professor’s discretion, three methods will be offered: A student can take a comprehensive assessment, complete a comprehensive project or complete the course material at a faster pace. ... The classes will still be tied to USU’s same registration schedule, Shanley said, so students who finish classes early will still have to wait for a new semester to start their next courses. There is a small number of accelerated courses that are available for this summer, but more are expected to be added after.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017

Research Week Puts USU Researchers on a Stage

It’s Research Week at Utah State University – a week-long event that covers everything from research in robotics, water, climate, space – really any science you could think of is represented in one way or another in USU’s research departments and fields. ... A couple of events especially for the public take place Thursday and Friday. The student research symposium is going on Thursday until 5 p.m., which gives more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their work to peers and faculty. ... “Ignite is a national speaking series, much like TED-X is," according to Bates. "It’s designed to get students to give a 5-minute presentation, and they use slides, but those slides auto-forward every 15 seconds. And so if you could imagine giving a presentation where you’re not exactly in control, you have to know your presentation well enough to be able to keep up with the slides that you’ve designed and get your point across.

MarketWatch Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

Getting Richer Might Be as Simple as Taking a Class

It is well-known that successful investing requires patience and the ability to delay gratification. The question has long been: Can such discipline be taught? ... A recent study suggests it can. ... Researchers at Utah State University found that students who completed a basic financial-education course were more willing to wait for a bigger financial payout than those who didn’t. Put another way, those who took the class exhibited lower levels of impulsive behavior. ... “We see evidence that we can teach people self-control,” says William DeHart, a graduate student at Utah State University and one of the authors of the study, which appeared in PLOS ONE, a scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science, in July 2016.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

USU Sociologist Joins All-Women Team on Antarctic Voyage

“We launched from Argentina and took a ship to the western peninsula of Antarctica, and for those three weeks we embarked on a series of leadership development programming, as well as 16 landings on different islands and the Antarctic continent," said Melissa Haeffner, a postdoc at Utah State University. She's with a program called iUTAH, which is Innovations in Urban Transitions of Aridregion Hydro-sustainability. ... Dr. Haeffner participated in the inaugural Homeward Bound voyage to Antarctica. Homeward Bound is the brainchild of Fabian Dattner, an Australian businesswoman-turned-philanthropist. Dattner wanted to address two issues with her program: the under-representation of women in science, and the changing climate. ... As a sociologist with iUTAH, Dr. Haeffner brought her expertise of working with people in changing hydrological regimes.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Being Recognized by CAPSA

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the goal of which is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.  James Boyd, development director of CAPSA, said local efforts to accomplish this goal include the display of teal ribbons and pinwheels throughout Cache Valley. He said each of the pinwheels placed in 179-pinwheel displays around town represents a survivor of rape and/or sexual assault who worked with CAPSA last year. ... Utah statistics show that one in three women will experience sexual violence in her lifetime. To stand up against sexual assault locally, Boyd said CAPSA is teaming up with Utah State University’s "I Will" campaign.

The Herald Journal Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

USU Psychology Professor Talks Research on Alzheimer's, Dementia

As a clinical neuropsychologist, USU professor JoAnn Tschanz has spent years researching Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. But for her, these cognitive deficits are more than just subjects to be studied in academia — it’s personal. ... Tschanz’s mother has advanced Alzheimer’s. Seeing her mother’s disease progress over the course of several years has served as a reminder to Tschanz of just how important her work is. ... Tschanz was recognized for her entire body of work on Friday night when she was announced as the 2017 recipient of USU’s highest honor for research, the D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award, named after the school’s first vice president for research. The award is given out at a gala every year to kick off USU’s research week.

The Herald Journal Thursday, Apr. 06, 2017

USU Benefactor Manon Caine Russel Dies

Lover of the arts and notable community donor Manon Caine Russell died Monday in Logan. She was 85. ... Russell, who was born and raised in Logan at the bottom of Old Main Hill, was known for “her love of all things art” and her generous giving within the Utah State University arts system and the Cache Valley community. ... Craig Jessop, Dean of the Caine College of the Arts, said it is hard to put into words what the the entire Caine family has done for the arts at USU and Cache Valley, let alone the personal involvement of Manon and her husband, Dan, in the college itself. ... “I hardly know what to say and where to begin,” Jessop said. “She is a giant redwood in a forest of pines. Manon and Dan have done so much for the community along with the entire Caine Family.” ... With a donation of $6.3 million in 2004 from Russell and her sister Kathryn Caine Wanlass, the “world-class” Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall was opened in 2006. ...The 20,000-square-foot building boasts state-of-the-art recording equipment that musicians from around the world “would expect to find anywhere but Logan” Jessop said. ... “I have not known in my existence a more generous individual,” Jessop said. “What they have given to the arts at USU is astonishing. I am grateful for her. We loved her. We will miss her terribly, but her name will live on because of her investment in the students.”

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2017

USU to Hold Life Sciences Building Groundbreaking

Utah State University will hold a groundbreaking April 25 at 1 p.m. for the new Life Sciences Building. According to a USU press release, it will be built using $38 million of in state funding, $5 million from private donors and $2 million from the university. ... The building is expected to help with the university’s shortage of laboratory space, which, according to the release, is outdated and at 125 percent capacity. It will feature five levels, 13 teaching laboratories, study spaces and a lecture hall. It will also house the school’s biology department.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Apr. 03, 2017

The Rainbow Ball Seeks to Connect LGBT+ Individuals and Community

Recently students at Utah State University celebrated diversity with a Rainbow Ball. ... The Access and Diversity Center uses events like this to create connection and acceptance between peers. ... “Rainbow Ball and events like it are very important for our LGBT individuals," Keith said. "As well as our allies that are out there. Because it provides a really great space for those who come to dress up as they feel they can express themselves. Everyone can get together of having a really great time with just socializing with like minded individuals. And feeling that support and love in a room that they may not get elsewhere on campus and in the community.”

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Apr. 03, 2017

USU Aviation Technology Program Hosts Career Conference

On Thursday, March 30, Utah State University’s aviation technology program hosted an Aggie Aviation Career Conference in the Taggart Student Center to introduce participants to career opportunities in flying and maintaining aircraft. Professor Baron Andreas Wesemann said the event was more than a typical job fair. ... “This fair’s an opportunity for students to come and not just be recruited by a company, but  to actually talk about professionalism, career development and where they want to see themselves in five or ten years,” said Wesemann. “We have a lot of airlines that come visit us, but this year for the first time we had a corporate pilot, an Alaska bush pilot and a cargo pilot come—also, maintenance from one of the regional carriers. So we had an opportunity to see and hear from other professionals that we don’t normally have.” ... Wesemann was pleased with how many of the corporate representatives who attended the conference were USU aviation technology graduates. He said bringing alumni back to the university gives students an opportunity to connect in a very important way. ... Utah State University’s aviation technology program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in professional piloting and aircraft maintenance management. 

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Apr. 03, 2017

USU Dance Company to Present Spring Showcase

Utah State University Dance Company will present its spring showcase, "Illuminate” on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Company Director Ginger Hislop said the performance will include a tribute dance in memory of Annie Schmidt, the daughter of “The Piano Guys” entertainer Jon Schmidt.  Annie Schmidt, whose body was found last November after she disappeared while hiking in Oregon, was a friend of several company dancers. ... Hislop said there are 21 people on the team this year, with 20 female dancers and one male. The company performs at campus and community events and is supported by USU’s Caine College of the Arts. 

The Herald Journal Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

Armless Pilot Tells Students to Dream Big, Overcome Hurdles in Life

Despite being born without arms, Jessica Cox tells people she went to public school just like her peers and was expected to do the same things as them. ... She remembers being a little kid and learning to tie her shoes. After “a couple hundred tries,” Cox learned how to tie them starting by using her foot as her hands to set the laces. On Friday, during a talk at Utah State University, students, faculty and staff watched in amazement as Cox demonstrated her shoe-tying abilities for them. ... Cox, who lives in Arizona with her husband, Patrick Chamberlain, has harnessed her story of overcoming adversity to become an advocate for people with disabilities and travel the world as a motivational speaker. A 2015 documentary, “Right Footed,” chronicles Cox’s journey. ... “On the first day, there were a lot of questions about how I would be able to accomplish many of the requirements in order to fly an airplane,” Cox said. “I remember being faced with something as basic as putting on my headset.” ...  She remembers showing up for flight school and wondering why there were not more women pilots, Cox told attendees of the brown bag lunch sponsored by the USU Center for Women and Gender. ... Andreas Wesemann, the director of USU’s professional pilot program, wrote to The Herald Journal about what he hoped his students learned from meeting Cox. ... “As our students struggle with finances, the challenges of scheduling flying on top or their classes and work, perhaps their challenges will seem less daunting after hearing Jessica’s story,” he wrote in an email.

The Herald Journal Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

USU Extension Releases New Gardening Book

Three Utah State University Extension specialists have released a new book focused on the best ways for people to grow fruit and vegetable gardens in the Beehive State. ... “The Ultimate Gardening Guide” is co-authored by Katie Wagner, Shawn Olsen and Dan Drost. USU Extension, located in 28 of 29 counties in Utah, aims to provide information through USU professors and numerous resources to the general public. ... “I think it’s a really great compilation of some of Extension’s gardening information,” Gunnell said. “I’ve known all three of the authors for a long time now, and all of them have done a great job pulling all the resources Extension has to offer in one book.” ... “The Ultimate Gardening Guide” introduction tells people the book is “an essential go-to guide — a one-stop shop for practical gardening information.”

The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

Regents Approve USU Bachelor's in Nursing

Utah State University will offer a bachelor of science in nursing this coming fall, a degree many medical professionals say is necessary for future nurses to have. ... The Board of Regents, Utah’s higher education governing board, approved the degree program at a meeting Friday at Dixie State University in St. George. The proposed program received letters of support from University of Utah and Southern Utah University — the two other institutions in Utah that offer a BSN — and one local medical facility, Logan Regional Hospital. ... “Things have changed a lot. Back when I was a nurse in the ‘70s, a bachelor’s wasn’t required,” Theurer said. “Doing the bachelor’s allows you to expand to some different areas — leadership, business. Those extra skills are now very beneficial.” ... In January 2018, the program will find a new home in the Clinical Excellence Building currently under construction at the former site of the Center for Persons with Disabilities office. The Clinical Excellence Building will provide several simulation rooms plus a general skills lab encompassing didactic classroom and debriefing spaces.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

Jessica Cox, the World's First Armless Pilot, to Speak Tonight at USU

Jessica Cox, the first armless person in aviation history to be certified as a pilot, will speak Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Utah State University during the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences’ Spring Dean’s Seminar. Her presentation, entitled “Disarm Your Limits,” will focus on overcoming obstacles to achieve personal dreams. The address is free to the public and will take place in the Taggart Student Center’s Sunburst Lounge.   ... “Here is an individual who really helps inspire young women to realize what is possible, and not what is impossible,” Wesemann said. “You know, she was born without arms, and even though she tried prosthetics, she just really decided to be who she was, and not somebody who she’s not. I mean, she scuba dives, she snorkels, she rides horses, she surfs, she puts contacts in with her toes. And she flies an airplane. It’s a phenomenal story.”

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Bystander Intervention Class Scheduled at USU

A bystander intervention training class, empowering people to not stand idly by if they sense a situation that could lead to sexual assault or rape, is set for Utah State University on Thursday. ... “The most important thing for us is making sure we create a culture that rewards intervention, that protects and prevents sexual violence,” Bitton said. ... The class is not just for the USU campus community; everyone is welcome, organizers say. ... The bystander intervention class comes the same year USU launched the “I Will” campaign, an effort created by USU officials to get members of the university community to commit to bystander intervention. ... That campaign follows another one USU officials organized in the fall, called, “Consent Is,” teaching students about what defines consensual sex.

The Herald Journal Monday, Mar. 27, 2017

USU Students Tell Stories of Depression with Free Theater Performances

A collaboration between Utah State University, mental health advocates and a diverse group of community members will share stories of local cases of depression during next week’s USUSA Mental Health Awareness Week through a series of theater performances. ... USU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning is coordinating with the USU Caine College of the Arts to present “Facing Depression in Cache Valley,” the completion of a project started in 2016 as an effort to tell the stories of people in Cache Valley suffering from depression in both written and spoken forms. ... The stories will be published during USUSA Mental Health Awareness Week from April 3 to 8, which will culminate in a series of performances adapting the written stories for the stage. Directed by associate professor Matt Omasta of USU’s Theatre Arts Department, students will perform selected works gathered from the project as a method of putting faces to each story and starting conversations among the community about how to best offer support. ...Each performance will feature opening discussions with USU professors and mental health advocates, as well as Q&A sessions following the end of each performance in which some local resources for support will be highlighted. Allred said depression screenings will be held at the Whittier Community Center performance on the afternoon of April 8, with follow-ups for each of those screened within one week.

The Herald Journal Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

Patagonia College Tour Making Stop at USU

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is coming Utah State University next month as part of a nationwide college tour to promote its products and send a message of environmental sustainability. ... Chase Anderson, USU director of development, wrote in an email to The Herald Journal that Patagonia’s Worn Wear Tour “meshes with our vision” of a new bachelor’s degree the school is offering, B.S. in outdoor product design and development. The 4-year bachelor’s degree, which accepted its first cohort of students last year, is a program that is among the first of its kind in the country. ... “We teach students to design and produce functional and beautiful outdoor apparel and gear,” Anderson wrote. “We also share the vision of the Worn Wear tour that rather than throw out or buy new outdoor gear, you might as well repair and reuse. Understanding that the gear we make that helps us get outside should also have as minimal of an impact on the places we visit outside.”

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

USU's College of Education Ranked No. 1 in Intermountain West

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University was recently named the top college of education in the state of Utah, the top in the Intermountain West and among the top 50 in the nation by the “U.S. News and World Report” magazine. ... The 2018 No. 26 overall ranking was up from the No. 30 ranking a year ago, and marked the 18th consecutive year in the top 50. According to the director of the rehabilitation counseling program Jared Schultz, it is the lone college in the top 50 with a focus on distance education. ... “I see evidence of excellence across the College every single day in the important work of our outstanding faculty, staff and students,” she said. “We are fifth in the nation for external funding because federal and state agencies also recognize the quality and impact of the research being done here.”

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.”


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