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Deseret News Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Brad Rock: Playing Utah Really Wouldn't be the Utah State Aggies' Bowl Game

It’s only fitting Utah State would be playing in the New Mexico Bowl, Saturday at Dreamstyle Stadium. ... The school has seldom been in stronger position heading toward the off-season. It is expecting All-America return star Savon Scarver, quarterback Jordan Love, running back Darwin Thompson and linebackers Tipa Galeai and David Woodward back next year. Such positivity was everywhere this week when Andersen was introduced at Maverik Stadium as USU’s next coach. He reversed a decades-long decline in 2009-2012 before embarking on a power conference run that ended up back where he began. ... It’s been a while since spirits were this high in Cache Valley. Wells coached USU to a division title in 2013 but finished with a 9-5 record. That team lost to both Utah and BYU. Although in-state games aren’t what they used to be, they have served as a marker for the Aggies’ progress. Utah State has won two in a row and three of the last five against BYU. ... It's likely that Utah and USU won’t often play even if they do temporarily hammer out something. From a money standpoint, playing the Utes isn’t as important as it once was for the Aggies ... Neither Utah nor USU desperately needs to play the other annually. Both have conference hopes to address. This has been a nice year for the Aggies, regardless.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

SDL Digital Instrument Captures Images of Asteroid

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab sent some digital imaging equipment into space two years ago aboard the robotic explorer OSIRIS-Rex, a spacecraft used for studying an asteroid. The spacecraft recently pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of Bennu, a diamond-shaped ancient asteroid to study its surface. OSIRIS-Rex will rotate around the asteroid mapping it for a year before taking samples of the surface and making it back to earth in 2023. ... “We’re proud of our participation on this great mission and pleased with the performance of the OCAMES detector assemblies during the initial two years,” said Jed Hancock, SDL’s executive director of programs and operations. “During the next year, along with mapping the asteroids OSCAMES, the director will help find a suitable location for sample collection operation.”

The Herald Journal Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

USU Names New Director of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Office

Utah State University has named Alison A. Adams-Perlac as the new director of the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office. Adams-Perlac will direct compliance with anti-discrimination and Title IX regulations for the USU system, as well as provide administrative leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She joins USU at the Logan campus on Jan. 2. Adams-Perlac has more than 10 years of experience in the Utah courts, including extensive work on projects addressing disparate impacts on minorities and underrepresented Utahns. ... Adams-Perlac said she was impressed with USU’s response to recent issues. “I’m excited to be a part of the ongoing effort to make sure the university is a safe campus for all, free of discrimination and harassment,” she said.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

USU Police Veteran Passes Away From Cancer

LOGAN — Local law enforcement officials, friends and family are mourning the death of an officer with the USU Police Department. Andy Barnes passed away Wednesday after battling complications with cancer. USU Police Chief Mike Kuehn said it was with heavy hearts that he announce the passing away of Barnes. He explained, “Andy was an amazing example of selfless love, always thinking of others and had a kind word or joke ready for his co-workers.” His quick wit, calm disposition and commitment to professionalism while working with others enabled him to easily earn the trust and respect of the USU and Cache Valley communities. ... USU President Noelle Cockett said, “Andy was an admired member of our campus, and known by faculty, staff, students and his colleagues as a person dedicated to the safety of our community. Our thoughts are with his wife, Cathrine, and his children during this difficult time.”

The Salt Lake Tribune Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Utah State Tries to Put Coaching Distractions Aside and Focus on Bowl Game

Utah State’s football team has two choices Saturday when it faces North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl — wilt or win.To win would be something the Aggies have gotten used to this season. They finished 10-2 overall with a 7-1 Mountain West Conference record. A loss to Boise State stopped their winning streak at 10 games, a first in school history. ... Or, the Aggies could wilt, as the team goes through a major upheaval in its coaching staff. Utah State had Matt Wells, the head coach, resign, an interim coach named and a permanent replacement found in Gary Andersen — all while the team prepares for the most important game of its 2018 season. Those kinds of drastic changes are enough to send some teams on a rollercoaster ride throughout an entire season. The Aggies have been tasked with keeping their focus while new personnel are announced every few days ... “The No. 1 thing I told our players is they have to trust their training at the end of the day,” Maile said Monday. “Without coaches here, they understand already what’s expected of them and how to do things.” ... Again, there’s a reason why they’ve been so successful in all three phases. They’re well-coached and there’s no doubt in my mind they’ll show up with a chip on their shoulder wanting to end their season the right way as well.”

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Utah State's Savon Scarver Named Consensus All-American

Utah State’s Savon Scarver was named a consensus All-America as a returner/all-purpose player on Thursday. Scarver joins tackle Merlin Olsen (1961) and defensive end Phil Olsen (1969) as Utah State’s only consensus All-Americans. He is also just the 16th player in Mountain West history to be named a consensus All-American. ... Utah State’s sophomore kickoff return specialist/wide receiver was also one of two Aggies to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors this season. ... Scarver and the Aggies will face North Texas in the 13th-annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon, at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The game will be televised live on ESPN. ... Utah State and North Texas will be meeting for the eighth time in series history as USU holds a 4-3 advantage.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Utah State Football Arrives in Albuquerque for New Mexico Bowl

After leaving Logan via a charter airplane at approximately noon on Wednesday, Utah State’s football team arrived at 1:30 p.m., where they were greeted by representatives from the New Mexico Bowl. The Aggies are in town for the New Mexico Bowl, which will be played on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon, against North Texas and televised nationally on ESPN. ... Utah State and North Texas will be meeting for the eighth time in series history as USU holds a 4-3 advantage. USU posted a 4-1 record against UNT when both teams were members of the Big West Conference from 1996-2000 and USU went 0-2 against the Mean Green when both programs were members of the Sun Belt Conference from 2003-04.

The Herald Journal Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

A Closer Look: Students Get Demonstration of Microscopes at USU Facility

An extreme closeup of pollen on the thorax of a bee and the eyes of a housefly are two examples of what Fast Forward Charter High School students saw at the Utah State University Microscopy Core Facility on Tuesday afternoon. The demonstration, given by Microscopy Core Facility Manager Fen-Ann Shen, is part of USU’s outreach program for K-12 classes. ... Fast Forward microbiology teacher Steven Bennett said he was excited to have his students experience and see things he hadn’t been able to as a student. ... Bennett said it all came down to the experience each student had. “Experience is the best teacher,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of emphasis on technology and everything, but experience trumps everything when it comes to learning.”

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Gary Andersen Returns to Utah State as Head Coach

Former Utah State coach Gary Andersen has returned to the Aggies .Andersen previously was Utah State’s coach from 2009 to 2012. He replaces Matt Wells, who had taken over the Aggies after Andersen’s first stint with the team. Wells was named head coach at Texas Tech last month. Andersen was introduced as Utah State’s new coach at a news conference Tuesday. ... Andersen had a 26-24 record over the course of his first four-year stint with the Aggies and he is 56-61 overall as a head coach.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Guest Artist Finishes Willow Structure on Campus

Guest Artist Patrick Dougherty spent three weeks this summer on the Utah State University campus creating a sculpture from 30,000 pounds of willow branches. With the help of his son Sam and several USU volunteers, the North Carolina native’s unusual sculpture sits just east of the Merrill-Cazier Library. ... As he worked at USU, Dougherty said he appreciated hearing how the sculpture affected viewers watching it being built. “We have an open building site and people could walk up and talk to us while we worked. So there is a constant interchange and kind of a cultural exchange between the viewers and myself,” he continued. “It helps to find starting points. I feel like a good sculpture is one that causes lots of personal associations that a person who walks up already brings something and the sculpture opens that vista up.”

Deseret News Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

USU Named New Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture

Historian Patrick Q. Mason has been named the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University.  The position is housed in the religious studies program within the history department.Mason’s decision to join USU “is a great moment not only for religious studies and the history department, but also for our college and university,” said Joseph Ward, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. ... Mason, a native of Sandy, earned his undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University. He then attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a master’s degree in international peace studies and a doctorate in history. His first tenure-track position was at the American University in Cairo.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

USU Students Challenged to Come Up With Better Way to Measure Water Use

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Jeff Horsburgh is challenging Utah State University students to develop a visualization of high resolution water use data that will provide feedback to both water providers and water consumers. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Horsburgh explained that cities go out once a month and get a reading from your household water meter. They use that for the purpose of getting an idea of how much water you have used and then they send you a bill in the mail. ... In the challenge, he is asking students to focus on creating visual information that would be useful in water planning and conservation discussions. The deadline for the challenge is March 1st. You can get more information at

Deseret News Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018

Utah Colleges Want Students to Know it's OK for me to Say 'I need help'

With limited resources, Utah public colleges are attempting to do more to connect students struggling with mental health issues to helpful resources. Some have imposed student fees or they use a portion of second-tier tuition to hire more mental health professionals. Utah State University has also hired part-time therapists at its regional campuses. There's a growing demand for services, which James Morales, USU's vice president of student affairs, says is "a very positive thing." "It's helped students understand that they don't to suffer in silence, that there are people out there and services available to them to help support them," said Morales. ... Public universities are encouraging students to use the SafeUT app, which provides confidential and anonymous two-way communication with crisis counselors at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. ... USU student leaders brought the issue to the forefront in 2017, declaring a mental health crisis on the Logan campus after students experienced long waits to meet with campus mental health professionals. ... In coming months, the regents will consider adding a recommendation that state institutions work toward national standards of professionals-to-student ratios in counseling centers, which some standards say is one full-time professional to 1,000 to 1,500 students. ... USU's goal is to "do our best with the resources that we can and try to work closely with partners where they are available in the community, public services, religious services and really try to address this issue in a holistic manner," he said.

The Salt Lake Tribune Friday, Dec. 07, 2018

USU Alumni, Brad Mortensen, Named Weber State's New President

After a months long search to fill the position and a week of interviews, the Utah Board of Regents unanimously voted to select Mortensen to lead the Ogden school. ... Mortensen previously worked for the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah governor’s office and the Arizona Legislature. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s from Syracuse University and a doctorate from the University of Utah. ... The school will be celebrating its 130-year anniversary in January. Mortensen said there’s no better time to be taking the reins and giving the school a thumbs up.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018

USU Students Decorate Trees for Cache Valley Families

A number of families in Cache Valley will receive a freshly cut and decorated Christmas tree thanks to some Utah State University students. The annual Festival of Trees event is being held the week of December 3rd-7th on the campus of Utah State. Students from different organizations and clubs are donating their time and talents by decorating individual trees. When finished, the trees will be transported to Bear River Head Start, a community outreach organization, then given to families in Cache County who may be struggling this holiday season. ... A total of 50 trees will be donated during this year’s Festival of Trees event.

Herald Journal Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

USU, Logan High, Others Team Up for Latinx Higher Ed Fair

Various community organizations collaborated to host the “Feria de la Educación” outreach event on higher education resources available for the Latinx community Saturday. The Utah State University Latinx Cultural Center, USU Extensions, Logan City School District and Educational Excellence for Latinos collaborated with other community organizations to organize the event to provide support and guide Latinx community parents on how to help their children continue their education and achieve their goals. ... Parents and students engaged in three workshops giving tips and information on how to be successful in college, how to apply for USU and how to pay for higher education. Booths were also set up for parents and students to obtain more information on resources available to them. ... USU is committed to seeing more students attend USU and attain other higher education opportunities.

UB Media Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

USU-Uintah Basin Nursing Students Have 100 Percent Job Placement

Utah State University Uintah Basin Nursing is pleased to announce that all 2018 graduates are now working as nurses. ... “Our students continue to impress us with their ability to consume a lot of information, then quickly turn around and put it into practice in real-world settings,” said Inella Bastian, nursing faculty member at USU-Uintah Basin. “The students’ success is a reflection on our nursing program and the quality of instruction being offered.” ... “Over the past few years, USU and UBTech have worked together to create a strong foundation for nursing students,” said USU-Uintah Basin Executive Director James Y. Taylor. “We look forward to future students continuing this momentum and going on to serve and better their local communities.” ... If you are interested in USU’s nursing program, USU-Uintah Basin is holding a nursing application workshop for LPNs on January 4, 2019. USU will cohost two open houses with UB Tech about both programs on January 23 and 24. USU’s new application deadline for the program is February 18, while UBTech’s deadline is May 31.

Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Aggie Ice Cream Lab at USU to Close Temporarily

A Utah State University food lab chiefly known for making Aggie Ice Cream shut down on Saturday so upgrades can be made to the facility over the next several months. The Gary H. Richardson Dairy Products Laboratory will be closed from Dec. 1 to March 4, 2019, according to a USU news release, so that the lab can become compliant with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. ... The one thing that won’t be impacted by the lab’s closure, according to a university news release, is production of Aggie Ice Cream and cheese — two products the facility readily markets to the public. ... Overall, the lab’s closure will not have a detrimental effect on the department, according to Carpenter. ... He expressed optimism about the long-term impacts the upgrades on the lab will have for his department.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Frank Maile Named as Interim Head Coach at USU

Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced Friday that Assistant Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator Frank Maile would be the interim head coach of the Aggies until a permanent head coach is named. Hartwell said Matt Wells informed his team Thursday night that he is heading to Lubbock, Texas to be the head coach of Texas Tech. Maile is in his eighth season as an assistant with USU and played for the Aggies from 2004-07 as a defensive lineman. Maile joined the Aggie coaching staff in 2009 as a graduate assistant and was elevated to the Defensive Line coach in 2011. In 2014-15 Maile went to Vanderbilt under the same capacity, but returned to USU in 2016. Maile will help the remaining coaches continue recruiting and prepare the team for a bowl game. ... As USU prepares for a bowl game, Hartwell will be busy trying to determine who the next head football coach will be. He said there has already been a lot of interest.

Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

Archaeologist Reflects on Bears Ears Reduction a Year Later

Close to the anniversary of the Trump administration’s reduction of Bears Ears National Monument, a former president of the Society for American Archaeology discussed some of the archaeological findings in the area and the reduction’s effects. Bill Lipe spoke at the Utah State University Museum of Anthropology on Thursday afternoon as part of the Anthropology Lecture Series. ... After a lecture showcasing and explaining the archaeological finds at Bears Ears, students had the opportunity to ask about the political aspects surrounding Bears Ears.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

Dax Raymond Leaving USU Early for NFL Draft

Matt Wells wasn’t the only Aggie announcing that he was leaving Utah State on Thursday. Standout Junior Tight End Dax Raymond announced on Twitter that he is foregoing his Senior season and is declaring his eligibility for the NFL draft. The biggest reason, he stated, is because of his age.  Having served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and redshirted a year already, Raymond felt like the time is now to declare for the 2019 NFL draft as he is “three years behind the average junior in college.” ... “I am blessed to have received a quality education at Utah State University,” the Provo native wrote in a statement, “and will graduate early this December.” ... “Thank you to all (who) have supported me and Aggie nation,” Raymond wrote. “Your devotion does not go unnoticed. Thank you Aggie brotherhood – battle on! We’ve got one more to get for Aggie nation this year.”

Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

USU Students Service Project Developing Websites for Local Businesses

For years, Ginger Williams has been giving her food an extra kick with her own unique spices. Now she is doing the same for her business, My Hubby’s Kitchen, by adding a website. Williams was one of more than 30 business owners who utilized students from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business to help them design a website. ... On Thursday, she and other business owners got a chance to review their new websites in a classroom at the Huntsman School. The event was the culmination of work by students with the Huntsman Marketing Association. ...  “The objective of the Huntsman Marketing Association is to try to bridge that gap between the classroom and real-world experience,” he said. “They (students) actually get to work with that person and help them build their business — it doesn’t get any more real than that.”

Deseret News Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

Utah State's Matt Wells Named Head Coach of Texas Tech Red Raiders

Matt Wells, along with his top two assistant coaches, will be leaving Utah State. Multiple news outlets reported Thursday evening that the Aggies' head football coach has agreed to become the new head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and Texas Tech made it official a few hours later. Utah State also announced in a press release that "a national search for USU’s next head coach has already begun." ... Wells had been mentioned by national observers as a possibility for a number of head-coaching vacancies as the 2018 regular season concluded. He has been the head coach of the Aggies for six seasons and has amassed a 44-34 record, including a 10-2 regular-season mark this year. For his efforts, Wells was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year this week. ... “I would like to thank Matt and his wife Jen for their significant contributions to Utah State University," Aggies athletic director John Hartwell said in a statement. "Matt and his staff did an outstanding job of making Aggie football one of the best programs in the West. This is a special place and I am as excited as ever about our bright future.

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Mountain West Announces 2018 Football Honors

The Mountain West announced today its 2018 All-Conference football teams and individual award winners, as chosen by the 12 head coaches and a select media panel. Boise State senior quarterback Brett Rypien is being honored as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, while Fresno State junior linebacker Jeff Allison has been named the MW Defensive Player of the Year. Wyoming junior placekicker Cooper Rothe is the MW Special Teams Player of the Year. Nevada running back Toa Taua has been selected as the MW Freshman of the Year and Matt Wells of Utah State is the MW Coach of the Year. 

Herald Journal Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

USU researcher: Minorities Facing Challenges in Health Care System

Dealing with health care issues can be difficult for anyone, but minorities often face additional challenges, one researcher told a group of Utah State University students Wednesday evening. The USU Medical Spanish Club invited Professor Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde to speak to them about what her research has found about the diverse issues affecting minorities in the health care system. ... Students had the opportunity to ask Marquez-Velarde questions regarding minorities in the health care system and how to better address their needs.

Herald Journal Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

USU Fraternity to Host Weekend Holiday Concert to Benefit Orphan

A Utah State University fraternity is putting on a holiday concert with proceeds going to help an orphan with Down syndrome. The Starry Night Concert, sponsored by Alpha Tau Omega, is scheduled Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. both nights in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. The show, now in its fifth year, will include USU students and alumni performing an array of Christmas carols. ... “We really hope it’s an opportunity to jump-start the non-commercialized part of the holiday,” Thorley said. “All too often we’re thinking of presents … but when it gets down to it, hopefully Christmas is an opportunity for everyone to share a little bit of what they have with people who have less.” On that note, Thorley is looking forward to the fact that the concert will go to help an orphan. “It makes wanting to be part of (the concert) all the more worth it,” he said. “You always get better music and a better performance when you’re doing it for a reason.”

Herald Journal Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

Former Acting NASA Administrator Joins SDL Board

A former acting head of NASA has been appointed to the Utah State University Space Dynamics Lab’s board of trustees for the first time in the board’s history. Robert Lightfoot Jr., who left his position as acting administrator of NASA earlier this year, is part of the governing body that provides strategic direction and oversight for SDL. SDL is part of the USU nonprofit entity called the USU Research Foundation. ... Lightfoot spoke to The Herald Journal on Monday shortly after watching a live landing of a NASA-sponsored project designed to explore Mars below its surface.

Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018

Utah State football Ranked 24th in the Nation in Latest Amway Coaches Poll

Following its 33-24 Mountain West road loss at No. 21 Boise State late Saturday night, Utah State football dropped in both national polls, but is still ranked 24th nationally in the Amway Coaches poll with 130 votes. ... For Utah State, this is the fifth-straight week it has been ranked in the Amway Coaches poll as it climbed as high as 13th in the nation. USU was also ranked for four-straight weeks in the AP poll, getting as high as 14th in the nation, before dropping out this weekend. ... Despite its loss this past weekend, Utah State is still 10-2 on the season and tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 league record. For USU, it is just the third time in school history that USU has won 10 games ... Utah State, which is bowl eligible for the seventh time in the past eight seasons and will play in its 13th bowl game in school history this year, will learn its postseason destination next Sunday, Dec. 2.

Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

New USU Title IX Coordinator Discusses Job, Priorities, Qualifications

In the midst of several high-profile sexual violence stories that have rocked the institution, Utah State University has hired a new Title IX coordinator. Hilary Renshaw, an employee with USU’s Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity office since October, was named Title IX coordinator Nov. 15. ... Renshaw came to Logan from Louisiana, where she recently earned a juris doctorate from Louisiana State University. Before that, Renshaw earned her master’s in educational leadership and worked at several crisis/domestic violence shelters. ... Renshaw sat down with The Herald Journal to discuss her role and what’s to come for USU’s Title IX office.

The Salt Lake Tribune Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

Performers Say Its a Big Step: USU Hosts Its First Drag Show

It was the first time Utah State University, a largely conservative and relatively agricultural school in Logan, has ever held a drag show on its campus. ... The event, hosted last week by the school’s housing office, featured 10 performers, mostly students, as part of a discussion of drag culture and the LGBTQ community. Those onstage danced, sang and answered questions about what it means to them to perform a gender identity as a drag queen or king.

Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

USU Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner for Out-of-Town Students, Families

USU’s Thanksgiving dinner, held at the Lundstrom Student Center, was sponsored by several campus entities, including Housing and Residence Life; Aggie Think, Care Act; and Dining Services. “When a student becomes an Aggie, they become part of the Aggie family at Utah State University,” Linstrom wrote in an email to The Herald Journal. “With that, we believe that all Aggies should have a safe and welcoming place to celebrate the holidays, know that they are supported in not only their academic endeavors, and are what makes our community strong.” ... Thursday night’s gathering contained people of all ages. Most were USU students who could not make it home for one reason or another, but there were also families with small children. ... Amy Siler, a sophomore from California ... was thankful USU acknowledged students like her who could not go home to their families for Thanksgiving.

Herald Journal Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

USU Names New Communications Vice President

Utah State University named a South Carolina school official as its vice president for marketing and communications, a newly created position. William Plate, vice president for communication and chief marketing officer at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, was USU's choice among four finalists in a national search that took place throughout the year. “USU has an amazing story to tell," ... "I am looking forward to leading this team of talented and creative marketing and communication professionals. My wife and I are excited to join the Aggie Family and make Logan our home.”

Deseret News Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

Utah State 3X3: Boise State is Now All That Matters

The Aggies lost and then won last weekend, thanks to a Colorado State Hail Mary that gave the Rams the last lead and win, only being called back due to the receiver stepping out of bounds prior to the catch. ... The biggest game of the season now lies on the Smurf Turf as the Aggies take on Boise State in what is essentially a Mountain West semifinal playoff matchup. The winner will host the MWC championship game against Fresno State on Dec. 1. ... Since entering the Mountain West, the goal has always been to win the conference. Bowl game eligibility is nice, rivalry wins are great, too, but it's about being on top of the Mountain. ... It's been a special season with a special team that is special in all phases of the game. It has set the bar high, but I expect the special season to continue. I'm not one for predictions, but I am confident.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

USU Professor's Climate Change Research Appears in New York Times

Utah State University faculty member Peter Howe recently joined colleagues in Yale’s program on climate change communications when a summary of their research, from surveys of 22,000 people, was published in the New York Times. The article shows how support of policies to address climate change theories varies by geographic locations. “People, by and large, strongly support funding research into renewable energy,” Howe explained, “85 percent of people around the country support that. They support tax rebates for electric vehicles or solar panels on people’s houses; 82 percent of people support that, including 82 percent of people in Utah. ... “One interesting thing we found: we asked people how much they talk about global warming themselves, with their friends and family,” Howe continued. “And very few people do. Only about a third of the people around the country do. But here in Utah it turns out that a few more people than the national average are talking about global warming. “It seems like it is an issue that is a little bit more on people’s minds out here in the West.” Peter Howe is an assistant professor in USU’s Environment and Society Department.

Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

USU Studying Hair-Pulling Disorder Among Utah Youth

A Utah State University professor wants to know the impact telecommunications have on treating adolescents in Utah who have a compulsive hair-pulling disorder. Michael Twohig, USU professor of psychology, and one of his doctoral students, Clarissa Ong, will study 30 kids age 12 to 17 who have trichotillomania. ... Trichotillomania is an impulsive disorder in which people pull their hair so much it comes out. ... Many people who have trichotillomania don’t know they can seek treatment. ... Twohig secured a few thousand dollars in grant money from the Huntsman Foundation, a Salt Lake City-based organization named after the late philanthropist and USU donor Jon M. Huntsman Sr. Thanks to the grant, Twohig said his study will not only provide treatment to people all over Utah but arm five clinicians with the knowledge needed to treat trichotillomania. ... “We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t have the money,” Twohig said. “One of the things I think is really neat about this grant is, five people will leave USU knowing how to treat this disorder, which has very few good providers.” ... Aside from the study’s results providing further knowledge for researchers, Ong believes the study she is working on will have a significant impact on youth.

Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

USU, Not Regents, to Propose University's Tuition Going Forward

Starting next year, the way Utah State University’s tuition is set will be a whole lot different from years past. At its meeting in St. George on Friday, the Board of Regents, Utah’s higher education governing board, established a new policy that does away with a uniform tuition rate set by the board and instead puts the responsibility on institutions to propose one. The Regents, however, will still have the authority to sign off on all tuition rates before they're set in stone and impact students. ... USU President Noelle Cockett was appreciative of the policy change made by the board Friday.“USU welcomes the opportunity to present our request to the Regents for any tuition increases that we propose,” she wrote. “This will augment what we currently do on campus with students, staff and faculty input.” ... As far as higher education institutions' role in determining tuition, the new Regents policy states that each president in the Utah System of Higher Education, including Cockett, will have to submit a written proposal to the board detailing their proposed rates.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

USU to Hold Grand Opening for Chocolate Factory

The long-awaited grand opening of Utah State University’s Aggie Chocolate Factory will be held Friday, November 16 at 2 p.m. located at Blue Square complex (1111N. 800 E., Logan) just west of USU’s Football Stadium. Steve Shelton, the factory’s manager, has been working behind the glass walls of the newly-renovated space sorting, grinding and roasting beans to the right consistency and taste. He found a formula he likes and will introduce Aggies to his high cacao content chocolate bars, as well as dark, frozen hot chocolate and some pastries at the factory’s chocolate cafe. ... The factory serves several purposes, but it is first a laboratory for students in the food science program, said Professor Silvana Martini, the faculty member who oversees the Factory. She has been teaching chocolate courses for the past three years. “The factory will also facilitate research and outreach to the confectionery industry,” Martini said. “This will be the only chocolate factory at a university in the western United States, and people in the industry are excited at the opportunities for short courses and working with us to produce certain flavor profiles.” ... The Grand Opening will include a ribbon cutting, a few remarks, and some chocolate samples.

Herald Journal Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

USU 'Code Blue Alert' System: Response from Students & Officials

Say “Code Blue Alert” and most Utah State University students recognize or are somewhat familiar with the term. That’s probably no surprise, given that the notifications for a campus emergency come through their email inbox, voice message system or text messages. ... Within the last month, USU issued three Code Blue Alerts. ... Each notification is sent to campus community members only after top university officials carefully consult with one another over whether a Code Blue Alert is needed ... Despite its quirks, several USU students expressed appreciation for the university’s implementation of Code Blue Alerts.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

USU's Aggiethon Hopes to Raise Money for Sick Children in Cache County

Children from Cache County made nearly 3,000 visits to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City last year. Many of those families are struggling with the high cost of medical bills that comes with getting the necessary treatment for their little ones. Students from Utah State University are on a mission to help out. Utah State is joining 350 schools across North America in a nationwide effort to raise money for sick children and families in need. The student-led movement is called Miracle Network Dance Marathon and it supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Students at USU are calling their event Aggiethon and money raised will help provide life-saving care to children here in Cache Valley. ... The big event is Saturday, November 17th. That’s when students head to the Taggart Student Center Ballroom for eight hours of dancing. The dance marathon goes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Students are hoping to raise $20,000. If you’d like to help out, you can visit the website at

Utah Public Radio Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Bacterial Infections from Brucellosis can Cause Mid-Winter Abortions in Elk

For decades, researchers have known that the bacterial infection Brucellosiscan cause deaths in cattle and bison herds in the western US. But new research from Gavin Cotterill, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of wildland resources at Utah State University revealed that the bacteria can also cause mid-winter abortions in elk. ... Additionally mid-winter pregnancies are used to assess the health of elk populations to set hunting regulations. ... If we’re seeing big increases in the disease in migratory herds that are already suffering from the effects of long term drought or something like that then this is definitely something that those folks would be interested in." According to Cotterill, more research is needed to better understand these bacterial mechanisms and the impact on elk populations throughout the West.

Deseret News Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Global Hunger is No Match for USU Researchers

Hunger isn’t just a small annoyance felt between meals; it’s the chronic daily reality for an estimated 815 million people around the globe. ... Fortunately, research by two Utah State University scientists is showing immense promise in the category of stable food sources. Drawing on the success of scientists who have unlocked the so-called “wheat genome sequence,” Utah State University professor Jon Takemoto and his research partner, Tom Chang, have developed a new nontoxic fungicide that will more effectively treat wheat blight and other devastating crop diseases. ... Directly applying fungicides is the most effective way to control wheat blight and various other diseases, but the high levels of the chemicals necessary to build crop and soil resistance can be harmful to humans and animals. This is what makes Takemoto and Chang’s product, called K20, so appealing. The sequencing of the wheat genome is enabling Takemoto’s team to study the genetic effects of the wheat protection technology on the plant’s life cycle. ... They, and their commercial partner Baicor, a manufacturer of agricultural products based in Logan, recently conducted field tests with research collaborators in Nebraska. ... The two scientists are to be commended for their groundbreaking work, and USTAR deserves praise for recognizing the importance of and funding the effort.

The Herald Journal Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

USU Dedicates Statue to Commemorate Century Since Armistice that Ended WWI

Individuals wearing red poppies gathered at Utah State University on Monday afternoon for a statue dedication commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.The statue by Avard Fairbanks entitled “The Victorious American Doughboy” is located in front of the Military Science building on campus. ... Donated by Fairbanks’s family, the 26-inch statue is a working model. ... Commander of the USU Air Force ROTC Lt. Col. Steven Smith said although the legacy of the university’s involvement in WWI is discussed frequently among those who work in the Military Science building, he is excited for the visual reminder. ... Smith said the memorial is important because verbal lessons and discussions fade over time.

Utah Public Radio Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

Researchers are Using Drones to Identify Cracks in Bridges

Like everything else, bridges are prone to wear and tear, often from environmental elements and constant use. New research out of Utah State University says the use of drones could help identify cracks, and ultimately extend the life of bridges. "In our study, we were specifically looking at something called a [steel] fatigue crack," said Marc Maguire, a professor in civil and environmental engineering at USU. ... Maguire and his colleagues are asking the question: Can a drone perform a bridge inspection up to the level of a human? ... Maguire and his colleagues have been using UASs on bridges with known cracks to better understand the difficulties of using the devices in situations with low GPS signaling, low light environments and windy conditions. By better understanding these challenges, future research can focus on solving these problems.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

WWI Had Lasting Impact on Cache Valley

Post WWI, the country emerged as an industrial giant and the economy was booming and profits were on the rise, producing the Roaring 20’s. The war also affected Cache Valley, but in different ways. “WWI impacted us more than we realize,” said Emily Wheeler, a lecturer at Utah State University during a recent lecture series. “We were a land grant university. What that meant was that all the male students had to be involved in military training.” ... The government wanted more places to train, so USU’s president at the time, E.G. Peterson, encouraged the government to build training facilities on the Utah Agricultural College campus. ... It was good for Cache Valley, Wheeler said. ... “The war pushed us into a modern and post-modern world,” Wheeler said. “We may not think about it a lot as being pertinent to our lives, but it did change things for Utah and our society.”

The Herald Journal Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

Radio Show Host, Humanities Medal Winner Krista Tippett Speaks at USU

After giving a lecture at Utah State University on Wednesday night, journalist Krista Tippett was asked at what point in her life did she become an “unusually thoughtful person.” The radio show and podcast host, journalist and winner of the National Humanities Medal responded it may have had to do with her youth, growing up in a small town in Oklahoma. ... Tippett spoke at USU’s Eccles Conference Center to give a lecture titled “Mystery and the Art of Living.” Her appearance was part of the Tanner Talks series, funded by the O.C. Tanner Foundation. Throughout her 30-plus-year career, Tippetts has worked for news outlets ranging from The New York Times to the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Earlier this year, Tippetts started “The On Being Project,” an independent nonprofit public life and media initiative. ... Tippett was able to come to USU after the school wrote a grant proposal to the Tanner Foundation, according to Michael Sowder, a USU English professor, who introduced Tippett on Wednesday.

The Herald Journal Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

USU Launches 'Mid-Term Election Reflections' Project

Staff in Utah State University’s Special Collections and Archives are asking members of the community to open up about their experience in the mid-term elections.  Members of the campus community and general public can provide their personal stories on voting via online survey for the U.S. Midterm Election Reflections Project. The project is being coordinated by Jennifer Duncan, head of Special Collections and Archives; Liz Woollcott, head of Cataloging and Metadata services, and Randy Williams, folklorist and curator in USU’s Special Collections and Archives. ... This is the first such USU project examining midterm elections, which typically see lower turnout. ... In a news release, Duncan stated the project’s reflections will prove useful to researchers “seeking to understand the diversity of the political culture of Utah will require more than vote count.”

PeerJ Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante Home to Rich Bee Diversity

The state of Utah's nickname is "The Beehive State," and the moniker couldn't be more apt, say Utah State University scientists. One out of every four bee species in the United States is found In Utah ... About half of those species dwell within the original boundaries of the newly reduced Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. "The monument is a hotspot of bee diversity," says USU-Tooele entomologist Joseph Wilson, associate professor in USU's Department of Biology, who, with scientist and USU alum Olivia Messinger Carril, USDA entomologist Terry Griswold and USU emeritus professor James Haefner, reported 660 species now identified in the protected region in the November 7, 2018 issue of PeerJ. Carril is lead author of the paper, which describes a four-year study, funded by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the USDA, in southern Utah's GSENM. ... During the team's study, the bee fauna reached peak diversity each spring, but also experienced a second peak in diversity in late summer, following monsoonal rains. "It's an amazing natural laboratory of pollinators, of which we don't know a lot," Wilson says.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Nov. 05, 2018

Smaller Wildfires May Increase Water Resources in the West, Study Says

The land of the western United States is shaped by wildfire and water availability. According to new research from Utah State University, increasing the number of smaller wildfires could increase water resources in the West. ... "It is important to let lands periodically burn for a number of reasons, but the one that we highlight and that I think is unusual is water resources and the protection of water resources," said Brendan Murphy, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. ... By allowing more wildfire on the landscape we can protect resources by limiting the amount of erosion and the amount of sediments making it into our dams and reservoirs," Murphy said. He hopes this research will serve as a warning to the western US.

The Herald Journal Monday, Nov. 05, 2018

USU Faculty Could Craft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resolution

Eleven years after then-Utah State University President Stan Albrecht signed a document with his counterparts worldwide committing to become a carbon neutral university, some members of the USU faculty want to expand on that charge. USU faculty senators and professors Patrick Belmont and Christopher Monz expressed interest in forming a committee of 25 faculty members who would craft a resolution on greenhouse emissions and bring it to the full senate for review. ... The Boston-based organization Second Nature, which oversees USU’s progress on the climate commitment, says there’s been an over 26 percent net change in emissions. ... Belmont said in crafting the resolution, the committee will examine what USU, as well as individual campus community members, can do to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. ... Frank Galey, USU provost, said resolutions are generally meant to inform everyone that the faculty feels a certain way.

The Herald Journal Friday, Nov. 02, 2018

Cache Valley Beekeepers Show Off Honey Crops

Jars of golden honey lined a classroom table in the nutrition building at Utah State University on Thursday evening. Beekeepers of various skill levels brought samples of their crops showcasing a range of colors, textures and flavors for the Cache Valley Beekeepers Association annual honey tasting. “This is what is so fun to see,” said Lorraine Scholes, a club member and owner of Cache Valley Bee Supply. ... Club president Richard Hatch began beekeeping about three years ago when he was looking for a low-maintenance hobby. ... Overall Hatch said the evening is a fun way for beekeepers to show off their crop and see the array of honey possibilities.


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