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Ag Daily Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Google and 4-H Collaborate to Bring Computer Science to Kids

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that in just three years there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs, and only 400,000 qualified job candidates, it only seems natural for a company such as Google to invest in our youth. In response, 4-H, America’s largest youth development organization, and Google are coming together for a first-of-its-kind computer science (CS) collaboration that will teach kids both technical skills like coding, and essential skills students will need in the future like, teamwork, and resilience. ... “It is incredibly exciting to combine the power of 4-H with the impact of Google’s philanthropy, products, and people,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of National 4-H Council. Utah State University Extension’s 4-H program is a key partner in co-creating the 4-H CS Career Pathway and developing tools for educators to implement the program. “We are proud to be a part of this effort to bring hands-on programming to our nation’s youth,” said Jacquelline Fuller, President of Google.org. 

Engineering & Technology Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Smoother Boat Rides Ahead Thanks to Water Impact Research

Utah State University researchers are working with the US Navy to develop an inflatable speedboat which absorbs the energy of waves to offer a smooth ride, even on stormy waters. ... In early but valuable steps towards developing a storm-proof boat, researchers at Utah State University have demonstrated how rigid and elastic bodies differ in their behaviour during impact with water. ... “Rigid and elastic materials interact with the water surface quite differently,” said Randy Hurd, a PhD candidate at Utah State University, and lead author of the Journal of Fluid Mechanicsstudy. ... Hurd and the rest of the Utah State University team have been working alongside the US Navy and other organisations which frequently use watercraft in rough, stormy seas in order to eventually design an inflatable speedboat which can provide a smoother ride for passengers and cargo.

Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

USU's Assistive Technology Lab has Created Demonstration Libraries

Two demonstration libraries created by Utah State University’s Assistive Technology program allow people with disabilities to travel to either Logan or Roosevelt to try out devices before they buy them. ... “We have some really great devices we have added to our demonstration libraries,” said Clay Christensen, coordinator at the Logan AT Lab. ... Also, the Assistive Technology Lab is known for its ability to custom build assistive technology per person. “In this work there is not a one-size-fits-all because each disability is different and in different ranges and levels. Recently we modified some bicycles for people who otherwise could not ride a bike; this was for children and teens.”

Herald Journal Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Boat Built by Former Professor Donated to USU

Neuhold, 89, built the boat so he could go out fishing during retirement. He started building it around 1988 and finished it in 1992. “I was happy,” Neubold said in an interview on Friday. “It was a lot of fun putting something to use that you built yourself.” ... Two years ago, FAT MARU took its last fishing trip out to Bear Lake. Neuhold developed some health problems and he decided it was time to get rid of the boat. But Neuhold did not want to sell it. He wanted it to be used by the university. ... Chris Luecke, dean of the Quinney College of Natural Resources, said his college took possession of Neuhold’s boat a few weeks ago. “Right now, people are looking at it, trying to decide what makes the most sense,” he said. “We have a couple new faculty that are just showing up, so they need to go check it out and see what it does.” It could be a few more months before the college knows exactly how it will use the boat, Luecke said, but it could be of prime interest to the watershed sciences department. For now, it’s just a great feeling knowing that a former USU professor gave his college such a gift, Luecke said.

Ravalli Republic Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

MDMH Scholarship Awarded to Hamilton Grad

Hamilton graduate Rylie Cook, a junior at Utah State University studying social work and mental health, is the recipient of the medical providers and Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital scholarship. ... Each year the scholarship is awarded to a Ravalli County high school graduate who is currently enrolled as a student in any mainstream health or medical field. ... Cook initially went to Utah State University to study elementary education, but realized she wanted to work with the entire family. ... Cook explained that Utah State has an accelerated master’s program that combines her senior year of classes with the 480-hour internship. “I can mold my masters into what I want to go into and I can complete that in one year,” she said. ... Dr. John Moreland presented the scholarship to Cook, and said it is important to keep encouraging students in the medical profession.

True Viral News Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

Science has Uncovered the Optimal Oreo Dunk Time

Last year, over at the Utah State University’s Splash Lab, they decided to answer a question for the ages: “How long do you need to dunk an Oreo to reach maximum milk absorption?” Turns out there’s an exact amount of time for the optimal Oreo cookie dunk, as discovered by actual academics in an actual lab. This, by the way, is the sort of science we can get behind. They found that there’s a saturation point for most cookies. ... The good people in the Splash lab took their study one step further to determine when the cookie crumbled from too long of a dunk. Turns out that an Oreo can withstand the milk for five whole minutes before the cookies start to break down entirely. And that sounds like the perfect amount of time to eat a bowl of Oreo cookie cereal.

Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

USU Student to Examine Upper Atmosphere Activity During Eclipse

When Utah State University student Jonh Mojica was five years old, he saw his first eclipse in his native Bajos de Haina in the Dominican Republic. ... As the next eclipse approaches Aug. 21 and some people have expressed willingness to take long road trips to see the moon completely cover the sun, Mojica has another idea — conduct research. ... With the help of USU physics professor Jan Soyka and engineering technician Don Rice, Mojica has set up recycled antennas on the roof of a USU building that are receiving very low frequency waves from Navy transmitters in Washington and North Dakota. Those signals will travel through the eclipse totality region on the way to USU. ... USU lab technician Don Rice underscored the importance of studying activity in the ionosphere. ... But scientists’ thinking about the ionosphere has changed over the last several years, according to Rice. “They’ve realized there are things going on here that have a significant impacts on climate, energy exchanges here that aren’t really understood,” he said.

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

Water Conservation: It All Starts with You

If you live in Utah, the Utah Division of Water Resources estimates you will use 240 gallons of water today. “Because it doesn’t rain much and our population is growing quickly,” said Steve Barfuss, a research associate professor at Utah State University’s Utah Water Research Laboratory, “we have to learn as a population to be more careful with the resource we have.” Barfuss works with water engineer students to prepare them to work in states, like Utah, to find ways to meet public demands for water. ... He said it’s necessary for people to look at the long-term goal of water conservation, as every drop of water that is saved is beneficial to future generations. State officials are hoping the map will lead to a directive by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to reduce water consumption per capita in the state by 25 percent by the year 2025. Right now, Utah is at the 18 percent conservation mark, meaning that in eight years time, water usage needs to be reduced by seven percent.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2017

Behind the Bear Lake Raspberry Craze

They are sweet, small and come in different shades of red. Often mixed in shakes or sold from roadside stands near the shores of Bear Lake, their harvest is celebrated with an annual festival every August. Ask anyone around Garden City and they will tell you: Bear Lake raspberries are simply better than their counterparts. ... The bold claim that Bear Lake grows better berries isn't just some local bias, either. It's science. Brent Black, an agricultural sciences professor and fruit specialist with Utah State University said there are multiple reasons the Bear Lake raspberry is high quality. ... For a supermarket raspberry, quality is traded for a long shelf life. “The fruit doesn’t taste as good while its fresh, but it stays edible and marketable for a long period of time,” Black said. “A lot of the Bear Lake growers are growing older varieties that have a really nice flavor and quality right after they are picked, but they don’t keep very well.” ... “We love to produce them,” he said, “and see people smack their lips over them.” Black said that because of the valley's unique climate, there isn't another fruit that would thrive like the raspberry. "Bear Lake has got a really short growing season and it gets really cold in the winter," he said. "You can’t grow peaches up there and some of the other popular fruit in Utah. Raspberries have been the crop for them."

UB Media Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2017

Roosevelt City Passes Resolution to Issue Sewer Bonds

The Roosevelt City Council held a regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 1 at the council chambers at the Roosevelt City building. After the traditional prayer and pledge of allegiance, Dr. James Taylor and Cameron Cuch from Utah State University-Uintah Basin spoke to the council and shared some information about the Roosevelt and Vernal campuses and the impact these students are having. “USU Roosevelt is the model for the regional campus system,” Taylor said. “We had 110 graduates out of 500 students this year. The real distinction for our students is they are there to learn.” ... Next on the agenda was a public hearing to discuss issuing sewer revenue bonds not to exceed $2 million. ... After the public hearing was closed, the council voted on the resolution to issue the bonds in the amount of $500,000 and $1,167,000. Councilman Aaron Weight made the motion to pass the resolution and Councilman Troy Rohrer seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

UB Media Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2017

USU-Uintah Basin Hires New Faculty Members

Utah State University-Uintah Basin (USU-UB) has hired three new faculty members who will begin teaching and serving in other capacities starting the Fall 2017 Semester. The new hires and their departments are: Dr. Mark Chynoweth, assistant professor in wildlife science; Dr. Patrick Harvey, clinical associate professor in Social Work; and Don Busenbark, lecturer in mathematics. “We are excited to get to work with Mark, Patrick, and Don,” said Dr. James Taylor, executive director of USU-UB. ... USU-UB has two campuses in Vernal and Roosevelt. The new faculty members will teach a variety of classes, such as mathematics, courses within the bachelor’s and master’s of social work program, and many classes within the wildlife science program. USU’s Internet Video Conference (IVC) system will make many of these courses available throughout USU’s regional campuses and centers.

Utah Business Monday, Aug. 07, 2017

Famous Aggie Ice Cream: Quality Over Quantity

Ice cream is the treat of choice for most Utahns during the long hot summer months. In this age of mass-produced food products, those seeking out a cone or scoop should consider a local institution that’s been making it fresh for almost a century: Famous Aggie Ice Cream, made by Aggie Creamery. “We don’t process our products just to make them, we do it as needed, based on demand,” said Dave Irish, manager of Aggie Creamery. “A lot of our products seem and are a lot more fresh than other people’s. It’s made with fresh ingredients and using a tried and tested method that we’ve been doing for a hundred years.” The creamery opened at Utah State University just a few years after the school, and added ice cream to their dairy product repertoire after that. In that that time, Aggie Creamery has refined its process and paved the way for the local ice cream manufacturers that came after. ... Irish credited Aggie Ice Cream’s reputation to the care that goes into making it, and the underlying philosophy that quality is more important than quantity. “We’re not trying to manufacture it just to sell it,” said Irish. “We’re trying to keep it traditional, fresh. We don’t make any more product until we’re running out of what we have made, so ours is always very fresh.” While the ice cream is sold on campus, Famous Aggie Ice Cream can be found at Lee’s Marketplace locations in Logan, Brigham City, Ogden, North Salt Lake and Heber.

Herald Journal Monday, Aug. 07, 2017

Small Satellite Constellations, 'Big Data' Talk of Annual USU Conference

Last year, the world watched in horror as mass violence swept the city of Aleppo, Syria, during the country’s civil war. But a Seattle-based company, called Spaceflight Industries, was alerted of the situation and sprung into action, using satellite imagery to help a rescue team in the war-torn country find escape routes for the afflicted people. “It unfolded very, very quickly. It was assembling a team; it was getting access to the latest satellite imagery we could get from all these different companies; it was gathering together experts who were image analysts,” said Peter Wegner, chief technology officer for Spaceflight Industries and former employee at USU’s Space Dynamics Lab. “It was very exciting. ...  Wegner spoke to The Herald Journal on Monday during the annual Small Satellite Conference at Utah State University. The effort to help the Syrian people — and keep government officials abreast of unfolding developments there — was made possible by BlackSky, a system of data-gathering tools, including small satellites. This year’s Small Satellite Conference comes at a time when more small satellites are being launched into space than ever and the amount of data they’re collecting is getting bigger, too, according to conference organizers. That’s why they made the theme for this year’s event “small satellites, big data,” according to Pat Patterson, a USU Space Dynamics Lab employee who also serves as conference chairman. ... Patterson said it’s still too early to tell the true potential these advances will have.

Newday Sunday, Aug. 06, 2017

Know the Signs of 'Pre-Quitting' Behavior to Retain Key Employees

Losing a valued employee can come as a surprise.But it doesn’t have to, if management can effectively identify “pre-quitting” behaviors employees may exhibit before they leave, according to a study from researchers at Utah, Arizona and Florida state universities. “Employees give off signs and behaviors that are predictive of their future voluntary turnover,” says Tim Gardner, associate professor of management at Utah State University’s business school and co-author of the study, released last fall in the Journal of Management. Gardner, along with Chad H. Van Iddekinge of Florida State University and Peter W. Hom of Arizona State University, collected data from 737 U.S.-based managers and pared down hundreds of pre-quitting behaviors to 13 core behaviors. ... Companies also need to focus on engagement, says MaryAnne Hyland, a professor of human resources management at Adelphi University’s business school in Garden City. ... “They need to engage in self-examination,” says Gardner.

Herald Journal Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

RECAB Hoping to Collaborate on Renewable Energy Goal

The Logan Renewable Energy and Conservation Advisory Board, or RECAB, presented an energy and conservation roadmap in June, but more information is needed before the Logan Municipal Council can adopt the proposal. The roadmap is a recommendation that 50 percent of Logan’s energy portfolio come from renewable sources by 2030. ... A central tenant of the roadmap is that Logan will lead by example. It calls for all new municipal buildings to be built by LEED standards and powered in part by renewables. There are several strategies for diversifying Logan’s energy load, like expanding the community solar program, and investing in geothermal and hydroelectric generation. At RECAB’s Friday meeting, USU civil and environmental engineering professor Ryan DuPont said it would be helpful to involve as many city departments as possible to help reach the renewable goal. Particularly, he said there are opportunities for energy generation at the incoming mechanical wastewater treatment plant and north valley landfill. ... If the Logan Municipal Council eventually adopts the roadmap, the city would have to work together to reach the 50 percent renewable goal. “We want the city to jump on to this bandwagon,” DuPont said. “Everybody ought to be on the wagon.”

The Salt Lake Tribune Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

Sports Radio Host Scott Garrard Takes Over for 'Voice of the Aggies'

This summer, some 20 years after he first made his way onto the Utah airwaves, the sports talk show host found himself on another unexpected phone call, receiving another job offer from someone in his old stomping grounds. ... So starting next month, Garrard again will be broadcasting from Logan, this time as the new play-by-play voice for the Utah State Aggies. ... Still, USU officials said they hoped to retain Lewis’ services, despite the changes. Lewis, a Utah Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer member who called his 1,000th Aggie game last season, had been the play-by-play voice since 1995. “That is the hard part of it because Al is literally a legend and synonymous with Aggie basketball and Aggie football,” Hartwell said. ... Garrard, meanwhile, will try to honor Lewis in his own way when he takes over Sept. 1 at Wisconsin. "I want to harness that same kind of passion,” he said. “I want to bring that passion to the game, that excitement that he had, because you knew deep down he was 100 percent Aggie and he lived and died with each game.”

Herald Journal Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

USU Board of Trustees has Five New Members

The Utah State University Board of Trustees has a handful of new members. Five people were appointed by the governor to fill vacant positions on the school’s governing board, according to Sydney Peterson, USU chief of staff and secretary of the board. ... The addition of these new members represents a shakeup the board has not seen in several years. ... Earlier this year, the powers of the USU Board of Trustees and other governing boards for Utah’s public colleges and universities were altered by legislation signed by the governor. The Higher Education Governing Amendments law gave institutional boards of trustees the final say — as opposed to the Board of Regents — in approving institutional programs, like new degrees, as long as it falls within the scope of the school’s mission. USU is the state’s only land-grant school and shares a research mission with University of Utah. The USU Board of Trustees will hold its next meeting Aug. 18 for a workshop. It will meet on Oct. 13 at USU for its first meeting of the new academic year.

PR Web Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

Kids Kingdom Playground Recognized as a National Demonstration Site

PlayCore, a leading company in play and recreation research, programming, and products is excited to announce a new Inclusion & Play On! National Demonstration Site in Redding, CA. The new playground, Kids Kingdom, demonstrates a community’s commitment to promoting inclusive play and youth fitness. To celebrate, a grand opening will be held on August 9th, 2017 at 6 p.m. at 4000 Victor Ave., Redding, CA. ... The playground’s design, uniquely aligned with the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design™, an evidence based design philosophy developed in partnership with PlayCore and Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, offers a multigenerational play designation that breaks down physical and social barriers. ... Kim Niemer, Director of Community Services for the City of Redding, noted, “Free play provides children the opportunity to move at their own pace, discover their favorite spaces, engage with other children and practice important life skills such as negotiation, teamwork, and risk assessment. The Kids Kingdom design models this in every way. Plenty of good reasons for parents to say – Go Outside and Play! We look forward to welcoming families here for many more generations.”

Snow Boarding Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

New Outdoor Product Design Advisory Board Formed at Utah State

Utah State University’s Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) program officially formed its industry advisory board which consists of leading companies in the outdoor recreation industry. The advisory board meets twice a year and guides the OPDD program, lending valuable industry experience by helping develop curriculum, create design challenges for students, provide internship opportunities and ensure that OPDD leads the nation in preparing students to succeed as product designers and developers in the outdoor industry. ...  “The OPDD program emerged from partnerships with key industry voices who were calling for a degree to prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” said OPDD Director, Professor Sean Michael. “The OPDD Advisory Board continues that partnership with an exceptional group of leaders from across the industry. ...  The Outdoor Product Design and Development program at USU is based in Logan, Utah, and was created in January 2016 in order to better prepare a workforce looking to work and thrive in the outdoor industry. Students in the OPDD program learn the principles of apparel design, design principles, materials and textiles, 3D design courses, and design for manufacturing and cost in order to fit a growing demand for product designers and developers with an emphasis on the active and outdoor industry.

Herald Journal Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

USU Announces Student Sexual Violence Awareness, Prevention Requirements

Utah State University announced a slew of requirements for its students to complete as part of the school’s ongoing effort to reform the way it prevents and responds to sexual violence. The new measures were outlined in a news release by the university this week. “From research at other colleges and universities nationwide, we know there is a higher incidence of sexual assault at the beginning of the school year, so we’re addressing this risk directly and early in the fall semester,” wrote Noelle Cockett, USU president and head of the university’s task force on sexual violence, in a prepared statement. ... Aside from implementing immediate requirements for its incoming students and graduate student population, USU will also employ programs for the entire campus. ... USU’s DeRito wrote in an email that USU is the first university to be part of the Upstanding program. “In that way, we’re leveraging the expertise within the state and helping the Department of Health fine-tune the program so it can be more easily exported to other institutions who may want it,” she wrote.

UB Media Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017

Basin Air Quality--Breathe Easy in the Summer

In 2015, a Rolling Stone article claimed that poor air quality in the Uintah Basin, and Vernal in particular, was causing abnormally high numbers of fetal deaths. But what does air quality in the Uintah Basin really look like? Air quality is the measure of pollution in the ambient air. This is monitored by several stations around the Uintah Basin. ... According to Dr. Seth Lyman, researcher with Utah State University, about half of winters in the Uintah Basin would be within attainment standards, and half would see ozone levels exceeding the EPA standard of 70 parts per billion. Dr. Lyman believes that areas of the Basin are likely to be declared nonattainment areas for ozone levels, which would lead to tightened requirements and thus additional regulations on the oil and gas industry. ... “Of course the goal is to not go into nonattainment days at all,” said County Commissioner Duane Shepherd regarding the goals at the county level. “(Part of our Resource Management Plan) is to encourage incentives for the industry for the adoption of emission reduction technologies.” ... Air pollution does have adverse effects on health and well-being, but certain houseplants can filter common pollutants from the air. Breathe easy in the summer, but locals should probably watch for poor air quality days in the winter and avoid exposure when possible.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017

National Watermelon Day: What Makes it Unique?

Utah temperatures are to thank for the high-quality watermelon growth this year in Utah, according to Luke Petersen, a farmer for Petersen Family Farm. ... Ready to be picked and eaten after roughly 70 days of growth, Petersen said the most common question his customers ask is how to choose a good watermelon. ... From farm to table, Carrie Durward, a nutrition specialist at Utah State University, said watermelon is unique compared to other fruits. “They are high in vitamins and minerals, while being low in calories,” Durward said. “So they fill us up and give us the nutrition we need, while not contributing to more calories than we need in our diet.”

Cattle Network Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017

Successful Prediction of Multi-year U.S. Droughts and Wildfire Risk

The next mega-droughts and subsequent active wildfire seasons for the western U.S. might be predictable a full year in advance, extending well beyond the current seasonal forecast and helping segments of the economy related to agriculture, water management and forestry. The new model, developed by an international team of scientists from the U.S., South Korea and U.K., and led by Utah State University climate scientist Yoshimitsu Chikamoto, was reported in the July 26 edition of Scientific Reports. The source of this improved predictability is based on a combination of factors, including tropical climate variability, global climate change and the natural filtering effects of soils. ... "We found that, even 10-months after the starting prediction, the model was tracking the observation-based soil water conditions very well," Chikamoto said. ... The application of this findings is anticipated to be in great demand. "Our study clearly demonstrates a new possibility of international, ongoing, decadal forecasting activities, said co-author Magdalena Balmaseda from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. "We anticipate that multi-year drought predictions will be available soon by collaborating with operational forecast centers."

Deseret News Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017

This is Utah's Most Affordable College

Utah’s most affordable college isn’t BYU or the University of Utah. Business Insider recently rounded up the least expensive college in every U.S. state. The report used both data from the Chronicle of Higher Education and only ranked schools that fell within the top 220 of the U.S. News and World Report. Utah State University topped the list for Utah. The Logan-based school costs $12,736 a year, with a $6,866 tuition and $5,870 for room and board. Money magazine ranked 2,400 colleges across 27 different metrics, looking to see how well these schools compared quality of education, the affordability of each school and the success alumnus have after graduating.

Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017

USU 'Optimistic' State Trust Lands D.C. Legislation will Pass

Two federal lawmakers from Utah want to make it possible for Utah State University to financially benefit from land in Utah County that has not been transferred from federal to state control in nearly two decades due to a legal roadblock. ... “We appreciate Senator Hatch and Congresswoman Love working to create a solution to this land identified by BLM for transfer to SITLA in Utah County,” wrote Neil Abercrombie, USU director of government relations, in an email to The Herald Journal. “While USU is not involved in the land management or transfer or sell process of this land we recognize the significant financial support we receive through SITLA and SITFO’s (School and Institutional Trust Funds Office) management of funds. Therefore, we are following this legislation closely and optimistic this legislation will solve a process that has been stalled for over a decade.” ... John Andrews, a lawyer for SITLA, said the endowment is not a large sum of money. ... “Development was getting closer so we decided to make the request again, and then when BLM was non-responsive, to move forward with a congressional solution,” Andrews said. Andrews is hopeful that the legislation sponsored by Hatch and Love will pass and go to the president’s desk, but “given how slowly Washington works,” that might not happen until next year.

GIS User Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017

Juniper Systems' Archer 2 Used to Identify Dangerous Arsenic Levels in Peru

A group of seven Utah State University Engineers Without Borders students left for the Puno region of Peru, just north of Lake Titicaca, to work toward eliminating high levels of arsenic found in groundwater. Juniper Systems aided in their efforts by providing Archer 2 data collectors, offering the necessary data collection training and support, and post-processing data upon completion. “Engineers Without Borders’ commitment to helping others through field data collection and technical expertise aligns well with the mission statement of Juniper Systems,” said Juniper Systems Business Development Manager Trevor Brown. ... Engineers Without Borders Assistant Team Lead Karl Christensen said, “The Juniper team has shown outstanding support of our project. With training on how to use the devices, in-country support after-hours when we had some software malfunction, and then post-processing when we got back. ... Since the beginning, Juniper Systems has always been extremely passionate about working with organizations, student groups, and individuals on service projects in need of ultra-rugged, accurate data collectors.

The Richfield Reaper Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017

Piute County Community Garden Helping to Grow Food and Skills

For the past 14 years, if someone in Junction has needed vegetables, they’ve been able to get them. The community garden in Junction has been part labor of love, part service project and part learning experience. “Every two to three weeks we meet down here and weed the garden,” said Rick Dalton, Junction’s mayor. ... Junction Town donates the irrigation water for the garden, which is located on a piece of private land. Dalton said the Utah State University extension office has been a huge help. He said by submitting soil samples, the USU extension was able to determine what the soil needed and how it should be prepped for growing. In addition to helping foster a spirit of community collaboration, the garden is also a place where new skills are sown, said Chris Jessen, 4-H and family and consumer science educator for the extension office.

Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jul. 31, 2017

State Agency Encourages Technology Being Developed at USU

This past Thursday, lawmakers, members of the media and members of USTAR (which stands for Utah Science, Technology and Research) paid a visit to the Innovation Campus at Utah State University to see some of the ground-breaking technology as applied to batteries, autonomous vehicles and a 20-seat electric bus that charges itself wirelessly through tracks embedded in the roadway. While not yet available commercially, many lawmakers are hoping that the state can move entrepreneurs to harness some of this new research and do something with it. On KVNU’s For the People program on Friday, USTAR managing director Brian Somers said the bus was really amazing. ... He said the bus has great acceleration and no emissions. Somers explained that USTAR has a very unique mission as a state economic development agency. Its’ purpose is to maintain a healthy technology eco-system within the state of Utah and to assist in developing, commercially, many of the technologies that are being tested and researched at institutions such as Utah State University.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Jul. 31, 2017

The Healing Power of Sound: Music Therapy on Monday's Access Utah

Monday's program is a window into the world of music therapy: an interesting intersection of arts and science. Music therapists work with patients of all ages for help in everything from reducing asthma episodes to lessening the effects of dimentia. ... Maureen Hearns, the director of music therapy at Utah State University, joined us for a discussion about her experiences helping people through music.  This program is brought to you as part of a partnership with the Caine College of the Arts at USU in conjunction with its Year of the Arts celebration. 

Deseret News Sunday, Jul. 30, 2017

About Utah: 'They've Been Able to See Something They Haven't Seen Before'

Three years ago, when they were 12 years old and just out of elementary school, three Navajo kids, Jadan Lacy, Shakira Cervantes and Quiana Dishface, had a decision to make: Should they stay home on the reservation for the summer or should they spend it in town in Blanding taking math classes? They chose summer school, believe it or not. ... This Friday, in ceremonies at the Utah State University campus in Blanding, Jadan, Shakira and Quiana will be part of a group of 23 Native American teenagers who represent the first graduating class of PREP, a national summer school program that prepares kids to be scientists, engineers, doctors, tech wizards, astronauts and the like. (PREP stands for Prefreshman Engineering Program). ... For three straight years, the American Indian kids have given up six weeks of their summer vacation to live on campus at the USU-Blanding dorms and immerse themselves in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ... But there’s a deeper layer to the sacrifice they’re making and no one knows that better than Sylvia McMillan, the director of the program. ... “The object is for them to achieve self-actualization, to discover who they are, to be proud of that, to be happy with themselves and find joy in their lives and share their gifts with their community and the larger world around them.”

Herald Journal Friday, Jul. 28, 2017

USU Professors Stress Conservation in Governor's Water Strategy Report

Two local professors who recently outlined a 50-year Utah water strategy say residents will have to conserve water use if population growth projections stay on track. Utah State University’s Robert Gillies and Joanna Endter-Wada spoke with the paper about the report they co-authored, “Recommended State Water Strategy,” which hit the governor’s desk this month. “What I think is important is we really, actually do have enough water,” Gillies said. “But we’re going to have to learn to conserve it and use it more carefully. Conservation is a very effective means of preserving water.” ... Despite many recommendations in the report that are specific to policymarkers and managers, Gillies believes there’s an overriding message for Utah residents in the report, too: Everyone can conserve water and people have gotten smarter about it over the years, but more education about water quantity can go a long way. “Education is a big component, because people don’t know — all of us can’t know everything,” Gillies said. “It’s highly complex.”

Herald Journal Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

Cache Chamber of Commerce Announces New President/CEO

In an interview Thursday, Jamie Andrus looked over her schedule the week of Aug. 1, when she takes over as president/CEO of the Cache Chamber of Commerce: ... “I’m going to jump in and learn as fast as I can all of the duties,” she said, laughing. “There’s a lot to learn.” Andrus, manager of client and affiliate relations for the Utah State University’s Shingo Institute, will succeed Sandy Emile, who has served as president/CEO of the Chamber since 2005. ... Andrus supervised the Partners in Business — a Huntsman School of Business entity which runs professional business conferences — before she came to her current job. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in human resources from USU. ... “I think the role of Chamber of Commerce is to be a resource for our businesses and build community relationships — not only in Cache Valley but throughout the state,” Andrus said. “Serving those businesses that are our members and … making businesses successful.”

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

Legacy Farms are a 'Big Deal' in Cache Valley

Research has identified 80 farms in Cache Valley that have been in the same family and producing for at least 100 years. Clark Israelsen, Cache County's agriculture agent for Utah State University Extension, told the Cache County Council Tuesday night that is a very big deal. ... Three local families representing all those who have been involved with farming through the years attended the meeting and received what Israelsen called "Century Farm" certificates.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

Numbers are Proving that the Arts are Benefiting the Community

One of the first buildings constructed in Logan was a performance hall, a place where people could gather after work and chores to enjoy family style entertainment and boost the economy.  According to the director of The Cache Valley Center of Arts, Wendi Hassan, that tradition continues today. ... “We got 1,600 surveys out, and then Americans for the Arts crunched the numbers and found that we have a $31 million yearly economic impact on Cache Valley," Hassan said. ... Results from the study are being used by area arts event organizers to pitch government groups and other funding sources to help make way for downtown, the USU Campus and Northern Utah arts events in 2017 and 2018. Hassan says USU’s Caine School of the Arts, for example, marked the opening of the university’s Year Of The Arts campaign recently by holding a street party in front of the Lyric Theatre on the city’s Center Street. ... And, arts and entertainment guests to Logan will soon be able to attend performances in a renovated 1,600 seat performance hall on the USU Logan Campus this fall.

Fox 13 Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

Self-Driving, Zero Pollution Cars are Coming to Utah.

The Ford Fusion drove forward on the track and then a switch was flipped. The driver took his hands off the steering wheel and the car turned, on its own. ... Members of the Utah State Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee toured Utah State University’s Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation on Thursday, getting a first-hand look at autonomous vehicles, new batteries that hold more juice and zero pollution buses that charge themselves as they move. “This is an exciting time,” said Regan Zane, the director of the USU testing facility. “There really is no facility like it in the U.S. The ability to look at this intersection between autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, smart mobility concepts.” ... “Upfront there’s going to be a lot of costs,” Rep. Kwan said. “But there can be public and private partnerships, absolutely. I think there’s going to be motivation to do this.”

Nevada Appeal Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

USDA Funding Boosts Rural Development

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, along with researchers at Utah State University and University of Idaho, are assisting rural communities across the West by applying economic, environmental and social factors to community economic development planning. The University Center for Economic Development located in the College of Business recently led the charge to renew a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture under its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Tom Harris, University foundation professor in the College of Business, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension specialist and principal investigator on the grant, describes the work as a tool used to better identify compatible intersections of community preferences and asset structures with industry production requirements and targeted community support. ... "At the end of the day, we come up with industries that are desirable to the community and vice versa," Harris said.

IEN Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

Backyard Science Leads to Breakthrough

A popular backyard science experiment led a team of fluid dynamics experts to a new math formula that more accurately predicts cavitation and its damaging effects. A common culprit in damaged water pipes and ship propellers, cavitation is the formation and collapse of gaseous bubbles that form in fluids. Cavitation can also occur inside a longneck glass bottle. Striking the top of a liquid-filled bottle, for example, can shatter its bottom, leaving scientists thirsty for answers. ... "If you search for answers behind the breaking bottle trick, you'll get a variety of theories," said Dr. Tadd Truscott, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Utah State University and lead researcher at the school's Splash Lab. "Some claim your hand forces air into the bottle which pressurizes it and seals it shut, forcing the bottom to blow out. This is not the case." ... Truscott and his team - comprised of researchers at USU, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Brigham Young University - have devised a new equation that considers a fluid's depth and its acceleration. Researchers in Japan and Utah conducted similar cavitation experiments and got identical results. The group says their new equation correctly defines the physics of cavitation onset.

The Salt Lake Tribune Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

Former Ogden Mayor Glenn Mecham Dies

Ogden's first full-time mayor, Glenn Mecham, died Sunday at the age of 81, according to his son. "It was very fortuitous that he ended up being that first strong mayor of Ogden because he really did get the ball rolling on a lot of major projects," his son Scott Mecham said Monday. "It's a true legacy, his effects of being mayor." ... "He was such a good writer that the Logan Herald Journal hired him to do a weekly column" while he was a student at USU, writing mostly about sports, Scott Mecham said. Four days after graduating from Utah State University with a bachelor of science degree in 1957, he married Mae Parson, his son stated. ... Glenn Mecham was the president of the Weber County Bar Association and chairman of Utah State University's board of trustees, research foundation and space dynamics laboratory. ... A memorial service is scheduled for noon on July 29 at the Monument Park Stake Center, 1320 S. Wasatch Drive, and the family has asked for donations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Perpetual Education Fund in lieu of flowers.

KSL Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

Rodeo Couple Raises Cloned Bulls for Research, Sentimental Reasons

Steve and Cindy Gilbert have become well-known in the rodeo world over the years for raising some of the toughest bucking bulls. ... "It's always nice to look out in the field and see an exact replica of that animal," Cindy Gilbert said. "We try to name them according to the genetics, like Magical, White Magic Mirror Image, you know, tie it back to the genetic clone that they come out of." Livestock cloning isn't new. The ability has been around for nearly a decade but is generally cost-prohibitive. However, Steve Gilbert said he and his wife aren't doing it to make money, but to further research with their partners at Utah State University in finding ways to combat cancer and other human diseases. "It's not an easy project. There's a lot of issues with it," he said. "I can see a lot of benefits of health care coming out of this for human beings in the future."

Herald Journal Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

USU, Bridgerland Partner to Offer New Degree in Technology Systems

Utah State University will offer a new “stackable” degree for nontraditional students who receive a certificate from a technical school and want to continue their studies in technology systems at the university. The Board of Regents, Utah’s higher education governing board, approved a Bachelor of Science in Technology Systems for USU at a meeting Friday. ... Trina Nye, program director in USU’s School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education, said the new bachelor’s is tailored for two kinds people — high school graduates with an interest technical education who want to study at a university, and those who already have a job in the technical systems industry. ... BTC President Chad Campbell commented on this aspect of the new USU degree in a university news release. “Employers and students both benefit when programs are designed for educational outcomes to be aligned directly with business and industry needs,” he stated. According to information provided by the Board of Regents, there are a fair number of job openings in the Logan area relevant to the new USU degree.

KSL Saturday, Jul. 22, 2017

Regents Add 5 New Degrees to USU and Dixie

The Utah State Board of Regents approved new degrees for Utah State University and Dixie State University at a meeting on Friday in Cedar City. For Utah State University, the board voted unanimously to add three new degree programs. ... Regent Teresa Theurer, vice chairwoman of the group's Academic and Student Affairs Committee, said the doctorate program is not a common one. "Good for USU. They've been working on this program since 2009. They've thought about this one for a long time," she said in the meeting. ... The board of regents is the governing body for Utah's higher education system. The board's major responsibilities include selecting institutional presidents, setting policy, approving programs and degrees and submitting a unified higher education budget request to the governor and state legislature.

Herald Journal Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

Lyric Repertory Company Marks 50 Years in Business

W. Vosco Call arrived in Logan as a Utah State University theater arts professor more than 50 years ago with the hope that he would be able to establish a repertory theater company here. ... The opportunity to start a theater company seemed to fall right into Call’s lap when he was asked by the business manager of a then-defunct building on West Center Street if he thought USU would be interested in using the property. ... “We had been doing theater up in the Old Main auditorium, which was very inadequate,” Call said. “Having that downtown theater was a great thing for the theater arts department. … This was my opportunity to start the repertory company.” ... Vosco Call, who attended Friday night’s festivities, reflected on the significance of 50 years of the Lyric Rep. “When I look back and I think about everyone who has participated in it … and the quality of the productions over the years, I’m very pleased. It’s something I take a lot of pride in,” he said.

Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

Lyric Repertory Theatre Hosting 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fifty years of summer repertory theater culminates in a huge celebration this weekend in downtown Logan. Utah State University's Caine College of the Arts kicks off the Year of the Arts with a 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Caine Lyric Theatre on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dennis Hassan, co-artistic director of the Lyric Repertory Company, says, "we have a cast of amazing actors from all over the country who bring their incredible talents to Cache Valley." ... The celebrations on Friday and Saturday begin with a catered reception in the lobby of the Caine Lyric Theatre at 7:30 p.m. where guests can mingle with past and present company members and fellow patrons. Featured guest artists at the 8:30 p.m. performance include Lyric Repertory favorites Lee Daily, Venessa Ballam, Stefan Espinosa, Tamari Dunbar and Eric Van Tielen. A family street party featuring live music, dancing and a one-of-a-kind light show will start at 9:30 p.m. on Center Street in Logan.

Utah Public Radio Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

U.S. Panel Lifts Ban on Slaughtering Horses for Meat

Last week, a U.S. House panel voted to lift the ban on slaughtering horses at meat processing plants. In 2007, funding was removed for USDA inspectors at meat processing plants with horse meat. ... Karl Hoopes, equine extension specialists at Utah State University, said this is a controversial subject but it’s important to look at what’s going on behind the scenes. ... Hoopes said for people in the equine industry, lifting the ban would give a route for horses to go through that can no longer be used, are unwanted, untrained or are too old. “And that’s one side of the argument. The other side of the argument is that horses are not livestock, they shouldn’t be subjected to that form of death,” Hoopes said. ... Hoopes said there are a few things the public should consider before making any decisions.  “Understand the difference between emotion and facts,” Hoopes said. “Yes, emotion does play a role in how we make our decisions and I’m not saying that it shouldn’t. I just think that we need to be able to look at the decision, look at the facts that are presented, look at the science and the research that’s done off of it to really make that decision.”

Standard Examiner Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

Large Population of Boxelder and Elm Seed Bugs are Harmless but Stinky

They’re small with black red or orange-colored markings and they’re everywhere. Those bugs you’re seeing? Helen Muntz, the Weber County horticulture agent for Utah State University Extension, said they’re either an elm seed or boxelder bug. While the boxelders have been in Northern Utah for a very long time, the elm seeds migrated here around 2014. “They’re not going to damage anything in the landscape, they’re just a nuisance,” Muntz said. ... According to a USU Extension factsheet, they eat several plants including fruit, maple and ash trees, but are most commonly found on female boxelder trees where nymphs and adults eat the tree’s developing seeds. The USU Extension says both bugs are easily drowned, which can be accomplished with a garden hose. ... And for those with a boxelder or elm seed bug problem, Muntz recommended making sure all windows and doors are sealed well to keep the insects outside.

Herald Journal Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

Valley Couple Donates New Guinea Artifacts at First Museum Summer Lecture

In 1986, Ned and Gail Weinshenker were set to go on an African safari for their honeymoon. But plans fell through and the next thing they knew, they were headed to Papua New Guinea. ... The trip may have had its ups and downs, but the Weinshenkers were fortunate enough to take home some native artifacts and recently donated them to USU’s Museum of Anthropology. Those items include a mask made from a turtle shell, a bilum bag and a kina shell. Ned — a retired USU administrator and venture capitalist — said he and Gail are downsizing their home, so they “didn’t have room” for all of their Papua New Guinea items. “We had them for 30 years, and they really belong to the broader community,” Ned said in an interview. ... Molly Cannon, director of the Museum of Anthropology, told the newspaper the items in the museum are entirely donated — mostly from people who are or have been associated with USU in some way. ... “This collection has given us the opportunity to share with our students how to work with material and how to research collections,” she said.

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

Agriculture Undercover Filming 'Ag-Gag' Ban Struck Down by Federal Judge

A federal judge has struck down the “agriculture operation interference” law which was approved in 2012 by the Utah legislature. What is also known as the “ag-gag” law, prohibited lying to gain access to a livestock operation. The law also required permission from the property owner for anyone who wanted to film. Legal experts are looking at ways for those in the agriculture industry and animal rights activists to find a compromise. Brandon Willis, a professor of applied economics at Utah State University and senior advisor to former secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack, said the vast majority of farmers and ranchers would welcome visitors to their operations. “When people are so many generations removed from agriculture, I think there are certain things that are part of farm life that might be a little bit upsetting to them,” Willis said. “The videos thus far are abusive things mostly in a commercial type setting, not actually down on the ranch.” Willis said if the law is successfully struck down or a compromise is made like the law in Missouri, it most likely won’t have an effect on the average farmer or rancher. “I think most ranchers would welcome the opportunity to bring them on their operation and explain it,” Willis said. “Most people, whether they’re from the city or if they’re from the country, they may not agree perfectly on issues but I think there’s an understanding. I think there could be a good profitable discussion on why we have to do things the way we do them.”

The Salt Lake Tribune Monday, Jul. 17, 2017

Aggies Hire North Carolina Assistant Amy Smith as New Gymnastics Coach

Amy Smith has been named the head gymnastics coach at Utah State University, the school announced Monday. Smith replaces Nadalie Walsh, who is the new gymnastics coach at Illinois. "The combination of her experience and success, both as a student-athlete — winning a national championship at UCLA — and as a coach, whether it was at UCLA, Florida, Missouri or North Carolina, clearly in her progression as a coach, she is ready to take over a program of her own," USU athletic director John Hartwell said in a statement. ... "It is such a great honor to become the Aggies' fourth head coach in the history of the program," Smith said in a statement. ...  "I was so inspired by the competitive drive of this team in the short amount of time that I spent with them and that made me incredibly excited about the future of this program. I cannot wait to get to Logan and get started."

True Viral News Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017

The Law of Returns and Complex Societies: An Interview with Joseph Tainter

A sustainable society is only as secure as the strength and success of its problem-solving institutions. If and when these fail, society is toast, suggests Dr. Joseph Tainter, a professor at Utah State University and author of a riveting book on this subject, The Collapse of Complex Societies. During a recent interview with PeakProsperity.com, Dr. Tainter told a listening audience how successful societies rely on healthy investments in the areas of social complexity and energy subsidies. Once these begin to see diminishing marginal returns, however, these societies are said to have reached a tipping point from which they will eventually reach a point of collapse – the inevitable consequence of declining net energy per capita, ever-depleting key resources, and an over-leveraged economy. ... ” Sustainability requires that people have the ability and the inclination to think broadly in terms of time and space,” Dr. Tainter stated during the interview.” ... “People have to take responsibility for knowing and understanding the predicament that we’re facing,” he says.

Herald Journal Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017

USU study: Low-Income Earners Spend More to Avoid Outdoor Site Fees

People who make lower incomes use outdoor recreational sites differently than higher earners, shunning sites with user fees — even if it means they pay more for gas to do so. That’s according to findings from a study by Utah State University’s Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism in which researchers surveyed people at 44 recreational sites with fees and no fees in the Central Wasatch Mountains. The findings from USU professors Steve Burr, Chase Lamborn and Jordan Smith show individuals making below $25,000 were willing to travel three times as far from a user fee destination — that changed as little as $3, in some cases — to visit an area with no user fees. ... “When it comes to attracting the public’s attention and influencing their behavior, ‘the difference between two cents and one cent is small. But the difference between one cent and zero is huge!’” the USU researchers wrote, quoting behavioral economist Dan Ariely. ... Although the USU professors’ study only looked at the Central Wasatch Mountains, there are several outdoor recreational sites nearer Cache Valley, such as Tony Grove, that have user fees. ... Smith and his co-authors believe the findings that low-income individuals are willing to ditch user fees in the name of no fees has implications for entities like the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management.

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