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Key Media Mentions for November 2012

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

A few recent Media Highlights (November 2012):

USU Puts Scare Into No. 2 BYU – Herald Journal, Nov. 11

Most teams that concede two first-half goals on the road against BYU go out with a whimper.

Much to the delight of Utah State head soccer coach Heather Cairns, her side instead exhibited a lot of moxie and did all that it could to buck that trend.

USU fought back against one of the nation’s best squads, trimming the deficit in half on a 47th-minute goal by Jackie Tillotson, but No. 2 BYU did what it needed to do to prevail 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in front of 2,200 fans Saturday afternoon at South Field.

The match was originally scheduled for Friday night, but heavy snowfall necessitated a move to Saturday afternoon.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my girls today,” Cairns said. “They played a fantastic game all around. ... We won that second half, but unfortunately we lost that first half, so that kind of did us in. But I’m so proud of these guys, the way they fought against the No. 2 team in the country.”

Utah State University Unveils Wirelessly Charged Electric Bus – Yahoo! News, Nov. 15

Utah State University announced today that it has demonstrated a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is charged through wireless charging technology.

The Aggie Bus rolled onto the streets carrying passengers today; just 16 months after USU demonstrated the first high-power, high-efficiency wireless power transfer system capable of transferring enough energy to quickly charge an electric vehicle. In July 2011, the USU Research Foundation demonstrated 90 percent electrical transfer efficiency of five kilowatts over an air gap of 10 inches. The demonstration validated that electric vehicles can efficiently be charged with wireless technology.

USU's Wireless Power Transfer team, in cooperation with the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative's Advanced Transportation Institute at USU, has designed a more efficient way to meet the nation's transportation needs. By carefully applying a mix of modern advances in engineering and Nikola Tesla's principles of induction, USU engineer Hunter Wu and his team have solved one of today's vexing problems in WPT. Their research has led to the development of a robust prototype, which has been fitted to the Aggie Bus. 

Jon M. Huntsman School Recognized By the CFA Institute – Utah Business Magazine, Nov. 20

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University is one of just 22 schools in the United States now recognized by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute for the work it is doing to prepare students to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

The CFA designation has become the most recognized investment credential in the world. The Huntsman School has been invited by the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals, to be part of its University Recognition Program. This move signals to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the Huntsman School's bachelor's in finance degree curriculum is closely tied to professional practice, according to Paul Fjeldsted, a senior lecturer in the Economics and Finance Department.

It shows the school is well-suited to prepare students to sit for the rigorous CFA examinations, he said. Students in the program will gain access to CFA Institute textbooks, journals, webcasts and other educational resources.

Aggies Claim WAC Title, Get First-Ever 10-Win Season– Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 24

The first play from the line of scrimmage was perfect, a simple screen pass from Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton that Kerwynn Williams turned into a 76-yard touchdown.

Things only got worse for New Mexico State.

Utah State’s 41-7 win Saturday afternoon generally was expected. The way the Aggies went about it, though, hasn’t been seen at Romney Stadium in quite a while.

For the second consecutive season, the Aggies are now bowl-eligible. Only this time, it didn’t come down to the second-to-last game on the schedule. This Utah State team is 6-2 for the first time since 1982. The Aggies have now won seven consecutive conference games, the first such feat for the program since 1980.


Utah State to Play in Second-Straight Famous Idaho Potato Bowl– Western Athletic Conference, Nov. 24

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl announced today the Utah State Aggies (10-2) have accepted an invitation to play in its game on Saturday, Dec.15, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. MST in Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.  The Bowl will also feature a top selection from the Mid-American Conference.

Utah State earned the Western Athletic Conference championship in dramatic fashion with a 48-41 overtime win over No. 19 Louisiana Tech last Saturday (Nov. 17).  The Aggies have produced one of the finest seasons in school history, earning their best record since 1961 (9-1-1). Utah State’s win over Louisiana Tech marked the first-ever victory over a ranked team on the road, as well as the first win over a ranked opponent in over 20 years.  

The Aggies will represent the Western Athletic Conference for the second-straight year at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The 2011 bowl game ended in a 24-23 loss to Ohio University for the Aggies.  Overall, this will be Utah State’s eighth bowl appearance in the program’s history. 

“We’re thrilled to accept the invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for the second year in a row,” said Scott Barnes, Utah State’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.  “The Bowl is a great opportunity for our team to play in a great postseason game and the proximity couldn’t be better for our fans.”

Study Contends Grand Canyon as Old as Dinosaur Era – San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 29

The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests—so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.

Using a new dating tool, a team of scientists came up with a different age for the gorge's western section, challenging conventional wisdom that much of the canyon was scoured by the mighty Colorado River in the last 5 million to 6 million years.

Not everyone is convinced with the latest viewpoint published online Thursday in the journal Science. Critics contend the study ignores a mountain of evidence pointing to a geologically young landscape and they have doubts about the technique used to date it.

The notion that the Grand Canyon existed during the dinosaur era is "ludicrous," said geologist Karl Karlstrom of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

How the Grand Canyon became grand—with its vertical cliffs and flat plateaus—has been debated since John Wesley Powell navigated the whitewater rapids and scouted the sheer walls during his famous 1869 expedition.

(Herald Journal, 11/11/2012)
(Yahoo! News, 11/15/2012)
(Utah Business Magazine, 11/20/2012)
(Salt Lake Tribune, 11/24/2012)
(Western Athletic Conference, 11/24/2012)
(San Jose Mercury New, 11/29/2012)
(PR & Marketing, 11/30/2012)

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