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Key Media Mentions for January 2013

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

A few recent Media Highlights (January 2013):

Division of Space Dynamics Lab in Line for New Digs – Herald Journal, Jan. 6

The Space Dynamics Laboratory will see a new building in its future, which officials hope will help to alleviate overcrowding for a division of the agency responsible for developing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies.

The Utah State University Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the 60,000-square-foot, $20.2 million project during its meeting Friday.

A second phase is more than likely in the future, according to Dave Cowley, vice president for business and finance, bringing the project to a total 120,000 square feet on the Innovation Campus in North Logan.

The facility will house the C4ISR Systems (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) Division — made up of 140 SDL employees — which is currently spread out in four separate buildings. It will include offices, electronics and computer testing laboratories.

The first of two phases is scheduled to be completed and ready for occupation approximately 12 to 18 months after the ground breaking, said Eric Warren, director of public relations for the USU Research Foundation.

USU Estimates Potential $9.5 Million Loss Due to New LDS Mission Ages – Herald Journal, Jan. 8

Utah State University is projected to lose 1,900 students and $9.5 million over the next two years as a result of LDS Church officials’ decision to lower the minimum age of eligibility for men and women to serve on missions, university officials said Monday.

James Morales, USU’s vice president for student services and chairman of a task force specifically formed to deal with this issue, presented those “worst-case-scenario” figures and strategies to offset those losses to the USU Board of Trustees on Friday, and again to the USU Faculty Senate on Monday.

The LDS policy change, announced in October, allows men to serve missions at age 18 and women at age 19. The previous age for beginning missionary service was 19 for men and 21 for women.

“We are already putting in place strategies to offset those loses, by precisely recruiting in three areas: Out-of-state transfers, out-of-state freshmen and international students,” Morales told faculty senators. “Our expectation is that we will be able to offset the majority of revenue loss, not head count loss. These students will bring us higher FTE (full-time equivalent) revenue because they’re coming from out-of-state.”

USU Professor Publishes Unique Findings on Dementia Progression – Herald Journal, Jan. 11

Utah State University researchers announced the results of a study that presents strong evidence that aspects of the care environment can promote higher functioning among persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Cache County Dementia Progression Study is the first published academic research to show evidence that environmental factors — such as caregiver coping strategies — could slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The study was published in the January 2013 issue of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

JoAnn Tschanz, a USU professor in the department of psychology, authored the study. She called it a “groundbreaking event in the fight against dementia” and Alzheimer's.

“We found that caregivers who generally engaged in problem solving type approaches — seeking high levels of social support, counting blessings, for example — was associated with slower rate of cognitive and functional decline in dementia,” Tschanz wrote in an email interview. “The implications of the study is that the care environment may be an important area to consider for developing interventions.”

Utah State Loses Pair of Stars to Injuries – Sports Beat Nation, Jan. 21

A hot start to the season will be hard for the Utah State Aggies to continue as junior guard Preston Medlin and senior forward Kyisean Reed will miss extended periods of time after suffering injuries last week, the school announced on Monday.

Medlin is the team's leading scorer at 13.3 points per game and will be out six to eight weeks with a fractured wrist. Reed is the third-highest scorer on the team at 12.1 points and the second-leading rebounder with 8.4 per game. He will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his knee. Both injuries occurred in the second half of a 64-51 loss against New Mexico State on Jan. 17.

"First and foremost is our concern for Kyisean and Preston. This is as tough as it gets and we hurt for them first and our team second," coach Stew Morrill said. "We expect our players to step up and compete, as we have a lot of season left."

Mountain West Conference Announces Creation of Two Football Divisions, Championship Game – Deseret News, Jan. 22

The Mountain West Conference announced the creation of two football divisions and a conference championship game beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.

The league formed two football divisions based on common geographic regions and traditional rivalries, while also creating the first MWC football championship game.

The new football alignments will feature Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division. Each team will play five divisional games and three cross-divisional games each year.The inaugural MWC football championship game will be played Dec. 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the team with the highest BCS ranking.

Rising NFL Star Ready to Roll with Raiders – Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 24

Leaving the NFL world of millionaires and stars to chase a rugby league or union career seems crazy, but if Alice Coddington gets her wish, Michael Smith will be the first to make the transition.

As Super Bowl fever grips the US, Smith is breaking barriers to train with the Canberra Raiders while fiancée Coddington finishes her WNBL season with the Capitals.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back said it was only temporary. But when Raiders coach David Furner gets a glimpse of the pint-sized power athlete in action, the Green Machine will be licking its lips. Smith will join the Raiders on Friday for speed drills.

The NFL rookie broke into one of the world's biggest football leagues when he was drafted by the Buccaneers last year.

His goal is to forge a successful career with the franchise and he's only just started a four-year, multimillion-dollar deal.

But Coddington is on a secret mission of her own - to convert Smith to a rugby code.

(Herald Journal, 01/06/2013)
(Herald Journal, 01/08/2013)
(Herald Journal, 01/11/2013)
(Sports Beat Nation, 01/21/2013)
(Deseret News, 01/22/2013)
(Sydney Morning Herald, 01/24/2013)
(PR & Marketing, 01/31/2013)

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