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Key Media Mentions for September 2013

Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

A few recent Media Highlights (September 2013):

Huntsman School of Accountancy Programs At Utah State Ranked 34th and 37th In National Survey of Accounting Professors– PR Web, September 8

A publication widely read within the accounting profession, Public Accounting Report, has ranked the School of Accountancy at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at 34th in the nation, with its graduate program at 37th.

This is the first year the graduate program has been nationally ranked by the Public Accounting Report. The undergraduate program made the list for the first time in 2012 when the publication ranked it 46th in the country. The rankings are based on a survey of accounting professors across the country.

The Public Accounting Report describes itself as the "leading provider of competitive intelligence for public accounting firms and the profession." It is targeted at accounting firm partners and professionals, opinion leaders and industry observers.

USU Team Works on Cubesat Control– Standard Examiner, September 10

The secret to making tiny cube satellites perform better in space may be something that looks a little like a blow-out party favor.

Utah State University is conducting research on an inflatable plastic boom that can unfurl once the satellite, about 4 inches square, is deployed. The boom is impregnated with an epoxy that becomes rigid only after being exposed to ultraviolet rays, like those in sunlight.

The rigid boom hangs downward, because of gravity, which creates torque. USU student researchers believe it will stabilize a cube satellite, so it can take clear pictures and host certain types of experiments that can’t be conducted on a spinning satellite.

Utah State University Implementing New Outreach Program to Expand Arts Education- Salt Lake Tribune, September 12

To address a nationwide need of arts education on a state level, Utah State University and the Caine College of the Arts (CCA) are implementing a new outreach program called the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Access Initiative.

USU’s Arts Access Initiative program specifically focuses on providing arts education to children in elementary schools throughout the state, including those with disabilities.

Raymond Veon, who served as the director of fine and performing arts in the Atlanta Public Schools, in Atlanta, is the founding director of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Access, a program specifically funded and designed to serve the statewide need for arts access in schools.

Utah State, Weber State Football: Aggies Pound Wildcats on Homecoming Night– Deseret News, September 14

 All week long, Utah State head coach Matt Wells talked about focusing internally and making sure his guys played to the best of their abilities. On Saturday night against Weber State, he got as close to a perfect game as possible.

The Aggies steamrolled the overmatched Wildcats 70-6 for a homecoming victory in front of a sellout crowd of 25,513 at Romney Stadium.

The final margin of victory was the sixth-largest in Utah State history as well as the sixth-most points scored in school history.

“It was a total team effort and a total team victory,” Wells said. “We had a great week of practice and I thought we played well tonight.”

Utah College and University Presidents Call For Immigration Reform– Deseret News, September 19

Utah's college and university presidents again are calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

In a letter addressed to Utah's four members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the presidents of the University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Westminster College, Dixie State University and Snow College urge lawmakers to work toward a bipartisan compromise on immigration legislation.

"Utah cannot afford to wait to fix our immigration system," the letter states. "We ask you to work together to develop a comprehensive, bipartisan solution because all parts of our economy — from education to agriculture to housing to business — need it."

Which Comes First? USU Biochemists 'Cracking Code' of Nitrogen Fixation–, September 23

Utah State University scientists have published two papers in a high profile academic journal this week that unlock mysteries of a chemical process upon which all life on earth depends.

In each paper, the researchers, under the leadership of USU biochemistry professor Lance Seefeldt, describe newly discovered insights about nitrogen fixation, a process that converts life-sustaining nitrogen into a form that humans, animals and plants can access.

"It's an incredible irony," says Seefeldt, professor in USU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "Nitrogen, in the form of dinitrogen, makes up about 80 percent of the air we breathe. We need it to survive and we're swimming in a sea of it, yet we can't get to it."

Facts Don’t Confirm Lore About ‘Freshman 15’ Weight  Gains– Herald Journal, September 28

At Utah State University’s common dining areas, hundreds of students line up each day to choose from a variety of buffet-style options, ranging from salads and squash to treats like brownies and burritos.

It’s many of these tasty items that can lead a student to gain the “Freshman 15” — as in the number of pounds a student is commonly thought to gain during the first year of college.

One of the most prominent and well-organized studies came from Ohio State University, which found freshmen are more likely to gain approximately 5 pounds during their first year of college. Less than 10 percent of the students surveyed gained 15 pounds or more, according to the same study.

The Ohio State research also found that, on average, students slowly gained weight from the first day of school to graduation — and there was quite a gap between men and women. Women on average gained between 7 to 9 pounds; for men it was 12 to 13 pounds in the same time period.

“The most significant factors for that weight gain were people who said they were really active in high school and then no longer physically active as a freshman,” she said. “They weren’t eating breakfast, and they were sleeping less than the students who didn’t gain weight.”

USU Students Represent Victims of an Airplane 737 Crash, Training Priority Emergency Response– Herald Journal, September 28

About a dozen turkey vultures circled over the abandoned runway on the west side of the Logan-Cache Airport on Saturday morning, almost as if they sensed the carnage staged on the asphalt beneath.

On the ground, a few dozen Utah State University students were pulled from buses representing the wreckage of a 737 airplane that crashed on landing and broke apart.

In this practice scenario, the chaos begins with three firefighters on standby as the plane descends from the sky when suddenly, there is a crash, explosion

Much like a movie set, USU students are made up with an assortment of injuries of all kinds for the drill. Some lay moaning quietly, while others writh in pain, drifting in and out of consciousness.

“The theatrics of that allows us to practice for the real scenarios,” said Brady Hansen, assistant fire chief for the Logan Fire Department.


Cache Valley Residents Help Plan and Design a Permaculture Garden on USU Campus- Herald Journal, September 30

Cache Valley residents and the Utah State University community members came together Saturday to help plan and design a permaculture garden, slated to be planted the following spring.

And to get into that planting frame of mind, the group did some yoga — the Fox Walk — led by Joel Glanzberg, an applied naturalist from Santa Fe, N.M., who helped lead the two-day, hands-on workshop. The Fox Walk helped participants understand the small space they were working with and took about 15 minutes to complete.

Glanzberg explained that this is something he does with many of his garden projects.

Permaculture is a method of ecological design that creates spaces patterned after natural ecosystems that don’t need human input to thrive.

The permaculture garden will be planted in a space of Kentucky bluegrass at the weather station, between the Nutrition Dietetics and Food Sciences building and the Facilities Building.

(PR Web, 09/08/2013)
(Standard Examiner, 09/10/2013)
(Salt Lake Tribune, 09/12/2013)
(Deseret News, 09/14/2013)
(Deseret News, 09/19/2013)
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(Herald Journal, 09/28/2013)
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