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Key Media Mentions for March 2014

Friday, May. 02, 2014

A few recent Media Highlights (March 2014):

USU Student Enjoying Cache Valley Experience– Herald Journal, March 3

When Shalayna Guisao – Current president of Utah State Univeristy’s Black Student Union – was growing up in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., she never thought she would move to Cache Valley, but the vocal performance major has been appreciating the experience.

Guisao began her journey of song began as a little girl, when she was riding in the car with her mom and started singing along to a popular tune on the radio. That soon blossomed into enrollment at various art schools and involvement in a show choir that traveled around the country. Guisao would attend the Professional Performing Art School in New York where she caught the eyes – and ears – of Craig Jessop, then head of USU’s department of music and now dean of the Caine College of the Arts.

Your Grandma’s Poor Diet Could Up Your Colon Cancer Risk– Business Standard, March 3

What grandmother ate might increase your risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

Will a multi-generational exposure to a western type diet increase offspring's chance of developing colon cancer? Will cancer-fighting agents, like green tea, help combat that increased risk?

Those are the two questions Abby Benninghoff, an assistant professor in Utah State University's College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, will attempt to answer - thanks to a 500,000-dollar grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

‘The Same Person’– The Herald Journal, March 8

Utah State University alumnus Lars Peter Hansen was given star treatment when he accepted the Nobel Prize for economics in Stockholm, Sweden, late last year — and the experience came with some surprises.

The 62-year-old professor at the University of Chicago asked more than 16 people — the number of family and friends allowed — to accompany him to the prize ceremony, thinking that some would say no. But they all said yes, and he and his wife, “ended up offending some people” when he had to tell some they couldn’t come, he said to attendees at a free lecture at USU on Friday afternoon.

Hansen was treated like a rock star at USU on Friday where he gave the presentation dealing with his Noble Prize-winning research, which showed that stock and bond prices moved unpredictably in the short term but with great predictability in the long term. He was also recognized at USU’s Founder’s Day dinner later that evening.

Professor Hopes State Tree Designation Helps Aspen – The Herald Journal, March 28

A Utah State University professor who watched with a group of elementary school students as Gov. Gary Herbert made the quaking aspen the new state tree says he hopes it will translate into action to help preserve the new state symbol.

Paul Rogers, a USU adjunct professor and director of the Western Aspen Alliance — a facilitator of research on the quaking aspen — made the comments Thursday after Herbert visited Monroe Elementary in Sevier County on Wednesday. The governor had already signed the bill into law Tuesday but went to Monroe Elementary for a mock signing because the students helped push for the quaking aspen to be the new state tree.

Spider Silk May Be the Material of the Future, Researchers Say – KSL 5 Utah, March 17

A team of researchers at Utah State University say spider silk may be the material of the future — and they’re using goats to help mass-produce it.

Biology researchers are looking to spin spider silk into strong, elastic materials, “things like very, very fine sutures, artificial ligaments, artificial tendons,” Randy Lewis, a biology professor at Utah State University, said. “People are interested in composite materials to replace Kevlar or carbon fibers or add to those and make an entirely different kind of material.”

The idea of using spider silk goes back nearly 20 years. “It is a unique material,” Lewis explained. “There’s no other biological material like it. Nor is there man-made material.”

Huntsman Team Wins First and Second Place in International Competition – Cache Valley Daily, March 31

While the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University will never be able to make basketball headlines, the school has just been through its own March Madness. The school fielded two teams that went beyond the "Sweet 16" to claim an international championship.

The school is celebrating the success of two student teams that have claimed first and second place in a competition sponsored by the Association for Information Systems that drew students from 28 universities and three countries.

Huntsman students Allan Follett, Conner Sorenson and Chad Williams took first place in a contest that required them to create a video about information systems. Their production focused on explaining what the phrase "big data" means and why students who study in this area have increased job opportunities.

(The Herald Journal , 03/03/2014)
(Business Standard, 03/03/2014)
(The Herald Journal , 03/08/2014)
(The Herald Journal , 03/28/2014)
(Cache Valley Daily , 03/31/2014)

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