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Key Media Mentions for April 2014

Monday, May. 05, 2014

A few recent Media Highlights (April 2014):

Three USU Students Recognized by Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation– The Herald Journal, April 1

 Utah State University undergraduate Rachel Nydegger has earned a prestigious national honor – a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship. Students David Griffin and Austin Spence received honorable mentions in the competition, which recognizes outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.  

The award is administered by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. With this year’s honorees, USU boasts 23 Goldwater Scholars and 11 honorable mention recipients since 1998.

Each year, USU may submit up to four nominations for the award; a process coordinated by the USU Honors program. Scholarship award recipients receive up to $7,500 toward annual tuition and expenses.

USU Study: Kid’s Satisfaction in Sports Often Less When Parents Spend More – Deseret News, April 9

Softball coach Dan Higgs didn't know what to say to a player who repeatedly confided something to him.

"I don't even want to play anymore, but my family says this is my only ticket to college. I don't know how to tell my dad I don't want to play."

 Luckily, the girl went on to get a college scholarship, he said, but at the price of playing a sport she didn't enjoy.

"It's sad to see, especially from a coach's perspective," said Higgs, who has coached in Utah for 15 years.

Researchers may be getting closer to understanding why some kids' enjoyment in sports is dwindling. A recent study at Utah State University found that young athletes get less enjoyment from participating in sports when they feel pressured to win because of their parents' financial contributions.

Seeking Long-Lived Mammals, Paleontologist Finds Two That Lasted at Least 23 Million Years – The Washington Post, April 21

In all of Earth’s history, which species of mammal survived for the longest time?

Benjamin Burger, a paleontologist at Utah State University, has come up with two candidates that could not be more different: a tiny shrewlike animal that ate insects and a giant relative of the elephant that had a long snout and weighed more than four tons. Both lasted for at least 23 million years in the period after the dinosaurs died out but before modern humans appeared.

This is Why You Shouldn’t Challenge Your 70-Year-Old Professor To An Arm Wrestle.. – The Huffington Post UK, April 23

Wrestling: the age-old tradition of proving your masculinity, of showing the laydees who's the superior man, the alpha male, the pack leader.

That was probably the reasoning behind one student's decision to challenge his professor to an arm wrestle. Especially considering the man was 70 years old.

So when the baying crowds gathered in the English classroom at Utah State University, this student may have thought he'd be emerging victorious. Oh no. He was so, so wrong.

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Study Links California Drought to Global Warming – Associated Press, April 25

While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it's not done in real time. Now a study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for a harsh winter that mercifully has just ended in many places.

The Utah State University scientists involved in the study say they hope what they found can help them predict the next big weird winter.

It's like a complex game of weather dominos that starts with cold water off China and ends with a devastating drought and memorable winter in the United States, said study author Simon Wang, a Utah State University climate scientist.

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Huffington Post, 04/25/2014:

CBS Sacramento, 04/24/2014:

KWTV News 9 Oklahoma City, 04/28/2014:

Eco News, 04/28/2014:

Epoch Times, 04/29/2014:

Daily Digest News, 04/28/2014:

Utah State Barrel Racing Champion Has Become a Miracle Rider – KUTV 2 News, April 24

A Utah State barrel racing champion has become a miracle rider. The 23 year old was once told by doctors she would never ride again after a horrific accident, but now she’s not only riding — she’s winning.

(The Herald Journal , 04/01/2014)
(Deseret News, 04/09/2014)
(The Washington Post, 04/21/2014)
(The Huffington Post UK, 04/23/2014)
(Associated Press, 04/25/2014)

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