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Key Media Mentions for May 2014

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A few recent Media Highlights (May 2014):

Kargthorpe: USU degree a big completion for Anthony Calvillo – The Salt Lake Tribune, May 7

Someday, Athena and Olivia Calvillo will appreciate the nearly 80,000 passing yards their father accumulated in the Canadian Football League.

Anthony Calvillo just wants them to remember his 10-yard walk in a basketball arena in Logan last weekend.

Calvillo graduated from Utah State University, more than 20 years after playing for the Aggies. He could have asked the school to mail his diploma or received it in September, when he’s inducted into USU’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Instead, he brought his family to Utah from Montreal, hoping the moment would resonate with his daughters, ages 8 and 6.

 "I wanted them to have that visual, of me crossing that stage," he said.

The Problem for Sports Parents: Overspending – The Wall Street Journal, May 12

When sports psychologist Travis Dorsch set about studying the effect of parental spending on young athletes, he expected to find a positive correlation. After all, recent research suggests that young athletes benefit from parental support.

But his study, just completed, found that greater parental spending is associated with lower levels of young-athlete enjoyment and motivation. "When parental sports spending goes up, it increases the likelihood either that the child will feel pressure or that the parent will exert it," says Dr. Dorsch, a Utah State University professor and former professional football player.

Utah Study: ‘Crowded’ wolves raid other packs, kill pups – The Salt Lake Tribune, May 14

 Wolves kill one another and the pups of competing packs in battles over territory even if there is plenty to eat, according to a new study from Yellowstone National Park.

The research is a rare glimpse into the way wolves behave when humans are generally out of the picture, said Utah State University ecologist Dan MacNulty.

"At the end of the day, the success of a wolf from an evolutionary perspective is based on how many pups it leaves behind," said MacNulty, who worked with scientists from the University of Oxford and the Yellowstone Wolf Project on a new paper published online in the Journal of Animal Ecology. "If they’re packed close together, they have the opportunity to raid each other and kill pups and eliminate the competition."

USU Professor Designs New Valve for Logan Canyon Hydro Plant – Idaho State journal, May 14

Logan city recently installed a new valve for a hydro plant at the mouth of Logan Canyon, which is expected to last much longer than its predecessor and is $70,000 cheaper than officials originally thought possible.

The newly installed part was created by Mike Johnson, Utah State University professor of engineering who works at the nearby USU Water Research Lab. This submerged Howell-Bunger valve is designed to divert water from the turbine in an emergency situation, like a power outage, to keep the flow of the river uninterrupted.

“The way we had it before and this thing opened up, it could be a little scary for that fisherman. Now it’s much safer and a much better way to put the water back into the river,” said Mark Montgomery, director of Logan Light and Power.

Utah State Study Shows Evolution Can Be Predictable – The Salt Lake Tribune, May 21

A new study from Utah State University could help scientists forecast how and whether creatures can adapt to habitat shifts like climate change.

"As we change the landscape, change the environment, it would be nice to know how populations can evolve or not," said USU scientist Zachariah Gompert. "It seems like there are components that are predictable."

While chance has a large hand in genetic mutations, Gompert’s new study of insect genomes published in the journal Science shows there are some repeatable patterns.

Gompert and his colleagues looked at two varieties of the same species of stick insects. One ecotype of the Timema cristianae bug has a black stripe down its back and the other is a different shade of green, adaptations that help the creatures blend into the specific plant species where they spend their entire lives in California’s Santa Ynez Mountains.

Algae Biofuel Can Help Meet World Energy Demand, Researchers say –, May 26

Microalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world's energy demands, say Utah State University researchers. It's a potential game-changer.

"That's because microalgae produces much higher yields of fuel-producing biomass than other traditional fuel feedstocks and it doesn't compete with food crops," says USU mechanical engineering graduate student Jeff Moody.

With USU colleagues Chris McGinty and Jason Quinn, Moody published findings from an unprecedented worldwide microalgae productivity assessment in the May 26, 2014, online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team's research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

USU Study: Women More Impacted by Licensing Regulations in Utah Than Men  – The Herald Journal, May 27

Women are significantly more impacted by occupational licensing law regulations in Utah than men because of a system that is “economically inefficient” while “infringing on women’s right to earn a living,” according to a study from Utah State University students.

Lindsey McBride and Grant Patty, student researchers at the Logan-based company Strata, looked at 13 low-income, low-skilled occupations through a sample of 6,500 licenses and found that women make up approximately 70 percent of those obtaining a license, while men make up only 30 percent. Of the 13 occupations examined, nine licensed more women than men and six were over 80 percent female. These occupation include dietitians (98 percent female), outfitters (96 percent), nail technicians (92 percent) and estheticians (96 percent).

BLM, USU to Work Together on Uinta Basin Air Quality Issue – Deseret News, May 30

The Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University have agreed to share resources and scientific data to address air quality issues in the Uinta Basin.

Utah BLM director Juan Palma and USU vice president for commercialization and regional development Rob Behunin signed a memorandum of understanding Friday, formalizing the relationship between the federal agency and the university.

"I think it's good to remember the Uinta Basin is really critical to the BLM as it relates to oil and gas," Palma said, noting that the region is No. 1 in the nation for energy development on public lands.

USU Study: Minority Entrepreneurs Treated Poorly – Standard Examiner, May 31

America may be the land of opportunity, but not all entrepreneurs are given an equal chance — discrimination is still an issue in the business world.

“Individuals of racial minority background have a very different experience than those that are of the white majority,” said Sterling Bone, an assistant professor at Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. “We found that while modern racism is rarely overt, covert discrimination still exists today.”

The trio’s research took three forms: Sending minority and non-minority “mystery shoppers” to financial institutions to ask for information about loans; interviews with minority and non-minority business people; and an experiment exploring minority and non-minority reactions to rejected loan applications.

Nine businessmen were recruited for the “mystery shopper” study — three black, three Hispanic, and three white. They were all about the same height and shape, considered to be equally attractive, and had similar financial profiles and education.

“They were as similar as possible — even wearing the same slacks and shirts,” Christensen said.

The treatment the minority and white consumers received when asking about loans was not similar.

“The minorities were treated more poorly,” said Christensen. “They were offered less help, and asked for more information, like more proof of income.”

Bone said black and Hispanic shoppers did face a heightened level of skepticism and scrutiny. They were even less likely to receive an introduction, be asked their name, or be given a business card.

(The Salt Lake Tribune, , 05/07/2014)
(The Wall Street Journal , 05/12/2014)
(The Salt Lake Tribune, , 05/14/2014)
(Idaho State Journal, 05/14/2014)
(The Salt Lake Tribune, , 05/21/2014)
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(The Herald Journal , 05/27/2014)
(Deseret News, 05/30/2014)
(The Standard-Examiner, 05/31/2014)

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