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Key Media Mentions for June 2014

Tuesday, Jul. 01, 2014

A few recent Media Highlights (June 2014):

Big USU Growth Forecast – The Herald Journal, June 1

Utah State University’s enrollment is projected to grow by 7,600 students over the next decade, according to a new report released by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).

The study provided projections for the eight public colleges and universities in the state.

Specifically, USU’s headcount will grow from 28,698 — a 2013 figure — to 36,318 in 2023. Meanwhile, USU’s full-time equivalent — those students taking a full-time 15-credit load — will grow from 20,610 to 25, 795 during the same time period. Both of these figures include USU Eastern as well as regional and distance education campuses throughout the state.

Utah State Football has 10 Players Named to Phil Steele’s 2014 Preseason All-Mountain West Teams – Deseret News, June 3

Utah State football had 10 players named to Phil Steele’s 2014 Preseason all-Mountain West Conference teams it was announced Tuesday.

Three offensive players, five defensive players and two specialists were recognized for the Aggies.

Senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton, senior safety Brian Suite, senior linebacker Zach Vigil, senior offensive tackle Kevin Whimpey and junior linebacker Kyler Fackrell were all named to the preseason all-Mountain West first-team.

Roadkill Counter is an App for That Splat – The Los Angeles Times, June 4

The dirty business of counting doe DOAs has gone high-tech, courtesy of a Utah State University team that developed a smartphone application to chart collisions between motor vehicles and animals.

The system could help reduce collisions that cause an estimated 200 human deaths and $8.4 billion in property damage annually nationwide, not to mention a whopping 1 million animal deaths per day, according to Daniel D. Olson, a Utah State wildlife biologist and lead author of a study released Wednesday in the online publication PLOS One.

As Utah’s Biggest and Oldest Resident, ‘He’ May Be Dying – Deseret News, June 9

Utah's oldest and largest resident is in declining health and deep trouble, just as his bulk and longevity are attaining more fame around the world.

"It's a tough situation without a really easy solution," said biologist Paul C. Rogers of Utah State University.

Pando — a grove of aspen trees near Fish Lake — was identified years ago as the world's largest living thing. Scientists believe nearly 50,000 trees are genetically identical. Most, if not all, of the trees are believed to be connected at the roots underground and form what is essentially one huge plant covering more than 100 acres.

Utah State University Welcomes 1.2 Million Bugs – The Salt Lake Tribune, June 18

More than a million insects are headed for Utah and they might bring the future of non-chemical pest control with them.

The American Entomological Institute, now located in Florida, will join Utah State University’s biology department in the spring of 2016.

Scientists are looking for "natural controls on crop pests and among those natural controls are these insects," said department head Alan Savitzky. "It’s a very important area of research and [an] important prospect for reducing reliance on artificial and chemical means."

Brad Rock: ‘I Believe’ Chant Earned Its Wings at Utah State – Deseret News, June 17

A commercial for this year’s World Cup features madly bouncing USA fans shouting, “I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!” The chant was labeled the coolest in the country in an blog by Eamonn Brennan in 2011.

“It's everything a basketball chant should be: Organized, direct, supportive, intimidating and not the least bit hokey,” he wrote. “It's not cocky, either; when I hear ‘believe,’ I hear less expectation than faith.”

Apparently the chant works for soccer, too.

Brennan noted something else that’s hard to dispute: Nobody does it better than Utah State. That’s where I first heard the chant. It resonated with good-natured passion and made driving to Logan on a subzero winter night worthwhile.

USU Organic Garden Organizer Speaks – The Herald Journal, June 21

Just off of 800 East in Logan lies a one-acre stretch of green run by Utah State University students, featuring a variety of vegetables ranging from tomatoes to blue peas (which students have appropriately dubbed “converted Aggie peas”).

Founded in 2008 by USU professor Dan Drost and run under the advisement of associate proessor Jennifer Reeve, the USU organic farm provides produce to the USU community and general public as one of the few student-run organic farms in academia. It was certified organic by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in 2011.

“Many students have tried that model (of a student-run farm (and failed with lack of student commitment,” Reeve said, noting that other universities will have students work under a hired farmer. “But we’ve been able to make it work for whatever reason.”

Electric Car Track Planned at USU – The Herald Journal, June 29

Utah State University is set to build a test track on campus to research the concept of electric vehicles being powered wirelessly while in transit.

Working with the Woodbury Corporation, USU will construct a 4,800 square foot high-bay facility and an oval-shaped vehicle test track at 650 E. Grand Ave. The facility will provide space, equipment and IT infrastructure for researching, developing, testing and integrating needed features for vehicles ranging from a passenger car up to a full-size bus. Funding for the facility will come from facilities and administrative indirect costs.

(The Herald Journal , 06/01/2014)
(Deseret News, 06/03/2014)
(The Los Angeles Times, 06/04/2014)
(Deseret News, 06/09/2014)
(Deseret News, 06/17/2014)
(The Salt Lake Tribune, 06/18/2014)
(The Herald Journal , 06/21/2014)
(The Herald Journal , 06/29/2014)

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