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Justin Tolman in his final stages of creating his Utahraptor sculpture

Photo Credit: Justin Tolman

University Student Sculpts Utahraptor For USU Geology Museum

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018

Justin Tolman. He’s a sculptor and dinosaur connoisseur, with a particular interest in dromaeosaurids, more commonly known as raptors.

“Dinosaurs have been a lifelong passion of mine, since I was a little kid. And I discovered sculpture and I was like, 'Wow, I can make money, I can incorporate a childhood passion into a potential money making opportunity...

From the left: Kenneth Kehoe, USU Geology Department, Justin Tolman, USU student artist, and Rachel Tolman

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Artists, Engineers And Scientists Collaborate To Build Colorful Sculpture of The Utah Raptor

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018

When art student, Justin Tolman, pitched his idea to Utah State University’s Geology department he had envisioned a sculpture 1/6th the size of the actual dinosaur.

“With those dimensions I could cut it in half and cook it at home with the oven in my department,” Tolman said. But the Geology department told Tolman- we want it bigger...

Instrument site implemented by the National Ecological Observatory Network at a station in New Mexico

Photo Credit: Jennifer Perez via Utah Public Radio and Jornada Rangeland Research Programs

Local Efforts To Improve Public Ecological Observatory Network

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018

A group of researchers at Utah State University are leading a project called ARGON or Augmenting Research Grounded On NEON. The program has already collected over 18 million data points related to species and community traits.

“The aim of ARGON is to augment research grounded on NEON by filling in some of the historical information about what’s happened nearby the NEON sites, but then also to...

USU Physics Professor David Peak

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David Peak Selected as 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee

Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018

David Peak, professor of physics at Utah State University, has been selected as the 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee.

The award, which consists of a plaque and $5000 for the awardee’s research program and/or undergraduate researchers, will be presented at the Biennial Conference of the Council on Undergraduate Research, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, on July 1–3.

USU Students outside of the Biology and Natural Resources Building.

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Utah State University Receives Legislative Funding For Building Renovation

Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Two years ago, Utah State University received legislative funding to build a new Life Sciences building on the Logan main campus. As the building nears completion, focuses are shifting towards its neighbor-- the Biology and Natural Resources building, or BNR.

USU Chemist, Dr. Yujie Sun, is announced as a USTAR Award recipient

Photo Credit: Mary-Ann Muffoletto

USTAR announces latest round of awards to university researchers

Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative announced the selection of eight University Technology Acceleration Grant (UTAG) awards.

“These projects are a testament to Utah’s innovative spirit,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director. “We received strong applications and these awardees represent projects with high potential to make significant impact in real world application.”

Underwater view of marine life

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Editorial thoughts before World Water Day: oceans, breathing, and the Permian extinction

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

How do the oceans affect life in the Kootenays? With World Water Day coming up on March 22, let’s think, not only about how lucky we are to have enough fresh water, but also about how vast and distant saltwater oceans affect us all, everywhere.

Utah State University physicist Maria Rodriguez, second from left, with Stephen Hawking and colleagues at the International Centre for Theoretical Cosmology Conference in Cambridge, England in July 2017. Photo courtesy: Maria Rodriguez

Photo Credit: Maria Rodriguez

USU faculty member praises Stephen Hawking for legacy of knowledge

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Maria Rodriguez, assistant professor in Utah State University’s Department of Physics, was sad to hear of the death of pioneering British physicist Stephen Hawking, but she was grateful she got a chance to meet him.

USU chemists, from left, Tianbiao Liu, Bo Hu, Camden DeBruler and lead author Jian Luo publish new findings about emerging battery technology.

Photo Credit: Mary-Ann Muffoletto

Two Better Than One: Chemists Advance Sustainable Battery Technology

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Utah State University chemists' efforts to develop alternative battery technology solutions are advancing and recent findings are highlighted in a renowned, international chemistry journal.

Permian Fossil

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The World's Largest Mass Extinction May Have Been Caused by Burning Coal

Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

The Permian Extinction, 200 million years ago, was the single greatest species die-off in the history of the world.

Over 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species died. Despite being such a large event, its direct cause has eluded scientists so far.

 Sheep Creek Valley, Utah.

Photo Credit: Dr. Ben Burger, USU Uintah Basin

Burning coal may have caused Earth’s worst mass extinction

Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Earth has so far gone through five mass extinction events – scientists are worried we’re on course to trigger a sixth – and the deadliest one happened 252 million years ago at the end of the Permian geologic period. In this event, coined “the Great Dying,” over 90% of marine species and 70% of terrestrial vertebrate species went

Students go past the Biology and Natural Resources Building on Monday. USU received funds from the state to remodel the building.

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USU gets legislative funds for BNR renovation

Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

On Monday afternoon, Utah State University students packed a relatively small foyer in the Biology Natural Resources Building, or BNR.

As they waited in the space just outside the 300-seat lecture hall for class to start, students who use the facility everyday or several times a week sounded off on what they think about the BNR, which opened

The plain green morph of Timema cristinae pokes its head out over some manzanita.

Photo Credit: Donna Barry, USU

USU professor named Ecological Society of America fellow

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

Utah State University professor Nancy Huntly has been named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest community of professional ecologists.

One of 28 honorees this year, Huntly will be formally recognized during the organization’s annual meeting this summer in New Orleans.

The plain green morph of Timema cristinae pokes its head out over some manzanita.

Photo Credit: Aaron Comeault, University of North Carolina

USU Professor Successfully Predicts Evolution In Stick Insects

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018

If you spend enough time poking around bushes in California, Nevada or Arizona, you’ll find stick insects, long little guys that blend in with sticks or leaves. Sometimes you only notice them when they drop out of their camouflaged environment and onto your shirt. They’re funny looking, harmless and at the center of a recent high-impact study at Utah State University describing when and how you can predict evolution.

In her office on Friday at the Quinney College of Natural Resources, Nancy Huntly, USU professor and director of the Ecology Center, discusses “Sanak Island, Alaska: A Natural and Cultural History,” a book she wrote chapters for with other ecologists during as research trip she made several years ago.

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'Interesting creatures': USU professor discusses world of ecology

Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018

Utah State University Professor Nancy Huntly grew up in Michigan enjoying nature, but she had no idea it would lead to a career.

“I don’t think I felt like a scientist at all,” she said. “I just enjoyed playing outside and discovering things.”

USU undergrad researcher Josh Hansen, left, and faculty mentor Breanna Studenka are studying why collegiate athletes report, or don't report, concussive symptoms. Hansen presents to state legislators Feb. 28, on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

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USU Student Researcher Presenting Findings About Student-Athlete Concussion Trends

Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018

Almost half a million student athletes compete in 24 different sports at a collegiate level. Many of these athletes will suffer concussions.

Josh Hansen, a pre-med student at Utah State University, found differences in health care-seeking behaviors among certain racial groups. But when it comes to NCAA sports...

Melena Garret, left, and Riannon Smith, right, biochemistry students at Utah State University, are pictured at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

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Undergraduates show off their research at the Capitol

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

The Capitol saw 50 undergraduate researchers from Utah State and the University of Utah gather in the rotunda on Wednesday to show off their latest projects representing in science to sociology to literature.

At one booth, a pair of Utah State biochemistry students, Melena Garrett and Riannon Smith, said they successfully transplanted the gene-editing DNA known as CRISPR into common strains of E. coli. CRISPR is a naturally...

USU-Uintah Basin student Ryker Hacking is working on ending negative side effects in diabetes.

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USU student's research step toward curing side effects of diabetes

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

A Utah State University student’s recent research could eventually result in ending side effects of diabetes.

Ryker Hacking, a junior with plans to obtain a master’s degree in chemical engineering, was able to synthesize a recently discovered molecule called methoxy biphenyl triol, or MBT, in a lab. MBT has the ability to prevent aldose reductase, an enzyme...

Preston native and USU Biology major Tyson Lumbreras, left, with faculty mentor Jessica Lucero, investigated how medical schools incorporate training about intimate partner violence into their curricula. He presents research Feb. 28 on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

Photo Credit: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, USU

Are physicians prepared to address domestic violence, asks USU undergrad

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

According to the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, more than 1 in 3 women, and more than 1 in 4 men, in the United States experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Utah State University undergrad researcher Tyson Lumbreras, who has served for more than two years as a mobile crisis advocate for Logan, Utah’s Citizens Against...

Ironman Robotics up close

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Barry Fitzgerald: How Superheroes Are Shaping Our Superhuman Future

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

We have run faster and further, jumped higher and longer, climbed the highest mountains and swam to the depths of the oceans.

We are astonishing. We are truly super. But we are not superheroes.

A fossil of a short nose gar, that was found at fossil lake, hangs on the wall during the wall during the Rock-n-Fossil Day on Saturday in the USU geology department

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Kids dig Rock-n-Fossil Day at USU Geology department

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Two dinosaurs greeted families at the entrance to USU's Geology Building on Saturday.

Over the low whir of her costume's battery-powered fan, volunteer dinosaur and grad student Sarah Wigginton said she saw a good mix of reactions from kids on their way into the geology department's Rock-n-Fossil Day.

John Neely makes pottery in his studio Wednesday at USU.

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USU professor to discuss science of ceramics for 'Science Unwrapped'

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Ask John Neely, professor in Utah State University’s department of art and design, what he finds so fascinating about pottery, and he can sum it up in one word: Lunch.

“Every time I eat, I’m thinking about the things I’m eating from ― so the plates and mugs and that sort of thing,” Neely said. “Life’s too short to use a mug I don’t like.”

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to '2018 USU Rock-n-Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Geology Building at the northeast corner of the university quad. Admission is free.

Photo Credit: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, USU

Rock-n-Fossil Day is Saturday at USU

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Utah State University’s Department of Geology invites inquiring minds of all ages to the 2018 USU Rock-n-Fossil Day Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Geology Building on the USU Quad. Admission is free.

“We welcome the community to join us for a day of science learning,” Dave Liddell, geology professor and event coordinator, said in a statement. “We’re offering a variety of engaging activities.”