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USU Biology Alumna Finds the Right Chemistry Amid Pandemic Challenges

USU Biology Alumna Finds the Right Chemistry Amid Pandemic Challenges

12/16/2020

While recently compounding a dose of Remdesivir, the antiviral medication used to treat COVID-19, pharmacist MaLaura Creager’s thoughts wandered back to her general chemistry

USU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Announces Alumni Achievement Awards

USU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Announces Alumni Achievement Awards

12/15/2020

After a hiatus, Utah State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry announces the resumption of its Alumni Achievement Award program, with a new development.

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming, But Will People Take It? Asks USU Alum

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming, But Will People Take It? Asks USU Alum

12/10/2020

Day by day, news of emerging COVID-19 vaccines is popping up like spring dandelions. This week, with a shot broadcast ‘round the world, British nonagenarian Margaret Keenan stepped up for the first jab, followed shortly by 81-year-old William Shakespeare ...

USU Biology Alumna Finds the Right Chemistry Amid Pandemic Challenges

USU Biology Alumna Finds the Right Chemistry Amid Pandemic Challenges

12/16/2020

While recently compounding a dose of Remdesivir, the antiviral medication used to treat COVID-19, pharmacist MaLaura Creager’s thoughts wandered back to her general chemistry

USU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Announces Alumni Achievement Awards

USU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Announces Alumni Achievement Awards

12/15/2020

After a hiatus, Utah State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry announces the resumption of its Alumni Achievement Award program, with a new development.

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming, But Will People Take It? Asks USU Alum

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming, But Will People Take It? Asks USU Alum

12/10/2020

Day by day, news of emerging COVID-19 vaccines is popping up like spring dandelions. This week, with a shot broadcast ‘round the world, British nonagenarian Margaret Keenan stepped up for the first jab, followed shortly by 81-year-old William Shakespeare ...

USU Researchers Explore How to Improve Robotic Interactions and Adaptability

USU Researchers Explore How to Improve Robotic Interactions and Adaptability

12/04/2020

Researchers in the USU computer science department are developing more human-like intelligence using a Boston Dynamics 'Spot' robot. They hope these algorithms will improve future robots' ability to learn and adapt quickly to their environment and within ...

USU Undergrad Takes Top Award in Department of Energy Cybersecurity Competition

USU Undergrad Takes Top Award in Department of Energy Cybersecurity Competition

12/02/2020

For eight grueling hours, Utah State University undergraduate Seth Manesse single-handedly defended a wind farm corporation from relentless cyberattacks, while restoring critical computer systems and ensuring the firm’s customers experienced no service in...

Heading Into the Final Weeks of an Extraordinary Semester – December 2020 | Science

Heading Into the Final Weeks of an Extraordinary Semester – December 2020

12/02/2020

Associate Dean Johnson offers a message of support to USU Graduate Students in the College of Science.

Finding Your Path and Growing in Science with Dean Hagan and Noah Braeger | Science

Finding Your Path and Growing in Science with Dean Hagan and Noah Braeger

12/02/2020

USU College of Science Dean Maura Hagan discusses her career and influential advice she received with Science Senator Noah Braeger.

College of Science Graduate Council Update – December 2020 | Science

College of Science Graduate Council Update – December 2020

12/02/2020

Reviewing the key issues for the council this year, on behalf of science graduate students.

Alexander Boldyrev Named USU's Inaugural R. Gaurth Hansen Professor

Alexander Boldyrev Named USU's Inaugural R. Gaurth Hansen Professor

11/10/2020

Utah State University professor Alexander Boldyrev has been selected as the USU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s first R. Gaurth Hansen Professor...

Uneasy Neighbors: Science Unwrapped Explores Viral Spread from Animals to Humans

Uneasy Neighbors: Science Unwrapped Explores Viral Spread from Animals to Humans

11/09/2020

Centuries ago, as humans began to domesticate animals and till the earth, their communities increased in population density – of both people and animals. Close proximity brought benefits, but also brought new dangers...

Pay It Forward: USU College of Science Hosts Virtual Fall Convocation

Pay It Forward: USU College of Science Hosts Virtual Fall Convocation

11/03/2020

Remembering her parents and grandparents, Utah State University alumna and donor Mary Ann McDonald Ebbeler (BS’66, Medical Technology) recounts several stories of hardship and grit. Ebbeler’s grandmother, who lived in Willard, Utah, during the early 20th ...

Leaf-Cutter Bees as Plastic Recyclers? Not a Good Idea, says USU Scientist

Leaf-Cutter Bees as Plastic Recyclers? Not a Good Idea, says USU Scientist

10/29/2020

Plastic has become ubiquitous in modern life and its accumulation as waste in the environment is sounding warning bells for the health of humans and wildlife. In a recent study, Utah State University scientist Janice Brahney cited alarming amounts of micr...

USU Joins National Alliance Aimed at Developing Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty

USU Joins National Alliance Aimed at Developing Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty

10/29/2020

Utah State University has joined a cohort of 19 universities in a three-year institutional change effort to develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices...

USU Undergrad Awarded American Mathematical Society Scholarship

USU Undergrad Awarded American Mathematical Society Scholarship

10/28/2020

Utah State University undergraduate Natasha Gunderson is among eight scholars selected nationally, this year, for the American Mathematical Society’s Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Award...

Clean Hands: USU Chemists Make Hand Sanitizer in Effort to Stop COVID-19 Spread

Clean Hands: USU Chemists Make Hand Sanitizer in Effort to Stop COVID-19 Spread

10/27/2020

Keeping hands clean is among deterrents to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens. Washing with soap and water helps to quash spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, as soap breaks down each virion’s (virus particle’s) surrounding lipid bilayer......

October 2020 Graduate Student Newsletter | Science

October 2020 Graduate Student Newsletter

10/21/2020

Associate Dean Sean Johnson welcomes students to the October newsletter and discusses the new free COVID-19 testing center at USU.

Smart Cookies: USU's Science Unwrapped Explores Cybersecurity Friday, Oct. 23

Smart Cookies: USU's Science Unwrapped Explores Cybersecurity Friday, Oct. 23

10/19/2020

Friday, Oct. 23, Science Unwrapped welcomes featured speaker Charmaine Sample, chief security research scientist of Idaho National Laboratory's Cybercore Division. Her talk is broadcast at 7 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome.

Research on Remote: USU Chemistry Grad Students Awarded Prestigious Internships

Research on Remote: USU Chemistry Grad Students Awarded Prestigious Internships

10/05/2020

An unprecedented three Utah State University doctoral scholars were selected last spring for highly competitive internships, for summer 2020...

Jaws of Death: USU Eastern Paleontologist Names Giant, Prehistoric Marine Lizard

Jaws of Death: USU Eastern Paleontologist Names Giant, Prehistoric Marine Lizard

09/23/2020

Some 92 to 66 million years ago, as the Age of Dinosaurs waned, giant marine lizards called mosasaurs roamed an ocean that covered North America from Utah to Missouri and Texas...

We're Resilient: Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Marks 10th Year with Online Event

We're Resilient: Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Marks 10th Year with Online Event

09/21/2020

While planning the 10th annual Hansen Life Sciences Retreat, Lance Seefeldt, head of Utah State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, envisioned gathering...

Brave New World: USU's Science Unwrapped Goes Virtual Friday, Sept. 25

Brave New World: USU's Science Unwrapped Goes Virtual Friday, Sept. 25

09/21/2020

Science Unwrapped returns Friday, Sept. 25, with 'Meme Menace,' featuring speaker Nick Flann, associate professor in USU’s Department of Computer Science. The talk is broadcast at 7 p.m. via AggieCast. All are welcome.

USU Science Council's Mentorship Program Gains Momentum During Pandemic

USU Science Council's Mentorship Program Gains Momentum During Pandemic

09/15/2020

As a freshman joining Utah State University’s Track and Field Team in fall 2017, Alex Lyons wasn’t keen on having an upperclassman mentor...

USU Geosciences Grad Students Excel in International Research Grant Competition

USU Geosciences Grad Students Excel in International Research Grant Competition

09/14/2020

Utah State University geosciences graduate students excelled in the Geological Society of America’s 2020 Graduate Student Research Grant competition, with 10 Aggies receiving grants to support thesis and dissertation research...

College of Science Graduate Scholars Among USU GRCO Recipients

College of Science Graduate Scholars Among USU GRCO Recipients

08/25/2020

Five Utah State University College of Science graduate students are among 12 recipients of the USU School of Graduate Studies’ and the Office of Research’s most recent cycle of Graduate Research and Creative Opportunities (GRCO) grants.

Out of Sync: USU Ecologists Report Climate Change Affecting Bee, Plant Life Cycles

Out of Sync: USU Ecologists Report Climate Change Affecting Bee, Plant Life Cycles

08/19/2020

Bees and flowers seem inseparable harbingers of spring, but what happens when pollinators emerge later than their sources of nectar and pollen?

USU Mathematicians Unravel a Thread of String Theory

USU Mathematicians Unravel a Thread of String Theory

08/17/2020

Simply put, string theory is a proposed method of explaining everything. Actually, there’s nothing simple about it. String theory is a theoretical framework from physics that describes one-dimensional, vibrating fibrous objects called “strings,” which pro...

Xiaojun Qi Named Head of USU's Department of Computer Science

Xiaojun Qi Named Head of USU's Department of Computer Science

08/10/2020

Utah State University computer scientist Xiaojun Qi is the new head of the Department of Computer Science. College of Science

Michelle Baker to Serve as USU Interim Science Dean During 2021 Search

Michelle Baker to Serve as USU Interim Science Dean During 2021 Search

07/29/2020

Michelle Baker, associate dean in Utah State University’s College of Science and professor in the Department of Biology and the USU Ecology Center, will serve as the college’s interim dean, beginning January 1, 2021. Baker’s appointment, announced by USU ...

Fossil Finding: USU Faculty Uncover New Genus and Species

Fossil Finding: USU Faculty Uncover New Genus and Species

07/27/2020

USU Uintah Basin faculty members Benjamin Burger, associate professor of geology, and Lea Ann Jolley, instructor of biology, discover a pig-like animal that lived 47 million years ago.

USU Geologist Gets to the Bottom of the Cambrian Explosion, Trilobite Evolution in Grand Canyon

USU Geologist Gets to the Bottom of the Cambrian Explosion, Trilobite Evolution in Grand Canyon

07/27/2020

Sedimentary rock layers at the bottom of Grand Canyon have long entombed a geologic record of a period of evolutionary frenzy some 540 million years ago known as the “Cambrian Explosion.” During this biologic shift, which marks...

Sticking Out: USU Genetic Ecologist Uses Genome-Mapping to Reveal 'Supermutation'

Sticking Out: USU Genetic Ecologist Uses Genome-Mapping to Reveal 'Supermutation'

07/23/2020

Traits that form an organism’s appearance, including color, are determined by many different genes and the creature’s environment. “Humans and domestic animals, for example...

Registration Open for USU's 10th Annual Hansen Life Sciences Virtual Retreat

Registration Open for USU's 10th Annual Hansen Life Sciences Virtual Retreat

07/21/2020

Registration is open for Utah State University’s 2020 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat, which will be held online Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19. Celebrating its 10th year, the annual gathering is open to all USU...

USU Geoscientist Aids Study of Climatic Change Impacts on River Erosion

USU Geoscientist Aids Study of Climatic Change Impacts on River Erosion

07/20/2020

Scientists have long debated the idea that global climate changes have forced river erosion rates to increase over the past five million years. New field data gleaned from a multi-institution, collaborative study of North America’s rugged...

True Colors: USU Biologists Explore Evolution of White Coloration of Velvet Ants

True Colors: USU Biologists Explore Evolution of White Coloration of Velvet Ants

07/14/2020

Driving across the arid American Southwest, one views miles upon miles of scrubby creosote bushes. Well-adapted to the hot, thirsty landscape, the evergreen shrub

USU Chemists Advance Solar Energy Storage and Sea Water Desalination Technology

USU Chemists Advance Solar Energy Storage and Sea Water Desalination Technology

07/13/2020

Increasing demand for electrification in rural areas poses challenges, but also creates opportunities for development of decentralized electrification systems. Compared with conventional electrical grids based on large

Fang-tastic: USU Biologist Reports Amphibians with Snake-like, Venomous Dental Glands

Fang-tastic: USU Biologist Reports Amphibians with Snake-like, Venomous Dental Glands

07/06/2020

Utah State University biologist Edmund ‘Butch’ Brodie, Jr. and colleagues from São Paulo’s Butantan Institute report the first known evidence of oral venom glands in amphibians. Their research, supported by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific an...

Undergrad Researchers Awarded USU College of Science Minigrants

Undergrad Researchers Awarded USU College of Science Minigrants

06/29/2020

Eleven Utah State University science majors are recipients of College of Science Undergraduate Research Minigrants for the 2020-2021 academic year...

USU Science Dean Maura Hagan Announces Retirement

USU Science Dean Maura Hagan Announces Retirement

06/24/2020

Utah State University Science Dean Maura E. Hagan announces she is retiring from her post and from the university effective December 31, 2020. USU Executive Vice President and Provost Frank Galey announced Hagan’s decision publicly

In the Time of COVID: Undergrad Researchers, Mentors Use Technology, Ingenuity and Grit

In the Time of COVID: Undergrad Researchers, Mentors Use Technology, Ingenuity and Grit

06/23/2020

Initiated in 2014, Utah State University’s Native American Summer Mentorship Program was created with the express purpose of bringing scholars together to experience hands-on research...

USU Industrial Hygienist Among Nation's First OHSMS Registered Auditors

USU Industrial Hygienist Among Nation's First OHSMS Registered Auditors

06/15/2020

Utah State University public health faculty member Carl Farley is one of the first five industrial hygienists in the nation to complete requirements to become an Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Registered Auditor.

USU Epidemiologist Helping Bear River Health with COVID-19 Case Investigations

USU Epidemiologist Helping Bear River Health with COVID-19 Case Investigations

06/15/2020

Utah State University epidemiologist Scott Bernhardt is among Utah Medical Reserve Corps volunteers helping the Bear River Health Department gain control of a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases...

USU Announces R. Gaurth Hansen Professorship in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

USU Announces R. Gaurth Hansen Professorship in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

06/11/2020

Utah State University’s College of Science announces the R. Gaurth Hansen Professorship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Established as an endowment by the Hansen Family, the professorship honors the memory of the renowned

College of Science Shares Messages of Support

College of Science Shares Messages of Support

06/04/2020

University and Student Officials Offer Condolences, Resources for Our College Community

College of Science Graduate Student Council Shares Message of Solidarity

College of Science Graduate Student Council Shares Message of Solidarity

06/04/2020

Dear USU College of Science Students, Faculty, and Staff, The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have once again exposed the ongoing (and escalating) police brutality, general violence, and lack of accountability for these...

All Invited to USU's Native American Summer Mentorship Program Virtual Poster Session June 8

All Invited to USU's Native American Summer Mentorship Program Virtual Poster Session June 8

06/03/2020

What do you do when a global pandemic prevents you from bringing students to campus to participate in research experiences? At Utah State University, resourceful...

The 2019-2020 Academic Year in Review | Science

The 2019-2020 Academic Year in Review

06/01/2020

College of Science students, faculty, and staff acheived new heights in the 2019-2020 academic year, with successful NSF grants and awards, presentations to legislators, international research, outreach initiatives, NSF Graduate Fellow awards, and more.

Mountains are Calling: Migrating Birds Bring Color to USU's Logan Campus

Mountains are Calling: Migrating Birds Bring Color to USU's Logan Campus

05/27/2020

Naturalist John Muir’s famous quote, “The mountains are calling and I must go …” could be the call of the Western tanager as the brightly plumed songbird makes its annual spring trek from the tropics of Mexico and Central America to the mountain forests o...

Aggies Lead Relief Supply Drive Efforts for Navajo Nation

Aggies Lead Relief Supply Drive Efforts for Navajo Nation

05/22/2020

The Navajo Nation, which straddles the Four Corners area of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, spans more than 27,000 square miles and is home to more than 170,000 people...

Lisa Berreau Named Vice President for Research

Lisa Berreau Named Vice President for Research

05/21/2020

Utah State University Noelle Cockett has named Lisa Berreau as vice president for research. Berreau has been serving as interim vice president for research since July 2019...

By the Numbers: USU Data Scientists Chase Respiratory Illness Outbreaks, including COVID-19

By the Numbers: USU Data Scientists Chase Respiratory Illness Outbreaks, including COVID-19

05/20/2020

Utah scientist Lindsay Meyers leads a team of colleagues laboring to refine a syndrome-based, but pathogen-specific, rapid disease-reporting system, installed at hospitals, to get ahead of respiratory scourges that plague individuals and communities with ...

Don't Touch My Hive! Honey Bees and Killer Hornets

Don't Touch My Hive! Honey Bees and Killer Hornets

05/19/2020

USU Tooele entomologist Joe Wilson discusses Asian Giant Hornets on USU Office of Research's "Instead" podcast.

Aggie Scientist James Withers Caps Stellar Athletic Career

Aggie Scientist James Withers Caps Stellar Athletic Career

05/19/2020

Idaho native, 2020 Human Biology graduate and aspiring surgeon excels in cross country, academic and research

Organizers of Annual USU Physics Day at Lagoon Cancel 2020 Event

Organizers of Annual USU Physics Day at Lagoon Cancel 2020 Event

05/08/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USU, INL and Lagoon officials announce decision to forgo this year's long-running STEM event, which draws nearly 10,000 teens each year for day-long amusement park STEM fun.

No Banquets? No Problem! USU Mathematics, Statistics Department Holds Virtual Celebration

No Banquets? No Problem! USU Mathematics, Statistics Department Holds Virtual Celebration

05/01/2020

Utah State University’s mathematicians, statisticians and data scientists faced a problem. But these folks tackle challenges every day and a daunting obstacle called a ‘global pandemic’ wasn’t about to harsh their groove...

USU College of Science Recognizes Top Scholars of 2020

USU College of Science Recognizes Top Scholars of 2020

04/30/2020

Utah State University’s College of Science honors 2020 graduates with a video message and recognizes students, faculty, and staff for outstanding achievements. “At this unprecedented time...

USU Undergrad Biologists Showcase Research during Virtual Gathering April 15-17

USU Undergrad Biologists Showcase Research during Virtual Gathering April 15-17

04/15/2020

Each semester, Utah State University’s Department of Biology hosts a public poster session, during which undergraduates showcase their research projects, internships and field course experiences...

Physicist Rob Davies Receives USU's 2020 Sustainability Innovation Award

Physicist Rob Davies Receives USU's 2020 Sustainability Innovation Award

04/15/2020

Utah State University Student Sustainability Office and Sustainability Council are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and honoring the campus community’s sustainability award winners

2019-2020 Science Senator Alex Lyons Honored for Service

2019-2020 Science Senator Alex Lyons Honored for Service

04/14/2020

Alex Lyons has always shown courage and determination in everything he did, and applying for Science Senator at Utah State University was no different. Even now, at the end of his term, Lyons has taken

Research Excellence: Eight Aggies Honored in NSF Grad Research Fellow Search

Research Excellence: Eight Aggies Honored in NSF Grad Research Fellow Search

04/09/2020

Eight Utah State University scholars are honorees of the prestigious 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship search. The Aggies, whose awards are collectively valued at about $828,000, are among nearly 2,000 students selected from mo...

Bees are the Best: USU Biologist Publishes New Children's Book

Bees are the Best: USU Biologist Publishes New Children's Book

03/17/2020

Utah State University scientist Joseph Wilson is on a mission. The conservation biologist wants to encourage efforts to protect bees, but realizes a lot of people know little about them...

USU's Science Unwrapped Postpones March Presentation

USU's Science Unwrapped Postpones March Presentation

03/13/2020

Science Unwrapped’s March 20 on-campus gathering, featuring USU dairy microbiologist Jeff Broadbent, is canceled. But Broadbent’s presentation, ‘Cheese: Teaming Art + Science to Immortalize Milk.’ will be posted online at a later date.

Science Alumna Julie Robinson to Speak at USU Commencement

Science Alumna Julie Robinson to Speak at USU Commencement

03/09/2020

Julie A. Robinson, chief scientist of the International Space Station Division at NASA, and Utah State University alum, will serve as USU’s commencement speaker for its 133rd graduation ceremony as the university celebrates the accomplishments of Aggie wo...

Not Falling Far from Tree: USU Ecologist Studies Seed-to-Seedling Transitions

Not Falling Far from Tree: USU Ecologist Studies Seed-to-Seedling Transitions

02/28/2020

Utah State University ecologist Noelle Beckman and colleagues Philippe Marchand of the University of Quebec, Liza Comita of Yale University, Joseph Wright of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama...

USU Scientist Named UCAIR Person of the Year for His Work to Combat Air Pollution in Uintah Basin

USU Scientist Named UCAIR Person of the Year for His Work to Combat Air Pollution in Uintah Basin

02/27/2020

Utah State University’s air quality expert Seth Lyman was awarded the Clean Air Person of the Year by the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) for his continued work into developing solutions to fight Utah’s air pollution problems in the Uintah Basin...

Line of Defense: USU Herpetologist Reports Evolutionary Shift in Snakes

Line of Defense: USU Herpetologist Reports Evolutionary Shift in Snakes

02/25/2020

In the animal kingdom, survival essentially boils down to eat or be eaten. How organisms accomplish the former and avoid the latter reveals a clever array of defense mechanisms. Maybe you can outrun your prey. Perhaps you sport an undetectable disguise. O...

Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock and Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 22

Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock and Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 22

02/14/2020

Calling all rockhounds! Utah State University’s Department of Geosciences invites inquiring minds of all ages to its 2020 USU Rock and Fossil Day Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Geology Building on the USU Quad. Admission...

All the Reasons that 'Bee' at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, Feb. 21

All the Reasons that 'Bee' at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, Feb. 21

02/14/2020

All the Reasons that 'Bee' is the Science Unwrapped theme Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Featured speaker is USDA-ARS entomologist Theresa Pitts-Singer. Admission is free; all ages welcome.

USU Researchers Seek Community-Led Approach to Improve Refugee Health Care

USU Researchers Seek Community-Led Approach to Improve Refugee Health Care

02/12/2020

Imagine fleeing untenable conditions in your homeland. While you may feel relief, you’re immediately confronted with uncertainty and frustration, as you learn to navigate a new country, a new language and a new culture...

Not Junk: USU Biologist Explores Small Non-Coding RNA in Bumble Bees

Not Junk: USU Biologist Explores Small Non-Coding RNA in Bumble Bees

02/07/2020

Undergrad researcher Anna Figgins to present genomics research to legislators on Utah’s Capitol Hill Feb. 18.

Registration Open for June 2020 USU App Camps

Registration Open for June 2020 USU App Camps

02/06/2020

Registration is open for USU App Camp 2020, a series of summer day camp sessions held on the Utah State University campus, aimed at fostering interest and skills in computer science among middle school-aged youths...

Bad Breaths: USU Scientist Studies Effects of Particulate Air Pollution on Human Lung Cells

Bad Breaths: USU Scientist Studies Effects of Particulate Air Pollution on Human Lung Cells

02/06/2020

Undergraduate Research Fellow and Honors Student Rachel Sagers is among Aggies presenting study findings to legislators on Utah’s Capitol Hill Feb. 18.

Buried Secrets: USU Geoscientist Aids Efforts to Study Climate Data from Cold War Base

Buried Secrets: USU Geoscientist Aids Efforts to Study Climate Data from Cold War Base

12/17/2019

In 1960, as the Cold War heated up, the U.S. Army launched “Project Iceworm,” a top secret effort to build a network of mobile nuclear launch sites under the Greenland Ice Sheet. Hampered by brutal blizzards and unstable ice conditions, the project, locat...

A Clearer Picture: USU Data Scientist Enhances Data Visualization

A Clearer Picture: USU Data Scientist Enhances Data Visualization

12/10/2019

It’s easier to understand data, when you can see it. “People are very visual,” says Utah State University data scientist Kevin Moon. “For scientists, having the ability to examine the structure of a complex dataset allows them to explore ideas and genera...

Three Aggies Receive Presidential Teaching Award for Math, Science

Three Aggies Receive Presidential Teaching Award for Math, Science

12/09/2019

Three Utah State University Aggies are among four Utahns selected for the national Presidential Teaching Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Awarded by the White House and the National Science Foundation...

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Dec. 6

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Dec. 6

12/03/2019

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Dec. 6. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. “We invite the Cache Valley...

All Invited to USU Physics' November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 22

All Invited to USU Physics' November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 22

11/15/2019

What makes an airplane fly? What keeps a heavy battleship afloat? Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn answers to these questions and more at the Utah State University Department of Physics’ 12th annual November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 22.

Schwarzenegger, Punk Band, 'Motorcycle Zen' Inspire USU Inaugural Professor

Schwarzenegger, Punk Band, 'Motorcycle Zen' Inspire USU Inaugural Professor

11/15/2019

Gumption. “Do you know what that word means?” asks Utah State University mathematician David Brown. Spunk? Grit? Chutzpah? Webster’s defines it as “enterprise or initiative,” but author Robert M. Pirsig, in his celebrated book, “Zen and the Art

All Aggies Invited to Participate in USU 'Hackathon' Nov. 15-16

All Aggies Invited to Participate in USU 'Hackathon' Nov. 15-16

11/06/2019

Eat. Sleep (not). Code. Repeat. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn to code or tinker with hardware or maybe you’re a card-carrying-techie-programming-whiz. Whatever your skill level, all Utah college students are invited to participate in the fifth ann...

Aggie Named President of International Association for Statistical Computing

Aggie Named President of International Association for Statistical Computing

11/05/2019

Utah State University statistician Juergen Symanzik has been elected president of the International Association for Statistical Computing. Symanzik served two years as President-Elect and assumed the presidency this fall for the global organization...

Bake to the Future' at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 8

Bake to the Future' at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 8

11/01/2019

“Daily Bread,” “Breaking Bread,” “Bread and Butter,” “Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread.” Bread has been a staple, and a symbol, of sustenance, community and survival since antiquity. Utah State University Biology alum and Cache Valley artisan baker Bill ...

In Pursuit of 'Everything,' USU Mathematicians Share Findings

In Pursuit of 'Everything,' USU Mathematicians Share Findings

10/21/2019

When you consider a model of a physical theory, how do you know it accurately encompasses all it’s trying to explain? One way, says Utah State University mathematical physicist Michael Schultz, is to tie the theory to math, put it through a series of math...

USU Hosts Cross-Disciplinary Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

USU Hosts Cross-Disciplinary Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

10/10/2019

Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) is hosting Utah’s Proving Ground: Aesthetics, Environment and Politics of Dugway Proving Ground, an artist talk and panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5:15-6:30 p.m...

USU Data Scientist Contributes to Multi-Institution Dengue Fever Study

USU Data Scientist Contributes to Multi-Institution Dengue Fever Study

10/08/2019

Once considered relatively rare, dengue fever is popping up throughout the globe, including the United States. The mosquito-borne virus is having a particularly active year, which some public health officials attribute, at least partially, to a warming cl...

Breakin' it Down' at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 11

Breakin' it Down' at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 11

10/04/2019

USU nutrition scientist Carrie Durward is featured speaker for Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 11. The gathering begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130 of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. All are welcome...

Polarons, Belgian Waffles, Semiconductors Topic for Oct. 16 Talk

Polarons, Belgian Waffles, Semiconductors Topic for Oct. 16 Talk

10/03/2019

“Ferroelectric Polarons, Belgian Waffles and Principles for ‘Perfect’ Semiconductors” is the title of Utah State University’s 2019-2020 Richard Olsen Lecture Series talk, featuring Columbia University chemist Xiaoyang Zhu. All are invited to the lecture W...

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Oct. 4

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Oct. 4

09/26/2019

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Oct. 4. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 8-10 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is free. “We invite the Cache Valley comm...

USU Researchers Share Perspectives at 2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat

USU Researchers Share Perspectives at 2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat

09/26/2019

“When you talk only with researchers in your field, it can become a bit of an echo chamber,” says Utah State University neuroscientist Max McDermott. The first-time presenter at USU’s interdisciplinary Hansen Life Sciences Retreat says questions he receiv...

USU Spider Silk on CBS 'Innovation Nation' TV Show Saturday, Sept. 28

USU Spider Silk on CBS 'Innovation Nation' TV Show Saturday, Sept. 28

09/23/2019

Cutting-edge Utah State University research is featured Saturday morning, Sept. 28, in “Spider Thread,” the premiere episode of Season 6 of the CBS TV program “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation.” The broadcast airs at 8:30 a.m. Mountain on Salt Lake City...

Leafy Social Network? USU Undergrad Researcher Explores How Plants 'Think'

Leafy Social Network? USU Undergrad Researcher Explores How Plants 'Think'

09/16/2019

As part of a research project, Utah State University physics major Matthew Hogan sits in a lab and watches plants grow. And it’s a far-from-boring exercise, he says. “It’s a new learning experience every day,” says the Undergraduate Research...

USU's Science Unwrapped Explores 'Food on Mars' Friday, Sept. 20

USU's Science Unwrapped Explores 'Food on Mars' Friday, Sept. 20

09/16/2019

Can earthlings live on Mars? They can if they develop self-sufficiency, say Utah State University scientists Bruce Bugbee and Lance Seefeldt. The two researchers are part of the NASA-funded Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering

Catching Stars: USU Caine Summer Arts Fellow Bridges Science and Art

Catching Stars: USU Caine Summer Arts Fellow Bridges Science and Art

09/06/2019

Utah State University Undergraduate Research Fellow Olivia Brock loves solving jigsaw and logic puzzles, as well as the congeneric grace and physics of bowling and ice skating. She loves reading and writing. And she loves the art and science of airplanes,...

Gates Foundation Taps USU Expertise to Tackle Global Food Supply Challenges

Gates Foundation Taps USU Expertise to Tackle Global Food Supply Challenges

09/04/2019

From fridge to microwave to table, preparing a daily meal may not seem like much of a challenge. But back up and dissect that process – molecule by molecule – from air to soil to table, and you’ll uncover one of the most vexing puzzles known to humankind....

Women of USU: Then and Now, Ruth Lemon Novak and Maura Hagan

Women of USU: Then and Now, Ruth Lemon Novak and Maura Hagan

09/04/2019

Since its earliest days, women at Utah State University have had a huge impact on the cultural, scientific, economic, and social fabric of the institution since its earliest days. The Year of the Woman shares these critical voices simply because their sto...

The New Black: USU Physics Undergraduate Pursuing Nanoscale Research

The New Black: USU Physics Undergraduate Pursuing Nanoscale Research

09/03/2019

As a pianist, Utah State University undergraduate researcher Christian Lange knows that listening to a music is best, when it’s in a quiet setting. A silent atmosphere, where the listener can experience every lyrical nuance, every pause, every richly orna...

NCAR Scientist Vanda Grubišic Speaks Friday, Sept. 27 at Utah State

NCAR Scientist Vanda Grubišic Speaks Friday, Sept. 27 at Utah State

08/29/2019

Utah State University welcomes renowned scientist Vanda Grubišic of the Colorado-based National Center for Atmospheric Research to campus Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, for the public presentation, “NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory and the University Community Op...

Registration Open for USU's 9th Annual Hansen Life Sciences Retreat

Registration Open for USU's 9th Annual Hansen Life Sciences Retreat

08/27/2019

Registration for Utah State University’s 2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan, is open until Sept. 3. In its ninth year, the annual gathering is open to all USU studen...

Leapin' Lizards: USU Undergrad Biologist Discovers Passion for Research

Leapin' Lizards: USU Undergrad Biologist Discovers Passion for Research

08/23/2019

When Undergraduate Research Fellow Audrey Lidgard entered Utah State University, she envisioned a career as a large animal veterinarian. After a few semesters at USU, the Salt Lake City native turned her attention to research and much smaller animals: liz...

USU 'CAREER' Grant Recipient Receives New NSF Funding, New Challenges

USU 'CAREER' Grant Recipient Receives New NSF Funding, New Challenges

08/16/2019

n 2011, Utah State University geoscientist Tammy Rittenour, supported by a newly awarded National Science Foundation CAREER grant, embarked on a study of southern Utah’s sometimes dramatic arroyo cycles. “An arroyo is an entrenched river, like a canyon......

Peak Performance: USU Geosciences Undergrad Explores Research Frontiers

Peak Performance: USU Geosciences Undergrad Explores Research Frontiers

08/12/2019

Utah State University undergraduate Madison Taylor is learning that most day-to-day research efforts don’t yield heart-stopping breakthroughs. Sometimes, the geology major hits a wall as impenetrable as the rocks she studies...

Taking Pains: USU Researchers Study Opioid Modulation in the Brain

Taking Pains: USU Researchers Study Opioid Modulation in the Brain

07/19/2019

The periaqueductal gray is a partially uncharted region of the brain. Discoveries in the 1970s revealed it plays a role in pain inhibition and opioid functions, yet the full purpose of the “PAG,” as the gray area located in the midbrain is informally know...

USU Chemist Lisa Berreau Named American Chemical Society Fellow

USU Chemist Lisa Berreau Named American Chemical Society Fellow

07/15/2019

Utah State University professor Lisa Berreau, who serves as interim vice president for research, has been elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Berreau is one of 70 scientists selected from an international pool of nominees for the 2019 class...

USU Ecologist Receives DOE Grant to Study Soil's Role in Carbon Cycle

USU Ecologist Receives DOE Grant to Study Soil's Role in Carbon Cycle

07/12/2019

Utah State University ecologist Bonnie Waring heads one of seven projects chosen nationally by competitive peer review for a U.S. Department of Energy Terrestrial Ecological Sciences grant. Waring receives a two-year, $295,967 award to fund her project.

USU Researchers Use CRISPR to Advance Synthetic Spider Silk Manufacture

USU Researchers Use CRISPR to Advance Synthetic Spider Silk Manufacture

07/12/2019

Spider silk is an engineer’s dream material. Lightweight, strong, elastic and biocompatible, it’s an ideal building block for a myriad of applications, including medical implants, body armor and vehicle components. But trying to farm spiders...

Greg Podgorski Named USU College of Science Associate Dean

Greg Podgorski Named USU College of Science Associate Dean

06/28/2019

Greg Podgorski, associate professor in Utah State University’s Department of Biology, has been named associate dean for undergraduate programs and services for the university’s College of Science. He succeeds Richard Mueller, who recently retired from the...

App for That: Teens Learn to Code at USU Summer Camp

App for That: Teens Learn to Code at USU Summer Camp

06/28/2019

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you envision a computer programmer? A nerdy keyboard geek, probably white and male, holed up behind a computer screen in a dark basement? Citing findings from studies published last year, Utah State Univers...

Citizen Scientists: Join USU Ecologists in NSF-funded Biodiversity Study

Citizen Scientists: Join USU Ecologists in NSF-funded Biodiversity Study

06/21/2019

American biologist E.O. Wilson supports the biophilia hypothesis – “BET” for short – suggesting humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. “I often cite Wilson’s quotes in my classes,” says Utah State...

Water is Focal Point at USU's Research Landscapes Talk in Salt Lake City

Water is Focal Point at USU's Research Landscapes Talk in Salt Lake City

06/13/2019

Utah is experiencing an explosion in population and a changing economy. These conditions are transforming the way the state uses water, particularly in the case of urbanization. As this trend continues, finding balance and realizing the importance of sust...

USU Computer Science Department Moves Back to College of Science

USU Computer Science Department Moves Back to College of Science

06/06/2019

Utah State University’s Department of Computer Science returns to the College of Science July 1. University Executive Vice President and Provost Frank Galey said the department’s move, from the College of Engineering back to Science, follows a period of d...

Lance Seefeldt to Lead USU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lance Seefeldt to Lead USU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

05/21/2019

Utah State University professor Lance Seefeldt will head the university’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, announced Science Dean Maura Hagan April 15. Seefeldt assumes his new post July 1. Seefeldt succeeds Professor Alvan Hengge, who has served...

All Invited to USU Wildflower Walk June 4 in Green Canyon

All Invited to USU Wildflower Walk June 4 in Green Canyon

05/21/2019

All wildflower enthusiasts are invited to participate in the annual Richard J. Shaw Memorial Wildflower Walk Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in the hills of North Logan’s Green Canyon. Utah State University’s Intermountain Herbarium hosts the activity, which begin...

The 2018-2019 Academic Year in Review | Science

The 2018-2019 Academic Year in Review

05/10/2019

College of Science students, faculty, and staff acheived new heights in the 2018-2019 academic year, with successful NSF grants and awards, presentations to legislators, bids for NASA research missions, outreach initiatives, two Goldwater Scholar awards, ...

USU Science Dean Maura Hagan Named to National Academy of Sciences

USU Science Dean Maura Hagan Named to National Academy of Sciences

05/06/2019

Utah State University Science Dean Maura Hagan is among 100 U.S. scientists and 25 international associates elected this year to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s premier academic institutions, which provides science advice to the U.S. ...

First-Generation Students Thriving at Utah State University

First-Generation Students Thriving at Utah State University

04/30/2019

Even though she was well on her way to finishing high school with a 4.0 GPA and was among the Top 10 students in her class, Karina Hernandez wasn’t seriously considering attending college after graduation in the spring of 2014.

Seefeldt and Berke Honored as Research Mentors of the Year

Seefeldt and Berke Honored as Research Mentors of the Year

04/25/2019

Utah State University’s Office of Research has named Lance Seefeldt as the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, one of Utah State’s most prestigious honors. The award is given annually as a...

USU Biologist Zach Gompert Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

USU Biologist Zach Gompert Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

04/24/2019

It’s a dog-eat-dog world and, in the struggle for existence, organisms interact with each other and their environment in a myriad of ways. Along that journey, they adapt, or perish, as they’re exposed to peril at every turn...

USU Chemist Receives Grant to Study Contaminants in Wasatch Snowpack

USU Chemist Receives Grant to Study Contaminants in Wasatch Snowpack

04/22/2019

Utah State University chemist Jeffrey Perala-Dewey is concerned about particulate pollution blowing across Utah’s Wasatch Front, including dust from...

Aggie Chemist Tianbiao 'Leo' Liu Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Aggie Chemist Tianbiao 'Leo' Liu Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

04/15/2019

Tianbiao 'Leo' Liu, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a 2019 recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development ‘CAREER’ Award.

The Transformative Journey, presented by Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator Science Mission Directorate (SMD) NASA, Friday, April 12

The Transformative Journey, presented by Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator Science Mission Directorate (SMD) NASA, Friday, April 12

04/10/2019

Aggies are invited to a special presentation this Friday, April 12, at 10:30 am on USU Innovation Campus: ’The Transformative Journey,’ a talk by Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator at NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

USU College of Science Recognizes Top Scholars of 2019

USU College of Science Recognizes Top Scholars of 2019

04/08/2019

Utah State University’s College of Science hosted an awards ceremony and banquet April 3, 2019, to recognize the college’s top scholars. “Today, we honor our students for their hard work and for their service,” said College of Science Dean Maura Hagan. “...

USU's Science Unwrapped Explores the Quantum Scale Friday, April 12

USU's Science Unwrapped Explores the Quantum Scale Friday, April 12

04/08/2019

Nearly sixty years ago, renowned physicist Richard Feynman invited scientists to enter the emerging field of atomic-scale physics with the rousing invitation, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom.” “Scientists began studying nature at distances correspon...

Coming to Life: All Invited to USU Life Sciences Building Celebration

Coming to Life: All Invited to USU Life Sciences Building Celebration

04/03/2019

Utah State University celebrates the completion of the Life Sciences Building on its Logan campus Friday, April 5, at 1 p.m. in the new building’s lecture hall, Room 133. All are invited to attend. “Our celebration is the culmination of precision planning...

Heather C. Allen Speaker for USU's Olsen Chemistry Lecture April 3

Heather C. Allen Speaker for USU's Olsen Chemistry Lecture April 3

03/28/2019

Utah State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes renowned chemist Heather C. Allen to campus Wednesday, April 3, as guest speaker for the 2019 Richard Olsen Lecture Series. Allen, professor of chemistry and biochemistry...

USU's Science Unwrapped Explores the Ångström Scale Friday, March 22

USU's Science Unwrapped Explores the Ångström Scale Friday, March 22

03/14/2019

Born in Sweden in 1814, Anders Ångström was a physicist, solar astronomer and a pioneer in the field of spectroscopy. He was among the first scientists to identify hydrogen in the Sun’s atmosphere and to examine the spectrum of the Aurora Borealis. To ex...

NASA Selects USU-led Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

NASA Selects USU-led Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

03/05/2019

NASA has selected Utah State University’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) mission to study space weather from the International Space Station. Planned for launch in August 2022, the AWE experiment...

National Guard Recognizes USU Chemistry Professor's Teaching Efforts

National Guard Recognizes USU Chemistry Professor's Teaching Efforts

02/28/2019

Like many Utah State University undergraduates preparing for medical school, Jayme Warner is keeping a close eye on her degree requirements and prerequisites for further study. Knowing classes in organic chemistry and biochemistry are on the horizon, she ...

Public Invited to Physics Demo Show Friday, March 1, at Utah State

Public Invited to Physics Demo Show Friday, March 1, at Utah State

02/22/2019

Science enthusiasts of all ages are invited to the American Association of Physics Teachers Idaho-Utah Section Physics Demo Show Friday, March 1, 2019, at Utah State University. The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center, Emert ...

Created at USU, 'The Crossroads Project' Unlocks People's Thinking

Created at USU, 'The Crossroads Project' Unlocks People's Thinking

02/21/2019

Scientists get a bad rap for being poor communicators, says Utah State University physics alum and faculty member Rob Davies (Physics, MS’96, PhD ’99). “Some scientists are fabulous communicators,” says Davies...

Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock-n-Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 23

Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock-n-Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 23

02/15/2019

Calling all rockhounds! Utah State University’s Department of Geology invites inquiring minds of all ages to 2019 USU Rock-n-Fossil Day Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Geology Building on the USU Quad. Admission is free. “We welcome the c...

Nano' Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Feb. 22

Nano' Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Feb. 22

02/15/2019

“Nano” is a unit prefix meaning “one billionth.” It denotes a factor of 10-to-the-minus-9 or 0.000000001. In other words, something very small. The unit of measure is useful in many areas of science, electronics and engineering. “Nano” is the topic for U...

DIY Firearms: USU Statistician Explores When Technology Outpaces Law

DIY Firearms: USU Statistician Explores When Technology Outpaces Law

02/08/2019

Firearms constructed with 3D-printed parts aren’t suited for the long haul. After firing a few rounds, barrels warp, break and they’re ready for disposal. And that’s what provides advantages to criminals. Crafted from plastic...

USU Undergrad Researcher Explores Emerging 'CRISPR' Technology

USU Undergrad Researcher Explores Emerging 'CRISPR' Technology

02/06/2019

Emerging CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) technology is “all over the news,” says Utah State University Undergraduate Research Fellow Matt Armbrust. “Many think of it as a tool for editing DNA and correctly see its potential for curing diseases,” he says. “...

'Can Microbes Change History?' Asks Science Unwrapped Friday, Jan. 25

'Can Microbes Change History?' Asks Science Unwrapped Friday, Jan. 25

01/22/2019

USU biologist Bonnie Waring is featured speaker for Science Unwrapped Friday, Jan. 25. The gathering begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130 of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. All are welcome.

USU Bee Surveys in Newest National Park Could Aid Studies Elsewhere

USU Bee Surveys in Newest National Park Could Aid Studies Elsewhere

01/17/2019

Declines in native bee populations are widely reported, but can existing data really analyze these trends? In the Jan. 17, 2019, online edition of PLOS One, Utah State University and USDA researchers report findings about pollinator biodiversity in Califo...

USU-Uintah Basin Student Receives URCO Grant to Study Local Air Quality

USU-Uintah Basin Student Receives URCO Grant to Study Local Air Quality

01/07/2019

Makenzie Breitenbach, a biology undergraduate student at Utah State University (USU) Uintah Basin, was awarded the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity (URCO) grant to perform research on local emissions and air quality. She is working with the...

Reflecting on 2018 and the Importance of Self-Care | Science

Reflecting on 2018 and the Importance of Self-Care

12/06/2018

College of Science Senator Abigail Longaker-Service stresses the importance of self-care during finals and the holiday season and reflects on 2018.

Planetary' Scale Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 30

Planetary' Scale Topic for Science Unwrapped Friday, Nov. 30

11/27/2018

Utah State University’s Science Unwrapped, the public outreach program of the College of Science, continues its “Powers of 10” series with “Planetary” Friday, Nov. 30, featuring USU geologist Carol Dehler...

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Nov. 30

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Nov. 30

11/26/2018

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Nov. 30. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is free...

All Invited to USU Physics' November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 16

All Invited to USU Physics' November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 16

11/09/2018

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to Utah State University Physics Department’s 11th annual November Demo Show Friday, Nov. 16. “A Night with Newton” is the theme for the event...

Grand Staircase-Escalante Has Rich Bee Diversity say USU Scientists

Grand Staircase-Escalante Has Rich Bee Diversity say USU Scientists

11/08/2018

The state of Utah’s nickname is “The Beehive State,” and the moniker couldn’t be more apt, say Utah State University scientists. One out of every four bee species in the United States is found In Utah and the arid...

All Aggies Invited to Enjoy USU Science Week Nov. 2-9

All Aggies Invited to Enjoy USU Science Week Nov. 2-9

11/01/2018

The Utah State University community is invited to enjoy brain-energizing fun as USU’s College of Science Student Council hosts ‘Science Week’ Nov. 2-9. “We invite all Aggies to channel their ‘inner geek’ and join us in some great activities,” says...

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Nov. 2

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Nov. 2

10/30/2018

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Nov. 2. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 7-9 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

USU Ecology Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Luncheon Symposium

USU Ecology Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Luncheon Symposium

10/30/2018

Utah State University ecologists celebrated past and current achievements during the USU Ecology Center’s 50th Anniversary Luncheon and Symposium held Oct. 24, 2018, in the Huntsman Hall Perry Pavilion on campus...

Simple Change, Big Impact: USU Chemists Boost Green Battery Capability

Simple Change, Big Impact: USU Chemists Boost Green Battery Capability

10/25/2018

Members of USU Chemistry and Biochemistry's Liu Lab report advances in sustainable battery design in the journal 'Joule.’ Their research is supported by a USTAR University Technology Acceleration Grant.

USU Inaugural Professor says Pursuit of Ideas Can Overcome Challenges

USU Inaugural Professor says Pursuit of Ideas Can Overcome Challenges

10/24/2018

If you’re struggling to understand a mathematician’s explanation of a complicated problem, don’t get discouraged. “It’s likely out of context for you,” says Utah State University mathematics professor Nathan Geer. “Even mathematicians struggle to communi...

'Are We Alone in the Cosmos?' Asks Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 26

'Are We Alone in the Cosmos?' Asks Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 26

10/22/2018

USU physicist Tonya Triplett is featured speaker for Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 26. The gathering begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130 of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. All are welcome.

In Nov. 1-2 Talks, USU Mathematicians Ponder Armistice Day Centennial

In Nov. 1-2 Talks, USU Mathematicians Ponder Armistice Day Centennial

10/22/2018

USU mathematicians Brynja Kohler, Jim Cangelosi and David Brown present talks Nov. 1-2, during Utah State's commemoration of the Armistice Day Centennial. All are welcome.

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Oct. 5

USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Oct. 5

09/28/2018

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Oct. 5. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

USU to Host National Conference for Women Undergrads in Science

USU to Host National Conference for Women Undergrads in Science

09/26/2018

Utah State University is one of 12 campuses in the United States and Canada selected by the American Physical Society to concurrently host the 2019 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics...

USU's Science Unwrapped Asks 'How Big or How Small' Friday, Sept. 28

USU's Science Unwrapped Asks 'How Big or How Small' Friday, Sept. 28

09/21/2018

USU mathematician Luis Gordillo is featured speaker for the kick-off of Science Unwrapped's 10th anniversary 'Powers of 10’ series Friday, Sept. 28, in the Emert Auditorium (ESLC 130). All are welcome.

USU, USDA Entomologists Create Exotic Bee Identification Tool

USU, USDA Entomologists Create Exotic Bee Identification Tool

09/18/2018

Many bees nest in stems, twigs and crevasses, which makes them adept stowaways, says Utah State University entomologist Skyler Burrows. For this reason, customs officials and other managers monitor...

USU Scientists Named Geological Society of America Fellows

USU Scientists Named Geological Society of America Fellows

09/17/2018

Utah State University Geology faculty members Carol Dehler and Tammy Rittenour have been named Fellows of the Geological Society of America...

Launching Your College Career on the Right Foot

Launching Your College Career on the Right Foot

09/14/2018

I’m Abigail Longaker, your current USUSA Science Senator. I wanted to send out a quick message to everyone in the college, just so you can know who I am and how to contact me if you have any concerns or questions about the college.

USU's Science Unwrapped Announces 10th Anniversary 'Powers of 10' Series

USU's Science Unwrapped Announces 10th Anniversary 'Powers of 10' Series

09/04/2018

Science Unwrapped, the public science outreach program of Utah State University’s College of Science, announces its new Fall 2018-Spring 2019 “Powers of 10” series. The series, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 28

'Night of Planets' as USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Sept. 7

'Night of Planets' as USU Observatory Welcomes Public Friday, Sept. 7

08/31/2018

The Utah State University Observatory opens its doors to the public Friday, Sept. 7. All are invited to view Cache Valley’s night sky from the observatory telescope from 8:30-10:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

USU Biologist Will Pearse Receives National Science Foundation Grant

USU Biologist Will Pearse Receives National Science Foundation Grant

08/29/2018

As wildfires continue to rage across the American West and the resulting smoky haze obscures mountain views outside his office window, Utah State University scientist Will Pearse ponders

Bark Worse than Bite? USU Entomologists Study Wasp, Bee, Ant Stings

Bark Worse than Bite? USU Entomologists Study Wasp, Bee, Ant Stings

08/28/2018

That pointy thing sticking out of a bee or wasp? It’s technically known as a “sting,” even though most of us call it a “stinger.” Technicalities aside, Utah State University entomologist Emily Sadler reports

Track, Target, Trigger: USU Scientists Harness Carbon Monoxide

Track, Target, Trigger: USU Scientists Harness Carbon Monoxide

08/15/2018

About four years ago, Utah State University chemist Lisa Berreau posed a question to USU colleague and toxicologist Abby Benninghoff...

USU Geologists Explain Cache Valley Geology in New Video

USU Geologists Explain Cache Valley Geology in New Video

08/03/2018

Many Cache Valley natives and newcomers have heard of Lake Bonneville, but not as many know much about its history and the unique imprint it left on northern Utah...

Undergrads Participate in USU Chem/Biochem Summer Internships

Undergrads Participate in USU Chem/Biochem Summer Internships

08/03/2018

In the lab of Utah State University biochemist Sean Johnson, undergraduate Scott Adair discovered making mistakes, and developing the tenacity to keep trying, is a critical part of research...

Build an Ark? USU Biologist Discusses Conservation Prioritization

Build an Ark? USU Biologist Discusses Conservation Prioritization

07/30/2018

Conservation biologists recognize a sobering reality. “We’re losing species left, right and center,” says Utah State University scientist Will Pearse. “We call it the ‘Noah’s Ark Problem,’ and we have to pick species to save...

USU Geologists Detail Likely Site of San Andreas Fault's Next Major Quake

USU Geologists Detail Likely Site of San Andreas Fault's Next Major Quake

06/26/2018

Back in 1905, the Colorado River, swollen with heavy rainfall and snowmelt, surged into a dry lake bed along California’s San Andreas Fault and formed the Salton Sea. The flood waters...

Maritime Defense: USU Synthetic Spider Silk Lab Awarded Navy Grant

Maritime Defense: USU Synthetic Spider Silk Lab Awarded Navy Grant

06/22/2018

Envisioning a device the U.S. Navy is developing with Utah State University synthetic spider silk conjures images you’d expect in a James Bond thriller. Think strong, stretchy fibers wrapping relentlessly around a boat propeller and effectively...

USU Awarded $1M Grant to Mentor Native American Scholars

USU Awarded $1M Grant to Mentor Native American Scholars

06/20/2018

Utah State University is among 33 institutions nationwide selected to join the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative. USU joins 24 other schools, chosen in 2017 during the initiative’s inaugural year, committed to engaging all....

USU Ecologist says Seed Dispersal Ability Linked to Plants' Life Cycles

USU Ecologist says Seed Dispersal Ability Linked to Plants' Life Cycles

06/18/2018

Though mostly rooted in the ground, plants have a number of innovative ways to disperse their seeds and get on with the business of propagation. They drop seeds or release them to the wind. Or they fling seeds with a dramatic mechanical detonation...

USU-Uintah Basin Scientists' Research Improves Regulatory Outlook

USU-Uintah Basin Scientists' Research Improves Regulatory Outlook

06/15/2018

Research conducted by Utah State University’s Bingham Research Center led to a marginal, rather than moderate, ozone nonattainment designation for the Uintah Basin by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA). Marginal is the lowest and least...

Coming to Life: The 'Work' of Art at USU

Coming to Life: The 'Work' of Art at USU

06/08/2018

What’s your favorite work of art on the USU campus? Is it James Russell’s celebratory Sojourn near Old Main? Or could it be Joseph Kinnebrew’s whimsical SNAFU (better known as “The French Fries”)? Perhaps your sentimental heart has a soft spot for the bel...

All Invited to USU Wildflower Walk June 5 in Green Canyon

All Invited to USU Wildflower Walk June 5 in Green Canyon

05/30/2018

All wildflower enthusiasts are invited to participate in the annual Richard J. Shaw Memorial Wildflower Walk Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in the hills of North Logan’s Green Canyon...

In 'Science': USU Biochemist and Colleagues Imagine World Beyond Fossil Fuel

In 'Science': USU Biochemist and Colleagues Imagine World Beyond Fossil Fuel

05/29/2018

Freeways choked with traffic, supermarkets laden with fertilizer-grown stock from distance fields and virtually everything we touch derived from petroleum-based plastics. It’s hard to imagine life beyond our fossil-fueled world. Black gold has brought......

USU Physics Day at Lagoon Offers Thrilling Science Fun

USU Physics Day at Lagoon Offers Thrilling Science Fun

05/24/2018

Watching rollercoasters loaded with screaming teens zoom through the loops at Utah’s Lagoon amusement park looks effortless, but designing the rides is “not as easy as it looks,” said Farmington Junior High student Delaney Dunleavy. Her teammates Sara Gre...

USU Geology Alum Receives National Teaching Honor

USU Geology Alum Receives National Teaching Honor

05/22/2018

Utah State University alum Deborah Stringham Morgan (’02, Geology) was named 2018 Teacher of the Year (K-12) by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Selected from a nationwide slate of nominees, Morgan, a science teacher at South Sevier High ...

USU Statistics Doctoral Student Tackles 'Big Data,' Attends Global Forum | Science

USU Statistics Doctoral Student Tackles 'Big Data,' Attends Global Forum

04/25/2018

Are we drowning in information? Sometimes, it feels like it. But Utah State University statistician Brennan Bean says “big data,” the term given to massive volumes of information, can help us find solutions to many challenges and make more informed decisi...

Geologist Receives International, Early Career Research Honor | Science

Geologist Receives International, Early Career Research Honor

04/25/2018

Utah State University geologist Alexis Ault is one of two inaugural recipients of the Charles and Nancy Naeser Prize in Thermochronology awarded by the International Standing Committee for Thermochronology. The newly established...

Aggie Art Student, USU Geology Unveil 'Utahraptor' Friday, April 20

Aggie Art Student, USU Geology Unveil 'Utahraptor' Friday, April 20

04/16/2018

Dinosaurs aren’t monsters, says Utah State University art student Justin Tolman. Rather, they were magnificent creatures worthy of awe and study. Tolman unveils a sculpture of Utahraptor, a dromaeosaurid that inhabited Utah some 125 million years ago, Fri...

USU's Science Unwrapped Makes the Invisible, Visible Friday, April 20

USU's Science Unwrapped Makes the Invisible, Visible Friday, April 20

04/16/2018

Can you picture how a strand of DNA winds and unwinds or how a virus punctures a healthy cell? How do scientists envision molecular and cellular processes invisible to the human...

Nobel Laureate Physicist, Educator Talk 'Lasers, Time, Relativity, Career'

Nobel Laureate Physicist, Educator Talk 'Lasers, Time, Relativity, Career'

04/11/2018

The Utah State University community is invited to hear insights about lasers, time, relativity and career pursuits from Nobel Laureate John L. “Jan” Hall and educator Lindy Hall Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Animal Science Building, Room 118....

In Einstein's Steps: USU Undergrads Study Gravitational Physics in Germany

In Einstein's Steps: USU Undergrads Study Gravitational Physics in Germany

04/11/2018

While traveling to Europe, Utah State University undergrads Josh Hibbard, Hope Marks and David Maughan quickly learned about black holes: That’s where your luggage goes when your transatlantic flights get cancelled and you’re re-routed on an unexpected pa...

USU Biology Professor Randy Lewis Named to Caltech Athletics Hall of Honor

USU Biology Professor Randy Lewis Named to Caltech Athletics Hall of Honor

04/05/2018

Utah State University professor Randy Lewis has achieved international renown for his pioneering efforts in producing synthetic spider silk. But the Aggie biologist, who graduated from the California Institute...

USU Physics, Math Scholar Receives Goldwater Honorable Mention

USU Physics, Math Scholar Receives Goldwater Honorable Mention

04/05/2018

USU scholar David Maughan, who is majoring in physics and mathematics, received honorable mention from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, the nation's most prestigious STEM competition for undergraduates.

Lisa Berreau Named Assoc. VP for Research and Assoc. Dean of Grad Studies

Lisa Berreau Named Assoc. VP for Research and Assoc. Dean of Grad Studies

04/05/2018

Lisa Berreau has been named associate vice president for research and associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. Berreau will transition from her current position as...

David Peak Receives National Award for Undergrad Research Mentorshi | Science

David Peak Receives National Award for Undergrad Research Mentorshi

03/27/2018

Utah State University physics professor David Peak is the 2018 recipient of the national Council on Undergraduate Research-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award. Selected from 10 finalists nationwide, Peak has mentored, to date, more than 30 USU undergr...

Science Senator Introduces Incoming Senator, Apply Now for Science Council

Science Senator Introduces Incoming Senator, Apply Now for Science Council

03/27/2018

Travis Dowdle welcomes 2018-19 Science Senator Abigail Longaker. Apply now for Science Council; deadline is Friday, April 6

USU Epidemiologist Aiding Fight Against Deadly Parasitic Diseas | Science

USU Epidemiologist Aiding Fight Against Deadly Parasitic Diseas

03/21/2018

Visceral leishmaniasis, a deadly parasitic disease also known as “Kala-azar,” “Black Fever” and “Dumdum Fever,” is transmitted to humans by sandflies.

USU Hosts Mathematical Association of America Intermountain Conference

USU Hosts Mathematical Association of America Intermountain Conference

03/19/2018

All are invited to the Mathematical Association of American 2018 Intermountain Section Annual Conference Friday and Saturday, March 23-24 at the Eccles Conference Center on Utah State University’s Logan campus.

Algorithmic, Generative Art at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, March 23

Algorithmic, Generative Art at USU's Science Unwrapped Friday, March 23

03/16/2018

Why do we create art? Do you have to be human to make art? That is, is “art” created by an artificially intelligent machine art? Utah State University physicist David Peak explores these questions at USU’s Science Unwrapped public outreach program Frida

Burning Coal Likely Caused Earth's 'Great Dying' | Science

Burning Coal Likely Caused Earth's 'Great Dying'

03/15/2018

New research findings posted March 7, 2018, by Utah State University geologist Benjamin Burger on the EarthArXiv Preprints website, are generating worldwide media interest about what caused the Earth’s deadliest mass extinction...

USU Physicist Recalls 2017 Birthday Celebration with Stephen Hawking

USU Physicist Recalls 2017 Birthday Celebration with Stephen Hawking

03/14/2018

On this Pi Day 2018, Utah State University physicists and other Aggies, along with people around the world, are mourning the loss of Stephen Hawking. The pioneering British physicist died March 14, at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.

Two Better Than One: USU Chemists Advance Sustainable Battery Technology

Two Better Than One: USU Chemists Advance Sustainable Battery Technology

03/09/2018

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

Uintah Basin Science Fair Held at Uintah Conference Center

Uintah Basin Science Fair Held at Uintah Conference Center

03/06/2018

In late February, local science students showcased their talents and research at the Uintah Basin Science Fair, held at the Uintah Conference Center and sponsored by Utah

USU's Nancy Huntly Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

USU's Nancy Huntly Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

02/28/2018

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...

Are Physicians Prepared to Address Domestic Violence, asks USU Undergrad

Are Physicians Prepared to Address Domestic Violence, asks USU Undergrad

02/26/2018

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.

Playing Both Ends: Amphibian Adapted to Varied Pressures | Science

Playing Both Ends: Amphibian Adapted to Varied Pressures

02/23/2018

Caecilians are serpent-like creatures, but they’re not snakes or giant worms. The limbless amphibians, related to frogs and salamanders, favor tropical climates of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Most live in burrows of their own making; some are...

Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock-n-Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 24

Geology Rocks at USU's 'Rock-n-Fossil Day' Saturday, Feb. 24

02/20/2018

Utah State University’s Department of Geology invites inquiring minds of all ages to 2018 USU Rock-n-Fossil Day Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Geology Building on the USU Quad. Admission is free.

Raising a Stink: USU Undergrad Rears Invasive Crop Pests for Research

Raising a Stink: USU Undergrad Rears Invasive Crop Pests for Research

02/20/2018

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an invasive species from eastern Asia, is causing headaches for Utah growers and property owners. “These insects are polyphagous, meaning they eat many kinds of food and cause extensive crop damage,” says Utah State...

USU Undergrad Probes Why Athletes Report, or Don't Report, Concussions

USU Undergrad Probes Why Athletes Report, or Don't Report, Concussions

02/20/2018

More than 460,000 student-athletes compete in 24 different sports at National Collegiate Athletic Association member institutions each year. Many of these athletes will suffer concussions, which can be particularly worrisome because of possible long-term ...

Evolution of Everyday Objects Topic at USU's Science Unwrapped Feb. 23

Evolution of Everyday Objects Topic at USU's Science Unwrapped Feb. 23

02/20/2018

Utah State University ceramicist John Neely explores the evolution of objects at USU’s Science Unwrapped public outreach program Friday, Feb. 23. Neely, a professor in USU’s Department of Art + Design, presents “The Evolution of Technology,”

Targeting Disease: USU Undergrads Explore Emerging 'CRISPR' Technology | Science

Targeting Disease: USU Undergrads Explore Emerging 'CRISPR' Technology

02/12/2018

Mention emerging CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) technology and many people think of “designer babies.” “When people hear ‘CRISPR,’ they think of a tool for editing DNA,” says Utah State University biochemist Ryan Jackson. “It’s actually

Brigham City Scholar Fosters Undergraduate Research on Regional Campus | Science

Brigham City Scholar Fosters Undergraduate Research on Regional Campus

02/09/2018

Utah State University scholar Mikayla Austin remembers how it felt to return to college after a few years absence. “I felt a bit intimidated,” says the self-described non-traditional student, who resumed studies at USU’s Brigham City campus, after her e

Sticky Problem: USU Undergrad Researcher Investigates Honey Bee Decline

Sticky Problem: USU Undergrad Researcher Investigates Honey Bee Decline

02/06/2018

Modern chemical ingredients known as “adjuvants” make cosmetics, cleaning solutions and paints, as well as pesticides, glide on with ease in cost-effective application. But one type of these, potent organosilicone surfactants, may spell trouble for...

Falling for Science: USU Undergrad Researcher Explores Neuroscience

Falling for Science: USU Undergrad Researcher Explores Neuroscience

02/06/2018

The split-second into a stumble and fall is filled with shocking terror, with a blink of time to react. The instant dread is warranted, as accidental tumbles send millions of Americans to emergency rooms each year. The problem is especially serious for th...