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Emerging Battery Research Lab

Don’t Resist! USU Chemists Advance Understanding of Emerging Battery Technology

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Researchers T. Liu, Hu, Seefeldt, DeBruler, Moss, X. Liu, Luo, Sun publish in top chemistry journals

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Will Pearse

Early Bloomers: USU Biologist's Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Will Pearse publishes news about statistical estimator that extracts meaningful measurements from both current and historical plant data

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Dr. Alex Boldyrev

Ultra-Light Aluminum: USU Chemist Reports Material Design Breakthrough

Friday, September 22, 2017

Alex Boldyrev and colleagues publish in ‘Journal of Physical Chemistry C’

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Portrait of Johan de Tuit

‘Bee’ Informed: Can You Pick Bees from Insect Lineup?

Monday, September 11, 2017

In ‘The New York Times,’ USU Biologist Joe Wilson reports on survey of public knowledge about bees.

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Physists lead International Space Station Project

Awestruck Science: USU Physicist Leads NASA-funded ISS Project

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mike Taylor designing imager to capture atmospheric gravity wave data from the International Space Station

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Bird Collisions

USU Ecologists Use Carrion Flies to Survey Tropical Forest Mammals

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Torrey Rodgers and Karen Kapheim publish findings from a project with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in which they used carrion flies to survey biodiversity in a Panamanian forest.

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Bird Collisions

Biology Professor Michelle Baker Receives Pioneers of Progress Award

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Utah State University professor of Biology, Michelle Baker, who leads water research efforts in the state as the project director of iUTAH, was recognized for her pioneering efforts in

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Bees

Bird’s-Eye View: USU Biologists, Community Partner to Prevent Bird-Window Collisions

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Biology faculty member Kim Sullivan and students conduct citizen science initiative to identify avian collision ‘hot spots.” Photo courtesy Eli Lucero, The Herald Journal...

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Bees

Bundle of Energy: USU Chemists Report Magnesium Battery Breakthroughs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Modern-day gadgets demand safer (ever hear about exploding smartphones?), more compact and less expensive batteries. Magnesium batteries may fit the bill and are considered a hopeful successor to lithium ion batters, but their development remains a challenge...

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Bees

In Hot Water: USU Geologists Probe Snake River Plain's Energy Potential

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

The thirsty farm fields of Idaho benefit from fresh, cold waters flowing from nearby mountains into the aptly named Snake River that winds its way through the Gem State and neighboring states. Yet deep underneath this....

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Bees

Six Aggie Scientists Named 2017 NSF Grad Research Fellows

Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2017

College of Science scholars among nine USU scholars honored in top national science competition.... Read More

Bees

Food on Mars, Food on Earth: NASA Taps USU Scientists for Space Quest

Wednesday, Mar. 01, 2017

Can earthlings live on Mars? They can if they develop self-sufficiency. NASA is betting on a multi-institution team of the best and brightest, including Utah State University scientists, to create the necessary technology and put it in... Read More

Bees

One-of-a-Kind? Or Not. USU Geneticist Studies Formation of New Species

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

At what point on the journey along the branches of the evolutionary tree does a population become its own, unique species? And is a species still distinct, if it mates with a different, but closely related, species? Evolutionary biologist Zach Gompert of Utah State University explores these... Read More

Mckenzie

Exploring an Energy Game-Changer: USU Chemist Yujie Sun Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

The world’s current reliance on fossil fuel energy, which is finite and a major source of pollution, begs for new, greener energy solutions. Electrochemical water catalysis or “water splitting,” the chemical reaction by which water is separated into oxygen and hydrogen, is one... Read More

Mckenzie

Finding Fault: USU Geologist Alexis Ault Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 2017

Unlocking the geologic past of Utah’s mighty Wasatch Fault and its earthquake history, requires a zoomed-in, nanoscale pursuit clues left over millions of years, says Utah State University geologist Alexis Ault. And what better detectives to assist her in the task than energetic youngsters, whose curiosity... Read More

Lab

Up, Up and Away: USU Chemists say 'Yes,' Helium Can Form Compounds

Monday, Feb. 06, 2017

Can helium bond with other elements to form a stable compound? Students attentive to Utah State University professor Alex Boldyrev’s introductory chemistry lectures would immediately respond.... Read More

Lab

Undergrad Chemists among Aggies Headed to Utah's Capitol Hill

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

What if you could take noxious greenhouse gasses and turn them into usable fuel? What if you could explain the inner workings of a nasty bacterium that causes life-threatening illness in humans? Those are questions Utah State University undergraduates Alyssa Sam and Jenna Hawley Bouvang are .... Read More

Bees

Pitching in: USU Biologists Study Evolution of Labor Division in Bees

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

With access to so much information on the Web, on TV and in print, it’s hard to determine what’s fact and what’s fiction... Read More

Lab

'Ant-like' Bees Among New Desert Species Tabbed by USU Entomologist

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Though declines in bee populations have heightened awareness of the importance of pollinating insects to the world’s food supply, numerous bee species remain undescribed or poorly understood..... Read More