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ABC4 News Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022
LOGAN, Utah (ABC4) — Last month, a team of Utah State University students sent a small satellite up to the International Space Station on a SpaceX rocket. Today, that satellite successfully entered orbit and in doing so, launched the team into history.
A digital pinging sound could be heard playing from students’ phones and laptops on Wednesday. When listening closely, one could recognize the tune. It was USU’s fight song. The digital pinging was a recording made around 5:00 a.m. The sound was picked up at a radio station in Argentina, but it originated in space. The source? A small satellite called a CubeSat.
A team of undergraduate students woke up hours before the sun rose on Wednesday morning. Some told ABC4 it was hard for them to go to sleep at a decent time the night before. The lack of sleep was the result of a once-in-a-lifetime event. The students who form the USU Get Away Special Team were preparing to see their satellite be launched into space after spending a month on the ISS.
When it launched a packed room burst into applause. However, the big test was still to come. Would the satellite be able to communicate with its creators?
After half an hour, a radio station in Japan picked up a signal from the satellite. The students said at that moment, they knew the satellite was working. Fifteen more minutes passed, and the satellite was now over Argentina. Finally, a series of morse code beeps were picked up loud and clear followed by the USU fight song.
KSL Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022
There are birthdays and then there are birthdays. The difference? How about the treats? In that regard, it may be hard to top (no pun intended) Utah State University’s Aggie Creamery.
The centennial celebration kicks off Friday with a “Birthday Bash.” The event will run from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the creamery in Logan (750 North 1200 East). There will be $1 ice cream cones and drawings for prizes.
KSL Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022
Researchers at Utah State University are looking at ways to improve the air quality by focusing on methane gas that cows release into the air.
We’ve all had to pass gas and so do cows but for them, it’s on a pretty regular basis.
The USU researchers believe the right diet can cut pollution from cattle.
“Cows are responsible for about 8% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock sector,” said Dr. Juan Villalba, a researcher at USU.
He is heading up the project that has a seven million dollar grant from the USDA.
The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 17, 2022
Utah State University announced the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art had received two grants totaling over $1 million on Thursday.
The museum was awarded the maximum grant of $750,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the construction of a new Art Research and Education Center on the university’s Logan campus. NEHMA also received a Cultural Capital Facilities Grant of $310,000 from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.
The NEH grant is the largest federal grant for the arts received to date at USU. The UAM grant is also the first time the state has offered grant funding for arts facilities, allocating a total of $2 million across Utah.
Fox 13 News Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022
Utah State University has received a gift of $41.25 million from the Bastian family, the largest donation in its history, as a way to honor the state's farming tradition, according to the Utah State TODAY.
This gift will go toward development of the Bastian Agricultural Center in partnership with USU Extension to educate the public about the importance of modern agriculture, and encourage future developments in agricultural technology.
A previous gift of $6 million from the Bastian family helped create the Center.
The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 10, 2022
USU assistant professor Matthew Harris recently received a grant for $347,000 from the Office of Naval Research to help find new techniques to control and optimize the performance of mechanical systems such as spacecraft and underwater vehicles.
“The research is addressing fundamental research problems in optimization and control,” Harris said in a prepared statement Friday. “I am thankful for ONR’s support.”
Harris told The Herald Journal he has been teaching mechanical and aerospace engineering since 2019 when he joined the engineering department. He has been in the industry for five years.
KSL Sunday, Jan. 09, 2022
In a move to recognize its unique history, Utah State University finalized its first official land acknowledgment statements, indicating that school facilities exist on spaces originally occupied by Indigenous peoples.
"As a land-grant institution, Utah State University campuses and centers reside and operate on the territories of the eight tribes of Utah, who have been living, working and residing on this land from time immemorial," the statement reads. The tribes include the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indians, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Northwestern Band of Shoshone, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Skull Valley Band of Goshute and the White Mesa Band of the Ute Mountain Ute.
"We acknowledge these lands carry the stories of these nations and their struggles for survival and identity. We recognize elders past and present as peoples who have cared for, and continue to care for, the land. In offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm indigenous self-governance history, experiences and resiliency of the native people who are still here today."
The process of creating the statement, along with 28 others recognizing the various Utah State branches throughout Utah and beyond, began in Dec. 2020, Marilyn Cuch, of the Hunkpapa Lakota, director of statewide education for USU and chairwoman of the acknowledgment committee, said.
The Herald Journal Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021
Utah State professor Elzbieta Bilicka is slated to take the stage at Hilton Head International Piano Competition in March 2022. Out of 165 applicants from 28 countries, Bilicka was one of 20 chosen to perform.
Bilicka said she felt happy when she discovered she was selected for this competition.
“It’s nice to feel appreciated, always,” she said. “I probably feel a little stressed and challenged… because I’ve done a few of these events before, I kind of know what they are all about, so I don’t have this very idealistic overview.”
KSL Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021
Utah State University last week joined the highest level of research institutions in the nation by earning the prestigious R1 classification — meaning the university has "very high research activity" — in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education announced this month.
The university, one of only nine institutions to obtain R1 classification in 2021, joined 136 other members as having R1 classification. The designation denotes USU as a state and national leader in research ventures and graduate education.
KSL Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021
NASA launched a small satellite into space that was designed and built exclusively by undergraduate students at Utah State University.
The CubeSat is part of the payload on the SpaceX CRS-24, which took off on a Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday morning.
The rocket is bound for the International Space Station, where astronauts will load it into something called a NanoRacks CubeSat deployer.
Salt Lake Tribune Monday, Dec. 20, 2021
The first snow marks the beginning of the shoe game, or Keshjee’, for the Navajo (Diné). It goes like this: Two teams, which represent day and night animals in the Diné universe, have balls made from yucca root that they hide in moccasins behind a sheet representing the sky.
When the sheet comes down, the other team walks or dances across the space to guess where the yucca balls are. When a team correctly guesses, they are given some yucca strands. The team that gets all 102 yucca strands, which equates to a life span in Diné culture, wins. Participants take on the identities of animals and sing songs about them during the ceremony.
The Keshjee’ happens in a hogan and recalls the time in creation when day and night animals were planning the natural cycles of life. Traditionally, the game has been a teaching tool for young Diné to learn about their culture.
For Diné college students who are away from home, it’s hard to find space and community for ceremonies like Keshjee’.
Now Diné students at the Utah State University Blanding campus will have a place to play the game and to meet: a hogan. Made of dirt and cedar, the hogan is built in a traditional manner and faces the eastern light, the first light a family sees in the morning.
KSLtv.com Monday, Dec. 20, 2021
Utah State University received the R1 Classification in the latest Carnegie Classification of institutions of Higher Education in December. This means USU will be joining the highest level of research universities in the nation.
“I am thrilled Utah State University has been designated a Carnegie R1 University,” said President Noelle E. Cockett. “To achieve this top-tier designation has been years in the making and now sets our university apart as a premier research institution in the nation. This is a historic achievement for our university, and I am proud of our faculty, staff and students who have worked to create transformational impacts through meaningful research.”
USU is one of only 137 institutions nationwide in the R1 classification and one of nine that obtained the status this year. USU is the second institution in the state to receive this designation and joins the University of Utah as a national leader in research and graduate education.
Cache Valley Daily Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021
Utah State finished its turnaround season with an emphatic win on a national stage in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Saturday night, beating the Pac-12’s Oregon State 24-13 to secure one of the biggest wins in program history.
USU finished the season with an 11-3 overall record and a Mountain West Conference championship. Oregon State fell to 7-6 overall.
The win was USU’s first bowl game victory over a Power Five opponent and just the third time the Aggies have won 11 games in a season. It came after a tumultuous 2020 year where USU won just one game, had a coaching change and player protests that resulted in forfeiting the final game of the year.
KUTV2 Monday, Dec. 06, 2021
A Utah State University psychology professor has a suggestion for trying to address stress and anxiety that arises from the pandemic.
“My simple suggestion would be instead of engaging in that circle, think about things that are important to you and then put your time and energy into that,” said Michael Twohig, who’s also a practicing psychologist.
ABC4 News Saturday, Dec. 04, 2021
The Herald Journal Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021
Cache Valley’s long been famed for some of its cattle products like cheese. One less-than-flattering cattle byproduct, however, is their emissions of gases that can help form hazardous particulate pollution, especially during winter inversions. The solution, strangely enough, may involve feeding cows more beans.
Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
Utah State University Extension recently received a grant to fund programs that will enhance farming opportunities for refugee and Native American farmers in Utah.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Nov. 09, 2021
Utah’s tart cherry crop yields between $7 million and $21 million annually and a team of researchers at both Utah State University and Michigan State University was awarded $1.97 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to study more efficient ways to grow the crop.
The project lead is Professor Brent Black of USU’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate. He said the objective is to bring some state of the art technology to tart cherry production.
The Herald Journal Tuesday, Nov. 09, 2021
Getting kids excited about science gets Daniella Rivera excited.
The USU junior is the vice president of outreach for the USU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, a position that involves creating and conducting programs to familiarize young people, especially girls, to engineering and other STEM subjects. Her latest endeavor will bring 60 grade-schoolers to USU this Saturday for a day of hands-on learning.
The Herald Journal Monday, Nov. 08, 2021
Utah State University’s Rotaract Club donated $1,200 worth of potatoes to the Cache Food Pantry last week with the hope of providing Thanksgiving meals to those who cannot afford it.
ABC4 News Friday, Nov. 05, 2021
A Utah State University student is looking to make a difference in the lives of local families who may be struggling during these upcoming winter months.
Sydney Laws is setting out to make 75 fleece blankets by hand for families in need. The blankets will be donated to local homeless shelters and elementary schools for distribution. Laws said she feels empathy towards families going through struggles.
Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Nov. 02, 2021
LOGAN – Utah State University Associate Professor Michael Pate is the President of the International Society for Agricultural Health and Safety, or ISASH.He said ISASH doesn’t exist to tell farmers how to do their jobs.
“Nobody knows better how to get things done than a farmer,” Pate exclaimed. “What we try to see our role is to be able to empower those that will be able to provide resources and help in any way — whether it be mental health or occupational safety — what we want to see is the sustainability of our American farmer.”
Dr. Pate said national statistics indicate farming is among the most dangerous jobs in America. Farmers regularly work with large vehicles and potentially dangerous equipment.
Western Farm Press Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
The research grant aims to improve agricultural and environmental water resilience.The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is funding the wide-ranging effort from multiple institutions across three states through its National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative on Sustainable Agricultural Systems. The coalition of researchers is led by UC Merced, joined by experts from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, Utah State University, the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University, the Public Policy Institute of California, Environmental Defense Fund, and the U.S. Geological Survey's Southwestern Climate Hub. The new $10 million collaborative focuses on water banking, trading and improvements in data-driven management practices to arrive at a climate-resilient future in water-scarce regions of the United States.
Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021
The gender wage gap is the difference between what women and men earn for performing full-time, year-round paid work. Nationally, women earn 16 to 18% less than men. Although the gap has substantially narrowed from 41% when the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, varying reports estimate that it may take from 40 to 130 years to close the gap.
Utah State University’s Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) recently released a report that is a compilation of research pulled from 60 sources regarding the gender wage gap. The report shows that Utah women earn approximately 30% less than men, ranking close to last in most state comparisons.