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  • SUAS News Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

    Deseret UAS Partnership Awarded Highly Competitive NASA & FAA Programs

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced that Deseret UAS and its partner, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) have been awarded the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Technical Capabilities Level (TLC) 4 program. Through NASA’s TCL-4, the partners will demonstrate the capability to safely fly multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) (i.e.- drones) in an urban environment. ... In addition, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced that Deseret UAS and NIAS have also been awarded the USDOT/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS UTM Pilot Program (UPP). The UPP is a milestone pilot program to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System (NAS) while creating a shared information network that can be used for future federal rule-making. ... “The significance of this moment cannot be overstated,” said Deseret UAS Board Chair Shawn Milne. “We are at an inflection point in the history of human transportation. Deseret UAS is helping to lead the way in developing the capabilities necessary to revolutionize mobility. The NASA TLC-4 and FAA UPP programs will allow us to showcase Utah’s unparalleled technical expertise.” ... Deseret UAS’ technical team is comprised of Utah State University’s AggieAir and Utah-based company, Fortem Technologies. AggieAir’s highly-skilled researchers have pioneered UAS industry innovations for more than a decade. AggieAir’s aircraft, both the BluJay fixed wing and multi-rotorare two of only fourteen aircraft selected for the test scenarios from the hundreds of potential aircraft submitted by other applicants. “AggieAir will continue to make history through these groundbreaking projects,” said AggieAir Director Dr. Cal Coopmans. “We pride ourselves on our ability to apply cutting-edge research in a real-world environment that has direct, tangible benefits to society.”
  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

    USU Undergrads to Present Research at Utah Capitol

    Research on Capitol Hill is an annual celebration that invites undergraduates to present their research in Salt Lake City during the legislative session. This year 30 Aggies across all departments have been invited to attend March 5. Three scholars from USU’s College of Science spoke to The Herald Journal about their research and why it is important to them. ... “Presenting on Capitol Hill is an experience I never would have thought was possible a few years ago,” Armburst said. “I am thrilled to be able to share my findings with Utah legislators and hopefully make an impact for both the sciences and our school. It is a great opportunity to showcase my growth as an undergraduate researcher, the research of my lab and the caliber of basic research produced by Utah State University.” All 30 scholars will present their research in the rotunda at Capitol Hill from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 with President Noelle Cockett scheduled to speak.

  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

    Internationally Recognized Science Communicator to Speak at USU

    Dr. Kevin Folta, University of Florida researcher and internationally recognized science communicator, will speak at Utah State University on Monday, February 25. He said when experts speak to the public they speak like experts; scientists speak like they’re scientists, and make the mistake of sharing too much technical information.“When really it’s not a question of that at all,” said Dr. Folta. “It’s a question of understanding people’s true concerns, validating their concerns, and then showing them why we do what we do, why it’s important, what our values are and why the research is something they should be supporting." Dr. Folta speaks Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the USU Life Sciences Building. The “Dean’s Seminar” is open to everyone. It is co-hosted by the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, the College of Agriculture and Applied Science and the College of Science. Dr. Folta said he will discuss how one can communicate that science may help farmers, industrialized world consumers, the environments and the developing world.

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

    USU Proposes Six New Buildings to Accommodate Growth

    Utah State University has six new buildings in the works and is awaiting final approval from Utah lawmakers to begin construction. “This is an unusual year for us to have so many projects all at once,” according to Dave Cowley, USU Vice President for Business and Finance. Cowley recently presented the projects to the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. ... The buildings include an information technology building, residence hall, parking structure, two buildings to accommodate the research demand at the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), and a new academic building at USU’s regional campus in Moab.

  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

    Business Students Present Marketing Plans to Logan Downtown Alliance

    Students from the Huntsman School of Business presented to the Logan Downtown Alliance and Mayor Holly Daines on Wednesday with their ideas on how to market local businesses toward students. “These are freshman students, and they’ve been working for about six weeks on these presentations,” said Bret Crane, a professor at Utah State University. “I think they have some great ideas that will give businesses an insight into the minds of students and how to market to this large demographic.” Crane said the he believes Main Street is an extension of the university where students go and form their shopping habits in the community. The groups presented to businesses such as the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Stacked Pancakes, The Utah Theatre, Even Stevens and S.E. Needham Jewelers. ... Many of the groups admitted that students aren’t familiar with businesses in downtown Logan. Rather, students tend to go to places like Café Rio, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s, or big businesses like Walmart or The Larry H. Miller Megaplex. “Students are creatures of habit, and they go to the same place over and over,” said Cole Peterson, whose group looked at Stacked Pancakes. All the groups offered ideas for promotions and events that could help businesses expand their notoriety to students. “We tried to get really creative in the way that we solve these problems,” said Mitchell Howe. Social media presence was the biggest message to businesses from multiple groups.“Our generation is really focused on experiences, not buying,” Dylan Greer said. “Downtown needs a new aesthetic with photo-ops that appeal directly to selfie-seeking millennials.” “We want to strengthen and elevate downtown,” Crane said. “People see the downtown as they drive through our city. It’s the heartbeat of the community.”

  • The Herald Journal Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

    Interfaith Initiative at USU Invites Individuals to Meet With Local Clergy

    Conversations with Clergy is a new interfaith initiative at Utah State University that invites students to speak with local church leaders about issues going on in their own lives. ... Those who are exploring issues of faith, one’s identity or choosing to convert or remove religion from their lives are invited to meet with local clergy in Old Main each week. “Anyone is invited to come and speak with us, whether they are religious or not,” Glass-Coffin said. “College is a time when students are actively engaged in identification and trying to figure out who they are, what they believe and whether or not organized religion fits in their life,” Glass-Coffin said. “Spiritual and religious identity is a large part of that.” ... USU currently doesn’t have an office of spiritual and religious life like many universities in Utah, so Glass-Coffin works out of the anthropology department where she also teaches. Glass-Coffin is an ordained interfaith minister and said that students don’t need to worry about being swayed toward one religion or another when they visit. “Our clergy members are trained individuals who know how to listen and walk beside the students who need help,” Glass-Coffin said. “We have a mental health issue on campus, and many students may just need someone to talk to about the bigger questions in life.” ... “We really hope students make use of this service,” Glass-Coffin said. “Issues don’t need to be centered around religious organizations. We are excited just to discuss the bigger questions with students.”
  • The Herald Journal Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

    Washington Policymaker Discusses Nuclear Energy at USU

    As Democrats roll out their Green New Deal spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, nuclear energy has become a hot topic of debate on both sides of the issue. Washington representative for the American Nuclear Society Craig Piercy spoke at Utah State University about the future of nuclear energy Monday. “Nuclear energy doesn’t make sense if you don’t care about the climate,” Piercy said to an audience in the Eccles Science Learning Center in Logan. “There is no deep decarbonization without nuclear energy. Period. ”Sponsored by the USU College of Engineering, Piercy’s lecture, “The Future of Nuclear Energy: Policies, Politics, Paths Forward,” focused on the idea that nuclear energy is fundamental for carbon-free energy. ... Piercy said that in order for a green deal to succeed, it has to take nuclear energy into consideration. ... Piercy said that Utah is a perfect place geologically and in the political sphere to enact change around nuclear energy, admitting that Utah and Idaho have long been eyed as a location to dump nuclear waste while repositories are being built. “The world will move forward with or without us,” Piercy said. “Utah has a unique opportunity to embrace the future and secure its economic prosperity. What ultimately stops these repositories from being built are the state’s political leaders. It may be in Utah ultimately, but it will only move forward here if the citizens and leaders say they are OK with it.” ... “Many say that we have 12 years left before the effects of climate change are irreversible. We need to make a significant change and a generational change,” Piercy said. “How do we lift 2 billion people out of energy poverty peacefully without cooking the planet? This is the question.”

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Feb. 08, 2019

    Black Lives Matter Utah Organizer Speaks at USU

    Lex Scott, leader of Black Lives Matter Utah and the United Front Civil Rights Organization, spoke at Utah State University on Friday about the movement and her plans for this year. The speech was sponsored by USU’s Black Student Alliance. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Scott said at the beginning of her presentation.Scott was born in Denver and raised in Salt Lake City. Both she and her husband attended USU, as well as her parents. Scott got involved with protesting after Mike Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. “I was there in Ferguson and people would come and vandalize and loot and then leave and make our movement look bad,” Scott said. “My chapter of BLM is independent because it is a movement, not an organization, and I don’t need a certificate to validate my activism.” In Salt Lake City, the Utah chapter of BLM has helped to get live data available online from the police department about who they are stopping and why. The movement has also helped set up a complaint button on the police department’s website and has initiated more deescalating training for police officers.“Black Lives Matter doesn’t hate police officers,” Scott said. “We hate police brutality.” ... Scott has also helped register inmates to vote in Salt Lake. She is currently renovating a bus that will be turned into a mobile black history museum.“To be a person of color in this day and age is to be a teacher,” said Khairo Robinson, the public relations manager for BSU. “It’s not every person of color’s job or every trans person’s job to educate others. We need allies to take some of the work and help answer questions.” ... The Black Student Union meets weekly on campus and will be hosting its annual Soul Food Dinner on March 1.

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Feb. 07, 2019

    USU Students Present Plans to redesign Union Station in Ogden

    Students in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning department at Utah State University are always in the middle of a project, but for Caroline Lavoie’s students, the last few months have been spent creating a plan to repurpose the Union Station rail yard, neighborhood and business district in historic downtown Ogden. It’s proven to be quite an expansive undertaking. “My class is an urban design studio where senior students start to learn how to work on larger-scale projects with real clients,” Lavoie said. “These projects start in the summer, and we contact planning departments looking for opportunities and say that we would like to work with them.” ... The plan is elaborate and expansive, but it includes things like river restoration, a reconfiguration of 24th Street and new trails in the area. ... The teams had very close interaction with the City of Ogden during the semester, and their final model of the area is on display in the foyer of the third floor of the Ogden Municipal building. City officials in Ogden will be looking over the plan and making changes for the next 12 months before discussing the possibility to implement it.“The City Council hired a national consultant to work on the project,” Lavoie said. “They joked about not needing to hire anyone because the students did all the work, so that was fun to hear.” ... Todd Johnson, LAEP’s practitioner in residence, said that “it’s amazing the students came together for the benefit of the city when they haven’t ever done anything like this before.” The 22 students worked with graduate students and alumni, and Johnson said it is the “cross-pollination” of talent that makes the projects so successful.“It’s students teaching students,” Johnson said. ... “The class comes in on the first day, and they are overwhelmed and wide-eyed, and it is amazing to see when things start to click, and that turns to excitement,” Lavoie said. “When we work at this scale, collaboration is key.”

  • The Herald Journal Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2019

    USU Faculty Senate OKs Proposal to Reduce Emissions

    The Utah State University Faculty Senate unanimously approved a recommendation to reduce greenhouse gases Monday, sending the proposal to administrators for further deliberation. “The science of climate change has advanced tremendously in the last couple of decades,” said Patrick Belmont, co-writer of the greenhouse gas resolution. “We are trying to provide feedback on an issue that has been presented to us by multiple people in the community.” In 2007, former USU President Stan Albrecht signed a commitment to become a carbon-neutral university by the year 2020. Now, 12 years later, the new resolution written by a committee of 25 people hopes to eliminate coal on campus, convert lighting to low-energy LEDs and take aggressive steps to increase renewable resources to 50 percent. ... “We can lead by example,” Belmont said. “Students want to see this change and want to see the university do something about it.” The decision on how to move forward is ultimately up to President Noelle Cockett and Provost Frank Galey.

  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019

    USU SEED Program Wins National Recognition in Entrepreneurship

    The Small Enterprise Education and Development (also known as SEED) program in Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business sends student interns to several countries to teach entrepreneurs to grow their own businesses. Last week it won the Excellence in Co-Curricular Innovation award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurs.Mike Glauser, executive director of the Huntsman School’s Center for  Entrepreneurship, said there is nothing like USU’s SEED program anywhere. “We actually train students for one full semester in small business consulting and entrepreneurship and micro-finance,” said Glauser. “Then we send them to a country for a full semester so it’s not just a 10-day global trip.“They actually live in a country for an entire semester after they’ve been trained. Then they teach dozens of families, individuals and families, how to start and build businesses.” The SEED program sends student interns to Ghana, Peru, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.During their semester abroad interns help write business plans, launch new ventures, set goals, create budgets, develop accounting practices and organize inventory management systems.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Feb. 04, 2019

    Former Sen. Jeff Flake Decries Partisan Divide During USU Speech

    A recently retired U.S. senator visited Utah State University on Monday evening to share his view of a deepening partisan divide. The USU Institute of Government and Politics hosted former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who spoke about the importance of avoiding polarized partisanship at the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium. Flake said politics needs to go back to constituents who value those able to delegate and on occasion compromise. He went on to say that Congress had to stop looking at the person on the other side of the aisle as an enemy. He said the responsibility as elected officials is to put the country over any party. He said the responsibility of voters is to support good candidates and support those who recognize the principle of putting country before party. ... “If we can’t keep the government open, then we certainly can’t tackle the other big challenges that are out there for us,” Flake said. Flake said the future has to be better than the present because political opponents are being treated as enemies.“Students can break that cycle,” Flake said. “Support candidates and support elected officials who are reaching across the aisle, who are not engaging in any partisanship so students can set a good example.”

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Feb. 04, 2019

    USU's Japan Club Celebrates New Year and Start of Spring

    The Japanese holiday of Setsuban is a celebration that lets individuals ward off their demons with beans, literally. “Setsuban is celebrated annually on February the third before the beginning of spring in Japan. Typically, a demon dressed in red shows up, and attendees throw beans at it chanting what translates to ‘demons out, happiness in,’” said Ky Voorhees, the Utah State University Japan Club vice president. The Japan Club hosted an event Saturday welcoming spring and the new year. The club’s purpose is to spread Japanese culture through the community, and for the past six years it has marked spring’s arrival with the treat-making tradition of mochitsuki. ... “Logan really doesn’t have any Japanese culture,” said Ray West, the club’s president. “We do events like these so people who don’t know about the culture can come and learn. Making mochi takes a lot of effort, and that’s why we have created our own little community here, and we celebrate the new year with ethnic Japanese foods.” ... The Japan Club plans on hosting more events throughout the year, including Japanese movie nights. The club is active on Facebook, where they announce all their upcoming events.

  • Cache Valley Daily Friday, Feb. 01, 2019

    USU Extension Food $ense Program Strives to Help Utah Families

    Utah State University Extension Food $ense SNAP-Ed, a research-based program meant to help recipients of food stamps and other low-income Utahns prepare affordable and healthy meals, can be an important resource after the longest government shutdown in American history. ... “For those whose ability to eat has been affected by the partial government shutdown, Food $ense SNAP-Ed has resources to help you,” Jiménez said. “Not only do we want everyone to have access to food, but we want everyone to have access to nourishing foods. ” The Food $ense SNAP-Ed program offers free, hands-on classes throughout the state to help individuals and families learn how to make nutritious and delicious meals with ingredients they already have on hand. Participants also learn meal planning and shopping techniques that will help them stretch their food budget, food safety habits and strategies for being active with limited resources. “One of the best ways to access our materials is by going to our website,” said Heidi LeBlanc, Food $ense SNAP-Ed director. “Using that website as a starting point, you can find links to our blogs and social media sites. You can also find recipes and information if there are classes in your area. These resources have helped many eat better while stretching food dollars or cooking with what is on hand.”

  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    New Far-left Club at USU Looks to Diversity, Local Politics

    At Utah State University, students interested in being politically involved have their choice of a few clubs: the conservative Young Americans for Freedom, or the centrist College Democrats and College Republicans. Diego Mendiola decided to expand that list. “There’s just not that much diversity here,” said Mendiola, the leader of USU’s chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, a new club on campus. “That’s just a fact, not a derogatory statement. A lot of students have ideas that align with certain groups’ concerns. If you think college and health care is too expensive, we have that in common.” Mendiola said he set out to start the school’s first far-left club for the community and to create more empowering individuals. ... “I want people, especially younger people, to be more politically involved. I want them to learn how to be a participating citizen,” Mendiola said. “If you have tools to express your feelings to the community and to the Legislature, you will be able to make a difference.” Focusing on local politics and attending city council meetings are the immediate goals. ... The organization hosted an opening social last week and plans to organize more events around city council meetings and local politics. Mendiola said that everyone is invited to come out to their gatherings. “We want to extend an olive branch to far-right and Republicans to be more open-minded about what we are trying to achieve. We aren’t a hostile group. There are a lot of ideas about what is considered far left, but we are not trying to be antagonizing. We want to give people a voice,” Mendiola said.
  • The Herald Journal Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    New Title IX Staff Introduced to USU at Open House

    Hilary Renshaw and Alison Adams-Perlac were welcomed as new additions to the staff of Utah State University’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office Thursday night. USU Provost Frank Galey spoke at an open house introducing the new staff members, praising the work that they have done in focusing the office. “I’m sure this great blend of expertise and enthusiasm will help transform our campus,” Galey said. ... “I’m really excited for the opportunity to be a part of such a big effort and assist change,” Adams-Perlac said. “I hope we can work to improve the process and tighten the timeframes and procedures of assisting victims of sexual assault.” ... “Everyone works really hard, and there’s a lot of work to do,” Renshaw said. “We want to build trust with our students and faculty and create a safe environment.” The new staff in the AAEO office comes after a year filled with several high-profile sexual violence incidents, including investigations in the music department. Both Renshaw and Adams-Perlac are confident that they will be able to move forward this year with changes that will better help students, staff and the community. “I’m excited to help our office do our best to keep the campus safe for everyone,” Adam-Perlac said. “I want anyone in the community to know that if they have concern that someone might be a victim or that someone is harming another, report it to us. Have faith in our process, and let us help.”

  • Deseret News Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    USU Title IX Office 'A Place Where People Will Feel Heard and Understood,'

    Utah State University held an open house of its Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office Thursday, which was intended to introduce the university community to new staff and initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault, sexual misconduct and discrimination. ... Amanda DeRito, USU's sexual misconduct information coordinator, said the university's overarching goal "is to make sure we're doing our best in preventing sexual violence. When it does happen, we want to make sure we have the best policies and best processes in place to deal with it in a fair way where people feel like they're heard and we can really support victims as they go through the process." Attendees had the opportunity to meet USU's new Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity office director, Alison Adams-Perlac, who started Jan. 2; the university's new Title IX coordinator, Hilary Renshaw; and prevention specialist Emmalee Fishburn, among others. ... Additionally, USU's victim advocacy office will offer its "Start by Believing" campaign this spring, which focuses on listening to and believing survivors of sexual assault, DeRito said. "There's a lot of people who just don't know how to respond if someone discloses something to them. Often we're well meaning but we say things that can discourage a victim from going to the police or going to Title IX. So we have a campaign aimed and at helping people understand how to respond," DeRito said. ... "The first thing we do is try to educate students to know when something isn't right and to be active bystanders. Research shows the best that's the best way to do prevention work so we spend a lot of time doing that," DeRito said. When a sexual assault or other offense occurs, the university strives to surround victims with the resources they need to heal, she said. Some people may just want counseling or to talk to an advocate, and don't feel comfortable going to police. "Whatever their choices are, we respect that and we just want to make sure they know what their options are and that they're easy to get to," she said.

  • Deseret News Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

    USU's Jon M. Huntsman School Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

    Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has won a first place award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for its Small Enterprise Education and Development program, known as SEED. The program sends student interns to Ghana, the Philippines, Peru and the Dominican Republic to teach local entrepreneurs professional skills and help them grow their small businesses. The award was for excellence in co-curricular innovation. ... Students who intern with SEED study entrepreneurship, micro-finance and small business consulting for one semester, and then visit a country for three months. They help individuals write business plans, launch new ventures, set goals, create budgets, develop accounting practices and organize inventory management systems. The students are mentored and then solidify their learning by mentoring others through the new venture creation process.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

    USU Professors Discuss Global Women's Rights Violations

    In an effort to bring awareness to women’s rights violations around the world, a panel entitled “Talk of Transgressions: The Whispers from Women around the World,” was hosted at Utah State University on Friday. Three USU professors presented on current, global examples of violence against women. Marisella Martinez-Cola addressed the high number of missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States.Crescencio Lopez spoke about the violence occurring in Mexico and how women were disproportionately affected by it. Gonca Soyer told the audience of how the rights of people, especially women and children, were being violated in Turkey because of the failed coup attempt in 2016. Following these stories, the audience participated in a moment of silence. Afterward, a few attendees asked what could be done in response to the stories. ... Soyer said sometimes when she speaks on these issues, people respond by asking her why they should care about what is happening across the globe when there are issues in their own home. “Let me remind you that it can happen to anyone, any of us, and at any time,” Soyer said. “Just because we are free here doesn’t mean that we are going to be here and free tomorrow. It’s always important to know and be knowledgeable about these issues.”

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

    'Science Unwrapped' Examines Ways Germs Affect Course of Humanity

    Bonnie Waring believes the future and the past revolves around taking a closer look at microbes. Waring is a microbial ecologist and biogeochemist at Utah State University.  “Microscopic organisms have influenced some major historical events,” Waring said. “They influence the health of our bodies and our environments and only recently have we had the technology to identify different types of microbes.”Waring spoke in the Eccles Science Learning Center on USU campus Friday as part of the College of Science’s Science Unwrapped lecture series. This year is the program’s 10th anniversary, and they are celebrating the “Powers of 10” as their theme. “We usually see about 400 attendees from kindergarten to senior citizen,” Mary-Ann Muffoletto of USU’S College of Science said. ... Waring’s lecture covered historical events such as colonizers weaponizing diseases to conquer land and plagues. She discussed how healthy bodies need microbes and the possibilities of changing the way people think about agriculture and microbes. Before her presentation she spoke about vaccines and the flu.

  • Deseret News Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

    USU's Research and Graduates Studies Split into Two Offices

    Utah State University’s board of trustees has approved a recommendation to divide the Office of Research and Graduate Studies into two separate entities: the Office of Research and the USU School of Graduate Studies. “We decided to make these changes following months of discussion and after receiving a great deal of feedback from our deans and faculty members from across campus,” USU President Noelle Cockett said in a statement. “These modifications will help improve efficiency and better meet the needs of our growing institution moving forward.” Larry Smith, who has been acting as the interim vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, will continue serving as interim vice president for research, and he will continue to report to the president’s office. ... A search for a permanent vice president for research is expected to be announced by Cockett and Galey within the next nine months.

  • Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

    Utah State Online Education Once Again Ranked Among Top 20

    For the fifth straight year Utah State University is rated among America’s Top 20 schools with outstanding online bachelor’s degree programs. In its 2019 online degree rankings, U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) recognizes USU as the 15th best bachelor’s programs nationwide and third best graduate education program. ... USU offers seven online bachelor’s degrees and 12 online master’s degrees with four more launching in the fall. In addition to its 100 percent online degree programs, USU Online also delivers over 500 individual online courses every semester to nearly 13,000 students in Utah and around the world.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

    Exhibit at USU Library Highlights Stories of Turkish Refugees

    Pictures of a water-soaked journal with pages covered in words from a foreign language, a child’s first Barbie doll and an unworn wedding dress are displayed in the basement of the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University. These images, along with others, are part of a photo exhibit called “What I Brought in My Luggage.” The stories and objects featured in the exhibit belong to people displaced from Turkey after the failed coup attempt in 2016. “Exhibits like these are really cool because they tell a story in very visual ways,” said Melissa Brimhall, the volunteer coordinator at Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection. ... Because the worldwide number of refugees is so high, Brimhall said, it can be hard to imagine what the crisis looks like for individuals. ... Mehmet Soyer is an assistant professor at Utah State and helped bring the exhibit to the university. Soyer is from Turkey and has seen how the political climate in his home country has affected his friends and associates. ... Soyer said he hoped those who attended the exhibit would come away with a greater perspective of the challenges faced by people globally. “Freedom is not given (to) you with a golden tray,” Soyer said. “There should be a struggle to change something in history.” ... The photo exhibit will be on display until Feb. 4 during library hours. The library is open 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday.

  • The Herald Journal Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

    USU Hosts Conference for Women Physics Undergrads

    Utah State University was one of the 12 campuses chosen to host the American Physics Society 2019 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics this weekend. USU welcomed 154 undergraduates from six different states, including Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and New Mexico, to attend the conference held concurrently across the U.S. The APS, the largest association of physicists in the country, noted a lack of women in the physics field and decided to sponsor this conference to help women in the field, USU Physics Assistant Professor and CUWiP Organizer Oscar Varela said. “One of the goals of the conference is to discuss what their degrees, physics degrees or physics-related degrees, will be useful for in terms in the job market or further studies in the graduate level,” Varela said. ... The conference’s goal is keep the students interested in continuing to pursue careers in science.

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