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Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

Remembering the Roots of USU During CAAS Week

CAAS Week at Utah State University kicked off Monday and continues until Friday. CAAS is an abbreviation for College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and the theme for the week is “Back to Our Roots” noting the university’s founding and history as an agricultural college and state agricultural experiment station. Even though USU now offers a myriad of programs and has changed focus over the years, Heather Lieber, CAAS Academic Senator, said it’s good for Aggie students to remember their schools’ foundation. “Definitely, countless programs that people can join here at Utah State but we’re bringing cows on campus, we’re bringing all these sorts of animals. This is the first time any of these students have even seen these animals in person. "Being able to touch them and giving people, even those who experience it for the first time, in a small way, is bringing back the roots of us as an agricultural college. ... Some of the activities still on tap include: a film screening on Food Evolution, a documentary on the controversy over GMO’s. That will be shown Wednesday night in the TSC Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017

'Science Unwrapped:' Sharing Science with the Community

A group of scientists at Utah State University has developed a unique way to share their research with the community. Science Unwrapped is a program that teaches the public about science and how scientists learn to interact with the public. At the event, a diverse crowd of people, ranging from adults to small children, gathered in an auditorium at Utah State University to hear the first lecture in this fall's Science Unwrapped series. This week, USU Professor Johan du Toit spoke about living with large mammals. Nancy Huntly is director of the Ecology Center at USU. She said the College of Science started the program to share science with the community. ... “Science is one fundamental way about understanding the world," Huntly said. ... This fall, Science Unwrapped focuses on Ecology, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Utah State’s Ecology Center.

Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017

Local Group Studying Childhood Trauma

When the Northern Utah Trauma Resiliency Coalition was formed in the spring its three principles said the goal was to prevent childhood trauma from happening whenever possible through increased awareness and support, and to buffer the impact when it does occur. It is chaired by Dr. Ed Redd, Esterlee Molyneux, Executive Director of the Family Place, and Dr. Vonda Jump-Norman, a USU scientist in early childhood development. ... This new transformational group includes agencies, parents, physicians, clergy, school representatives, as well as those from civic, business and state organizations. ... She said they are working to create a trauma-informed community so citizens understand the impact of trauma on the development of children.

Good 4 Utah Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Former Aggie's Documentary to be Featured in Raindance Film Festival

A former Utah State University student, now filmmaker, is taking one of his projects to the Raindance Film Festival. Casey Allred's film "Stolen Innocence" delves into untold stories of millions of girls who disappear from their homes and are forced into a life of sex slavery. ... My hope is that this film will inspire people to take action—to liberate these girls and women and give them the tools they need to build better lives," Allred said. As a senior at USU, Allred made the top 15 in the Students in Service Awards program for his work co-founding Effect International (now Effect.org), a national nonprofit organization focused on building schools in India and Nepal. The film, made in partnership with that organization, will screen twice at Raindance London.

Utah Public Radio Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Logan Named a Top Foodie Destination

In September, Logan was listed among the top destinations to visit when it comes to finding not only unique, but quality food options by rewardexpert.com. This online service provides users information to help them get the most out of financial or travel decisions, and this time, they’re focusing on where to eat. ... Kaja Olcott, the communications director for Rewards Expert, says the ranking will help people find food experiences in lesser-known parts of the country. ... “I think that anyone coming to Logan can find something to enjoy. We have enough different foodie offerings. ... De La Cerda said. ... Although the four Logan restaurants the report lists aren’t necessarily what she thinks sets Logan apart food wise, the city has a wide variety of options, including many ethnic foods. She attributes this diversity to the presence of Utah State University, which draws students and faculty from around the world. 

KSL Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017

BYU, USU Scientists Say Fluids Study Could Aid Brain Injury Research

Researchers from BYU and Utah State say they have made findings about a phenomenon in fluids that could lead to better understanding and diagnosing traumatic brain injuries. ... The research suggests a new way to calculate a process known as cavitation — "a process well-known to engineers for causing damage in pipes and marine propellers," BYU spokesman Todd Hollingshead said. ... Thomson and Tad Truscott, a Utah State mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, say they were able to more precisely measure cavitation in a liquid that had been at rest. ... Truscott said he is hopeful their findings will benefit people at risk of traumatic brain injury, including soldiers and athletes. ... "The more information we have about an environment (in which traumatic brain injury occurs), the better we are able to design things for that environment," he said. "That just gives us another tool to use in the design process."

KSL Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017

Regents Plan to Improve Mental Health Services on Utah College Campuses

The Utah State Board of Regents on Friday adopted recommendations of a working group formed to address the mental health needs of students at the state's public colleges and universities. ... The recommendations include expansion of the SafeUT mobile app for college-age users, including personalizing the app for each institution and identifying a point of contact at each college or university. ... The genesis of the working group was the Utah State University Student Association in September 2016 declaring a "mental health crisis" on its campus. USU students were waiting four to six weeks to see counselors at the campus-run Counseling and Psychological Services due to a limited number of counselors and inadequate funding for services. The student government resolution was passed with the intent of encouraging student governments at other public colleges in Utah to pass similar legislation and work together to convince state lawmakers to boost funding for college suicide prevention and mental health programs, Matthew Clewett, USU's student advocate vice president, said at the time. ... USU President Noelle Cockett said she was proud of USU students bringing the issue to the forefront and how quickly the Utah System of Higher Education responded.

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

Democrats Rally at USU to Support DACA

Cache County Democrats and USU Democrats joined forces Thursday for a rally on the Utah State University Quad supporting DACA and immigrant rights. ... Danny Beus, Cache County Democratic Party Chairman, said he was pleased with those who showed up to show they are willing to stand and fight for their Latino brothers and sisters. ... "The most important thing is action," said Beus. "A rally is great, but it's about calling your representatives, it's about voting people out that don't support the same ideals that we support. So hopefully through this rally we can ignite some of that action." 

Utah Public Radio Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

Free Speech on Campus: Utah State University Debates Where the Line Is

As the issue of free speech on university campuses makes headlines in various forms, a northern Utah university is trying to start a conversation with its students. ... On Wednesday, Utah State University hosted a panel discussing the issue. The event was moderated by Dean Joseph Ward of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Michael Scott Peters, Utah State’s student body president, emphasized the importance of tolerance among university students. ... Marina Lowe, a member of the Legislative Policy Counsel at ACLU of Utah, said she was happy to see the university discuss the issue of free speech. “The idea that this conversation is being had is so important,” Lowe said. “This notion of trying to find the line between free speech on one hand, and words that may cause hurt and harm on the other hand.”

Herald Journal Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

USU Students Whip Up Aggie Ice Cream Flavors to Test Marketing Skills

Yes, Aggies, there is a connection between the marketing of Coca-Cola and Aggie Ice Cream, said Eric Schulz, a lecturer in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, on Thursday. ... students set out to create a new flavor of ice cream utilizing their own market research — and hopefully, establishing an emotional connection with the judges to win the second annual Aggie Ice Cream Flavor Creation Competition. ... The winning flavor was “A-Game,” a nod to USU Athletics and concession food. It contained a vanilla ice cream base, caramel swirl and chocolate-covered churro bits. ... Jill Richardson, president of the Huntsman Marketing Association, explained the ice cream competition was really more of a marketing test than a flavoring test. ... Donald McMahon, director of the Richardson Dairy Lab and USU’s Western Dairy Center, said he liked the competition’s objective and thought the students participating in it could learn something about marketing and food production. ... Nelson said the ice cream flavor competition taught him some lessons he could use in business when he graduates.

Good 4 Utah Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Where to Find the Best Local Produce in September

Raven Albertson, coordinator from Utah State University travels throughout the state to teach people how to eat healthy on a budget and how to pick out the best local fruit during the September season. Food Sense, a Utah State University based program, travels throughout the state to inform the community about why buying locally grown fruits and vegetables are a healthier and a more cost efficient choice. Farmer's markets and local farms with storefronts are a great place to find local produce and support local farmers. One reason to eat local foods is to avoid eating foods with a lot of preservatives. It's healthy to eat foods that haven't been touched with a lot of man made chemicals.

Herald Journal Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

USU Weather Station Recognized for 50 Years of Service

Ask USU professor and state climatologist Robert Gillies what it’s like to work at the university’s weather station off of U.S. Highway 89/91, and he’ll laugh. “It’s a duty,” he said jovially. ... But Gillies’ trip to the weather station Tuesday was nothing but positive, as The National Weather Service presented him and some young climatologists with an award to honor the half century the station has been functioning. Specifically, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Honored Institution Award” recognized the USU Logan Experiment Farm for “50 years of weather observations in cooperation with the National Weather Service.” ... He said the data from the USU weather station helps the National Weather Service improve its forecasting and data modeling. ... USU climatologist Jon Meyer, who was present on Tuesday to accept the award, took measurements at the weather station and talked about what it’s like to work there. ... Gillies said the award presented by the National Weather Service shows that “USU, as an institution, is serving the greater good on weather and climate”

Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

3,000 Flags Placed on Quad for 9/11 Remembrance

Nearly 3,000 small American flags were placed systematically on the northwest corner of the Quad in a solemn memorial to those impacted by terror attacks 16 years ago. Just before daybreak Monday at Utah Sate University members of the Young Americans for Freedom club assembled and began to place the 4-inch by 6-inch flags in rows representing the nearly 3,000 people who perished as a result of terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. ... Taylor Cripe, who serves as the president of the Utah State YAF chapter, said the group had been working on a way to memorialize those who died in the four attacks and remember the families and first responders who were greatly affected by the days events. ... Currently the USU YAF chapter has 10 members and they hope to spread “socially conservative constitutional values” through their activities and events. Cripe said the club began in February 2017.

Alaska Dispatch News,9/11/2017 Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

North Slope Lakes get Artificial Warmth to Simulate Climate Change

 Forty-eight propane tanks, three swimming pool heat pumps and three generators are key to studying climate change in one of the fastest-warming regions in the world. Scientists are using the equipment to warm two North Slope lakes. Led by Phaedra Budy, head of the Fish Ecology Lab at Utah State University, a team of researchers first identified four lakes populated by arctic char and slimy sculpin around Toolik Field Station, an Arctic research station run by the University of Alaska and one of only two of its kind in the world. ... One of the lakes in the experiment, known as Fog 1, is a short walk from the Dalton Highway, just past a small crest of green tundra. In early August, Nick Barrett, a doctoral student at Utah State University, stood on top of the hill and pointed out two white clumps close to the lake's shore — clusters of propane tanks, separated by hundreds of feet of choppy water. ... Budy devised the lake warming project after observing experiments at Toolik investigating how a warming climate will affect land ecosystems.  ... Both top layers in the two experimental lakes have warmed naturally over the summer. ... According to project's proposal, the experiment's findings are pertinent to Native communities in the Arctic, which rely on lakes like Fog 1 for subsistence fishing.

Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

USU President Defends Huntsman-Koch Gift; Faculty Raise Concerns

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett on Monday defended the largest donation in the school’s history while trying to alleviate concerns some faculty had about the gift, half of which came from billionaire businessman Charles Koch. ... It will support numerous initiatives, including the selective Huntsman Scholars program, the hiring of new faculty and a new USU-affiliated nonprofit called the Center for Growth and Opportunity. ... Their critics at USU and elsewhere in academia argue the money given to the universities is meant to advance conservative political principles. ... Cockett said she realizes some at USU are concerned about Charles Koch Foundation funding, but it’s not the only donor people might take issue with — and the university took care to ensure the gift met USU guidelines. ... USU’s gift agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation is not like ones that have raised controversy at other schools, Cockett said. ... The university released the terms of the gift agreement on the same day USU administrators announced it during commencement in May. ... Despite Cockett’s assurances, some faculty senators had questions for the USU administration over its decision to accept the gift. One such person was Courtney Flint, professor of social work and anthropology, who asked Cockett if faculty will be allowed to say the Charles Koch Foundation has nothing to do with their research. Cockett said they could and stressed transparency with research is important.

Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

USU Provost Finalists Announced

A Utah State University committee has narrowed the search for the school’s next provost down to three people, who are expected to visit campus later this semester. A USU news release states the three candidates are: Paul Layer, dean for the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Laura Woodworth-Ney, executive vice president and provost at Idaho State University; and Douglas Freeman, dean of Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. “We are excited to bring to campus three outstanding candidates for this important leadership role,” wrote Committee Chairman Joseph Ward, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in a prepared statement from the school. ... All candidates will visit USU’s Logan campus on different dates.

Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Sep. 10, 2017

Utah State University Inducts 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Utah State University held a ceremony Friday night to officially induct its 2017 class into its Athletics Hall of Fame. ... A total of 103 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight members in 1994 and seven in 1995. ... Located inside the Steve Mothersell Hall of Honor, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame gives fans the opportunity to view biographical information and watch videos on each of the inducted members. 

Herald Journal Saturday, Sep. 09, 2017

Logan Pride Fest Grows in Second Year

An event that many within the LGBTQ community never thought they would see in Cache Valley was held Saturday for a second year and looks to continue the growth in the future. ... Logan Pride Chair Jess Zamora was amazed at the turnout and felt that the move from the Center Street area, where last year’s festival was held, was a good choice to provide a safer environment for all attendees. ... Randy Golding, who serves as Logan Pride’s entertainment and marketing coordinator, said despite this being called the second year for the Logan Pride Fest, there actually was a “Pride Festival” hosted by students at Utah State University in the 80s, so this year’s fest could be considered the third event in Logan. ... Creating a “safe place” and building for the LGBTQ community is a top priority, Zamora said, as they plan further activities and engage USU students and those moving to the valley.

Idaho Press Tribune Saturday, Sep. 09, 2017

New Deal Left Local Legacy

Within Cache Valley, the impact of the New Deal can still be seen to this day in buildings and infrastructure constructed as a result of the Great Depression. ... Some of the more impactful local projects were buildings at Utah State University as well as a school that still serves Logan children. At USU, three major projects took place as part of the programs with the construction of the amphitheater on Old Main Hill, Lund Hall and the Family Life Building. ... The Family Life Building at what was then the Agricultural College of Utah was completed in 1936 by the PWA and was originally built as the Home Economics and Commons Building during the Great Depression. The Art Deco building sits on the south side of the QUAD. ... The Old Main Hill Amphitheater was started in 1936 and completed the following year by the WPA. The stone amphitheater was designed by Young and Hansen and built by Frank Campion. ... In a September 1933 Herald Journal article it was written that: “One of the most completely successful of all the items on the New Deal program seems to be the forestry work of the Civilian Conservation Corps … So well is the project working out that a person is inclined to wonder if it might not be a good thing to make this forest army a permanent affair … All of this of course would be pretty expensive but it might be money well spent … certainly the question deserves serious consideration. This forest army is too good an outfit to be discarded off-hand.”

Herald Journal Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

'Cache Valley is my Home': 'Dreamer' Reacts to DACA Decision

In the face of the unknown, Argentinean native Antonella Giunta is committed to remain optimistic after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was rescinded earlier this week and will be reevaluated by Congress in the coming months. When she was 3, Giunta’s family came to Cache Valley from Argentina to pursue a better life. Up until she was in her teen years, she was unaware that she wasn’t “officially an American citizen.” ... Giunta said the speech Tuesday delivered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing the revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program didn’t come entirely as a surprise. ... As the nearly 800,000 people enrolled in the program face an uncertain future over the next six months, Giunta said she is hopeful lawmakers “will do the right thing” for those who were brought to America. ... Following the announcement from Sessions on Tuesday, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett and the seven other public university presidents in Utah signed a letter urging Utah’s legislative delegation to seek a solution quickly. ... The Access and Diversity Center at USU shared a message on Thursday from the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake, which stated that the consulate would be “increasing its consular protection efforts for DACA beneficiaries.”

High Country News Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

How Oceans Impact Western Reservoirs and Rivers

As Houston cleans up after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean toward Florida, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season offers a stark reminder of the power of oceans over weather. But ocean influences aren’t limited to the Atlantic. Last winter, rain and snow drenched California, much of it the result of “atmospheric rivers,” storms that channeled water from the Pacific straight to the Sierra and across the West. Torrents of rain flooded cities and damaged dams, but also helped end five years of drought in the Golden State. In a region that relies heavily on snowmelt to supply homes and irrigate fields, Western water managers need to know how much precipitation they can expect in the coming years. While scientists understand the broad strokes of how wet and dry periods are driven by energy traveling through the atmosphere, new research is refining that understanding — something that may ultimately help officials trying to fill the reservoirs and rivers of the West. ... One multi-year model, recently developed by a team of researchers led by Yoshimitsu Chikamoto at Utah State University, realistically represents drought in the western U.S., as measured by soil moisture and fire season length, for about two years out. ... When the Pacific is cooler than the Atlantic, the West generally experiences drier conditions, and when the Pacific is warmer than the Atlantic, the West is wetter. That factor doesn’t operate in isolation, however. Other oscillations in oceanic and atmospheric conditions, like the weather phenomena El Niño and La Niña, also affect drought in the West. Those elements can interact in complex ways. “It is a little bit naïve to rely on one particular index to say you know what’s going to happen in any one particular year in any one particular region,” says RobertGillies, a professor at Utah State University and Utah’s state climatologist. ... Knowing what to expect could help water managers in California and across the West brace for the region’s weather extremes, from the deluges of last winter to years of drought.

New Scientist Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

In an Acidified Ocean, Box Jellyfish will Gobble Up all the Food

As the oceans become more acidic, box jellyfish may start eating a lot more. Their greedy appetites could have a huge impact on marine ecosystems. Some of the carbon dioxide we release is dissolving in the oceans, where it becomes carbonic acid – making the oceans less alkaline and more acidic. Scientists are scrambling to identify which species will be most impacted. ... What happens to copepods affects all that depend on them, “which is pretty much everything,” says Edd Hammill of Utah State University in Logan. ... To find out, Hammill and his colleagues collected zooplankton and one of their gelatinous predators, the box jellyfish Carybdea rastoni, from the waters around Australia. They kept the plankton in tanks containing either ambient seawater or seawater acidified at levels predicted for 2100, then added box jellyfish to half of the tanks. After 10 days, they counted what survived. ... Hammill thinks the copepods were weakened by the acidified water and that the jellyfish took advantage, but can’t rule out other possibilities. ... He plans to look at the Arctic ecosystem next. “It’s the most productive and one of the largest ecosystems [in] the world,” he says. If the same pattern occurs, it “could be a really big deal”.

KSL Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

USU Professor Restores British Sports Cars During Breaks from Research

 Professor Keith Mott loves to work on his cars and he can prove it: he has three British sports cars and keeps them running perfectly. That’s no easy feat, especially when your day job is teaching Introductory Biology to 1,100 Utah State University students. ... The Austin-Healey adventure started when Mott restored a 1965 Sprite (looks like an MG Midget) in 1982. He bought two Sprites—one with a smashed front, the other a smashed rear—and cobbled together a running car. He still has that one and plans on re-restoring it. ... Nowadays, he takes the 3000 on drives up to 500 miles a day. His wife uses the Sprite for local trips. When asked what he does with the cars, he laughed and said “mostly repair them.” ... When he works on it, he’s in hobby mode: it might take hours to do what a mechanic could take care of in minutes; probably because a mechanic wouldn’t take the time to sit back and just look at it.

Herald Journal Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

Highlighting Waste: USU Student Wins Award for Video

Some people might throw away leftover food or an old laptop without thinking much about it, but not biological engineering student Nathan Guymon. Guymon, a junior at USU, recently won second place in a video contest sponsored by the International Solid Waste Association, an Austria-based nonprofit, for creating a minute-long, animated video explaining just how much waste humans around the world create. ... Out of 34 entries from 15 countries, Guymon’s won second place and earned a $900 prize. ... In his biological engineering classes at USU, he has been learning about biological solutions to the world’s waste problem. He said it’s all about identifying a problem and finding a way to solve it. ... “You just really don’t think about how much you end up throwing away,” he said.

Herald Journal Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

'Water Palooza': Students Slide Down Old Main at USU Greek Life Event

Wednesday marked the usual time of year where USU students throw themselves down a hill. As part of a series of activities to welcome students to the Logan campus of Utah State, Fraternity and Sorority Life sponsored Wednesday’s Water Palooza. The event was designed to introduce students to the Greek life on campus. ... The narrative is different at Utah State, according to Todd Speckhard, a new member educator with Delta Sigma Phi. ... Conscious of the negative perspective often held about college Greek life and its practices, Speckhard asserted that it’s not true in Logan. ... Zoe Meyer, one of many freshmen who enjoyed the festivities, said that the event made her more likely to get involved with Greek Life at USU.

Herald Journal Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

InterVarsity Group Aims to Help USU Students Answer Life's Big Questions

As a non-denominational Christian group seeking after the hearts of university students, InterVarsity kicked off the school year with a worship night last week at Utah State University. Sitting in the shadow of Old Main, the amphitheater has been a gathering point for students and community groups since its completion in 1937. Last week was no different as USU InterVarsity students sang worship songs and reconnected after being gone for the summer. ...  With origins going back to the 1980s, InterVarsity served the Christian student population at USU and recently merged with Cru to bring back the organization’s influence on campus. Now in her third year as part of the Utah State campus staff, Erin McConnaha, has seen growth within the student community as the organization has increased its attendance and its reach over the years. ... Sophomore Sarah Behr said being part of InterVaristy has allowed her to connect with her peers, but prior to coming to USU, she wasn’t sure she’d find a group to fit in with. ... ?Within the Utah and Southern Idaho region, InterVarsity is operating at the University of Utah, Weber State, Dixie State, Southern Utah, Utah Valley and USU Eastern, along with a chapter at Boise State in addition to the USU chapter.

Herald Journal Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

Marching Band to Pay Tribute to Captain Aggie

When the Aggie Marching Band takes to Merlin Olsen Field on Thursday evening, they will pay tribute to Captain Aggie with a new cadence capturing his trademark cheers at athletic events. ... According to Lane Weaver, Utah Sate University Director of Athletic Bands, the cadence came about in part by drumline member Jake Pedersen and Weaver wanting to change things up a little from years previous. “With the passing of Captain Aggie, we knew we needed to incorporate something from him into our show,” Weaver said. “(Captain Aggie) told me he was in the marching band as a student, so there was that connection as well as his involvement in games.” ... The native of Roberts, Idaho, came to USU in 1993 but wasn’t pursuing a music career at the time, but through the marching band “they got their hooks into” him, which prompted him to switch from pre-med to music as a sophomore. Weaver loves that every student involved in the band is “part of the fabric of Utah State” as they work to create an exciting atmosphere at every home game and to recreate some of the aspects unique to the larger schools he has been part of. “The profile of the university has changed since I was here in the ‘90s. Everybody benefits from that. I really like the energy and committedness from the students that are here. They love what they do, and they love USU,” Weaver said.

Eurekalert Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

Public Interest Exceeds Understanding in Bee Conservation

Many people have heard bee populations are declining due to such threats as colony collapse disorder, pesticides and habitat loss. And many understand bees are critical to plant pollination. Yet, according to a study led by Utah State University ecologist Joseph Wilson, few are aware of the wide diversity of bees and other pollinators beyond such species as honeybees. "The U.S. Postal Service recently released its 'Protect Pollinator' series, which features only the European honeybee and the monarch butterfly," says Wilson, assistant professor of biology at USU's Tooele campus. ... Wilson, with colleagues Matthew Forister of the University of Nevada-Reno and USU alum Olivia Messinger Carril '00 MS'06, published findings in the Sept. 5, 2017, online edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. ... "A challenge with lack of knowledge about bees is you can't protect what you're now aware of," Wilson says. "We could be losing species or causing decline and not even know it."

Herald Journal Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

USU Aims to Teach Students, Prevent Violence with Sex+Respect Week

During a lecture to Utah State University students on Tuesday, David Schramm recalled a time he was trying to put his kids to bed that resulted in an unexpected lesson. After the assistant professor and Family Life Extension specialist asked his little ones to settle down several times, he opened the door to his room thinking he’d have to tell them again. Instead he found a note, which he shared with students. It read: “Thanks a lot. I know it can be hard being a mom or dad, but you’ve got to stick with it. But don’t worry, we still love you.” The letter’s message, the USU professor and Extension specialist told students, is one way to sum up healthy relationships — one of the topics discussed during the university’s Sex+Respect week. ... Sex+Respect is just one of numerous efforts USU has deployed on sex, bystander intervention and healthy relationships since last year, when the school was rocked by allegations from several women — not all of whom were USU students — who claimed the university and law enforcement did not do enough in handling their sexual violence cases. In a prepared statement, James Morales, USU vice president for student affairs, stated that Sex+Respect aims to “encourage dialogue” about sexual consent and respect “so our students can help us create a positive learning environment, free from sexual violence.” ... Amanda DeRito, USU sexual misconduct information coordinator, said the theme for Sex+Respect is, as the name suggests, “respect.” ... USU senior Hannah Anderson, who attended Tuesday’s presentation by Schramm on healthy relationships, applauded the university for organizing Sex+Respect. ... Education is power and hopefully people will know how to have healthy relationships, what consent really means and how to respect people in intimate ways.”

UB Media Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

USU Extension 4-H Members to Auction Off Horses

Utah State University Extension 4-H members have spent the last 3 months training 15 horses that will be available for adoption at the Utah State Fair on Sept. 9. Every year the Bureau of Land Management gathers wild horses and attempts to find them new homes. The BLM partnered with USU Extension 4-H youth programs to provide training for several of these young horses. For this Wild Mustang Challenge, youth and leaders in 4-H clubs had 100 days to work together to train the horses in preparation for the trail challenge at the Utah State Fair. ... The Wild Mustang Challenge is a great way for youth to learn teamwork and develop practical skills, according to Jim Jensen, a former USU Extension 4-H livestock and agricultural specialist and one of the original implementers of the Wild Mustang Challenge. “There something really rewarding about working on a horse project from start to finish,” Jensen said. “And I am absolutely amazed at what the 4-Hers can accomplish in 100 days.”

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

USU Students Travel to Peru to Learn About Ethical Coffee

A group of Utah State University students have created a photo gallery in Caffe Ibis, a coffee shop in downtown Logan. The gallery shares the stories of the women who grow the coffee for the brand Cafe Feminino. ... This summer a group of 10 students and 2 faculty leaders, as part of USU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, visited the northern region of Peru in partnership with the Cafe Femenino Foundation to build greenhouses so the women could have stable food all year. ... Brihanna Malcolm is a USU student who went on the trip. She says the Peruvian community was extremely grateful for their help building the greenhouse. ... Caffe Ibis is currently displaying a photo gallery of the trip to Peru. The photos feature the people of Peru, their daily life and their work in both coffee and weaving. Cafe Femenino can also be purchased at Caffe Ibis.

Deseret News Monday, Sep. 04, 2017

Cache County Company Takes Autonomous Driving Way Off the Road

Take a drive outside this quiet and tidy Cache Valley town and you might come across a scene, amid the hayfields and cow pastures, that looks straight out of a dystopian science fiction film. ... Welcome to the headquarters and proving grounds of Autonomous Solutions Inc., or ASI. The Utah-based company, started as a Utah State University research spinoff effort by Mel Torrie some 17 years ago, has quietly carved out a niche in the realm of driverless vehicle technology. ... ASI was birthed via a project that Torrie, a Utah State mechanical engineering major, was working on with farm implement manufacturer John Deere. But it was an early contract with the U.S. Department of Defense that seeded the company’s development of a driverless technology “kit,” said Matt Nielsen, ASI marketing director. ... Torrie, a Canadian who fell in love with Utah and remained in the state after graduating from USU, continues to maintain strong ties with his alma mater both as a research partner and talent source. Regan Zane is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and founder and director of USU's Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation, or SELECT, and Power Electronics Lab. Zane said Torrie and his ASI team have been in integral part of the autonomous vehicle research and development happening at the school. ... USTAR Executive Director Ivy Estabrooke said the company is a prototype of the kind of Utah-grown technology enterprise her agency works to support. “ASI is an ideal example of the robust innovation ecosystem we're trying to create in Utah,” Estabrooke said. “They were spun out of Utah State University, they continue to collaborate on USTAR and federally funded projects at USU and with private sector partners, they are doing their own internal research and development focused on targeted industry needs and product market openings, and they are expanding and creating new jobs, which generates tax revenue, strengthens the local community and seeds opportunity for future growth.

Standard Examiner Monday, Sep. 04, 2017

Huntsville Monastery Closed, Campaign to Preserve Legacy Continues

The gates were still open at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinityon Friday, but the Huntsville monastery is closed for good. And a group trying to keep the sprawling 1,860 acre property free from future development says now is the time to renew the effort to preserve its legacy. ... After he heard about a plan to turn the land into a mixed-use mountain development, Huntsville resident and town council member Bill White bought the property in January 2016 for an undisclosed price. ... On Friday, White said the plan is still moving forward, albeit at a slower pace. White said Utah State University is involved in the process, with the university possibly taking over the monastery farm. But USU is waiting to see what state funds can be generated before they commit.  Phone calls to the USU Media Relations office were not immediately returned on Friday.UOL is seeking federal and state money and will rely heavily on private donations to fund the project. Wendy Fisher, UOL executive director said her group met earlier this week with representatives from the state’s LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Program.

Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 04, 2017

USU Conducting Historical Photo Meme Contest

Ever looked at old pictures of USU buildings, professors or students and said, “I know a killer meme for that?” Now students and the Cache Valley community can give it their best shot with the Merrill-Cazier Library’s Historical Photo Meme Contest. Darcy Pumphrey, digital initiatives assistant in the USU Merrill-Cazier Library, came up with the idea for the contest several years ago. Only students were eligible to participate in the first few years, but now, the community can participate, too. ... “I am excited to have it open to more people as the USU Digital Collections site is a resource available for everyone’s benefit,” she said, noting the collections boasts just over 30,000 images. ... The contest seeks to engage USU students with the school’s vast digital archives of photos and make them aware it can be a primary research resource. ... For the 2017 contest, entries are due Oct. 13 and voting will run until Nov. 10. The top three winners will receive gift cards to the Campus Store.

Herald Journal Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

New USU Police Chief Optimistic at Start of School Year

If anyone had worries about the first week of classes at Utah State University, Police Chief Mike Kuehn wasn’t one of them. “It’s been awesome,” he said. “There is just a certain level of excitement, and it is fun to walk around and interact with the students. ... The USU chief must not only excel in law enforcement but also in fire and emergency management, all things that were right up his alley, Kuehn said. Kuehn started working at USU in March and said it takes a full year to really know all the ins and outs of the job, but to date, he has found university staff to be so efficient and well organized that there have been no surprises along the way. ... “I just want to build on what’s here,” he said. “We have officers who are very experienced, and it is up to me to give them the tools they need, and that is what I want to concentrate on.”

Cache Valley Daily Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

USU Extension Faculty Members Receive National Awards

Several Utah State University Extension faculty members were recognized by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) for their contributions to education and agriculture in Utah at recent meetings in Salt Lake City. Katie Wagner, USU Extension horticulture assistant professor in Salt Lake County, received the 2017 Achievement Award from NACAA. ... Clark Israelsen, the USU Extension agricultural specialist for Cache County, received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from NACAA. ... Jody Gale, Extension associate professor, and Dennis Hinkamp, Extension media specialist, received the 2017 Video Presentation Award. ... Phil Rasmussen, a former USU Extension assistant director, received the 2017 Service to American/World Agriculture Award. ... “It’s important to highlight the excellent job these Extension faculty members are doing,” said Mark Nelson, the NACAA past president. “They’re doing outstanding work that impacts whole communities, and they deserve to be recognized for that.”

The Spectrum Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Harvest Season Brings Natural Rewards to City Festivals

From the driver’s seat of a lumbering golf cart, Darrel Humphries surveys the rows of berries growing at his Enterprise farm and the people scattered throughout the lanes of green vines filling their plastic bowls with red, juicy fruit. ... Humphries’ friendly, down-to-earth rapport with visitors to the Shoal Creek Berries farm amid last weekend’s Corn Fest events was a natural fit for the quiet agricultural site that has served for a decade as a place where he can not only grow organic produce and sell it to anyone who wants to drop in, but a place where he can quietly experiment with species’ hardiness in the high Southern Utah climate. “We’ve been working cooperatively with them for quite a while,” Utah State University Horticulture Extension Agent Rick Heflebower said Wednesday. ... New USU Extension Agriculture Agent Ben Scow said his family has gained experience in growing different varieties of peaches over about six decades at their western Hurricane orchard – ...“They just get out of Dodge for the day, is what we say. … We tell the people, ‘When you come through the gate, leave the world behind,’” Humphries said.

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Students Launching Future Careers Building Small Satellites

One of the largest Small-Satellite conferences in the world happens in Utah. A group of middle school students from Florida traveled to the west to attend the conference to learn more about building and launching their own data collecting device. ... The students, and other members of the school’s cube-sat. development team are working with instructor Kevin Simmons. He traveled with the 6th through 8th graders to Logan for the Small Satellite Conference. “This cube-sat. technology is an incredible pathway to prepare students to be employable in the 21st century,” Simmons said. ... “One of the things we’re doing is we’re impacting young people in a way that we couldn’t before,” said Jordi Puig-Suari, a professor of aerospace engineering at Cal-Poly University. “We’re starting to see high schools starting to build satellites. Now we have a middle school that’s building a satellite.” ... During the first week of August the Utah State University student center is transformed into a small-satellite family reunion of sorts. More than 2,500 people were there to network and talk with experts in military, science and academic fields. ... “Our objective is primarily to train students and we can do that even if the satellite were not working very well,” Puig Suari said. “So we could take a tremendous amount of risk, industry could have never done that.”

Fox 13 Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Utah State University Cares for Orphaned Bear Cubs

Step aside April the Giraffe, these black bears are stealing hearts thanks to a live camera in their enclosure and they're right here in Utah. The cubs are in a rehab facility getting all the "bear necessities" to make it on their own thanks to DWR and students at Utah State University, but this year the facility is seeing more bears than ever. “It's been unusual," Darren DeBloiss, Mammals Coordinator for DWR said.  "This is the most bear cubs we've ever had to rehab." ... When that happens, DWR picks up the cubs, checks them out and brings them to Millville’s rehab facility, the National Wildlife Research Center run by DWR and Utah State University.  It's a first-of-it’s-kind for Utah and only a couple years old. ... “We'll keep them here until the October November time frame and then we'll let them go," DeBloiss said.  "We want to give them time to get familiar with the area and get a den, they'll be good and fat and ready to sleep." When they're released the bears will get a tracker.  DWR says they've had a lot of success placing bears back into the wilds.

Herald Journal Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

USU Students, Faculty Try Out New Classroom Innovation Lab

At Utah State University on Monday, Ph.D. student Julie Lamarra scribbled bright colors on a computer monitor using an Adobe program and walked the plank of a ship using a virtual reality headset. Lamarra, who is also a lecturer in USU’s outdoor product design and development program, was able to try these technologies out thanks to the new Classroom Innovation Lab on campus at the Distance Education Building. ... Lamarra is a student of Andy Walker, a USU associate professor of instructional technology and learning sciences, who said he brought his students into the lab on the first day of school to “start a conversation” with them. ... “This should be a constant and evolving conversation,” Walker said. “Technology is always changing.” ... The lab is a creation of the teaching and learning technology division in USU’s office for academic and instructional services. Even though Dawson teaches at USU’s Salt Lake Center, she thinks the lab will be helpful to the teacher development program she directs and classes she teaches.

Time Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

The Astronomical Cost of Kids' Sports

In TIME’s cover story this week, senior writer Sean Gregory explores the growing business of kids’ sports — a $15.3 billion industry that has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Between league fees, camps, equipment, training and travel, families are spending as much as 10% of their income on sports, according to survey research from Utah State University. Sky-high costs are preventing some kids from participating. ... “Some parents just can’t pony up for it,” says Travis Dorsch, one of Utah State’s leading researchers on parental involvement in youth sports. “How many Michael Jordans and Michael Phelpses are out there who don’t have the opportunity?” ... One of Utah State’s surveys conducted last year found that the average family spends $2,292 per year on sports. The same 2016 survey found that the maximum spending among the respondents was close to $20,000, as some families invest in travel teams and personal trainers.

The Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Tech Jobs are Everywhere in Utah

As human resources director at the software company Domo, Cathy Donahoe understands the needs, opportunities and challenges that must be addressed by the state’s new IT Pathways Program. Companies of all sizes need employees throughout their ranks who are computer savvy, she said at Wednesday’s unveiling of the initiative, an event that attracted the governor, university presidents and tech-company executives. ... “We need to be able to bring people in at stages so they can get more credentials to advance,” said Utah State University President Noelle Cockett, noting this ability to move back and forth between the workforce and learning is especially important for first-generation Americans. Cockett and others also advocated spreading the word about the availability of good tech jobs earlier to high school students “so they can see more cool options ahead of them.” ... Gov. Gary Herbert said state officials recognize the need for them to take the lead on building the workforce if Utah is to maintain its current ranking as the top state for tech-job growth, at close to 7.7 percent in 2016.

Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

Rexburg Prepared for Eclipse Mania

Almost everywhere you look from Idaho Falls to Rexburg, someone is advertising Eclipse Parking spaces. These include farm fields to large box store parking lots to personal driveways. On Sunday afternoon, however, most of the spaces were vacant. ...  In Rexburg, mayor Jerry Merrill says his community has been preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. ... Utah State University Observatory Director James Coburn spoke to members of the Logan Rotary Club recently and said that Idaho Falls, Rigby and Rexburg are communities that are prime areas for the eclipse as they are in what is referred to as the path of totality, when the moon will completely block out the sun. “From the time the moon starts to cover the sun until it’s off again is about three hours,” Coburn explained. “When it gets to the smallest point, when the sun looks like a crescent, it will be interesting. That’s when everyone likes to look.” ... Coburn has set up at Rigby Lake with several USU students and special telescopes on hand. He said the eclipse will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. Monday and conclude at 1 p.m. In Cache Valley, 95% of the sun will be obscured by the moon and anyone wanting to view the eclipse will need special solar glasses or a #14 welding lens. ... Coburn said the next eclipse to happen in the lower 48 states will be in 2024, with much of it happening in Texas. In 2045 an eclipse will go through Salt Lake City, but only partially in Logan. The next total eclipse opportunity for Logan: 2169.

Local 8 News Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Pocatello City Council Approves Agreement with Utah State University

It's on to the next steps for Pocatello's Portneuf River visioning project. Thursday night, the city council approved a $21,000 agreement for a partnership between the city of Pocatello and Utah State University for the next phase of the project. USU's Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning will be the helping the city with the implementation process for the design and improvements of the river project. USU's students and faculty will help by focusing on urban development issues. ... Hannah Sanger, science and environment department with the city, said it's great to have a group like USU come in to help because it keeps them on the right track. ... Sanger said that's what this next process is all about - bringing that design plan to fruition. 

Herald Journal Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

USU Display Roofs Educate on Science of Water Runoff

When McKenna Drew was a student at Utah State University, she was actively involved in educating members of the public about water through USU Extension. ... It was experiences like that which led Drew to collaborate with her USU professors and secure funding for a display of two different demonstration rooftops. Now a USU alumna and intern with the Bureau of Land Management, Drew’s display still sits outside the Quinney College of Natural Resources building for everyone to see. ... Nancy Mesner, USU professor and a specialist with the Water Quality Extension, calls the roof display “a great opportunity to pique people’s interest and sort of show them with real data how effective this (a green roof) could be.” ... In building the half-shingle, half-garden roof display, Drew, Mesner and Mark Brunson, USU professor of environment and society, seek to use it as an educational tool. Brunson said iUTAH (innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability) played some role in making the display possible.

Ag Daily Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Google and 4-H Collaborate to Bring Computer Science to Kids

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that in just three years there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs, and only 400,000 qualified job candidates, it only seems natural for a company such as Google to invest in our youth. In response, 4-H, America’s largest youth development organization, and Google are coming together for a first-of-its-kind computer science (CS) collaboration that will teach kids both technical skills like coding, and essential skills students will need in the future like, teamwork, and resilience. ... “It is incredibly exciting to combine the power of 4-H with the impact of Google’s philanthropy, products, and people,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of National 4-H Council. Utah State University Extension’s 4-H program is a key partner in co-creating the 4-H CS Career Pathway and developing tools for educators to implement the program. “We are proud to be a part of this effort to bring hands-on programming to our nation’s youth,” said Jacquelline Fuller, President of Google.org. 

Engineering & Technology Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Smoother Boat Rides Ahead Thanks to Water Impact Research

Utah State University researchers are working with the US Navy to develop an inflatable speedboat which absorbs the energy of waves to offer a smooth ride, even on stormy waters. ... In early but valuable steps towards developing a storm-proof boat, researchers at Utah State University have demonstrated how rigid and elastic bodies differ in their behaviour during impact with water. ... “Rigid and elastic materials interact with the water surface quite differently,” said Randy Hurd, a PhD candidate at Utah State University, and lead author of the Journal of Fluid Mechanicsstudy. ... Hurd and the rest of the Utah State University team have been working alongside the US Navy and other organisations which frequently use watercraft in rough, stormy seas in order to eventually design an inflatable speedboat which can provide a smoother ride for passengers and cargo.

Cache Valley Daily Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

USU's Assistive Technology Lab has Created Demonstration Libraries

Two demonstration libraries created by Utah State University’s Assistive Technology program allow people with disabilities to travel to either Logan or Roosevelt to try out devices before they buy them. ... “We have some really great devices we have added to our demonstration libraries,” said Clay Christensen, coordinator at the Logan AT Lab. ... Also, the Assistive Technology Lab is known for its ability to custom build assistive technology per person. “In this work there is not a one-size-fits-all because each disability is different and in different ranges and levels. Recently we modified some bicycles for people who otherwise could not ride a bike; this was for children and teens.”

Herald Journal Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Boat Built by Former Professor Donated to USU

Neuhold, 89, built the boat so he could go out fishing during retirement. He started building it around 1988 and finished it in 1992. “I was happy,” Neubold said in an interview on Friday. “It was a lot of fun putting something to use that you built yourself.” ... Two years ago, FAT MARU took its last fishing trip out to Bear Lake. Neuhold developed some health problems and he decided it was time to get rid of the boat. But Neuhold did not want to sell it. He wanted it to be used by the university. ... Chris Luecke, dean of the Quinney College of Natural Resources, said his college took possession of Neuhold’s boat a few weeks ago. “Right now, people are looking at it, trying to decide what makes the most sense,” he said. “We have a couple new faculty that are just showing up, so they need to go check it out and see what it does.” It could be a few more months before the college knows exactly how it will use the boat, Luecke said, but it could be of prime interest to the watershed sciences department. For now, it’s just a great feeling knowing that a former USU professor gave his college such a gift, Luecke said.

Ravalli Republic Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

MDMH Scholarship Awarded to Hamilton Grad

Hamilton graduate Rylie Cook, a junior at Utah State University studying social work and mental health, is the recipient of the medical providers and Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital scholarship. ... Each year the scholarship is awarded to a Ravalli County high school graduate who is currently enrolled as a student in any mainstream health or medical field. ... Cook initially went to Utah State University to study elementary education, but realized she wanted to work with the entire family. ... Cook explained that Utah State has an accelerated master’s program that combines her senior year of classes with the 480-hour internship. “I can mold my masters into what I want to go into and I can complete that in one year,” she said. ... Dr. John Moreland presented the scholarship to Cook, and said it is important to keep encouraging students in the medical profession.

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