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Utah Symphony CEO Asks Congress To Increase Arts Funding

The National Endowment for the Arts has been funded at the same rate for the past four years at $146 million. This may seem like quite a large sum, until you realize that the agency took a 40 percent cut from $176 million in 1992. It has never fully recovered. Melia Tourangeau, the president and CEO of the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, was selected to offer testimony to the House Interior Appropriations Committee to stress the importance of increased federal funding. “We asked for an additional allocation of about $9 million from where the funding is currently, knowing that you have to reach for the stars in order to try and maintain where we are right now,” Tourangeau said.
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Hispanic students from across the Intermountain West gathered at the Utah State University campus over the weekend to learn about how to get a career in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

These students are all members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, or SHPE, a group that works to get students involved in STEM.

“We’re trying to build a STEM-talent pipeline that extends all the way from junior high, high school, college and moving on to the professional careers,” said SHPE Regional Vice President Oscar Marquina.

CDC Says E-Cigarettes Don't Help Smokers Quit

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign in Utah and around the Nation. People are being reminded of the health risks of smoking and also myths about e-cigarettes. Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Tim McAfee, said that "vaping," the use of e-cigarettes, is being aggressively marketed as a way to help smokers quit, although the research so far shows it does not help.

Dan Swangard knows what death looks like.

As a physician, he has seen patients die in hospitals, hooked to morphine drips and overcome with anxiety. He has watched death drag on for weeks or months as terrified relatives stand by helplessly.

Recently, however, his thoughts about how seriously ill people die have become personal. Swangard was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of metastatic cancer.

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USU Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black talks about dwarfing rootstock, and expectations for the coming season. Helen Cannon reads about the allure of oranges, especially when you're unable to have them.

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A Russian rocket has carried a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut to the International Space Station, where they will live for a full year, twice as long as people usually stay.

No American has remained in space longer than 215 days. Only a few people have ever gone on space trips lasting a year or more — the longest was 437 days — and they're all Russian cosmonauts. The last year-plus stay in space occurred nearly two decades ago.

Ugaaso Abukar Boocow has become an Instagram sensation by sending out stunning visual messages from an unlikely place: poor, suffering Somalia.

She was just a toddler when her grandmother fled with her to Canada to escape Somalia's civil war, leaving her mother behind.

Then last year, she decided to go back, moving to the capital, Mogadishu, and reuniting with her mother, whom she hadn't seen in over two decades.

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On Friday evening the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra will celebrate its seventh season with an all-French concert program. They will present a night of choral masterpieces by French composers Gabriel Fauré and Francis Poulenc at the Ellen Eccles Theatre.

Craig Jessop, the founder and conductor of the American Festival Chorus, said this music is distinctively French in its sensitivity. The first piece on the program is Fauré’s “Requiem,” which Jessop described using such contrasting adjectives as haunting, serene and elevating.


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Nancy McHugh, professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University in Ohio, says the fear of bacteria, hormones, and antibiotics is rampant in our society. She is interested in the ways we go about making knowledge and ignorance about food and its relationship to health and argues that these practices have led to a new food movement, "clean eating," which in turn has generated a new eating disorder, orthorexia, or righteous eating.

    


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Sociologist and Mormon scholar Armand Mauss says that as a relatively new religious movement, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has followed a developmental trajectory similar to many other such movements. In the next few years, however, as the church enters its third century it is likely to face many new and unprecedented challenges. Mauss will consider how the church and its members might cope with these challenges, including the definition of gender in church life, and navigating issues of faith vs. doubt, in a lecture, “Mormonism’s Third Century: Coping with the Contingencies,” sponsored by USU’s Religious Studies Program this afternoon at 4:00 in Old Main 121 on the Utah State University campus. 


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