Utah State University

Utah Named Worst State For Women's Equality

Aug 25, 2016
thinkprogress.org

Utah ranks 48th in the nation for women’s work hours compared to men’s, 49th in women’s pay compared to men’s and 50th in the amount of women employed compared to men.

Idaho Man Finds Rare Mammoth Tusk

Aug 9, 2016


 In late July, Kasey Keller was digging in a gravel pit near his home in Preston when he came across something odd.

 

In July, the Salt Lake Tribune released an article about four Utah State University women who said they were raped by the same man, but Logan police and the university dropped the cases and the suspect was never prosecuted.


  On Monday afternoon, a Utah State University aviation student, Frank De Leon Compres, was killed after he crashed a plane near Hyrum, Utah.

Why 'Pokemon Go' Appeals To More Than Just Nerds

Jul 14, 2016

  A new phone application called Pokemon Go was released Friday, and now the app has more downloads than Tinder.

'Pokemon Go' Lets Adults Live Their Childhood Dreams

Jul 12, 2016


A new phone application called “Pokemon Go” was released Friday, and now almost as many people use the app daily as Twitter.

The game uses GPS to track where players are located and scatters Pokemon, which means “pocket monsters” in Japanese, around the country. The game encourages players to "catch em’ all" by traveling around their cities searching for the Pokemon with their smart phones.

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‘Sustainability’ is not just a buzzword. The resources on our planet are finite. To meet present needs and those of the future, implementing strategies with preservation and viability in mind is critical. But, how do we instill a mindset of sustainability in our culture and relay the interconnectedness between the environment, society and economy? Faculty across the country, including those at Utah State University, believe one way is through classroom education.


When Brooke Lambert became the USU LGBT program coordinator four years ago, she said many people in Cache County didn’t know what LGBT meant.

 

FDA's New Labels Declaring Added Sugars Could Confuse Consumers

May 31, 2016
arthritis.org

   

  The Food and Drug Administration has announced new rules for food labeling that will require companies to declare added sugars. Some nutritionists say this change could confuse consumers who are not educated about the differences between added sugars and natural sugars.

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Cattle are increasingly replacing wild ungulates on the world’s rangelands and prairies, but new research from Utah State University scientists suggests that cows and zebras may have similar effects on grasslands.


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A museum in Northern Utah is hosting a symposium for its current exhibition on ‘kitsch’, which is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts”.  


Photo: Mikey Kettinger

It’s becoming common for universities around the United States to invest in architectural aesthetics as a recruitment tool for attracting students. The latest example in Utah involves an addition to the skyline of USU.


Snakes Resist Toad Toxins

Mar 15, 2016
Colorado State University

Utah State University researchers have pinned down the genetic mutations that allow certain species of snakes to resist toad toxins.


4-H Healthy Living Field Trips Held at Utah State

Mar 15, 2016
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Nearly 1,000 middle school students from the Cache County School District are taking part in Healthy Living field trips on the Utah State University Logan Campus. 


Utah State Researchers Search for Zika Virus Cure

Feb 24, 2016
cdc.gov

Researchers at the Utah State University Institute for Antiviral Research are out in front of the global outbreak of Zika virus.

USU Autism Program Spreads Internationally

Feb 9, 2016
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  The Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training or ASSERT program at Utah State University works with pre-school kids with autism to help them learn to talk, take care of themselves and get ready for kindergarten.


Artist Sculpts Figures Relatable To Many

Feb 4, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

Jonathan Christensen is a sculptor based in Logan, Utah.  His recent exhibition at Utah State University’s Projects Gallery included portraits made of clay and found objects. The artworks illustrate Jonathan’s personal growth as a born-and-raised Utahn who has experienced a range of life-changing events. One being his parents’ toxic marriage, another being his decision to disconnect from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as an adolescent boy, in favor of immersing himself in the counter-culture of punk rock.

 


Utah Museum Explores Art, Kitsch and Culture

Jan 29, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word ‘kitsch’ as “Pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts.” Logan’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art has devoted a new exhibition to Kitsch and the evolution of its perception in the context of contemporary art.


On Tuesday, undergraduates from Utah State University had the opportunity to present their research to the Utah legislature on topics ranging from synthetic spider silk to using mathematics to convict repeat sex offenders. For university research departments, this is good publicity, but it’s also a valuable opportunity for young researchers.


Off-Trail Visitors Stick Together

Jan 27, 2016
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Visitors to national parks and forests often leave designated trails, despite signs and rangers telling them not to. Utah State University scientists used GPS technology to follow visitors off-trail and assess their impacts.


Acclaimed Harpsichordist Finds Inspiration In Hip Hop

Dec 8, 2015
usu.edu

Mahan Esfahani is a decorated, classically trained musician, but he prides himself on having an interest in performing classical music in a contemporary way.

“Music lives when we relate it to our own lives and we relate it to events around us, as Bach and Handel and others did,” Mahani said.

In addition to his traditional influences, he also cites modern artists as sources for inspiration, some of whom are widely considered to be opposites of classical music.

This year, the Utah State University Athletics Department’s slogan is “the climb.” While administrators were probably thinking about athlete performance, their scores and stats aren’t the only thing climbing.

Since 2008, the USU student athletic fee has increase by 311 percent. At this point, the department receives more than $4 million in revenues every year from student fees alone. Yet despite this, they are still claiming a deficit of almost half a million dollars. That’s according to the 2013/2014 USU Appropriated Budget.

The athletics department is requesting $1.5 million from the state legislature this year.

USU Professor Launches Exploration Of Northern Lights

Feb 9, 2015
Jamie Adkins/NASA

In the early hours of Jan. 28, NASA launched a rocket from Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska as part of the Auroral Spatial Structures Probe mission. The rocket’s trajectory was aimed at the Aurora Borealis in an effort to learn more about how solar events affect earth’s atmosphere. Attached to the rocket were six payloads consisting of probes built at the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University. There to lead the mission was Charles Swenson, director of the Center for Space Engineering at USU.

USU Opens New Synthetic Spider Silk Facility

Feb 6, 2015
Evan Hall

Thursday saw the opening of the USTAR Bioproducts Scale Up facility on the Innovation Campus of Utah State University. The facility was designed for the mass production of material and chemicals derived from renewable biological materials. One of the major areas of interest at the research facility will be synthetic spider silk.

According to Scott Hinton, Director of the Synthetic Biomanufacturing Institute at USU, synthetic spider silk derived from the silk of the banana spider has a wide variety of applications.

NASA Sends USU-made Probes Into Northern Lights

Jan 29, 2015
rocket launch
NASA

A rocket launched yesterday morning with help from Utah State University in partnership with NASA. The Oriole IV rocket blasted off just before 4 a.m. at the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska as part of NASA's Auroral Spatial Structures probe mission.

The rocket's trajectory was aimed for the aurora borealis, better known as the northern lights, in an effort to understand more about solar events and how they affect satellites and other instruments.

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