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  • Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2023

    USU inviting former students to complete degrees

    The Ivory Foundation Completion Scholarship is available to former Utah State University bachelor’s students who have stepped away from their education, to come back and receive financial aid.

    Becky Shipton started at USU in 1984, attended school for three years, and then moved to Nevada to start a family and also work from time to time. The family recently moved back to Becky’s hometown in Daggett County when her husband retired.

    When she learned of the Ivory Scholarship, knowing she had just two semester to graduation, she went for it.

    “I went ahead and contacted the university down here at Uintah Basin campus and they connected me with Rebecca Berrett; she became my counselor here. She is the one that actually talked me through the Ivory Scholarship. We took advantage of that, applied for it. It’s been just a great experience; it’s really helped me get started back to school again.”

  • ABC4 News Monday, Jun. 26, 2023

    USU and Salt Lake City Public Utilities Launch Water Conservation Tools

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) — Salt Lake City, in collaboration with Utah State University (USU) and Salt Lake City Public Utilities, is proud to introduce new water conservation tools to help residents better manage their water usage.

    With the integration of the Water Management Analysis and Planning Software (WaterMAPS) developed by USU, these tools provide valuable insights into water conservation for individual properties. As the spring runoff season concludes, the city is once again shifting its focus toward water conservation efforts. 

    Mayor Mendenhall commends the remarkable commitment of Salt Lake City residents to water conservation. Last year, the city achieved savings of nearly 3 billion gallons of water—an astonishing accomplishment. However, Mayor Mendenhall believes there is room for further improvement and emphasizes the importance of continued efforts in conserving this vital resource. 

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jun. 26, 2023

    USU scholars shine at national industrial hygiene conference

    You can thank the COVID pandemic for making industrial hygiene, the science of protecting workers’ health and safety, more important than ever.

    The American Industrial Hygiene Association awarded national academic scholarships to four Utah State University scholars at a national conference in Phoenix last month.

    The USU scholarship winners were 2022 graduate Denali Sanders, and current Aggies Jacob Byington, Spencer Fairbanks and Abigail Pickett.

    Sanders is currently pursuing a master’s degree in occupational ergonomics at Colorado State University. Fairbanks is an intern with Sturm, Ruger and Company at the firearms company’s facility in Prescott, Arizona.

    Pickett recently completed an internship with Wisconsin-based Sentry Insurance Company and Byington is an industrial hygiene intern at SSR Mining in Battle Mountain, Nevada. 

    Carl Farley, who is a senior lecturer in USU’s Department of Biology and also directs the school’s industrial hygiene degree program, said the four scholarship winners were competing almost entirely with students from graduate programs.

  • CNN Sunday, Jun. 25, 2023

    Watermelon Snow: The phenomenon turning Utah's mountains pink and red

    People in Utah have been seeing snow on the ground tinged with a red and pinkish hue.

    It’s certainly pretty to look at, but what’s behind the natural phenomenon that’s nicknamed “watermelon snow”?

    Experts say it’s a normal occurrence that appears across mountainous locations all over the world.

    Though you might not suspect it from the snow’s colors, it is the result of green algae bloom that thrives in cold, snowy environments, according to Scott Hotaling, an assistant professor at Utah State University’s watershed sciences department.

  • Cache Valley Daily Monday, Jun. 19, 2023

    Noelle Cockett's name now is on USU Life Sciences Building

    LOGAN – There are at least a half dozen buildings on the Utah State University campus named for past USU presidents, with the school’s current leader Noelle Cockett joining that list last Thursday, June 15.

    Ground was broken for the Life Sciences Building on April 25, 2017. That was four months after Cockett became president. Now, four years after doors opened (Jan. 7, 2019) it is the Noelle E. Cockett Life Sciences Building.

    USU Foundation Board Chair Jeannine Bennett announced the naming at a June 15 farewell reception for Dr. Cockett who is retiring, after more than six and a half years as president, to re-join the faculty in a research and teaching capacity.

  • Fox 13 News Thursday, Jun. 15, 2023

    Charging electric vehicles while driving close to reality at Utah State

    LOGAN, Utah — A new Utah committee hopes to get technology under a road near those who avoid electric vehicles because they think they drive too far. Researchers at Utah State University have been working on that very concern since 2015 and are looking to get a truck on the road soon.

    Expansion is underway at the Electric Vehicle and Roadway at Utah State as part of a new state directive after Senate Bill 125, which was passed in the recent state legislature session, creates an Electrified Transportation Infrastructure Steering Committee.

    The committee has researchers working with customers and government.

  • Cache Valley Daily Thursday, Jun. 08, 2023

    USU to break ground for new Art Education and Research Center

    LOGAN – A groundbreaking ceremony in less than two weeks will mark the start of work on the new Wanlass Center for Art Education and Research at Utah State University.

    The new 9,450 square-foot addition, adjacent to USU’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA), will provide visitors a sense of what museums do behind the scenes.

    The ceremony on Tuesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. is open to the community. Attendees will hear from outgoing USU President Noelle Cockett, Logan Mayor Holly Daines, museum donor George Wanlass and museum Executive Director Katie Lee-Koven.

    Lee-Koven said the new structure will allow people to understand what NEHMA does to address future growth of the collection.

  • The New York Times Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2023

    It's Called the Grand Canyon, Not the Eternal Canyon

    You don’t need me to tell you that the Grand Canyon is magnificent. Otherworldly. Sublime. But, having rafted through 90 miles of the canyon with a group of scientists and grad students, I can tell you that it’s quite a bit more fragile, and less permanent, than you might think.

    I wrote an article about the canyon this week in The Times. If you’ve seen it only from the rim or in photos, you probably think of the place as a bunch of rocks stretching to the horizon. Dramatically sculpted, gorgeously layered rocks. But still, rocks. Rocks are ancient, eternal, unchanging, at least for any species that thinks in years and decades.

    It was something far more transient, however, that cut a chasm into all that rock. The Colorado River is the water knife that gravity dragged through the landscape over millions of years. Then, humans came along and started building dams to control the Colorado. This is when the canyon began to change.

  • The New York Times Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2023

    The Grand Canyon, a Cathedral to Time, Is Losing Its River

    Down beneath the tourist lodges and shops selling keychains and incense, past windswept arroyos and brown valleys speckled with agave, juniper and sagebrush, the rocks of the Grand Canyon seem untethered from time. The oldest ones date back 1.8 billion years, not just eons before humans laid eyes on them, but eons before evolution endowed any organism on this planet with eyes.

    Spend long enough in the canyon, and you might start feeling a little unmoored from time yourself.The immense walls form a kind of cocoon, sealing you off from the modern world, with its cell signal and light pollution and disappointments. They draw your eyes relentlessly upward, as in a cathedral.

    You might think you are seeing all the way to the top. But up and above are more walls, and above them even more, out of sight except for the occasional glimpse. For the canyon is not just deep. It is broad, too — 18 miles, rim to rim, at its widest. This is no mere cathedral of stone. It is a kingdom: sprawling, self-contained, an alternate reality existing magnificently outside of our own.

  • Deseret News Tuesday, May. 30, 2023

    An NIL collective has been formed to benefit all Utah State athletes

    There was a time when Utah State athletics didn’t have a collective dedicated to furthering the cause of Aggies student-athletes’ name, image and likeness.

    Not so much anymore.

    On Tuesday, the Blue A Collective, co-founded by Eric Laub and former USU head football coach Gary Andersen — was announced, with the purpose of “empowering student-athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness while simultaneously fostering a strong connecting with Cache Valley,” Laub said in a statement.

  • NPR Monday, May. 29, 2023

    The Colorado River deal won't be enough to save the river long term

    There are winners and losers in the new landmark deal to avert a water shortage crisis on the Colorado River. But experts say it doesn't go far enough and no one should be celebrating.

    People who rely on this shrinking Colorado River are still assessing the consequences of a landmark deal that the Biden administration says will avert a major crisis. It looks like a win for produce farmers in the Southwest, but some experts say no one should be celebrating. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.
  • The Herald Journal Monday, May. 29, 2023

    USU doctoral student to travel Utah with wasp exhibit

    When asked why a wasp that makes its way onto a desk at The Herald Journal shouldn’t be killed, Brenna Decker — a doctoral student in Utah State University’s biology department — gave a few compelling reasons.

    “If you have a wasp on your desk, it’s most likely the European Yellow Jacket or the European Paper Wasp,” she said. “If it’s one of those two, they’re also really good biocontrol.”

    If the hypothetical wasp in question was caught and released rather than killed, she explained, it can go hunt for other creatures such as spiders and garden-destroying caterpillars.

  • The Los Angeles Times Monday, May. 22, 2023

    Is landmark deal over the Colorado River enough to stave off disaster?

    The groundbreaking deal announced Monday to cut water use from the Colorado River comes after months of negotiations.

    But is it enough to deal with the drought crisis on the Colorado?

    Here is what we know:

  • KSL Friday, May. 19, 2023

    Elizabeth Cantwell chosen as Utah State University's new president

    LOGAN — The Utah Board of Higher Education announced Elizabeth "Betsy" R. Cantwell as Utah State University's new president Friday afternoon after an extensive, nationwide search.

    Cantwell will replace previous USU President Noelle Cockett, who stepped down after six years at the university's helm.

    "I am so pleased to take everything I've done and bring it here, and really offer it to you as service," Cantwell said. "It is the role of your next president to take you to where you want to go."

  • Hill Air Force Base Thursday, May. 18, 2023

    Hill AFB, Utah State sign partnership agreement

    HILL AFB, Utah --  

    A new agreement between Utah State University and Hill Air Force Base will create enhanced learning opportunities for students and spur innovative joint research efforts.

    The Education Partnership Agreement was signed May 11 by USU President Noelle E. Cockett and Wayne Ayer, a director of the Air Force Sustainment Center’s Engineering and Technical Management Directorate in Ogden.

    “There are so many opportunities and technologies that exist within the Air Force that students and faculty can be a part of,” Ayer said. “By meeting with students through mentoring, student design projects, tech talks, tours and various other engagements, we can help enhance their understanding of a STEM career and expose them to various ways they can utilize their degree.”

    The agreement creates a more direct partnership between USU and Hill Air Force Base, which allows both parties to more efficiently engage on future research.

  • Cache Valley Daily Tuesday, May. 16, 2023

    Utah State's SDL is building cameras to study the edge of space

    NORTH LOGAN – Two years ago NASA commissioned Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) to develop cameras for a mission to advance our understanding of the exosphere.

    Planned for a 2025 launch, the Carruthers Geocorona Observatory will include SDL’s two Far Ultraviolet, or FUV, cameras which will be the primary science instruments for the mission.

    The exosphere, the outermost layer of the earth’s atmosphere, is about 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. It is the point in space where the gravitational pull of Earth and the Sun is equal and opposite and that will allow the Carruthers Geocorona Observatory to maintain a stable orbit as it conducts its scientific mission.

  • Fox 13 News Monday, May. 15, 2023

    Steed named to oversee Great Salt Lake efforts

    SALT LAKE CITY — Brian Steed, the head of an environmental policy institute at Utah State University, has been tapped to oversee state efforts to help the Great Salt Lake recover.

    Governor Spencer Cox, House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President J. Stuart Adams picked him to be the "Great Salt Lake Commissioner," a position created by the legislature earlier this year. The position has the ability to override state agencies if it means protecting the lake, which has declined dramatically and presents an ecological crisis for nothern Utah.

  • The Herald Journal Monday, May. 15, 2023

    USU announces scholarship for Native students

    Utah State University is now offering full tuition and student-body fee scholarships to qualifying Native American Students, according to a Utah State Today press release posted Monday morning.

    Applications for the scholarship are currently open, according to the release, and the university plans to grant the funds for the Fall 2023 semester.

    “The Native American Student Scholarship is USU’s continued commitment to Native American students,” Kristian Olsen, an associate vice president for USU Blanding, was quoted as saying. “We know this will help many students who want to attend university but are concerned about paying the tuition.”

  • Fox 13 News Thursday, May. 11, 2023

    USU partners up with Hill Air Force Base in multiyear long education program

    LOGAN, Utah — Hill Air Force Base has struck a five-year-long partnership with USU, allowing researchers on the base and military personnel to pursue degrees and certificates at the university.

    The partnership, which was signed and made official at the David B. Haight Alumni Center Thursday morning, is to be made valid across the entire university and is the first formal contract between the two bodies. Though according to Dean Jagath Kaluarachchi, they have had several collaborations in the past.

    "Unfortunately, for so many years, we didn't have a formal mechanism because of various logistical difficulties, legal contractual difficulties, etcetera," Kaluarachchi said. "So that shuts doors and windows for our people to work directly."

  • KSL Thursday, May. 11, 2023

    USU's 3D printing center aims to create solutions for disabilities

    LOGAN — For some people with disabilities, the devices they need to help with their everyday tasks may not even exist yet, but a center at Utah State University is looking to change that.

    The ability to be independent is huge for Shawnie Christensen, as a unique device helps her to speak through her muscular dystrophy.

    "It has been really helpful but when it breaks," Christensen said.

    But that device is unlike the other things she's used for years. Christensen has a custom-made mechanical arm, which helps her with specific challenges and reach.

  • Deseret News Thursday, May. 04, 2023

    President Cockett bids USU graduates adieu in her last commencement

    Utah State University awarded degrees to 6,640 students at the school’s 163rd commencement Thursday morning.

    After their traditional walk from the Quad, the graduates were welcomed into the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum arena by triumphant music from the USU Wind Orchestra. Friends and families cheered as their graduates appeared smiling and waving on the jumbotron.

    As the students filed into their seats, President Noelle Cockett took to the podium to conduct her last commencement ceremony before stepping down after six years in the position.

  • Salt Lake Tribune Monday, May. 01, 2023

    Utah State University reveals three finalists in search for new president

    Utah State University announced Monday that a search committee has recommended three finalists to become the school’s new president, following current president Noelle Cockett’s November announcement that she was resigning.

    The three finalists are Rodney Bennett, a previous president of the University of Southern Mississippi; Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of Arizona; and Kenneth “Ken” White, USU’s dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, among other roles.

  • Yahoo! News Monday, May. 01, 2023

    Why the world's oceans are suddenly getting hotter

    The ocean is getting warmer, and fast. The BBC reports that "a recent, rapid heating of the world's oceans" has raised alarms among scientists who worry the sudden trend is a sign that climate change is accelerating. That could have devastating consequences: Fish and other marine life could die off, more extreme weather events could be on the way, and the oceans — already rising — will encroach on coastal areas.

    "This is heading in an unprecedented direction, and could be taking us into uncharted territory," the University of East Anglia's Ben Webber tells The Guardian. Why is the ocean warming? What effects will it have? And can anything be done?

  • Cache Valley Daily Saturday, Apr. 22, 2023

    New USU Extension website offers flood preparation and recovery resources

    Due to the record snowfall this year, many areas of the state have experienced flooding, and other parts are bracing for it. To assist homeowners, businesses, and others, Utah State University Extension created a website with flood information and resources at The site includes information and tips on how to prepare for flooding, what to do during a flood, and recovery after a flood. Also included are flood maps for the state, information on sandbagging, flood insurance, emergency preparation, food safety, sanitizing, and more. 

    One article on the website includes information on safely cleaning your home after a flood.

    USU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professor Kathy Riggs stresses the importance of properly cleaning and sanitizing wet and muddy household furnishings, carpets, clothing, and surfaces as quickly as possible after a flood to avoid damage and contamination. 


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