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USU's Space Crop Expert Separates Fact from Fiction on Farming in Space

Friday, Oct. 02, 2015

USU professor and researcher Bruce Bugbee in a greenhouse lab

Professor Bruce Bugbee’s job title, director of Utah State University’s Crop Physiology Laboratory, conjures thoughts of a scientist whose work is firmly rooted in the earth. Rooted in the earth on Earth, that is. But for the past 33 years, the majority of Bugbee’s research has focused on how to grow food in space. Read more.

Year of Water Exhibit Reception and Gallery Talk at USU

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015


Just as water is often referred to as the “life’s blood” of Utah, so too has it been the “life’s work” of many at Utah State University. Particularly, as it related to the science of irrigation, water became of foremost importance when the territory established USU as the Agricultural College of Utah in 1888.  Read more.


Where to conserve depends on what data you follow

August 31, 2015


Kari Norman never expected to become an indoor ecologist. Her passion for nature and the outdoors permeates to her favorite color, green — that of living things and trees. Yet Norman’s days are spent in an office looking over large spreadsheets, spatial files, and coding. It’s not the typical image of a conservationist. Read more.


Sullied Western Rivers Nothing New says USU Ecologist

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015


Shocking images of Day-Glo orange sludge snaking its way through southwestern Colorado to New Mexico and Utah rivers created a media sensation, but it’s hardly an isolated occurrence, says Utah State University ecologist Chuck Hawkins.

“The Gold King Mine’s bright orange spill, which, incidentally, was caused by the presence of iron, garnered a lot of attention but pollution from extractive activities is an ongoing issue all across the American West — across the whole planet, actually,” says Hawkins, professor in USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences and USU Ecology Center. Read more.


Revolutionary New Smartphone app Targets Alzheimer's Prevention


Monday, Jul. 27, 2015


A revolutionary new smartphone app, developed by researchers at Utah State University and Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, could provide the key to preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more.


Moving tale of Japanese Internment wins 2015 Evans Biography Award

Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015


Literary and visual imagery intertwine in Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey’s evocative narrative of childhood’s end in a Japanese Internment Camp.

For more than 80 years, she has lived up to her childhood Japanese nickname “Gasa Gasa Girl” — a true “girl on the move.”  Read more.


Academic and Instructional Services Created to Support the USU System


Thursday, Jul. 02, 2015


In an effort to create efficiencies and further unite the Utah State University system, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost formally announced the creation of its Academic and Instructional Services (AIS) unit.  Read more.

Research Sheds More Light on How the Aging Brain Works  

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015


A recent Neuroscience article sheds more light on how right- or left-hand dominance changes in mature adults — and it suggests that while that dominance changes over time, the reasons for that change involve more than a person’s chronological age.  Read more.


USU-Online #12 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs for Vets

Thursday, Jun. 04, 2015


Ranked No. 12 nationally, Utah State University-Online made its first-ever appearance in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees for Veterans. U.S. News & World Report’s is widely regarded as one of the preeminent college rankings reports.  Read more.


Contribution Helps Create Jon M. Huntsman Chair at Utah State University


Monday, May. 18, 2015


Dean Douglas Anderson has been named the Jon M. Huntsman Chair in USU's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.   Utah State University recently created the Jon M. Huntsman Chair, which will support the dean of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The chair is funded in part through a contribution from the Huntsman Foundation. Read more.


Utah State University Commencement is Saturday; Graduate Ceremonies Friday


Thursday, Apr. 30, 2015


The most successful head coach to ever walk the court of Aggie basketball sidelines, Stew Morrill, will address undergraduate students during USU’s 128th graduation ceremony Saturday, May 2, in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan. The hooding ceremony for graduate students is Friday, May 1.  Read more.


Utah State Athletics Announces Corporate Partnership With Maverik, Inc.


Monday, Apr. 13, 2015


Utah State University and Maverik, Inc., owners of convenience stores throughout the Intermountain West, jointly announced Saturday [April 11, 2015] a long-term naming rights partnership to its football stadium, which is currently known as Romney Stadium. Read more.


Inaugural Lecture: 'How'd You Get a Cool Job Like That?'


Thursday, Apr. 02, 2015


At first glance, Dale Wagner has a dream occupation — if you like climbing mountains. Ascending tall summits in exotic places was part of his job.

But it wasn’t all a great workout with spectacular views. Before his high-elevation research began, a bad experience sparked a new line of inquiry: Altitude sickness.

He had it: nausea, headache and all. Others didn’t. And, being a researcher, he wondered why.  Read more.


Aggie Scientists Probe Vital Signs of Ailing Western River Basin


Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015


Originating in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of eastern California, the 62-mile-long Walker River winds through the arid sagesteppe of west central Nevada, replenishing Topaz Lake, but nearly stopping short of Walker Lake, of which it once served as a principal inflow.


Remnants of prehistoric Lake Lahontan, Walker River and Walker Lake, both namesakes of 19th century explorer Joseph Reddeford Walker, have long been home to the Paiute tribe. Once teeming with Lahontan cutthroat trout and a magnet for migratory loons, the lake is now too salty to support its traditional fishery and waterfowl. The river, lifeline to the lake, is ailing from more than a century of diversion for agriculture, along with prolonged drought.  Read more.


Space Dynamics Lab Leader to Receive Utah Governor's Medal


Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015


Niel Holt, director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory, has been honored with the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Holt will receive the honor during an awards ceremony April 15 in Salt Lake City. Read more.

Utah State University Celebrates 127 Years and Current 'Year of Water'


Thursday, Mar. 05, 2015

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Utah State University is turning 127 this year and celebrates by honoring alumni and friends at the annual Founders Day Ceremony Friday, March 6. 

The presentation includes remarks by Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht and Associate Vice President and Provost Noelle Cockett, who will highlight 2015 as the “Year of Water” at the university.  Read more.


USU's Mars Star: Undergrad Among 100 Finalists for Red Planet Mission


Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015


Utah State University undergraduate Cody Don Reeder had to turn off the ringtone on his cell phone.


“It kept going off during class,” says the 22-year-old geology major. “I started getting a lot of media attention. At one point, I was getting email messages about every five minutes.”


Reeder is among 100 finalists, culled from more than 200,000 hopefuls, selected to colonize Earth’s red-hued planetary neighbor through the Mars One mission.  Read more.

Study Finds California Drought and Eastern Storms Linked

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015


Despite heavy but spotty rainfall in recent months, the drought in California and other parts of the West is expected to continue and intensify, and the atmospheric anomaly behind the drought is also pushing record snowfall and cold temperatures in the Eastern United States, again. Read more.

Gov. Herbert Signs Order to Protect Sage-grouse, Praises USU Efforts


Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015


In an effort to keep greater sage-grouse off the federal endangered species list, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed an executive order Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, directing state agencies to protect and preserve the bird and its habitat. Read more.

Utah State University and NASA Launch Probes into Northern Lights

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015


In the cold, nighttime skies over Alaska, a NASA Oriole IV suborbital sounding rocket blasted off from the Poker Flat Research Range Jan. 28 at 3:41 a.m. (MST) carrying six research payloads built by the Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory into the Aurora Borealis as part of NASA’s Auroral Spatial Structures Probe mission.? Read more.

USU Alumnus, WWII Aviator Makes Generous Gift to College of Engineering

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015


Longtime Cache Valley resident and World War II veteran John “Burt” Millard and his wife, Alma Millard, are leaving a legacy that will impact future engineering students at Utah State University for many years to come. Read more.


USTAR Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Research in Finland

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015



A Utah State University professor, known globally for his expertise in converting biomass into fuels, has received a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award.? Read more.


Up in Smoke - How Changes in Egyptian Farming Can Save the Pyramids

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014


Along the fertile banks of the Nile River, a researcher from Utah State University is finding ways to turn a useless agricultural byproduct into something valuable while improving the region’s air quality in the process.? Read more.