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Four Finalists Named in Utah State University Presidential Search

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016


After a nationwide search and a review of nearly 40 applicants, the Utah State University Presidential Search Committee has recommended four finalists to the State Board of Regents for the position of Utah State University President: Dr. Don Blackketter, Dr. Noelle Cockett, Dr. Keith Miller and Dr. Mark Rudin.  Read more.


NSF Award Funds New Graduate Climate Adaptation Science Effort at USU

Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016


Utah State University is the recipient of a competitive $2.7 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship award that will afford USU students in 20 STEM graduate degree programs the opportunity to pursue advanced interdisciplinary research training and a Climate Adaptation Science specialization. Read more.

USU's Space Dynamics Lab built cameras for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016


For the past four years, scientists at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab have spent much of their time designing and constructing cameras for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

On Thursday night [Sept, 8, 2016], the rocket finally lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and scientists gathered with their families to celebrate years of hard work.  Read more.


A New Tool for Wetland Management

Thursday, Sep. 08, 2016

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A team of environmental engineers and a wetland ecologist have created a computer model that can help wetland biologists increase the size of migratory bird habitat and combat invasive vegetation using existing resources.  Read more.

Aggie Ice Cream voted Utah’s best local ice cream shop

July 26, 2016


SALT LAKE CITY - More than 18,700 votes later, Aggie Ice Cream handily won KSL.com’s poll for the best local ice cream shop.

The on-campus parlor beat out 15 other contestants by taking 33 percent of the votes. BYU Creamery came in second place with 22 percent of the votes and Leatherby’s, with 15 percent, rounded out the top three. Read more.


Prof Explores Portable Harbors that Played Obscure but Vital Role in WWII

Thursday, Aug. 04, 2016


In World War II, Britain and America built two full-size harbors, dragged them across the English Channel and hitched them in place at Normandy, France. That same day, thousands of Allied soldiers clambered onto the beaches of Normandy.

Now, we’re talking harbors, usually very large constructions that provide protective, wakeless enclosures for ships. So, why aren’t these portable, towable harbors that played such a vital role in the Normandy invasion a better-known fact of war history?  Read more.


USU Landscape Architecture Students Expand Horizons in New York City

Thursday, Jun. 30, 2016


Fifteen students from Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) learned from prestigious landscape architects and explored notable landmarks on a ten-day educational trip to New York City.  Read more.

Edith Bowen Students Aid USU-led River Conservation Efforts

Thursday, Jun. 02, 2016


Second grade students from the Edith Bowen Laboratory School on the Utah State University campus were key players in a collaborative conservation effort along the banks of Cache Valley’s Blacksmith Fork River. Read more.


USU ROTC Sends 9 New Air Force 2nd Lieutenants out to Fly-Fight-Win

Thursday, May. 19, 2016

With a sharp military salute — and hug from mom — nine young men in Utah State University’s Air Force ROTC were commissioned as second lieutenants May 6.

All of the new officers have their orders and are headed to Air Force bases around the country, said Lt. Col. Alex Dubovik, professor and director of Aerospace Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Read more.

Kiss after kiss: True Aggie tradition going strong with Block 'A' centennial
April 28, 2016


For Sharon and Bill Larkin of Fruit Heights, the block “A” on Utah State University’s campus represents making a commitment that is 41 years strong.  Read more.


SDL Enables Spacecraft to Explore Near-Space Energy Disturbances

Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016

A suite of space-weather instruments built for NASA by Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory has entered environmental testing at SDL’s Calibration and Optical Research Laboratory.

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission, known as ICON, will explore the area of the atmosphere where weather on Earth and weather in space meet, creating conditions that may affect terrestrial communications. ICON will help scientists better understand the upper atmosphere and to determine the causes of energy variations in that region.  Read more.


Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Top 5 Ranking

Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016


Utah State University’s Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services has been named as one of the U.S. News & World Report’s top 50 graduate education programs in the nation.  Read more.

Bruce Bugbee Awarded USU's Top Research Honor

Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016


Utah State University has flown more experiments to space than most universities around the world, due in large part to the work of Bruce Bugbee. For his continued demonstration of creative achievement and excellence in research, the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences researcher is the 2016 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award recipient, the most prestigious research accolade given at USU.  Read more.


An Aggie at the Oscars


Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016


Rahul Thakkar actually left his home in India because he figured it would be easier to make movies in Hollywood than it would be in Bollywood.

“Well … no,” he now says laughing. “It’s not. It’s a lot harder!”

Still, after securing a master’s degree in computer graphics from Utah State University in 1995 — which led to a digital movie-making toolkit of sorts he designed for DreamWorks Animation, and, later on, a number of patents — Thakkar is now a part of Hollywood’s most celebrated inner circle. He’s an Oscar® winner and will be presented a Science and Technical Achievement Academy Award® Saturday, Feb. 13, in Beverly Hills.  Read more.


Walking on Water: USU Researchers Unravel Science of Skipping Spheres

Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016


It takes a perfect flick of the wrist and just the right angle to get a disk-shaped stone to skip across the surface of the water multiple times. So why is it so easy to get such impressive water-skipping performance from an elastic ball with only a mediocre launch? Read more.


USU President Stan L. Albrecht Announces Retirement Plans

Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2016


Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht announced today [Feb. 3, 2016] that he will step down as president. He will remain in his role until a search for his successor is complete. Read More.


Utah State University Office Awarded Grants to Improve Air Quality

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016


The Utah State University Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning was awarded two grants by the Utah Clean Air Partnership totaling $29,000 to reduce emissions and improve air quality.  Read more.


Spider Silk New Tool against Infection say USU Undergrad Researchers


Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016


Life-threatening infection is an ominous risk hanging over each and every invasive medical procedure. Needles, tubes, catheters and scopes, along with stents and other medical implants used in life-saving surgeries and treatments are critical tools for successful outcomes, but each poses potential danger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of patients each year in the United States contract antibiotic-resistant, and sometimes deadly, bacterial infections during medical care.  Read more.


Book Creates Buzz: Aggies Publish Guide to North American Bees

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

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What’s your bee I.Q.? Perhaps you think all bees live in hives with a queen and produce copious quantities of delicious honey. It’s also likely you avoid them like the plague because you fear a painful stinger getting lodged in your skin, if you disturb one of the feisty little beasts.  Read more.


USU Eastern's New Gateway Structure Awarded Best of Year


Wednesday, Dec. 09, 2015


Utah’s Oscar’s event for the building industry, hosted by Utah Construction & Design, shined the spotlight on Utah State University Eastern’s new landmark facility Dec. 8 during its annual award ceremony at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.  Read more.


Utah State University Named Top College for Agriculture Majors


Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015


Utah State University was recently ranked as the top school in the nation for students pursuing careers in agriculture-related fields.  Read more.

USU's School of Accountancy Announces New Professorship


Thursday, Nov. 05, 2015


The School of Accountancy in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University has formed a $1.5 million Bonnie B. and James H. Quigley/Deloitte Foundation Professorship in Accounting thanks to support provided by the Quigley’s, with added support from Deloitte, through the Deloitte Foundation.  Read more.


USU Scientists Lead Innovative Wetlands Effort with Beavers, Walmart


Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015


Preoccupied with the day’s errands as you pull into the parking lot at Logan, Utah’s, south Walmart Supercenter, you might not even notice it. But the multi-shop retail store is partially ringed by Spring Creek, a tributary of the Logan River. And in those waters, shrouded by willows, cattails and other vegetation live long-time Cache Valley inhabitants: beavers.  Read more.

USU Wins National Bike Challenge University Division

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Utah State University won first place in the college/university division of the National Bike Challenge, logging more miles from more cyclists than any other school. The 220 USU students and employees registered for the competition rode 76,157 miles, burned more than four million calories, averted 28,604 pounds of carbon dioxide and saved $17,957.  Read more.


USU's GEAR UP Partnership Puts Students on Track to Higher Education

Thursday, Oct. 08, 2015


A new, $32.8 million grant will help more than 3,000 Utah middle schoolers catch the vision of higher education — and then make the dream come true.

Half of the funding for the new grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education, and the other half from state and local partners. It supports the USU STARS! GEAR UP Partnership, led by faculty and researchers at Utah State University.  The program targets students in schools where more than 50 percent of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch, and it supports programming over a seven-year period.  Read more.


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.