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USU Ranks Among Nation's Elite in 2014 Washington Monthly College Rankings

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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

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As Utah State University closes fall semester 2014, the institution can add a few more bragging rights to its continually rising, national reputation. The university was ranked as the 17th best public national university in the nation, number 23 overall, in Washington Monthly’s 2014 College Rankings. Read more.
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USU Study Examines Link Between Alzheimer's Progression and Head Injury

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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

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?A study authored by a graduate student from Utah State University provides new insight on the relationship between traumatic brain injury and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more.

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Utah State University Celebrates Old Main Society

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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

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Friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered in mid-November to honor members of the Utah State University Old Main Society. Distinguished guests were honored during the festivities, including Herb and Helen Champ, who received the Spirit of Old Main Award; David Lancy and Joyce Kinkead, who received the Emeriti Award; and Bret and Chalisa Wursten, who received the New Generation Award. Read more.

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

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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

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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.

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Scholar-Teacher Leonard Rosenband Wins Prestigious Mentoring Award

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Friday, Nov. 07, 2014

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Leonard Rosenband, professor of history in Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has strong feelings about teaching.

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“I care about the classroom,” he said. “And I’ve taught with all of my soul and all of my passion and all of my heart. I’ve never wanted to do it in a half-way fashion.”? Read more.


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USU Researchers Lead Organic Wheat Project with $1.5 Million Grant

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Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014

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Researchers in Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences have received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative to lead a project to improve organic wheat production.? Read more.
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USU Undergrad Biochemist Awarded American Heart Association Fellowship

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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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Junior biochemistry major Owen Price chose Utah State University as his college destination because he wanted to get involved in research.

“I heard about USU’s synthetic spider silk research and other opportunities and wanted to give it a try,” says Price, who graduated from Davis High School in 2010.? Read more.



Students Aid in Riparian Restoration


?Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
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Utah State University students traveled to southwestern Wyoming earlier this month [October 2014] in an effort to restore land along a river in Eden Valley. Twenty-one in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) partnered with JUB Engineers to spend a day on the banks of the Big Sandy River planting willow cuttings with the goal of restoring habitat damaged by cattle grazing and a recent irrigation project.? Read more.
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USU Department of Art and Design Receives National Accreditation


Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

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The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has accredited Utah State University’s Department of Art and Design in the Caine College of the Arts.

“This is another step in establishing the Caine College of the Arts as one of the premier colleges of the arts in the western United States and among our land-grant peer institutions,” said Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.? Read more.
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USU Speech and Debate Team Members are Winners


Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

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Utah State University’s speech and debate team once again garnered an impressive number of awards during competition at the Nation’s largest speech and debate tournament.? Read more.

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USU Watershed Sciences Grad Student Awarded EPA STAR Fellowship


Thursday, Oct. 09, 2014

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Utah State University graduate student Nate Hough-Snee is the recipient of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Graduate Fellowship. A doctoral student in ecology in USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center, Hough-Snee receives a two-year, $84,000 grant to study riparian ecosystems across the American West.? Read more.


$1.15 Million USU Study Examines Graduate Student Retention

Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

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Much has been written on the barriers students encounter on the way to completing their graduate degrees.? Now, a longitudinal Utah State University study will examine what makes them successful — and how their own acquisition of skills plays into the equation.? Read more.


'This is Where the World Pays Attention' says USU Biofuels Scientist

Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014

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Yet again, Utah State University ingenuity and perseverance were on display at Utah’s famed Bonneville Salt Flats as Aggie undergrad Mike Morgan set new speed records with USU-made biofuels.? Read more.



Utah State University Honors Program — 'Dare to Know'

Thursday, Sep. 04, 2014

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Sapere Aude” or “Dare to Know” is the challenge that Kristine Miller, Utah State University’s new honors director, has laid down for students in the program. As the USU Honors Program celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Miller wants students to continue to make the most of their college experience by challenging themselves to apply their classroom knowledge in practical ways.? Read more.


Leading the Way

Thursday, Sep. 04, 2014

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On Aug. 20, Utah?Gov. Gary Herbert?honored Craig Jessop, founding dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, with the prestigious 2014 Utah Performing Artist Award, part of the Governor’s Mansion Artist Series. Read more.



Could Hackers Sabotage the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles?

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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With the rollout of Google’s self-driving car, computer security experts at Utah State University are posing new questions about the hardware and software features that will drive tomorrow’s fleets of autonomous vehicles. Read more.



USU Research: Water Treadmill Training Shows Promising Results

Thursday, Aug. 07, 2014

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Research from Utah State University shows that intervals of high intensity training on a water treadmill significantly benefited people with osteoarthritis.

In fact, the benefits outweighed those derived from other forms of land-based exercise — probably because the study participants could receive a good workout without fear of falling or putting too much strain on their joints. What’s more, the pain experienced by the study subjects was significantly reduced.? Read more.

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Professor Leads Uganda Service Learning Project

Thursday, Aug. 07, 2014

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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.?

The Service Learning Scholars program at Utah State University allows students to have experiences such as the SEEEME (Sustainable Engineering, Education and Economics) experience in Uganda.

During summer 2014, USU faculty member Sonia Manuel-Dupont and a travel team of 12 students, teachers and engineers spent a month in Uganda on a humanitarian trip to several orphanages. They travelled with SEEEME, founded by William Grenney, USU faculty emeritus of civil engineering.? Read more.



USU Center Receives Award of Excellence

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Utah State University’s Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) was the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association at its recent meeting in Lake Tahoe, Nev. The annual award recognizes Extension outreach education programming that has achieved outstanding accomplishments, results and impacts in addressing contemporary issues in one or more of the 13 Western states and Pacific Island U.S. Territories. Read more.


Teens Experience Hands-on Research at USU's Summer Biotech Academy

Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

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While Wesley Cook’s friends were likely hitting the water slides at Lagoon-a-Beach or chilling in a movie theater catching the latest adventure flicks, the Kaysville, Utah, teen, decked out in a white lab coat and safety goggles at Utah State University’s Center for Integrated BioSystems, was examining tiny vials of “extremely tough” bacteria.? Read more.


Biofuel Boom: USU Researchers Forge Innovative Research Partnerships

Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014

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Utah State University alum Dallas Hanks ’91 MS, ’10 PhD, has returned home to Burley, Idaho. In the familiar comfort of his parents’ home along the Snake River, the founder of USU’s Center for Agronomic and Woody Biofuels is battling end-stage cancer.

Hanks’ condition no longer affords him the strength to freely wander the furrowed fields of the family dairy farm. But head on a pillow, telephone propped to his ear, the 51-year-old continues to share his innovative biofuels project ideas — namely, using untillable land to grow biofuel feedstock plants. Read more.


Westward Ho! American Entomological Institute to Move to Utah State


Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014

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One of the world’s most venerated entomological research institutions plans to pull up stakes in its longtime Gainesville, Florida, home and move lock, stock and insect collection trays to Utah State University’s Logan campus.? Read more.

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'There's an App for Splat’: USU Scientists Monitor Wildlife Crossings


Thursday, Jun. 05, 2014

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 200 Americans die in animal-vehicle accidents each year. In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control found that one quarter of all animal-vehicle collisions result in human injury.? Read more.






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