Degree Posthumously Presented to Family of Officer Andy Barnes
Andrew Barnes, a 9-year veteran of the Utah State University Campus Police Department, and now graduate of the university’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS), was diagnosed with lung cancer on December 5, 2018, and passed away peacefully ...
Scott Jones Named Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America
USU soil science Professor Scott Jones was named a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America during the organization’s annual conference in early January.
Japanese Apparel Brand Nanga Speaks to OPDD
Nanga is a 70 year old apparel brand that's starting to make waves in the US. They came to campus to share insights on design, product, and opportunities for students in the industry.
NEW AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAW COURSE BEGINS NEXT SEMESTER
The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) is offering a new agriculture and natural resources pre law minor beginning with a class spring semester 2019. Brandon Willis, who heads the new program, is an assistant professor of applied economics...
USU Soil Judging Students Claim Regional Title
Students from Utah State University swept the regional soil judging competition recently hosted by Oregon State University. The region ranges from Oregon to Colorado, all areas with very different kinds of soils.
OPDD Faculty Speaks on Sustainable Design at Outdoor Retailer
Dr. Andrew Deceuster gave a presentation titled: New Tools in the Fight for Sustainability at Outdoor Retailer. Deceuster shared with the audience, the immense opportunity that product designers have to adopt tools and technology that not only facilitate ...
Sean Michael, Outstanding Alumnus
Congratulations to Sean Michael, head of our Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, who was honored by his alma mater, the College of Architecture at Texas A&M, as its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year!
Study Identifies How Hantaviruses Infect Lung Cells
Hantaviruses cause severe and sometimes fatal respiratory infections, but how they infect lung cells has been a mystery. Deleting this receptor made lab animals highly resistant to infection.
English Equestrian Team Volunteers at 4-H Judging Clinic
The Utah State University English Equestrian Team took the opportunity to get involved in the community by volunteering at the Utah 4-H State Horse Judging Clinics in early November.
OPDD Faculty and Student Participate as Innovation Award Judges
Outdoor Retailer is an incredible venue for brands to come together to show off their latest products and cutting edge innovations. Outdoor Retailer emphasized that point by hosting the first ever outdoor industry Innovation Awards in November of 2018.
Preparing Students for the World of Agribusiness
CAAS is educating agribusiness and economics students to help farms and ranches compete in today’s economy. Students with an interest in business or agriculture can qualify for the farm credit fellowship program and gain professional experience.
USU'S Bruce Bugbee Named American Society of Agronomy Fellow
USU's Bruce Bugbee has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the professional society of crop and soil scientists.
Heidi Wengreen Reflects on the Path to Her Passion and Professorship
Dietetics Professor Heidi Wengreen starts each semester of the Science and Application of Human Nutrition class by telling students in that large, general education course that she “Bleeds Aggie Blue.”
USU Agricultural Educator Honored for Outstanding Teaching
Utah State University Assistant Professor Tyson Sorensen received the Outstanding Early Career Award for the American Association for Agricultural Education’s Western Region.
From a New Zealand Hostel to USU’s Creamery and a Food Science Win
The IMPA’s annual competition requires developing a product that contains at least 51 percent dairy. The USU team he led worked with a substance called whey phospholipid protein concentrate.
Utah State's Caine Dairy is Home to to the Number One College Dairy Herd
For the second time, the Caine Dairy Teaching and Research Center was ranked the number one college dairy herd in the nation by Holstein World magazine.
Competing with Cheat Grass and Wild Fires – How One Plant Could Level the Playing Field
Researchers in Utah are working to introduce more fire-resistant plants into western landscapes to reduce the damage. Forage kochia is a plant similar to rabbit brush. The difference is that it contains high amounts of protein, it’s easily digested by liv...
Hidden Climate Records Within Tree Rings
Researchers from Utah State University and two other institutions recently published a study that uses tree rings to link climate variability to long-term patterns in temperature.
Soil is Not Dirt
This summer, Emma Thompson participated in international competition at the 21st World Congress of Soil Science in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She judged individually and with a team representing the U.S.
USU Food Science Students Create Recipe for Success
Earning a top spot in a national food science competition takes more than proving yourself as a chef, according to Vidita Deshpande, a PhD candidate studying food science at Utah State University.
USU Researchers Test Viability of Cow Chip Techology
These cow ships are small implants called EmbediVet that track biometric data. Everything about the cow’s life is measured and recorded–things like activity, heart rate and temperature.
Utah State University’s Blue Creek Farm – A Decades Old Collaboration of Farmers and Researchers
USU researchers recently invited farmers, agribusiness and government agency representatives and agricultural lenders to the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station Blue Creek Research Farm for a field day to demonstrate work aimed at helping dryland farmers...
Meet Launa Julander, New CAAS Advisor
Launa Julander is the new academic advisor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences for students in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences and interdisciplinary studies.
80 Years of Flying Aggies: LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT
I remember lying on the cool grass on a warm summer day as a child watching billowy clouds drifting by and birds soaring high in the sky. I dreamt of becoming a pilot someday, but didn’t know how that would ever be a reality for me.
Dairy Robotics and Economics: New Milking Barn at USU Changes More Than Equipment
The United Nations projects the world’s population reaching close to 9.7 billion people by the year 2050. As the consumer population continues to rise, farmers are turning to technology to produce more food with fewer resources.
A Century of Agricultural Education
When the Smith-Hughes Act passed, the Agricultural College of Utah had been the site of research and preparing people for work in agriculture for 29 years.
Outdoor Product Design and Development Degree Gaining Attention and Success
Think it, Build it
Outdoor Product Design and Development Degree Gaining Attention and Success
An iconic Aggie “Block A” now stands in the form of a topiary outside the Stan L. Albrecht Agricultural Sciences Building at Utah State University.
The Story Behind the Plaza’s New Letter “A”
An iconic Aggie “Block A” now stands in the form of a topiary outside the Stan L. Albrecht Agricultural Sciences Building at Utah State University.
A Brand New Look and the Same Great Ice Cream
The Aggie Creamery in the C. Anthon Ernstrom Nutrition and Food Science Building has a brand new look, though the most important aspect of the place–21 flavors of Famous Aggie Ice Cream.
Aggie Chocolate Factory
Names of few foods trigger as many thoughts, feelings, and cravings. Dark, milk, bittersweet, creamy, smooth… . And beginning this fall, chocolate becomes a delicious and intriguing new venture for Utah State University’s food science program with the ope...
The New Miss USU Tells Her Truth
"WHO AM I?"
The New Miss USU Tells Her Truth
Her goals in entering were to be part of an event at a school she has come to love, and to make the pageant's theme, There's More to Me, an opportunity to tell people some of her truth about being a young black woman who is part of a predominantly white s...
Pilot and Everyday Hero to Visit Utah State University
Colonel Gail Halvorsen, a.k.a. the Candy Bomber, will share his experiences as a pilot during the Berlin Airlift at the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Dean’s Spring Seminar, Thursday, April 12 from 7-8 p.m.
Animals Don’t Make Great Gifts
Giving a child their own chick, duckling or bunny as an Easter gift might seem like a fun idea, but caring for these animals requires more work than people anticipate. Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, encourage people to think twice ...
Wind Turbine is New Addition to Landscape Architecture House
A new wind turbine was recently installed and is providing electricity to the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) home. The home is a teaching tool to inform visitors about the various green technologies in and around the house. Learn...
USU Students Practice Skills and Philanthropy with Donated Tractor
Members of the Ag Tech Club, routinely gain first-hand knowledge and experience with agricultural machinery in their classes. But they are currently working on restoring a donated tractor that is giving them technical experience and will support more lear...
USU Vet Student Reaches Out to Help Community Hit By Wildfires
The wildfires that occurred in Northern California in October hit home for Sarah Beard. Beard’s hometown was surrounded by two deadly fires. She wanted to find a way to help her community, but the rigorous schedule of vet school and being over 12 hours aw...
Fighting Adenoviruses with a Promising New Animal Model
Using an animal model they developed, Utah State University and Saint Louis University researchers have identified a strategy that could keep a common group of viruses called adenoviruses from replicating and causing sickness in humans.
USU Scientists Develop New Goat Model to Study Heart Arrhythmia
Scientists from Utah State University and the University of Utah have developed a new animal model to better understand atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia.
Antiviral Research Institute
When viruses cause disease and make local, national and international news, most of us react with some anxiety, take precautions to prevent or limit contact with the virus and adopt a heightened awareness of symptoms.
The Reindeer Express
All animals, including reindeer, need veterinarians to help keep them healthy. It just so happens that Isaac Bott, a veterinarian in Springville, Utah, and a Utah State University alumnus, is a leading authority on reindeer health.
Feeding Mice More Like People
About 5 years ago Robert Ward and Korry Hintze started wondering if research mice were being fed too well. Shouldn't they have a diet closer to that of the average, typically somewhat unhealthy, human?
Frøya Honors a Native Son
A statue of Widtsoe stands in Frøya, Norway, where his remarkable life began, in the hope it will inspire others to aspire to careers in science and discoveries that could change lives.
USU LAEP Students Win Spirit Award at National Conference
Students and faculty from Utah State University’s LAEP recently travelled to Los Angeles to attend the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, where they won a school spirit competition for showing their Aggie pride.
USU Students Create Award-Winning Plan for Ranch and Ability Center
A team of students in Utah State University’s LAEP created a plan to convert the Hinckley Ranch, located in Ogden Valley, into an ability center with facilities for equine therapy and community gatherings.
Adoption Tips: Picking the Right Pet for You
Choosing to adopt an animal is a long-term, life-changing decision. But when faced with many possible pets, the excitement of the search and all the activity a shelter or an animal’s current home, how can you make sure you are bringing the right pet into ...
USU School of Veterinary Medicine Hosts Equine Dentistry Workshop
Nick Moore, past president of the International Association of Equine Dentistry, will present the workshop that is open to vet practitioners from across the state and the surrounding region.
Students Recognized for Academic Achievement
Students from Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) were recently honored with the “A” pin, one of USU’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scholarship and academics.
USU Professor Honored for Creation of Landscape Digital Library
Benjamin George, assistant professor in Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, was recently honored for his creation of a digital landscape architecture library.
USU Professors Advise State Government on Water Policy
“Water is the critical resource here and around the world,” Gillies said. “Without water, you can’t have agriculture, can’t feed your people or develop industries.”
USU Nutrition Students Visit Greece, Learn Healthy Lifestyles Practices
The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world, and a group of Utah State University dietetics students recently visited the Greek island of Crete to learn the more about this healthy way of living.
USU CAAS Introduces Unique Degree in Partnership with BTC
USU’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences partnered with Bridgerland Technical College and all the technical colleges in the state to develop this unique “stackable” degree designed for nontraditional students.
Fully Articulated Horse Skeleton is New Teaching Tool
A fully articulated horse skeleton is on display in the Veterinary Science and Biology Building at Utah State University, the product of more than a year of work by Briedi Gillespie.
Pet Safety for Fireworks Season
With fireworks going off in Utah throughout the month of July, pets are bound to get stressed and anxious. Karl Hoopes and Allison Willoughby shared tips to help owners keep their pets safe and make the summer more enjoyable for everyone.
Aviation Maintenance Program Partners with Delta Airlines
The aviation maintenance program at Utah State University has been selected for a partnership with Delta Airlines providing students with more training to become an aircraft maintenance technician as well as increased job placement within the aviation ind...
Pets and Travel: What to Know Before You Go
Faculty in Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, have some advice for pet owners when it comes to traveling with their animals during the summer.
Aviation Students Successful at Aerospace Maintenance Competition
Five students from Utah State University’s Aviation Maintenance Management program took third place in the school division at the International Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Orlando, Florida.
USU Students Succeed at Soils Judging Competition
Zach Voigtman, Sandra Udy, Boston Swan, Britney Allen and Thomas Greene travelled to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois to compete in a national soils competition and took third place against 24 other teams.
USU LAEP Students Receive Dean's Prize for Redesign Project
Two teams of students in Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning were honored at spring semester’s end with the Third Annual Dean’s Prize for their projects that reimagined a prominent area of the USU campus...
NEW DEGREES IN THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND APPLIED SCIENCES
New majors and minors are now available College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences students. The new degrees – ranging from associates to graduate degrees – offer new opportunities to students. Some programs have been renamed to more accurately describe ...
CAAS Professors Honored at 2017 Robins Awards Ceremony
Professor Silvana Martini and Associate Professor Rebecca Lawver in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences were recognized for their hard work and dedication at the 2017 Robins Awards ceremony. Lawver received the Faculty University Service Award...
USU Students Reach Out to Retirement Community
Twelve Utah State University dietetic students created and implemented a health and wellness program at a Logan retirement center for their capstone projects. Students visited their “grandfriends” at the Williamsburg Retirement Community and taught topics...
Patagonia College Tour Visits USU, Repairing Apparel and Gear
Utah State University’s newly created Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) program will host the Patagonia Worn Wear Tour, repairing apparel and gear. Mountaineer and Patagonia Vice President, Rick Ridgeway, will be speaking.
CAAS Student Competes at 70th Annual Society for Range Management Conference
Katelyn Ulhart, an agricultural communication and journalism student at Utah State University, recently won a top honor and participated in several events at the 70th Annual Meeting for the Society of Range Management.
USU Researchers Discover Climate Warming Linked to Air Quality
During the winter, cold air is at the base near the earth with warm air above it. As climate warming increases the temperature of the top layer, the cooler layer inhibits the warm air from releasing the pollutants through mixing. This causes inversion. Le...
Student Recognized for Academic Achievement
Students from Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences were recently honored with the “A” pin, one of USU’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scholarship and academics.
USU LAEP Students and Faculty Work to Improve Animal Shelter
Following site visits, online meetings with people in the area and countless hours of analyzing information about the landscape, human and animal needs, budget constraints and the local economy, the students presented ideas to more closely connect the cit...
Student success fuels professor's award-winning teaching
Assistant Professor, Rebecca Lawver, has previously received recognition for her outstanding teaching, in addition to other awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s National Awards Program for Excelle...
Utah Climate Center Honored for 125 Years of Weather Data
Scientists at Utah State University have been recording and reporting daily weather observations for 125 years. The Utah Climate Center was recently recognized by the National Weather Service with an Honored Institution Award for that consistent service a...
Agricultural Educator Receives International Award
Rebecca Lawver, assistant professor of agricultural education in Utah State University’s School of Applied Science, Technology and Education, recently received the Educator Award at the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Conference.
USU CAAS DEAN’S SEMINAR TO COVER ECONOMICS AND NUTRITION
George Davis, professor at Virginia Tech, will speak about how people make choices regarding food for the College of Agriculture and Applied Science’s Dean Seminar. The lecture, titled What are You Thinking? Cognitive Load and Neuroeconomics Insights for...
USU LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS RECEIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Students in Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning recently received the American Planning Association – Utah Chapter’s highest honor for creating an open space plan for a rapidly growing part of the Wasatc...
FINALLY, A GAME CHILDREN CAN PLAY WITH THEIR FOOD
If a new game developed at Utah State University achieves its creators’ goals, parents in some Cache Valley communities may find their children requesting more fruits and vegetables at meal and snack times.
LAEP House Grand Opening
Logan’s Hillcrest neighborhood has a “new” energy-efficient, accessible, 1940s-vintage addition thanks to donor support and the administrators, USU Facilities, and faculty and students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning...
National Chung Hsing University Welcomes Its First Aggie
Parichart Promchote (Noi) is USU’s first PhD student to visit National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan through its exchange with the Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate. She began work toward a PhD in climate science at USU fall semester 2014, with th...
Summer Agricultural Research Program Brings Students to USU
Nine students from a number of smaller colleges in Utah and surrounding states had the chance to live like Aggies as they spent 10 weeks participating in agricultural biotechnology research alongside faculty mentors at USU through the SURE program.
Ag Media Summit Opens Doors for USU Students
Members of USU’s Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter (ACT) attended the Ag Media Summit (AMS). This allowed students to meet industry professionals, attend workshops, connect with other students and develop connections and skills needed within...
New Leadership for Utah State's Outdoor Product Design and Development
Utah State University’s unique, multi-disciplinary Outdoor Products Design and Development bachelor’s degree program has experienced remarkable success in its first year. A newly appointed interim director, will now oversee the growing program that has al...
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PROFESSOR RECEIVES TEACHING AWARD
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) recently honored Michael L. Pate with the NACTA Educator Award at the society’s annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The award is presented to those whose efforts represent the very best in...
Horses Hone Questar Employees’ Communication Skills
The Utah State University equine science program recently hosted an Equine Experience event for Questar Gas employees to illustrate the effects of non-verbal communication, using contact with horses as teaching tools.
USU LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS EXPAND HORIZONS IN NEW YORK CITY
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.
RESEARCH AT USU SHOWS BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTUR
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs have the potential to improve people’s diets while creating economically stable farm operations for local farmers, according to research performed at Utah State University.
USU LAEP PROFESSOR CREATES LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DIGITAL LIBRARY
Benjamin George, LAEP assistant professor, was recently honored for his creation of a digital landscape architecture library. The tours contain immersive panoramas that showcase the unique beauty of gardens such as the Château de Villandry in France and t...
Utah State's Caine Dairy Farm Awarded for Being Number One College Dairy Herd in the Nation
Recently the Caine Dairy was ranked as the number one college dairy herd in the nation based on herd breed age average score byHolstein World magazine.
Utah State University Salt Lake Campus Graduates 82- Year-Old Student
Jerry Poulsen, an 82-year-old student at the Utah State University Salt Lake campus, graduated was among the university’s spring 2016 graduates, having earned a bachelor’s degree in residential landscape design and construction.
NEW FUELING STATION GIVES NUTRITION STUDENTS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
The Aggie Fueling Station was created by representatives from the nutrition program and athletics, who had a goal of working together to provide athletes with the food they need to complement the physical demands of training and nutrition and dietetic stu...
USU Aviation Maintenance Team Takes First Place at National Competition
Five students from Utah State University’s Aviation Maintenance Management program recently took first place in the School Division of the 2016 Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC).
USU Agribusiness Degrees Will Prepare Students in Mauritius and Beyond
Utah State University is partnering with a new higher education institution in Mauritius, making USU’s agribusiness and international agribusiness programs in the Department of Applied Economics the first to offer four-year degrees from an American univer...
Temple Grandin to Give Lecture at USU on Livestock Handling
Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science expert consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and international spokesperson on autism. Her skills have led to her success as an animal scientist, researcher, professor, author and spokeswom...
Emeritus Professor to Join Academy of Fellows
Craig Johnson, professor emeritus in Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP), was selected as one of five in his field to be inducted into the academy of fellows by the Council of Educators in Landsca...
USU PROFESSOR ELECTED PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION
Edward Reeve, a professor in Utah State University's School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education, was recently elected president of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).
Governor's Medals for Science and Technology Honor Three at USU
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences faculty members Debra Spielmaker and John Morrey are among the 2017 recipients of the Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Science and Technology.
Agricultural Education Student Chosen as National FFA Officer
Sarah Draper of Brigham City, Utah, an agricultural education major at Utah State University, recently was chosen to serve as western region vice president in the National FFA organization.
Fire and Ice: Climate Change Linked Extremes
Climate change worldwide is amplifying extreme weather events and researchers in the Utah Climate Center at Utah State University are using modeling tools to help people in very different parts of the.
Professor Recognized for Career Achievements
Lindsey Shirley, an associate professor in Utah State University’s School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education, recently received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.
USU Aviation Advisor Receives National Award
Kaylee Roholt, an advisor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, received the 2015 Outstanding New Advisor Award from the National Academic Advising Association. The award is presented for her qualities associated with outstanding academic ad...
Trip to Germany Provides Fresh Perspective for USU LAEP Students
During the past summer, ten students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University spent over a week bicycling around Germany, learning about German culture, visiting universities there and analyzing publi...
Global Water Expert to Discuss Water in a Changing World
Brian Richter, chief scientist for the water program of The Nature Conservancy and a global leader in water science and conservation, will speak about “Chasing Water in a Rapidly Changing World” at Utah State University, October 28 at 4 p.m. in the Agricu...
USU’s Space Crop Expert Separates Fact from Fiction on Farming in Space
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. But for the past 33 years, the majority of Bugbee’s research has focused on how ...
Tragic Van Crash Remembered 10 Years Later
Saturday, Sept. 26, marks 10 years since the van accident that killed eight Utah State University agriculture students and an instructor who were returning to campus after a field trip.
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Aggie Landscape Architecture Students Bring Skills to Pocatello, Idaho
Utah State University landscape architecture students are partnering with the City of Pocatello, Idaho, to complete a 2-year visioning project. After discussing the city’s needs with people in the community, the students found that the Portneuf River, par...
Aggie Creamery Churns Up USU-Themed Flavors
The Aggie Creamery offers 27 different ice cream flavors at any given time, but the Utah State University themed flavors are always the big stars. Aggie fans travel from far and near to get their Aggie Blue Mint or Aggie Bull Tracks fix. Who came up with ...
Travis Beats Godzilla
Back off Batman and Superman. Experience the greatest battle is about to knock off your socks. Godzilla V Travis. In this throw down, Travis will use his mystical pepperoni powers to tackle his greatest foe.
Research Highlights in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Discovering New Possibilities in the Saddle
You may know a child or adult who benefits from therapy for shyness, anxiety, autism, learning delays, or physical challenges. CAAS equine therapy programs are moving some therapy sessions from the doctor’s office to the horse barn.
2018-2019 CAAS Award Recipients
A highlight of College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Week is the annual Awards and Honors Banquet. The evening brings together students with scholarship donors and highlights a number of student, faculty and alumni achievements. Learn more.
NEW Agriculture and Natural Resources Law Course Begins Next Semester
The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) is offering a new agriculture and natural resources pre law minor beginning with a class spring semester 2019.