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Design Faculty Member Sets Sail

January 24, 2016

Mekenna Malan

Mark Lee Koven, a faculty member in the Outdoor Product Design and Development program, has been chosen as the inaugural artist to participate in the first ARTSail voyage documenting the health of the reefs off the Florida Keys. Koven plans to collect footage for a 360-degree film experience about the challenges within Miami's natural environment.


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Governor's Medals for Science and Technology Honor Three at USU

January 10, 2016

Lynette Harris

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.


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Finally, a Game Children Can Play With Their Food

November 2, 2016

Kailcee Harrison

LOGAN – 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.

 Heidi Wengreen, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences, has worked with Professor Gregory Madden in the Department of Psychology to develop a game, known as FIT, that is currently part of a controlled trial at two schools in Cache Valley, Wilson Elementary and Nibley Elementary.



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USU Landscape Architecture Students Recieve Achievement Award

November 2, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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 Wasatch Front.

 Students in the fall 2015 Recreation Design and Open Space Planning Studio, taught by Assistant Professor Ole Sleipness, collaborated with the City of Draper and landscape architecture firm Logan Simpson to generate a conceptual design for approximately 4,000 acres of public open space. The Draper Open Space Master Plan was officially adopted by the city in April.



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USU CAAS DEAN’S SEMINAR TO COVER ECONOMICS AND NUTRITION

November 2, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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 on Friday, November 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Agricultural Sciences Building room 101. The lecture, titled What are You Thinking? Cognitive Load and Neuroeconomics Insights for Improved Nutrition, is open to the public.

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National Chung Hsing University Welcomes It's First Aggie

August 23, 2016

Lynnette Harris

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 the support of a Royal Thai Scholarship. She intends to quantify extreme climate events that may impact rice production in Thailand.



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Summer Agricultural Research Program Brings Students to USU

August 22, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the SURE program is a chance for students to explore careers in scientific fields and get their foot in the door for future research opportunities, according to program co-director Chris Davies, research associate professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences


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Ag Media Summit Opens Doors for USU Students

August 8, 2016

Kailcee Harrison

Members of USU’s Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter (ACT) recently traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for the Ag Media Summit (AMS). This unique opportunity to meet industry professionals, attend workshops and connect with other students is part of the USU ACT chapters commitment to helping students develop the connections and skills needed within the Agricultural communications industry.


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New Leadership for Utah State's Outdoor Product Design and Development

August 1, 2016

Lynette Harris

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, Sean E. Michael, will now oversee the growing program that has already attracted over 140 students.


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Horses Hone Questar Employees’ Communication Skills

July 1, 2016

Kailcee Harrison

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.


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Agricultural Education Professor Receives Teaching Award

July 19, 2016

Kailcee Harrison

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 agricultural higher education.


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USU Landscape Architecture Students Expand Horizons in New York City

June 23, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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.



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Research at USU Shows Benefits of Community Supported Agriculture

June 21, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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.



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Aggie Creamery Churns Up USU-Themed Flavors

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KailCee Harrison

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 of the creamery. Aggie fans travel from far and near to get their Aggie Blue Mint or Aggie Bull Tracks fix. Which leads some to ask who came up with the idea for the many USU-themed flavors?



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USU LAEP Professor Creates Landscape Digital Library

May 19, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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. The tours contain immersive panoramas that showcase the unique beauty of gardens such as the Château de Villandry in France and the Villa Lante in Italy.



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Utah State University Salt Lake Campus Graduates 82- Year-Old Student

May 11, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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.



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Utah State's Caine Dairy Farm Awarded for Being Number One College Dairy Herd in the Nation

May 13, 2016

KailCee Harrison

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.  



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New Fueling Station Gives Nutrition Students Hand-On Experience

May 9,2016

Shelby Ruud

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 students with hands-on experience with sports nutrition



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USU Aviation Maintenance Team Takes First Place at National Competition

April 21, 2016

Shelby  Ruud

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).



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USU Agribusiness Degrees Will Prepare Students in Mauritius and Beyond

April 20, 2016

Lynnette Harris

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 university in that country.



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USU's Institute for Antiviral Research Investigating Zika Virus Treatments

February 25, 2016

Lynnette Harris

Scientists at Utah State University’s Institute for Antiviral Research (IAR) are doing some of the first antiviral treatment trials in the United States aimed at identifying and testing compounds that may be effective in treating or preventing Zika virus infections.



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Temple Grandin to Give Lecture at USU on Livestock Handling

March 24, 2016

KailCee Harrison

Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and expert consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She is also an internationally known spokesperson on autism. Grandin’s form of autism, known as Asperger’s, has allowed her to develop specific skills that have led to her success as an animal scientist, researcher, professor, author and spokeswoman for autism.



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Emeritus Professor to Join Academy of Fellows

February 3, 2016

KailCee Harrison

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 Landscape Architecture (CELA).



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USU PROFESSOR ELECTED PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

January 14, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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).



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Utah Climate Center Honored for 125 Years of Weather Data

December 16, 2015

Lynnette Harris

Scientists at Utah State University have been recording and reporting daily weather observations for 125 years, and the Utah Climate Center was recently recognized by the National Weather Service with an Honored Institution Award for that consistent service and the vast amount of data it has generated.



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Agricultural Education Student Chosen as National FFA Officer

November 10, 2015

Shelby Ruud

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.



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Agricultural Education Student Chosen as National FFA Officer

November 5, 2015

Lynnette Harris

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.



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Agricultural Educator Receives International Award

November 5, 2016

Shelby Ruud

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.



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LAEP House Grand Opening

October 28, 2016

Lynnette Harris

Logan’s Hillcrest neighborhood just northeast of the Utah State University campus has a “new” energy-efficient, accessible, 1940s-vintage addition thanks to donor support and the vision and hard work of administrators, USU Facilities, and faculty and students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning.



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Professor Recognized for Career Achievements

October 28, 2015

Shelby Ruud

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.



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USU Aviation Advisor Receives National Award

October 26, 2015

Shelby Ruud

Kaylee Roholt, an advisor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, recently received the 2015 Outstanding New Advisor Award from the National Academic Advising Association. The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for three years or less.



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Trip to Germany Provides Fresh Perspective for USU LAEP Students

October 14, 2015

Shelby Ruud

Most students consider summer break a chance to sit back and relax. But during the past summer, ten students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University returned exhausted yet satisfied as they spent over a week bicycling around Germany, learning about German culture, visiting universities there and analyzing public spaces. 



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Global Water Expert to Discuss Water in a Changing World

October 12, 2015

Angela Oborn

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” 



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

October 2, 2015

Lynnette Harris

The book and now major movie The Martian makes growing food in space, or more precisely, on Mars key to the hero’s survival. As sci-fi fans head to theaters to see how fictional astronaut Mark Watney figures out how to survive, Bugbee has been busy explaining some of the finer points of the science of growing plants in space to reporters and examining what the story gets right and where it’s more fiction than science.



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Tragic Van Crash Remembered 10 Years Later

September 25, 2015

Julene Reese

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.