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Dear Aggies, friends, and neighbors, It is likely that the constant news about COVID-19 and rapid changes in response to the pandemic have caused you anxiety. For USU, changes came very quickly in response to our efforts to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 cases. All face to face courses were moved to

We find ourselves at the intersection of a new reality and desire for normal life—a collision that leaves us reeling and disoriented. As I read through the first layout of this issue, I began to feel my bearings again. I was reminded, as we continue our celebration of the Year of

Doing something that has never been done before, such as bringing a Ferris Wheel to the Quad, is what defines pioneering. I think of other wheels involving handcarts and the vision and fortitude they required. We explore the traits and achievements of pioneers in this issue by grabbing hold of the

When I was a kid in Montana, I loved pretending that I was a pioneer – being the first to explore a new area in the American West. My exploration of new lands was done by riding a stick horse miles and miles and miles, along cattle paths that I pretended

BEARS JUST WANT TO BE BEARS. But humans—being humans—sometimes complicate things, to their peril. Since 2011, three people have died from grizzly bear attacks in Yellowstone National Park—three out of the eight total bear-related deaths in the park’s 147-year history. What is behind this 60 percent increase? More people, more bears,

Nothing says style quite like a Fort Rock Sandal with its distinct close-twined sole. At 9,300 years old, this rugged sagebrush bark footwear is a true classic. Veronica Villhard '19 was well aware of these sandals, and many others throughout human history, when she set out to design superior ones—at

More than 7,000 years ago, humankind made one of its greatest discoveries to date: cheese. Without it there would be no pizza, no mac, no shmear for our bagels, no cheddar for our burgers. A dark age indeed. Early cheese production is believed to have emerged as a way of preserving milk

Landscape architecture is more than deciding which plants to use when designing a garden. A lot more. The discipline examines how humans shape the natural environment and how the built environment affects the humans moving through a space. Before a shovel of dirt is turned at a construction site, a

Picture this. The family is sitting around a meal at the table. Children and parents share events of the day. Talking and laughing can be heard because there is no sound of television, video games, or phones. Now, think about what might be more realistic. Perhaps people stand at the counter

David Schramm admits he is selfish. When asked why he conducted a research study on parenting advice and regrets from empty nesters, he says because he wants to be a better parent, and no one has ever done such a study. “I only get one chance at being a dad, and

“The ubiquity of connection drives a ubiquity of application—or perhaps it’s the reverse,” says Hawley, USU’s chief information officer who teaches IT strategy in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. “In the mid-‘90s when we still had dial-up, you couldn’t stay online forever because we still had to make

The stock market is no more predictable than the world around us. Its volatility is no more apparent than in moments of crisis—from pandemics to trade wars. Some-thing as simple as a president’s tweet can send it soaring or plunging. Events and people matter on Wall Street, including CEOs of major

In six months, NASA’s newest rover will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the Jezero Crater, a dry lakebed on Mars to discover if life ever existed on the red planet. The rover will roam windswept sand dunes and ancient rock beds collecting samples for a future mission to

Paul Rogers is comfortable with messiness. Before he was a researcher monitoring the health of western forests, before he became a disturbance ecologist, Rogers studied geography. This is where things tend to get muddled. Because the study of place is also the study of people. People put lines on maps. People

A pivotal discovery in Lisa Berreau’s chemistry lab happened like many scientific advances throughout history—by serendipity. A few years ago, while her lab was investigating the chemistry of metal flavonate compounds, a student left a sample sitting on a benchtop for a few days and found that it changed after exposure

Are you Doing Your Share?” the Logan Republican newspaper asked women, following that call with an article in May 1918 celebrating the “Fighting Sisters of Fighting Men.” Through calls such as these, women joined the First World War effort—in war relief, entertainment, heavy industry, medical services, and offices. Most of these women

Words can’t outline the exact architecture of a great heart. A kind heart. But one can picture a kitchen table, with a worn chair tilted just enough to welcome. And one can see a girl, tall, dark haired and pleased with herself, who can run faster than all the boys. Who can

LYNN THOMAS WALKS IN THE SPITTING RAIN TO THE DARYL CHASE FINE ARTS BUILDING. His keys jingle as he describes growing up in Hyrum during the height of the Cold War—a time when neighbors erected fallout shelters in the mountains and classmates performed duck and cover drills in school. Mid-sentence

[caption id="attachment_4715" align="alignnone" width="934"] Al Trujillo[/caption] I have lived through 64 D-Days, but not until recently have come to really appreciate its significance. My father served in the Navy during World War II, and yet I could not tell you a thing about what he did and how he felt. He

Medical school nearly broke Kyle Bradford Jones. Throughout his residency training, Jones ‘05 was caught between the conflicting pressures modern medicine espouses: be fast but thorough with patient exams, prescribe tests but not overly so, be compassionate but work 30 hour shifts without sleep, and most importantly, beat death—an impossible goal.

Quinn Grover wasn’t exactly studious in college. He often skipped class to go fly fishing up Logan Canyon in search of wild spaces. It was a different kind of education than one finds on a syllabus. “What was I looking for, and did I even know it when I found it?”

War, genocide, infanticide, gang violence. These subjects often filled Matthew LaPlante's notebooks while reporting for outlets like the Salt Lake Tribune and CNN. But the daily dose of bad news wore him down. “I was sad and angry and I didn't like me very much, but I felt what I was doing

Excerpt from The Traveling Feast: On the Road and At the Table with My Heroes by Rick Bass '79  Rick Bass spent four years on the road paying homage to literary giants the best way he knew how: by preparing a home-cooked meal. He visited writers such as Doug Peacock, Gary Snyder,

It doesn’t look like much, at first. A chimney and wall of bricks framed by steel slats. Two sliding concrete doors cover small archways in the stone. An odd fireplace that appears like it could come tumbling down if one pushed hard enough. But inside is where fire, wood, and clay

Brittany Frank ‘13 realized she was good at running while training for a marathon in high school. She liked the burning feeling in her lungs. “That just kind of ignited this fire, this passion that helped me become who I am,” the former Utah State University steeplechaser smiles. “I felt like

While it’s fair to say that Utah State’s loss to Washington in the NCAA Tournament on March 22 came as a shock to Aggie fans, it’s only because the entire season came as a shock to Aggie fans and men’s basketball experts from around the country. Under new head coach Craig

Just outside the library doors, thousands of intertwined willow tree saplings form A restless spell—a fantastical sculpture built by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty with the help of more than 110 USU students, faculty, and community member volunteers. Dougherty has built more than 280 sculptures around the globe over the