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In the fall, Utah State University was one of only five colleges using wastewater monitoring to identify SARS-CoV-2 in sewage from residence halls. The idea was that wastewater tracking can serve as an early detection system. By routinely testing samples for the virus, technicians could pinpoint which facilities may have

Often after foundations are poured, drywall covered, and punchlists completed, new buildings feel like they could be any building anywhere. How do you create something beyond bricks and mortar? Something that feels like it belongs on the landscape? Lianna Etchberger, Utah State University Moab’s associate vice president, hopes the Moab Academic Building—the

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

In 2009, the Utah Commissioner of Higher Education asked Susan Madsen if she could help him understand why Utah women were dropping out of college in droves. Bill Sederburg, former president of Utah Valley University, hoped to tap into her expertise as a prolific scholar on leadership and gender to address

Paul Conway ‘72 considers cooking an essential life skill. The Kansas farmer first learned to cook in a pinch when his wife, a nurse, returned home after 12-hour shifts and was too tired to make dinner. Through trial and error, not only did Conway learn to perfect recipes like pasta

Kristen Kator ’04 designs for the future. A big part of her job as a lead designer with Samsung Research America is to look at things as they are now and ask what else they might become. Like flat-screen TVs mounted on walls. Since these sleek devices are already hanging among

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

When Mitchell Heap used to return home to Star Valley for family events, “I’d start losing people at, ‘So, the other day I was doing chemistry,’” he admits. That’s not the case anymore. Especially when Heap, ’20, a bioengineering major, points out that some of his research could help make antiviral

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

Pranks, when done well, can be memorable, funny, and even unifying—particularly against a common adversary like Brigham Young University. A good prank requires ingenuity and a good dose of verve. Utah State University Aggies know a thing or two about that. USU archivist Robert Parson recently reflected on campus pranks that

In 1970, with much of the Utah State University campus community involved in the Vietnam War – whether actively deployed or protesting at home – students in Logan needed something unifying to put their energy toward. The result was the Volunteer Organization for Involvement in the Community and Environment (VOICE). Now,

In 1982, when Utah State University reached out to me to apply for a faculty position directing the writing center in the English department, my answer was, “I’m not interested,” but Bill Smith, the director of the composition program, was convincing. “Just send us your CV,” he said. Later, when he

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

The ability to detect hogwash is a critical life skill. In a world where photos are easily faked, data graphics can manipulate our emotions — whether by intention or incompetence — and numbers can be twisted to mislead, you can't just trust what you see. Jevin D. West ’00, M.S. ’04, director

In the midst of conducting an interview with Russell M. Nelson for their recently published book Fathers of the Prophets: From Joseph Smith Jr. to Russell M. Nelson, authors Emily Madsen Jones and Rebecca Madsen Thornton were surprised to find that the tables had suddenly been turned.  Rather than learning more

Before he was an Aggie basketball hall of fame legend, before he played with the Seattle Supersonics, Jimmy Moore was “Shimmy”—the tenth child of a pulpwood worker and domestic servant, growing up in the tiny town of Leakesville, Mississippi. There Black men and women labored in hard, and often risky,

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.

When you sign up for DANC 1010 at USU's Blanding campus, you join a class that teaches inclusivity, respect, and belonging. Dances in this class, called the Cultural Ambassador Performance Program (CAPP), are taught by the students and originate in the students' own knowledge of their cultures. Some students even

Towering 4,000 feet above Logan, students are constantly watched over by the Wellsville mountains. Sedimentary rocks in the Wellsvilles settled in place more than 330 million years ago — well before even dinosaurs roamed these hills. These rocks were deposited by seas, teeming with life, that covered this part of

McKenna Greco, left, and Johanna Peel, right, making lunch for students. It's not quite room service. But this fall, hundreds of meals were delivered each day by Utah State University’s Dining Services staff to the doors of on-campus students in isolation after potential and confirmed exposures to COVID-19. At its peak, the team

The 50,000 spring flowers that campus landscaper Brian Daines planted last fall for the Class of 2020 bloomed this year without them. By mid-March, Utah State University was already transitioning to online course delivery in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By mid-April, campus sidewalks, normally filled with students