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My first awareness of limited water was in 2009. Our neighborhood’s well was shut off after nitrates were discovered in the water. Although we were reconnected to the local town’s water supply, our neighborhood was informed we couldn’t use culinary water for landscape watering. As an avid gardener I had already planted

Imagine this frustrating start to your day: Late for work, you rush out the door, forgoing your usual breakfast routine of eating while scrolling through the morning news. As you start the car, the glowing low-fuel indicator glares back. You zip to the neighborhood coffee shop for a scone and

The human brain is full of unknowns — from its billions of neurons to its cerebral folds. Using micro-engineered materials and devices, the research of YU HUANG, a biological engineering assistant professor at Utah State University, may unlock some of these mysteries. Huang leads the MicroBrain Laboratory and focuses on

If you build it, wildlife will come. States from California to Florida are banking on it. In 2021, legislatures nationwide pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to connect habitat through the strategic placement of wildlife crossings and partnerships with private landowners. And it’s not just because people love animals, it’s a

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

Decades of drought leave many people wondering what they can do to preserve every last precious drop. In April, with most of Utah in severe or extreme drought and following a winter with below normal snowpack, Governor Spencer Cox ‘98 issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency, asking residents

Zachary Ames is no stranger to global setbacks. When he graduated from Utah State University in 2008, the country was in the midst of a recession not seen since the 1930s. Ames responded by methodically plotting how to find work in organizational development while waiting tables in Salt Lake City

In the early days of COVID-19, homebound Americans descended upon stores, scooping up what remained of flour, yeast, and toilet paper supplies. Two years later, ripple effects from the pandemic continue to plague businesses. While shortages have shifted to building supplies and computer chips, for weeks last fall container ships were

The unprecedented drought of this past year has had both short-term and far-reaching effects. Lawns browned, plants withered, and ecosystems and wildlife remain stressed. Wildfires, as a consequence of drought, are now forcing more wildlife into smaller spaces. If humans also share these spaces, the chances for human-wildlife conflict become magnified.

For centuries, large saline lakes in Utah and Iran have served as feeding grounds for millions of birds. And lately, the lakes are disappearing. Dust from the drying lakebeds threatens the health of millions of people nearby. The remaining water is saltier and less hospitable to life — potentially killing off

After a long pause, Melanie Domenech Rodríguez apologizes. “I’m thinking in Spanish, sorry,” she says. “When I think about something that’s really emotionally charged, it gets generated in Spanish.” Domenech Rodríguez, a psychology professor and Utah State University 2022 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award recipient for high-impact work, is explaining

A coyote brain is about the size and shape of a small avocado. One easily fits cradled inside the gloved palm of Sara Freeman, an assistant professor of biology at Utah State University, whose lab is one of the few studying the wild canid for clues about the neuroscience of

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

For decades, Utah State University professors climbed aboard small aircraft in Logan to hop over 13,000-foot peaks to teach in the Uintah Basin and return the same night, landing long after the valley was asleep. The effort was “not for the faint of heart” retired USU English professor Glenn Wilde recalled

6 Decades of the Space Dynamics Laboratory Utah State University certainly has a significant amount of reach. From the main campus in Cache Valley, USU’s influence stretches across the rest of the Beehive State via its Statewide Campuses. But it’s undoubtably in space where Utah State reaches the farthest. And the Space

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,

People who are overly perfectionistic do not see perfectionism as a problem; most likely, they see perfectionism as an attribute. Like most attributes, there are times they help us and times they hold us back. Look at the outcomes of perfectionism and see if there are parts of it that could

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,

“All visitors welcome,” reads the handwritten sign tucked underneath a long, slender windshield wiper of the Utah Black History Museum’s mobile exhibit. Below it, sharing space with the same bus windshield, a poster advertises events for Utah State University’s Juneteenth celebration — the first since it became a state holiday in

Sometimes, establishing a Utah State University campus in Moab felt like too big of a lift. Steve Hawks, a sixth generation Moab resident and USU professor of health science and promotion, remembers when an Extension agent first planted the seed in the 1990s with long-time residents Ray and Ruth Holyoak, as

What can you tell from a photo trained on a pair of dark skinny jeans and feet wearing white ballerina sandals? What can you surmise about the owner? What about the person in the black skater shoes and Old Main socks pulled up to mid-shin? What is his story? Clara

Senior Shaila Ben has been involved with USU Blanding's Horse Management Program since its inception. “It’s nothing fancy,” Jim Keyes says about the horse facility at the Utah State University Blanding campus. A small dirt arena. A dozen head of horses. A few acres of pasture. But it’s a start. Keyes launched