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I grew up spending summers on my uncle's ranch in Montana with my two older brothers. I baled hay, branded cattle, and plowed fields. The ranch was where I was first exposed to animal breeding and genetics, which I pursued as a master’s and doctoral student at Oregon State University. That

In March, the university celebrated its 131st birthday. It included a full banquet served by Dining Services. For what is a celebration without food? For that matter, what is our university without it? And where would we even be? If Utah County legislators had their way in 1888, it would have been

Shortly after Noelle Cockett was first appointed president of Utah State University, she began investigating ways to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. She identified people and groups already engaged in diversity programming to build upon. Cockett discovered early on that, yes, USU could promote diversity through its

Did you know that not only millions of birds frequent the marshlands surrounding the Great Salt Lake but also dozens of Utah State University students and faculty? They tend to blend in and keep to themselves. Graduate students like Maya Pendleton and Emily Leonard who you might easily have missed camouflaged

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

NASA describes orbital debris as any man-made object orbiting the Earth that no longer has a useful purpose. Traveling up to 17,500 mph, even the tiniest speck of space junk is a threat to functioning spacecraft. The catastrophic collisions depicted in science fiction films are exaggerated, but experts say the

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

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

The sound of motor boats in the distance triggers a Pavlovian response in Bahamian Rock Iguanas. The endangered lizards dart to the water’s edge of uninhabited islands and wait for the buffet to drop anchor.      “It’s not enough to see nature anymore,” says Susannah French, associate professor of biology at

[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

What was Aggie Ice Cream before it became famous? Meh, apparently. [caption id="attachment_4463" align="alignleft" width="257"] The Creamery annex in 1924, approximately where the Block A stands today northeast of Old Main[/caption] The 1932 Student Life newspaper reported that the 350 students who daily frequented the college’s cafeteria, only consumed two gallons of

“Instructors are advised to limit their instruction to one of the other branches of our student population, either civilian or military, and are further advised to avoid all public gathering and otherwise render themselves, as far as possible, free from danger of carrying the infection.” – President Elmer G. Peterson, October

You’ve hummed it in the shower, in the car, and walking across the Quad. You’ve bellowed it from the stands in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Admit it. You love performing “The Scotsman.” Well, so do we. And we have for a century. This classic Aggie anthem was penned by agronomy

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,

Rod Miller ’75 studied journalism at Utah State, graduated to a career in broadcast, and found his creative footing in advertising. But the former USU Rodeo Team member never lost sight of his Western roots. Miller began crafting cowboy poetry in the mid-1990s and later writing fiction. He’s won four

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

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is a new 100,000 square-foot facility integrating research, student training, and comprehensive clinical services to clients across the region. The Sorenson Center is the first of its kind in the Mountain West and will benefit low-income, underserved minority populations, and families in

One July morning, blue tape marks the walls where art will be hung, staff balance on ladders adjusting lights, and Katie Lee-Koven takes in all the activity as the museum comes back to life. A gift from artist and philanthropist Nora Eccles Harrison helped fund construction of Utah State University's art

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