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Exploring The Water We Can't See
Managing water for a city, state or region, should begin with knowing how much water there is to manage. That sounds straightforward, but it’s not an easy calculation. Certainly, the amount of precipitation and whether it fell as rain or snow is a big part of the equation. But in order for the best science to shape policies and procedures, managing water also takes into account how much water is evaporating from vegetation and soils and also account for the volume of groundwater that most parts of Utah rely upon – water we can’t see. That means considering water at many different phases of its cycle, from the atmosphere to deep underground.. ...more

For Good or Bad, Embryos Get More Than Just DNA From Dad
A team of researchers, including two at Utah State University, recently published their discovery of one possible mechanism that can explain how men pass along more information than just their DNA sequence to their offspring, and how that may cause developmental problems. ...more

Mapping the Sheep Genome
An international team of researchers has sequenced the sheep genome for the first time, providing insight into how the animal evolved and providing a valuable resource for future research. Utah State University Executive Vice President/Provost and Professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Noelle Cockett, is one of more than 70 co-authors whose research on the sheep genome was published in the journal Science on Friday (June 6). Chunhua Wu, a postdoctoral fellow in Cockett’s lab is also among the study’s co-authors. ...more

Utah’s Water Future
Drought and heat are no strangers to Utah. The proud residents of the nation’s second driest state have in the past century built dams, dug cannels, drilled wells, and used every source of water to build sustainable towns and cities. Today this massive and sophisticated water supply system dutifully supports 2.9 million people, providing convenient and plentiful water for irrigation, homes, and electricity. When there was not enough precipitation, more groundwater was pumped; when there was too much, we pumped it out to the desert. We controlled water. ...more

Governor Appoints Researchers to Teams Charting State’s Future
Two Utah State University faculty members and Utah Agricultural Experiment Station researchers have been appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to serve on two newly created teams tasked with making recommendations that will impact key components of the state’s environment and future. ...more

Two Named to UAES Administration Posts
The Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES) welcomes two new additions to its administrative team. UAES Director Ken White announced that Bruce Miller and Dillon Feuz will assume new duties with the experiment station in addition to their current positions as heads of academic departments in the Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. ...more

Utah's Connection To Cleft Palate
The faces in advertisements for the charities Operation Smile and The Smile Train are familiar to most Americans. The photographs show sad children whose faces are marked by cleft lips, sometimes even gaping openings between their mouths and noses that reveal misshapen palates and teeth that have grown askew. The “after” pictures show their surgically reconstructed smiles and beaming faces. We tend to think of them as the people who have cleft lip and cleft palate: poor and living in places like India, Guatemala, Rwanda or the Philippines.. ...more

Researcher to be New Experiment Station Director
Following an extensive, nationwide search, Utah State University announced Wednesday, May 29, that it has named professor and department head Kenneth L. White, to a three-part position that will make him dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, vice president of Extension and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. ...more

Human Activity Linked To More And Stronger Cyclones
The first tropical cyclone to strike Myanmar and Bangladesh this year - cyclone Mahasen - destroyed thousands of huts and forced up to a million people to flee their homes last week. A Utah State University-led research project has found that tropical cyclones that threaten millions of people in countries surrounding the Bay of Bengal each year are likely to increase in number and intensity. ...more

Seefedlt Recieves The D. Wynne Thorne Research Award
In conjunction with Research Week - a series of events recognizing the research efforts of students and faculty at Utah State University - Lance Seefeldt, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, gave the D. Wynne Thorne Career Researcher Award lecture.

The D. Wynne Thorne Career Researcher Award annually recognizes a researcher at USU who has made significant advancements in their field. The award, established in 1980, is considered one of the highest awards offered by the university. ...more

Predicting a Range of Changes
Warmer temperatures and more extreme droughts and wet years will directly impact the abundance of plants on rangelands, alter the mix of plant species found there and change plant species’ geographic boundaries. All this will, in turn, impact soils and the animals that rely on rangeland habitat.

Peter Adler, associate professor in USU’s Department of Wildland Resources, and his colleagues are working to understand how historical climate variations have altered plant communities and how that information may help forecast future changes. In addition, he and a graduate student researcher are looking specifically at how changing climate may give an advantage to an invasive weed that is already overrunning the West. ...more

Utah State University Researchers Find Important Factor in West Nile Virus Infection
The number of reported cases of West Nile Virus disease in the United States is rising and before a drug can be developed to cure it, scientists have to understand how the virus does its damage. John Morrey, director of the Institute for Antiviral Research (IAR) and research professor at Utah State University, and his colleagues are among those working on finding treatments, beginning with discovering exactly which parts of the body are affected and how the virus causes disease and, in some cases, death. ...more

Celebrating 150 Years of Learning & Discovery
July 2nd marks 150 years since the creation of the nation’s land-grant education system, of which Utah State University is a part. On that day in 1862, the Morrill Act - named for its creator, U.S. Representative Justin Smith Morrill of Vermont - was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Passage of the act revolutionized American higher education by making a college education accessible to people who previously were excluded from the nation’s prestigious private schools. ...more

USU's New Open Access Policy 
Utah State University has joined an emerging national trend and the ranks of a growing number of the country’s universities in adopting an official “Open Access” policy. USU’s University Libraries headed the effort.

“For the library and, indeed, the whole university, this is a momentous occasion,” said Richard Clement, USU’s dean of libraries. “It enables faculty authors to retain rights to their own publications and to make the fruits of their research and scholarship freely available to all.”.. ...more

Research Week - Utah Agricultural Experiment Station Honorees
A number of outstanding researchers with Utah Agricultural Experiment Station ties were honored during Utah State University Research Week. UAES researchers in several disciplines received awards for their work and for their exceptional skills in mentoring undergraduate and graduate student researchers.. ...more

A New Home for USU Agriculture
After eight years of planning, lobbying, construction and fundraising, the new Agricultural Sciences Building on Utah State University’s historic Quad was officially opened in a celebration February 29. ...more

Transforming Lives In Africa, In Spite Of Drought
In the grips of the worst drought in nearly 60 years, millions of people in the Greater Horn of Africa, the easternmost part of the continent, face famine. Among the hardest hit are pastoralists who eke out a hardscrabble living raising a few cattle, sheep or goats on the semi-arid savanna.

Yet a study released this week in the journal Science reveals a collective-action initiative guided by a Utah State University-led consortium is helping pastoralists of southern Ethiopia endure the drought. The 12-year program, known as the Pastoral Risk Management Project or “PARIMA,” mentored participants in developing complementary sources of income to bolster household economic stability and thus achieve greater drought-resilience. ...more

U.S. Virtual Herbarium promises to revolutionize access to biological data
Uniting a nation in any endeavor has never been a task that is easily accomplished. But for Mary Barkworth, a Utah State University associate professor of biology and director of the Intermountain Herbarium at USU, Zack Murrell, an Appalachian State associate professor in the same discipline, and a host of others in different regions throughout the United States, that’s precisely the task they have ventured in terms of plant collections, known as ‘herbaria’ in the botanical world. ...more

Witness to 9/11
When John Carman traveled to New York City to meet with an attorney about obtaining a patent on some of his research involving plant genetics, he didn't expect to witness a fireball gushing out of the north tower of the World Trade Center as he rode away from the nearby Greenhouse Restaurant in a cab. And while feeling the cab shake from the concussion of the first crash and explosion Carman, like many Americans, did not expect to learn a few hours later that the deaths of nearly 3,000 people were the result of terrorist-hijacked planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon that day. ...more

Pasture as Pharmacy
Sheep grazing in a pasture seem like the definition of a simple, pastoral scene. But that pasture is more than just a sheep dining room, it’s a pharmacy too, where sheep can be taught to select their own medicine. ...more

Honors for UAES Undergrad Researchers and Mentors
Although gathering awards and gaining recognition aren’t the driving forces behind Utah Agricultural Experiment Station researchers’ work and or their extensive efforts to mentor students, it’s still very nice to have your efforts recognized  ...more

USU’s Jensen Earns Top Governor’s Honor
Utah governor Gary Herbert awarded a Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology to research geneticist Kevin Jensen, a Utah State University adjunct professor of plant science and researcher with the USDA’s Forage and Range Research Lab. Jensen’s work played a significant role in helping to repair sites that have been damaged by fires and erosion through re-seeding disturbed wastelands with genetically improved plant materials.   ...more

Statistically Significant: Meet the Station’s Newest Staff Member
Dr. Xin Dai has joined the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES) as staff statistician and is available to assist faculty and graduate students with design, analysis and data interpretation related to UAES-supported research.  ...more

New College of Agriculture building
The new College of Agriculture building is under construction on the east end of Utah State University’s historic Quad. The prestigious location highlights the continuing commitment of USU to agriculture research, the agricultural industry and USU’s land-grant mission. The $43-million building will take two years to complete.  ...more

Western Region SARE Receives $4.2 Million
A small office in Utah State University’s Ag Science Building seems an unlikely epicenter for $4.2 million per year in funding that supports sustainable agriculture efforts that reach half way around the world, but the United States Department of Agriculture-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program’s regional office at USU administers projects in the 13 western states and the U.S. Pacific island protectorates of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and Micronesia (Pohnpei).  ...more

Noelle Cockett Appointed UAES Director
A new chapter in the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station's (UAES) history began in May with the appointment of Utah State University Vice President for Extension and Agriculture Noelle Cockett as the top UAES administrator. The change in leadership was necessitated by the retirement of H. Paul Rasmussen, who had served as UAES director since 1989. Cockett's appointment brings the full extent of USU's agricultural activities in teaching, research and extension under her leadership as she continues to serve as dean of the College of Agriculture and vice president for USU Extension. ...more

Summer Academy gives Biotech Experience to High School Students
Over the past nine years, nearly 320 high school students have come to the campus of Utah State University as part of a week-long Biotechnology Summer Academy (BSA). The program focuses on fostering connections between students and faculty through experiential learning of the life sciences. ...more

UAES Researcher Receives Career Honor
Utah State University insect pathologist and Utah Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Donald W. Roberts received the Society for Invertebrate Pathology's 2009 Founders' Honoree award, the society's top career honor. Roberts, a research professor in USU's Department of Biology, was recognized at an Aug. 17 ceremony during the group's annual meeting in Park City, Utah. ...more

Society of Chinese Bioscientists' 12th Biennial International Symposium
Virologist Joseph Li's lab at Utah State University may be a long way from Asia-culturally and geographically-but Li and his colleagues in the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA) know that goals like advancing biological and medical knowledge transcend all sorts of intellectual and political boundaries. ...more

Wetland Discovery Point Awarded Platinum LEED Certification
Wetland Discovery Point, the Utah Botanical Center's (UBC) newest teaching space, has been awarded Platinum LEED certification, becoming one of just a few buildings in the state to earn that distinction. LEED certification is an internationally recognized achievement in building design and construction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. ...more

UAES Researchers Featured in Rangelands Magazine
Rangelands The February 2009 issue of Rangelands, published by the Society for Range Management, is a collection of articles by researchers at USU's Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory. ...more

Fire Restoration Project Receives Partners in Conservation Award
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Milford Flat Fire Restoration Project for outstanding efforts to collaborate to achieve natural resource goals. ...more

USU's Fifth Annual Research Week
Utah State University's Vice President for Research Office hosted its fifth-annual Research Week March 30-April 2. Several researchers with UAES ties were among those honored this year. ...more

Dr. H. Paul Rasmussen Retires
After 20 years as director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station and a valued administrator at Utah State University, Dr. H. Paul Rasmussen will retire May 1, 2009. ...more

Ag Memorial Sculpture Unveiled at USU
A large gathering in the Utah State University Taggart Student Center was held March 18 for the unveiling of a memorial sculpture to honor the eight students and one instructor from the College of Agriculture whose lives ended suddenly in tragic accident in fall 2005. ...more

Research On Capital Hill
Each year, students from throughout Utah gather at the State Capitol to share a year's worth of hard work and discovery with their peers, and the entire state of Utah. These students truly represent the finest minds in Utah. ...more

Mitigation Commission Earns Environmental Stewardship Award
The Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (URMCC) was recently honored with the 2008 Utah Botanical Center Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of its outstanding work to improve the state's watersheds and educate people of all ages about the importance of Utah's natural resources. ...more

Utah State University Opens Ecofriendly Wetland Center
The newest building at the Utah Botanical Center is also among the most environmentally friendly structures in the state. Wetland Discovery Point, which will be the home of many education programs at the Utah Botanical Center (UBC), was designed and built to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, the highest ranking awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. There are currently just 94 Platinum certified buildings in the United States and none are in Utah. ...more