Facilitating Action in the World, with Technical Communication Researcher Rebecca Walton Technical Communication is "communication that facilitates action in the world," according to Rebecca Walton, an associate professor of Technical Communication at Utah State University. Furthermore, tech comm is like house cleaning, when it's done well no one [...]
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Hitting the right note: Engineering buildings for earthquakes with Civil and Environmental Engineer Brady Cox
Hitting the right note: Engineering buildings for earthquakes with Civil and Environmental Engineer Brady Cox The ground beneath us resonates at a certain frequency, kind of like the strings on an instrument. When an earthquake hits, it changes the frequency of the earth, much as you might when [...]
The fire cycle; appreciating a fundamental disturbance, with fire ecologist Larissa Yocom "I think the word 'loss' from fire is a little misplaced," says Larissa Yocom, a USU researcher whose work investigates how fire changes ecosystems and how those changes affect people. Larissa counts tree rings to learn [...]
Joyce Kinkead on immersive writing experiences and cultivating undergraduate research "I often discover what I'm thinking through writing," says Joyce Kinkead, Distinguished Professor of English at Utah State University. As a small-town, first-generation college student, Dr. Kinkead said that her local library growing up was her lifeline and [...]
Setting people up for step-parenthood, with Brian Higginbotham "You can't have too many caring adults in a child's life" says Brian Higginbotham, professor in the department of Human Development and Families and Associate Vice President for Extension, in the latest episode of Instead. Dr. Higginbotham leads one of [...]
Family caregivers and dementia, Beth Fauth's research on late life When someone begins to take care of elderly parents, spouses, or siblings, they don't usually think of themselves as a caregiver; it's just what you do for family. But these people are taking on a significant emotional and [...]
Celebrating Undergraduate Research at Utah State University In 1975, Utah State University funded the first Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity (URCO) grant, and in doing so became only the second institution to fund undergraduate research in a deliberate and dedicated way. In February 2021, our 45-year dedication to undergraduate [...]
The holy grail of water conservation, with turfgrass specialist Dr. Kelly Kopp If you add it all up, lawn grass is the largest irrigated crop in the country by square footage, and it's often vilified as a drain on water critical resources, but is there a way for [...]
A guilt free approach to change with environmental planner Daniella Hirschfeld Daniella Hirschfeld, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at USU, challenges us to reassess where we should be putting our energy into every-day sustainability. While she still endeavors to live environmentally consciously, she knows that [...]
Weight. Stop talking about it. Start checking in with yourself and, Dr. Maya Miyairi Steel "Stop talking about dieting. Period.," says Dr. Maya Miyairi Steel, an associate professor in the Kinesiology & Health Science department at Utah State University. When talking about our bodies and our weight, especially [...]