What is Blue Plate Research?

Blue Plate Research is an event series from Utah State University that is focused on sharing easy-to-understand well-being research with Utah health advocates, statewide stakeholders, and the public.

Past Events

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Animals to autism: The science of social bonds

Learning why some animals develop “attachment relationships” when most species don’t, can provide insights into human relationships and our brains, and might even offer another piece of the puzzle to understand disorders such as autism.

Defenders, Bullies, and Victims

Everyone wants to be part of a community. This is especially true for young people as they are discovering who they are and how they fit in the world. Unfortunately, many children face bullying and other acts of victimization. But what causes bullying?

The HEART of the Opioid Epidemic

Learn about the HEART Initiative, a program through Utah State University Extension that partners with communities to address the opioid epidemic and other public health issues. The program uses four pillars to address opioid use and support individuals w...

Understanding Obesity

Join us for the next Blue Plate Research, where we'll share the latest findings on obesity. During this virtual event, you'll hear from three Utah State University researchers who are seeking to understand obesity from different perspectives.

What is the series like?

The events will be hosted in-person at Gallivan Hall in downtown Salt Lake City, with a presentation featuring our presenter sharing their research and how it's applicable to the everyday lives of people in Utah, followed by a live question and answer session. The presentation portion will be between 20-30 minutes, while the Q&A session will run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Why should I attend?

Health and well-being is a top issue of concern among Utah citizens and leaders, but finding reliable perspectives on these key issues can be challenging. As the state's only land-grant institution, Utah State University has a mandate and responsibility to share data-driven discoveries with the general public. At Blue Plate Research you'll receive tools and insights on Utah's health and well-being that aren't overly-hyped and marketed, but are real and usable.

Instead Podcast

If you're interested in more research stories from Utah State University, check out the Instead podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts. Produced by the USU Office of Research, INSTEAD highlights researchers, their stories, and the impact their work is having in 30-minute conversations.

Episodes typically feature presenters from our upcoming events or other researchers who are knowledgeable about trending topics.