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.

Featured Event

"Defenders, Bullies & Victims: The Social Ecology of Adolescence" | Diana Meter | June 7, 2022

What causes bullying? How can defenders reduce its frequency? Is bullying preventable?

Those are the questions being asked by Dr. Diana Meter, a researcher in Utah State University's Human Development and Family Studies department, who explores what factors predict when kids will stand up for each other and how we can encourage more defenders.

Dr. Meter will share some of her findings at the next USU Blue Plate Research, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 7, 2022 at Gallivan Hall in downtown Salt Lake City. Lunch will be provided for attendees!

Dr. Meter will share results of some of her findings, including:

  • Who is most likely to be a defender
  • A way to identify defenders in a peer group
  • What impact speaking up has on the defenders themselves

Upcoming Events

Greg Madden headshot
Greg Madden | Sept 9, 2022
Dr. Greg Madden, a professor and researcher in USU's Department of Psychology, specifically the Behavioral Analysis Program.

Sara Freeman head shot
Sara Freeman | Jan 27, 2023
Dr. Sara Freman, Assistant Professor in USU's Department of Biology.

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.