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What You Should Be Listening To… Instead

On March 11, 2020, Utah State University took action to keep COVID-19 from spreading. Work on this research podcast started the same day.

Presented by USU’s Office of Research, Instead is a digital bridge to span social-distance, allowing you to listen in on conversations with USU researchers and learn how Utah’s researchers move our state forward as new challenges circle the world.

Social distance is nothing new for the program’s host Wyatt Traughber, who grew up in Idaho’s sparsely populated Lost River Valley and moved to Utah for his education in 2013. For more than six years, and while earning a bachelor’s degree in art and a master’s in communication, Wyatt has been buildings bridges between scientists and citizens as the videographer for the Office of Research. Armed with persistence and “stupid questions,” he keeps the conversation light so you can learn while you scrub baseboards, paint walls, walk around the block, or whatever it is you’re doing to stay busy in the quarantine.

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Episodes

Join Wyatt Traughber as he learns about Utah & the world through interviewing USU Researchers to find out what’s happening alongside COVID-19. Read a short summary before, during, or after you listen. Learn a little, get informed, and have a good time with us, instead.

Diana Meter explains how defenders create belonging

Meter points out that most kids are bullied about things that are outside their control, like body shape, gender, sexual orientation, etc. When asked about the oft repeated saying that bullying builds character, she says, “Through that, somebody may be ab...

Spiders and silkworms and hagfish, oh my!

Justin Jones, assistant professor of biology and director of the spider silk lab at USU, has been researching and developing spider silk and its related technologies for nearly 20 years. In this episode of Instead, he tell us why we use silkworm, goats, a...

Engineering buildings for earthquakes with Brady Cox

When an earthquake hits, it changes the frequency of the earth, much as you might when you put your finger on a string to change the note. The goal of the earthquake researcher is to find ways to make new buildings an opposite frequency so that they do no...

Setting People Up for Step-Parenthood

In the latest episode of Instead. Dr. Higginbotham leads one of the largest research-based relationship education initiatives in the county with programs for those who are single, dating, married, remarried, and divorced. He discusses building and navigat...

Family Caregivers and Dementia

Dr. Fauth talks us through her research and efforts to provide and communicate resources for caregivers of family members with dementia or other late-life ailments. She reminds us that the health of caregiver and patient are equally important—just as the ...

Celebrating Undergraduate Research at USU

In February 2021, our 45-year dedication to undergraduate research was recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research as the best in the nation. In this episode of Instead, we give you a sneak peak into why this program is so important to who we are ...

Turfgrass: The Holy Grail of Water Conservation

Dr. Kopp’s specialty is in resource positive landscaping, that is, building landscapes that give more than they take. The surprising news is that resource positive landscaping, also known as xeriscaping (not xeroscaping!), doesn’t preclude lush green gras...

A Guilt-Free Approach to Change

Dr. Hirschfeld investigates the ways that communities can prepare and protect against future flooding, droughts, fires, and other climate connected risks. She points out that we have the science to know where future disasters could impact, so we can now b...

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