Leslie Forero

Kristen Heroy

Outbreaks of Equine Herpesvirus 1, or EHV-1, were recently detected in four of Utah’s neighboring states - Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and Wyoming. Although there aren’t any current outbreaks in Utah, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food urges equestrians to be aware of the disease.

Episode #7. CRISPR

Apr 23, 2019

UPR Science Reporter Leslie Forero interviews the Utah State University Jackson Lab about their work on CRISPR - a tool for editing an organism's genes.

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), with support from Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), re-introduced a bill that failed last year called the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming, or OFF Act. The OFF Act is intended to reduce conflicts of interest in the agricultural industry in checkoff programs.

Utah’s snow-water equivalent is well above median, and currently none of the state is in a severe-to-extreme drought. But Utahns shouldn’t relax about their water supplies just yet.

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Moab’s sweeping vistas, roaring whitewater and unique wildlife make it a hotspot for river rafting, helicopter tour, and for conflict over recreation impacts. The Bureau of Land Management’s Moab field office recently nullified their decision and canceled a special recreation permit for a helicopter shuttle, pending further study on impacts to desert bighorn sheep.

Bureau of Land Management / U.S. Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Land Management is tasked to maintain the delicate balance between protecting wild horses and burros while conserving rangelands. Unfortunately, the current population of 81,950 wild horses and burros is more than three times the size public lands can support. 

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Utah beer lovers will soon be able to get beer with as much as 4.0 percent alcohol by weight in the grocery store with the passage of an amended Utah bill -- Senate Bill 132. The bill was one of the last passed during the 2019 legislative session. 

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Microevolution, or traits varying due to natural selection, is pretty settled in evolutionary science. But macroevolution – the evolution of new species – hasn’t been observed. 

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The Estonian company Enefit had hoped to install Utah's first oil shale development, but the fate of the project may be in jeopardy since a coalition of seven different environmental groups issued a notice of intent to sue over the proposed project in eastern Utah. 

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Coal is big in Utah. It's our state rock and according to the US Energy Information Administration, it represents one-third of our state's total energy production. But Utah's coal may be having unexpected consequences on the grasslands and wetter places in the nation. 

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Utah lawmakers are into the third week of the 45-day general session and they are considering weapon-restriction laws to try to balance protecting vulnerable populations and second amendment rights. 

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If you’ve noticed poultry gasping for air, trembling, drooping their wings or just dropping dead, you should take it seriously. A highly contagious avian disease was recently detected for the first time in Utah.

Utah State University Approves Far-Left Student Club

Jan 24, 2019

Since the election of New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the U.S. House of Representatives, you might have been hearing the term “democratic socialist”.  But do you know what the Democratic Socialists of America represent?

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On the evening of January 20, as long as skies are clear, Utahns should be able to see a super blood wolf moon, but what exactly does that mean? 

Two New Wildflower Species Discovered In Logan Canyon

Dec 21, 2018
Leslie Forero

You would think that scientists would know how many species occur in an area, especially one as well-populated as Cache County. But scientists at Utah State University just discovered two new species of wildflowers that only occur near Logan – and they think more are out there.

Jacob Miller

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management took bids for oil and gas leases on 154,212 acres of public land. This move was criticized by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and the Sierra Club for its potential to cause localized biodiversity loss. But how much can the loss of one or two species matter? 

Julie Golla

Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was recently named one of National Geographic's top travel destinations for the upcoming year, and there's a surprising connection between the African national park and Utah. 

Ultimately the National Park Service built a trail to the desired vantage point.
Clément Bardot

My family hosted Japanese exchange students when I was in high school. As a result, I have a bunch of Japanese sisters, one of which is a mountaineer, gear-tester, and all-around outdoorswoman. She loves hot springs and wanted to know which natural hot springs in Utah were good to visit. So I set off to find out. 

Paul Wolf / Intermountain Herbarium

In a basement below a cafeteria, researchers and scientists gather in what is the Intermountain Herbarium.  It is a little used Utah State University campus resource that serves an important purpose.

Lorenzo Long / SOSNR

Torrey Gleave, a local photographer, was at Farmington Bay when he saw something odd.

Research and Graduate Studies / Utah State University

In 2011, the Association for Women and Science published a paper claiming women were underrecognized when scientific organizations chose nominees and selected prominent scientists to award. 

Leslie Forero

One-hundred-and-fifty bright orange bikes have sprung up on the Utah State University campus in Logan. A coalition between USU’s Aggie Blue Bikes, the city of Logan, local bike shop Joyride and company Spin partnered to bring the bikeshares to USU on a provisional basis.

Meghan Duffy / University of Michigan

Professor Meghan Duffy, an expert in infectious diseases who recently lectured at Utah State University, was interested in how food webs in lakes are affected by pathogens, not drug discovery. She set up an experiment to see how water fleas – a small crustacean that are also important food for young fish – grow and reproduce under different diets with different pathogen exposures.

Smith and Garrett successfully transplanted a type IV CRISPR immune system into E. coli.
Mary-Ann Muffoletto/USU College of Science.

In the Jackson lab at Utah State University, mixers whirr, protein purification machines beep, and shakers jiggle, all with one goal: isolating and describing the bacterial immune systems known as CRISPR.

County Health Rankings / University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This is the ninth county health rankings report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Each year the two organizations pool data from different sources to look at how where we live affects our health. 

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