Rachel Hager

Utah Division of Natural Resources

Urban deer conflicts can be frustrating when deer eat garden vegetables and deadly when deer are involved in car accidents. Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources reccently made changes to eliminate the relocation aspect of the urban deer program.

Pink rod-like bacteria float with a black background
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Bacterial infections can cause a variety of symptoms from mild intestinal discomfort to death. Recent research could lead to a new form of antibiotics by shutting down bacteria’s injection system.

Revealing Historic Winter Climate Using Tree Rings

Apr 26, 2019
Fallen tree with tree rings on a bed of grass and leaves.
NASA

Counting the number of tree rings tells us how old the tree is but new research reveals how these rings can tell us more about historic winter climates. 

Small black bird grazes vegetation in a wetland.
Doug Wechsler/National Audubon Society

Scientists have found that climate change impacts the timing of early spring vegetation growth and bird migration. New research investigates if earlier bird migration to the Arctic results in lower quality vegetation.   

Utah State University with a backdrop of mountains and a foreground of green trees.
Utah State University

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas emissions are the most significant driver of global climate change. Utah State University is making changes to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral within the next 13 years.

US Fire Administration

For wildfire firefighters, knowing exactly how long it takes for them to reach safety is critical, and new research provides more precise information about the time to cross different terrains and different slopes. 

Large explosion in a rural area along railroad tracks at night.
Juab County Sheriff's Office

A controlled detonation Sunday night in Juab County lit up the sky with a massive fireball. A Union Pacific freight train went off the tracks near Eureka in western Utah on Saturday derailing several railcars carrying dangerous materials, requiring a collaborative effort by state and federal agencies to contain railcars leaking propane and biodiesel.   

Sign saying Caution Extreme Heat Danger in rocks with mountains in the background.
CDC

The warm temperatures of spring are heading our way and the intense heat of the summer is just around the corner. Now, there is new research investigating how we perceive extreme heat and how it can affect us. 

Mother holding a newborn infant.
Utah Department of Health

Where a child is born can influence what resources are available for early childhood development. According to a new assessment, there is room for improvement for Utah babies and families compared to other states in the nation.

Aspen tree grove with wildfire of orange flames and dark smoke.
US Forest Service

New research suggests that social and economic impacts of wildfire are becoming more complex. 

Liana Prudencio is a PhD student in Watershed Sciences and the Climate Adaption Science program at Utah State University.

USU AggieAir At Forefront Of Drone Technology

Mar 4, 2019
Small black drone that looks like a plane flies over rural farmland in Utah.
Utah State University

Drones may be the future of convenience and delivery, but there are still many challenges when it comes to using them in urban environments. Utah State University’s AggieAir team will be addressing these challenges during an upcoming exclusive NASA demonstration. 

A white 3-D printed gun on a white grid with a black background.
Federal Bureau of Investigations

3-D printers are becoming more and more accessible to the public, making some worried about their ability to create weapons that are untraceable. One Utah undergraduate student researches these so-called ghost guns, investigating the impact these guns can have on law enforcement and possible solutions.

Center for Disease Control

Our eyes contain small, complex cells with many important jobs. A new major grant at Utah State University aims to increase our understanding of one of these specific types of cells in our eyes - retinal pigmented epithelium cells, also known as RPE cells. 

Crop irrigation of an alfalfa field
USU Extension

According to the US Geological Survey, 72 percent of Utah’s water is used for irrigation, but there is not a clear understanding of water use at a field level. New research based at Utah State University offers insight about small farm water use in Cache Valley.

River surrounded by fall colored trees
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The leaves and branches decomposing in rivers play a key role in the global carbon cycle. New research at more than 1,000 sites around the world investigates how river decomposition rates can differ in locations at different latitudes. 

Genetic Breakthrough Identifies PCOS-Risk Genes

Jan 24, 2019
Graphic depicting a healthy and a polycystic ovary showing the cysts and non-normal development of eggs
National Institute of Health

PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, is one of the most common causes of infertility among women and can also cause serious health problems. According to the Office of Women’s Health, polycystic ovary syndrome- also known as PCOS -affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. But a genetic breakthrough is being used to help identify risks associated with the syndrome. 

Joan holds a net containing a captured bee in a dry, rocky field with wildflowers. Hills in the background.
Therese Lamperty

Current and former researchers at Utah State University have been catching bees in a national park in California and this research has led to the discovery of the largest biologically diverse community of native bees.

National Parks Service

A change of habitat by a small mammal is having an impact on our mountain ecosystems, and the pika is being used to help understand high elevation mountain ecosystems. 

White snow with red dust on a mountain with rocks in the foreground and blue sky in the background.
McKenzie Skiles

The state of Utah is known for having some of the greatest snow on earth, but dust is threatening this important natural resource. 

Wind in dry or disturbed regions can pick up small pieces of dirt or minerals, and carry that dust across regions. 

Background trees and tropical bushes. Small pond with two Hyrachyus, similar to tapir and rhino.
University of Utah

Millions of years ago there were diverse and large populations of mega-herbivores, but today there are only a few mega-herbivore species. New research reveals a new theory about the extinction of these ancient mega-herbivore species. 

Deer mouse with light brown and white markings sitting in the hay.
CDC

Hantavirus is a rare but deadly virus that can infect humans who inhale rodent droppings, but there is now a new understanding of how humans become infected with the virus. 

Lake in the background with a few trees and grass, a small dirt track, and a white camper near the lake.
Utah Outdoor Activities

The Sheeprock Mountains are a 24-mile long mountain range located in southern Tooele County and northern Juab County. These West Desert mountains are managed by federal, state and private land managers for a variety of uses.

Ski Utah

A Utah cancer institute is providing sun care and cancer screening programs to ski resort employees.

A yellow and black bee (a mallow bee) lands in a red flower (a globe mallow flower).
Olivia Carril

When most people think of bees, they think of a honeybee, but there are hundreds and thousands of other bee species found in the United States. 

Background: blue sky, green tree and a mountain peak. Mid-ground: Bustling people on a cobblestone plaza. Foreground: Person holding a sign that says "March For Science. March For The Future"
Out in STEM at USU

Across the sciences, engineering is one of the least diverse disciplines. But Utah State University just received a grant to investigate LGBT+ representation in engineering.   

Sunrise on a snow covered field with icy trees, spread across the field are elk feeding.
Mark Gocke, WY Game & Fish Dept

For decades, researchers have known that the bacterial infection Brucellosis can cause deaths in cattle and bison herds in the western US. 

Background blue sky and white clouds. Middle stone bridge. Foreground two men in yellow jackets control a drone seeing in the middle.
Ascending Technologies

Like everything else, bridges are prone to wear and tear, often from environmental elements and constant use. New research out of Utah State University says the use of drones could help identify cracks, and ultimately extend the life of bridges.

Top right is a charred slope with burned trees, middle is a deep canyon where the river has been dramatically altered, left side is an unburned slope.
Chris Brown, Utah State University

The land of the western United States is shaped by wildfire and water availability. According to new research from Utah State University, increasing the number of smaller wildfires could increase water resources in the West.   

Two white men, one with a blue shirt and one with a red shirt sit behind a black tablet, sensors, and a google home.
Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

The University of Utah’s School of Computing are setting up participants with tools to monitor the air quality in their own homes. This pilot program may change how people visualize and perceive the air in their homes. 

Breastfeeding May Lower Stress In 5-Month Old Babies

Oct 31, 2018
A black mother holds her baby to her breast to breastfeed. Woman is wearing a green t-shirt and baby a blue onesie.
Office on Women's Heath

A Utah researcher wanted to know more about maternal caregiving, such as breastfeeding, and if it could lead to lower levels of stress in five-month-old babies. 

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