On Friday, April 7, USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies will kick off its annual Research Week. This series of events will give the USU community the opportunity to learn about what top undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers have been working on within the last year, as well as honor their contributions.
The week will begin with the D. Wynne Thorne Lecture, held in the Merrill-Cazier Library New Books Lounge on April 7. At the lecture, individuals will have the opportunity to hear from last year’s D. Wynne Thorne Career Research awardee, Bruce Bugbee.
Bugbee is a professor in the Plants, Soils, and Climate Department and will be speaking about his research and career experiences. Through his research, the science behind growing plants in space has been greatly improved. In 2013, Bugbee was a speaker at TEDxUSU on the topic “Turning Water into Food.” His achievements include the Governors Medal for Science and Technologyt for the State of Utah in 2012, Research
er of the Year in the College of Agriculture in 2005, and Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year for Utah State University in 2001.
On Tuesday, Apr. 11, the USU community will have another chance to hear more of the research being conducted by faculty at the Faculty Author Exhibition. This event will also take place in the library New Books Lounge.
At the Faculty Author Exhibition, all USU authors who have published a book in 2016 will be recognized. These books will be on display and three of the authors will give short presentations on their works. These presenters include Laura Gelfand on Our Dogs Our Selves: Dogs in Medieval and Early Modern Art, Literature, and Society, Colin Flint on Geopolitical Constructs: the Mulberry Harbours, World War Two, and the Making of a Militarized Transatlantic, and Steven Camicia on Critical Democratic Education and LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum: Opportunities and Constraints.
Students from all disciplines will gather at the library to share their research at the Student Research Symposium on Thursday, April 13. The symposium will give more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their work to peers and faculty. All are invited to attend the short presentations of the researchers and see the work USU students have been involved in throughout the past year. The researchers will be given feedback by judges and have the opportunity to win awards.
Research Week will close with Ignite USU, which is similar to TEDxUSU, but highlights the work of USU students. Ignite gives eight student researchers the opportunity to share the experiences that they have had while being involved in undergraduate and graduate research. Each student only has 5 minutes and 20 slides to present their information. The event will close with food, music, and the chance to talk to the presenters.
This year’s Ignite USU speakers include a variety of researchers. Tommy Thompson will be speaking about his experiences studying at USU after breaking free of the cycle of addiction and incarceration. His research examines the greater sage grouse’s presence in North America.
Also included in the lineup of speakers is Sun Jeon, who will present her research in the statistics of large data sets of people with illnesses. Through her studies, she has been able to learn how to find the humanity in the numbers. These are only a few of the wide range of topics that will be addressed at this year’s Ignite USU.
All Research Week events are free of charge and hosted by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. For a full list of events visit the Research Week website.
For more information on Ignite USU, visit the website.
Writer: Bentlee Rice, email@example.com, RGS communications