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A few national mentions of USU faculty research



“Scientists Dig For the Guts of Earthquakes”
(Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2009)

Scientists are pursuing earthquakes deep into their subterranean lairs, studying them on land and below the sea. Yet, confronted with the question of when and where the “next big one” will occur, an uncomfortable silence sets in. … James Evans of Utah State University said researchers have drilled nearly 11,500 feet into the San Andreas Fault in California to install instruments in hopes of “really getting into the guts of the fault zone” to record an earthquake.


“Is Elective Surgery For You?”
(Forbes, Dec. 11, 2009)

A study by Utah State psychology professor Scott Deberard found that with spine surgery, the outcomes were better when they were paid for by private insurance rather than workers’ compensation insurance. “The differences might be due to the potential adversarial nature of workers’ compensation system in which workers’ need to essentially prove their injuries and physical problems,” Deberard says. “This added frustration for patients may explain part of this outcome discrepancy.”


“Whatever Doesn’t Kill Some Animals Can Make Them Deadly”
(New York Times, Dec. 22, 2009)

First isolated from the puffer fish, tetrodotoxin is among the most potent toxins known. … Unlike most snakes that are immobilized, sickened or killed when they try to ingest these newts, members of three species of garter snakes are able to dine on the toxic amphibians. A team of researchers led by Edmund Brodie Jr. of Utah State University and his son Edmund Brodie III of the University of Virginia found that the species have independently evolved tetrodotoxin-resistant sodium channels.


“Can America’s West Stay Wild?”
(Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 19, 2009)

In this two-part series about the effects and future of ranching in the West, Mark Brunson of Utah State University said that while many ranchers would go out of business without low-cost public grazing permits, it’s “no throwaway subsidy.  If done sustainably (as he and others say it can be), ranchers provide an invaluable service. They supply locally raised beef for a burgeoning locavore movement. ‘The culture of ranching, which is also part of the American psyche, is also important,’ he says.” 


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