In the News

A few national mentions of USU research. 

USU-made NASA Telescope Set to Finish Sky Survey

USA Today, July 19, 2010

“A telescope made by Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab for NASA is on track to complete its first sky survey. So far, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer — or WISE — project has discovered 25,000 asteroids. (John) Elwell says WISE has produced 1.3 million images, including distant galaxies and brown dwarf stars, as well as 100,000 asteroids.”

It’s Complicated: Making Sense of Complexity

New York Times, May 1, 2010

“There is a lot of end-of-days talk when it comes to this subject. You will find a strain of it in the work of Joseph Tainter, an anthropologist at Utah State University and the author of ‘The Collapse of Complex Societies.’ Does he look at the complexity of the problems facing the United States and see doom? Possibly. That complexity is a fancy word for progress.”

Jaguars and How They Hunt: Scientists Equip Jaguars with GPS Collars

Christian Science Monitor, June 16, 2010

“‘We found that jaguars actually encounter each other and spend more time together than we ever anticipated. That was a surprise. Not like prides of jaguars, nothing like that: we had males travelling together, and we didn’t know if they were brothers,’ researcher Eric Gese at Utah State University said.”

Going Truly Green Might Require Detective Work

USA Today, April 22, 2010

“‘The concept of green is still evolving,’ and there are no easy answers for consumers, says Ed Stafford, a Utah State University business professor who specializes in green marketing. ‘Even environmentalists conflict with one another about what is truly a green product.’”

A Reason for Diversity of Ants May Not Hold

New York Times, August 16, 2010

“There are more than 300 species of nocturnal velvet ants in the Southwestern deserts of the United States. The easy explanation is that as the Rocky Mountains emerged millions of years ago, multiple, isolated deserts formed, leaving ample opportunity for speciation to occur. But the easy answer may not be the right one. James Pitts, an entomologist at Utah State University, has found evidence that about 37 percent of nocturnal velvet ant species emerged millions of years after the mountain range was formed.”