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Dishing out research experiences in the midst of Covid-19 | from inside the Office of Research at Utah State University.
3 days ago
Extending Grace– a Conversation with, Dr. Nicola Corbin
Dr. Nicola Corbin grew up in Guyana and is often her student's first black teacher. Wyatt grew up in the rural west and was one of her students. In this conversation, they talk about media, justice, and listening.
1 hr 20 min
Jun 29, 2020
How your siblings shaped you, with Dr. Shawn Whiteman | Day 110
Did you know kids these days are more likely to have a sibling in the household, than a father? Did you know siblings in rural areas tend to build stronger bonds with one another? In this episode, Wyatt sits down with USU researcher Dr. Shawn Whiteman from the department of Human Development and Family Studies to discuss how siblings directly and indirectly act as sources of social influences. From risky behaviors to pushing you to go to school, your older sister may have shaped some of your current behaviors.
Jun 22, 2020
Witches, Ghosts, and Pesky High Schoolers; Polishing-up your legend detector, with Dr. Jeannie Thomas | Day 103
In this episode, Dr. Jeannie Thomas takes Wyatt through the history and societal impacts of the Salem Witch Trials, and the haunted Logan nunnery has had on the town for the past few decades. Looking into how exactly these myths and urban legends take hold in our society and Wyatt discovers that even his town of 989 people harbors a legend or two.
Jun 18, 2020
Flushed to a testing site, finding coronavirus in wastewater, with Dr. Roper & Dr. Sims | Day 99
The results of an April study between UofU, BYU, and USU have a surprising outcome - testing waste may be able to predict future coronavirus outbreaks. The most recent cache valley/Hyrum surge in cases was detected the week before confirmed cases started to rise. Join me Wyatt as he talks to two of the scientists involved in the study from the USU Biological Engineering Department - Department Head Keith Roper and Director of the Huntsman Environmental Research Center Ronald Sims. https://youtu.be/2JCUBpyITyk?t=2005
Jun 11, 2020
Stocking Up on Locally Grown Food with, Dr. Kynda Curtis | Day 92
When we hear the term “buy local,” many of us picture that cute mom and pop restaurant downtown; but don't forget the farmers! During COVID-19, farmers across the U.S. have been scrambling to make ends meet due to new restrictions. To swiftly adapt, many of these farms have begun to redefine themselves and are looking to find a market in the everyday consumer. Sit down with Wyatt and applied agricultural economist Kynda Curtis as they break-down farming in the state of Utah. Learn why dairies dumped milk when COVID hit, Challenges facing this year's harvest, and how you can get your hands on some locally grown food. *Utah's Own *https://www.utahsown.org *Utah CSA Directorty *http://csautah.org/find-a-csa *Dr. Kynda Curtis's Blog* https://extension.usu.edu/apec/news/ *USU Resources for people experiencing food insecurity* https://extension.usu.edu/news_sections/general_news/usu-students-provide-food-to-aid-area-pantries
Jun 5, 2020
Land of Snow to Land of Sun, Colorado River Management with, Dr. Jack Schmidt | Day 86
For hundreds of years, the Colorado River has provided vital water supply for seven states in the Western U.S. Wyatt sits down with USU researcher Jack Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences and Janet Quinney Lawson Chair Member at the Center for Colorado River Studies. Dr. Schmidt explains the essential functions of the river in the state of Utah and its role in the development of urban western areas. We discuss how it got the nickname "The River of Law," and dive into the past, and future of the Colorado River. *The Center for Colorado River Studies* https://qcnr.usu.edu/coloradoriver/ **External Podcast Episodes Related to Current National Events* *Unlocking Us – Brené Brown* Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist *CodeSwitch – NPR* A Decade Of Watching Black People Die *Reply All – Gimlet Media *The Crime Machine * *
Jun 2, 2020
Data Collection on City Dwellers and Students: An Undergrad Research Story, with Erik Dickamore | Day 83
Since its inception in 1975, thousands of USU's students have participated in undergraduate research at the university. With the guidance of mentors and sponsors, each student becomes an expert in a niche they choose. For the past 45 years, USU student researchers have contributed to hundreds of projects done throughout the state, and continue to pave a path towards a better future in Utah and the surrounding world. In these weekly spotlights, Wyatt will sit down with a USU undergraduate researcher to get a glimpse of what life is like as a student researcher at USU. In the first chapter of our undergraduate research spotlight, Wyatt speaks with Erik Dickamore, a senior studying statistics at USU. Erik dives into the numerous projects he is working on involving data collection and the future of smart cities around the world. Erik also shares his experience as an undergraduate researcher, and the path he took to kick off his journey as a researcher at USU.
May 28, 2020
All Roads Lead To Research with UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras l Day 78
Utah is the 8th most urbanized state in this country, with 90% of its residence living in urban areas. No wonder there's congestions on your way to work. Last month, we sat down with USU researcher Dr. Patrick Singleton as he painted a picture of what the transportation industry might look like after the COVID-19 pandemic died down. In this episode Wyatt sits down with Carlos Braceras, the executive director of Utah Department of Transportation, and dives in deeper, talking about Utah's unique landscape, weather pattern, and urban issues UDOT deals with, along with the solutions to create greater mobility through mass transit and active transportation. We also dive into the key role USU students play in UDOT, a new way to build freeways, and a little known ferry system in Southern Utah. Possible take away from this episode? Less frustration during traffic cone season. It's worth the hassle.
May 19, 2020
Don't Touch My Hive! Honey Bees and Killer Hornets with Dr. Joe Wilson l Day 69
During your quarantined google searching, the infiltration of the Asian Giant Hornets 'murder hornets' into the U.S may have come across your screen. But are they really a threat? Wyatt and Dr. Joe Wilson, one of USU's evolutionary biologists, calms our nerves (especially for us in Utah) and gives us a look into the lives of these wasps, along with honeybees' domestication and 'endangerment'.
May 15, 2020
Fraud, Finances, and Finding a Balance With Dr. Chad Albrecht | Day 65
The stock market has plunged and 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment. In this episode of Instead, USU Huntsman School of Business researcher Dr. Chad Albrecht helps us connect the dots between the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Depression. We also explore the intricate world of financial fraud across cultures, and some empowering words about your personal finances.
May 11, 2020
A New Vision for Downtown Pocatello with Landscape Architecture, Todd Johnson | Day 61
Pause and notice the key items in your community. What makes people visit, stay, and engage with the town? Todd Johnson, USU’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning practitioner in residence tunes in with us today, along with graduate student Jim Anglesey, to answer these questions. Todd helps fulfill USU extension mission by identifying what makes communities special? And then creates visions of what that community should look like.
May 1, 2020
Baking a Good Online Course With Dr. Breanne Litts | Day 51
Dr. Breanne Litts is an explorer at heart. You can find her either in the great outdoors going on wilderness adventures, or in the classroom investigating the way people learn best. Breanne started and runs the LED Lab to investigate how people learn through making, designing, and producing in diverse cultural and community contexts. In this episode dive into online learning experiences. This is a vital aspect of the school environment during current times were social distancing has made traditional classrooms unsafe, making thousands of USU courses move online within a couple of days. View Diagram on instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B_ppVgLAsZH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Apr 27, 2020
Utah's Mail-in Voting & Influential Election Systems With Dr. Damon Cann | Day 46
“The structure of our election system influences our voting outcomes”. In this episode Damon Cann, a professor of political science at Utah State University and Mayor of North Logan City, helps us weigh in the pros and cons with the various voting platforms; mail-in voting, electronic voting machines, and local ballots. Dr. Damon Cann also fills Wyatt in on how Utah switched to mail-in ballots and goes into the role of local government in our lives, from either side of a pandemic.
Apr 21, 2020
Coronavirus Commuting, With Transportation Engineer Dr. Patrick Singleton | Day 40
COVID-19 has reduced traffic on our roads. Could there be lasting changes to the way people get around? As an engineer, Dr. Patrick Singleton specializes in understanding the sociological factors that need to be accounted for. Wyatt and Patrick discuss how COVID-19 could alter transportation after a sense of normality returns. And how it’s affecting his research area. We also talk about ways cities can be friendlier to bikes. The challenges and opportunity to our big fat Utah streets. And, how autonomous vehicles could affect wellness.
Apr 13, 2020
When I Wait, I Get What I Want... Behavioral Economics With Dr. Gregory Madden | Day 33
Dr. Gregory Madden Studies Impulse control and Behavioral economics. Sometimes this involves getting rats hooked on drugs. He also has developed a successful method of getting a cafeteria of kids to eat more of their lunch. Here's a link to more informations about Madden's Award https://www.usu.edu/today/story/gregory-madden-awarded-the-2020-d-wynne-thorne-award More information about D. Wynne Thorne https://research.usu.edu/awards/d-wynne-thorne/about/
Apr 9, 2020
Corona, But Make It Fashion! With Nancy Hills | Day 30
Because of CDC guidance facemasks are the new fashion in many of our lives. People are learning to sew to contribute during this pandemic. Fashion Historian Nancy Hills talk about how facemasks and how people made do with what they had during World Wars. Nancy Hills has designed costumes for theatrical productions all over the United States, The designs have been displayed at several locations, including the International Prague Quadrennial held in the Czech Republic , and have garnered her prestigious awards. Her research of historical clothing has taken her all over the world, where she is able to examine historical garments up close and observe historical trends in the clothing you wouldn't be able to see by just looking at a picture.
Apr 3, 2020
In The Lab With Covid-19 and Dr. Brett Hurst | Day 24
News sources may let us know who and where COVID-19 is being researched. But, how does that research get going and what is it like to be a Viral Researcher during a pandemic. In this episode Wyatt webchats with Dr. Brett Hurst to learn about USU's piece of the coronavirus-research pie.
Mar 31, 2020
Working Together & Networks of Female Spies, with Dr. Tammy Proctor | Day 20
Wyatt gives and updates on efforts to collect protective equipment from USU. Then Dr. Tammy Proctor shares her research about female spies during the First World War. How they worked together to collect and slip information past the central powers. Then insights from and context of the 1918 influenza pandemics that are useful for us today. Dr. Tammy Procter was scheduled to present at Sunrise Session's in Salt Lake City on March 31, 2020. The event, presented by the Office of Research & Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, was cancelled due to COVID-19. Dr. Tammy Proctor's website which includes publications and links to some publicly available articles– http://www.tammymproctor.com
Mar 26, 2020
Through Watershed Eyes, With Dr. Nancy Mesner | Day 15
Wyatt has a webchat with Nancy Mesner, professor of watershed sciences here at USU. They explore the good, the bad, and the ugly surrounding the numerous types of bacteria found in our rivers and lakes. Professor Mesner also dives into the ins and outs of how to keep our watersheds healthy and explores a unique problem Utah rivers face. https://extension.usu.edu/waterquality/
Mar 23, 2020
ACT-ing On Self-help With Dr. Michael Levin | Day 12
Michael Levin is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University and a leading ACT researcher. In this episode below Wyatt and Michael discuss his work on how to translate the skills that people typically learn in traditional, therapist-guided ACT into an online self-help format so that everyone can learn at their own pace in the privacy of their homes, which is vital during these times of Covid-19. USU ACT Research Group: http://www.UtahACT.com/ ACT Guide Self-Help Program: https://scce.usu.edu/services/act-guide/
Mar 20, 2020
Earthquakes On The Wasatch, With Dr. Susanne Janecke & Dr. Alexis Ault | Day 8
Wyatt talks with two Utah State University Geologists to learn about the recent Magna, Utah Earthquake, debunk some myths, ask an outdated question about the Richter scale, hear about outreach with middle schoolers, and get graded on his research recall. Share –Instead https://instead.buzzsprout.com Earthquake Preparedness https://www.shakeout.org Dr. Susanne Janecke's Website https://geodata.geology.utah.gov/pages/search.php?search=%21collection609
Mar 18, 2020
A Bit of Utah's Urban History, With Dr. Lawrence Culver | Day 6
Posted 8 hours before a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna Utah, This installment Dr. Lawrence Culver gives us a refresher on our 4th grade Utah History. With an eye on what currently relevant. Wyatt didn't ask about how earthquakes influenced the cities of the American West. But there is a first hand account of getting out of Europe when travel restrictions go up.
Mar 14, 2020
Looking Out For The Quaking Aspen, With Dr. Paul Rogers | Day 3
Where there is an Aspen there is Dr. Paul Rogers right there too. Dr. Paul Rogers is a faculty member in the Wildland Resources Department at Utah State University and Director of the Western Aspen Alliance, a “venture between Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources, USDI Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and National Forest Systems, whose purpose is to facilitate and coordinate research issues related to quaking aspen communities of the west.” Our conversation with Paul covers the aspen eating habits of deer and elk, how shoving people in trucks is a great way to solve some problems, getting info from Czech charcoal checkers, and how to keep central Utah’s Pando, the worlds largest organism, healthy.
Mar 12, 2020
Digging In To Where We Are, With Dr. Courtney Flint | Day 2
Governor Herbert declared a 'state of emergency' today Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah State University announced that in-person classes are moving online. Last night, The world health organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic. In this installment – •How different communities react to risks like Covid-19 •What defines life in Utah and the west •The overlooked value of public lands •Drivers and perceptions of Utah's growth Natural resource sociologist Professor Courtney Flint studies how people relate to their environment and communities. She has worked with over 25 communities as part of the Utah Wellbeing Project. Understanding how people connect with the landscapes they inhabit is critical for wise management and effective development. Courtney supposed to participate in a Research Landscapes event today. The Research Landscapes initiative is about strengthening the connection between Land, Water, and Air researchers and Utah’s decision-makers. Covid-19 precations shut…
Mar 12, 2020
The Explainer | Day 1
On March 11, 2020 Utah State University cancelled events, in response to Covid-19. In this clip Wyatt Traughber explains the purpose of "Instead."