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As Utah Teacher of the Year, Gay Beck was given an opportunity to go to Space Camp last month. There she picked up some new teaching tools: units on going to the moon, gliders and the solar system. But what really made her excited about the experience was what Space Camp allowed her to give away: a week?s free tuition to a Utah student.

Between periods of rapid incision, arroyos appear to follow prolonged aggradation or ?filling? periods. The question is: What?s driving these cycles of rapid entrenchment followed by slower rates of sedimentation and infilling?

The Canyons Virtual High School offers a comprehesive high school curriculum to tech-savvy, busy high school students, in classes ranging from core subjects to career and technical classes to AP courses -- even advanced Chinese.

The Fall UEN Professional Development schedule will be available on Sept. 1. Be sure to sign up early to get the courses you need.

Utah?s governor has entered the blogosphere. Gov. Gary Herbert?s new blog launched last Thursday and his education director, Christine Kearl, has already penned a piece on public education, one of the Governor?s four policy ?cornerstones,? which also include energy, jobs and self-determination.

Biological Engineering students and faculty at Utah State University transform waste water into biofuels and other bio-products.

A report released by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education illustrates how Utah?s knack for ?industry? exists in higher education as the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has been identified as one of the most efficient systems in the nation in generating degrees for the dollars spent.

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Moved Public Education Online forward by giving preliminary approval to a rule governing the program that reimburses online education providers for up to two classes per year per student. Provided guidance to school districts and charter schools in evaluating educators for classroom performance. Announced that the U.S. Department of Education has given approval to revisions in Utah?s No Child Left Behind plan.

Salt Lake Community College has a grant from the Department of Labor to fund education in the Digital Arts Industry. Qualified students receive FREE tuition and additional funds are available to qualified applicants through the Department of Workforce Services to assist with books, supplies, and equipment.

Utah State University river scientist Jack Schmidt will lead a federal agency focused on providing science to guide management of an iconic river in an iconic region that?s been a pivotal part of his research for nearly 30 years.

Two students from the University of Utah (the U) will travel to India and Bangladesh to begin distinct?but culturally related?projects this fall, funded by awards from the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center, in conjunction with the 2nd-Annual DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, combine to present a new fall exhibit featuring the works of renowned contemporary artist Tom Judd. The exhibit, which is free to the public, will officially open on Monday, August 22, and will run Monday-through-Friday through October 12, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The first of its kind between the National Park Service and a university, the Alliance for Education is an agreement to assist one another in a variety of programs that benefit of students, the park and local communities.

This summer the Woodbury Art Museum is launching its new Children?s Activities that provide fun and interactive ways to engage children with the art exhibited at the museum. 

USU Still Flying High

Thu, 21 Jul 2011

The retiring of the space shuttle, with its strong ties to Utah State University's College of Engineering, is a university legacy its students continue to honor, most recently when they took home the gold out of a field of 24 schools participating in the ninth annual Student Unmanned Air Systems Competition at Lexington Park, Md.

The program in Ogden will help 73 low-income people between the ages of 16 and 24. Each session lasts about ten months and can accept up to 36 students. The program continues to follow the participants for another year after they graduate to provide support and assistance for student success.

A variety of things were recently approved approved by the Utah Board of Regents, including a mortuary science degree program at Salt Lake Community College.

Local history suggests that Utah has always been a hard-working, efficient state. And a new report released today by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education indicates that ?industry? exists in higher education as the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has been identified as one of the most efficient systems in the nation in generating degrees for the dollars spent.

U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Conservation Service recently announced the availability of $2.3 million in additional funding through the Grassland Reserve Program to conserve important sage-grouse habitats in Utah.

An advisory committee has been meeting regularly to make recommendations on how this performance framework should be structured. The State Charter Board received an update on several recommendations for performance standards and guidelines and will receive the final recommendation in August.

During an official signing ceremony on July 13 at the state capitol with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Utah Valley University formalized cooperative academic ties with Qinghai Normal University in western China. This formalization of relations will also facilitate collaboration on student digital media technology projects ? including one currently underway by UVU students.

The Utah State Board of Regents and the University of Utah have launched a presidential search Website to keep the public informed during the process of selecting the U of U?s next president. Visitors can log onto to provide nominations, commentary and input into the search process, as well as receive up-to-date information on timeline, updates and constituent meetings.

Closing the achievement gap

Mon, 11 Jul 2011

The achievement gap comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. There is the Caucasian v. African American achievement gap, the Caucasian v. Hispanic achievement gap, the poverty achievement gap, the male v. female achievement gap, etc.

Three Utah State University projects competed for and were awarded $120,000 in grant money from the state of Utah during the most recent Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program solicitation period. Twenty-two grants were awarded statewide.

A rural tax education program hosted by Utah State University Extension was selected to receive the 2011 Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Extension Program Award.

When it comes to hands-on skills, Utah Valley University students use their classroom instruction and experience to excel in real-world situations. UVU students won medals in 12 different competitions and placed second overall among competing colleges and universities at the 47th annual SkillsUSA Championships June 20-24 in Kansas City, Mo.

The Utah State Board of Regents approved an administrative restructuring that creates the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education within the College of Agriculture at Utah State University.

Bullying is no longer considered a rite of passage, or simply a matter of child's play. Every day, it seems the headlines highlight another tragic ending to the story of a victim of bullies. Whether that bullying took place virtually on a Web site or at school, educators are forced to deal with the effects on a daily basis.

New findings about the DNA of Great Salt Lake brine flies are taking a Weber State University student to one of the most important molecular genetics research conferences in the world.

The annual URSA summer conference will be held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th , 2011. This years theme is Empower Students - Common Core and More.

?Our Conference was built on a pioneering spirit and through innovation that has contributed to some of the most valuable advancements in this country and the world," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.

Culver studies the cultural, environmental and recreational history of the American West. He spent the 2010-11 academic year on sabbatical researching his next book as a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environmental Studies at The University of Munich and at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif.

Freedom Fire, Logan City's annual celebration and firework display, opens with a bang, presenting Cache Valley's largest Independence Day show at Utah State University's Romney Stadium July 1.

Check out UVU's summer catalog for lots of exciting classes.

Free Job Fair and Open House

Tue, 28 Jun 2011

This Manufacturing Job Fair & Open House is a unique opportunity to speak to employers who are actually hiring as well as find out how to become industry certified through DATC.

Over the past century the life expectancy of Americans has continued to climb. However, recent projections by Utah State University sociologist Eric Reither, who specializes in the study of the consequences of the nation?s obesity epidemic, suggest this trend may be a thing of the past for some subsets of the population.

The annual URSA summer conference will be held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th , 2011. This years theme is Empower Students - Common Core and More.

Superintendent Randy Merrill proposed that Provo School District develop a plan that would drive education efforts in the District for the next decade. In his words, "...not only must the plan be inspirational and motivational, but it must also have substance." The intent is to create a plan that will deliver superior performance, have a distinctive impact and will achieve lasting endurance.

Join fellow fans as the state of Utah declares July 1, 2011, as ?Utah PAC-12 Day,? with a celebration on the south lawn of the State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Dixie State College of Utah has announced it has received $300,000 in grant funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support students and staff to carry out upper atmospheric research using instruments on the International Space Station (ISS) and NASA's TIMED (Thermosphere Ionosphere-Mesosphere Energy and Dynamics) satellite mission.

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