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Utah State University's 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil is Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom, 5:30 p.m. with David E. Dixon, an associate professor of political science at St. Joseph's College, and France A. Davis, a pastor at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, who marched with King in 1965. Activities are free and all are invited.

Although the current spotlight has been turned to STEM, Utah has already been answering the call with several statewide STEM focused initiatives. Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR), a state funded grant program, has allowed 30 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the state to implement programs that they would otherwise be unable to offer.

During the first half of the 20th Century, the terror known as Polio afflicted between 13,000 to 20,000 people per year in the US. In Utah, during one particularly virulent six-week period, more than 200 confirmed cases of polio were reported. This dreaded disease struck mostly young people, with no discrimination of race, sex or socio-economic status.

SLCC's South City campus will soon be home to a Center for New Media that will prepare Utah’s students for careers in the digital age.

This scholarship encourages students to accelerate their education by earning an associates degree in high school. Students must complete coursework with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and they are provided a scholarship for up to 75% of tuition that may may be used at a qualifying 4-year public college or university in the Utah System of Higher Education, as well as at Brigham Young University and Westminster College.

Become a better gardener or learn about beekeeping.  This schedule offers a variety of interesting topics.

Utah’s Electronic High School (EHS) is meeting student needs with open-entry/open-exit courses and within three years will have converted most curriculum to downloadable media.

REACH is a nationally recognized multicultural education program being disseminated throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. It has been approved as a National Diffusion Network Program (NDN) to be used in grades 6-9 Social Studies Classrooms. NDN programs have been field tested with students and are proven successful.

Using a collaborative studio class at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, fifteen students are developing a plan to present to Salt Lake City planning officials.

Christmas came early at Weber State University as six research projects were among the initial 10 projects statewide to receive Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Technology Commercialization Grants (TCG). Funding from the six grants totals nearly $189,000.

Snowmelt in mountains in the U.S. West is happening at an accelerated rate, a result of desert dust blowing onto peaks in the Rockies and other locations. 

Current dust levels on mountains are five times greater than they were before the mid-19th century, due in large part to increased human activity in deserts; on average desert dust has led to the earlier disappearance of mountain snow cover by at least a month.

LeConte Stewart's West

Mon, 14 Dec 2009

Stewart, a noted Utah artist and long-serving chair of the University of Utah Art Department (1938-1956), produced more than 7,000 works—including oil and watercolor paintings, prints, and drawings—during his long life.

The Utah Office of Education offers many resources to help adults with their education needs.  This site supports the transition to postsecondary education.

In this report card on adult education in Utah, the Office of Education shares statistical information about adult education programs throughout the state.

Two elementary schools and two junior high schools in the Davis School District are currently part of separate boundary studies.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been created pursuant to a resolution adopted on July 16, 2009 by the Utah State Board of Regents in its regularly scheduled meeting held at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. At that time it was determined that “the College of Eastern Utah (CEU) should be affiliated with Utah State University (USU) to meet the challenges it faces and to enhance higher education programs for southeastern Utah residents.”

A new web-based program introduced in this fall will allow Utah Valley University scholars to share their work and research with each other and the wider world.

The economic downturn sent Utahns seeking significantly more career and technical education at UCAT campuses during 2008–2009. Adult students in particular logged a record-setting
increase of 18.5% in membership hours (amount of time students are enrolled) compared with the previous year.

This year the Gifted Services of Alpine School District is celebrating its 25th Anniversary (the program began in 1984). To recognize the growth and appreciation for the program, all students involved in the program were invited last March to participate in creating a new motto and logo for this celebration year.

A natural outgrowth of initiatives at USU in the areas of biofuels and advanced sensing and imaging, EDL focuses the applied research, development, design and implementation of green, renewable energy and environmental solutions for government and commercial customers. While the USU Biofuels Center and USU Center for Advanced Sensing and Imaging focus on early stage research to create biofuels from algae and new environmental sensing methods, EDL takes it one step further.

Small amounts of oil leave a fluorescent sheen on polluted water. Oil sheen is hard to remove, even when the water is aerated with ozone or filtered through sand. Now, a University of Utah engineer has developed an inexpensive new method to remove oil sheen by repeatedly pressurizing and depressurizing ozone gas, creating microscopic bubbles that attack the oil so it can be removed by sand filters.

The team – anchored by USTAR researchers Guido Gerig, Tom Fletcher and Tolga Tasdizen – puts Utah at the international forefront in the field of neuroimage analysis.  The team’s goal is to develop technology and computer modeling that leads to earlier detection and more effective treatment of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, Schizophrenia, and other debilitating conditions.

The conference begins at 5:00 pm in the Barlow Building on the Davis Applied Technology Center campus in Kaysville.

Several Utah food banks were recent recipients of 7,112 pounds of produce donated by the Utah State University Extension Food Pantry Garden at the Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville.
The first Utah Botanical Center Food Pantry Garden was planted last spring by three Boy Scouts for their Eagle Scout projects with the help of approximately 60 other people who planted 100 pounds of seed potatoes, 450 tomato plants, 4,000 corn plants and 200 melon plants.

In accordance with Jordan School District Board approval, a new high school is currently under construction at 11971 S. 6000 West. It will be open at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. To facilitate the opening, boundary changes at Bingham and Riverton High Schools are anticipated in order to establish the new school boundaries.

The course is limited to 100 guests so early registration is needed. Register on line through the Utah Division of Risk Management Web site at

All contributions, including online contributions, for tax year 2009 are due in the UESP office before 5:00 p.m. (MT), Thursday, December 31, 2009.

Helping a large-scale education facility produce as much energy as it consumes is no small undertaking; yet the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning is preparing to do just that.

The administration plans to renovate the College's 40-year old brutalist-style facility in such a way that the building consumes the least possible amount of energy and-at the same time-begins to generate its own energy, thus accomplishing a net-zero energy state of operations.

KUED-TV in Salt Lake City was honored as the first recipient of the Overall Station Excellence Award from the Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy Awards. This award considers a station's quality, service, diversity and commitment over the course of an entire year. More than 50 stations were eligible in the Rocky Mountain region.

This SuperBot Challenge programming contest is designed to provide high school seniors and juniors (sophomores and freshmen are welcome to compete as well) with an opportunity to test their Java programming skills.

Theme: “How do you believe Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision impacted President Obama’s message to American students, and what did the message teach you about your personal responsibility as an American school-age student?”

Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers students depth of knowledge and skill, linked with specific post-secondary school programs culminating in certificates or degrees. CTE provides critical learning and hands-on skills through Pathways within eight Areas of Study.

This website is designed to help students and teachers explore these five tribes— the Utes, Paiutes, Northwestern Shoshones, Goshutes, and Navajos— which are a vital part of Utah’s past and present.

State Superintendent Larry Shumway surprised Morris, who teaches reading and Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes meant to help prepare students for college, with the award at a school assembly Tuesday. Morris, 58, won the award for her success in expanding her school's AVID program, integrating culture into her lessons, and for her work as a mentor to other educators, among other things.

Iron County School District Office Administrators & School Board
extend an invitation for the public to attend an annual DATA FAIR.  The fair will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009 and will include informative data highlighting student progress of each school will be displayed.

Voter information pamphlets regarding the 2009 Building Improvement and Construction Plan should be arriving in mailboxes soon.

The Board of Education of the Davis School District is proposing a $250 million bond to build new school buildings and renovate existing properties. The proposal will be on the ballot November 3 in Davis County.

Utah State University’s success as one of the state of Utah’s flagship research institutions is evident in many ways, but in 2009 USU celebrates as a record number of inventions are patented. In fiscal year 2009, after receiving 80 idea disclosures from students and professors about potential inventions, a record number 44 patents were filed and 11 patents were issued to USU, along with 10 commercialized technologies that fall into the “copyright category.”

For the fifth year in a row, the Financial Times of London has ranked the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business (DESB) Executive MBA program among the top programs in the world. According to the report, being published in the Oct. 19 issue, the David Eccles School of Business Executive MBA program was ranked 30 in the United States and 77 in the world. Faculty research output was ranked 20 in the U.S.

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) student enrollment figures are in, showing a steady growth at Southern Utah University indicative of schools throughout the state. And though USHE is justifiably concerned that such a steady enrollment growth system-wide coupled with budget cuts may prove a challenge, SUU officials are optimistic that the Southern Utah campus can maintain its trademark private school-quality education at its reasonable public school price tag.

Utah Valley University will celebrate the inauguration of its sixth president, Matthew S. Holland, with a week of inaugural events beginning Monday, Oct. 5 and culminating with the inaugural ceremonies for President Holland Friday, Oct. 9. Inaugural events will take place each day of the Inaugural Week celebration, featuring activities and events for all of UVU’s community members.

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