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Today we zipped around the Antarctic Peninsula to our new home on the sea ice in the shadow of Mount Erebus. The drive was a fantastical adventure in a Piston Bully ? a track vehicle that zips along in bumpy good time on the ice.

Participate in The World War II Veterans' Lecture Series at the Salt Lake City Main Library. On Dec. 13th Jack Tueller an Army Fighter Pilot will speak.

Weber State University has been recognized by the Institute of International Education for being among the leading institutions in the nation for producing Fulbright Scholars in 2010-11. WSU was one of only 23 master?s institutions nationwide to produce two or more Fulbright Scholars this year.

Twenty-four Salt Lake City School District high school students have been named National Merit Semifinalists. West High School is home to 20 semifinalists, more than any other public school in Utah.

Utah Valley University?s plant identification team took first place overall at a statewide competition earlier this month in Logan, Utah, hosted by the state chapter of the Society for Range Management.

Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht named today a new director of government relations. Neil N. Abercrombie, director of policy research with the Utah League of Cities and Towns, accepted an offer by Albrecht to head up the university?s government relations office beginning Dec. 8.

A Utah Valley University aviation student and a UVU instructor were killed when their plane went down in southern Utah County Wednesday. Jamie Bennee, a 34-year-old certified flight instructor, and David Whitney, a 25-year-old aviation student, died when their Diamond DA 20 aircraft crashed near Wilson Elementary School in Payson at 1:08 p.m. during a routine training flight.

Three innovative research projects at Weber State University have received $84,500 in grant money from the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Technology Commercialization Grants (TCG) program.

For every square foot of space it inhabits, University Neighborhood Partners (UNP)/Hartland Partnership Center has helped an equal number of new arrivals in Salt Lake City adjust to life in a complex new culture.

?If you?re looking for a job, research the organization in depth: their customers, their suppliers, their associates, all their business partners,? Stephen R. Covey said. ?And then, be a solution..."

The islands of Samoa have some of the highest rates of rheumatic heart disease in the world. Often, patients as young as 15 must have heart surgery. The only way to prevent rheumatic heart disease from developing is to screen young patients and educate them and their parents on what to do should the symptoms arise. A group of UVU students will do just that in Samoa next summer.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education awarded a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions grant to the Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah San Juan campus to improve its capacity to serve Native Americans. The San Juan campus anticipates five installments totaling $1.875 million over the next five years.

Our goal in Utah is have 66% of our adult population with some form of post secondary education credential by 2020. Attaining this goal is impossible if we don?t improve the percentage of women currently going to college. Utah currently ranks 50th among the 50 states in the percentage of females attending college, yet as late as 1993 our state exceeded the national average.

With all the recent changes in conference affiliation among schools in the state of Utah, officials from the four original schools have agreed to retire the Old Oquirrh Bucket for the foreseeable future.

As the nation aims for health care reform to rein in spiraling costs and produce better patient outcomes, the DFPM and University of Utah Health Care's community clinics, including collaboration with colleagues from the David Eccles School of Business, the Department of Economics and the College of Pharmacy, is on the forefront of redesigning primary health care for today's doctors and patients.

In an agreement called transformative, Utah State University Libraries has joined the HathiTrust, a shared digital repository that more than doubles the available books in USU?s collection.

On Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the Olpin Union Ballroom, the University of Utah will honor Donald Ward Petersen and ten other Utah veterans at its 13th-annual Veterans Day Commemoration. They will be awarded medallions in a full-dress military ceremony with the university ROTC honor guard and 21-gun salute. To learn more, please visit

Utah Valley University is one of 32 universities and colleges across the nation out of 140 applicants to be selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a prestigious curriculum and faculty development project.

On Nov. 5 international educators from Brigham Young University, Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Snow College, Southern Utah University, and Westminster College, state government officials, and international business leaders will gather at Utah Valley University for Utah?s inaugural International Higher Education Summit: ?Lessons Learned, Pathways Forward.?

On Friday, Nov. 5, Holland will unveil the University?s new business engagement strategy at the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce First Friday Forum breakfast in the UVU Sorensen Student Center. He will introduce seven initiatives that are designed to maximize UVU?s economic impact in the region.

The University of Utah's Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) will be hosting its annual High School Conference at the University of Utah Olpin Student Union on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Approximately five-hundred Pacific Islander high school students from Granite, Salt Lake City, Canyons, Davis, and Jordan school district will attend.

Until now, it took hours to process these "gigapixel" images. The new software needs only seconds to produce preview images useful to doctors, intelligence analysts, photographers, artists, engineers and others.

To mark the achievement of the academy?s five-decade involvement in the education field, the UVU Library and the George Sutherland Archives will host a presentation on Oct. 27, given by Steve Lutz, an academy assistant director. Lutz has been with the academy for 25 years, and will discuss the many ways that fire departments and fire and rescue education have developed over time.

The electronic Portal makes it possible for inventors to submit new disclosures online and to view the status of existing inventions from any web-browser. This service is already available to USU Faculty & Graduate Students with a research appointment as well as USURF employees. The Inventor Portal Workshop is scheduled for November 16th at 4:00pm in the FACT Lab at the Merrill-Cazier Library.

Twenty-three schools and counting. That's the number of schools in the Davis School District that have achieved an Energy Star rating. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency was so impressed with the district's efforts, Region 8 Director James B. Martin personally attended the Utah Energy Star Summit to present the three latest energy star plaques.

?The Governor has asked the Utah State Board of Regents and my office to develop a master plan for higher education to meet the goal of having our workforce ready for the new economy.?

he number of students attending Utah?s colleges and universities continues to surge. The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) enrollment for the Fall 2010 semester increased by 6,389 full-time equivalent students?an increase of 6.2%. This is the third straight year enrollment has seen strong growth, with each institution seeing growth in full-time equivalent students.

Lead researchers with the Utah Women and Education Project, hosted at Utah Valley University, announced that they have partnered with 2-1-1 Information and Referral, a program of the Utah Food Bank, in a combined effort to bring more online educational resources directly to women around the state.

In his recent State of Education address, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway called for targeted investment to improve Utah public school performance.

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) is creating sustainable health improvements through local partnerships focused on capacity building, exchange of education and advancing the science of global health practice.

As part of Dixie State College's Centennial Homecoming celebration, DSC alumni and friends now have the opportunity to show their "Dixie Spirit" on the roadways of Utah at beyond.

Utah State University?s ?Green Beam? has been a fixture in Cache Valley?s night sky for the past 17 years. Used to study dynamics of the upper atmosphere, the Rayleigh scatter LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) instrument shines a bright green vertical line of light from the top of the university?s Science Engineering Research building that?s visible for miles.

Two remarkable new species of horned dinosaurs have been found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah.

Entitled "Education for the Emerging World In Which We Live", the plan provides a vision for moving the district forward.

An Evening in Paris: Fall Fashion Show Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:30 ? 8:00 p.m. ? Runway Show at 7:00 p.m. OWATC Union Building ? 200 N. Washington Blvd.

Utah Valley University?s racing team set a new world land speed record last weekend during the 24th annual World of Speed event held at the Bonneville Salt Flats by clocking 180 mph on the speedometer.

All are invited to ?Aggie Blue Sky Night,? the inaugural public opening of the Utah State University Observatory Friday, Oct. 8, on campus. The free gathering begins at 7:30 p.m.  in the Engineering Building, Room 103.

To increase the regional awareness of the library?s varied resources, the Friends of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library are sponsoring the second annual ?An Evening with Friends Gala? on Friday, October 8.

Leading researchers at Utah State University will soon occupy a new, state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research building on the USU Innovation Campus. The USTAR BioInnovations 650 building is nearing completion. A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m., at the building site, 650 E. Grand Avenue, North Logan. The public is welcome.

Midvalley Elementary students' contact with the International Space Station is featured in the October 2010 edition of QST magazine, the official journal of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. Midvalley's contact with the International Space Station was made through ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), a program sponsored by NASA, the American Radio Relay League, and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp.

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