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42 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
55– Peer into the opiate crisis and courses that can help, with Maren Wright Voss
In this episode Maren discusses how she reduces harm caused by opioids. Maren talks about her role facilitating Extension’s pain management classes and peer support program. She shares a few of the pain management strategies that are covered in these Extension classes, some of the history of the opioid epidemic in rural places like Utah, what can be learned talking to people who have struggled with opioid abuse, and how doctors can approach this health crisis. Maren will also be a speaker at the next upcoming Blue Plate Research event. The HEART of the Opioid Epidemic: A cutting-edge program to address substance use disorder in Utah can be attended online 11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m. on August 19th at https://www.usu.edu/blue-plate/
20 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
54– Sagebrushicillin, with undergraduate researcher David Suisse
David Suisse is a student at USU. In this episode, he talks about researching the antibacterial properties of sagebrush and the interactions vulnerable people have with their physicians. Listen to this episode to hear how these two research projects are helping David gear up for med school. You will also hear his advice for new students at USU.
39 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
53– Spiders and silkworms and hagfish, oh my! Justin Jones on spider silk research at USU
Utah State’s spider silk research has made the news on multiple occasions, but what are they doing now? In this episode, Wyatt sits down with Justin Jones, assistant professor of biology and director of the spider silk lab. This episode covers everything from why we can’t farm spiders to how hagfish protect themselves from sharks to a glue stronger than gorilla glue. Join us to learn what we’re learning from spider silk now, and how we’re leveraging that for the future.
37 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
52– Facilitating action in the world, with technical communication researcher Rebecca Walton
According to Rebecca Walton, technical communication is communication that facilitates action in the world. She tells us how listening to people's stories can help us craft documents and policies that better our social environments. Dr. Walton also explains the four R's which help promote justice and how collaboration is key to replacing outdated terminology and practices.
30 minutes | May 25, 2021
51– Hitting the right note: Engineering buildings for earthquakes with Civil and Environmental Engineer Brady Cox
Learn about work being done to inform building practices and codes in Utah. Brady Cox examines the structural fallout from earthquakes around the world. His research helps predict how earthquakes will impact structures along Wasatch faults. In this episode, he talks about earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand, and Utah. He also discusses the ground imaging techniques be developed to better understand what's going on under-construction sites. Brady Cox is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Utah State University
49 minutes | May 11, 2021
50– The fire cycle: appreciating a fundamental disturbance, with Fire Ecologist Larissa Yocom
Larissa Yocom researches how fire changes ecosystems and how those changes affect people. Larissa counts tree rings to learn how an area has burned in the past. She counts twigs on forest floors to see how an area would burn in the present. In this episode, Larissa explains the history of wildfire in the west, helping us understand fire as just another force of nature. Just like storms, we can't prevent fires from happening. But, mechanical treatments and prescribed burns give us some say in when and how an area burns. Decision-makers can use fire as a tool, reducing the negative and distractions effects fire has on people and communities. Listen to this episode and hear what happened in the past and what needs to happen in the present. Sign up for information about Upcoming Research Landscapes eventshttps://research.usu.edu/landscapes/Larissa Yocom's Websitehttps://larissayocom.com/people/*Wyatt, the host of this podcast, is in the process of replacing his former last name with the more spellable name—Archer. Questions about the podcast can still be sent to email@example.com
39 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
49– Immersive writing experiences and cultivating undergraduate research, with Joyce Kinkead
You really learn well by getting your hands on research and doing the activity,” says Dr. Joyce Kinkead. In this episode, we learn about Dr. Kinkead’s hands on approach to research and undergraduate mentorship as she talks us through the importance of writing history and her efforts as an undergraduate research mentor and administrator.
37 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
48– Setting people up for step-parenthood, with Brian Higginbotham
Dr. Brian Higginbotham is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at USU. In this episode, Brian talks about the step-family education courses he facilitates. He explains the stress and strengths that step-families experience while sharing why this research is meaningful to him. For more information on Smart Steps for Step-families visithttps://healthyrelationshipsutah.ou-ext.usu.edu/class_descriptions/smartsteps-class-description
30 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
47- Family caregivers and dementia, Beth Fauth's research on late life
In this episode of Instead, Wyatt sits down with USU researcher Dr. Beth Fauth, The two discuss the difference between Alzheimers and dementia and the experiences of family caregivers, family conflict and social support programs. Dr. Fauth also explains the frustrations with the marketing of these programs and how typical families could greatly utilize them if they only knew about them.https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/caregiver-healthhttps://daas.utah.gov
31 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
46- Celebrating Undergraduate Research at Utah State University
Established in 1975, USU’s undergraduate research program is one of the oldest in the nation. You will also learn about the history and future of undergraduate research from, Alexa Sand, associate vice president for research at Utah State. Wyatt also interviews two students with their mentors to understand how undergraduate research has benefitted them. Kelsey Bradshaw mentored by Dr. Elizabeth Vargis, and Cedric Mannie mentored by Dr. Breanne Litts.
42 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
45- The holy grail of water conservation, with turfgrass specialist Kelly Kopp
Professor Kelly Kopp’s research efforts are focused on landscape water conservation and sustainable turfgrass management. In this episode, Kelly takes us into the world of resource positive landscaping , a style of landscapes that gives more than it takes. Wyatt asks if decades-old patches of grass need to be upgraded, Kelly explains misconceptions about Xeriscaping, and we discuss what people care most about in their outdoor spaces.Dr. Kelly Kopp will be presenting her water-related research at Research Landscapes on March 2nd. https://research.usu.edu/landscapes/The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping is a research and outreach center designed to improve the efficient use of water for landscape irrigation. https://cwel.usu.edu
22 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
44- A guilt-free approach to change, with environmental planner Daniella Hirschfeld
Daniella Hirschfeld Specializes in environmental planning, climate adaptation, urban ecology, hazard mitigation, and spatial analysis. In this episode, you will learn how she keeps communities safe from floods, droughts, and the guilt of living in imperfect systems. Daniella Hirschfeld self-introduction–I weave together the fields of urban ecology and environmental planning to investigate resilient systems. I approach this investigation through three interwoven tracks. First, I look at the adaptive capacity of systems to understand their ability to change to meet future conditions. Second, I focus on the decision-making environment, unpacking the use of science and the connections to the cost of proactive adaptation actions. My third area of research is spatial analysis, which is primarily a tool I use to support the other two areas of work.More from Daniella HirschfeldThe Resilience Hub Lab: https://www.theresiliencehublab.com/Recent publication on adaptive capacity: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1462901119314959?via%3DihubThe cost of adaptation: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1312/5/3/42
23 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
43– Weight. Stop talking about it. Start checking in with yourself and, Maya Miyairi Steel
Dr. Maya Miyairi Steel promotes healthy relationships with food by educating pre-med students and parents about mindful eating. In this episode Maya talks about why eating mindfully is key. You need to pay attention to what goes in your mouths, slips off your tongue, and bounces around your brains.
19 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
42– Pinching the fat, talking body composition with, Dale Wagner
Whether it's electrodes in your bathroom scale or a sci-fi pod, accurate tools are needed to track progress. In this episode, Dr. Dale Wagner explains why understanding body composition is important, and he talks about how he makes sure that measurement tools are accurate.
23 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
41– It's not your fault, talking health & obesity, with Medical Sociologist Gabriele Ciciurkaite
In this episode, Gabriele Ciciurkaite explains her research into food insecurity, obesity prevention, and mental health. She talks about data sets that represent the entire US, interventions she studied in Appalachia, and she gives Utahn's health a report card.
30 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
40– Zoned & Watered, Jake Powell explains how policy shapes community
Last week's conversation with Environmental planner Jake Powell continues. This episode focuses on how policy shapes communities. Learn how zoning affects housing needs in rural and gateway communities. Jake also talks about 3 strategies communities are using to wisely manage water. He describes how communities can build resilience on both an economical and social level. Jake focuses on towns that have a potential to be "boom or bust" as they evolve, and the ways they can keep a name for themselves and prevent future diminishmenthttps://www.usu.edu/gnar/https://research.usu.edu/landscapes/
28 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
39– Hometowns need vision. Here's your Helper, Jake Powell
"A lot of these communities feel like they're inventing the wheel for the first time." In this episode of Instead, Wyatt sits down with USU researcher Jake Powell. The two discuss the Gateway, and Natural Amenity Resources Initiative aimed to provide resources to small towns seeing large growth.https://www.usu.edu/gnar/https://research.usu.edu/landscapes/
28 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
38– Crafting ideals & outdoor spaces, with Landscape Architect David Anderson
How much do you think about your surroundings? Next time you're walking down the street, stop and look around. What do you see around you? How are the sidewalks shaped? How are the houses organized?In this episode of Instead, Wyatt sits down with USU researcher Dave Anderson from the Landscape, Architecture, and Environmental Planning department. The two discuss what exactly this line of work entails, and what LAEP means when it comes to the Kaysville Botanical Gardens.Research Landscapes Eventshttps://research.usu.edu/landscapes/Information on Building tourshttps://usubotanicalcenter.org/venuesMagnolia Tree Extension informaitonhttps://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1863&context=extension_histall
21 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
37– Music Therapy, with Dr. Maureen Hearns
Dr. Maureen Hearns takes us on a quick tour of the therapeutic power of music. You will learn how the arts can help people who have survived domestic abuse. How music therapy can help, and what a session might be like. https://www.usu.edu/blue-plate/
28 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
36– Electrified roadways, with Dr. Regan Zane
The same principals that allow you to wirelessly charge devices, can be used to juice up an electric car on the highway. having trouble wrapping your mind around how that would work or why people are making it happen? In this episode of Instead, Wyatt sits down with USU researcher and Director of ASPIRE program, Dr. Regan Zane. Dr. Zane ushers us into the future of electric vehicles, and paints us a picture of what roadways could look like if you never had to visit a gas station.
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