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USU research will help expand rural libraries’ role

May 12, 2016

Utah State University researchers have received nearly $482,000 to work with libraries in Northern Utah and the junior high school students they serve. In the next three years, they will help rural libraries continue toward a future that is more interactive and high-tech.



Nick and Irene Eastmond


Nick Eastmond gives a seminar on educational research in Haiti

May 12, 2016

When Nick and Irene Eastmond arrived in Haiti earlier this year, they hoped to bolster education in that country, fostering the skills that would encourage leadership, entrepreneurship and problem-solving.

What they found was an experience that drew more from them than they expected—and it gave more back to them, too.




Intermountain Healthcare donates $100,000 to the nursing program in the EEJ College of Education and Human Services at USU

May 11, 2016

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services hosted a luncheon celebrating National Nurses week,which was held at the David B. Haight Alumni Center on Monday, May 9, 2016. Intermountain Healthcare presented the college with a scholarship gift of $100,000 to support diverse students in the nursing program.



Big Blue playing kickball with Edith Bowen after school students.


Big Blue Plays Kickball at Little Blue’s After School Club

May 10, 2016

Big Blue played in a game of kickball with kids from Edith Bowen Lab School’s Little Blue After School Club. A program that provides a safe and fun learning environment for kids.  Little Blue After School club aims at creating a “lights on environment for kids,” meaning the kids are engaged in learning and being active after school.



Michael Twohig


Michael Twohig 2016 Researcher of the Year

April 27, 2016

Michael Twohig 2016 Researcher of the Year for his work with treating pornography addiction.  He achieved a 92% reduction in pornography viewing among study participants.



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Military Sexual Trauma Linked to Higher Risk of Homelessness Among Veterans

April 20, 2016

U.S. veterans who screened positive for sexual trauma in the military had a higher risk of postdeployment homelessness, with male veterans at greater risk than female veterans, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.



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Autism Forum at Utah State University

April 19, 2016

YouTube videos from the autism forum at USU.  Featuring presentations from ASSERT, PEER, and Aggies Elevated.



Caitlin Hengge and Emily Lund


Robins Award Winners

April 18, 2016

Two Students from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services received a prestigious Robins Award.

Emily Lund, Graduate Student Researcher of the Year and
Caitlin Hengge, Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year




Emma Eccles Jones CEHS Awards Ceremony 2015-16

March 24, 2016

The Emma Eccles Jones CEHS Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:30-5:00 p.m., at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School Auditorium. The following individuals were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the categories listed below.



Dr. Michael Twohig


USU research yields dramatic results in treatment for pornography addiction

February 29, 2016

A new, first of its kind study has produced dramatic results in treating pornography addiction.

The randomized clinical trial, based on acceptance and commitment therapy, resulted in a 92 percent reduction of pornography viewing following 12 treatment sessions. At post-treatment, 54 percent of participants had ceased viewing completely.



Oral Ballam


Remembering College of Education Dean (1967–1992), Oral Ballam

February 27, 2016

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services bids farewell to its former dean, Oral Ballam, who served from 1967 to 1992, in what was then known as the College of Education.



Dr. Jeffrey Dew & Dr. Sarah Tulane


USU study connects some social media use to marital dissatisfaction

February 8, 2016

A new study shines some light on whether social media and gaming use were connected to dissatisfaction in marriages. In some cases, the answer was yes.




Service brings science to life at Hardware Ranch

February 2, 2016

JoLynne Lyon

This winter, fifth-graders from Edith Bowen Laboratory School left the classroom, headed for the mountains and took hands-on science to a whole new level.




USU works to ease special education teacher shortage

February 1, 2016

In a nationwide overview, Education Week examines the shortage of special education teachers that is felt in nearly every state. The story also highlights efforts at Utah State University to bring quality teaching to students all over Utah.



Dr. Amy Wilson-Lopez


CEHS researcher seeks to remove literacy barriers in engineering

January 11, 2016

Much has been said, written and researched about the need for graduates with engineering skills. But what if one of the barriers to engineering education is literacy?



Nick and Irene Eastmond


Professor emeritus provides expertise in Haiti as Fulbright Senior Scholar

January 5, 2016

Dr. Nick Eastmond has pioneered education, technology and research here at Utah State University. This month he is taking his expertise to Haiti as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.




Top 10 stories of 2015: from the blog and website news

January 1, 2016

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services finishes another year with a look back at our most popular stories of 2015. Thanks for making it a great year!




ASSERT program will soon touch lives in Russia

December 7, 2015

This month, a new preschool center will open in Russia, modeled after Utah State University’s ASSERT. Early childhood educators from Nizhny Novgorod say the skills they learned here will change lives half a world away.



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Fifth-graders use college-level software to unleash their creativity

November 6, 2015

Fifth-graders from Edith Bowen Laboratory School at Utah State University are taking on some grown-up engineering concepts in a unique new partnership between educators and industry.



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USU STARS! GEAR UP students exhibit skills at Greenpower event

November 6, 2015

On Saturday, students from eleven schools in Utah and Nevada converged on the Historic Wendover Airfield for an exhibition event using the one-person electric cars they have been working on for months. Also on exhibition were the skills it took to get them ready for competition.



Dr. Brian Higginbotham


$7.6 million project will teach relationship skills to at-risk youth

October 29, 2015

For nearly 10 years, Utah State University has offered relationship education classes to people throughout the state. Now, information will be brought to a new audience: at-risk youth.



USU’s GEAR UP partnership puts students on track to higher education


USU’s GEAR UP partnership puts students on track to higher education

October 08, 2015

A new, $32.8 million grant will help more than 3000 Utah middle schoolers schools catch the vision of higher education—and then make the dream come true.



USU’s Space Crop Expert Separates Fact from Fiction on Farming in Space


On the Slopes and in the Classroom, Jeremy Jensen Focuses on Freedom

October 05, 2015

What do you get when you combine artistic talent, cinematography, a love of extreme winter sports, and woodworking skill?  You get Jeremy Jensen, the force behind White Waves, an award-winning documentary. It was shot mostly in the backcountry east of Logan, Utah.


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ITLS Assistant Professor Named 2015 Reviewer of the Year

October 05, 2015

The Journal of the Learning Sciences is the flagship journal in its field, so when it named an Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences assistant professor as its 2015 Early Career Reviewer of the Year, it was a real distinction for both her and her department.


Lottery now open for TEDxUSU


Lottery now open for TEDxUSU

September 24, 2015

TEDxUSU is returns to the Utah State University campus on October 23. Those who wish to attend may enter a lottery—and the winners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event.

This year’s lineup includes three CEHS presenters (more about them below). The lottery for TEDxUSU tickets closes on October 4 at 11:59 p.m.



School Counselor Training Aims to Send More Utahans to Higher Ed


School Counselor Training Aims to Send More Utahans to Higher Ed

September 24, 2015

Amid the droves of people going back to school are a number of high school counselors. Their ultimate objective: get even more high schoolers to obtain a degree.


Dr. Jamison Fargo


Pioneering Study Identifies Risk for Veteran Homelessness

September 04, 2015

A pioneering study reveals that a hugely disproportionate number of homeless veterans were separated from the military for misconduct.

The study was released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Its co-lead authors were Dr. Jamison Fargo, Associate Dean for Research in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University, and Adi Gundlapalli, M.D., of the Veteran’s Administration Salt Lake City Health Care System.


Dr. Lucy Delgadillo


USU Assistant Professor to Speak at Uplift Families Conference

August 25, 2015
JoLynne Lyon

A family financial plan is more than debt ratios, cash flows and retirement.

“In every single thing that we buy, we take into consideration, ‘How do I feel about this purchase?’” said Dr. Lucy Delgadillo, an associate professor in the Family, Consumer, and Human Development department.

But too often, when professionals talk about family finance, it’s a matter of numbers. “We concentrate too much on what I call the external finances. We forget about the internal finances, the relational aspect.”


Dr. Andrew Walker


ITLS Interim Department Head Looks to the Future

August 24, 2015

Dr. Andrew Walker took over as the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences interim department head in July, when Dr. Mimi Recker stepped down to go on sabbatical.

“There are some big shoes for me to fill,” Walker said. He steps into a department that the Educational Media and Technology Yearbook recently described as possibly “the top program in the world for research productivity.”


Dr. Maria Norton


Revolutionary new smartphone app targets Alzheimer’s prevention

August 17, 2015

Utah State University will become the home of the nation's first undergraduate degree in designing and constructing outdoor apparel and products.