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USU Extension Professional Receives National Diversity Award
USU Extension Helps Nutrition Program Celebrate 40 Years
USU Extension Specialist Receives National Award for Contributions to Family Life
USTAR Program at USU Accepting Applications
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Recent Extension Publications
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December 2009
USU Extension Professional Receives National Diversity Award
          Hector Mendiola, Utah State University Extension Director of the
program for Latino communities, received the 2009 National Extension Diversity Award at the 122nd annual meeting for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.
           Mendiola's award was in recognition of his work as project coordinat
or for the USU Extension Hispanic/Latino Families Education Network. The network is a highly collaborative program for Hispanic/Latino populations focusing on building life skills, English/Spanish language acquisition and computer technology.
          "I am pleased to receive this award because it represents the recognition of an integrated program that enriches our community by improving education," said Mendiola.
Mendiola was nominated for the award by Charles W. Gay, associate vice president and associate director for USU Extension and Dallas L. Holmes, institutional research, diversity and civil rights program specialist for USU Extension.
            "In the great tradition of Cooperative Extension, Dr. Mendiola has taken a simple idea to help people improve their lives through educational assistance," said Gay. "Through many partnerships and volunteers, he has grown it into one of the top programs in the country.  Through his perseverance and dedication and our joint efforts, he has made a significant difference in the quality of life of many Latino families in Utah. It is our hope to continue to expand this program to all areas of the state."
USU Extension Helps Nutrition Program Celebrate 40 Years
                  The federal Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, also known as EFNEP, celebrates 40 years of nutrition assistance this year. In Utah, the program is in partnership with Utah State University Extension and others.
                  EFNEP is designed to assist limited-resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets. The program also contributes to personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being. 
               "County Extension family and consumer science professionals provide training and supervise peer educators and volunteers who teach EFNEP in their local communities," said Paula Scott, Utah EFNEP Northern Region coordinator. "They provide nutrition lessons, free of charge, to families and youths to help improve their quality of life. They teach basic concepts of food and nutrition, shopping skills, meal planning, food safety and food resource management."    
              According to Siew Sun Wong, state director of Utah EFNEP, the strong and steady impact EFNEP has made in Utah is above the national EFNEP average. This impact is measured through entry and exit comparisons.

             Outreach locations for the program are in Davis, Salt Lake, Weber and Morgan counties. Contact a local county Extension office for further information, or visit
       USU Extension Specialist Receives National Award for Contributions to Family Life 
       Brian Higginbotham, Family Life Extension Specialist, received the Early Career Achievement Award Nov. 11, 2009, at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations in San Francisco. The national award honors a Cooperative Extension State Specialist in Family Life and Human Development who has made a significant impact in the field within the first seven years of his/her career.
            Higginbotham was recognized for his research and work in several critical family and human development areas, including adolescent development, marital relations,
and stepfamily dynamics, particularly among low-resource and ethnically diverse populations. 
ginbotham has secured nearly $5 million in external funding to support this work in just the last four years and was appointed to serve on the Utah Commission on Marriage.  He has generated numerous research-based resources focused on healthy relationships, family dynamics and parenting that are accessible to educators and families nationwide. 
           Linda Skogrand, USU associate professor and Extension Specialist nominated Higginbotham for the award. 
           "Brian exhibits the true spirit of Extension by conducting high quality research and also having a passion for using this research to help people in communities." Skogrand said. "He is extremely hard working and has secured federal grants to provide programming which is cutting edge and evaluated the results of the programming, all of which have national implications."

USTAR Technology Commercialization Grant Program at USU Accepting Applications for December 31, 2009, Deadline
          The Utah Science Technology And Research Initiative recently made available $800,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  funds to Utah State University for the specific purpose of funding the newly created Technology Commercialization Grant Program.
                The USTAR TCG program is designed to assi
st inventors and researchers in the final stages of idea implementation; funds are intended to drive the commercialization of technology forward. These grants support transitional research in all areas and novel technology development with commercialization potential, and are committed to supporting research projects that are most likely to generate patents, technology licenses and product commercialization in the short term.
            "Those working in Extension are encouraged to apply for Technology Commercialization Grants," said Allan Wood, commercialization associate at USU's Technology Commercialization Office. "We see great potential for opportunities developed from Extension intellectual property as software and other outreach systems."
          Application deadlines for the Technology Commercialization Grant program are Dec. 31, 2009, March 31, and June 30, 2010.
         "USTAR was designed to have a role at Utah's research universities and assist with economic development and innovation," said Ned Weinshenker, vice president for Strategic Ventures and Economic Development at USU. "The purpose of the program is to accelerate the movement of innovative ideas and technologies out of USU and into commercial markets quickly in order to create high paying jobs in the state of Utah."

            Technology commercialization is a key component of USU's research and outreach missions. It supports the University land-grant mandate to improve the lives of Utah citizens and to disseminate research results to the state, the nation, and the world.
            Detailed information on the USTAR Technology Commercialization Program at USU can be found by visiting this link.
            Utah State University's Technology Commercialization Office assists faculty and staff in understanding the technology transfer process and extracting the fair market value of university intellectual property for the benefit of the university, faculty, staff and community. Visit for more information and news, or follow us on Twitter. The TCO is a division of Strategic Ventures and Economic Development at USU.
         Email Karen Boghossian,, for more information regarding the USTAR TCG program at USU.
Tech Tips: Google Analytics      
From Dennis Hinkamp, USU Extension Communications
            Should you use Google Analytics for your Web site?  Probably. Google Analytics provides a highly-detailed look at how many times people visit a page, the length of time they stay there, what search engines they use to find the page and many other options completely free with a Google account.  Go to Google Analytics to sign up and get started.  The program will walk you through the process of analyzing your Web site.
            If you have an Extension site that you would like to analyze, email me,, for access to Extension's analytics.  Google Analytics will give you a better idea of how people are using your site and give you information to start making improvements.  For an overview of the Extension site, go here.
Recent Extension Publications  
    Please take a look at these recently posted Extension publications.
Fall-bearing Raspberries in High Tunnels
Easy Hot Pad
Rural Connections November 2009- Food Security
Enterprising Rural Families

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Help Spread the Word About Extension Career Opportunities    
         Professional positions within Utah State Extension are currently open, and we would like your help in spreading the word. Below is a list of open positions. Please forward this list to anyone you know who might be interested in applying.

4-H and Youth Programs
Assistant/Associate Extension Professor - 4-H Volunteer Development

Northern Region

Southeast Region

Southwest Region

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