Author: Jeff Mathewson

Grads receive grant from USTAR to help fund water drill prototype

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans make about 500 million visits to dentists every year. Along those same lines, in 2008 an estimated $102 billion was spent on dental services. These numbers alone are enough to make one close their eyes, dig their fingernails into the sides of the dentist’s chair and hold on for dear life. Add the screeching and grinding sound of a high speed drill, combined with the plumes of tooth smoke that emerge from your mouth, and needless to say, a trip to Dr. Smiley’s dental office is one that we’d rather soon forget. Thanks to UVU, BYU and a group of local innovators, this experience may not be so unbearable after all. WaterJet International, a start-up company run by recent UVU graduates, will receive one of 10 Technology Commercialization Grants awarded by the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative, to help complete a prototype of its Neptune Dental Water Drill. The USTAR TCG program, derived from an allocation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, helps introduce groundbreaking technologies to market from Utah’s universities. “The USTAR grant sets the groundwork for great things,” said WaterJet’s CEO and UVU alumnus Timothy Nelson in a press release. “We’re excited to bring this great technology to market. The grant, and the completed prototype it will provide, will make our business proposition more attractive...

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Open archive the new Google Doc and Facebook for faculty

Social networking is an increasingly popular form of communication and sharing of information to peers, friends and family throughout the world. Whether it involves sharing pictures, uploading notes and documents, or even detailing life stories or experiences to one another, everyone is staying connected more than ever before. Now, faculty and staff are getting in on the “information dissemination” fad, but in a very different way. A new web-based program introduced this fall will allow scholars at UVU to share their work and research with each other. The Scholars’ Open Archive program will allow the faculty members to post their work on a database they can manage. This database will then be accessible to co-workers as well as be indexed by popular search engines. “I think it’s going to be seen in a positive light as a centralized, professional-looking site to showcase research, and could be useful for retention, tenure and promotion purposes,” said Library Archivist Catherine McIntyre in a press release. McIntyre, who is managing the system through the library will also oversee the service along with the rest of the library staff. Faculty members will still have complete control over what they can post or remove, as well as access to see the number of times that a certain paper or page has been viewed and accessed. According to McIntyre what makes this program even better is...

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Add a little color to your holiday season

Have you been looking for a way to add a little eco-friendly Christmas cheer to your apartment? Or maybe you’ve been stressing out, wondering how you will celebrate the country’s National Poinsettia Day on Dec. 12? Well, look no further than the USU/UVU Horticulture Program’s annual poinsettia sale. The sale, which runs through Dec. 15, will feature a variety of beautiful poinsettia plants grown by our very own Horticulture students. Ranging in three different colors (pink, red, white) as well as having many different sizes and decorative pot holders, the poinsettias grown here on campus are a surefire way...

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The Woodbury School of Business: going from good to great in the Beehive State

A trade school? Nah. A backup school in case you aren’t accepted into your first college choice? Nope. Being known as the kid sister to BYU? Not anymore, and at this rate, kid sister is teaching her elder a thing or two. With its recent jump to university status, UVU is continually reaching new plateaus in the educational field, receiving numerous accolades for its quick progression, as well as garnering more and more attention of other schools, public figures and prospective students from around the world. What the Woodbury School of Business is currently doing is going to accelerate that process even more. The Woodbury School of Business (WSB) at UVU is currently the largest business school in Utah’s System of Higher Education, and has been for several years. The WSB currently is home to 3,850 students — nearly 400 more students than the next closest institution, the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. Recently, UVUSA Business Senator Christopher Loumeau met with Woodbury Business School Dean, Ian Wilson. During this conversation, Loumeau was able to receive some insight as to why UVU is seeing such a huge increase in participation from students in the Woodbury School of Business. “We have smaller classes and more personalized instruction than one would get elsewhere,” Loumeau says. “The classes aren’t held in large, lecture theaters and we (business students) can be...

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Going Green with the environmental awareness club

Cash for Clunkers, global warming issues, and the ugly, grey haze that consumes much of Utah Valley during the winter months, all serve as constant everyday reminders of our need to “Go Green.” As stated on the UVU Clubs website, the Environmental Awareness Club (EAC) helps raise ethical concerns about the environment to students, discusses the issues at hand, as well as raises awareness to the community through service projects and fundraising. The EAC hopes to garner attention and make its mark with students and faculty through its unique purpose and mission statement. Not only is the purpose of the EAC to raise ethical concerns involving the environment with UVU students, but as stated on the club’s official blog, “A large emphasis will be placed on improving the community as exhibited by getting involved with various humanitarian relief efforts, environmental degradation education, and being involved on a political scale.” With these projects, and many other service opportunities in place, the EAC provides numerous avenues for students to get involved, give back, and help better sustain the environment in which they live. Meetings for the Environmental Awareness Club are held Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in SC 206 A. For more information on the club, its meetings, or how to join, send an email to [email protected] or visit the club’s official blog at...

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