From: Justin Berry
To: Ric Cantrell,
Subject: USTAR e-Connections: Sept 2012
Date: Wed Sep 26 16:35:31 MDT 2012
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In This Issue

USU Video

New USTAR Website

Crowdsource Contest

EZ Lift Rescue Systems

Mad About Science Gala

USTAR in the News

USTAR BioInnovations Center. Forging Partnerships. Building Industry.

USTAR Unveils New Video Highlighting USU’s USTAR BioInnovations Center

USU Video

The 118,000-square-foot building, located in USU’s Innovation Campus in North Logan, houses highly advanced life sciences laboratories and will provide researchers the resources to work closely with industry partners.

Robert T. Behunin, vice president for commercialization and regional development at Utah State University said, “The USTAR Center is a tremendous asset for researchers. The state-of-the-art capabilities within the facility have allowed us to leverage our resources to build important partnerships with industry.” 

Watch this four minute video here: 

New Innovation Utah Website Now Live

The new combines web and blog content into one streamlined site. The new look is easy to navigate and offers a refined user experience letting visitors find information about USTAR. The new site highlights important milestones for USTAR and focuses on news and media, pulling USTAR’s Twitter and Facebook postings into the site as well.

Previously, blog and news content was only available at, but is now part of the intergrated website.

Let Your Voice Be Heard! 

Voting is now open for the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) digital media innovation contest that will award $5,000 cash prizes to five Utah-based companies. The awards will go to the companies whose proposals garner the most online votes from the general public.

More than two dozen companies have registered to take part in the contest. Technologies in the contest include mobile and web applications, video games, film, 3D animation, special effects, and digital audio.

Voting closes on October 9, 2012. To vote visit
To read more about the contest, read the announcment at
Oh, My Aching Back! Business, Education Alliance Creates Rescue Backboard to Protect EMTs

A new Utah startup company has recently hit a major milestone – the delivery of their first order for a product designed to protect the health of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), firefighters and other first responders.

EZ Lift Rescue Systems delivered its first round of backboard rescue systems to the Sandy Fire Department on Wednesday, Sept. 12, making Sandy the first Utah agency to use the system in the field. The event featured members of the EZ Lift team, Zien Medical Technologies, Granite School District, the BioInnovations Gateway (BiG), the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR), and representatives from the media.

“This is more than just a commercial product, this really could save the backs – and the careers – of our rescuers,” said Tim Norris, Training Division Captain for the Sandy Fire Department. “It is also unique in that it was envisioned, designed and manufactured right in here our community.”

To read more visit:

Going Mad About Science at Clark Planetarium Gala on Oct. 11

Join Clark Planetarium Board Members and Donors at the “Mad About Science Gala” presented by Larry H. Miller Group of Companies on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 6:30-10 pm at Clark Planetarium. Delicious food and drinks, auctions, famous scientist costume contest, and intergalactic entertainment are planned for the evening.

There will also be a roundup of exciting scientific discoveries being developed in Utah today. Proceeds from this event will support Clark Planetarium’s cutting-edge science education programs that serve 85,000 Utah school children and teachers across Utah each year.

For tickets or sponsorship information, please contact Cynthia Lyman at or call 385-468-1222. 
You can also visit the planetarium website at:
USTAR in the News

Tribune features USTAR researcher Miriah Meyer and her work to tackle Big Data.

USU students set a land speed record using biofuels.

Randy Lewis' spider silk research continues to grow.

U of U College of Engineering continues its climb in annual U.S. News Rankings.

USTAR held as national example of tech program success. ttp://

USU researcher receives $3 million grant to lead car battery study.

USTAR is cited as contributing to Utah's "Enterprising States" status in U.S. Chamber report.

For the latest news on USTAR, visit You can also track developments in Utah’s research and commercialization communities by following USTAR on Twitter. You can find us at Look for several updates a week on the latest breakthroughs and related activities taking place in the Beehive State.

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