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Collaboration takes the cheese at event for research VPs

More than 120 representatives from universities across the nation gathered at Red Butte Garden for a summer reception that featured UEN Cheese Science.

Cheese Event

The June 29, 2015 event was part of the summer meeting for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Council on Research.

During the evening, University of Utah President Pershing and Utah State University President Albrecht addressed APLU members participating in the summer meeting. They discussed the power of collaboration with projects including the NSF-ESPCoR funded iUtah project and Metro Data Ring as well as legislative requests. UEN and the Utah Dairy Council (UDC) were on hand to present the UEN Cheese Science project while Utah cheese artisans shared their work with an enthusiastic audience.

“The theme of the night was the strength of great community partners and research universities with public broadcasting,” says Lisa Cohne, UEN Cheese Science project manager.

UEN Cheese Science itself represents a collaboration between university researchers and faculty, the Utah Dairy Council, local cheesemakers, businesses, and public media. It ties education to one of the world’s favorite foods - cheese - with information on careers in food science, chemistry and more plus videos and other resources.

“The displays and products [at this event] were an excellent illustration of how UEN and UDC have leveraged the growing interest in artisan cheese to advance science education in Utah,” says Dr. Jeff Broadbent, Associate Vice President for Research at the Utah State University.

The event included participation from Harmon’s, Oolite Cheese Company, Heber Valley Cheese, Rockhill Creamery and the Western Dairy Center at Utah State University.


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