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Professors Seth Bybee and Jamie Jensen will lead a team of researchers in creating a 'tree of life' for the oldest and largest insect to fly on Earth. Research findings will facilitate creating the most complete database for an entire order of insect.
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August 05, 2020
Because 60% of biology undergraduates nationwide are female, the life sciences have long been thought to enjoy more gender equity than other STEM fields. But a new BYU study challenges the notion that all is well for gender parity in biology classrooms.
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July 27, 2020
Working in Dr. Paul Frandsen's lab allowed College of Life Sciences student Andrew Sheffield to develop the cross-disciplinary skills needed to contribute during a world-wide pandemic.
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July 27, 2020
New BYU research published in PLOS One found that the more scientific publications were referenced in popular media — mainstream news and social media — the more they were also cited in peer-reviewed literature.
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July 23, 2020
In an analysis of more than 115 studies on the effectiveness of masks in controlling COVID-19, BYU researchers found that masks could be one of the most powerful and cost-effective tools to stop COVID-19 and accelerate the economic recovery.


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As people are drawn to the great outdoors, encountering one of nature’s formidable creatures is a possibility. Knowing how to respond to a bear is key to survival. Professor Tom Smith (PWS) shares his life-saving advice.
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June 09, 2020
Dean James P. Porter announces the appointment of Joel Griffitts as the new chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology effective July 1, 2020.
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