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An ancestry made of agave

August 17, 2021
As the sun pours its dry, scorching heat across the Sonoran Desert, a seven-year-old boy in leather sandals follows his papá through a field of pointed agave leaves growing from the ground like bundles of green swords. PWS doctoral student Hector Ortiz revisits his roots to cultivate an alternative crop during times of drought.
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BYU, University of Colorado scientists may have discovered the most lifeless place on Earth

August 12, 2021
A group of scientists from Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado have found a remote location deep in the icy heart of Antarctica’s Transantarctic Mountains where the soil contains no distinguishable sign of life. It represents the first time humans have discovered earthly soil that appears uninhabitable.
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BYU major partner in project to combat Alzheimer's, dementia in Native, Pacific Islander communities

August 09, 2021
BYU is a major partner in a new $14.6-million National Institute on Aging-funded project to expand treatment and research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander groups.
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BYU biologists travel the world to chart over 6,300 dragonfly species

July 28, 2021
A team of BYU biologists has been tracking dragonflies around the world, from Vietnam to the islands of Vanuatu. Their goal is to piece together the first-ever phylogenic tree of all 6,300 known species and their ancestors.
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Emergency symposium to set the record straight on Utah Lake

July 26, 2021
At the center of Utah Valley, Utah Lake is one of the largest and most productive freshwater lakes in the western U.S. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Professors from Brigham Young University are joining researchers from universities and organizations across the state to address the lake’s most prevailing issues during a public symposium at Utah Valley University (UVU) on August 4.
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New director of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

July 13, 2021
Dean James Porter, College of Life Sciences, announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Whiting as the new director of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. The appointment is effective August 1, 2021.
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Upcoming women in science

July 12, 2021
Members from the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science are recognized for their contributions to the world of science
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Rio Tinto Kennecott, BYU researchers partner to improve reclamation at Bingham

Rio Tinto Kennecott and Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers are joining forces to develop sustainable solutions to improve reclamation at the Bingham Canyon Mine.
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New graduate program advisor for Plant and Wildlife Sciences

July 01, 2021
Mariellen Tuckett joins the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences staff as the new graduate program advisor. Her job responsibilities include tracking students’ progress towards graduation, reviewing dissertations and speeches, organizing the department’s annual research conclave, and serving as a liaison between graduate students and professors.
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