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February 16, 2021
Curtis Hoffmann, BYU microbiology and molecular biology student, found a way to leverage education to rebuild trust in our public health systems during the pandemic. He stumbled across Operation Outbreak, a pathogen outbreak simulation, and knew he needed to bring it to Utah County and Brigham Young University.
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January 13, 2021
In Dr. Paul Frandsen’s lab, BYU College of Life Sciences student Andrew Sheffield filtered countless jars of environmental DNA. He had no idea that his hours of work and eye for detail would provide him with the skills to contribute to his community and make a difference during a world-wide pandemic.
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January 13, 2021
Making thirteen stops three times a week and testing a whole lot of wastewater, these undergraduate students track the COVID-19 cases on BYU campus and in Utah County.
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January 12, 2021
When the pandemic hit and classrooms across the country became virtual, foodservice professionals worked quickly and creatively to continue delivering school meals to every student.
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January 08, 2021
A recent life sciences study looks at what motivates college students to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Findings indicate that concern and convenience are the two primary predictors for Utah Valley college students.
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January 06, 2021
As the COVID-19 virus spread around the globe, BYU reached out to faculty in the College of Life Sciences to answer scientific questions that could aid administration in the decision-making process.
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December 03, 2020
A new BYU study, recently published in The Journal of Hospital Infection, finds that alcohol-free hand sanitizer is just as effective at disinfecting surfaces from the COVID-19 virus as alcohol-based products.


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While more than ⅔ of Americans are supportive of getting a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available, many are also concerned about potential side effects and whether the vaccine will have undergone adequate testing, according to a new study out of the College of Life Sciences with Brian Poole as the senior author.
Read KSL report here.
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October 15, 2020
Nationwide survey distributed to discover how political perspectives influenced pandemic reactions and how the pandemic affected mental health.
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October 13, 2020
A new BYU study, published in the journal Vaccines, shows that 68% of respondents are supportive of being vaccinated for COVID-19, but concerns remain about side effects, sufficient vaccine testing and vaccine effectiveness.


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