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The Garden of Scientific Perspectives

The following is an abridgment of Dr. Kimmerer’s original speech given in January 2021 at the BYU College of Life Sciences Seminar Series and sponsored by the Department of Biology.

Fall 2021

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Propagating Innovation and Inspired Research

January 20, 2022
After undergoing several dynamic changes over the last year, the College of Life Sciences Greenhouse—a hidden gem—is primed to enable students and faculty to innovate sustainable practices and impact global nutrition. The new greenhouse director, Dr. Matt Arrington, has worked hard to make the greenhouse the ideal setting for hands-on learning and inspired research. His vision is to provide “enough open space where students can have [an] innovative flow of ideas and create their own projects.” Students are encouraged to brainstorm ideas and then use greenhouse resources to carry them out.
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Bean Museum Trivia Night

January 20, 2022
Space is limited, so sign up now and secure your spot!
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Devotional: A saint through the Atonement of Christ the Lord

January 18, 2022
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia Holland delivered Tuesday’s devotional address. Sister Holland testified of God’s awareness of His children, and Elder Holland spoke on how we can become submissive and faithful saints through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
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International cross-pollination in genome sequencing work

January 18, 2022
Genome assemblies provide scientists with the genetic map of a plant, animal, or human. Genome sequencing has grown at high speeds in 20 years, yet there is still more to be done. BYU Plant and Wildlife Sciences professor Paul Frandsen collaborated with researchers across the country to assess the last two decades of genome sequencing.
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Devotional and forum schedule for winter 2022 semester

January 14, 2022
At the heart of a BYU experience and education are devotional and forum addresses. Presented by industry experts, innovative thinkers and religious leaders, these speeches “assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.” Join BYU students, faculty and staff each Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center as they gather to experience spiritual and temporal edification.
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Teaching kids about money pays off — in finances and relationships, BYU study shows

January 13, 2022
A new study from BYU discovered that children who learn proper money management behavior from their parents have more fulfilling relationships with their significant others in young adulthood.
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Using high intensity interval training to overcome obstacles to exercise

January 12, 2022
There are many obstacles that keep us from working out regularly. Three common hindrances include finding a suitable program, lacking time, and craving results. Exercise Sciences professor Jayson Gifford’s research lab is scientifically addressing these obstacles. Gifford proposes High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) as a solution to these three most common obstacles.
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Eating healthy on a budget

January 12, 2022
As a busy college student, it’s difficult to fight the allure of fast food. While its convenience and prices are unmatched, eating fast food regularly can lead to nutritional deficits and an overall unhealthy lifestyle. In the effort to win the war against fast food, dietetics student Sydney Means ('21) offers a few tips to eat healthy on a budget.
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Innovation begets innovation: Student initiative evolves into patented solution

January 12, 2022
From undergraduate education to patent and biotech startup, cutting-edge research recently published in Nucleic Acids Research from the Hill lab demonstrates how BYU mentorship empowers students to innovate and achieve.
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Devotional: Bound securely to the Savior

January 11, 2022
Sister Camille N. Johnson, the Primary General President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered Tuesday’s devotional address. She spoke on anchoring ourselves to Christ.
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Spring 2021

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Dean's Message

By James Porter
September 14, 2021
ONE OF THE COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES’ PRIORITIES is to support the university’s strategic objective to advance student-centered research and scholarship in the light of President Worthen’s Inspiring Learning initiative.
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Neuroscience Heads Home

September 20, 2021
EVERY FIVE YEARS SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1999, the neuroscience major has alternated between the College of Life Sciences and the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. However, as of July 1, 2021, students and faculty will no longer need to adjust to the rotating administration as the Neuroscience Center will permanently reside in the College of Life Sciences.
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Fall 2020

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Offering Expert Advice

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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Dean's Message

By James Porter
January 12, 2021
Artwork promotes social interactions, elicits emotional responses, facilitates personal connection-making, enhances the workplace environment, and fosters learning. Dean James Porter reflects on the importance of artwork in creating a temple of learning.
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Atmosphere of Faith

New artwork added to the Life Sciences Building creates an environment of peace. Further reflection on the paintings provides context and meaning.
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Filtering Out Campus's COVID

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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From Insect Sampling to COVID Testing

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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Embracing Uncertainty

April 08, 2021
BYU College of Life Sciences Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Dustin Freckleton shares his thoughts on embracing uncertainty—learning to not only cope with but also thrive in the unknown.
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Celebrating Women in Science

In 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote and propelled society towards progress in social and economic equality. In honor of this monumental 100-year anniversary, the College of Life Sciences is proud to showcase some of the women who have made valuable contributions to the life sciences.
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Spring 2020

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Dean's Message

By James Porter
June 29, 2020
We are all familiar with the slogan located at the west entrance of BYU, “The World is Our Campus.” Nothing epitomizes this idea more than our college’s international programs and research collaborations. I hope you enjoy reading about some of these international experiences in this edition of the magazine.
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Department News

July 03, 2020
Student and faculty news from the School of Life Sciences and the Bean Museum.
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Dr. Gary Booth: A Lifelong Legacy

July 03, 2020
While at BYU, Dr. Gary Booth taught a wide range of subjects. Students and faculty alike appreciated Booth and his impact on the college.
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Feeding the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky

June 29, 2020
Improving lives in Mongolia
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Inspiring Learning Around the World

Experiences around the world provide impactful learning opportunities for Life Sciences students.
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The Huntsman World Senior Games

June 29, 2020
They come from around the world. From Russia, Japan, Australia, and every state in America, more than 11,000 senior athletes converge in Utah to participate in the Huntsman World Senior Games, an annual international athletic competition for men and women age 50 and up.
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When Plans Don't Fly

June 29, 2020
“It’s game time. My job is the drone. I am supposed to map it, track it, and make sure that nothing goes wrong. We need this imagery data — it is 100 percent necessary. Our whole proposal and internship are based on the data that I am to collect.
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Fall 2019

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Can Stories Save Lives?

By Emma Gee
July 27, 2019
The year was 1966, and I was seated at my desk in Mrs. Ross’s third grade classroom when my mouth began to fi ll with saliva faster than I could swallow it.
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Classroom Evolution

By Amelia Mecham
July 27, 2019
New Technology, A New Generation, and a New Future
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Dealing with Uncertainty: Dean's Message

By James Porter
July 27, 2019
From the beginning of human existence, people have been asking the question, “What is truth?”
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Dustin Freckleton

By Amelia Mecham
July 27, 2019
"I've had to learn to live in and stare in that abyss of uncertainty and find the grit to keep moving forward."
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In the Spotlight: Public Health

By Emma Gee
July 27, 2019
Public health team members receive their first place awards for the case study competition.
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Landscape Management Has Done it Again!

By Amelia Mecham
July 27, 2019
The college’s landscape management majors recently won their third-straight national championship and their seventh national title since 2003.
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