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Exploring the Mind: Brynlee Cardall’s Literature Review on the Connection Between Depression and Addiction

January 10, 2024
Brynlee Cardall (NEURO ’25) recently discovered a potential relationship between addiction and depression. After parsing through various secondary research, Cardall realized depression and addiction share similar mechanisms. The chemistry of depression is under debate; depression parallels addiction regarding reward-learning. Cardall found that stress interferes with these systems very similarly and could perhaps be the culprit of various psychiatric symptoms. Upon discovering these links, Cardall wrote a literature review that was featured in the most recent issue of Chiasm, BYU Neuroscience’s undergraduate research journal.
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Support and a Bite for First-Generation College Students

January 10, 2024
The College of Life Sciences hosted a luncheon for first-generation college students in November. University and College Resources were present for students to learn more about. Check out the resources for yourself.
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From Classroom to Culture: Zach Eliason’s Berlin Internship

January 08, 2024
Working with an international team at Zayt Bioscience in Berlin, Germany, Zach Eliason (BIO ’23) used yeast microbes to produce palm oil alternatives. The focus of his research was to help mitigate the harmful environmental effects of oil palm tree farming in Indonesia and Malaysia. As a recipient of the Life Sciences Student Internship Grant, Eliason was able to make valuable contributions to the team and engage with a global science community.
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Evolution Education: The Power of a Role Model

December 31, 2023
Religion and evolution can be touchy subjects and we are often having to be careful about the assertions we make about the two. People may struggle to reconcile the two and this is the problem Kenny Harrington (Bio ‘24) tackled in his CURA research. Harrington took first place at the Fall 2023 College Undergraduate Research Awards (CURAs). His research explored how students increase their acceptance of the theory of evolution based on their scientific reasoning skills.
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Faith, Determination, and Resilience: Earlene Durrant’s 2023 Honored Alumni Lecture

December 14, 2023
Seventh grade Earlene Durrant (Physical Education EdD '75) was determined to be a physical education teacher at BYU. Little did she know that she would transform the department.
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Finding Your Place: Life Sciences Student Council

December 13, 2023
The College of Life Sciences Student Council gives advice on how to find your place in the college. They share how they personally are working to improve day-to-day life for every student.
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Dr. Jeffery Schachterle: Fieldwork First

December 08, 2023
Meet Dr. Jeffrey Schachterle, a new assistant professor of microbiology & molecular biology researching plant pathology.
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A More-Than-Lucky Day at the 2023 CURAs

December 07, 2023
From bridging language barriers in medicine to finding better grass for Utah’s dry climate, dozens of students presented their innovative research on Friday, October 13.
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The Agar Art Competition: Linking Science and Art

December 05, 2023
Participants from the BYU community used multicolored bacteria to create masterpieces at the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology’s (MMBIO) Agar Art Competition on Tuesday, October 10 with the theme of “Microbiology in Space.”
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BYU Range Management Team Thrives at Utah Society for Range Management Meeting

December 05, 2023
The College of Life Sciences Range Management Team took first place in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) and the plant identification competition at the Utah Society for Range Management (USRM) meeting.
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Of Mice and Mentors: Zach Valentine's Research at Duke

November 29, 2023
On a particularly long day interning at Duke University, BYU student Zach Valentine (NEURO ’25) had a difficult task ahead of him. From seven in the morning until midnight, he and his fellow researchers dissected 20 mice to find an MRAS gene that is associated with pain sensation. After finishing, Valentine went home exhausted—but exhilarated—by what he had accomplished.
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Led by Inspiration: 2023 GE Professorship Recipient Rickelle Richards

November 27, 2023
Rickelle Richards, Ph.D., MPH, RDN knows the places the Lord guides us aren’t always the places we expect. Each day at Brigham Young University, Richards teaches large and small groups of students about the principles of nutrition. From general education classes to complex high-level courses, Richards embraces the challenge of teaching students with a wide variety of backgrounds and knowledge bases.
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Neuroscience Club Welcomes Dr. Bryan Winn

October 31, 2023
Neuroradiologist Dr. Bryan Winn spoke to the BYU Neuroscience Club about his career.
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"God is Involved": Faith and Science Seminar 2023

October 30, 2023
The auditorium seats were filled with students eager to hear the words of Dr. Ryan Cordner, microbiology and molecular biology associate professor, and Dr. Tim Jenkins, cell biology and physiology associate professor. Recipients of the College of Life Sciences Spiritually Strengthening Award, both professors spoke on how their faith guided their career and life paths.
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Karen Della Corte: Scientist of Faith

October 28, 2023
The College of Life Sciences is honored to welcome Dr. Karen Della Corte as a new assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science. Della Corte’s research focuses on the role of the diet—particularly carbohydrate quality—in risk disease development. With her experience in epidemiological research, Della Corte is excited to expand students’ understanding of how healthy dietary patterns can help with chronic disease prevention.
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Knowing and Seeing: Hands-On Medical in Ghana

October 27, 2023
Partnering with the nonprofit Nurturing Nations, Maia Bingham (BIO ’24) had the opportunity to join biology professor Mark Belk’s travel group to Ghana to treat children for malaria and parasites in medical clinics and schools. Some of the children Bingham helped were abandoned for disabilities, rescued from sex trafficking, or otherwise severely disadvantaged. Bingham also spent time playing with the kids while Nurturing Nations distributed hygiene supplies and took measurements for clothing and shoes.
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Dr. Jared Barrott: A Prepared Mind and Curing Cancer

October 20, 2023
Meet Dr. Jared Barrott, a new professor of Cell Biology and Physiology who tests treatment options for sarcoma cancers.
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Dr. Seth Taylor: Making Crucial Connections

October 13, 2023
Meet Seth Taylor, a new assistant professor of cell biology and physiology studying how and why neurons make connections with each other.
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Dr. Rachel Wood: Exploring Wetland Wonders

October 04, 2023
Meet Dr. Rachel Wood, a new assistant professor of biology researching aquatic ecosystems.
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Dr. John Sproul: Unearth the Unknown

October 02, 2023
Meet John Sproul, a new assistant professor of biology studying genes and phylogenetics.
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Camp C.O.R.E.: A New Way to Learn

September 18, 2023
The new graphic novel Camp C.O.R.E. is an engaging way for children and youth to learn about science, problem-solving, and how to use their "superpowers" to care for our world. The novel was founded and written by Anna Wright and published through BYU.
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Making Mentorship A Living Reality

September 14, 2023
Biology PhD candidate Justina (Tina) Tavana was recently named a Human Genetics Scholar by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). The ASHG is comprised of 8,000 members with an interest in human genetics. Tavana was inducted as a member due to her contributions to health research in understudied populations.
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Dr. Jake Sorensen: Pursuing Health and Healing

September 13, 2023
Meet Jake Sorensen, a new assistant professor of exercise sciences working to understand aging, health, and healing.
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Dr. Amber Gonda: Illuminating Cancer Research at BYU

September 06, 2023
Meet Amber Gonda, a new assistant professor of cell biology and physiology and an innovative cancer researcher.
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Saving Plants From Salty Soil

September 04, 2023
Alfalfa is a major cash crop and significant food source for cattle, horses, chickens, turkey, and sheep across the western United States. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 40.8 million tons of alfalfa were harvested in 2022. But alfalfa, among other abundant crops, is extremely susceptible to the salty soil brought on by Utah’s dry climate and low precipitation.
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Dr. Shintaro Pang: Balancing Life's Flavors and Unveiling the Secrets of Food Science

September 01, 2023
Meet Shintaro Pang, a new associate professor of food science at BYU. He shares his background, current research projects, and advice for food science students.
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Strengthening Faith in God's Design

August 24, 2023
Students filed into Dr. Tim Jenkins’s classroom just in time for their regular weekly lecture. But this class period was unlike others, as Dr. Jenkins had encouraged his students to invite family and friends to participate in a discussion about science and religion. Dr. Jenkins explained that at a university like BYU, it’s important to study the correlation between the two subjects, as avoiding their relationship will only create stumbling blocks in one’s testimony.
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Immense Proteogenomic Dataset Provides New Resource For Pan-Cancer Analysis

August 14, 2023
A proteogenomic dataset that was organized with the leadership of BYU's Dr. Sam Payne provides a new and accessible research for pan-cancer analysis. The dataset was published in Cancer Cell and will be an invaluable resource for cancer research and treatment.
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Life Sciences Poster Competition: Winter 2023

July 12, 2023
The Harold B. Lee Library played host for this year’s College of Life Sciences poster competition. Presenters, friends, family, and a panel of judges made the turnout so successful that it was hard to hear the student presenters over all the excited chatter. Each contestant stood next to their poster, ready to give a taste of their research to anyone who wanted to stop and listen.
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Life Sciences Announces Scott Weber as the New Microbiology & Molecular Biology Chair

July 06, 2023
College of Life Sciences Dean Laura Bridgewater announces the appointment of Scott Weber as the new chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, effective July 1, 2023. Weber currently serves as the associate director for the Simmons Center for Cancer Research.
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Climate Change and Dietary Decisions: Lori Spruance Named Fulbright Scholar

June 29, 2023
Dr. Lori Spruance, BYU associate professor of public health, is a 2023–2024 Fulbright Scholar. She will travel to Australia to research how dietary changes to school lunches may affect climate change.
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First Life Sciences Graduate Student Council

June 07, 2023
The BYU College of Life Sciences has launched its first graduate student council. The 14 students come from both PhD and master's programs and represent the college's departments and centers. Their goal is to bring graduate students together and help them build a community.
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Michael Brown Appointed as New Chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology

May 25, 2023
BYU College of Life Sciences Dean Laura Bridgewater announces the appointment of Michael Brown as the new chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, effective June 1.
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BYU Tops SRM International Meeting

May 17, 2023
BYU PWS students placed among top performers at the Society for Range Management's International Annual Meeting held in early 2023. The team as a whole placed first in the URME test, competing against 22 other schools.
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Unlocking the Secrets of Silk Gene Evolution

May 16, 2023
For thousands of years, the silkworm has cornered the market on silk production for textiles. However, convergent evolution may be spinning a new thread of opportunity for caddisflies and other arthropods. New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) utilizes high-quality long-read sequencing to uncover the hidden variation within silk gene evolution.
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Honored Graduate: Connor Alder

April 28, 2023
Neuroscience major Connor Alder has had amazing opportunities to help his research throughout his time at BYU, including going to Africa to help babies with a premature eye disease.
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Honored Graduate: Wendell Loh

April 27, 2023
Wendell Loh, a food science major from Singapore, shares his some of his favorite experiences at BYU.
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Honored Graduate: Caitlin Silva

April 26, 2023
From youth disability advocate to crisis counselor and research leader, Caitlin Silva (PWS '23) has learned to see the bigger picture, challenge expectations, and expand her limits beyond what she thinks is possible.
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Honored Grad: Maggie Briggs

April 25, 2023
Founded in her passion to help people, Maggie Briggs (PH ’23) is pursuing her dream to become a physician assistant. After graduating from BYU’s public health program, she will start at the University of Utah’s PA program this summer.
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Honored Graduate: Beth Heninger

April 24, 2023
Beth Heninger (MMBIO ’23) is passionate about music and microbiology. She has loved growing both her knowledge and her testimony while studying at BYU.
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Changing the World with 1 Million Conversations about Environmental Reverence and Stewardship

April 21, 2023
Twenty-five students from various BYU colleges are campaigning to reach a million conversations about the climate and environment using Y Talk, a website where students, staff, friends, and faculty can find resources and log their discussions.
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Honored Graduate: Jeffrey Clancy

April 21, 2023
As an honored graduating senior in biology, Jeffrey Clancy shares his advice for other students and his unique experience of graduating in three years and working full time.
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BYU Food Science Team Wins Regional College Bowl Competition

April 21, 2023
After months of studying and mastering food science subjects, students on BYU’s Food Science College Bowl team took first place in the Pacific West Regional Food Science College Bowl Competition.
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Honored Graduate: Rebekah Jones

April 20, 2023
It would be impossible for many people to maintain the schedule Rebekah Jones (CELL '23) does, but she has learned to rely on her community to accomplish her goals instead of trying to do everything by herself.
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Honored Graduate: Katelynn Hales

April 19, 2023
Katelynn Hales (EXSC '23) finds fulfillment in helping others achieve their health goals. She’s currently interning as a health coach—she works with others to help them lead healthy lifestyles in ways that work for them. "I'm always going to be interested in helping myself and others live a healthy life . . ."
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BYU Successes Bloom at National Collegiate Landscape Competition

April 18, 2023
BYU plant and landscape systems students came away from the 2023 National Collegiate Landscape Competition with a second-place team win, networking experiences, and thousands of dollars in scholarships.
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Graduate Student Feature: Hillary Wadsworth

April 13, 2023
Hillary Wadsworth (NEURO ’24) is passionate about helping others achieve their goals. As a graduate student working on research with undergraduates, she understands it's her responsibility to cheer them on in all their endeavors. “One of the biggest motivations with my students is to offer them every opportunity possible," she says. "I want them to have a good experience in the lab, just like I did as an undergraduate."
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Stefany Diaz: My Name is Resilient

April 13, 2023
When she was three years old, Stefany Diaz (PH ’24) and her family moved from Honduras to Far Rockaway, Queens, New York. Unfortunately, their new home wasn’t ideal—they endured poor sanitation and an unsafe environment. Diaz’s mother, “the rock of my life” as she lovingly refers to her, worked hard to relocate them to better living conditions. She worked as a maid receiving about a hundred dollars a week for her hard work; eventually she was able to move her children to a better situation.
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Mayra Hernandez Sanchez: Dietetics and DACA

April 12, 2023
Mayra Hernandez Sanchez is graduating with her master's in dietetics after overcoming challenges related to being a DACA student and unfulfilled plans. Her research has found a way to help kids eat more vegetables in school lunches.
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Shannon Nelson: Jumping Back Into Education After 23 Years

April 12, 2023
In 1993, Shannon Nelson walked across the stage in the Marriot Center to accept her bachelor’s diploma in exercise science. Shaking hands with the dean, she planned to continue her education and become a physical therapist. Life, however, took her on another journey offering her two decades of growing experiences.
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Jessica Lewis: Proteins Changing Her Perspective

April 11, 2023
Jessica Lewis (MMBIO ’24) uses her passion and curiosity to delve into the building blocks of life itself. As a PhD student, she's learned to appreciate the details, celebrate her relationships, and reflect on the progress she's made as a person and as a scientist.
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Annalie Martin: Germinating a Passion for Scientific Education

April 11, 2023
Annalie Martin (CELL) grew up in a family that encouraged curiosity, propagated the value of education, and cared for the welfare of others. Her parents example instilled in her a desire to study science and use her education to improve the lives of others through research and teaching.
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BYU Professors Honored at Hunting and Conservation Expo

April 10, 2023
BYU plant and wildlife professors Brock McMillan and Randy Larsen were honored at the 2023 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City. Together, they received the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award for their efforts to research and conserve native wildlife across western North America. 
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Landon Deru: Prepared through a Unique Path

April 10, 2023
Landon Deru, an exercise sciences PhD student, is using his unique path through life to mentor students, be the best father he can be, and influence thousands of people through YouTube.
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Doreen Cabrera: A Legacy of Science and Outreach

April 10, 2023
Doreen Cabrera, a biology PhD student, is leaving behind a legacy through her research and through her efforts to mentor students—especially women and minority students.
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Exercise Made Just For You

April 04, 2023
Have you ever walked into a busy gym and immediately felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of machines? How do you know which workout will benefit you the most? It may be tempting to turn around, walk out the door, and head back home to bed. Luckily, with the help of student wellness adjunct professor Jessica Collins, BYU students discovered a more effective way to personalize the prescription of exercise.
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Going Great Lengths to Save the Salt Lake

March 31, 2023
What started as a student research project on the Great Salt Lake turned into a report making national headlines. Karoline Busche worked with thirty-one coauthors to help Utahns know how to protect the Great Salt Lake from disappearing.
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Exploring Catharanthine's Effects on Alcohol Addiction

March 30, 2023
What if the cure to alcohol addiction could be found in a pill? BYU students Nathan Steed (Neuroscience '23) and Aubrey Moedl (Neuroscience '23) presented their research on treating alcohol addiction at the College Undergraduate Research Awards.
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Students Inspire at Elementary Science Fair

March 23, 2023
BYU students from across majors attended a science fair at a Spanish Fork elementary school, where exercise science professor Matt Seeley brought BYU students to serve as judges and consultants to kids’ projects.
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Opening Doors: Juliette Ball, BYU’s 2023 Student Employee of the Year

March 20, 2023
Many titles come to mind when describing Juliette Ball, but the most important one to her is learner. “Most sticky situations I find myself in are a result of forgetting my call to learn—from my experiences, from God, and from the wonderful people in my life,” she says. “Regardless of any other status I may gain and lose over the course of my life, I hope I always remember to learn.”
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Promoting brain health requires more than reducing seizures

January 30, 2023
Epilepsy, a neurological disorder involving seizures, is most prevalent among those 70 and older. Public health professor Evan Thacker and his colleagues researched cognitive decline among individuals with epilepsy and a vascular risk factor in order to improve brain health for those suffering with epilepsy.
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Brick by brick, breath by breath

January 23, 2023
Nepali brick kiln workers fire and make bricks for twelve hours a day, breathing in crystalline silica that scars their lungs. BYU students Esther Erickson and Mariah Taylor used travel grants given by generous donors to learn more about the air the kiln workers breathe and how it affects their lungs.
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New Student-led Exhibits Open at Life Science Museum

January 19, 2023
Students from life sciences and fine arts collaborate to address the climate and COVID-19 in two new engaging exhibits.
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Maintaining Molokai: Data Collection and Reef Restoration

January 04, 2023
BYU biology students collect data on local vegetation while researching coral reef restoration on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
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Winners of the 2022 Life Sciences Photo Contest

December 26, 2022
Congratulations to the winners of the Life Sciences photo contest! Winners were chosen in two categories, Inspiring Learning and Artistic Merit. Read their stories behind the photos below.
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Finding a Cure for Chikungunya

December 16, 2022
The virus, Chikungunya, which means "that which bends up," has a cure coming for it after student Madison Gray's research and findings.
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License and plant identification, please: BYU comes out on top (again)

December 16, 2022
BYU students took the lead in individual and team competition at Utah's URME test for 2022, preparing to go to the international competition in 2023.
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Preventing Muscle Atrophy? Just Add Heat

December 13, 2022
When he was in fifth grade, Boston Andersen (‘22) was diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a condition that prevents blood from reaching the hip bone, causing the bone to die. As a kid who enjoyed being physically active, having a disease that kept him on crutches for a year was devastating.
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BYU students advocate for youth at SOPHE summit in Washington, DC

December 05, 2022
Fourteen BYU students had the opportunity to interact with federal legislators to advocate for youth mental health at Washington DC's annual SOPHE conference
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The Science Behind Smaller Things

December 01, 2022
“Growing up, I was always interested in the science behind the smaller things that cause disease and illness.” —Hunter Cobbley
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Three BYU student finalists at sports medicine conference

November 23, 2022
Three undergraduate students from BYU's exercise science program were selected as finalists in the Undergraduate Student Research Competition at the annual meeting of the Southwest Region of the American College of Sports Medicine.
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Cougars in the Chocolate Factory

November 22, 2022
BYU food science majors Carolyn Chen, Shayden Smith, Janece Nufer, and Erin Caswell put their wisdom to work when they interned at Halloren—the oldest chocolate factory in Germany. They were able to develop a new flavor combination that is approved for production.
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Curiosity on Display at the 2022 CURA Poster Presentations

November 18, 2022
Over seventy Life Sciences students hung their research posters in the BYU Conference Center on Thursday, November 10, creating a maze of well-dressed scientists presenting developing discoveries before judges. All projects were partially funded by a College Undergraduate Research Award (CURA), grant money donated to innovative undergraduate students working with faculty members. Every year judges have the challenge of selecting only three presentations in each department to receive additional cash prizes, and every year the College of Life Sciences comes prepared with their knowledge and passion, ready to create ripples of impact in the scientific community.
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Coming to Know Christ Through Medicine

October 24, 2022
After spending a significant amount of time in hospitals addressing her firstborn's health challenges, Shanna Crow (‘22) decided she wanted to work in medicine. She further cultivated her passion for medical lab work as an intern at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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Shared Roots and Survival in the Quaking Aspen

October 17, 2022
Water flows through the soft soil and the aspen trees’ roots soak up every last drop. But the lone aspen cut off from its family’s interconnected root system receives less water, and ultimately, may suffer fatal consequences.
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Taking Flight In Genomics

October 11, 2022
Andy VanDomelen (‘22) developed an interest in photography as a teenager. When he was on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his father borrowed his camera, and the two bonded through an interest in bird photography. This interest morphed into an intrigue in different bird species, which ultimately led VanDomelen to study bacteria samples from turkeys in microbiology and molecular biology professor David Erickson’s lab.
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Microscopic and Deadly Organisms In a Bustling City

October 06, 2022
Thea Ward (‘23) came to BYU with a strong desire to understand how her education could have a broader impact on the world. She was intrigued when the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology offered a study abroad to Gwalior, India, to study the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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From the Classroom to Gwalior: The Hunt For Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

October 01, 2022
Madison Duffy's research of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that resides in India’s rivers went hand-in-hand with one of the country's greatest wonders: the Ganges River. Legend says that anyone who bathes in the Ganges will be cured of any disease due to the bacteria phages that reside in the river.
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Cultivating Connection Across the Globe: Studying bacteria in the rivers of India

October 01, 2022
Fascinated by microbiology from the time she was in high school, Abby Johnson (‘22) knew she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to research antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Gwalior, India. Johnson spent a month collecting samples of water containing antibiotic-bacteria.
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New Associate Deans Announced in the College of Life Sciences

September 23, 2022
Dean Laura Bridgewater announced the appointment of three new associate deans. Loreen Allphin of the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Benjamin Crookston of the Department of Public Health, and Michael Stark of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology will assume their college administrative responsibilities on October 1, 2022.
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BYU Food Science Students Win $10K in Product Development Competition

September 23, 2022
BYU undergraduate food science students win the $10,000 grand prize at the 2022 Idaho Milk Processor's Association Conference for their dairy product, "Cream Cheese clouds."
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Neuroscience student wins 3 Minute Thesis Competition

September 19, 2022
The brain is an incredible machine, and for Michael Von Guten ('24), it was the star of his entry to the 3 Minute Thesis competition. As a neuroscience graduate student, Von Guten studies the effects LSD could have in curing mental health issues, and how multiple drugs used at once can harm the brain.
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Solving the Issue of Dried, Dead Tissue

September 12, 2022
The miracles of anatomy are evident to students who have the privilege of working with cadavers. However, there are also many challenges, including how quickly the tissue dries. Cell biology student Ayden Olsen (‘23) and recent cell biology graduate Craig Reeves (‘22) were curious if they could find a solution. Through a CURA grant, the two set out on a hydration quest.
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Scholarships Save

September 09, 2022
Senior Biology student Ellecyn Brimley traveled to Vietnam on a study abroad thanks to the many scholarships provided by the BYU Kennedy Center, including the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship. She shares how she got the scholarship, and how other students can too.
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BYU Researchers’ Fight to Preserve Permafrost and Restore Earth’s Climate

August 31, 2022
Permafrost is the layer of permanently frozen soil, sediment, and rock in many northern and mountainous regions. Permafrost regions contain most of the Earth’s remaining wilderness, and the ecosystem supports more than 1.5 billion people globally. However, permafrost is in trouble. It’s billions of years old—and it’s melting. A team of BYU researchers is raising a voice of warning and working to stop the meltdown.
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Trauma in Training: Is Trauma Inherited?

August 29, 2022
As the old adage goes, the family is the basic unit of society. Characteristics and habits are taught and trained through parenting, morals and perspectives are shaped, and even legacies are formed. Generations cycle through; it is simply how human beings go on. However, research shows that more than just morals and the way you load a dishwasher is transferred from parent to child—parents often carry their childhood traumas into parenthood too.
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Mexico Meets Medical Mitigation

August 25, 2022
Diabetes affects one in six adults in Mexico, with a higher rate in women than men. Mexico is also the most obese country in the world. To fight the diabetes epidemic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints designed a manual with Mexico City officials to help citizens fight for their health.
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Deep Dive into Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

August 25, 2022
Studying antibiotic-resistant bacteria during a study abroad in Gwalior, India, gave Sierra Mellor (‘24) a deep dive into microbiology. While her knowledge of microbiology expanded, so did her understanding of Indian culture.
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Getting Diabetics Back on their Feet

August 23, 2022
68% of all amputations are attributable to diabetes. Andrew Hillier researched the effectiveness of foot braces designed to help people heal from diabetes-related ulcers and prevent amputation.
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Fish Are Friends, and Other Species Similarities

August 14, 2022
Erik Johnson (‘22) wins a CURA award for his research exploring possible connections between individual personality traits and placement in social hierarchies.
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3 Practices to Improve your Mental Health, According to a BYU Public Health Professor

August 09, 2022
Say something, know something and be something to help improve mental health.
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Taking the Abstract out of Addiction

July 21, 2022
Calvin Smith (‘22), a recently graduated neuroscience student, witnessed first-hand as the negative effects of drug addiction adversely altered the personalities and mental health of childhood friends. Motivated to explore the brain-altering implications of drug use, Smith joined the Edwards neuroplasticity lab to better understand what was happening.
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Moving Agriculture Upward for Urban Residents

July 15, 2022
Larvae squirm into an urban resident’s bare foot. Soon, a rash appears, followed by a loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a fever. One in seven individuals from the global community encounter these undesirable guests. The larvae-sourced disease (also called hookworm or roundworm) plagues over 1.5 billion individuals across the planet—and those living in urban-packed environments are the most at-risk.
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One Student's Fight for Cleaner Air and Water

July 15, 2022
When Isabella Errigo (‘20) first entered BYU’s environmental science program, she didn’t know her journey would lead to winning the prestigious Fulbright scholarship—or to having the Utah legislative body cite her research in an effort to prevent pollution.
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Dean Bridgewater Brings Her Broad-Campus Perspective to the College

July 06, 2022
After serving as a BYU associate academic vice president, Dean Laura Bridgewater returns to the College of Life Sciences. She looks forward to assisting the college community maintain a well-integrated combination of scientific excellence and gospel light that lifts and blesses others.
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Gluten-Free and Growing: The Oat Genome’s Global Impact

June 06, 2022
With its long stem and small, cocoon-like structures, the oat holds complicated grains that supplement diets and, in some countries, support ecosystems and economies. But the oat doesn’t just provide prosperity to millions of people; it also holds the key to a wealth of health benefits without triggering allergies compared to other cereals such as wheat or rye.
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The Search for Sperm: Fighting Male Infertility in the Jenkins Men's Reproductive Health Lab

May 23, 2022
Emerging research from the Jenkins lab takes steps forward in developing tools to help those struggling with infertility.
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Liking a New Species of Lichen

May 05, 2022
Life Sciences students discover a new lichen species in Glen Canyon. As DNA sequencing didn’t match the green lichen, Jacob Henrie ('22) and biology professor Steve Leavitt concluded that this scaly symbiotic fungus was, in fact, a brand-new species of lichen.
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Advocate for women in STEM receives Life Sciences Distinguished Service Award

April 29, 2022
BYU alumna Suzanne Hyland received a Distinguished Service Award at the 2022 College of Life Sciences convocation ceremony in recognition of her service to female life science students. Hyland was instrumental in establishing the peer consulting program and the annual She is a Scientist event.
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From Mishaps to Medicine

April 24, 2022
Seth Evans (‘22) toyed with the idea of going to medical school but didn’t want to commit without a good reason. Then, Evans broke his femur during a high school football game—throwing him headfirst into the world of medicine, and giving him the reason to pursue the medical school that he was searching for.
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Coding a Future in Biology

April 21, 2022
Inspired by his journey with mental illness and teachers who set strong examples of research, bioinformatics student Evan Marshman (‘22) plans to help those around him improve, mentally and physically.
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Making a Career Out of a Question

April 20, 2022
Connor Littlefield was raised in a family that was unafraid to ask questions and find answers. Two such questions led him to graduate with a degree in nutritional science: “What does it really mean to ‘burn’ a calorie? And what metabolic processes are keeping your body alive and healthy?”
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Foundations that Shape Futures

April 19, 2022
From helping children to young mothers to Yemen immigrants, Amy Hayward loves assisting her patients to overcome their bodies' shortcomings. Graduating from an exercise science major, Hayward plans on attending the University of Utah's physical therapy program in June. She can't wait to see how her career will move forward in future clinics.
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Finding the Order in Disorders

April 19, 2022
There are few things that make Bailey Calder (‘22) happier than when he looks at a glowing zebrafish brain. In fact, brain research excites him so much that he won’t take a break after graduating—a week after he graduates, Calder will begin his Ph.D. program. Calder's ultimate goal is to help communities gain greater understanding and compassion toward those with neurological disorders.
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Win at the buzzer – NDFS students take first place at regional college bowl competition

April 18, 2022
Bzzzz! “Anosmia!” shouted BYU dietetics major Maggie Horlacher (‘23). The announcer had barely finished reading the question about the loss of the ability to detect different smells.
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Finding her path with neuroscience

April 18, 2022
Anna Everett says the passion is all in scientific research. After growing up with a mom struggling with an autoimmune disease, she noticed the benefits and disadvantages the medical field provided. She knew this was an area she wanted to explore, and she sees research as the broadest way to make a difference.
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Different By Design

April 18, 2022
This past March, BYU took first at the 2022 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), and one of the winners was Abby Kjar (‘22), who competed in interior landscape design. Working in landscape design has also allowed Kjar to foster meaningful connections in unexpected ways.
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Mental Health, COVID-19 Stressors and Family Health Attitudes

April 05, 2022
Two years into the pandemic, research finds that COVID stressors and family health are associated with growing mental health rates in the United States
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BYU wins fourth consecutive championship at National Collegiate Landscape Competition

March 28, 2022
BYU Plant & Landscape Systems students won big at the 2022 National Collegiate Landscape Competition. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of 37 students competed in a variety of landscape-related events at North Carolina State University.
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Laura Fletcher: Discoveries in Energy Allocation

February 22, 2022
Laura Fletcher (‘22) thought she wanted to study dead fossils and bird evolution when she started the biodiversity and conservation major. However, after participating in engaging research opportunities she discovered a passion for studying energy-use similarities throughout all living organisms.
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Operation Outbreak: Educating our community through pandemic simulations

February 16, 2022
Operation Outbreak, a pandemic simulation experience, is back at BYU for the second year in a row. Operation Outbreak participants use an app to simulate a pandemic outburst similar to COVID-19.
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A pickle party: A closer look at reptile embalming

February 11, 2022
A group of herpetology enthusiasts drive through the winding canyon roads of Utah, dry, sandy mountains lining the highway. Nestled in the backseats and trunks of cars, herpetologists bring the reptilian or amphibious carcasses they find in the desert to an annual gathering at the end of the year, ominously called a pickle party.
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Life Science Students Win Big at CURA Awards

January 25, 2022
The Garden Court in BYU’s Wilkinson Center bustled with people on November 11, 2021, as rows of hung posters displayed the latest scientific findings by BYU Life Science students. The research ranged from the study of social dominance in humans to protein bindings; from standards for emergency and trauma care to insulin secretion.
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Microbiology & Molecular Biology welcomes new academic program coordinator

January 25, 2022
Nancy Morrill recently joined the Microbiology & Molecular Biology department as an academic program coordinator. In this role, she will help Microbiology & Molecular Biology graduate students along their academic path. She is responsible for reviewing graduate student applications, providing academic guidance to students, and assisting with events like the agar art competition.
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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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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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Painting with bacteria: connecting art and science

November 19, 2021
Students from all across campus had the opportunity to combine their creativity skills with their curiosity for science by painting Agar plates using harmless E. coli bacteria at the semiannual Agar Art Contest sponsored by the College of Life Sciences Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology (MMBIO).
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Cracking the Code on Multiple Sclerosis

October 04, 2021
It was a splash of ice-cold water in the face. Amy Hernandez’s friend was only seventeen years old and just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that deteriorates the body. Hernandez (‘23) was in the second year of her molecular biology degree at BYU. The sudden, early-onset diagnosis prompted hours of research under Hernandez's mentor, microbiology and molecular biology professor Mary Davis, to answer the question: why is early MS onset in ethnic minorities reached at an earlier age than in Caucasian populations?
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Sprouts from the Ashes

October 04, 2021
Also hailing from Europe, marine biology student and Sheffield, England native Rebekah Stanton (’21) wanted to earn her PhD at BYU but couldn’t find a program that fit her needs. After receiving an unexpected email from plant and wildlife sciences professor Sam St Clair, she packed her bags and joined his research team to study just the opposite of marine biology—they were going to study the desert.
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Najla Al-Sonboli, World Health Assembly's Heroine of Health

September 01, 2021
Women in Science: Al-Sonboli was a pediatrician in Yemen who continued to care for the children while the hospital was under fire during rocket attacks.
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Prestigious award given to Plant and Wildlife Sciences professor

August 24, 2021
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) will present its highest recognition to Plant and Wildlife Sciences professor Bryan Hopkins in an annual awards ceremony.
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Plant and Wildlife Sciences Department welcomes new professor

August 20, 2021
The Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences welcomes Dr. April Hulet as a new associate professor.
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Men's role in destigmatizing menstruation

August 19, 2021
Growing up in a family of six sisters, JB Eyring (‘22) has never felt uncomfortable discussing women’s health. With his mentored research, Eyring seeks to understand and break down the stigma surrounding menstruation and women's health, specifically in men.
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A Long Life

August 18, 2021
On a nature hike at Nevada’s Great Basin National Park during his undergraduate studies, David Burchfield (‘21) came across the oldest living organism measured on the Earth today.
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Mentored research student saves the birds

August 18, 2021
For the past four months, recent BYU graduate Emma Houghton (‘21) has been raising young seabird chicks that are at great risk for extinction in Hawaii.
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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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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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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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Wildflowers: The next eco-trend?

June 15, 2021
Environmental science graduate student Alyssa Brown spends most of her thesis research time in the mountains of Provo canyon, studying wildflowers.
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The most effective way to exercise according to BYU grad student

June 15, 2021
If you’ve spent a lot of time on BYU’s campus, you’ll know the daunting hike up the Richards Building stairs. The trek never seems to get easier despite the number of times it is walked
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Native Samoan graduate student studies genetic disease in her homelands

June 15, 2021
Family relationships are the fabric of the Polynesian culture. Grandparents help take care of the young, and in turn, children and grandchildren take care of the elderly. Having grown up in Samoa and Hawaii, graduate biology student Justina Tavana ('23) understands the value of looking out for aging community members, even as the ravaging effects of dementia steal away their close connections and identity.
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Public Health Department welcomes new professor

June 09, 2021
BYU alumnus and Salt Lake City native Erik Nelson joins the BYU Department of Public Health faculty after teaching for five years at Indiana University Bloomington.
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PDBio becomes Cell Biology and Physiology

June 09, 2021
The Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology (PDBio) is changing its name to the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology (CELL). The faculty hope that renaming the department will not only reflect the students’ learning experience more accurately but will also clarify the department goals toward major selection, graduate student recruitment, and faculty hiring.
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New chair for the Department of Public Health

June 07, 2021
Dean James P. Porter, College of Life Sciences, announces the appointment of Dr. Josh West as the new chair of the Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 2021. Dean Porter also expresses his appreciation for the current department chair, Dr. Carl Hansen, who assisted in the accreditation of the undergraduate public health program and the revamping of course curriculum.
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College of Life Sciences reappoints two department chairs

June 07, 2021
BYU College of Life Sciences Dean James P. Porter announces the reappointment of Michael Stark as chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology (formerly, Physiology and Developmental Biology) and Neil Hansen as chair of the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. Both reappointments are effective July 1, 2021.
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Public Health Students Present at SOPHE Conference on Nighttime Commuting Safety

June 02, 2021
Research by Public Health graduates Ida Tovar and Alyssa Baer and Dr. Robbie Chaney showed differences in how men and women react to campus environments while walking at night.
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Neuroscience student and chemistry TA earns prestigious scholarship

May 26, 2021
Anna Everett (‘22) grew up watching her mom struggle with an autoimmune disease. Noting how research at biotech companies enabled her mom to get the treatments she needed sparked Everett’s interest in scientific research. “I think I always saw my family struggling with their health, and it made me think a lot about medicine in general,” she says. Everett eventually chose to major in neuroscience, focusing on neurological disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. She also added biophysics as a second major to explore her interest in math.
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Using complex data analysis to improve health

May 24, 2021
Biostatistics graduate Nolan Cole (‘21) recently earned the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Cole says it was a complicated process of applications, nominations, and writing to get the scholarship, but he applied because he knew it was important for his PhD work. Cole plans to enroll in a PhD program next fall in biostatistics and biomedical informatics.
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BYU graduate earns fellowship from the University of Minnesota

May 21, 2021
Clair Wootan (‘21) originally came to BYU to study biology education. As she took more classes, she realized she enjoys conducting research, which led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in biodiversity and conservation. “I’ve always really enjoyed conservation,” she says. “It gave me a lot of opportunities to take really in-depth and specific classes.”
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New director of Neuroscience Center

May 14, 2021
Dean James P. Porter, College of Life Sciences, announced the appointment of Professor Jeffrey Edwards as the new director of the Neuroscience Center, effective July 1, 2021. Edwards has held the position of associate director of the Neuroscience Center for six years under the current director Ramona Hopkins.
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Studying soil across the globe

May 10, 2021
Growing up in small, agricultural Terreton, Idaho, prepared Emilee Severe (‘21) to study environmental science and sustainability. She was raised around farmers and irrigation systems and worked for an irrigation company in high school. “I would drive boats up and down streams, and I was always in the canal bank,” she says. Now at BYU, she has the chance to learn the science behind what she saw in the streams.
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Cognitive Decline After Epilepsy in Older Adults

April 20, 2021
A ten-year study reveals that epilepsy increases the risk of cognitive decline in older adults.
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Microbiologist takes her studies around the world

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Emma Stucki (MMBio)
With the variety of experiences microbiology major Emma Stucki had at BYU, the one common thread has been shifts in perspective. “I always have enjoyed learning things in school that help me better understand the world around me.”
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Making a difference in public health

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Alyssa Baer (HLTH)
Alyssa Baer wanted to study Public Health at Brigham Young University before she even knew she was accepted. The soon-to-be Life Science grad grew up immersed in the healthcare industry.
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From student to science teacher

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Amanda Aamodt (BIO)
When BYU student Amanda Aamodt (’21) first saw the required ecology class on her schedule, she wanted to put it off as long as possible.
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Majoring in a healthy lifestyle

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Alexis Gardner (NDFS)
Growing up as the sixth of seven kids in her family, Alexis Gardner (‘21) often heard her older sisters talk about diets and health trends. Instead of joining in on the conversation, Gardner did her own research on diet and nutrition.
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Living the dream as a scientist

April 15, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Kristina Cass (PWS)
Graduating from the BYU Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Cass is living her dream as a scientist. She joined the environmental science program because she loves trees.
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Passion for progress

April 15, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Christina Blackmon (ExSc)
Christina Blackmon’s motto has always been “passion for progress,” even when it hasn’t been easy. As a member of the BYU track team and an honored exercise science student in the College of Life Sciences, it would be easy to overlook the journey that brought Blackmon to where she is today. 
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Standing on the shoulders of giants

April 15, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Benton Tullis (PDBio)
When COVID-19 canceled their marathon, Benton and Madeleine Tullis (‘21) decided to run their own. They woke up at 5:30 a.m., made their own medals out of wood, and invited family and friends to cheer them on as they crossed the “finish line” at Utah Lake. Their love of adventure and strong ability to problem-solve will aid them as Benton heads off to medical school in the fall.
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Inspiring learning through a pandemic: how the College of Life Sciences took initiative

March 25, 2021
While COVID-19 disrupts the world, members of the College of Life Sciences continue to find ways to uplift and impact their communities by participating in President Worthen's inspiring learning initiative.
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Female Medical School Applicants on the Rise

March 12, 2021
In 2020, a historic 53.4% of medical school applicants were female. However, applicants from BYU do not reflect the national trend as only 13-15% of all BYU medical school applicants are female. The Association of Future Female Physicians is established to support female students and address the challenges.
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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, A DISORDER OF A ‘STARVING BRAIN’

March 02, 2021
Alzheimer’s disease is a metabolic disorder of the brain, impairing the ability to metabolize glucose while maintaining the ability to metabolize ketones. New research out of BYU substantiates a growing body of evidence indicating a strong correlation between AD and a disrupted metabolic state, where the brain can’t get enough energy.
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Simulating Campus's COVID with Operation Outbreak

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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The Impact of COVID-19 on School Meals

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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Concern and Convenience: Predictors of COVID Compliance

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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A groggy climate giant: subsea permafrost is still waking up after 12,000 years

December 22, 2020
New research suggests slow but substantial greenhouse gas release from submarine permafrost
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Study shows that consumption of tree nuts can impact fertility

December 04, 2020
Tim Jenkins worked with a multi-institutional team to research tree nuts’ effects on sperm epigenetic patterns.
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BYU professor participates in a consortium that assembled the largest avian genomic data set to date

November 20, 2020
Plant and wildlife sciences professor Paul Frandsen is part of a large consortium of people working on bird genomics, with nearly 150 authors assembling the largest genomic data set ever for the world’s avian families. The 363 species’ genomes, including 267 sequenced for the first time, are catalogued in the November 11, 2020, issue of Nature.
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New Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology associate chair

November 19, 2020
Professor Sandra Hope is appointed as the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Associate Chair.
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Air pollution costs Utahns billions annually and shortens life expectancy by two years

November 18, 2020
New study reveals the cost of air pollution for Utahns’ health and pocketbooks
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Undergraduate research opportunities launch BYU grad to Yale Med

October 29, 2020
Jacob Mabey authored two research papers as an undergraduate at BYU and coauthored two more before graduating this year. Now he is using his research experience as a first-year student at the Yale School of Medicine. He follows the path of many BYU grads who go on to earn PhDs, something for which BYU ranks No. 5 in the country.
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Risk of In-Person Voting per County Evaluated by Public Health Researchers

October 27, 2020
Public Health researchers have created a map showing risk levels for in-person voting for each county in the country. With that information, voters can make safe and informed decisions in the middle of a pandemic and an election.
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Pandemics, Politics, Mental Health, and an Opportunity

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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Women in Faith and Science: A Roundtable Discussion

August 31, 2020
To assist female students as they navigate the connection between a medical profession and religion, the BYU Pre-professional Advisement Center’s hosted “Women of Faith and Medicine: A Round Table Discussion" to explore this intersection of faith and medicine through humility, hope, and hard work.
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What can you do with a life science degree? Ensure food security and clean water for sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

August 05, 2020
An international palate encourages life science graduate Gretel Tam to have a global impact.
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Mentored research prepares student to help with COVID-19 testing

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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$2.3 million grant to study dragonflies

July 20, 2020
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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New Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Chair

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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College of Life Sciences Alum Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

May 01, 2020
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is designed to recognize the efforts of exceptional graduate students, allowing them to make further advances in their field of research. It is a competitive program whose past recipients include Nobel Prize winners. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend and a cost of education allowance, covering tuition and fees to the institution where the student will be conducting research.
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Biology Master's Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 22, 2020
When Beka Greenall, a biological science education master’s student in the College of Life Sciences, received an email from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), she was thrilled to read she had been chosen.
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Addressing Social Disparities Through Dietetics

April 17, 2020
Melinda Morco-Sieng, a graduate student in Nutrition, Dietetics, & Food Science focuses on how international students adjust their diet when they come to study in the U.S. “If we can figure out what these students are struggling with,” she says, “then we can help them adjust to life here.”
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Using Technology to Assist in Human Movement

April 16, 2020
Exercise Science graduate student Spencer Peterson's interest in technology and human movement led him to work with a mechanical engineering team to create an app that could move physical therapy from the clinic into the home.
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Promoting Health and Nutrition Through Education

April 15, 2020
Working with Bountiful Children's Foundation to create and refine a curriculum that helps mothers better nurture their children is one of Public Health graduate student Lexi Sayer's educational highlights.
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Climbing Personal and Academic Mountains

April 14, 2020
Statistically speaking, Biology entomolgy PhD student Gavin Martin, shouldn’t have earned a bachelor’s degree, let alone a master’s degree and a PhD. Climbing personal mountains allowed him to reach new heights in his study of fireflies.
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Exploring New Research Avenues For Neural Tube Defects

April 14, 2020
In addition to making groundbreaking discoveries in embryonic development, Physiology & Developmental Biology graduate student Micah Ross works to build a better community for BYU graduate students.
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Plant-Bacteria Symbiosis: A Key Communication for the Global Ecosystem

April 08, 2020
Microbiology & Molecular Biology PhD student Alex Benedict is focusing on an important environmental process that defines the global nitrogen and carbon cycle and determines the livelihood of global vegetation.
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Influencing Environmental Change from Iran to Utah

April 08, 2020
Plant & Wildlife Sciences PhD student Sara Sayedi wanted to use science to change public policy in her home country of Iran, but the political climate offered her limited options to enter the public policy arena. After learning about the available research opportunities at BYU, she saw a new possibility to influence environmental change.
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Living Through History

March 20, 2020
Life Sciences student shares insights on staying positive in light of COVID-19 and other current challenges. Over the course of the last week, our way of life has changed drastically. From the cancellation of all in-person classes, to the temporary closures of businesses, restaurants, and theaters, to an earthquake acting as an alarm clock, we’ve gone through a lot.
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Disaster Response Class Prepares BYU Students to Serve Their Community

March 20, 2020
To prepare BYU students to assist their communities, the College of Life Sciences offers a public health elective: Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness. The class also shared several ways Utahns can prepare for four types of emergencies right now.
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Permafrost Collapse and the Global Ecosystem

March 17, 2020
Although separated by space and time, our emissions have a great impact on ecosystems across the globe, and those systems are responding. Plant and wildlife sciences professor, Dr. Ben Abbott, has been studying these ecosystem responses and recently published research with Dr. Merritt Turetsky, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder, on permafrost collapse in arctic ecosystems.
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National Nutrition Month at BYU: An Appetizing Experience

March 10, 2020
BYU students are making bite-size changes in their eating and physical activity habits during March for National Nutrition Month. The Student Dietetics Association if offering prizes for those who participate in their nutrition challenge.
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Trends and Treatment of Chronic Ankle Instability

March 10, 2020
Perhaps it happened while playing basketball, executing a perfect arabesque, chasing the dog, or working up a sweat in an aerobics class. Everything was fine—you were going in for the winning basket of the game, you had almost caught Spot—but then you felt your ankle give way, and suddenly everything was not fine.
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Research Sheds Light on the Affects of Child Temperament on Adult Health

March 04, 2020
“We are more prone to believe that the children who are quiet and reserved are in need of the most help, but that’s not the case. The kids that are more interactive and externalizing need attention as well, but in a different way.” – Jake Miller
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The Fungus Affecting Potato Crops Across the U.S.

February 27, 2020
Potatoes are a staple food in the United States. Who doesn’t enjoy warm French fries with just the right amount of salt, a bag of crunchy potato chips, or some creamy mashed potatoes smothered in gravy?
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MMBio Student's Virus Research Hits Close to Home

February 26, 2020
When MMBio graduate student Israel Guerrero learned about an outbreak of Chikungunya near his home in Southern Mexico, he went to work.
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PDBIO Student Makes Valuable Connections on Premed Research Internship at Stanford

January 24, 2020
"We have students who are impressive and capable, but they just need an opportunity." - Dr. Joshua Jaramillo, internship coordinator
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December 2019 Graduate Receives Utah Academy of Nutrition Award

December 16, 2019
As a well-rounded intern with the ability to grasp new concepts quickly and present work clearly, Mandy Mathews is admired by her faculty and peers.
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BYU Public Health students go to Washington to study CARE Act

November 22, 2019
Ten students from BYU’s College of Life Sciences flew to Washington, D.C., to visit with legislators and their staff about the controversial Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act (CARE Act).
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Life Sciences Funded Internship Opportunities

November 15, 2019
Where will you be next summer? There are so many opportunities and the College of Life Sciences can help you get there!
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New Life Sciences Career Director

November 01, 2019
"I was too afraid to go to career services as a student. It sounded like I needed to have my life together before I met with them, but the truth is that you don't. You can come in and say, 'I really have no idea what I'm doing with my life,' and we'll say, 'Great, let's talk!'" - Sterling May
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Life Science Students Screen Athletes at World Senior Games

October 26, 2019
Every October more than 11,000 senior athletes come together in St. George, Utah for the Huntsman World Senior Games. Over the course of two weeks, men and women over the age of 50 compete in a variety of events, and are also offered free basic health screenings. This year, 92 students from the BYU College of Life Sciences volunteered their time to conduct thousands of these screenings.
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New Course: Life Sciences and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

October 21, 2019
The College of Life Sciences introduces a new course to help students better understand the gospel's relevance to questions and issues they will encounter in the sciences.
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From Phage Hunters at BYU to CMV Research at Penn State

October 21, 2019
"I really want to be the one who develops the cures rather than the one administering them." Michelle Nishiguchi (MMBIO)
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BYU to receive $2.3 million NIH grant to tackle opioid crisis through wearable back sensor

October 10, 2019
BYU Engineering and Exercise Sciences researchers seek to more effectively diagnose lower back pain through novel technology.
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New Life Sciences Advisor

September 30, 2019
“There is something about the college-age student that I find refreshing and inspiring. It is fun to help guide them on their path.”
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Decreasing the maternal mortality rate in Ghana

September 09, 2019
This past summer, students from the College of Life Sciences Department of Public Health worked to lower the maternal mortality rate in Ghana by developing a new app that connects pregnant women with their healthcare worker, tracks their pregnancy schedule, and provides information on prenatal and postnatal care.
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Changing Lives in Mongolia

August 22, 2019
In August, faculty from NDFS, PWS, and Public Health hosted a group of Mongolian delegates visiting Utah and Idaho to tour local farms and production facilities. Latter-day Saint Charities is partnering with the College of Life Sciences to address Mongolia's food safety and preservation issues.
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Running experts: You've already hit your stride

July 31, 2019
A new study by the duo of BYU professors finds the stride length people naturally choose is the best for them, whether they are experienced or inexperienced runners.

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Biology Department Hosts Reconcile Evolution Conference

July 29, 2019
The theory of creation-evolutionism is a hard topic to grasp for some who are religious because of its seeming threat to their faith.
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Why your muscles get less sore as you stick with your gym routine

July 24, 2019
The first time back to the gym after a break usually results in sore muscles. Fortunately, the return trip a few days later—if it happens—is generally less painful. BYU researchers are finding out why.

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Study: Gastric bypass surgery can reduce risk of death even for advanced ages

July 24, 2019
New research from Brigham Young University finds that patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery after the age of 35 see a major improvement in long-term survival.

 

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High levels of exercise linked to nine years of less aging (at the cellular level)

July 23, 2019
But new research from Brigham Young University reveals you may be able to slow one type of aging — the kind that happens inside your cells. As long as you’re willing to sweat.

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New associate dean for the College of Life Sciences

July 12, 2019
Dean James P. Porter announced the appointment of Susan Fullmer as the new associate dean with responsibilities for undergraduate and graduate students in the BYU College of Life Sciences effective July 8, 2019. Fullmer will replace Rosemary Thackeray, who was recently appointed by President Kevin J Worthen as the assistant to the president for planning and assessment.
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Late-night snacking: Is it your brain's fault?

July 11, 2019
In a newly published study, exercise sciences professors and a neuroscientist at BYU used MRI to measure how people's brains respond to high and low-calorie food images at different times of the day.

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People on treadmill desks perform tasks nearly as well as those sitting

July 11, 2019
Research suggests health benefits of walking desks outweigh drop in cognition
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BYU study: Cancer passing heart disease as leading cause of death in more and more states

July 09, 2019
Trend shows U.S. on verge of epidemiologic transition
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New Bean Museum exhibit explores evolution

July 09, 2019
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum opens a new exhibit today exploring the theories and observations of evolution, and how evolution changes life on Earth.
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Four green thumbs: BYU senior wins 4th landscaping championship

July 09, 2019
BYU senior Alyssa Brown has joined the ranks of the select few college students who have won a national championship in all four years of school. (Wrestler Cael Sanderson and players from the 1967-73 UCLA basketball teams come to mind.)
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Part of the search: A Q & A with the student commencement speaker

July 09, 2019
David Kastner will represent the graduates as the student speaker at BYU’s Commencement exercises this month. Like many of his fellow graduates, he has accomplished a lot during his time at BYU.
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Inspired BYU grad a force against global disease

July 08, 2019
As a young girl growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Moremi Hamblin saw her parents as prime examples of the difference an education can make in the quality of life.
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Cougar Query: "Find what you love and work hard at it."

July 08, 2019
Name: Julianne Grose
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Study: Want to help the vaccine hesitant become pro-vaccine? Have them meet someone with a vaccine-preventable disease

July 08, 2019
Learning first-hand of the pain and cost of vaccine-preventable diseases moves the needle
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Rosemary Thackeray appointed BYU assistant to the president for planning and assessment

July 08, 2019
Replaces James D. Gordon III, who is retiring after 35 years of service to the university
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Can your shoes really make you run faster?

July 08, 2019
Led by Professor Iain Hunter, researchers at BYU studied top marathon running shoes to discover if one could help runners be more efficient
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Study finds bedrock is teeming with microorganisms protecting water quality

May 30, 2019
Nitrogen pollution from human fertilizer and fossil fuels affects two-thirds of freshwater bodies worldwide and causes billions of dollars of damage to fisheries and ecosystems annually. It triggers harmful algal blooms and dead zones where only worms and bacteria can survive.
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YouTube 'epic fail' star-turned-researcher finds Achilles surprisingly adaptable

February 10, 2015
A new study authored by BYU exercise science researchers reveals great news about the Achilles heel: the Achilles tendon is capable of adapting to uphill and downhill running better than previously believed.

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