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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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April 20, 2021
A ten-year study reveals that epilepsy increases the risk of cognitive decline in older adults.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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February 16, 2021
Curtis Hoffmann, BYU microbiology and molecular biology student, found a way to leverage education to rebuild trust in our public health systems during the pandemic. He stumbled across Operation Outbreak, a pathogen outbreak simulation, and knew he needed to bring it to Utah County and Brigham Young University.
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January 12, 2021
When the pandemic hit and classrooms across the country became virtual, foodservice professionals worked quickly and creatively to continue delivering school meals to every student.
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January 08, 2021
A recent life sciences study looks at what motivates college students to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Findings indicate that concern and convenience are the two primary predictors for Utah Valley college students.
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December 22, 2020
New research suggests slow but substantial greenhouse gas release from submarine permafrost
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December 04, 2020
Tim Jenkins worked with a multi-institutional team to research tree nuts’ effects on sperm epigenetic patterns.
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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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November 19, 2020
Professor Sandra Hope is appointed as the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Associate Chair.
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November 18, 2020
New study reveals the cost of air pollution for Utahns’ health and pocketbooks
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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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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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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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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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August 05, 2020
An international palate encourages life science graduate Gretel Tam to have a global impact.
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July 27, 2020
Working in Dr. Paul Frandsen's lab allowed College of Life Sciences student Andrew Sheffield to develop the cross-disciplinary skills needed to contribute during a world-wide pandemic.
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July 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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October 10, 2019
BYU Engineering and Exercise Sciences researchers seek to more effectively diagnose lower back pain through novel technology.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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July 11, 2019
Research suggests health benefits of walking desks outweigh drop in cognition
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July 09, 2019
Trend shows U.S. on verge of epidemiologic transition
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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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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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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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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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July 08, 2019
Name: Julianne Grose
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July 08, 2019
Learning first-hand of the pain and cost of vaccine-preventable diseases moves the needle
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July 08, 2019
Replaces James D. Gordon III, who is retiring after 35 years of service to the university
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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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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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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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