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Women in Life Sciences Celebrate Their Journeys

May 02, 2024
Dr. Maurine Cobabe encouraged attendees of the annual Women in Life Sciences dinner to be intentional and diligent in their chosen paths, while being open to help from those around them.
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EXSC Honored Graduate: Anne Shull's Journey of Self-Discovery

April 22, 2024
Anne Shull used to stress about getting everything done perfectly. As professors guided her to reframe her college expectations, she started taking better care of her body and spirit.
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PWS Honored Graduate: Alexandra Olson and The Humbling Power of Nature

April 19, 2024
After years of passionate study, Alexandra Olson was awestruck by the fjords and volcanoes she saw abroad. Her love for the planet intensified, and she rededicated herself to conservation.
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Breaking Down Genetics to Build Humanity: Kate Jaggi

April 18, 2024
Kate Jaggi made a discovery she never imagined and it ignited a fire in her to continue conducting plant genetics research.
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NDFS Honored Graduate: Meghan Crowther’s Academic Journey to Medicine

April 18, 2024
When Meghan Crowther chose to study nutritional science over all her other interests she never realized she'd discover a passion for research.
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Dissection, Dancing, and Deity: Annie Smedley

April 10, 2024
Annie Smedley is closing out her master's degree with a jeté. Her hard-won skill to ask better questions helped her note a pattern in a literature review, which evolved into an interdisciplinary project studying ballet dancers and their injuries.
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Taking Public Health Out of The Classroom: Oluwadamilola Obalana

April 10, 2024
Oluwandamilola Obalana was on track to be a medical professional—until she realized she wanted to prevent people from getting sick instead of treating them. Now she researches maternal and child health and leads on the Utah Society for Public Health Education Board.
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Dr. Emily Patten: From Classroom to Commissioner

April 08, 2024
Dr. Emily Patten recently received a prestigious position of influence within the field of dietetics. It all started sitting in a BYU classroom years ago. 
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Greece Study Abroad: Exploring Medicine and Refining Faith 

February 27, 2024
A study abroad in Greece taught one premed student the value of commitment to patients and to God.  
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Student Strives to Improve Quality of Life in Nepal, Starting with Her Own

February 27, 2024
A public health student went to Nepal to make a change; she didn’t know her own heart would be first on the list.
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Translating the Art of Medicine

February 26, 2024
Maggie Scribner (PH ‘23), a passionate PA in training, conducted an award winning study as an undergraduate. The study highlights barriers to the use of professional medical interpretation services for Spanish speakers.
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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 and wrote a literature review that was featured in the most recent issue of Chiasm, BYU Neuroscience’s undergraduate research journal.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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