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  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks to speak at BYU’s August 13 Commencement Exercises

    Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the speaker during Brigham Young University’s Commencement Exercises on Thursday, August 13, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. President Russell M. Nelson, also of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will preside and give remarks. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises.

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  • Finding Your Niche: Q&A with a Graduating Media Arts Student

    Music and the arts have always been a huge part of Marina Polonsky’s life. Her family’s artistic influence led Polonsky to be passionate about stories, hoping that one day she would be able to inspire others with her creative talents. This week Polonsky will graduate in Media Arts from the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, department of Theatre and Media Arts. Though it’s been hard living so far from family with the current tension going on between the Russian and Ukrainian government, she has enjoyed her time here at BYU and has appreciated the change she has seen in herself. 

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  • Giving and Accepting Help: One Graduate's Story of Hardship and Success

    It’s a text message you never want to have to read: Your mother is dying, come to the hospital now. You especially don’t want to have to read that message while sitting in class. Although Cheri Campbell, a 2015 BYU McKay School of Education graduate, was not able to make it to the hospital before her mother died, often during her grief she was comforted by the very classmates and professors she was in class with the day her mother died.

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  • One Grad's Story of Going Back to School: A Safety Net After the Fall

    Merry Bird stands out wherever she goes. She’s got a stand-up comedian sense of humor and love of life that is contagious. (It also helps that right now she’s walking around with casts on both feet.) It's been no different for Bird while a student at BYU. Following her husband’s sudden death, she returned to school after more than 20 years.

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  • Finding a World of Opportunities: One Grad's Story of Dancing at BYU

    Although dance has been a large part of her life since the age of 3, Aubry Dalley found herself faced with a big life decision when she got to college. Should she pick dance for a major or go for something seemingly more practical?

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  • Experiencing the Unexpected: One Graduate Finds Great Opportunities When Going Outside Comfort Zone

    Coming to BYU was both comfortable and familiar for grad Beth Black Peacock. She was born and raised less than 10 miles from campus in Springville, UT. Plus, her mom graduated from BYU and often brought Peacock to visit campus. Though campus was familiar to Peacock, the rigor and competition of classes took her by surprise. She started as an Ancient Near Eastern Studies major, but, after taking a couple classes she realized that this wasn’t the major for her. Serving an LDS mission to Wisconsin turned out to be an unexpected and well-timed opportunity.

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  • Setting the odds for those with MS

    Study gives personalized predictions for the disease’s next move

    Both the doctors who treat multiple sclerosis and the people who experience it agree that the disease is highly unpredictable.

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  • The sound of music, according to physicists

    Researchers elevate musicians in the air and attach lasers to their instruments

    In the name of science, musicians will sit in a chair several feet above the floor in an echoless room and play "Somewhere over the Rainbow" hundreds of times. And they do all this with a laser attached to their instrument, which they must keep aimed inside of a small target in front of them. 

    This painstaking precision yields better sound maps than you can find anywhere else in the music industry. 

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  • BYU announces new Heritage Halls construction

    Construction on a new central building and a new residence hall will begin this fall at the Heritage Halls on-campus housing area. In preparation for the new construction, crews will raze the final four original Heritage Halls residences—Broadbent Hall, Felt Hall, Fox Hall and Harris Hall—beginning this month. The new residence hall and the new Heritage Halls Central Building will be built in their place.

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  • Hope Focus of BYU Education Week, August 17-21

    “Lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul.” This guidance and comfort from Hebrews 6:18-19 is the theme for this year’s BYU Campus Education Week, one of the largest continuing education programs in the country.

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  • Who wore it best? BYU professor is the expert on Bible and Book of Mormon clothing

    Rory Scanlon, has spent more than 15 years pouring through archeological and anthropological records to discover what people dressed like during Bible and Book of Mormon times, becoming an expert in the field.

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  • Peace like a river: One veteran's struggle with PTSD

    BYU grad finds healing through connection with nature

    Warren Price, a retired medic with the Utah Army National Guard who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has found healing through recreational therapy. He hopes his story can help others who struggle with PTSD.

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  • Kid swagger: How children react to winning and losing

    Staged contest shows when kids recognize complex emotions

    A group of preschoolers were given one shot to beat the world’s fastest builder of block towers.

    How they reacted to this staged contest gives parents a helpful timeline for when to teach them important emotional skills. 

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  • Get Ready to Swoon: David Archuleta to Headline BYU Homecoming Spectacular

    Tickets go on sale this month for October 8-9 shows

    Singer David Archuleta will perform as the featured guest on Oct. 8 and 9, at BYU Spectacular, a live concert held in the Marriott Center as part of the Homecoming Week celebrations in the Marriott Center.

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  • BYU professor taps crowdsourcing effort to find fireflies in Utah

    Citizen science project helps pinpoint lightning bug locations

    A crowd-sourcing project of sorts that invites citizens to post sightings has helped BYU biologist Seth Bybee and other researchers pinpoint where firefly populations exist.

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  • High blood pressure associated with lower risk for Alzheimer's

    Cambridge, University of Washington and BYU collaborate on massive study

    A new study suggests that people with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, authors conclude the connection may have more to do with anti-hypertension medication than high blood pressure itself.

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  • E3 loves video game from BYU

    BYU animation students showcase Relic Hunter at world’s premier video game trade show

    The BYU Center for Animation is braving the new world of video game design. Starting things off by showcasing their game in front of 52,000+ people at the world's premier trade show for video games is a pretty good start.

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  • Parents’ comparisons make siblings different

    A new study from BYU shows that when parents compare their kids, it shows up in the classroom.

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  • Team of diabetic students working to cure diabetes

    Researchers zeroing in on pathways that activate insulin-producing cells

    Four of the students in professor Jeffery Tessem’s nutritional science lab have Type 1 diabetes, the genetic version of the condition that is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. The team is investigating the molecular pathways that can activate insulin-producing beta cells.

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  • Five of the coolest, most successful BYU inventions of this year

    BYU's Technology Transfer Office helps get academic discoveries to the marketplace

    With the help from the Technology Transfer Office, intellectual property from faculty discoveries are licensed to interested companies or spun out as a new ventures led by professors themselves. Here are five of the newest and most exciting products to come out of BYU in the last year.

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  • Chefs impressed by computer-generated cookbook

    Class project pleases Parisian palates with soup

    The midterm exam tasted awful, but the final exam had everyone calling for a second helping. Professor Dan Ventura's class created an artificial intelligence program that generates some surprisingly good crockpot recipes. 

    Watch two teams of dietetics students and Liz Edmunds (The Food Nanny) put the recipes to the test. Then try one of the recipes at home. 

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  • BYU animators try new genre, win another Student Emmy

    Director of 'Frozen' mentors, Disney/Pixar president praises 'Ram’s Horn'

    Another year, another Student Emmy for the BYU Center for Animation. This year's film, Ram's Horn, explored a new animation style with a Wile E. Coyote feel.

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  • Reigning U.S. marathon champ graduating from BYU

    The course of Jared Ward's running career hasn’t exactly followed the familiar oval, counter-clockwise trajectory. The hurdles he's faced include misguided punishment and 11th-hour reinstatements. But the frustrating detour ultimately fast-tracked his career. 

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  • From Homelessness to Graduation: One Graduate's Story

    Joe Robledo’s life started out like any other. He and his family had the normal ups and downs most families experience, but everything changed when his father lost his job as a Federal Air Marshal. People told him he’d never leave San Antonio, Texas. They said he’d never be accepted into BYU, and he’d never graduate. But Robledo, who had learned a strong work ethic from his parents, was focused on doing everything he could to get where he wanted to be. This week he’s thrilled to be able to prove the doubters wrong as he walks across the stage during BYU's graduation ceremonies to earn a degree in sociology.

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  • BYU students make the world's lightest, least expensive motorized wheelchair

    Engineering students create chair for young brothers with rare degenerative disease

    his past year, five undergraduate mechanical engineering students have designed, manufactured and constructed an inexpensive, lightweight motorized wheelchair specifically for children such as Tanner and Skyler, who have a rare genetic disease.

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  • Prescription for living longer: Spend less time alone

    New study finds isolation a risk factor for all ages, incomes

    Some people feel lonely even when surrounded by people, while others prefer to have lots of time alone. Either way, both loneliness and welcomed isolation pose a threat to longevity according to a new study by Julianne Holt-Lunstad and Tim Smith. 

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  • “Relative Finder” now certified with FamilySearch

    When it comes to family history, many people enjoy the thrill of discovering long lost ancestral lines. But what about your group of friends? Or your coworkers at the office? Have you ever been with a group of people and thought to yourself, “I wonder if any of us are related?”

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  • Creativity is about solving problems says Disney/Pixar Animation's Ed Catmull

    Catmull addressed the role of failure in success during a university forum address at BYU

    President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Ed Catmull talked of the role of failure in creativity as he shared experiences creating movies such as FrozenToy Story and Up on Tuesday at BYU. 

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