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Can you tell the difference between an authentic Mesoamerican artifact and a forgery? This BYU student can.

September 14, 2021
Move over, Indiana Jones. In her undergraduate work authenticating the Mesoamerican greenstone collection at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, anthropology student Chloe Burkey developed an eagle eye for the microscopic details that distinguish authentic artifacts from forged ones.
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BYU study finds that princess culture can have a positive impact on child development

July 25, 2021
In the longest study to date on the impact of princess media on consumers, new research from BYU professor Sarah Coyne found that children who engaged with princess culture were more likely to later hold progressive views about women and subscribe less to attitudes of hegemonic masculinity.
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BYU professor highlights unsung stories from Utah’s rich pioneer history with Intermountain Histories website

July 21, 2021
Immigrant communities such as a Finnish settlement in Scofield and a Chinese community in Salt Lake City may not be as well-known or remembered but still play an important part of Utah’s history — a history rich with diverse stories of faith and perseverance.
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Want to influence your local government? Vote in off-cycle elections

July 12, 2021
As places like Utah, Arizona, Michigan, and Maryland gear up to hold local elections this summer and fall, history predicts that they will see an average of 29–37% fewer voters than they would were their elections held “on cycle,” in tandem with state and federal elections.
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Q&A with BYU geography professor addresses drought conditions in Utah, offers water conservation tips

June 13, 2021
BYU geography professor Matt Bekker says record-breaking temperatures certainly contribute to Utah's water problem through evaporation, but the less-noticeable warming trend over months and years is the bigger problem. Most of the last 20 years have been drought years.
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Q&A with BYU economics professor addresses supply chain shortages, price surges and what to expect in the post-pandemic economy

June 01, 2021
The interconnected reasons your favorite products might be facing a shortage.
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BYU research finds social support key to increasing medical patient survival rates

May 18, 2021
Support interventions such as group meetings and family sessions that promoted healthy behaviors resulted in a 29% increased probability of survival over time.
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Is Night Shift really helping you sleep better?

April 25, 2021
New BYU study finds that night shift functions don’t actually improve sleep.
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Three new deans announced at BYU

April 22, 2021
BYU Academic Vice President C. Shane Reese announced the appointment of three new deans today, including Richard D. Osguthorpe at the David O. McKay School of Education, Laura Padilla-Walker at the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences and Adam T. Woolley as the dean of Graduate Studies.
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Awards Season 2021: Regardless of discipline, BYU students are taking home the hardware

April 13, 2021
From anthropology to graphic design, BYU students are winning their fair share of year-end awards for excellence in their field of study.


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BYU research: Childhood adversity shapes adolescent delinquency, fatherhood

March 29, 2021
About 61% of Americans have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), experts’ formal term for a traumatic childhood event. Two recent BYU studies analyzed how ACEs shape adolescents’ delinquent behaviors as well as fathers’ parenting approaches.
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How BYU and the University of Washington are preventing hereditary cancer one family tree at a time

March 17, 2021
A collaboration between BYU and the University of Washington uses science and family history to prevent hereditary cancer.
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How the Founding Fathers’ children influenced the Constitution

February 12, 2021
The study found that fathers who had more sons were more likely to vote for a stronger national government than fathers of daughters, who preferred a weaker national government with greater state authority.
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10-year BYU study shows elevated suicide risk from excess social media time for young teen girls

February 03, 2021
In the longest study to date on the effects of social media on teens, BYU research found a correlation between time spent on social media and suicidality risk among teenage girls.
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BYU student-driven 1918 dataset details how pandemics spread

January 19, 2021
BYU professors and students developed a tool that can auto-index the cause of death from death certificates.
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Award-winning BYU research makes strides in improving autism diagnoses

January 13, 2021
In studies published over the last year, BYU’s interdisciplinary research group Autism Connect has outlined ways to change these norms by improving the accuracy, timeliness and helpfulness of autism diagnoses.
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Love thy neighbor, improve your mental health, says BYU study

December 23, 2020
Dropping off a plate of cookies, leaving a kind note, wishing a neighbor a Merry Christmas. These simple holiday traditions lift the spirits of the recipients, but new BYU research shows that such small acts of kindness can also improve the mental health of the giver.
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Christmas shopping: When time’s running out, bargain buyers cave in and pay full price

December 01, 2020
While you might expect item prices to stabilize when consumers can easily compare among sellers, there’s often a surprising disparity, a phenomenon called “price dispersion.” Theories abound as to why, but a new model developed by economics professor Brennan Platt highlights one very significant factor: buyers’ search timelines.
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