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Mother of four earns graduate degree, hopes to teach sociology

April 21, 2022
All within the past five years, Jordan Coburn graduated with a double major in sociology and Spanish, worked as an English tutor, had four children and earned her graduate degree in sociology.
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BYU study: 'Every Kid Outdoors' program is increasing family hiking, but not for everyone

April 05, 2022
A recent study from BYU business and family studies professors finds that the U.S.’s Every Kid Outdoors program — which gives families with fourth graders free access to national parks for one year — is leading to an increased frequency of hiking with children.


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BYU study finds increasing uplifts leads to better marital outcomes for parents of children with autism, Down syndrome

March 21, 2022
Respite care may allow parents of children with disabilities to step back and recount specific moments of joy with their children, which results in an uplift. Experiencing more uplifts might counteract the detrimental effect of stress on parents.
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Q&A with BYU economics expert explains why gas prices are rising so quickly

March 17, 2022
Many Utahns are feeling the pinch at the pump as gas prices continue to soar across the U.S. And while the recent rise in gas prices has captured headlines, BYU economics professor Christian vom Lehn says gas prices started rising long before the conflict in Ukraine began. In this Q&A, vom Lehn explains the sharp jump in gas prices, inflation, and the state of the post-pandemic economy.
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Cultivating feelings of indebtedness to God results in increased happiness, desire to serve others

March 15, 2022
BYU research found that beyond increasing overall happiness and well-being, indebtedness to God was also related to increased religious involvement, spirituality, attachment to God and pro-social behavior, or how much service and kindness people show to others.
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Would Mirabel from “Encanto” be as connected to her family if she lived in the US? BYU study says yes

February 03, 2022
Research from BYU professor of family life Jocelyn Wikle suggests that Mirabel would have a strong family connection even if she lived in the U.S. According to her research, Latino teens in the U.S. may be different from teens in other racial/ethnic groups due to distinctive cultural norms and family values, such as those displayed in “Encanto.”

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Teaching kids about money pays off — in finances and relationships, BYU study shows

January 13, 2022
A new study from BYU discovered that children who learn proper money management behavior from their parents have more fulfilling relationships with their significant others in young adulthood.
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Teens not getting enough sleep may consume 4.5 extra pounds of sugar during a school year says BYU research

December 27, 2021
Sleep is vital for all people but is particularly important for teenagers as their bodies undergo significant development during their formative years. Unfortunately, most teens aren't getting enough sleep. Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 73% of high school students are getting less than the recommended eight to ten hours of sleep each night.
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Financial insecurity, mental health conditions predict severe loneliness during pandemic

November 08, 2021
Surveying over 20,000 people in 101 countries from June to November 2020, the research found more than a three-fold spike in severe loneliness overall, with six percent of the sample reporting feeling lonely before the pandemic compared to 21% during.
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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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