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Intellect

BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character. In addition to teaching classes, most BYU professors also conduct research in their academic field. Students – even at the undergraduate level – participate in research and publish their work alongside a faculty mentor. Here are the stories of what they discover together.

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Forum: A higher purpose for religious education

January 31, 2023
In Tuesday’s forum, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University, described religious education as a potential antidote to America’s pervasive consumerism.
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Women are routinely excluded from exercise research across the country. A new BYU study shows why that’s misguided

January 26, 2023
A new BYU study debunks the assumption that menstrual cycles disqualify women from exercise research. Analyzing women’s exercise performance across their menstrual cycles, researchers found no variability in endurance thresholds or performance: from workout to workout, women’s performance was just as consistent as men’s.
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BYU business study: Key to innovation is fostering intellectual honesty

January 19, 2023
New research published this week from BYU Marriott School of Business professors Jeff Dyer and Taeya Howell finds that innovation can be hampered when organizations prioritize “psychological safety” at the expense of intellectual honesty.


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BYU becomes first U.S. university to offer Azerbaijani 101

January 18, 2023
“There could be no better place than BYU to have the first Azerbaijani class,” said ambassador Khazar Ibrahim. “BYU’s programs are at the top of the list because of their depth––BYU teaches not only about the language, but the culture too. The cultural nuance of a people is integral in understanding their language.”
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Antarctic icebergs still exist today where 1700-era sailors spotted, tracked them

January 10, 2023
A new study comparing observations of large Antarctic icebergs from the 1700s with modern satellite datasets shows the massive icebergs are found in the same areas where they were pinpointed three centuries ago. The study shows that despite their rudimentary tools, the old explorers truly knew their craft, and it confirms that the icebergs have behaved consistently for more than 300 years.
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BYU acoustics capture the sound of NASA’s Artemis I launch

January 04, 2023
A BYU acoustics team, noted for studying the world's loudest sounds, shares its first-hand account of measuring audio levels during NASA's epic Artemis launch in November.
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Top BYU Feature Videos of 2022

December 28, 2022
Check out the top research and BYU innovation videos of the year. These videos show the creativity, ingenuity, inspiration and drive of BYU students and faculty across campus during the 2022 calendar year.
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What do elk, nuclear reactors and quirky Utah phrases have in common? They're all in the Top 10 BYU News Stories of 2022

December 28, 2022
Research from BYU faculty and students made its way across the globe this year, giving a snapshot to the breadth and depth of the academic work happening on campus. The 10 feature stories here — representing nearly every college on campus — were the most viewed of 2022.


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What type of Hallmark Christmas movie viewer are you?

December 19, 2022
Participants were asked to sort through a group of statements based on the question: ‘Why I love Hallmark Christmas movies?’ The results revealed three factors or groups of like-minded thinkers, the Season’s Greeters, the Rudolphs, and the Carolers.
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BYU wins the 2022 Campus Cup for civic engagement

December 15, 2022
The Campus Cup, hosted by the office of Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson, is a state-wide competition that pits Utah’s colleges and universities against each other to register the greatest percentage of voters. Henderson presented the award to six BYU students representing the Office of Civic Engagement at the Capitol in Salt Lake City earlier this week.
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BYU-Smithsonian study first to fully sequence genome of endangered clouded leopards

December 14, 2022
Researchers from BYU and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are doing their best to help protect the future of clouded leopards by studying their genetics. As detailed in a new study, the team has sequenced the entire genome of both species for the first time, and in doing so they’ve learned something critical they didn’t expect: the clouded leopard diverged into two separate species much earlier than previously thought.


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BYU research: Housing market prices, purchasing decisions being driven by unseen forces

December 08, 2022
As the supply of unsold housing increases in Utah — and across the nation — and as home prices continue to fall, new research coauthored by a BYU Marriott School of Business professor has discovered under-the-radar forces that are quietly impacting home pricing and purchasing decisions.


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BYU student created video game wins international award

December 01, 2022
A new video game created and produced by BYU students recently received the “Highly Commended” award from the Rookie Awards – an international board that evaluates and ranks top video game design schools around the world. The award earned BYU the number five school in the world for game design and development.
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Forum: Fighting climate change is loving God’s creations

November 29, 2022
Climate change poses a call to Christian action, said climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe in Tuesday’s forum on campus. As chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy and professor at Texas Tech University, Hayhoe has always understood the global climate crisis through the lens of her faith and her belief in our responsibility to care for others.
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Social media conversations are driven by those on the margins, says new BYU research

November 28, 2022
The study found that most people – moderate Democrats and Republicans – are self-censoring their comments on social media to not create contention, lose friends online, or be perceived a certain way.
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BYU study shows changing population and income patterns in rural Mountain West

November 22, 2022
BYU professors Samuel Otterstrom and Matthew Shumway analyzed population and income trends in the Mountain West region over the past 20 years. Their research confirmed the widening inequalities between less wealthy “Old West” counties known for traditional mining, farming and ranching, and wealthier “New West” counties boasting natural beauty and recreational opportunities like hiking or skiing.
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BYU students learn from the healthiest humans on earth in the blue zone of Ikaria, Greece

November 17, 2022
There are five locations around the globe where people reach the age of 100 at 10 times greater rates than U.S. averages. These Blue Zones, as they are called, are home to the healthiest people on earth:
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How paperwork at the doctor's office can lead to medical misdiagnoses

November 16, 2022
While HIPAA privacy forms are supposed to assure patients that their personal information will be protected, new research from BYU and the University of Utah finds that they cause people to lie more about their medical history rather than feel more comfortable about sharing information.
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