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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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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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BYU nursing professors unearth disturbing trends in sexual assault cases connected to dating apps

November 14, 2022
In the largest study of its kind, a BYU nursing team analyzed Utah sexual assault victims’ medical exam charts from 2017 to 2020. They found that 14% of the 1,968 rapes committed by acquaintances occurred during an initial meetup arranged through a dating app. Those cases stood out in disturbing ways: victims with mental illnesses and other vulnerabilities were targeted, and the attacks were significantly more violent.
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Army service increases long-term earnings and closes the Black-White earnings gap

November 10, 2022
The research found that American men and women who voluntarily enlist in the Army and are admitted see an average increase of $4,000 in annual earnings in the years following their application when compared to applicants who were not admitted.
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Robots are taking over jobs, but not at the rate you might think says BYU research

November 09, 2022
There’s no need to panic about a pending robot takeover just yet. The study found that only 14% of workers say they’ve seen their job replaced by a robot. But those who have experienced job displacement due to a robot overstate the effect of robots taking jobs from humans by about three times.
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BYU exercise science researchers pinpoint new method to optimize personal aerobic workouts

November 02, 2022
New BYU research unveils a more effective way to determine the intensity at which each person should work out to achieve the greatest results. A study appearing in the Journal of Applied Physiology outlines a new system to create not just personalized workouts, but “prescribed” workouts that provide results regardless of an individual’s current health.


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Leveling the playing field: Why academic stress is more severe for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

October 27, 2022
For elementary students coming from disadvantaged homes, academic worry carries a heightened cost for school success than for advantaged kids, says a new BYU study.
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Forum: Exploring Nature’s Curiosity Cabinet

October 25, 2022
Paul A. Cox discussed the concept that Earth is a large curiosity cabinet, in which there are many wonders to be discovered and utilized as medical remedies and that as stewards of the earth and its creations, we should show reverence to it.
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BYU Marriott School study shows when good corporate ratings are a bad thing

October 18, 2022
Everywhere you look, something or someone is being rated — that movie you’re thinking of seeing, the restaurant you might try, the president’s popularity this week. We don’t seem to agree on much right now, but we can all agree that a positive rating is good, and a negative rating is bad. Or can we?
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Media messages that humanize outgroups don’t combat prejudice, new BYU study finds

October 11, 2022
Humanizing messages does almost nothing to increase empathy in people with high animosity toward an outgroup, although they do increase empathy in those who already view the group positively.
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Before BYU-Notre Dame starts up, BYU and Notre Dame startups will show out

October 06, 2022
Tabbed the Shamrock Series Innovation Rally, three startup companies from BYU and four startup companies from Notre Dame will come together at the Bellagio Hotel for an investor showcase sponsored by the technology transfer offices at both schools.


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BYU scientists collaborate with astronomers around the world to understand distant galaxy

October 04, 2022
BYU’s West Mountain Observatory was one of 37 ground-based telescopes throughout the world monitoring the active galaxy that is roughly 1 billion light years away.
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BYU profs create new micro nuclear reactor to produce nuclear energy more safely

October 04, 2022
BYU professor and nuclear engineering expert Matthew Memmott and his colleagues have designed a new system for nuclear energy production: a molten salt micro-nuclear reactor that may solve meltdown risks.
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BYU engineers etch entirety of The Book of Mormon on a microchip wafer

September 29, 2022
A group of innovative BYU students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department found a way to etch the entire text of The Book of Mormon onto a thin silicon disc (called a wafer in the electronics world) that can fit in the palm of your hand.


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