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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 engineers travel to the Arctic, develop innovative radar method to detect polar bears

May 25, 2022
BYU engineering students are testing radar to track polar bears aboveground. If successful, the team’s work would mark a significant step forward in scientists’ ability to track mother polar bears during winter, when they den and give birth to their cubs beneath dense snowpack. Locating and protecting bear dens is important for conservation efforts.
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Forum: It is a dangerous business, going into the laboratory

May 24, 2022
Dr. Paul B. Savage, the recipient of the 2021 Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, delivered the forum to campus on Tuesday. He discussed some of the adventures and experiences he has had as a professor and researcher, and the concept that Heavenly Father has a great academic adventure planned for all of us.
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Going cashless to prevent COVID-19 was useless, new BYU microbiology study finds

May 12, 2022
A new study published in PLOS ONE from BYU scientists finds that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is almost immediately nonviable if deposited on a cash banknote. The virus actually shows greater stability on plastic money cards, with the live virus still being detected 48 hours after initial deposition, but no viable virus was detected on either cash or card that was randomly sampled in the study.


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BYU student’s research solves an icy dwarf planet mystery

May 09, 2022
The dwarf planet Haumea has befuddled modern scientists for years. New BYU research details the planet's creation and solves one of astronomy's puzzles.
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When it comes to buying stuff, who do you trust to sell it: Government, nonprofits or for-profits? BYU study says...

April 26, 2022
Covid-19 tests were in short supply two months ago, but now testing options abound, from free tests mailed by the U.S. government to those available from pharmacies and nonprofit healthcare providers. All other factors being equal, is there an advantage to accessing a test through any one of these avenues?
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Praising essential workers is not just a good thing, it’s critical, BYU study finds

April 12, 2022
A new study from BYU, University of Arizona, Rider University and NYU finds essential workers who receive public praise are energized and recover in healthy ways from the stress of their jobs, while those who don’t receive that praise experience negative emotions and are more likely to drink, smoke or overeat to recover from work.


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BYU dean captures never before seen images inside living cells with innovative microscopy method

April 06, 2022
Thanks to the work of Dean Grant Jensen and his students, scientists are now learning much more about the structure and function of cells.
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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 animation, AdLab students win Student Emmy awards

March 31, 2022
The Television Academy announced the winners of the 41st College Television Awards or “Student Emmy’s” last week and BYU students claimed the top spot in the best animation series and the best commercial.
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Forum: Overcoming political tribalism

March 29, 2022
Amy Chua — the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School, a legal scholar and a writer — delivered Tuesday's forum address. She spoke on the root causes of political tribalism and offered proposals on how the future leaders of America can overcome them.
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BYU Law leads list of BYU graduate programs moving up in U.S. News rankings

March 29, 2022
BYU Law has earned its highest U.S. News ranking to date, rocketing up six spots from last year and coming in at No. 23 in the 2023 Best Graduate School rankings released today. The Marriott School of Business once again ranks high and the BYU Nursing program makes a big jump.



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BYU earns No. 1 Overall ‘Seed’ in Landscaping Championship; Brings title back to home turf

March 25, 2022
This past week BYU took home its fourth-consecutive National Collegiate Landscape Title, a championship that means BYU is once again best in the land for taking care of land… and water and rocks and trees and shrubs.




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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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BYU study: 20 years later, accountants burned by Enron scandal outperform peers

March 16, 2022
In a recent study, BYU accounting professor Tim Seidel and colleagues at other universities found that partners who worked at Arthur Andersen during its demise in 2001 now provide higher quality audits than their peer partners at other accounting firms who did not.


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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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Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease and taking eyecare to third-world countries: BYU student innovators deliver again

March 11, 2022
Every year innovative students at BYU give their best shot at developing new technologies that can make the world a better place. With $50,000 in prize money on the line, the 2022 Student Innovator of the Year Competition once again delivered potentially life-changing results.




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Dead trees in Utah forests are a wildfire hazard; BYU researchers found a way to use them as biomass for power plants

March 03, 2022
Researchers at BYU have worked to develop new ways to convert dead, decaying trees into a fuel that can be used in coal power plants, and as a result, also reduce net carbon emissions.
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