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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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A megafire induced over a century’s worth of erosion near Utah Lake — but there’s more to the story, say BYU scientists

October 22, 2021
In burned watersheds where the wildfire had consumed stabilizing vegetation and leaf litter, the rain had caused massive erosion. There was a 2,000-fold increase in sediment flux compared to unburned areas, creating a plume of ash and soil moving into Utah Lake that was visible from space.
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BYU joins three medical schools on $4 million NFL study for hamstring injuries

October 18, 2021
Brigham Young University is one of four universities partnering on a new $4 million NFL grant to study the prevention and treatment of hamstring injuries among football players.


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The secret ingredient of organizational long-term success? Adapt to public expectations, says new BYU research

October 11, 2021
When an organization’s mission or actions are out of line with what people who have a stake in that organization expect, the legitimacy of the organization is called into question. This lack of legitimacy causes an organization’s stakeholders to perceive it as self-centered and untrustworthy.
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BYU scientists discover a new cancer-driving mechanism, develop new drug to treat it

October 05, 2021
Another important step in the fight against cancer has been enabled thanks in part to research from BYU scientists.
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Forum: The beloved community

September 28, 2021
Martin Luther King III, lawyer and American human rights advocate, delivered Tuesday’s forum address. He spoke on the principles that support his father’s vision of a “beloved community.”
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Lab-on-a-Chip devices smaller than ever thanks to new 3D printing techniques from BYU

September 28, 2021
Microfluidic devices designed to help rapid diagnosis through blood
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Playing the cards right: New game aims to help youth improve mental health

September 21, 2021
Data from the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that one in six U.S. youth aged 6–17 experience a mental health disorder each year, and nearly half of all mental illness begins by age 14. BYU clinical psychologist Jon Cox hopes to reverse these alarming trends.
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BYU study finds practical solution to conflict arising as workplaces become more diverse: Ethical leadership

September 16, 2021
According to a new study published in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, when a diverse organization has an ethical leader, the negative workplace dynamics that can surface are mitigated. Ethical leaders are those perceived to model integrity, honesty, trust, respect, and the ability to listen well.
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COVID-19 and Vaccination Rates: Answers from a BYU statistician

September 15, 2021
In this Q&A, BYU Academic Vice President and statistician Shane Reese discusses the complex numbers behind COVID-19 and vaccination rates.
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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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Three national outlets rank BYU one of the best values in the country

September 13, 2021
Brigham Young University continues to be one of the best values in the country when it comes to higher education, according to new rankings from Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
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Praising middle school students improves on-task behavior by up to 70%, BYU study finds

August 19, 2021
The study found that when middle school teachers praised students at least as often as they reprimanded them, class-wide on-task behavior improved by 60–70%. Students at high risk for emotional and behavioral disorders were also more likely to be on task, and their classroom marks went up by a full letter grade, compared to high-risk students in classrooms where teachers rarely offered praise.
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BYU, University of Colorado scientists may have discovered the most lifeless place on Earth

August 12, 2021
A group of scientists from Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado have found a remote location deep in the icy heart of Antarctica’s Transantarctic Mountains where the soil contains no distinguishable sign of life. It represents the first time humans have discovered earthly soil that appears uninhabitable.
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BYU major partner in project to combat Alzheimer's, dementia in Native, Pacific Islander communities

August 09, 2021
BYU is a major partner in a new $14.6-million National Institute on Aging-funded project to expand treatment and research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander groups.
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BYU biologists travel the world to chart over 6,300 dragonfly species

July 28, 2021
A team of BYU biologists has been tracking dragonflies around the world, from Vietnam to the islands of Vanuatu. Their goal is to piece together the first-ever phylogenic tree of all 6,300 known species and their ancestors.
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Forum: Why our bodies matter in a digital world

July 27, 2021
Amy Jensen, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, delivered Tuesday’s forum address. She spoke on why our bodies matter in today’s digital world. More specifically, she explained that being more intentional about how we use and where we place our bodies can help us grow and cultivate a deeper understanding of others.
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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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