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BYU awards five faculty Scholarly and Creative Works Grants

Brigham Young University has announced the recipients of BYU's Scholarly and Creative Works Grants for 2010-2011:

• Diane Spangler of the Department of Psychology was awarded the Emmeline B. Wells Grant for her proposal, "Improving Prevention of Eating Disorders." She received $23,500 for the study, whose objectives are to develop a body image dysfunction/eating disorder prevention intervention for at-risk, college females and to evaluate the efficacy of the prevention program in reducing
risk for the development of eating disorders in at-risk, college females.

• The Eliza R. Snow Grant was awarded to Charles Knutson of the computer science facutly in the amount of $25,000 for his "Internet Safety Project." Historically this project has focused on two sub-projects: The Internet Safety Podcast and the Internet Safety Wiki. Both the Podcast and the Wiki address issues involving Internet safety, but take different approaches. Knutson hopes that this grant will transition the Internet Safety Project into a fully self-supporting project with a significant and consistent external revenue stream by mentoring undergraduates from across the university, providing them with valuable professional experience.

•  Andrew Gibbons, chair of the Instructional Psychology and Technology Department, was presented the David O. McKay Grant in the amount of $6,000. For his project, titled "A Mentoring Interface for BYU," Gibbons plans to work with graduate and undergraduate students to develop and test a human-computer interface based on a "conversational metaphor" rather than the traditional "computer metaphor."

• The J. Reuben Clark Grant was awarded to Noel Reynolds, professor of political science, in the amount of $12,500. For his project, "Explaining the Rule of Law," Reynolds plans to produce a book manuscript of ten chapters that will articulate a broad-based theory of law with particular focus on the explanation for the central role and the full meaning of the concept of the rule of law.

• Brian Hopkins of the plant and wildlife sciences faculty was given the John A. Widtsoe Grant in the amount of $25,000 for "Polymer Chemistry to Reduce Nutrient Pollution." Nitrogen is an essential nutrient that has to be supplied by fertilization in order to maintain high productivity of food. However plant-soil systems are inefficient in the uptake and use of nitrogen and a significant portion of the unused nitrogen ends up contaminating air and water resources. Hopkins' project is to improve efficiency of nitrogen uptake.

For more information, contact Linda Whittaker at (801) 422-5995.


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