[Video] Whoosh Cecil: The Legacy of President Samuelson
April 29, 2014
A tribute to the 12th president of BYU, Cecil O. Samuelson, who ended his 11-year tenure on April 30, 2014. A respected physician and scholar, President Samuelson accepted the call to lead the university on May 1, 2003. With wit, wisdom and faith President Samuelson inspired a generation of students, improved the physical campus and focused the university on educational priorities.
BYU researchers found that more than half of American adults in a new study gained 5% or more body weight over a 10-year period. What’s more, more than a third of American adults gained 10% or more body weight and almost a fifth gained 20% or more body weight.
For the first time, researchers have sequenced the entire genome of a modern oat, the Swedish variety “Sang.” BYU plant and wildlife sciences professors Jeff Maughan and Rick Jellen played an important role in the international project, sequencing the genomes of two of oat’s ancient progenitors to elucidate its evolutionary history. The group’s findings were recently published as the cover article in top science journal Nature.
This spring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a massive $360 million grant to fund a four-part initiative to conduct research on water resources nationwide. BYU has been tapped to lead one of the four pillars of this major effort over the next five years.