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BYU names new interim dean, associate dean and department chairs

June 28, 2022
Academic Vice President Shane Reese announced new administrative appointments, including an interim dean, associate dean and five new department chairs. All these new hires are effective July 1.
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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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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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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 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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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 student film featured at the world’s largest children’s film festival

November 16, 2021
The film depicts a mother and daughter in the African country of Senegal who work hard to harvest salt by day and enjoy music by night. The short film masterfully highlights the importance of family and joy without the use of dialogue between characters.
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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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Awards Season 2021: Regardless of discipline, BYU students are taking home the hardware

April 13, 2021
From anthropology to graphic design, BYU students are winning their fair share of year-end awards for excellence in their field of study.


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Q&A with BYU professor addresses COVID-19 vaccine misconceptions

March 07, 2021
While myths and half-truths about vaccinations continue to swirl, Dr. Andersen explains how COVID-19 vaccines work and debunks common misconceptions in this interview.
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Hawaiian minerals increasing lung infection rates on the islands, BYU study finds

December 02, 2020
If you have severe asthma, underlying pulmonary conditions or are immunocompromised, Hawaii's atmosphere may not be the place for you.
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BYU team combines supercomputers and Henry Eyring’s 90-year-old theory to create a new chemical catalyst

October 30, 2020
A group of undergraduate students, graduate students and a post-doctoral scholar in a BYU chemistry lab combine forces and use machine learning to solve a complex chemistry problem.
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Statistics professors awarded for their excellence in research

July 22, 2020
Three separate statistics articles by BYU professors recently won paper-of-the-year awards from three academic journals.
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Swashbuckling student-made video game takes home 2 first-place awards

May 14, 2020
Each year for the past five years, students at BYU’s Center for Animation have been tasked with creating an entire video game from concept to finished product. This spring, the latest team made history by creating the first game to win first place in two different categories at the Intel University Games Showcase.
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Two BYU students awarded prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

April 08, 2020
The Goldwater Scholarship gives up to $7,500 to students who intend to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.
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How are local dry lakes impacting air quality and human health?

December 09, 2019
New research from BYU’s geological sciences department found that about 90 percent of dust in Utah’s Wasatch Front comes from the west desert, an area that was once covered by the prehistoric Lake Bonneville but that is now a dried lakebed.
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Water animation gets easier thanks to BYU professors

December 04, 2019
Computer science professors at BYU developed a method to quickly resize 4D animations of fluids without having to completely re-simulate the entire sequence.
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BYU Center for Animation claims sixth Student Academy Award

By Sara Jane Aubrey
October 17, 2019
BYU’s highly esteemed Center for Animation became even more reputable when the short film “Grendel,” directed and produced by BYU animation students, recently won the Center its sixth Student Academy Award.
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