Highlights from BYU Colleges


Family Home and Social Sciences

Kenny Crookston
Ryan Jensen (BYU Photo)
  • Ryan R. Jensen of the Geography department found four new types of communications learners while researching students working in group projects. The types are global conceptualizers, verbal learners, realistic visualizers and ambiguous conceptualizers.

    C. Arden Pope (BYU Photo)
  • Economics professor C. Arden Pope will give a lecture titled, “Air Pollution and Heath: 10 Scientific and Public Policy Controversies” on March 9 at 7 p.m. The lecture will be given as part of the Hickman Lecture Series in room 250 of the Spencer W. Kimball Tower.

A BYU police officer crouches behind the engineering professors’ newly developed bulletproof shield. (BYU Photo)

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

  • A group of engineering professors recently created a bulletproof shield made out of 12 layers of Kevlar. The shield is foldable and weighs only 55 pounds, about half as much as other bulletproof shields currently on the market.

    Kim Stevens, Jared Butler and Abe Martin participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition. (Ira A. Fulton College)
  • Jared Butler, Kim Stevens and Abe Martin took home cash prizes after participating in the “Three Minute Thesis” competition in February. Jared Butler will represent the college as he participates in the university-wide competition in March for a chance to win $5,000.

David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

  • An information meeting will be held March 15 at 5 p.m. in room 3380 of the Wilkinson Student Center about the London, Paris and Rome summer study abroad. The meeting will discuss deadlines, the travel itinerary, classes and available funding for the program.

Marriott School of Management

Eric Andrew Stopper with his four-month-old son, Grayson, receiving the crowd favorite award. (Marriott School)
  • BYU students were awarded cash prizes at the Business Model Competition sponsored by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology on Feb. 16. Sweet Hearts, a wearable baby monitor for pregnant women, took home first place and $5,000, as well as being voted crowd favorite.

    Cassy Budd (Marriott School)
  • BYU School of Accountancy professor Cassy Budd gave a devotional speech encouraging students to try again despite failures. She emphasized the importance of accepting the learning process and asking for help when needed.

College of Humanities

Janis Nuckolls and Luisa Cadena (College of Humanities)
  • Janet Nuckolls, professor of linguistics and English language, recently published a book about ideophones in Quechua, a language spoken in Ecuador. An ideophone is an idea represented vividly through sound and is uncommon in most Western languages.

    James Faulconer (College of Humanities)
  • In the Philosophy Lecture Series, Professor James Faulconer discussed whether or not Mormonism qualifies as a nihilism.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

(BYU Photo)
  • On March 3-4 at 7:30 p.m., the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts will present Broadway Revue’s “Landmark in the Pardoe Theatre. “Landmark” is a student production that will feature a variety of songs from popular Broadway productions. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online or at the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Jazz Synthesis, the BYU School of Music’s premier big band. (BYU Arts)
  • The premier big band of BYU’s School of Music will present classic swinging jazz pieces in “Synthesis,” a production included in the BYU Jazz Festival. Tickets range from $6-10 and can be purchased online or at the Harris Fine Arts Center.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Aaron Vaughn presents research on jet noise at the Acoustical Society of America conference in Hawaii last November. (College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences)
  • Undergraduate student Aaron Vaughn gave a presentation on reducing jet noise last November at the Acoustical Society of America conference in Hawaii. Vaughn collaborated with physics professors Kent Gee and Traci Neilsen for the project.

    This 270-million-year-old fossil of a helicoprion jaw was added to the BYU Museum of Paleontology. (College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences)
  • The BYU Museum of Paleontology recently added a 270-million-year-old fossil of a helicoprion jaw, a shark-like creature whose teeth lined the mouth in a swirl formation. The jaw was donated by BYU alumni Verl and Irene Mumsford after Verl passed away.

College of Nursing

Madeline Skillings draws on an Etch A Sketch. (College of Nursing)
  • Nursing student Madeline Skillings has her own YouTube channel that features her Etch A Sketch art. She has been doing Etch A Sketch art since she was nine years old and has been mentored by Christoph Brown, the world’s fastest Etch A Sketch artist. Skillings is in her third semester of the nursing program.

J. Reuben Clark Law School

Karen Sullivan and Brenden Stuart at the Moot Court competition. (J. Reuben Clark Law School)
  • On Feb. 10, BYU Law congratulated the winners of the annual Moot Court final competition. Brenden Stuart won best oralist and Karen Sullivan won runner-up.

    Colton Matheson and Brynn Wistisen (J. Reuben Clark Law School)
  • BYU Law students Brynn Wistisen and Colton Matheson advanced as a team to the semi-final round at the ABA National Negotiation Competition in Chicago, Illinois, held February 3-4.


(Harold B. Lee Library)
  • K. Codell Carter, BYU professor emeritus of philosophy, will present a House of Learning Lecture titled “Everything you always wanted to know about bloodletting – and a little bit more” on March 9 at 2 p.m. in the library auditorium. The lecture is part of a series supporting the library’s exhibition “Curious Remedies: Medicine During the Renaissance.”



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