Highlights from BYU Colleges


Family Home and Social Sciences

Dr. Fincham’s complete lecture can be found on YouTube. (College of Family Home and Social Sciences)
  • The BYU Social Sciences YouTube channel highlighted a 2013 lecture by Frank Ficham this week. The lecture explored the legitimate health risks of anger and holding grudges, but also the healing power of forgiveness.
  • On Monday, March 13, the Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be holding a family home evening activity about archaeology and the new exhibit “Casas Grandes.” The event starts at 7 p.m. and will include activities, games and refreshments.

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

John Salmon looks for ways to improve virtual reality technologies. (BYU Photo)
  • BYU researchers are testing how virtual reality technologies can help engineers do essential training. Mechanical engineering professor John Salmon said the goal is to make training cheaper, faster and more accessible from remote locations.

David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

(David M. Kennedy Center)
  • A screening of the film “Fronteira da Grandeza: Brazil Looks Forward and Back to Secure Its Borders” will be held March 16 at 7 p.m. in the BYU Broadcasting Building. A reception will be held prior to the screening at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a Q&A with filmmakers at 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

    Lincoln H. Blumell is a professor of ancient scripture. (BYU Photo)
  • Lincoln H. Blumell, associate professor of ancient scripture, will give a lecture about ancient Coptic texts in BYU’s collection at 11 a.m. on March 16. The lecture will discuss an ancient love spell invoking Egyptian, Jewish and Christian deities. The lecture will be in room 238 of the Herald R. Clark Building.

College of Humanities

Matt Wickman spoke about spirituality at the 2016 P.A. Christensen Lectureship. (College of Humanities)
  • Matt Wickman, director of the BYU Humanities Center and an English professor, spoke about spirituality in literary studies at the 2016 P. A. Christensen Lectureship. He concluded it is important to define spirituality and find the diverse ways it touches lives.
  • Poet James Galvin read some of his poetry for the English Reading Series last month. Galvin’s work is mainly inspired by nature and his experience living in rural Wyoming.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

  • The new exhibition “Jesus Wept: Emotions in the Scriptures” will be on display in the Joseph F. Smith Building through mid-November of 2018. The exhibition features several interactive displays exploring the wide range of emotions found in the scriptures.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Casey Deccio studies ways to improve internet safety. (College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences)
  • New computer science professor Casey Deccio hopes to improve cyber safety through his research on network security.

    Darin Ragozzine is a professor of astrology and physics. (College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences)
  • Physics and astronomy professor Darin Ragozzine uses physics to study the stars. He loves the problem-solving aspect of astronomy and helping students participate in research.

College of Nursing

Scott Summers and his family will celebrate his son’s successful bone marrow transplant with a trip to Walt Disney World. (College of Nursing)
  • Assistant teaching professor Scott Summers plans to visit Walt Disney World with his family this Christmas in celebration of his three-year-old son’s recovery from a bone marrow transplant. His son was diagnosed with an immune system weakening disease called chronic granulomatous disorder when he was only four months old.

J. Reuben Clark Law School

Colt Mund, Karen Sullivan and Jonathan Radford at the Regional Trial Advocacy Competition. (J. Reuben Clark Law School)
  • Colt Mund, Karen Sullivan and Jonathan Radford of BYU Law’s Trial Advocacy Team swept the Regional Trial Advocacy CompetitionFeb. 16–19, qualifying for the National Trial Competition this month.
  • Erika Nash won the annual Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Contest with Cassidy Jensen as runner-up. Grayson Bowman and Taylor Hadfield were the other two finalists.

    Keith Hamilton speaks to law students for Black History Month. (J. Reuben Clark Law School)
  • Keith Hamilton, the first Black graduate of the Law School, spoke to students for Black History Month. He shared his experience and urged students to be leaders and activists in bettering their communities.


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Scott Eldredge works to digitize rare items from the Harold B. Lee Library. (BYU Photo)
  • Digital Initiatives Program Manager Scott Eldredge works to ensure rare and unique items from the Harold B. Lee Library are made available online. He also has 25 seasons worth of experience as a “ball boy” for the BYU football team. Eldredge was recently featured on the Cougar Query section of BYU News.

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