Highlights from BYU Colleges


Family Home and Social Sciences

Renata Forste discussed gender roles in the home at a Feb. 23 lecture. (BYU Photo)
  • BYU professor Renata Forste presented her research on the evolution of gender roles in the home during the 52nd annual Virginia F. Cutler Lecture series on Feb. 23.

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

  • Gary Cohen, executive vice president and president of Global Health and Development at Becton, Dickinson and Co, spoke about their business methods for positive global impact. The company recruits more students from BYU than any other university in the country.

David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

The Environmental Lecture series will continue on March 24. (Kennedy Center)
  • Angela E. Stent will speak on U.S. and Russia relations via conference call at 1 p.m. on March 23 in room 237B of the Herald R. Clark Building. Stent is the director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and a professor at Georgetown University.
  • The Environmental Lecture Series will continue with “Wandering from the Promised Land: Climate Change in Dryland Ecosystems,” by BYU professor Rick Gill. The lecture will be at 3 p.m. on March 24 in room 238 of the Herald R. Clark Building.

Marriott School of Management

Ross Andrus, Leslie Ostler, Rodrigo Ortigoza and Josh Porter attended the TCU Supply Chain Case Competition. (Marriott School)
  • A team of BYU MBA students won first place in the MBA/MS Supply Chain Case Competition hosted by Texas Christian University. The team, which included Ross Andrus, Leslie Ostler, Rodrigo Ortigoza and Josh Porter, won $7,000 and four iPads.

College of Humanities

A recent study by professor Stephen Moody found foreigners do better professionally and socially when they don’t try as hard to fit in. (BYU Photo)
  • Stephen Moody, professor of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, found in a recent language study that foreigners can use their status to advance socially or professionally, but trying too hard to fit cultural linguistic norms can do the opposite. The study examined American students in Japanese internships.
  • Philosophy professor Travis Anderson expounded on the impact of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and his film, Mirror, at an International Cinema lecture on Feb. 7.

College of Life Sciences

Professor Lori Andersen Spruance found students are more likely to use salad bars at school when exposed to marketing. (BYU Photo)
  • Professor Lori Andersen Spruance found better marketing for salad bars among secondary school students improved salad bar usage. The study also found female students were more likely to use salad bars than male students.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

Scott Church will present a lecture about memes on March 16. (College of Fine Arts and Communications)
  • Prague-based physical theatre company Cirk la Putyka will present Slapstick Sonata, an odd but poetic theater piece at 7:30 p.m. on March 22 in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the Harris Fine Arts Center or online.
  • Scott Church, assistant professor of communications, will present the lecture, “The art of mass communication: The sublime, ineffable, and spiritual elements of memes,” at 11 a.m. on March 16 in room 321 of the Maeser Building. The lecture is part of the Raymond E. and Ida Lee Beckham Lecture in Communications series.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Bob Carter was recently appointed as the chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mass General and Harvard Medical School. (College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences)
  • BYU alumnus Bob Carter was appointed as the chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School on Feb. 1. Carter graduated from BYU in Chemistry and developed new research techniques to cure brain cancer.

College of Nursing

Elise Millward was hospitalized while serving an LDS mission. (College of Nursing)
  • In addition to their studies, nursing students Elise Millward and Johny Jacobs both make time to serve others through the Y-Serve program on campus. Elise is the program director for the Special Olympics at Y-Serve, and Johny is a member of the Y-Serve marketing team. Elise gained her love for service after being hospitalized on her LDS mission in New Jersey and seeing the positive impact that healthcare providers can have.

J. Reuben Clark Law School

Harry Surden spoke to BYU law students and prospective law students at the Future in Law Lecture Series on March 6. (J. Reuben Clark Law School)
  • Harry Surden, professor of law at the University of Colorado, spoke on March 6 at the Future in Law Lecture Series. He talked about the values and biases in artificial intelligence and how it has impacted the justice system.

    Eric Jensen addressed BYU law students on Feb. 27. (J. Reuben Clark Law School)
  • Professor Eric Jensen shared his experience serving as Special Counsel in the General Counsel of the Department of Defense with BYU law students on Feb. 27. Jensen emphasized the importance of redundancy in government, the role of bureaucracy and the importance of using various news sources to form opinions.


The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference will be held on March 24. (Harold B. Lee Library)
  • The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference will be held March 24 with an opening session in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library. The conference will feature various presentations and workshops. Registration and more information can be found here.

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