Highlights from BYU Colleges


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Clinton used social media to attack Trump at nearly twice the rate he did during the 2016 presidential campaign. (Jennifer Stromer-Galley and Illuminating 2016)
  • Syracuse University School of Information professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley spoke to BYU students on March 2 about the effect of social media in the 2016 presidential election campaign. Her analysis showed Clinton was more active on social media, with 8,741 messages compared to Trump’s 6,134. The study also found that despite Trump’s attention-grabbing insults, Clinton employed social media to attack Trump with more subtlety at nearly twice the rate of Trump.

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

In 2016, the Ira A. Fulton College received $14,168,116 in research funding. (Ira A. Fulton College)
  • Last year, the Ira A. Fulton College received $1.3 million more in external funding than it has received in the last decade. In 2016, the college received a total of $14,168,116 in external funding to support research, accounting for 43 percent of BYU’s total research funding.

    From left back: BYU’s Cybersecurity team — Sarah Cunha, Jon Mercado, Haley Dennis, Cara Cornel, Hans Farnbach, Kaylee Hill, Jacob Crowther, Trent Bennett, Chandler Newby and Dale Rowe — took first in the Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on March 11.
  • BYU’s Cybersecurity Team placed first in the Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the second year in a row. The gender-balanced team believes its diversity helped the team win. The team will compete for the national title on April 13-15 in San Antonio, Texas.

David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

Mark Z. Christensen will speak about how the Maya made sense of Christianity on April 5. (Kennedy Center)
  • Mark Z. Christensen of Assumption College will give a lecture titled “Genesis, Apocalypse and the Maya: How the Colonial Maya Created and Destroyed the World in the Teabo Manuscript” on April 5 at noon in room 238 of the Harold R. Clark building. Christensen’s research covers religion in colonial Latin America.
  • The Environmental Lecture Series will continue on April 7 at 3 p.m. in room 238 of the Clark Building with Joe Bennion and Lee Udall speaking about their work as independent artists.

Marriott School of Management

Tayler Tanner, Zach Estiva and Jacob Sheffield hold their cash prizes at the Student Entrepreneur of the Year competition. (Marriott School)
  • Jacob Sheffield took first in this year’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year competition held March 6 by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Sheffield was awarded $11,000 for KLOS, his business that makes durable guitars out of wood and carbon fiber. Tayler Tanner came in second, winning $5,000 for his company Bookroo, which delivers monthly subscriptions of children’s books to subscribers’ homes. Zach Estiva took third, winning $2,500 for his teeth whitening company, Dentium Club. The winners were chosen from 40 applicants.

    From left: Team advisor Darin Gates, Mallory Reese, Thomas Stone, Erika Mahterian and Camden Robinson won first place in the Milgard CSR Case Competition in Seattle. (Marriott School)
  • A team of BYU students won first place in the Milgard CSR Case Competition in Seattle on March 24 despite a timing error during their presentation. The team — Mallory Reese, Thomas Stone, Erika Mahterian and Camden Robinson — took home $1,000 each in prize money.

David O. McKay School of Education

Professor Macleans Geo-JaJa will travel to Nigeria with the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. (BYU Photo)
  •  Economics professor MacLeans Geo-Jaja was awarded the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Nigeria for research on economics and development. Geo-Jaja also recently co-authored a book on the effects of globalization on education.

College of Humanities

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Gail King gave a lecture about 17th century Catholic Chinese women on March 2. (BYU Photo)
  • Gail King, senior librarian for Asian and Near Eastern Studies, gave a lecture about Catholic Chinese women in the 17th century at a presentation for the S. Lyman Tyler Faculty Professionalism Award Lectureship on March 2.

College of Life Sciences

  • The BYU Landscape team won first place at the 41st annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held March 17 on the BYU campus.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

Damien Bard, left, will replace Jennifer Amott, right, as the LDS Philanthropies liaison in the College of Fine Arts and Communications. (College of Fine Arts and Communications)
  • LDS Philanthropies donor liaison Jennifer Amott has been reassigned to manage the President’s Leadership Council and to fundraise for the Harold B. Lee Library. Starting in April, Damien Bard will take Amott’s position as the LDS Philanthropies liaison for the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

BYU alumna Cui Tao received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. (Cui Tao, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences)

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  • BYU alumna Cui Tao was awarded the Presidential Early Career Aware for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama before he left office in January. Tao graduated from BYU with master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science, and is now an associate professor in the Health School of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Texas.

J. Reuben Clark Law School

University of Virginia law professor Anne Coughlin examined probable cause in the annual Hafen Distinguished Lecture. (J. Reuben Clark Law School)
  • University of Virginia law professor Anne Coughlin spoke in the annual Hafen Distinguished Lecture on March 8. She discussed probable cause and its effects, challenging students to question the standard of probable cause, especially when police use it to employ deadly force.
  • BYU alumna Michelle Bushman spoke to students about water law on March 15 at an Environment, Energy and Resources Society event. She is currently legal counsel for the Western States Water Council.

Religious Education

The Wheatley Institution held the conference, “Reason for Hope: Responding to a Secular World” on March 24. (Religious Education)

Harold B. Lee Library

  • University Librarian Jennifer Paustenbaugh recently released a letter announcing the library’s decision to cancel some academic journals has been pushed back for another two to three years. In the meantime, Paustenbaugh said the library will continue to look for long-term solutions.


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