Highlights from BYU colleges


Family Home and Social Sciences

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Family life professor Laura Padilla-Walker recently published research connecting prosocial behavior to good self-esteem in adolescents. (BYU Photo)
  • Family life professor Laura Padilla-Walker recently published research showing adolescents with good self-esteem are more likely to help strangers. The research also shows adolescents experience a self-esteem boost after helping others. Padilla-Walker intends to continue to research connections between pro-social behavior and adolescence.
  • Economics student Alex Hoagland recently won first place for the department at the Fulton Conference for his research on mandatory vehicle safety inspections. Hoagland’s research shows there is no conclusive evidence that vehicle safety inspections reduce mechanical-error car accidents.

    Economics student Alex Hoagland recently won first place for the department at the Fulton Conference. (College of Family, Home and Social Sciences)

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

  • Engineering student Hannah Evanson discovered a love for research through a Women in Engineering Mentorship. As part of the mentorship, Evanson had the opportunity to research with a faculty mentor. Evanson said she appreciated the “get in and do something” learning that comes from research.

    Engineering student Hannah Evanson has learned to love research through her Women in Engineering Mentorship. (BYU Photo)
  • Mechanical engineering PhD student Nathan Pehrson received the NASA Space
    Mechanical engineering PhD student Nathan Pehrson received the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. (Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology)

    Technology Research Fellowship. Pehrson will begin the fellowship in August while continuing to work on his PhD. Through the fellowship, a NASA employee will be assigned to mentor Pehrson and help him coordinate the specifics of his research on origami mechanisms and their use in rockets.

David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

  • A lecture titled Foreign Service Myths Debunked will be held in the Herald R. Clark Building on June 7. Students will have the opportunity to hear from people who have spent years in the foreign service.

Marriott School of Management

Lori Wadsworth will serve as the new chair for the public management department (Marriott School of Management)
  • Lori Wadsworth will replace Jeff Thompson as the public management department chair, effective July 1. Wadsworth has been at BYU since 1983 and has been part of the Marriott School faculty since 1999. She currently teaches the MPA capstone courses and ethics in management.
  • Marriott School of Management alumni Bradley Jergenson and Taylor Moore recently received the prestigious Elijah Watts Sells Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The award is given to those who earn the highest scores on all sections of the Uniform CPA Examination each year. BYU boasts the longest streak of award recipients in the world, with at least one student receiving the award every year for the last nine years.
  • The International Business Model Competition was recently held in Silicon Valley. Participants heard from keynote speakers and attended breakout sessions during the two-day conference. Teams from BYU received second and fifth places, as well as semi- and quarterfinalist recognitions.
  • The Marriott School of Management ranked in the top 10 of the Association of Information Systems research rankings. The ranking is based on the number of articles published by the institution in the leading six information systems journals in the last three years. The Marriott School was ranked No. 10 in the world with 17 articles published by the school’s faculty.

David O. McKay School of Education

  • Professor of instructional psychology and technology Royce Kimmons recently published research on differences between handwritten and typed student essays. Kimmons found typewritten essays generally have more capitalization errors and text-speak, but are often written at a higher grade level than handwritten essays. He also found handwritten essays were generally longer than typed essays.

College of Life Sciences

  • Dr. Jamie Jensen was invited to speak at a public panel discussion at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Jensen will speak about the relationship between faith and science. The topic of the panel is “Religious Audiences and the Topic of Evolution: Lessons from the Classroom.”

College of Nursing

  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has turned to BYU to help create a national initiative to improve veteran nursing education across the nation. The BYU College of Nursing has offered a class exclusively on veteran care for over a decade.

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