Highlights from BYU Colleges

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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

LDS Charities has been providing wheelchairs to disabled people since 2001. This year LDS Charities asked BYU students to create a prototype trike for wheelchair users. The result is a one-piece hand trike costing less than $90. (BYU Photo)
  • A group of six engineering students created a hand-trike attachment for wheelchairs through LDS Charities. The attachment will allow wheelchair users to pedal with their hands instead of their feet.
Alumna from the College of Engineering and Technology spoke to students at the Women in Engineering and Technology Celebration. The celebration included speakers, activities and a meet and greet. (BYU Photo)
  • A panel of female engineering alumni addressed and encouraged students at the WE@BYU: Women in Engineering and Technology Celebration on March 29. Students were advised to get involved with research opportunities while at BYU and work on creating a personal brand.

David O. McKay School of Education

Students and faculty from the department of Psychology and Special Education attended the Exceptional Children Convention and Expo in Tampa Florida. While at the convention students and faculty presented on the use of live animation and live characters to teach social skills for disabled people. (Kurt Cottle)
  • Twenty McKay School students attended the annual Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo in Tampa, Florida. Students, along with several faculty members, attended the convention through BYU’s Inspiring Learning Initiative.

College of Life Sciences 

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BYU professors increased student interest and involvement by using their own biological data. Students said using their own microbiome kit made the material more real and applicable. (Tabitha Sumsion/BYU BYU Photo)
  • New research from BYU professors found students were more interested in their learning experience when they had access to their own biological data. Professors provided students with microbiome kits to test the microorganisms in their bodies and saw a 30 percent increase in student interest.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

Professor Kevin John present on how biometric technology can improve the accuracy of research results and data at the Winter 2018 Beckham Lecture. John’s research combats the tendency to lie when self-reporting. (BYU Photo)
  • Professor Kevin John gave the Winter 2018 Beckham Lecture and presented on biometric technology. John said biometric techniques can improve the results of communications research, which is often completed through self-reporting surveys.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

A team of ten BYU Computer Science students competed in the Amazon Alexa Prize Challenge. The team was given $250,00 to create a bot who could answer questions and hold conversation. (BYU Photo)
  • A team of computer science students won a $250,000 grant in Amazon’s Alexa Prize Challenge. The winning team created Eve, a social bot that answers questions similarly to Alexa but also has the ability to maintain a conversation with users.
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