Highlights from BYU colleges

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College of Family, Home and Social Sciences

BYU professor Laura Padilla-Walker encourages more open communication between parents and children about sexual safety. (Nate Edwards/BYU Photo)
  • BYU family life professor Laura Padilla-Walker found that briefly having “the talk” with teens is not enough. After a 10-year study involving 468 participants ranging from 14 to 18 years old, their mothers and 311 of their fathers, Padilla-Walker found that teens reported lower numbers of conversations about sexual safety than their parents. She said she hopes parents and adolescents will have more open communication, as it is proven to help children talk to their parents more often about more personal topics. 

Marriott School of Business

SignGlasses, a business created by a group of BYU students, uses smart glasses to overcome educational barriers faced by deaf and hard of hearing students.
  • A group of BYU students started a business venture called SignGlasses, which uses smart glasses to provide interpreters to students in lectures. Interpreters receive a live broadcast of the lecture through a mic worn by the professor and a camera in the glasses. The interpreter then signs the lecture to a camera that is projected on the glasses. The idea came when a few deaf individuals on tour of BYU’s campus were unable to see the planetarium presentation and the interpreter at the same time. The creators hope to expand their product to help deaf students learn more independently.

College of Life Sciences

The number of sage grouse is diminishing. A BYU professor and undergraduate students are helping to recover the population of the birds. (US Bureau of Land Management)
  • BYU plant and wildlife sciences professor Randy Larsen and undergraduate students are investigating the deaths and habitats of sage grouse. These birds, though quite pompous and strange, are extremely important indicators of habitat health in U.S. wildlife. Students capture the grouse at night and put trackers on them, feeding the program valuable information. Because of the great work of Larsen and his students, the population of greater sage grouse has risen from 150 to 500.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

BYU animation students recently won the prestigious E3 College Game Competition. Mixing the popular games Guitar Hero and Mortal Kombat, “Beat Boxers” is a compilation of a year’s worth of concepting, designing, coding and iterating to create BYU’s most ambitious game yet. (Seth Holladay)
Microburst Theatre will feature six new plays written by BYU students on Oct. 18-20. (BYU Theatre and Arts Department)
  • Microburst Theatre will be performing six new innovative plays written by BYU students. These unique stories will be woven together in a performance which will open on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The student playwrights have been working on this production since Fall 2017 and said they feel the play is relatable to a broad audience, especially college students. For tickets and performance dates go to this link.

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