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College of Family, Home and Social Sciences

Chad Emmett, a geography professor at BYU, has been involved with research in Indonesia to improve training efforts and preparation for natural disasters. (Chad Emmett)

BYU geography professor Chad Emmett has been involved in research in Indonesia over the past 18 years. He has recently been working with BYU geology professor Ron Harris to study and improve Indonesia’s tsunami mitigation and training efforts. With natural disasters around the world and especially the recent tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, Emmett’s tsunami education and training will help the people be prepared in the event of another natural disaster.  


Marriott School of Business

Michael Shim, Nolan Maddy, Nathan Marrs, and Tomiris Mollinet (not pictured) won the Wolff BI Competition with their blockchain for used-cars presentation. (Britney Fronk)

Four BYU Marriott information systems students recently won the Wolff BI Competition and were rewarded with $1,500 for their work. The students were given 24 hours to create something involving technology relating to either sports, blockchain, insurance or healthcare. The winning team presented on a blockchain for the used-car market. The team’s website details the history of used cars, from accidents and ownership to popped tires and oil changes, creating more trust between the seller and buyer. The winners hope to continue implementing the skills they learned and further their presence in the business world.


David O. McKay School of Education

Michael Hansen spoke on the need for teacher diversification. (Lorenzo Hubbert)

The McKay School’s Educational Leadership and Foundations Department hosted Michael Hansen, senior fellow and director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, for a seminar on the BYU campus. Hansen spoke about the importance of diversity in teachers as minority students become increasingly more common in the Utah and Mountain West region student body. According to Hansen, the benefits of having diverse educators include increases in student test scores, fewer absences and higher high school graduation and college enrollment rates.

Though this issue cannot be solved overnight, Hansen hopes to promote minority application in the David O. McKay School of Education and laws that help increase minority employment in the Utah and Mountain West school department.


College of Fine Arts and Communications

Amelia Galloway, a junior in the illustration BFA program, drew “Star” for Day 8.

The BYU design department has encouraged students to participate in Inktober, a month-long challenge to draw every day using ink. Inktober was first created by BYU alum Jake Parker and has grown to reach thousands of artists every year. Though daily drawings may seem intimidating for some students, many have used Inktober as a way to push past their comfort zone and increase creativity. If you would like to see Inktober drawings by talented BYU students, search #byuInktober2018 or #byu_design.


David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

The Kennedy Center will be hosting an “International candy fiesta” in honor of Halloween. (Kennedy Center)

In celebration of Halloween, the Kennedy Center will be holding a “Trunk or Treat” event on Oct. 31. Students can go to 101 HRCB between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to taste a variety of international candy.

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