Highlights from BYU colleges


College of Family, Home and Social Sciences

Professor Joseph Price co-authored a study suggesting Uber may increase ridership of public transit agencies in cities. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU professor Joseph Price co-authored a study in the “Journal of Urban Economics” that suggests Uber may increase public transit. After researching Uber’s effect on transit ridership from 2000–15 in more than 200 cities, Price and his team found that, on average, Uber’s presence initially increased ridership by 1.38 percent and after two years increased ridership by 5 percent. Price suggests transit agencies start embracing and collaborating with Uber stating, “The more we integrate across platforms, the more you’ll see people considering public transit as an option.”

Marriott School of Business

The Marriott School of Business ranked in the top 40 in five different categories, including having the No. 2 ranking accounting program. (BYU Photo)

The U.S. News and World Report ranked the BYU accounting program No. 2 in the nation. The Marriott School of Business as a whole was ranked No. 35 for best undergraduate business programs on the National University level. The school also placed in other categories, including No. 18 in entrepreneurship, No. 20 in international business and No. 36 in finance. BYU, as a university, ranked No. 3 for graduates with the least debt, No. 11 for best value and No. 66 for best national university.

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering

BYU is working to create a new breed of drones that can navigate without GPS. (BYU Photo)

BYU mechanical engineering professor Tim McLain, along with other researchers, are working to create a new breed of drones that can navigate without GPS. The fixed-wing UAVs replace GPS by using technology such as cameras, sensors and inertial measurement devices for navigation. The tech uses relative navigation, estimating position, velocity and altitude to navigate its surroundings. During testing, the UAV flew 1,800 meters in two and a half minutes and the team found its location with less than a 3 percent margin of error. The research will continue with funding from both the military and the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

David O. McKay School of Education

Isaac Calvert is a new assistant professor at the McKay School of Education. (BYU Photo)

Isaac Calvert began his position as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations (EdLF) at the David O. McKay School of Education this fall. This semester, Calvert is teaching a foundations of education class which he designed himself. 

College of Nursing

A new BYU Signature Scholarship will be named after associate professor Mary Williams, Ph.D. (Nathan Black)

A new BYU Signature Scholarship supported by Mountain View Hospital has been named after associate professor Mary Williams, Ph.D. Williams has served on the Mountain View Hospital Board of Directors since 2000 and as chair since 2008. She has also been a faculty member of the BYU College of Nursing for 40 years. Kevin Johnson, CEO of Mountain View Hospital, said the scholarship title has been given to Williams for her “tireless service, support and the insights and inspiration she brings to our hospital and community.” The Mary Williams BYU Signature Scholarship will fund senior nursing students for a four-year program.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

Students and faculty from the graphic design program have been awarded with both a gold and excellence award for poster design. (Nick Mendoza)

Out of 1,269 entries, BYU students and faculty won gold for their theatre season posters and an excellence award for the 2017-18 CFAC Faith+Works lecture series posters at the University and College Designers Association Competition. Only five gold awards were given out, and BYU was one among top design firms, attesting to the talent of the program. As a collaborative and yearly collective process, students and faculty decide on specific imagery, concepts, coloring and fonts to create a cohesive collection of theatre season posters while still maintaining uniqueness and individuality.


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