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College of Fine Arts and Communications

Wesley Tippets and Daniel Clark accept their award at the 2014 Student Academy awards. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

BYU has been ranked as one of the top 15 schools for student filmmaking by Miniflex, a streaming service for short films. BYU’s animation department has won three Student Academy Awards in the last decade. The most recent win was for the short animated film “Owned” by Wesley Tippets and Daniel Clark. The BYU Center for Animation has also been awarded numerous student Emmy awards and most recently won the prestigious E3 College Game Competition for its video game “Beat Boxers.”


College of Life Sciences

Exercise science professor Dustin Bruening explains to skater Sarah Lyle how the Fitbit-like device works. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

A team of BYU researchers has created a device that tracks jumping performance for figure skaters. The Fitbit-like device fastens around a skater’s waist and counts the number, height and rotation of jumps in a practice session. The development of the prototype is sponsored by the U.S. Figure Skating Association, and researchers hope the device will help skaters train more efficiently and avoid overexertion.


Harold B. Lee Library

Students discuss and interact with the displays in the Education in Zion gallery. (Harold B. Lee Library)

The Education in Zion gallery will celebrate its reopening with an event on Jan. 30 from 3-6:30 p.m. in the JFSB. The event is open to the public and will include performances from BYU performing arts groups and composer Janice Kapp Perry, a meet and greet with Col. Gail “Hal” Halvorsen and Crumbl Cookies. The exhibition features interactive displays that tell the history of the Church’s education system and the source of BYU’s four aims of education.


Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering

Two visitors admire the deployable solar array model used by NASA. (Embassy of Japan)

Industrial design professor David Morgan and mechanical engineering professor Larry Howell headed to Washington D.C. to be featured in the Embassy of Japan exhibit “Folding the Future: Theoretical Origami Devices.” The exhibit features both art and functional forms of origami made by BYU students, including displays such as models of the NASA solar array, the Tessel backpack and the art piece “Mother and Child.” Morgan and Howell also held a workshop at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, teaching the students origami application and some folding patterns.


Marriott School of Business

The Skill Struck team poses in front of the RevRoad sign. (Claire Gentry)

Marriott School of Business students created a company dedicated to teaching computer code to kids and teens. The company, Skill Struck, offers a monthly subscription to provide coding instruction with available tutors so parents don’t need to learn to code themselves to help their children to code.


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