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College of Fine Arts and Communications

Professor Joe Ostraff was named as one of “Utah’s 15” in Utah’s Art Magazine. (BYU Design)

BYU art professor Joe Ostraff was named as one of “Utah’s 15” in Utah’s Art Magazine. The list honors Utah’s most influential artists every five years. “Utah’s 15” were chosen by a group of 150 artists, writers, administrators and readers. Ostraff has lead a highly collaborative career with 30 projects including his students, wife and others. His most recent project was the Faith + Works Lectures Series.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Professor John Price and graduate student Monique Spear’s research can lead to a new way to hinder cancer cells. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU professor John Price and graduate student Monique Speirs have found a way to slow the adaptation of cancer cells to an environment in the pancreas. Metabolic reprogramming allows cancer cells to adapt to become like other bodily cells, making them harder to target and kill. Price and Speirs found “targeting specific growth-regulating cell lipids can interrupt metabolic reprogramming in pancreatic cancer cells.” By targeting enzymes that produce reproduction lipids, the metabolism and reproduction of cancer cells can be slowed. Price said this treatment would be “preferable to a traditional nuclear blast chemotherapy approach.” 

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering

The constructors and faculty members of the BYU Engineering building have been honored for the building’s architecture. (Nate Edwards/BYU Photo)

Jacobsen Construction workers, the College of Engineering and others who aided in the construction of the new Engineering Building have been awarded with the Higher Education/Research Building Project of the Year presented by the Associated General Contractors of Utah. The building was praised for its “quality and integration of experiential learning spaces.” Rising 5 stories high with 200,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, and offices, the Engineering Building is a center for engineering research, study and excellence. Numerous donors funded the building, which was recently dedicated by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. 

Marriott School of Business

BYU student team, Kyle Woodhouse, Reenu Raj, David Tensmeyer, and Sara Picard attending the competition held at Baylor University. (Baylor University)

Four BYU Marriott School MBA students won first place at the 12th Annual National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership in Waco, Texas. Each team presented their analyses for ethical leadership based on a case created specifically for the competition. Out of 13 total teams, BYU took home the grand prize of $5,000.

Religious Education

Students and the public can participate in Passover services held annually by the BYU Department of Religion. (Jaren Wilkey/ BYU Photo)

The BYU Department of Religious Education announced the 2019 Passover Seder Services will be held March 15, March 22 and March 29 at 6 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center. This 40-year BYU tradition will feature festival foods and traditions of Passover centered on appreciating the Jewish celebration of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The event is open to the public and will be hosted by BYU Jewish Studies and Jerusalem Center professor Jeffrey Chadwick.

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