Highlights from BYU colleges


College of Family, Home and Social Sciences

The BYU Marriage and Family Therapy program was ranked No. 1 for most research-productive doctoral MFT program over the past 16 years. (Nate Edwards/BYU Photo)

The Marriage and Family Therapy program in the BYU School of Family Life was ranked as the most research-productive doctoral MFT program over the past 16 years, above other universities including Virginia Tech, Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan State. 

A recently published article in the “Journal of Marital and Family Therapy” stated the No. 1 ranking is because of program and individual faculty productivity. Four BYU faculty or emeritus faculty members ranked numbers two, four, five and six out of the 11 most prolific marriage and family therapist researchers, while three BYU faculty members were ranked third, fourth and tied for sixth in terms of most-cited research. Out of a list of faculty in the field for less than 15 years, BYU faculty member Shayne Anderson was named second most prolific author.

College of Fine Arts and Communications

BYU communications professor Kevin John is studying how men perceive their body insecurities. (Alyssa Lyman)

BYU communications professor Kevin John is using eye tracking technology to assess how men view body image. In a recent study, John found that while women tend to avoid focusing on body parts of models they deem comparatively more attractive than themselves, men fixate on those parts. For example, when men dislike their muscular physique they tend to look at muscles in other men longer rather than avoid them. John hypothesizes this is because of a desire to improve or fix these parts. With body positivity being a major contemporary issue, John said he hopes his research will help men who struggle with body image.

College of Life Sciences

BYU plant and wildlife professor Randy Larsen and Antelope Island wildlife biologist and BYU Ph.D. candidate Steven Bates led research with students on bison birthing behaviors. Antelope Island is home to about 500 wild bison, making it the perfect place for research. The students assisted in fitting the collars on pregnant bison in order to track them using radio and VIT implants when they give birth in the spring. The group plans to collect and study the data it receives to learn more about bison migration patterns during pregnancy.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

The Benson Building is getting a long-awaited update to their periodic tables. (Aislynn Edwards/BYU)

The Benson Building is celebrating 150 years of the periodic table with updated periodic tables in the lecture halls. The periodic tables currently in use haven’t been changed since the building was built 20 years ago. Since then, the amount of elements on the table has increased from 106 to 118. With the new update, professors will be able to control LED lights that illuminate the elements via a tablet instead of having to use laser pointer. 

Marriott School of Business

BYU Marriott grad Lexie Garrett and BYU therapeutic recreation student Annie Robertson worked together to head group recreation therapy at New Haven Residential Treatment Center. Garrett works full time for the program, while Robertson interned there. The center specializes in helping teenage girls with behavioral issues; Garrett and Robertson developed recreational activities to both identify the girls’ personal problems and overcome them. Garrett noted how when they have activities such as ropes courses and making music so they “can then draw connections between the task and their lives and help them find alternative, healthy ways to cope with issues.”

David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

The “Journal of Politics and International Affairs” is taking student submissions to be published in the Spring 2019 issue. The journal publishes work by undergraduate students on political science, international studies, economics, public affairs, sociology and other related topics. The submission deadline is March 1.

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