Highlights from BYU Colleges: Education professor researches poverty solutions, new card game helps youth manage emotions


David O. McKay School of Education

BYU professor Donald Baum’s research regarding poverty and education inspired a global educational report. (David O. McKay School of Education)

BYU education professor Donald Baum is researching how governments can use education as a tool to lift students out of poverty. Baum is one of three fellows for the first year of UNESCO’s fellowship program. He reported on how private schools can supplement public schooling for low-income and minority populations, especially in areas with struggling public-school programs.

“One thing that not everyone realizes about the Educational Leadership and Foundations department and the programs we offer is that for at least a couple decades now, there have been professors in the department who specialize in education and international development — trying to understand the role that education plays for the growth of countries, for raising people out of poverty around the world,” Baum said.

College of Family, Home and Social Sciences

BYU clinical psychologist Jon Cox developed a card game that teaches youth how to deal with their emotions and combat mental health issues. (University Communications)

BYU clinical psychologist Jon Cox developed a new card game to help youth learn about and deal with their emotions. The game, Cosmic Battle Training, is meant to improve coping skills and resilience in children and teens. The game is to be used in conjunction with therapy to help kids learn about mental health issues. They will learn when to apply concepts, how to understand emotions and identify what skills help specific problems.

“It feels awesome to see my work out there. To have people view and enjoy your work is really the dream of every artist. This project helped prepare me for future client work; it helped me develop as an artist and become more skilled in the software I was using. Having this opportunity was huge for me,” Cox said.

Marriott School of Business

Marriott School of Business alumna Miranda Oliver credits her success to her undergrad education at BYU in the Marriott School of Business. (BYU Marriott School of Business)

BYU Marriott School of Business alumna Miranda Oliver graduated in 2013 with a degree in recreational management and soon started working as a wedding planner. She eventually decided working in human resources was the path for her. She loves BYU because of the opportunities it provided her in reaching her goals. Oliver now has her Master of Business Administration and is working as a senior manager at Cricut, a craft-machine company.

“I could not have completed my MBA without my undergrad. BYU Marriott allowed me to be more successful and understand several of the concepts within my graduate degree,” Oliver said.

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