Eye on the Y: BYU to offer first US university class on Azerbaijani, BYU study shows Antarctic icebergs still exist where 18th century sailors recorded them


BYU to offer first US university class on Azerbaijani

BYU President Kevin J Worthen stands with Azerbaijan Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Azerbaijan Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim visited BYU to recognize it as the first U.S. university to offer a course on Azerbaijani.

The course, Azerbaijani 101, will be offered by BYU student Andrew Bonney, who served his mission in Armenia, the neighboring country to Azerbaijan. Ambassador Ibrahim also announced that they will also offer several scholarships for students who wish to travel to Azerbaijan to study as a gift to the university.

“There could be no better place than BYU to have the first Azerbaijani class,” ambassador Ibrahim said. “BYU’s programs are at the top of the list because of their depth–BYU teaches not only about the language, but about the culture too.”

BYU study shows Antarctic icebergs still exist where 18th-century sailors recorded them

The Thwaites glacier stands in Antarctica. Three BYU researchers worked with NASA and the University of Washington to compare historical 18th-century iceberg records with current records. (David Vaughan/British Antarctic Survey via AP)

Three BYU researchers worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography to examine data recorded from 18th-century sailors to compare with icebergs currently in Antarctica.

Captain James Cook’s records from his Antarctic ventures from 1772-1775 made up 95% of the data used for the comparison in the study. They determined icebergs recorded by Cook and other sailors are still in existence today.

“Where they saw icebergs, we see icebergs now; where they didn’t see them, we don’t see them,” BYU professor and study coauthor David G. Long said.

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