EducationBilingual Education: The McKay School’s new bilingual minor will prepare students to teach native Spanish and English speakers in a dual-immersion environment.
Engineering and TechnologyWoodworking Honors: At the 2008 International Woodworking Fair, Jonathan Cox (’09) won first place in the design creativity category for his queen-sized bed frames and Brady Cutler (’09) won second place in the contract furniture category for his 4-foot diameter design, The Clock.
Family, Home, and Social SciencesMassage Benefits: Massage and other supportive and caring touch lowers stress hormones and blood pressure while enhancing a hormone thought to counter stress, according to research produced by psychology assistant prof Julianne Holt-Lunstad (BS ’94) and published in the journal Psychosomatic.
Fine Arts and CommunicationsCarnegie Hall: In August the Chamber Orchestra performed for a full house at Carnegie Hall, one of the United States’ most famous venues.
Health and Human PerformanceFriend of Freshman: Rec management and youth leadership prof Howard R. Gray (BS ’69) received the 2008 National Distinguished Service Award from Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest freshman honor society.
HumanitiesDoonesbury Book: Humanities associate prof Kerry D. Soper chronicles cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s 40-year career in Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire.
Law SchoolDean Team: James D. Gordon III (BA ’77) has been named interim dean of the Law School. Kif Augustine-Adams (BA ’88) is the associate dean for research and academic affairs, and Thomas R. Lee (BA ’88) has been named the new associate dean for faculty and curriculum.
Life SciencesNutritious Tortillas: BYU food scientist Michael L. Dunn (BS ’87) and his research team have fortified corn tortillas with vitamins and minerals that are too often absent from Mexicans’ diets.
Marriott SchoolTop Tier MBA: BusinessWeek’s latest rankings place BYU’s MBA program 22nd in the nation, the program’s highest ranking yet.
NursingNursing Fellow: Dean Beth Vaughan Cole (PhD ’78) was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a 2008 fellow. Simulated Nursing: At the National League for Nursing Education Summit, assistant dean Patricia Kay Ravert (BS ’75) presented her work on a program of nine online courses that are designed to help nursing educators effectively use patient simulation.
Physical and Mathematical SciencesMath Award: Michael J. Dorff (BA ’86), an associate math prof, received the 2008 Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Teaching Award for the Intermountain Region. Poster Award: Jordan Smith (’09), a chemistry undergrad, was recognized with the Student Poster Award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy; joint authors on the poster were Nicole Gib Taylor (BS ’08) and John-David McElderry (BS ’07).
Religious educationFARMS Director: Paul Y. Hoskisson (BA ’69), a professor of ancient scripture, has been appointed director of the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies and the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies.