Cultural Clues: Associate prof of counseling psychology and special ed Timothy B. Smith (BS ’91) and doctoral student Derek Griner (BS ’02) received the 2007 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity Award from the American Psychological Association. English Acquisition: The Department of Teacher Ed received a $299,035 federal grant to improve ESL instruction.
Engineering and Technology
Big Screen: Computer science prof Dan R. Olsen Jr. (BS ’76) and four of his students designed a system that projects the screen on your handheld to a large table-top screen that responds to touch. Thin Blood: Chem-engineering prof Kenneth A. Solen and former students Jared T. Parker (BS ’99) and David S. Beutler (BS ’04) researched ways to prevent blood coagulation in surgery patients and published their findings in the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs journal.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Protest Policy: Media coverage of protests influences public policy, according to research published by Brayden G. King (BS ’99), an assistant sociology prof, inSocial Forces.
Fine Arts and Communications
On-Air Achievement: Broadcast journalism students Marco A. Villarreal (’08) and Jennifer L. Borget (’08) and program alum Britney E. Holman (BA ’07) received the 2006 National Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for their radio newscast on KBYU-FM (Classical 89). Opera Champ: Mo Li (’08), a master of vocal performance student, won first place and $10,000 in the men’s Bel Canto division of the first International Chinese Vocal Competition in New York City.
Health and Human Performance
New Minor: The Department of Rec. Management and Youth Leadership will offer a new nonprofit management minor beginning in the fall.
Found in Translation: Linguistics prof Alan K. Melby (BS ’73) is the first American to receive the Eugen Wüster Prize from the International Organization for Standardization. The prize recognizes Melby’s work in terminology and translation.
Birthday Books: On Nov. 14, the law school celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Howard W. Hunter and the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the school’s library, which carries his name.
Fit to Be President: Nutrition prof Kay B. Franz (MS ’68) was elected president of the American College of Nutrition. New Environment: In fall 2007, the environmental science program replaced the environmental soil science program, offering new courses on pollution and policies.
Back to Back: In 2007 the School of Accountancy won the American Accounting Association’s Innovation in Accounting Education Award . . . again. BYU is the only school to receive the award twice.
Dedication Rewarded: Nursing prof Lynn Clark Callister (BS ’64) recently won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National League for Nursing in recognition of her dedication to nursing education.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Early-Career Achiever: Chemistry prof Adam T. Woolley (BS ’92) is one of 58 recipients of the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest government award for young scientists. Woolley was recognized for his research on detecting cancer marker proteins. Tiny Technology: Five profs of chemical engineering, chemistry, and physics recently received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
John N. Harb (BS ’83), Dean R. Wheeler (BS ’96), Matthew R. Linford (BS ’90), Adam T. Woolley (BS ’92), and Robert C. Davis (BS ’89) will use the money to further research on the use of DNA configurations in electrical circuitry.
Faith-Promoting Publications: The Religious Studies Center recently released several books, including Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts, a compilation of the speeches given at the 36th annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium;Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: The British Isles, the seventh book in the Regional Studies collector series; and The Tabernacle: An Old and Wonderful Friend.