BYU Today | The latest news from Brigham Young University (June 2022)

BYU Today | The latest news from Brigham Young University (June 2022)

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Two BYU podcasters wearing headphones stand on either side of a large microphone and speak. Illustration by Kimberly Morris.

Need something to listen to this summer? Look no further. BYU produces some amazing podcasts—from pirate adventures to mind-boggling science research. Whether you want a fun story or a spiritual boost, BYU has a podcast for you. Learn more about BYU’s most popular podcasts and take a fun quiz to find out which one fits you best.

An adult polar bear with two young cubs.

Want to count some polar bears? Head to the “polar-bear capital of the world” aka Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Last October BYU engineering students sponsored by Polar Bears International joined forces with BYU professor and bear expert Tom Smith to test a new method for locating polar bears using a helicopter and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Learn how many bears they found, how SAR penetrates the snowpack to find polar-bear dens, and why this conservation work is important.

Catherine Carter meets with Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings in Washington, DC. Photo by Maya Rockeymore Cummings.

For her son Atticus, who needed disability accommodations for his double vision, BYU grad Catherine Carter was ready to fight. Her determination led her all the way to the U.S. Department of Health, where she advocated tirelessly for the rights of children with vision impairments. Learn how the Atticus Act and Carter’s organization, Let Them See Clearly, is now a huge blessing for parents struggling with the same issues she faced.

A baby kraken sits in a pirate ship's bucket hanging from a rope in the BYU animation Stowaway.

Want to watch 20 years of BYU’s best animated shorts? From Lemmings (2003) to Stowaway (2022), here’s how to watch BYU students’ award-winning, family-friendly films.

An illustration of bird bodies and feet with the text A Time to Laugh 2.

In this snippet from his 2005 devotional, “And Always Remember Him,” Gordon B. Lindsay shares a humorous story about a student turning the tables on his tough-grading zoology professor following an impossible bird exam.

ABYU professor Rob Sowby says water conservation doesn't have to be a sacrifice. Photo by BYU Photo.

As the western United States enters its third consecutive year of drought, a BYU expert says there are some easy ways you can help conserve water without it feeling like a sacrifice. Learn how you can slow the flow by scrolling through these tips from Rob Sowby, a civil and construction engineering professor.

A sample ad from the For the Benefit of the World brand marketing campaign shows a Samoan child being checked for rheumatism by a BYU student. The text reads BYU For the benefit of the world.

Have you seen the latest videos from BYU’s ad campaign—in airports or online? If you share one with family or friends, you can score a BYU license plate holder (while supplies last). Step 1: share one or all the videos from this channel. Step 2: fill out this form to indicate that you shared and qualify for the freebie.

BYU Singers perform at the Church of St. Mary Queen of Peace in Klaipėda Lithuania.

The BYU Singers recently returned home after touring Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. After Church branch visits, collaborations with local choirs, and performances in iconic churches and concert halls, the Singers’ finale was to compete at the 22nd International Stasys Šimkus Choir Competition in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Watch this video of the composition for which BYU Singers won the Best Performance of the Compulsory Piece prize. Then scroll through all of the awards, photos, and videos on their Facebook feed.

BYU students test their Mars Rover entry for the University Rover Challenge.

BYU’s Mars Rover team is competing in the Mars-like Utah desert against 36 other teams in the University Rover Challenge (June 1–4). Earlier this year, Mars Rover team member Dallin Cordon shared how this challenging engineering competition teaches problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles answers questions at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder David A. Bednar, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—and BYU graduate—spoke at the National Press Club luncheon on May 26. It has been 22 years since a Church representative has addressed a Press Club audience (President Gordon B. Hinckley being the last, in 2000). Elder Bednar spoke and fielded questions, addressing the Church’s efforts to help with food shortages in sub-Saharan Africa, its response to the war in Ukraine, and its educational arm that serves nearly a million young people a year.

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