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Devotional: Blake Peterson, Mathematics Education

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:15

May 24 - 11:05 AM

Blake Peterson, the current chair of the Department of Mathematics Education, in the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, will give the Devotional address.

Peterson’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.

Blake Peterson is the current chair of the Department of Mathematics Education in the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He joined the faculty at BYU in 1996.

Peterson earned a master of science degree and Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Washington State University. After completing his Ph.D., Peterson worked as a mathematics educator in the Mathematics Department of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where he taught for three years. Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from Utah State University. After graduation he taught general math and geometry and coached basketball and football at Chino High School in southern California for two years.

Devotional: Sarah Coyne, School of Family Life

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:15

May 31 - 11:05 AM

Sarah Coyne, an associate professor of human development in the School of Family Life in the BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, will give the Devotional address.

Coyne’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.

Sarah Coyne is an associate professor of human development in the School of Family Life in the BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Utah State University, and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England.

Her research interests involve media, aggression, gender and child development. Coyne has over 60 publications on these and other topics. She recently completed a study examining the effects of media stereotypes on preschool children.

Devotional: Alan Harker, Associate Academic Vice President

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:15

Jun 7 - 11:05 AM

Alan Harker, associate academic vice president for research and Graduate Studies at BYU, will give the Devotional address.

Harker’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.

Alan R. Harker is the associate academic vice president for research and Graduate Studies at BYU. At BYU, he has been part of the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology for almost 22 years, serving as department chair and as an associate dean of the College of Life Sciences. Before moving to BYU, Harker was an associate professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Microbiology.

Harker received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in biology after receiving bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and biology from the same institution. He completed his education as a postdoctoral fellow in the Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory at Oregon State University and a research associate with the Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon.

Devotional: Michelle Stott James, German & Russian

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:15

Jun 21 - 11:05 AM

Michelle Stott James, the German and Russian Department chair in the BYU College of Humanities, will give the Devotional address.

James’ remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.

Michelle Stott James is the department chair of German and Russian in the BYU College of Humanities. Since joining the BYU faculty in 1988, she has taught numerous courses in literature, writing and critical theory. James served for several years as the German section head, and as chair of the Department of German and Russian since 2010.

After the publication of her first book, Behind the Mask: Kierkegaard’s Pseudonymic Treatment of Lessing in the “Concluding Unscientific Postscript, James turned her research interests to early German-language women writers. With her colleague Joseph O. Baker, she founded the Sophie Project, with the goal of collecting hard-to-access texts by early women authors and making them available in modern format. Over the past 15 years, with the help of generous funding from the BYU ORCA Office, the College of Humanities and the Women’s Research Institute, this undertaking has developed into the Sophie Mentored Research Project, which has engaged numerous students in textual preparation, editing and research on over 2,000 early women’s texts and musical compositions, which are now freely available to users in the Sophie Digital Library of Early German-Language Women’s Work. She and her students are currently preparing the Critically Annotated Collected Works of Elisa von der Recke, the first volume of which is nearing completion.

James has a Ph.D. in German literature with a minor in philosophy from the University of Utah. She earned a bachelor's degree in music from Weber State College.

Devotional: Tim McLain, Mechanical Engineering

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:15

Jun 28 - 11:05 AM

Tim McLain, a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Ira A. Fulton Engineering and Technology College at BYU, will give the Devotional address.

McLain’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.

Tim McLain has been a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at BYU since 1995.

For the past 17 years, he has been involved in the guidance and control of unmanned aircraft. Currently, he is the director of the NSF-sponsored Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which in partnership with the University of Colorado and Virginia Tech, performs industry-sponsored research related to unmanned aircraft systems.

While completing his Ph.D. work at Stanford University, McLain worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on the control of underwater robotic vehicles. After completing his master of science degree at BYU, he worked for two years with Sarcos, Inc., in Salt Lake City, on the design, modeling and control of fluid-power systems for robotics applications.

During the summers of 1999 and 2000, McLain was a visiting scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory where he initiated research in the cooperative control of unmanned aircraft systems.

Forum: Keoni Kauwe, Biology

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:15

Jul 19 - 11:05 AM

Keoni Kauwe, an associate professor of Biology in the BYU College of Life Sciences, will give the Forum address.

Kauwe’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.

Keoni Kauwe is an associate professor of Biology in the BYU College of Life Sciences and coordinator of the Bioinformatics program at BYU. He specializes in processing and analysis of genetic data and has published over 80-peer reviewed papers.

His research leverages novel phenotypes and approaches to characterize the genetic architecture of Alzheimer’s disease. Kauwe's research in the lab also includes comparative genomics to address evolutionary questions in several species of fish and reptiles. Kauwe currently serves as the scientific lead for the SAGE AD Challenge and as a senior editor for Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

Kauwe is the recipient of several awards, including the Poletsky Award, the New Vision Award and the McMillian Award for his work in Alzheimer’s disease.

Education Week Devotional: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:15

Aug 16 - 11:05 AM

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will give the Education Week Devotional address.

Elder Holland’s remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he had been called on April 1, 1989.

From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989, Elder Holland served as the ninth president of BYU. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU.

A student leader and varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his native St. George, Utah, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University. He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University.

Elder Holland was active in professional educational activity prior to his call to full-time Church service. He served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU), on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Presidents Commission. For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews, he was awarded the "Torch of Liberty" award by the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'rith. He has served on the governing boards of a number of civic and business related corporations and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of eight books, one of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia.