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Faculty of Arts & Letters

Mason Allred is Author of New Book “Seeing Things: Technologies of Vision and the Making of Mormonism"

March 2023 — Mason Allred, Assistant Professor

Allred's new book titled "Seeing Things: Technologies of Vision and the Making of Mormonism" focuses on technologies that Mormonism has used throughout its history to shape its faith.

Dr. Melissa Glenn Presents at the 2023 National Association of Teachers of Singing International Region Conference

February 17, 2023 — Dr. Melissa Glenn, Associate Professor

Dr. Melissa Glenn was selected to present at the 2023 NATS International Region Conference on her innovations within the vocal program at BYUH. Drawing on research and experimentation among our diverse student body, Dr. Glenn offered suggestions for adapting core courses for voice majors like Vocal Literature, Lyric Diction, and Vocal Pedagogy to better serve a global population in a 21st century world. Instead of focusing primarily on classical voice and artificially separating classical, musical theatre, and contemporary styles, she recommended an integrated approach and encouraged her colleagues around the globe to examine their own curriculum critically.

Chiung Hwang Chen Published a Chapter in "The Handbook on Religion and Communication" 

February 7, 2023 — Dr. Chiung Hwang Chen, Professor

Chiung Hwang Chen published "Incipient Diversity: Gender and Race in Media and Religion Research." In "The Handbook of Religion and Communication" (pp. 417-432) by Wiley Blackwell.

Premiere of New Choral Work, “Hallelujah”

October 30, 2022 Daniel Bradshaw, Professor of Music

The Virginia Tech Chamber Singers under the direction of Dwight Bigler premiered a new 14-minute work for a Capella choir composed by Daniel Bradshaw. The work was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University and required close collaboration between performers and composer through zoom in the rehearsal process. Bradshaw was able to attend the final rehearsals and the premiere performance in person at the Moss Arts Center on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Dr. Po Nien Chou and His Wife Petra Chou, Authors of "Voice of the Saints in Mongolia"

October 2022 — Dr. Po Nien Felipe Chou, Faculty of Religious Education

"Voice of the Saints in Mongolia" is the first comprehensive history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mongolia.

Dr. Erica Glenn Conducts Research Among Ukrainian Refugees in Poland and Publishes Three Articles

October 2022 — Dr. Erica Glenn, Visiting Assistant Professor

BYUH Director of Choral Activities Dr. Erica Glenn recently returned from Poland on a Fulbright grant where she researched the impact of music on morale among Ukrainian refugees. She has published two articles about the conflict in Ukraine through USA Today and the Salt Lake Tribune and most recently had an article published with Tactus Magazine, the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association - Western Division.

Dr. Eric Marlowe Returns From Jerusalem

August 2022 Dr. Eric Marlowe, Faculty of Religious Education

Dr. Eric Marlowe recently returned from the Holy Land where he taught Old and New Testament courses at the BYU Jerusalem Center where he helped students grow academically, culturally, socially, and spiritually in a setting touched by the lives of apostles, prophets, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Cato Institute Published Gale Pooley's New Book, Superabundance

August 31, 2022 — Gale Pooley, Professor

Pooley's new book, "Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet" was published by the Cato Institute. It has since been reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the National Review, Forbes, Spectator, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, LeExpress, and the Times of India. 

Charles Bradshaw Presented at 2022 Transatlantic Studies Association Conference

July 2022 — Charles Bradshaw, Professor

Charles Bradshaw presented a paper in July at the 2022 Transatlantic Studies Association Conference in Canterbury, England. The paper discusses early American depictions of Islam in Royal Tyler’s 1798 novel, The Algerine Captive.

Dr. Erica Glenn Completes Fulbright Research in Poland

July 2022 — Dr. Erica Glenn, Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Erica Glenn recently conducted research on a Fulbright Grant in Warsaw, Poland, where she studied the impact of music among Ukrainian refugees and reported on conditions in refugee centers. She has published Op-Eds with USA Today and the Salt Lake Tribune. She has also presented her findings at the ASU Melikian Center and the MCCCD Global Forum on Social Justice in the Arts and will speak at Fordypningsrommet Fleinvaer in Norway in June. This summer (2023), she will continue her research on an American Councils grant in Estonia.

Mason Allred Published in the "Journal of Mormon History"

April 2022 — Mason Allred, Assistant Professor

Allred published an article titled “Developing the Dead: Spirit Photography, Mormonism, and Noise,” in the Journal of Mormon History 48 (April 2022): 106–130.

Mason Allred Presented the Keynote Speech at the BYU–Hawaii Undergraduate Research Conference

March 31, 2022 — Mason Allred, Assistant Professor

Allred gave the keynote speech at the BYU–Hawaii Undergraduate Research Conference. His speech was titled “The Piety of Perspective: Bodies, Media, and Experience in Latter-day Saint Film, 1970–2020.”

Chiung Hwang Chen Published in the "Journal of Media and Religion"

January 2022 — Chiung Hwang Chen, Professor

Chiung Hwang Chen published an article titled “Deficient Progression: Charting Diversity in Major Media and Religion Journals” in the Journal of Media and Religion (21:1), 18–37.

Dr. Matthew Bowen Co-Authored a New Book “The Book of Moses: From the Ancient of Days to the Latter-Days”

December 2021 Dr. Matthew Bowen, Faculty of Religious Education

Dr. Matthew Bowen co-authored a new book and was selected as this year's BYU–Hawaii Convocation speaker.

Joe Plicka Published an Essay in Ekstasis Magazine

December 16, 2021 — Joseph Plicka, Associate Professor

Plicka was asked to contribute a piece to Ekstasis Magazine for its holiday issue. “Deep Night, Dark Night” is a short lyric essay about pre-industrial darkness and what we might have lost when we harnessed the power of artificial light. [Read the essay]

Rob McConnell Designed Two Typefaces

Fall 2021 — Robert McConnell, Assistant Professor

During a sabbatical, McConnell researched and designed two typefaces. The first type family is Straya, a revival of Scotch Roman Typefaces from the 1850s. The second family is Pau Hana which is influenced by Honolulu vernacular, sixties signage, surf culture, and a hint of brush lettering.

Faculty of Sciences

Dr. Joel Reece & Dr. Ben Chase Accompanied Students at the International Congress on Obesity (ICO) In Australia

October 2022 Dr. Joel Reece & Dr. Ben Chase, Faculty of Sciences

Associate Professor, Dr. Joel Reece and Assistant Professor, Dr. Ben Chase accompanied students Bella Brown and Daniel Cancado to the International Congress on Obesity (ICO) in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Reece, Dr. Chase, and Dr. Nakachi mentored the students in their research on the acute impact of foam rolling on fundamental physical activity movement patterns compared to static stretching. It was a great experience for the students to participate in an academic conference on an international stage. They enjoyed the opportunity to network with medical professionals and academics namely from Oceania and the Asian Rim.

Benjamin Jordan Featured as Keynote Lecturer at National Youth Science Camp

Summer 2022 — Benjamin Jordan, Dean/Professor

Benjamin Jordan was featured as a lecturer at the National Youth Science Foundation's National Youth Science Camp. The camp is a national and international program set up to encourage high school students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Kikiana Hurwitz Contributed to a Paper Published in the Regional Studies in Marine Science

June 2022 — Kikiana Hurwitz, University Laboratory Manager

Kikiana Hurwitz was a contributing author for a paper titled "Alatina Alata Box Jellyfish Monthly Migrations in Hawai’i: Lunar and Physical Oceanographic Triggers" in the "Regional Studies in Marine Science Volume 53." The paper addresses the monthly migration triggers and spawning of Alatina Alata in Māmala Bay and the question of why they always show up 8-10 days after the full moon. [Read the paper]

Kikiana Hurwitz Joins the National Registry of Certified Chemists in 2022

June 2022 — Kikiana Hurwitz, University Laboratory Manager

Kikiana Hurwitz met the education, experience, and examination standards to be certified as a Chemical Hygiene Officer in the National Registry of Certified Chemists in 2022.

Esprit Saucier and Amanaki Fo’Ou Developed New Internship Program for the Faculty of Science Students

August 2020 — Esprit Saucier, Faculty of Sciences

Newly Developed Internship Program for the Faculty of Science students to help educate and spread awareness regarding diabetes and the diabetes epidemic in the pacific islands.

Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts

Dr. Rose Ram Authors "Battlefields to Temple Grounds: Latter-day Saints in Guam and Micronesia"

March 2023 — Dr. Rose Ram, Associate Academic Vice President Curriculum & Assessment

"Battlefields to Temple Grounds: Latter-Day Saints in Guam and Micronesia" is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Culture, Language, and Performing Arts and the BYUH Store. BYUH faculty members Dr. Phillip McArthur and Dr. Po Nien Chou are contributing authors.