Although campus may seem less crowded during the spring and summer semesters, our college is just as full as ever with opportunities. BYU’s schedule provides a substantial amount of time during these summer months for our students to pursue research and internships. Many students are able to take advantage of the research opportunities during these months and have valuable experiences where they will learn and discover much.

Within the college this summer, we have students involved in statistical research doing computational and mathematical analysis, others researching how to edit 3D photos, or tracking disease and drug use through Twitter. Other groups are working to develop microphone measurement systems to withstand the sound waves of NASA rockets, studying electrospray imaging using laser-induced fluorescence, and researching North America’s first tall-spined iguanodontid—just to name a few.

However, opportunities for research are not limited to just the students. Traveling anywhere from southern Utah to Africa, our faculty members take advantage of these summer months to do research and to write up that research for publication. We have faculty members researching productive use of student mathematical thinking, exploring for buried graves and archaeological features associated with the LDS Church historical sites, among many other endeavors.

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Spring 2013 Issue & Videos

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Chemistry professor, Emily Bates. Photo courtesty of BYU Photo.


Genetic Cause for Migraines Found

Discovery has personal meaning for one scientist.

As a teenage student athlete, Emily Bates hated never knowing when the next migraine would strike, disrupting her schoolwork, practices and competitions.

Now it’s payback time.

TThe BYU chemistry professor published research this week in Science Translational Medicine that identifies mutations in a gene that makes people more susceptible to migraine headaches. The study is the first demonstration of a genetic cause for the common migraine and is an important step in the search for a cure.

“I had migraines really frequently and severely,” Bates said. “I would lose my vision, vomit uncontrollably – it would wipe out an entire day. I decided then as a high school student that I was going to work on migraines, that I was going to figure them out and help find a cure.”

“Her last migraine happened the day before a marathon she planned to run in October 2003. Though her migraines eventually stopped, she didn’t.

“After earning a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard, Bates did post-doctoral research with a team of geneticists at UC San Francisco’s medical school. This gene hunting party worked with two families that appeared to have a dominantly inherited form of the affliction.

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