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January 2016

CPMS Breaks the Record for External Grant Funds

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CPMS) received $12.7 million in external grant funds in 2015—the largest amount that CPMS has received in a single year and the largest amount that any college at BYU has received in the past decade. CPMS faculty received a total of 121 external research grants in 2015.

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Geological Sciences:
Making the Most of Utah's Geology
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Physics & Astronomy:
Physicists Can Be Writers, Too
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Brewing Up a Statistical Storm
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Faculty Teaching and
Learning Workshop

Tuesday, February 9
Hinckley Center, 3rd Floor
12:00pm to 12:50pm

College 3MT Competition
Friday, February 26, 11:30am
Hinckley Center Assembly Hall
Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, February 19, 6:00pm
Hinckley Center Assembly Hall

Teaching Moment:

Amy Tanner helps her students understand that it’s okay to be wrong. She recognizes that students miss out on learning opportunities when they are too worried about making a mistake. Instead of criticizing them when mistakes are made, she expresses her excitement about how much there is to talk about.
“I like to turn over as much of the thinking as possible to my students,” Tanner said. “Even the most well-crafted and clear explanation I can give will better resonate if students have already significantly engaged with the question I am answering.”


S.J. Fustafson, J.T. Fuller, D. Devarajan, J. Snyder, R.A. Periana, B.G. Hashiguchi, M. Konnick, & D. H. Ess, “Contrasting Mechanisms and Reactivity of TI(III), Hg(II), and Co(III) for Alkane C – H Functionalization,” Organometallics (2015), Volume 34, Issue 22, pp. 5485-5495.

J.T. Fuller, D.J. Harrison, M. C. Leclerc, R.T. Baker, D.H. Ess, & R.P. Hughes, “A New Stepwise Mechanism for Formation of a Metallacyclobutane via a Singlet Diradical Intermediate”, Organometallics (2015), Volume 34, Issue 21, pp. 5210-5213.

D.J. Shah, F. Rohlfing, S. Anand, W.E. Johnson, M.T.B. Alvarez, J. Cobell, J. King, S.A. Young, J.S.K. Kauwe & S. W. Graves, “Discovery and Subsequent Confirmation of Novel Serum Biomarkers Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease”, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (2015), Volume 49, Issue 2, pp. 317-27.

P.A. Machicao, M.A. Peterson, & D. Schols, “An Efficient One-Pot Conversion of Boc-Protected Adenines to N6–Ureas”, Tetrahedron Letters (2015), Volume 56, Issue 47, pp. 6574-6576.

N. Barros, V. Pineiro, & L.D. Hansen, “Calorespirometry: A Novel Tool to Assess the Effect of Temperature on Soil Organic Matter Decomposition”, Journal of Thermochimica Acta (2015), Volume 618, pp. 15-17.

B. Hillery, E.G. Mercer, N. Rungta, & S. Person, "Exact Heap Summaries for Symbolic Execution", Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2015), Volume 9583, pp. 206-225.

A. Desai, D.J. Lee & D.A. Ventura, "An Efficient Feature Descriptor Based on Synthetic Basis Functions and Uniqueness Matching Strategy", Computer Vision and Image Understanding (2016), Volume 142, pp. 37-49.

P.M. Bodily, M.S. Fujimoto, Q. Snell, D. Ventura, & M.J. Clement, "ScaffoldScaffolder: Solving Contig Orientation via Bidirected to Directed Graph Reduction", Bioinformatics (2015), Volume 32, Issue 1, pp. 17-24.

G. Van Horn, S. Branson, R. Farrell, S. Haber, J. Barry, P. Ipeirotis, P. Perona, & S. Belongie, "Building a Bird Recognition App and Large Scale Dataset with Citizen Scientists: The Fine Print in Fine-grained Dataset Collection", Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015 IEEE Conference (2015), pp. 595-604. 

M.R. Smith, T. Martinez "Using Classifier Diversity to Handle Label Noise", Neural Networks (IJCNN), 2015 International Joint Conference (2015), pp. 1-8.

G. Rudolph, T. Martinez "Finding the Real Differences Between Learning Algorithms", International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools (2015), Volume 24, Issue 3, pp. 1-20.

Y. Yuan, A. Rai, E. Yeung, G.B. Stan, S. Warnick, & J. Goncalves, "A Minimal Realization Technique for the Dynamical Structure Function of a Class of LTI Systems", Control of Network Systems, IEEE Transactions on (2015), Volume PP, Issue 99, p.1.

S. Sabau, C. Oara, S. Warnick, & A. Jadbabaie, "Optimal Distributed Control for Platooning via Sparse Coprime Factorizations", IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2015), pp. 1-48.

W. Barrett, S. Butler, & H.T. Hall, "Symmetric 0–1 Matrices with Inverses Having Two Distinct Values and Constant Diagonal", Linear Algebra and its Applications (2016), Volume 491, pp. 41-55.

G.R. Conner, J.M. Thuswaldner, "Self-affine Manifolds", Advances in Mathematics (2015), Volume 289, pp. 725-783.

G.R. Conner, S.M. Corson, "On the First Homology of Peano Continua", Fundamenta Mathematicae (2015), Volume 232, pp. 41-48.

G.R. Conner, M. Meilstrup, & D. Repovs, "The Geometry of Fundamental Groups of Solenoid Complements", Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications (2015), Volume 24, Issue 14, pp. 1-20.

G.R. Conner, W. Hojka, & M. Meilstrup, "Archipelago Groups", Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society (2015), Volume 143, Issue 11, pp. 4973-4988.

L.R. Van Zoest, S.L. Stockero, N.A. Atanga, B.E. Peterson, K.R. Leatham, & M.A. Ochieng, "Attributes of Student Mathematical Thinking That is Worth Building on in Whole-Class Discussion", Proceedings of the 37th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (2015), pp. 1086-1093.

D. Teuscher, P. Hodges-Kulinna, & C. Crooker, "Writing to Learn Mathematics: An Update", The Mathematics Educator (2015), Volume 24, Issue 2, pp. 56-78.

M. Switzer, D. Teuscher, & D. Siebert, "See it, Try it, and Reflect on it (STaR): Using Video to Scaffold and Support Preservice Teachers in the Reflective Process of Developing Participation Questioning Discourse", Video Research in Disciplinary Literacies (2015), Volume 6, pp. 3-20.
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