For most folks in the United States and Europe, the thought of eating bugs is repulsive. For the majority of people everywhere else, it’s just part of life. See how and why BYU food scientists are making crickets more palatable. Full story here: [ Link ].
Take a peek at how the BYU community celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday.
But first, let me take a selfie! What kind of selfie taker are you—a Communicator, an Auto-Biographer, or a Self-Publicist? Find out in this recent study conducted by BYU communications master’s students. They were curious about what motivates people to photograph themselves in a selfie-saturated social media culture. Read the story and learn more here: [ Link ]

What kind of selfie taker are you?
BYU family life professor Sarah Coyne’s research on superhero culture shows with great power, comes great responsibility. The newly-published study finds for young children, exposure to superhero culture magnifies aggressive behaviors, not the defending, altruistic behaviors the superheroes display on the big screen. This doesn’t mean parents need to boycott superheroes from their homes, but...
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Study finds superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors
President and Sister Worthen will kick off the new year with the first #BYUDevo of winter semester. Come to the Marriott Center or tune in via BYUtv at 11:05 a.m. tomorrow. Check out the scheduled speakers for the rest of the semester here: [ Link ].
We look forward to seeing many Cougar fans tonight, as we remember the life of LaVell Edwards in a public memorial service from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Utah Valley Convention Center. For now, enjoy this beautiful tribute from BYU Photo, with some newly-published LaVell pics.

BYU - LaVell Edwards
“LaVell’s humble, humorous and loving character inspired not only his players, but countless others as well. All who knew him considered him a friend. He was a personal mentor to All-Americans and walk-ons alike. His positive impact reached well beyond BYU and well beyond college football. Cougar Nation – and numerous others - mourn his passing. We extend our condolences to Patti and the...
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Feast your eyes on this beautiful photo essay from BYU Photo, highlighting their year in pictures.

2016 Year in Pictures | BYU Photo
Take a look back at the 10 most-read stories from in 2016. And check back tomorrow for a photo essay of BYU Photo's favorite pictures of 2016.

Top 10 Stories of 2016
As the temperatures dropped drastically in Provo this past week, we're reminded of this frigid yet fascinating research from BYU professor Byron Adams and his students in Antarctica, featured this past year.
It's the second day of winter and the first day of inversion here in Provo. It's days like today that BYU economics professor Arden Pope conducted this groundbreaking study, covered by The New York Times.

Air Pollution’s Toll on Heart May Begin Early
May it rain more touchdowns. BYU Football up 7 - 0 in the Poinsettia Bowl on ESPN.
Great appetizer for the bowl game: A photo essay chronicling the first year of the Kalani Sitake era. So many stunning images.

BYU - 2016 BYU Football
A group of BYU animation students created a multiplayer online battle arena game that has found mass appeal. Read the back-story and download Vanguards for yourself here: [ Link ].
In a "joint” effort between BYU professors and students, a new study shows that running can actually reduce joint inflammation. Read the story, and find out why getting into a running routine might be a good New Year's resolution.

Study: Running actually lowers inflammation in knee joints
Say goodbye to the beloved Y Smokestack, and hello to green energy! The BYU smokestack is coming down to make way for a new cogeneration facility to replace the coal boilers that previously heated and cooled campus. Read up on the upcoming change to Provo’s skyline and its air.
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In a study published today, and appearing on The Upshot from The New York Times, BYU sociologist Jacob Rugh discovered a connection to deportation that holds important implications for policymakers moving forward.

BYU professor's research links deportation crisis to housing market crisis
Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson will deliver today's #BYUDevo. Come to the Marriott Center or watch via BYUtv.

Devotional: Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President | Brigham Young University
Congrats to BYU Women's Volleyball, who advanced to the Sweet 16 after two home victories to kick off the NCAA tournament last weekend. See Saturday's win over UNLV in this photo essay from BYU Photo.

BYU vs UNLV | BYU Photo