Eye on the Y: College of Life Sciences Announces New Associate Deans; BYU engineers engrave the entire Book of Mormon onto microchip wafers

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The College of Life Sciences Announces New Associate Deans

Dean Laura Bridgwater announced three new associate deans for the College of Life Sciences. Loreen Allphin from the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Benjamin Crookston from the Department of Public Health and Michael Stark from the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology will assume their positions and responsibilities effective October 1, 2022. (College of Life Sciences BYU)

Dean Laura Bridgewater announced three new associate deans for the College of Life Sciences. Loreen Allphin from the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Benjamin Crookston from the Department of Public Health and Michael Stark from the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology will assume their positions and responsibilities effective October 1.

Doctor Loreen Allphin is a plant conservationist and conservation geneticist. Allphin joined the BYU faculty in 1996 with a PhD in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution.

After receiving his doctorate in public health from the University of Utah, Dr. Benjamin Crookston joined BYU staff in 2011. dr Crookston works on research related to maternal and child health, poverty reduction and women’s empowerment.

As the current chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, Dr. Michael Stark has been with BYU since 2001 and has been involved in several research projects focused on the differentiation of sensory neurons.

These three new associate deans will replace Michael Barnes, professor of public health; Rick Jellen, Professor of Plant and Wildlife Sciences and Susan Fullmer, Professor of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science.

BYU engineers engrave the entire Book of Mormon onto microchip wafers

A group of BYU electrical and computer engineering students etch the entire text of the Book of Mormon onto a tiny microchip wafer. (Photo by Nate Edwards/BYU Photo)

A group of BYU electrical and computer engineering students etched the entire text of the Book of Mormon onto a tiny microchip wafer.

This 4 inch microchip contains all 291,652 words of the book. Each of the 1,497,482 characters on the tiny writing disc is about 25 by 35 micrometers in size.

“A lot of people can do that, and a lot of people have done that with the Bible,” said faculty mentor and professor of electrical and computer engineering Aaron Hawkins. “But to our knowledge no one has ever done that for the Book of Mormon. We realized that it was up to BYU to get the Book of Mormon into silicon.”

This wafer is on display along with New and Old Testament wafers outside the clean room on the fourth floor of the Clyde Building.

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