Laie, HI, United States
Laie, HI, United States

Brigham Young University–Hawaii is a private university located in Laie, Hawaii, United States. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .BYU-Hawaii was founded in 1955 and offers programs in mathematics, liberal arts, and management. The university is broadly organized into four colleges, and its parent organization, the Church Educational System, sponsors sister schools in Utah and Idaho. The university's sole focus is on undergraduate education.Approximately 97% of the university's 2,800 students are members of the LDS Church. BYU-Hawaii students are required to follow an honor code, which requires behavior in line with LDS teachings . A BYU-Hawaii education is less expensive than similar private universities since a large portion of tuition is funded by LDS Church tithing funds.The university partners with the LDS Church-owned Polynesian Cultural Center, the largest living museum in the State of Hawaii, which employs roughly one third of the student body. Its athletic teams compete in Division II of the NCAA and are collectively known as the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders. They are members of the Pacific West Conference and have won 19 national titles. Wikipedia.


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Dennis A.R.,Indiana University Bloomington | Robert Jr. L.P.,University of Michigan | Curtis A.M.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii | Kowalczyk S.T.,Indiana University Bloomington | Hasty B.K.,Air Force Institute of Technology
Information Systems Research | Year: 2012

Research in face-to-face teams shows conflicting results about the impact of behavioral controls on trust; some research shows that controls increase the salience of good behavior, which increases trust while other research shows that controls increase the salience of poor behavior that decreases trust. The only study in virtual teams, which examined poorly functioning teams, found that controls increased the salience of poor behavior, which decreased trust. We argue that in virtual teams behavioral controls amplify the salience of all behaviors (positive and negative) and that an individual's selective perception bias influences how these behaviors are interpreted. Thus the link from behavioral controls to trust is more complex than first thought. We conducted a 2×2 experiment, varying the use of behavioral controls (controls, no controls) and individual team member behaviors (reneging behaviors designed to reduce trust beliefs and fulfilling behaviors designed to increase trust beliefs). We found that behavioral controls did amplify the salience of all behaviors; however, contrary to what we expected, this actually weakened the impact of reneging and fulfilling behaviors on trust. We believe that completing a formal evaluation increased empathy and the awareness of context in which the behaviors occurred and thus mitigated extreme perceptions. We also found that behavioral controls increased the selective perception bias which induced participants to see the behaviors their disposition to trust expected rather than the behaviors that actually occurred. © 2012 INFORMS.


Interview with the Author of the Children's Book "The Boy That Wanted Clean Teeth" Dr. Glenn Banks DDS grew up in Southern California, and is the youngest of 9 children. He attended undergrad at Brigham Young University-Hawaii with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He then obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr Banks is a member of the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Interview with the author: So why did you choose to write this book? "I think a lot of people that have dreams of becoming an author but for whatever reason have not fulfilled that desire. The incident that inspired me to actually start writing was one time I visited my sister and read a children's book to my niece. During that book and reading the jokes, I thought to myself I could do a book at least as good as this." How did you choose the topic for the book? "I am a dentist, and I see lots of children that don’t brush adequately. I am hoping that this book may help get more people brushing for two minutes two time a day (#2min2x)" Is there anything special about the characters? "The main character has the same name as my nephew Aiden. Then the other character I had the illustrator Violeta Honasan use my likeness. I think she did an excellent job with the images and my likeness." How did you choose which languages to have the book translated into? "Initially, I picked the most commonly used languages to translate. Later, I try to expand the language sets for the book. I have a long time Mongolian friend and I asked him to translate the book into Mongolian because of the friendship. It turns out that my book is the only Mongolian language children's book available on Amazon. In the future, I would also like to have the book translated into other more obscure languages. Especially, I'd like to find a translator for Hawaiian, if possible, since I lived in Hawaii for a few years." Do you plan to write anymore books? "Yes, I am strictly focusing on children's books and right now I am hoping to have a new book out every one to two years. I have several ideas and currently they have the same dental theme." What do you do in your spare time? "I try to read at least one book a month, and keep track/rate on goodreads. I also am a gardener, trying to grow edible fruits. I also do guerrilla gardening, or try to plant fruiting trees in fields that I hope to visit later and harvest. I have also located a few areas that have abundant dewberry and grapes that grow wild for harvesting." #glennbanksdds https://www.amazon.com/Boy-that-Wanted-Clean-Teeth/dp/1943417016 https://www.facebook.com/bbrightdental/ Houston, TX, February 13, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Dr. Glenn Banks DDS is excited to announce the publication of his first book "The Boy that Wanted Clean Teeth." The book is available in 16 languages and multiple online retailers.Dr. Glenn Banks DDS grew up in Southern California, and is the youngest of 9 children. He attended undergrad at Brigham Young University-Hawaii with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He then obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr Banks is a member of the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.Interview with the author:So why did you choose to write this book?"I think a lot of people that have dreams of becoming an author but for whatever reason have not fulfilled that desire. The incident that inspired me to actually start writing was one time I visited my sister and read a children's book to my niece. During that book and reading the jokes, I thought to myself I could do a book at least as good as this."How did you choose the topic for the book?"I am a dentist, and I see lots of children that don’t brush adequately. I am hoping that this book may help get more people brushing for two minutes two time a day (#2min2x)"Is there anything special about the characters?"The main character has the same name as my nephew Aiden. Then the other character I had the illustrator Violeta Honasan use my likeness. I think she did an excellent job with the images and my likeness."How did you choose which languages to have the book translated into?"Initially, I picked the most commonly used languages to translate. Later, I try to expand the language sets for the book. I have a long time Mongolian friend and I asked him to translate the book into Mongolian because of the friendship. It turns out that my book is the only Mongolian language children's book available on Amazon. In the future, I would also like to have the book translated into other more obscure languages. Especially, I'd like to find a translator for Hawaiian, if possible, since I lived in Hawaii for a few years."Do you plan to write anymore books?"Yes, I am strictly focusing on children's books and right now I am hoping to have a new book out every one to two years. I have several ideas and currently they have the same dental theme."What do you do in your spare time?"I try to read at least one book a month, and keep track/rate on goodreads. I also am a gardener, trying to grow edible fruits. I also do guerrilla gardening, or try to plant fruiting trees in fields that I hope to visit later and harvest. I have also located a few areas that have abundant dewberry and grapes that grow wild for harvesting."#glennbanksddshttps://www.amazon.com/Boy-that-Wanted-Clean-Teeth/dp/1943417016https://www.facebook.com/bbrightdental/ Front Cover of the Book "The Boy that Wanted Clean Teeth" is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Mongolian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese Filename: Frontcover.jpg Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Glenn Banks DDS


McGrath B.B.,Psychosocial and Community Health | Ka'ili T.O.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Public Health Nursing | Year: 2010

Objective: This is an evaluation of the process and outcome of a research study to determine a culturally targeted health promotion program for U.S. Pacific Islander youth who are at risk for co-occurring problem behaviors, including risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence. Design and Sample: An exploratory design was used and included qualitative interviews (N=54), focus groups (N=16), participant observation (over 3 years), and surveys (N=24) with Pacific Islander adults and youth. After identifying key cultural values and reviewing existing evidence-based prevention interventions, " Project Talanoa" was developed around 4 constructs: (1) cultural identity and pride, (2) teen health, (3) peer relations, and (4) family ties. The program was pilot tested and evaluated by 24 Pacific Islander adolescents (ages 12-15 years). Results: Results indicate it was culturally appropriate, well liked by the participants, supported by parents and others in the community, and found to be feasible. Conclusions: Additional research is needed to test it for effectiveness. Project Talanoa provides a model for applying cultural concepts in the development of a risk reduction intervention for adolescents. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Reece J.D.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii | Barry V.,Middle Tennessee State University | Fuller D.K.,Middle Tennessee State University | Caputo J.,Middle Tennessee State University
Journal of Physical Activity and Health | Year: 2015

Background: This study determined the validity and sensitivity of the SenseWear armband (SWA) during sedentary and light office duties compared with indirect calorimetry (IC). Methods: Participants (N = 22), 30 to 64 years of age, randomly performed 6 conditions for 5 minutes each (ie, supine, sitting no movement, standing no movement, sitting office work, standing office work, walking at 1.0 mph). Steady state for each activity (ie, average for minutes 4 and 5) was analyzed. Results: Energy expenditure (EE) for the SWA (1.58 kcal/min) and the IC (1.64 kcal/min) were significantly correlated, r(20) = 0.90, P < .001 and ICC = 0.90, 95% CI (0.699, 0.966). Correlation results for each condition varied in strength, r(20) = 0.53 to 0.83 and ICC = 0.49 to 0.81, but were all significant (P < .05). A significant interaction between measurement method and condition existed (P < .001). The SWA under predicted EE during standing with no movement, sitting office work, and standing office work. Conclusion: The SWA and IC EE rates were strongly correlated during sedentary and light activity office behaviors. However, the SWA may under predict EE during office work (standing or sitting) and when standing motionless, making it slightly less sensitive than IC. © 2015 Human Kinetics, Inc.


Madsen K.E.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2016

Fear research faces a dilemma as typical methods of induction elicit passive or indirect fear, rather than authentic or direct fear. The present study investigated and compared the effects of interactivity, or agency, on the physiological responses of participants as measures of direct fear as they either played or watched a horror-themed video game. Assuming agency allows for greater immersion, the former group would exhibit greater physiological responses, possibly indicating greater fear reaction. Change scores were calculated from subtracting baseline mean values from exposure mean values for every participant in measures of electrodermal activity (EDA), respiratory rate (RR), and heart rate (HR). Self-reported fear data was also gathered for every participant. Players had a significantly greater increase than watchers in EDA, RR, and HR change scores. Players and watchers did not differ significantly in self-reported fear. Change score t tests for specific events that occur in the video game are also reported. These results suggest that the variable of agency may have had the effect of inducing a greater fear response and that it provides utility for researchers seeking to ethically induce direct fear. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


Tsang T.-H.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii | Gubler D.A.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Tetrahedron Letters | Year: 2012

Herein we report a concise total synthesis of farylhydrazones A and B, naturally occurring phenylhydrazones recently isolated from cultures of the Cordyceps-colonizing fungus Isaria farinosa, completed in six and five steps respectively starting from 2-nitrobenzoic acid. The synthesis is completely scalable, and highly convergent - making it adaptable for the preparation of analogues and investigation into the biological activity of these unique natural products. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Orton D.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii | Scott D.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Journal of Power Sources | Year: 2015

Abstract The temperature dependence of a previously developed glucose fuel cell is explored. This cell uses a small molecule dye mediator to transport oxidizable electrons from glucose to a carbon felt anode. This reaction is driven by an air breathing MnO2 cathode. This research investigates how the temperature of the system affects the power production of the fuel cell. Cell performance is observed using either methyl viologen, indigo carmine, trypan blue, or hydroquinone as a mediator at temperatures of 15, 19, 27, 32, 37, 42, and 49 °C. Cyclic voltammetry of the cell anode at the given temperatures with the individual dyes is also presented. The highest power production amongst all of the cells occurs at 32 °C. This occurs with the mediator indigo carmine or with the mediator methyl viologen. These sustained powers are 2.31 mW cm-2 and 2.39 mW cm-2, respectively. This is approximately a 350% increase for these cells compared to their power produced at room temperature. This dramatic increase is likely due to increased solubility of the mediator dye at higher temperatures. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.


Thomas R.J.,Mayo Medical School | Denna T.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Current Cardiology Reports | Year: 2014

Growing evidence highlights the important role of post-hospitalization care (i.e., secondary prevention) for patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). While secondary prevention therapies are available that improve patient outcomes, receipt of those treatments by patients is suboptimal. Cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention (CR/SP) services are systematic, effective models of care that improve delivery of preventive therapies and patient outcomes after ACS, but unfortunately, patient participation in CR/SP has been suboptimal, due to patient-, provider-, and system-based barriers. Systematic processes, including automatic referral processes, help reduce these barriers and improve CR/SP participation, along with the associated health benefits. Strength of physician endorsement of CR/SP participation is another key step in improving CR/SP participation and patient outcomes following ACS. Accountability measures for CR/SP referral and enrollment, including performance measures and other quality of care methods, may help improve CR/SP delivery. Early evidence suggests that these measures have helped improve referral of eligible patients to CR/SP programs. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Meyers J.E.,Concussion Clinic | Miller R.M.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii | Tuita A.R.R.,Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Applied Neuropsychology:Adult | Year: 2014

Distinguishing between traumatic brain injury (TBI) residuals and the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during neuropsychological evaluation can be difficult because of significant overlap of symptom presentation. Using a standardized battery of tests, an artificial neural network was used to create an algorithm to perform pattern analysis matching (PAM) functions that can be used to assist with diagnosis. PAM analyzes a patient's neuropsychological data and provides a best fit classification, according to one of four groups: TBI, PTSD, malingering/invalid data, or "other" (depressed/anxious/postconcussion syndrome/normal). The original PAM was modeled on civilian data; the current study was undertaken using a database of 100 active-duty army service personnel who were referred for neuropsychological assessment in a military TBI clinic. The PAM classifications showed 90% overall accuracy when compared with clinicians' diagnoses. The PAM function is able to classify detailed neuropsychological profiles from a military population with a high degree of accuracy and is able to distinguish between TBI, PTSD, malingering/invalid data, or "other." PAM is a useful tool to help with clinical decision-making. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Patent
Brigham Young University - Hawaii | Date: 2013-04-05

A method for training an image processing neural network without human selection of features may include providing a training set of images labeled with two or more classifications, providing an image processing toolbox with image transforms that can be applied to the training set, generating a random set of feature extraction pipelines, where each feature extraction pipeline includes a sequence of image transforms randomly selected from the image processing toolbox and randomly selected control parameters associated with the sequence of image transforms. The method may also include coupling a first stage classifier to an output of each feature extraction pipeline and executing a genetic algorithm to conduct genetic modification of each feature extraction pipeline and train each first stage classifier on the training set, and coupling a second stage classifier to each of the first stage classifiers in order to increase classification accuracy.

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