Gayle Conant

Gayle Conant, Life Sciences Student Services advisement counselor, retired from BYU on June 1, 2010.
An expert in changing paradigms, Conant has served in three different college advisement centers, all the while remaining in the same physical location.
Gayle joined the university in August 1994, in what was then the College of Physical Education. Later, the name of the college was changed to Health and Human Performance. In 2009, the colleges of Health and Human Performance and Life Sciences were merged and Conant found herself once again identified with a new college. Gayle earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising from BYU. For her dedicated and exemplary service to the college and university, Gayle was awarded a President’s Appreciation Award in 2006.
Change can be a positive thing. These days, Conant’s life is full of family history, with both the living and dead, as she spends time with her family and researches genealogy. She and her husband, Dean, are the parents of four children (three sons and one daughter) and 14 grandchildren, ages 5 to 17.
As Gayle looks forward to new opportunities, she sometimes reflects on her days at Brigham Young University. “I miss University Devotionals and working with students the most,” she said.

By Lonnie Riggs

Steven W. Heiner

Professor Steven Heiner served the Health Science Department of the College of Life Sciences for 40 years. During this time he made numerous contributions to the department and the college. For more than 15 years, many students, including health science majors, received training experience by participating in health screenings at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George. Heiner directed the Annual Russell B. Clark Gerontology Conference hosted on BYU campus for more than 20 years. He also helped independently raise thousands of dollars in support of the Gerontology Conference and the Huntsman Senior Games. Dr. Heiner successfully taught gerontology courses, oversaw gerontology internships, and managed the gerontology certificate and minor programs, helping hundreds of students achieve their goals. Professor Heiner is known for being kind and flexible with students and his influence and assistance in their lives has been significant.
     Besides the contributions he has made to the college and department for the past 40 years, Heiner has had many other meaningful achievements. In 2009, he coauthored an article appearing in JAMA, a highly cited peer-reviewed journal. In addition, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Services Honoree Award from the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Dr. Heiner is the only Health Science faculty member to complete two postdoctoral experiences.

By Laci Brandley

Diana McGuire

Professor Diana McGuire is a great example of the experience and dedication seen in the faculty at BYU. A Teaching Professor of Dietetics, McGuire has been a full-time faculty member for 22 years. Dr. Nora Nyland, Director of the Dietetics Program at BYU says of McGuire, “She spends many hours behind the scenes organizing and preparing meaningful learning experiences for the students.”
     McGuire taught an array of classes, from Introduction to Dietetics to graduate level courses. Last year she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award by the College of Life Sciences. Diana has served as the internship director for the past two years, and as such, has visited facilities from Provo to Ogden to do evaluations and work with the interns’ receptors.
     For McGuire, one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching at BYU is her interaction with the students. McGuire states, “They are such bright, highly motivated, and capable students. Almost every year we have a 100% pass rate on the national dietetic examination, and we have an excellent placement rate into internships on national levels.”
     In addition to her full-time workload, Dr. McGuire has served as the Advisor to the Student Dietetic Association for many years. Dr. Nyland says McGuire is “a most dedicated student club leader. She puts a lot of time into it, and the students love it.”

By Shaela Avery Wilue

Department Chair Appointment: Gary W. Mack

Effective August 1, 2010, Gary W. Mack assumed responsibilities as department chair in the Exercise Sciences Department.
Mack received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal physiology and his master’s degree in physical education from the University of California, Davis, and his doctorate in physiology from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Prior to joining the BYU faculty in 2003, Mack completed a successful postdoctoral fellowship and was a successful research scientist at John B. Pierce Laboratory at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Mack’s research focuses in the area of body fluid regulation (i.e., dehydration and blood volume regulation) and its impact on cardiovascular and thermoregulation during exercise.
Professor Mack and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of six children, four girls (two married) and two boys. His oldest son is serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Kennewick Washington Mission.
Dr. Mack replaces Larry T. Hall, who served as chair of the department from July 1, 2005, to July 31, 2010.