Edwin Lephart

Physiology & Developmental Biology

Dr. Edwin Lephart began at BYU in 1994. During his career here, he considers his greatest accomplishments to be the founding of the Neuroscience Center and the neuroscience major. The Neuroscience Center was started in 1999 and currently has approximately 475 undergraduate students and nine graduate students. It is part of both the College of Life Sciences and the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences.

Lephart’s research has dealt with polyphenolic molecules (botanicals found naturally in plants) and how they affect human conditions like prostate health, weight gain, baldness, brain health, and skin health. In 2010, Lephart’s research played an important part in the development of a NuSkin anti-aging serum that uses soy technology.

Lephart’s part in the founding of the Neuroscience Center and his research are not his only achievements as a faculty member—he has received many awards as well. Among them are Zoology’s Outstanding Service and Achievement award, the prestigious Life Sciences Thomas Martin Professorship, and the Karl G. Maeser Research Award. He will be greatly missed by the College and his colleagues.

John Lee

Microbiology & Molecular Biology

John Lee’s connection with BYU began in June 1966 when only two weeks after his high school graduation he began an undergraduate degree. Lee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from BYU in 1972 and completed a master’s degree in microbiology with a minor in biochemistry in 1976. Lee’s career at BYU spanned over 45 years. He began work as a stockroom assistant in the Department of Bacteriology, and took a full-time position as the laboratory supervisor for that department two years later. He worked in that position for 42 years. Lee also served as the assistant dean for the College of Biology and Agriculture—later renamed the College of Life Sciences.

“I have loved coming to work each day,” Lee said. “There was always something interesting to do. I have also enjoyed working with the administration and faculty in the College of Life Sciences and the staff personnel in Physical Facilities. They are all dear colleagues and friends.”

Gary Booth

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

Dr. Gary Booth joined BYU in September 1972 as an associate professor. During his tenure at BYU, Booth was actively involved in the undergraduate mentoring program in addition to teaching and research. Booth received numerous awards and grants, including the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching award, the David O. McKay Fellowship in Teaching and Education, and Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Leadership Fellow Honors.

Booth was committed to implementing new teaching strategies and developing critical thinking skills in his students. As a result, his biology and religion courses were popular and impacted thousands of students. Booth’s innovations and contributions to curriculum development resulted in a viable undergraduate program in environmental science.

We will miss Booth and thank him for his incredible contributions to the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences and the College of Life Sciences. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.