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Life’s roadblocks a shot in the arm for nursing student

April 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Kimberly Rabanal was five months pregnant when she decided to go back to school. Just three months later, her father was diagnosed with brain cancer. But that didn’t deter her; it motivated her to work even harder. Rabanal was one of the candidates for a master’s degree in nursing at Friday’s afternoon commencement ceremony.

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Graduates honor beloved biochemistry professor

April 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Tiffany Mealman was always thinking of her students. But at commencement on Thursday, her students were thinking of her. Recent graduates of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology spent a few minutes after commencement taking a photograph to send to the Mealman family — to show them how much the GCU biochemistry professor, who died of cancer earlier this year, meant to them.

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Carnegie Hall concert a ‘transformative experience’

April 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For any performer, Carnegie Hall is the big show, and GCU’s Canyon Choral Society was part of the big show when it took the stage recently at the famed New York venue — an experience Dr. Juan De Dios Hernandez, Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, calls “transformative.”

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New Java coders brew apps for non-profits

April 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Children’s Cancer Network and Fresh Start, two non-profits, had similar problems: They needed some kind of messaging app to help them be more efficient. Enter GCU’s first cohort of Java coding boot camp students, who built apps to help solve those problems. The students, who are in the final week of the immersive, 15-week course, presented their capstone projects recently.

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Sonoran Desert: An oasis for new medicines?

April 19, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In the battle of bugs vs. drugs, Dr. Daisy Savarirajan said bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. So in 2016, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology microbiology professor, alongside biosciences professor Dr. Ramesh Velupillaimani, launched a research study to discover novel antimicrobial products from diverse desert plants. Could these desert plants be the source of the next big antibiotic? Could they be at the center of the next big drug?

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Experts bring cybersecurity insight out of the dark

April 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GoDaddy’s Jason Veiock didn’t get his start in cybersecurity. He was a cop. He spoke to educators and other attendees at a recent Code.org meetup at the GCU-based Arizona Cyber Warfare Range about how he got into cybersecurity, what it’s like to handle security for a company as big as GoDaddy, and what qualities educators should look for in their students when it comes to encouraging the next generation of cyber professionals.

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Hydrogel lab helps mold future biomedical engineers

April 13, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Kyle Jones’ biomedical engineering students got a peek at what they might be doing as future biomedical engineers. They recently tested different “recipes” of hydrogels — used in everything from contact lenses to bandages — to gauge their strength. It was an important exercise because, one day, the students might need to design a sturdier replacement for knee cartilage or might need to engineer a stronger bandage.

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Anatomy group’s body of work: Creating human atlas

April 11, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It’s rare that an undergraduate student has the chance to be involved in putting together a reference book. But that’s what a team of about 70 students are doing as part of the Research and Design Program’s Anatomical Atlas Project. When completed, the atlas – a book that will map out the human body and will include cadaver dissections with photographs, histology, text, clinical pathology cases and more – will help future GCU students learn the anatomy of the human body.

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GCU Film Fest’s top honor again goes to de Neve

April 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Students took the director’s chair and rose to the top with their submissions to the GCU Film Festival. Elliott de Neve’s music video, “The Distance,” was named Best of Festival. It is the second consecutive year he has won the top award.

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Pac-Man, tutus compute at robotics event

April 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Imagine you’re a video game character trapped in an arcade game, and the only way to get out is to defeat the boss. That was the scenario for hundreds of high school students who dressed as “Pac-Man,” “Legend of Zelda” and “Futurama” characters and brought their 120-pound robots to compete in the 2018 Arizona Regional FIRST Robotics Competition this weekend in Grand Canyon University Arena.

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