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Anatomy duo muscles into distance learning

April 02, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

When Michael Bodeen, GCU’s lead instructor of dissection and the faculty member who helms the anatomy lab, first started hearing about COVID-19 in China, he knew the writing was on the wall. It was going to arrive here, too. That’s when he and pre-med/pre-physician assistant student Mario Barrera started preparing for the inevitability of distance learning. They spent much of spring break putting together extensive anatomy PowerPoints as a study guide to help students in their new online learning environment.

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She won’t walk stage, but her journey continues

March 31, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When she came to the United States as a high school exchange student from Italy, Bianca Giorgi said she was searching for a place she would be accepted. The mechanical engineering major found that at GCU, where she has served as a multilingual academic mentor for student-athletes, volunteered as a learning advocate in the Learning Lounge, worked in the Office of Welcome Programs and much more. She also was chosen as the College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s student Commencement speaker for the spring. Although she won’t get to do that this April because of the coronavirus outbreak, she continues on her journey online with her fellow Lopes, as she thinks of her family back in Italy at the epicenter of the outbreak there.

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Honors College, Brewers knock STEM out of the park

March 05, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

What do you get when you combine the Milwaukee Brewers and GCU’s Honors College? The Brewers STEM Crew after school club. The program for middle school students, who were led by students from the Honors College, highlighted the STEM involved in baseball through an active, engaging approach.

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It’s a crime to not love GCU’s Forensic Science Day

March 04, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It was a dark and stormy night … no, not really. Actually, it was a sunny Tuesday morning at Grand Canyon University for Forensic Science Day, where 1,400 high school and community college students created blood spatter, analyzed a crime scene, searched for clues in a scavenger hunt, visited with Phoenix Police Department’s Special Assignments Unit, toured cadaver and DNA labs and visited with a forensic artist, to name a few of the activities. The goal? To introduce students not just to GCU but to the Forensic Science program and the multitude of jobs available to them in that field.

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Panel sheds light on teen dating violence

February 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Teen dating violence affects 1.5 million young people in America, which is why the University’s HOSA Future Health Professionals chapter thought it was important to partner with the New Life Center and bring a panel to campus for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from Bloom365, one-n-ten, the New Life Center and GCU on Thursday spoke about the red flags to teen dating violence, how to help those experiencing it, the difference between unhealthy and healthy relationships and more.

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Student’s deep dive highlights research colloquium

February 27, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Most of the presentations at the Dr. Kevin McClean Research Colloquium on Wednesday afternoon centered on improving the student experience at GCU, and one of them improved a student’s experience in a big way: Junior Weston DeCambra was the only student presenter at the event and shared his research on the antimicrobial qualities of marine plants.

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Engineering clubs get taste of projects, ice cream

February 25, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Students taking UNV-112, “Success in Science, Engineering and Technology,” floated fellow students’ boats with a boat-float challenge. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers chapter displayed its robot obstacle course. And the newly formed SAE Aero Design team had a few remote-controlled aircraft to display. All the activities were part of National Engineers Week, or E-Week, which culminated on Friday with an ice cream social outside of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Building. The University also celebrated E-Week with a virtual bridge building contest. CSET faculty member Dr. Kevin Williams said, “It’s a chance to see opportunities for participation in the various clubs, and it’s a chance to celebrate our engineering students.”

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Conference looks at science through lens of faith

February 24, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

No one should have to choose between faith and science. “Faith is a starting point for knowledge, not the end of the search to understand all that God has done. One who believes wholeheartedly in God can also conduct amazing research projects in ways that enable us to better understand who He is and how He created,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, GCU’s Dean of the College of Theology, who was part of this weekend’s Conference on Faith and Science. Scholars at the two-day conference on GCU’s campus spoke about everything from intelligent design and discoveries in science that point to an intelligent designer, to ethical aspects on new technologies.

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Academics growth resulted from ‘do’ diligence

February 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

From 2010 to 2019, GCU grew from seven colleges to nine and more than doubled its academic programs from 94 to 238. How did that happen? Simple. “Nothing is slow here,” said Dr. Mark Wooden, Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “We go after things full blast and make them happen.” Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.

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Sure bet: ABET appointment a boon for GCU

February 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s Associate Dean of Engineering, Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, recently received a prestigious appointment. She was chosen to serve on the Board of Delegates for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, an international organization representing more than 1.5 million professionals in nearly every country in the world. “Having the University name represented on this important board shows the level of expertise at GCU and that we care about quality undergraduate engineering education,” said Dr. Mark Wooden, CSET Dean.

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