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GCU club engineers hope for Ruby

November 20, 2017 / by / 4 Comments

What mechanical engineering major Grant Goodman thought would be a weekend project turned into a seven-month labor of love for him and members of GCU’s electrical engineering club. The club made a specialized wheelchair for Ruby Saunders, whose mobility is limited by cerebral palsy and other health issues.

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GCU’s finger on the pulse of science with HSET Day

November 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 2,300 students from 65 schools across Arizona tiptoed through cadaver, engineering and DNA labs, and cavorted with 3D printers and robots as part of GCU’s Health, Sciences, Engineering and Technology Day on Wednesday. The goal is to showcase the STEM programs, facilities and clubs GCU offers.

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Will Cyber Warfare Range have impact? Bank on it

November 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The Arizona Cyber Warfare Range — Metro Phoenix is the first jewel in the crown of what will become a 140,000 square-foot innovation center at Grand Canyon University. Its opening Wednesday, attended by community and industry leaders, was greeted as an important step in the cyber war.

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Where to find fantastic beasts? At GCU-led talk

November 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

If you know what a pukwudgie, mooncalf, billywig and bowtruckle are, then you might have been one of the muggles at the recent “The Science of Harry Potter” event at the Arizona Science Center. It’s where GCU faculty members Deborah Haralson, Lindsey Kojich and Darien Hall led a talk called “Zoology in the Harry Potter Universe.”

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Mixed reality virtually pumps up S.M.U.R.F. students

November 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

S.M.U.R.F. has nothing to do with little blue creatures who dislike Gargamel. Instead S.M.U.R.F., or Smart Urban Fabrics, is a student research and development group in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology that explores what cutting-edge technologies are able to do. This semester, student researchers in the group are working on mixed reality projects, such as an augmented reality chess program and an augmented reality house.

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Robotics Club gets in gear with debut of Thunderbot

November 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Robotics Club has been gearing up for bigger things. Since it debuted last year, the club has been raising funds and establishing bylaws. But this year, it’s going big with the debut of its first competition robot, Thunderbot, and it made the quarterfinals in its first competition.

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Her crowning achievement: Miss Africa Arizona

November 09, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Premed student Adesuwa Osayaren never competed in a pageant before — pageants are her sister’s thing. But after passing the GCU African Student Association table and seeing fliers about the first Miss Africa Arizona event, which focuses more on culture and education, she said, “Why not?” Osayaren was crowned the first Miss Africa Arizona recently.

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Conference addresses faith and science

October 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Esteemed leaders from Grand Canyon University and the community shared the same stage Monday to engage in a conversation about Christian values and advancements in technology. “We, the people, have common ground in which to figure out solutions to these dilemmas,” said Dr. Sherman Elliot, dean of GCU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “What a way to be empowered right now.”

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Panelists boot up the conversation on cybersecurity

October 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

With the recent Equifax data breach putting the identities of 143 million people at risk, it’s apparent that the need is high for a strong cybersecurity workforce. A panel of experts gathered Wednesday on the GCU campus to share how they got into the cybersecurity field and give advice on how to do the same.

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Donation keys into computer science training

October 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 4 million science and tech jobs are available in the United States. Still, only one in four schools in Arizona offers a computer science curriculum. Grand Canyon University and Science Foundation Arizona are hoping to change that and are getting help from a $100,000 donation from Verizon for Code.org training for teachers.

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