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Rock star bacteria, R&D Program fuel research

December 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

You might not be familiar with cyanobacteria, but GCU’s Dr. Galyna Kufryk says these amazing photosynthetic organisms — the rock stars of the bacteria world in her eyes — may be what scientists have been banking on when it comes to solving the world’s dirty energy problems. Kufryk talks about her work, which has taken a step forward with the help of student researchers from the the University’s Research and Design Program.

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Christmas cheer is spread by decorating, we hear

December 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Lift up the eggnog. It was a blizzard of holiday cheer these past few weeks as employees turned up their Christmas decorating acumen to unprecedented, spirited levels with Christmas decorating and ugly sweater contests. Story.

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Commencement talk: common-sense excellence

December 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The commencement speaker Friday, Dr. Rick Rigsby, spoke about his third-grade dropout father and the impact his simple — but profound — words of wisdom have made on his life. Typical of what Rigsby passed on to his audience: “Look at me, graduates. Don’t ever show up on time. That’s mediocre. That’s basic minimum required. Show up early.”

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First IT grads establish links with each other, GCU

December 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The rapidly expanding College of Science, Engineering and Technology on Friday will graduate its first information technology students. Paul Rodriguez, Jake Womer, Bridgette Smith and Timothy Prescott said it has been a challenging maneuvering through a new program, but found comfort in the words of their professors their freshman year in 2014, who told them they would need to stick together through it all.

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Engineering students are no mean ones, Mr. Grinch

December 01, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Santa found some unlikely elves in GCU mechanical engineering students, who spent more than 12 hours in the days before Thanksgiving helping a nonprofit group, We Are Their Future, build a fantastical Whoville-themed holiday display.

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Old methods may not measure up to 3D body scans

November 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Forget the old-school written log and measuring tape — 3D body scans may be the way of the future. One GCU research team spent the summer looking into the viability of using a mobile device, such as an iPad, and a 3D scanner to gather body dimensions for health and fitness monitoring.

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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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