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‘Cornerstone’ celebrates 30 years as part of GCU foundation

August 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Judy Eroe, GCU’s Executive Director of Academic Assessment, is celebrating her 30-year anniversary as a full-time employee at GCU. Ben VanDerLinden, her former student and now her colleague. explains why she has been so important to the University’s evolution.

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Canyon Ventures helps Lux Longboards keep rolling

August 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

One of the most unusual examples of a Lopes Live Lab is Canyon Ventures, the business incubator where students can gain valuable experience by working for startups. Or they can do what Weston Smith did — start their own business and become a Canyon Ventures tenant. Lux Longboards is a model for what Lopes Live Labs are all about: He has collaborated with people from all across the University. “Wes has engaged the spectrum of GCU,” said Robert Vera, Director of Canyon Ventures.

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Students dissect science in high-tech heaven

August 18, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It all started with the cadaver labs, the rock-star science lab in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, where pre-health students were so excited to get hands-on experience on the campus’ cadavers. CSET Dean Dr. Mark Wooden said, “We thought, ‘What could we do for kids outside of the classroom setting that gives them experiences?'” What they did was incorporate a slew of hands-on labs into the college, everything from the engineering shops to the Cyber Center of Excellence to the Exercise Science Labs and Nutrition Lab, to name a few. “Really, these Lopes Live Labs are about providing kids opportunities to practice and explore their own interests outside of the classroom that is tied to what they’re studying,” said Wooden.

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GCU hits enter on new Technology Division deans

August 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Pam Rowland studied economics. Dr. Brandy Harris’ bachelor’s degree is in music and theatre. But they followed opportunity after opportunity that led them to technology and to their new leadership roles in the Technology Department of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Rowland, who comes from Dakota State University, is the new Associate Dean and Harris, who was the department’s Program Director, steps into the role of Assistant Dean.

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GCU Anatomy students collaborate with grad school

August 04, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Mastering Anatomy Program students typically mentor fellow GCU pre-health students in the cadaver labs. But they had the chance this summer to do something a little different when they led dissections for graduate students from Franklin Pierce University who are working toward doctoral degrees in physical therapy. Michael Bodeen, faculty lead in dissection, was excited about the collaboration and the chance to connect GCU’s students with a nearby graduate school.

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Students make greater impact in GPEC internships

July 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU marketing and advertising major Tayler Alonzo-Taggart grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, but found herself touting the wonders of Phoenix as an intern at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where she is in charge of the organization’s blog, “What Makes Greater Phoenix So Great,” among other duties. Fellow senior James Fritz also interned at GPEC this summer and had a lot of free reign on his projects. The computer science major with an emphasis in big data developed an alert app for the GPEC team and put together market sentiment analyses. “It’s been a really nice environment to work in,” he said.

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High schoolers with a heart for STEM intern at GCU

July 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Sun, sand and surf are all good, but Paige Petrine is challenging herself this summer in a different way. The Paradise Valley High School senior was furiously jotting down observations from her busy morning in the Biomedical Device Design and Protyping Lab, where GCU Biomedical Professor Dr. Jeff La Belle innovates, designs and protypes medical technologies. She is one of more than a dozen high school students who are part of the inaugural High School STEM Internship Program, developed by K12 Educational Development. They spend eight hours most days researching in various fields, from anatomy to biomedical engineering, software development and health and nutrition. They also sit in on professional development sessions organized by the Honors College. Said Petrine, “The lab is my happy place.”

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GCU helps teachers boot up their cybersecurity skills

July 16, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Ellen Mari heard from her students that they were interested in computers, she was on it. She took a Linux course at a community college and now she’s one of 23 teachers from 17 high schools who are sharpening their cybersecurity skills at GCU’s GenCyber Summer Camp. Dr. Brandy Harris, Assistant Dean in the College of Technology, said a there’s a dire need for cybersecurity professionals in the industry. One of the ways to increase those numbers is to educate more teachers who might inspire their students to enter the field. “We want to get more students trained in cybersecurity and start filling these gaps,” she said.

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GCU helps school engineer a brighter STEM future

June 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Jazmine Cordon and her high school team engineered a plant-watering robot to help educate middle schoolers who have seen their share of food insecurity. Fiona Tran’s middle school team wanted to help wheelchair users by designing a wheelchair light to make it safer to navigate pathways at night. The two teams, whose projects’ roots are at Sevilla Elementary School West, just a half-mile from GCU, presented their projects at the virtual MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition on Monday. It was the first time students from the school competed at nationals, something that might not have happened, said Sevilla West STEM educator Mia DeLaRosa, if not for help from GCU’s K12 STEM Outreach team.

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GCU’s finger on the pulse of firefighters’ heart health

June 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Wildland firefighters often traverse rigorous terrain, hike long distances, breathe in smoke, and don’t eat or sleep well, among other stresses. They also are at risk of heart attacks. One study found that the risk for acute myocardial infarction during active fire suppression increased anywhere from 12 to 136 fold. It’s why a group of researchers, including GCU’s Dr. Zach Zeigler and students-now-alumni Payton Greer and Laura Verduzco, conducted a study to look at the effects of wildland firefighting on cardiovascular health.

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