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CSET professor presents research in Sweden

July 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau College of Science, Engineering and Technology Professor Dr. Ramesh Velupillaimani presented his research findings this summer at the First European Congress on Photosynthesis Research, ePS-1 A Marcus Wallenberg Symposium, in Uppsala, Sweden. His research involved an ultrafast spectroscopic approach to study how green alga (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii), a miniature marvel, captures and converts solar energy into chemical energy. The ultimate goal of this research is the production of fuel directly from the energy of the sun, through natural or artificial photosynthesis, to help meet the world’s energy requirements. During the conference, Velupillaimani visited the homes of two world-famous scientists: Linnaeus Garden and Museum in Uppsala, where Carl Linnaeus lived and worked for almost 50 years — he developed the system for classifying and naming all living things; and the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University at Brno, Czech Republic, home of Gregor Mendel, who was an ordained priest and is known as the “Father of Genetics.”

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DNA gets A-OK from GCU STEM campers

July 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

DNA necklaces and DNA code bead bracelets just might be the unlikeliest type of jewelry. But they were a couple of the academic jewels made by seventh- and eighth- graders Monday at the Thunder Vision Biovision STEM Day Camp. It’s just one of four such camps — the others are Cybervision, Robovision and Technovision — unfurling this week on the GCU campus, courtesy of Strategic Educational Alliances. The camps serve SEA’s mission to support kindergarten- through 12th-grade students and educators while fostering a college culture.

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What the nonprofit GCU is not: A not-for-profit

July 03, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The terminology might sound the same, but when it comes to “nonprofit” and “not-for-profit,” there are subtle differences between the two. So when it comes to referring to Grand Canyon University, it’s important to use the correct terminology: We are a nonprofit.

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GCU researchers: Don’t skip that day of exercise

June 20, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

If you want to get the most out of exercising, it seems that exercising every day makes a difference. Dr. Zachary Zeigler and a team of GCU students looked into the impact of daily exercise versus skipping a day of exercise in men with high blood pressure. Their research was published recently in the academic journal Exercise Medicine. Here’s the skinny on what they found: Don’t skip a day — it appears that daily exercise may be good for your blood pressure.

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Students test their gray matter at Summer Institute

June 11, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Summer Institute isn’t quite like the traditional s’mores and campfire summer camp. Instead, the more than a dozen academic camps in various GCU colleges saw high school sophomores, juniors and seniors learning about Trojan malware, investigating the qualities of polyvinyl alcohol cryogels, writing poetry or executing mock warrants — and making friends while staying in the University’s dorms for the two- to four-day camps. The institute geared up recently with various science camps and will continue throughout the summer with humanities, business, honors camps.

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GCU steps up for black-footed ferret count

June 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The black-footed ferret was thought to be extinct in the late 1970s until a small population was discovered in Wyoming in 1981. Arizona’s Aubrey Valley became one of the sites chosen to reintroduce the species through a captive breeding program, and GCU biology professor Adrienne Crawford and a small group of students recently helped the program by volunteering for a recent spotlight count of the endangered species.

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On the job: GCU focused on career-friendly degrees

May 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Gone are the days of only having the option of earning the traditional bachelor’s degree in English or bachelor’s degree in history. Administrators want to make sure the University’s degrees lead to getting a job. So they’ve consulted with experts in the field and have reshaped many of GCU’s degree offerings, which are now “career-focused,” from a bachelor’s degree in history with an emphasis in public history, for example, to a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in professional writing.

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GCU Volunteer Fair a ‘matchmaking opportunity’

May 17, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

“I wanted to pay it back,” GCU Enrollment supervisor Michael Rodriguez said at the GCU Volunteer Fair on Wednesday at the 27th Avenue office building as he signed up at the Big Brothers Big Sisters booth. Rodriguez himself was paired with a Big Brother when he was a kid. BBBS was just one of the 20 GCU-supported nonprofits employees were able to connect with at the fair, an event GCU Community Outreach Manager Debbie Accomazzo calls a “matchmaking opportunity.”

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Student shows how inspiration can hit home

May 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Jose Monarrez is a Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipient. He also came out of the Murphy Elementary School District. So when Grand Canyon University needed learning advocates (LEADs) to help Murphy students, Monarrez was more than happy to do so. He writes about his experience in My LopeLife, reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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Thunderbots nail the nuts and bolts in 1st world finals

May 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Robotics Club left Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center to decompress after failing to advance to the final matches of the VEX Robotics World Finals — an international event featuring about 1,100 teams from middle-school to collegiate levels. But then they heard they left a little early — the team ended up winning the Judges Award, given to a team who the judges think are deserving of special recognition.

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