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GCU alumnus ascends to go-to guy for LopesCloud

August 12, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Leo Quintero was always the go-to computer guy at his high school and brought those skills with him as a student at GCU, where he was the Latino Student Union President, Diversity Awareness Coordinator for the Associated Students of GCU and a member of the IT Help Desk. Now he’s the go-to LopesCloud guy in the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology. As the Cloud Support Coordinator/Specialist, he coordinates projects between faculty and Grand Canyon Education’s IT Department when it comes to a powerful, new tool that’s helping technology students: LopesCloud.

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GCU alumna’s challenging med school journey

July 27, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Daniela Barrera spent more than a few of her winter breaks working alongside her mom in the agricultural fields around Yuma, where she grew up. So when the GCU Biology/Pre-Med alumna would hear her high school teachers talk to students about becoming an engineer or an architect or a graphic designer, those careers seemed unreachable to her — until now. Barrera recently was accepted into medical school at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. … Just to see the difference it can make,” she said.

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Owl conservation team hatches new nest box design

July 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Weighing less than 3 ounces and standing at just 7 inches tall when fully grown, the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl is one of Arizona’s tiny treasures. But less than 100 of these lilliputian owls are thought to exist in the state today, which is why conservationists are working hard to increase their numbers. A GCU Research and Design Program team has re-engineered a nest box to replicate where these owls nest in the wild — in saguaro cactuses — in hopes of improving the desert creatures’ hatch rates in captivity.

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Employees’ PPE assistance is multi-dimensional

July 07, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s effort to make personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a key task for Public Safety and University Event Services, whose employees have turned the operation from five days a week to 24/7. The boost in production enabled the University to make sizable donations to several community outlets.

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Chemistry labs at home? CSET has a solution

June 25, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Beakers, goggles and graduated cylinders have long made their homes in countless chemistry labs. But not this summer, at least not in Dr. Kimberly Horsley’s introductory chemistry class. She wanted to find out if some lab activities could be done at home, and COVID-19 presented a unique opportunity to test the at-home-lab-experiment waters. Her CHM-113 students received lab kits in the mail, assembled by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s lab team, and the remote chemistry opportunity was on.

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Trio takes Forensic Science’s unity to the next level

June 18, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

They analyzed blood spatter and DNA. They did toxicology screenings. And they studied together and helped each other pass their Forensic Science classes. Now David Carillo, Emily Helmes and Hannah David, who received their bachelor’s degrees from GCU in April, are doing one more thing together: They’re all headed to the same graduate school. It shows not only the strength of GCU’s Forensic Science program but how close-knit its students are. “Students form strong friendships that elevate their performance in classes,” said Dr. Melissa Beddow, program director. “When one starts to fall, the others rally around to lift each other up.”

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Doctoral chair’s talk inspires mother/son grad pair

June 09, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When Spring Commencement was postponed because of COVID-19, the Graefe family still wanted to celebrate its two graduates: Jake, who had earned his bachelor’s degree, and his mother, Beth, who had just completed her dissertation defense. Beth asked her dissertation committee chair, Dr. JoAnn Foley Markette, if she would give a speech via Zoom for the impromptu ceremony, and Markette delivered a talk they won’t forget. “I got teary eyed because Dr. Markette said such beautiful things,” Beth said.

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IxT Club to light up campus with ‘blinky badges’

June 02, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Information x Technology Club, or IxT as it’s more popularly known, wants to illuminate basketball games and other big campus events, so came up with its Havocs blinky badge project. The club is in the process of producing these smart badges, which can receive a signal from a device that tells the badges to light up en masse.

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Study has the skinny on ‘Quarantine 15’ risk factors

May 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Forget the Freshman 15. A new weight-gain worry is cropping up among adults called the Quarantine 15 — the weight that people have been gaining since they’ve been sheltering at home. But Dr. Zach Zeigler, Associate Professor in the Health Science Department of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, said the habits that are predictors for weight gain in this stressful time can be changed. His coronavirus weight-gain academic paper — he shares credits with six student researchers — was published recently by the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice.

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Technology Department awarded GenCyber grant

May 26, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Technology Department continues to help build the nation’s cybersecurity community, thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded by the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation. The GenCyber grant will be used to support a free summer camp on the GCU campus in 2021 designed to help high school educators teach cybersecurity. “We’re in trouble if we’re not creating the next generation,” said Dr. Heather Monthie, Associate Dean of Technology in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

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