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Biology students’ responses to end-of-course survey

November 13, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Magazine Biology professor Dr. Daisy Savarirajan asked students in an end-of-course survey about the impact of faith-science integration on their personal faith. Here are a few of the answers: “I feel that, as a Christian school, it is very comforting to know that GCU does not object to integrating its Christian worldview into its curriculum. I feel this is especially important for a science course, like this class specifically. As a basic science course, I feel that it is very important to have a biblical foundation, as this course will provide a baseline for future science courses. I can also appreciate the fact that a prayer was said before most classes. This is something that does not happen in most schools and is very comforting to see here at GCU. Overall, I found the integration of faith and Scripture into the course to be an excellent idea and very beneficial for me personally all throughout the entire semester.” **** “This course showed me how God and science go together. There was a time where I felt like I lost my faith. And since, right now, we are learning about all the diseases, it reminded me of how I started […]

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Virtual reality project bytes into the Bible

November 13, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Computer Science students are adding a modern twist to the Bible by using virtual reality to bring some of its most famous stories to life.

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LIGO laser-focused on proving Einstein’s theory

November 12, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Albert Einstein introduced a whole new game in physics with his general theory of relativity, proposing new concepts of space and time. He imagined the existence of gravitational waves rippling through the fabric of space and time and saw black holes as bottomless pits of such gravitational intensity that not even light could escape from them. His concept about gravitational waves is something he said existed, but he didn’t think it could be proved. Then in 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected two black holes colliding 1.3 billion light years away, confirming Einstein’s theory about gravitational waves. Amber Strunk spoke about the engineering marvel that is LIGO recently to students in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

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Students’ tech skills on digital display at showcase

November 01, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Technology Capstone Showcase was an opportunity to see what computer science and computer programming students have been learning — and it clearly is a lot. They showed industry professionals, faculty and other students projects that encompass data analytics, data analysis, artificial intelligence and an interesting game called “3D Beat-‘Em Up!”

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Team lands $5,000 contract at Opportunity Hack

October 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

A GCU technology team spent two days at Opportunity Hack 2018 developing an app to help three nonprofits with a pressing tech problem. They also brought home a big prize — a Statement of Work contract sponsored by Repay for a combined award of $5,000. GCU Computer Science program lead Dr. Isac Artzi said the win is “another validation of the strength of our Computer Science with Big Data and Analytics program.”

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Online graduates share stories worth celebrating

October 21, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Graduates of the online program at Grand Canyon University always have inspirational stories to tell, and this year they were equally inspired by keynote speaker Gian-Paul Gonzalez’s talk — and by the celebration that is a GCU commencement ceremony.

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‘All In’ talk is a 100% hit at fall commencement

October 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

If the graduates at fall commencement didn’t know about ninth-grade world history teacher and New York Giants chaplain Gian-Paul Gonzalez before they got to GCU Arena, they sure do now. Gonzalez’s keynote addresses at the five ceremonies were a hit every time, and in addition to all the standing ovations he also was descended upon by a sea of thankful listeners when he came out to watch the “tunnel walk” after the Saturday morning ceremony.

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Slideshow: Fall commencement, Friday afternoon ceremony

October 19, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic, David Kadlubowski and Travis Neely GCU News Bureau The Friday afternoon ceremony of fall commencement at Grand Canyon University included 675 nontraditional graduates of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions (doctoral and master’s level) and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.  

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Freshmen build community in engineering workshops

October 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You have one minute: Rant on the topic of “Pockets.” Go! It was just one of the activities freshman engineering students tackled in Excellence in Engineering, a series of six workshops covering everything from resume-building to handling stress and public speaking. The workshops, led by engineering students, also are designed to build a sense of community in the department.

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Girl Powered event: Sugar, spice, everything STEM

October 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

They programmed robots, made battery motors, concocted some gooey gak and, more importantly, got in touch with their inner scientist. Fourth- through eighth-grade girls were all about science, technology, engineering and math at the Girl Powered STEM Workshop on Saturday in the Engineering Building. The event, a partnership between the GCU Robotics Club and Strategic Educational Alliances, was inspired by VEX Robotics’ Girl Powered Initiative, which aims to redefine the face of STEM.

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