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GCU alumni co-author medical journal response paper

March 02, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau GCU alumni Thomas Varkey, John Varkey and Zachary Merhavy are co-authors of a paper, “Learning or Memorization: Self-Directed Medical School Curriculum and the Dangers of Overemphasizing Student-Selected Ancillary Resources,” in the March 1 issue of the Galician Medical Journal. It is a response to an opinion article that addresses the decrease in students attending lectures and engaging in standard curriculum at medical institutions. The opinion article suggests incorporating student-developed didactic resources instead of continuing to use standard curriculum. The response paper suggests, instead, that lectures should be modified to encourage attendance by increasing useful “clinical pearls” and hints on how to best understand the material and provide practice problems or other self-directed testing methodology to increase student learning and retention. Thomas Varkey, a 2017 GCU biology/pre-med graduate, is a GCU adjunct professor and a medical student at the University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin. John Varkey graduated from GCU in 2020 with a degree in electrical/electronics engineering and is a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. Merhavy, a 2018 GCU biology/pre-med graduate, is a medical student at the Ross University School of Medicine, based in Barbados.

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STEM savvy launched at MESA Regional Design Day

February 28, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

What better way to cap off National Engineers Week on Saturday than with a multiple-challenge STEM event? High school and middle school students delved into everything from testing their cornhole catapult designs for a unique version of the popular lawn game, to solving computer science puzzles in the Hack Attack Challenge, to designing disaster relief shelters. It was all part of MESA Regional Design Day at GCU to help students prepare for the state Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement competition in April, and a slew of students representing various GCU STEM clubs were on site to help in the event, hosted by K12 Educational Development.

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ACE science LEAD’s Kahoot! reboot a success

February 25, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When Dylan Huttenlocher was a freshman, he remembered attending Kahoot review sessions that helped him so much as he prepared for exams. It’s why the science learning advocate, or LEAD, at the Willow Academic and Career Excellence Center wanted to present his own Kahoot, which is a game-based learning platform, much like a trivia game. And it’s good he did. It was standing-room-only at his first Kahoot, and he’s hoping to help even more students at the next session on Monday.

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Students plan, lead and listen at annual colloquium

February 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Students play a big role in the fifth annual Kevin McClean Research Colloquium. They planned the event and managed the presentations on the first day Wednesday, when a lot of their peers were in the Colangelo College of Business classroom. The colloquium returned to in-person after having to go virtual last year, but it will be online today for two more sessions. Among the presenters was Dr. Kelly Damron, who is doing a study on the lack of diversity in the accounting field.

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Slideshow: Kevin McClean Research Colloquium

February 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The first day of the fifth annual Kevin McClean Research Colloquium was held Wednesday in the Colangelo College of Business Building.  

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Fuel cell powers team’s space, humanitarian goals

February 17, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It started out as a simple question from one GCU student to another: “Do you want to send something into space?” Rather than just ponder the idea, they created STELLAR, which will be launching its first project, a microbial fuel cell, to the International Space Station in April. But while the team says sending projects into space is just cool, it emphasized that its passions run deeper. Ultimately, the group’s mission isn’t just a space mission but a humanitarian one, as well.

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Conclusion drawn: Forensic Science Day was a hit

February 16, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It was a crime that Forensic Science Day didn’t happen year, another victim of COVID-19. But the event returned full force on Tuesday. More than 700 students and educators from 30-plus high schools and home schools attended the event, which featured fingerprinting and blood spatter booths, a police dog demonstration, speakers and tours of the DNA, nursing simulation and cadaver labs.

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Slideshow: STELLAR fuel cell signing

February 09, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau Just 11 months after the group officially formed, Grand Canyon University’s STELLAR team is in the final assembly stages of its microbial fuel cell, a battery that harnesses the power of bacteria to convert waste into energy. The project will be handed off to the Quest Institute this weekend to prepare it for its April 15 launch to the International Space Station. GCU President Brian Mueller stopped by the undergraduate research group’s meeting on Monday to sign the container housing the microbial fuel cell and to see the team’s progress. Read the story here.  

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STELLAR makes final push as space launch nears

February 09, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

After just 11 months since it was officially formed, the STELLAR group is on the cusp of sending its first project, a microbial fuel cell, into space. The fuel cell — a battery that harnesses the power of bacteria to convert waste into energy — will be mailed this weekend to the Quest Institute, which will prepare the fuel cell for its launch April 15 to the U.S. National Lab on the International Space Station. The team, which is made of undergraduate students from almost every college, commemorated reaching this stage of the project on Monday with a signing ceremony as GCU President Brian Mueller added his signature to the fuel cell’s container. “This is just super exciting,” STELLAR President/founder Erik Yost said.

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Honors College kicks off special multiweek programs

February 07, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The Honors College has begun two major programs that help students network and gain skills that will positively impact their future: the Pre-Health Medical and Graduate School Preparation Program and the new Young Athena: Valley of the Sun Leadership Program. One will help prepare students for the medical school and graduate school application process, while the other will help infuse women with leadership skills. “These are the types of programs that really give our GCU students that competitive edge as they enter the workforce,” Honors College Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli said.

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