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Faculty Focus: Dr. Samantha Russell

December 06, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Samantha Russell, Assistant Professor and Electrical Engineering Program Lead for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, was there right at the start when GCU began its engineering program, and she takes delight in developing students into professionals who will be leaders in that rapidly changing field. Find out what she likes to do in her spare time and the real story behind where she grew up.

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Parsons scholarship, like recipients, will have impact

December 04, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Students Inspiring Students received a tremendous boost this year when The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation pledged $500,000 to the full-tuition scholarship program over the next five years. (The first Parsons Scholars are scheduled to be named this month.) It was another important step for a program that isn’t just producing college graduates from GCU’s neighborhood — it’s turning out people who, like the Parsons grant, will make an impact for years to come. Reprinted from the November issue of GCU Magazine.

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Pre-med student has creative pandemic prescription

November 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The pandemic put a damper on clinicals, internships and other real-life experiences for GCU’s pre-health students. But that didn’t stop pre-med/biology junior Alyssa Deyo from creating NERD Hours, which connects students virtually to physicians, medical students and others in the health fields.

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ABET accreditation = jobs, promotions for students

November 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When the bachelor of science degree programs in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering earned ABET’s prestigious accreditation this year, the timing was serendipitous for two recent GCU graduates. Edward Lon was hired as a software engineer by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, and Denisse Delos Santos was promoted to the engineer program by SRP. Reprinted from the November issue of GCU Magazine.

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Canyon Challenge to feature GCU, high school entrepreneurs

November 12, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Challenge will be on livestream only this semester because of the pandemic, but that isn’t the only noticeable change: For the first time, it will feature a high school competition. Also significant is the fact that two of the five GCU finalists are not business majors. It will be available for viewing at 4 p.m. Friday.

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GCU to host Virtual STEM Camp for grades 7-12

November 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Students in grades 7-12 can learn more about science and technology and GCU’s programs in those areas by joining K12 Educational Development’s first MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Virtual STEM Camp. Sessions in the free camp are scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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GCU researchers talk quarantine, college weight gain

November 10, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Several students mentored by Dr. Zachary Zeigler, associate professor in GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, presented their work at the recent virtual Southwest American College of Sports Medicine Conference. They spoke about weight-gain behaviors during the pandemic and on how college weight gain impacts central blood pressure and arterial stiffness. More than 500 professionals specializing in health, fitness, kinesiology and sports medicine, along with college and club teams, attend the chapter’s meeting annually.

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Students present research at microbiology conference

November 05, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Student researchers under the mentorship of GCU biology professor Dr. Galyna Kufryk presented their work recently at the Boston Bacterial Meeting. Martina Miranda, Chloe Hager and Vianna Mulholland spoke about their research, which centers around increasing the production of hydrogen in cyanobacteria. These organisms produce molecular hydrogen, a type of clean, renewable energy that Kufryk hopes might replace not-so-clean energy sources.

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Kufryk sheds light on photosynthesis research

November 04, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

For Dr. Galyna Kufryk, few things are as amazing as plants, which can take sunlight, carbon dioxide, water and chlorophyll and create their own source of energy. She has been researching the photosynthetic process in unicellular organisms called cyanobacteria, which she hopes can give her a clearer picture of how photosynthesis is regulated in plants. Ultimately, she and other scientists want to mimic how plants create their own energy in hopes of creating renewable sources of energy for humans.

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Save the rainforest? GCU plant researchers may help

October 15, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU biology instructor Rachel Pikstein was a visiting scientist at Cambridge University in the summer of 2016 when she was asked by researchers involved in the BEFTA Project if she and her students would be interested in creating a plant guidebook. The guidebook, which is in the editing process, is designed to help Indonesian oil palm farmers farm more sustainably. The fruit of the oil palm is used to make palm oil, which is in everything from lipstick to packaged bread, pizza and shampoo. The big problem: Oil palm farms are a major contributor of deforestation in Indonesia, which touts the third largest area of rainforest in the world.

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