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Alum connects with forensic psychology students

January 27, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Honors College Associate Dean Dr. Breanna Naegeli recently connected GCU’s forensic psychology students to her younger sister, 2018 psychology graduate Bianca Boling. Students had the opportunity to ask Boling, a doctoral student at Midwestern University, the ins and outs of the field. “I think these opportunities for current Honors students to engage with, and seek mentorship and insight, from alumni currently the field is invaluable,” Naegeli said. “It is abundantly evident that the students appreciate the opportunity to form this relationship and to ask questions. It helps to complement what they hear in the classroom setting from faculty and staff as well.”

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GCU team scales extensive tegu lizard study

January 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Invasive tegu lizards have become a big problem in Florida, where they eat alligator, crocodile and sea turtle eggs. But they’re also incredibly intelligent and amazingly adaptable. GCU biology and environmental science professor Rachel Pikstein spent seven years collecting data from 800 animals and brought her work to GCU, where students, through the Research and Design Program, joined her on the project. The team plans to head to Texas Christian University this summer to work with a conservation geneticist and prepare their research for publication. Said Pikstein of the tegu: “They deserve their whole story told.”

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Class outside? Students, state biologists are game

January 10, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When most students head to class, they hustle to a classroom or lab on campus. But the biological and environmental sciences majors in the BIO-479 Applied Field Research course instead jaunt to places like the Salt River or to Biscuit Tank near the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. It’s at Biscuit Tank where they checked small mammal traps and learned why and how biologists capture animals. The class, taught by Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists, gives students invaluable hands-on experience. Professor of biology, ecology and environmental science Adrienne Crawford said, “We’re just really fortunate to be able to have professionals in the field helping our students beyond the book.”

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Timing tips the scales in Zeigler’s weight-loss book

January 04, 2022 / by / 2 Comments

It isn’t just about what you eat and what kind of exercises you do. It’s also about when you eat and when you exercise. Dr. Zach Zeigler, GCU Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, said, “You need to really think of your body and how it was built to function over the course of a 24-hour day.” His latest book, “The 24-Hour Weight Loss Program,” revolves around the body’s 24-hour diurnal cycle, or internal clock, meaning certain activities should be conducted at certain times of the day.

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Top stories, photos depict an emotional GCU year

December 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Nine months later, the Oscar Frayer bulletin still is shocking. “What? How could that happen? Not now!” was a typical response to the news that the GCU basketball star, his sister and a friend had been killed in an auto accident just days after he played in the NCAA tournament. Thankfully, 2021 was filled with happier moments, in particular the opening of the GCU CityServe warehouse, the awarding of more Students Inspiring Students scholarships, the energy of Lip Sync and other major events, and the inspiration of so many students and staff. Here are our favorite stories. They might be yours, too.

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Commencement speech focuses on relationships

December 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dyllan Taylor captivated a crowd of graduates, families and friends at Friday’s Winter Commencement ceremony. Discussing everything from his experience as a Lope to all the life lessons he learned along the way, Taylor hopes his speech helped others focus on the things that are most important. “I want to encourage all of you to hang onto those relationships that matter,” he said to the crowd. “When we take off these goofy costumes, some of us may never set foot on this campus again, but it is the unique people that you intentionally form bonds with that will carry you on to the next step.”

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Slideshow/video: Winter Commencement, Friday evening ceremony

December 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The Friday evening ceremony of Winter Commencement at Grand Canyon University featured the College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Production, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Read what the event’s Commencement speaker had to say here and view the slideshow below. For more Winter Commencement news, click here to view a slideshow from the Friday afternoon ceremony and here to read about that session’s student speaker.     

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Showcase orbits around virtual reality projects

December 16, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

In the virtual reality world, pizza CAN grow on trees, and, as it turns out, you can do a little planet-hopping via a blue-light portal — at least that’s true in the worlds created by students in Dr. Isac Artzi’s virtual reality class. Students toured visitors through the worlds and games they created at a VR showcase event Wednesday in the Technology Building. “That learning curve of knowing nothing to creating an almost fully fledged project was insane, but it was super rewarding,” said one of the students, Paige Mabbitt.

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Slideshow: Fall 2021 Learning Community and Research Symposium

December 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The Fall 2021 Learning Community and Research Symposium showcased five projects for GCU faculty, staff and executives Monday. Here’s the story.        

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Variety of research on full display at fall symposium

December 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There was no shortage of diversity Monday at the Fall Learning Community and Research Symposium. Students from the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology came together to present five research projects to an audience made up of GCU faculty, staff and executives. “It was such a great opportunity to be able and come here and speak,” said Jaelynn Maestas, from the “Epidemiological Model of Violent Behavior” group. “It’s so cool to be able to present to other people. … It was amazing. I have no other words.”

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