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STEM event stirs up science — and ice cream

January 18, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

From liquid nitrogen-made ice cream to 3D printing and a souped-up go-kart, Strategic Educational Alliance’s recent STEM Innovation Spotlight seemed to have the secret formula for fun — and for helping educators connect with each other and with STEM-friendly organizations.

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First Engineering Internship Fair

January 18, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau More than 100 students readied their resumes for the first Engineering Internship Fair on Wednesday in the pavilion by the engineering building. Representatives were on hand from 15 companies to talk to students about internship opportunities. The companies that attended were Cognizant, Sundt, MiClimate, Microchip, Dibble Engineering, ON Semiconductor, iDTtech, VIVINT, Phoenix Heat Treating, LSW Engineers, Maxwell Technologies, Civiltec Engineering, AGAS/Rapid, Quest Global and North Star Home. Alexa Carr of VIVINT said of the fair, “Our first time on campus at GCU was a big success! We were very impressed with the quality of your students and will certainly be back.”

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No ‘Bones’ about it, 500th dissertation one for books

December 27, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The College of Doctoral Studies achieved a milestone by approving the school’s 500th dissertation, and as it turns out, it’s by one of GCU’s own. After some investigating, we found out the author of that dissertation is faculty member Melissa Beddow, who wrote about “The Portrayal of DNA Testing in the Forensics Crime Show ‘Bones.'”

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Rock star bacteria, R&D Program fuel research

December 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

You might not be familiar with cyanobacteria, but GCU’s Dr. Galyna Kufryk says these amazing photosynthetic organisms — the rock stars of the bacteria world in her eyes — may be what scientists have been banking on when it comes to solving the world’s dirty energy problems. Kufryk talks about her work, which has taken a step forward with the help of student researchers from the the University’s Research and Design Program.

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Christmas cheer is spread by decorating, we hear

December 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Lift up the eggnog. It was a blizzard of holiday cheer these past few weeks as employees turned up their Christmas decorating acumen to unprecedented, spirited levels with Christmas decorating and ugly sweater contests. Story.

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Commencement talk: common-sense excellence

December 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The commencement speaker Friday, Dr. Rick Rigsby, spoke about his third-grade dropout father and the impact his simple — but profound — words of wisdom have made on his life. Typical of what Rigsby passed on to his audience: “Look at me, graduates. Don’t ever show up on time. That’s mediocre. That’s basic minimum required. Show up early.”

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First IT grads establish links with each other, GCU

December 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The rapidly expanding College of Science, Engineering and Technology on Friday will graduate its first information technology students. Paul Rodriguez, Jake Womer, Bridgette Smith and Timothy Prescott said it has been a challenging maneuvering through a new program, but found comfort in the words of their professors their freshman year in 2014, who told them they would need to stick together through it all.

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Engineering students are no mean ones, Mr. Grinch

December 01, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Santa found some unlikely elves in GCU mechanical engineering students, who spent more than 12 hours in the days before Thanksgiving helping a nonprofit group, We Are Their Future, build a fantastical Whoville-themed holiday display.

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Old methods may not measure up to 3D body scans

November 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Forget the old-school written log and measuring tape — 3D body scans may be the way of the future. One GCU research team spent the summer looking into the viability of using a mobile device, such as an iPad, and a 3D scanner to gather body dimensions for health and fitness monitoring.

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GCU club engineers hope for Ruby

November 20, 2017 / by / 4 Comments

What mechanical engineering major Grant Goodman thought would be a weekend project turned into a seven-month labor of love for him and members of GCU’s electrical engineering club. The club made a specialized wheelchair for Ruby Saunders, whose mobility is limited by cerebral palsy and other health issues.

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