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Studying the Sea

Studying the sea and its inhabitants crosses many disciplines and has yielded discoveries that have improved human health. Among the scientists who are conducting ocean-related research are some of PLNU’s own.
Two couch chairs for the Writer's Symposium sit outside on a cliff edge.

Writing that Liberates: 2020 Writer’s Symposium By The Sea

Here’s what a colleague just asked me: “Has the Writer’s Symposium ever had a literary giant as big as Alice Walker?" It was a question that gave me pause, and it was great fun trying to think of an answer.

Understanding the Loneliness Epidemic

Today, we have greater access to other people than perhaps any time in history. Yet the access and constant connection has not diminished loneliness. In fact, today many people are deeply lonely.

The Hospitality of Being Present

“Does everyone at your company feel like a failure because all of your patients die?” My eighteen-year-old son genuinely wanted to know. I explained to him that for people in the hospice industry, death isn’t failure; it’s the completion of life.

Nathan Kemalyan Works to Prevent Injury and Illness in Zambia

Nathan Kemalyan is developing safe cookstove technology to prevent common burn injuries in Zambia that occur due to cooking over an open flame.
Isaiah Yoder claps on the sidelines of a football game.

From Injured to Recovered: Isaiah Yoder Pursues His Calling as an...

Having to deal with a number of crushing injuries growing up, Isaiah Yoder's struggle set the path for his vocation as the Head Athletic Trainer at Point Loma High School.

Creating Connection Through Aira: An App for People Who Are Blind...

Aira is a local start-up company transforming the way people who are blind, low vision, or experiencing age-related vision loss experience daily life and connection with others.
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Distinguished Achievement Awardee: Leon Kugler, Ph.D.

When people talk about retired professor of kinesiology Leon Kugler, Ph.D., they affectionately refer to him as “Kug.” What they speak of is Kug’s passion and its source.
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Alumnus of Point Loma (APL) Awardee: Michelle Murphy

The commendation from the United States President was a wonderful encouragement, but Michelle Murphy worked to improve her school district’s technology access and offerings not for accolades but for students.

Filming Our Planet: Alum Jeff Hester’s Work on Netflix Emmy-Winning Series

Episode four of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning series, Our Planet, “Coastal Seas,” opens with an underwater shot of a thriving coral ecosystem....

Return to Cerro Kamuk: Perspectives from the Research Trail

Our first trek (more like an expedition) up Cerro Kamuk was arduous and painful yet still incredible. The sites were breathtaking, but our packs were heavy. I remember the very first day when we came to a fork in the road...

How to Keep “Self-Improvement” From Turning “Self-Destructive”

Around every turn we are reminded of our need to improve our lives. We are bombarded with tools, insight, and programs for improving ourselves — and then, once improved, to do it again at higher and higher levels.