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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.

Bringing Play and Happiness to Children One Smile at a Time

Mark Wassmer and Matt Montell have a desire to serve communities by bringing health, wellness, and play to children — especially those from the poorest and most disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Everybody’s Got Bears: Mental Health in the Church | Dave Cummings

When microbiology professor Dave Cummings, Ph.D., began feeling sick, he was convinced the problem was entirely physical. But...
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Outreach Clinic at Wesley Co-Op | PLNU Nursing

PLNU nursing students put their education into practice by serving the community.

Baseball and Biomechanics: Researching Injury Prevention for Pitchers

More than 70% of injuries in baseball are related to shoulder and elbow mechanisms. A PLNU research team is finding out which athletes are predisposed to these kind of injuries.
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The Legacy of Valdemar J. Christensen

About a week before he died, Val was sitting in his living room easy chair, but not saying much. Raul was trying to talk chemistry with Val. “What’s the most electro-negative element in the Periodic Table?” he asked him.
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Improving Health, 10,000 Steps at a Time

Where did the 10,000 step target come from? Who is it right for? What will (and won’t) taking 10,000 steps a day do for us?

A Partnership That Changes Lives: The Center for Enriching Relationships and...

Amanda Stransky wanted more for her family. Rev. Randy Hasper wanted more for his congregation. Dan Jenkins, Ph.D., wanted more for...

Seeing Behavior Differently: Trauma-Sensitive Education

As I packed up my faculty office at Nazarene Bible College, I reflected on how my life had turned upside down...