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Seeing Behavior Differently: Trauma-Sensitive Education

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As I packed up my faculty office at Nazarene Bible College, I reflected on how my life had turned upside down in one short...
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From Addict to Disciple: One Man’s Story Out of Addiction, Darkness,...

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Scott Weeman (17) pushed his beach cruiser against the unforgiving sand in Mission Bay, the water shimmering in the sun like a thousand silver...

Baseball and Biomechanics: Researching Injury Prevention for Pitchers

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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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Improving Health, 10,000 Steps at a Time

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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 man looks at a bait ball of fish while diving in Cabo Pulmo.

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

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

Sacred Work: Nurses Remain Faithful to Their Calling During the Pandemic

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On the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are being recognized for their bravery and commitment.
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The Legacy of Valdemar J. Christensen

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

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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.

Return to Cerro Kamuk: Perspectives from the Research Trail

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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...
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From DEA Agent to Dedicated Disciple: Alfonso Esquer Brings Restoration to...

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Alfonso Esquer, M.S.W., had been kidnapped, his head and face covered with a black bag. In total darkness, he waited for what he thought...

Understanding the Loneliness Epidemic

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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.
Dean Nelson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have a conversation at the PLNU Writer's Symposium.

Writing that Imagines: 2019 Writer’s Symposium By The Sea

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The Writer’s Symposium By The Sea brings in top novelists, essayists, poets, journalists, songwriters, screenwriters and others each year to interact with our students...