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Setting out Into the Deep

Alvin, a compact, pointed submersible reminiscent of a small starship out of a science-fiction film, descends slowly. The welcoming light blue of the water, colored...

Habit-Making, Habit-Breaking

"By servitude to passion, habit is formed, and habit to which there is no resistance becomes necessity." - Augustine, Confessions Who hasn’t struggled to gain and...

Why Are We So Lonely? “Connection” at the Cost of Community

Things worsened. Dave Cummings, Ph.D., PLNU professor of biology, struggled to hold any food down, his body shaking, weak, and aching, head pounding. He...

Gratitude that Costs

It is abundantly clear that gratitude is more than just the set of good feelings.
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.

Fighting Ebola by Changing the Soil

When Pieter Baker (10) first stepped foot on Sierra Leone soil in November 2014, it did not look as though Ebola had spread. Civilians...
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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...

Respecting Our Need to Sleep: Why Short Sleep Shouldn’t Be a...

The sleep-deprived college student is a common trope. But today’s college students aren’t just pulling all-nighters and prioritizing social life over sleep. Many are...

Caregiving: The Challenge, Choices, and Love

Family caregivers face physical, psychological, and emotional challenges and many difficult decisions as they assist their loved ones. But there are also opportunities for deep joy and gratitude.
Jeff Youngren

Talking Point: Q&A with Jeff Youngren

Jeff Youngren graduated with a biology degree. Now, he and his wife, Erin, own photography businesses. Nevertheless, Jeff serves on the Research Associates board...

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....

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.