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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.

Faculty Spotlight: Michelle Chen, Ph.D.

To explain her field of study, Dr. Michelle Chen, PLNU associate professor of physics, refers to a ball on her desk. It is hand-sized...

Technologically Yours: Is Technology Redefining Our Relationships?

We are becoming cyborgs in our relationships. Before you dismiss me as crazy or go searching for an implanted computer chip, check your pocket or...

My Journey Through the History of Mathematics

The day after graduation, Dr. Maria Zack, chair of the Department of Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences, led me, along with four other students, on...
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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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From Addict to Disciple: One Man’s Story Out of Addiction, Darkness,...

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

A recent study determined that the total lifetime healthcare costs of obese individuals and smokers are less than those of nonsmokers and people of...
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Appreciation and Marriage: A Conversation with Joy Evans Peterson

Joy Evans Peterson (60) teaches couples how to use gratitude to strengthen their relationships.
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The ABCs of Developing Successful Readers

Prepare your children for literacy success with advice from PLNU's Drs. Conni Campbell and Susan Rogers.

Seeking the Unseen

Dr. Kris Koudelka, assistant professor of biology, spends his days working in the realm of the invisible. Based on indirect detection, his research can’t be...

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.