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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

“Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

The Raspberry Pi miniature computer has sparked the imagination of aspiring computer science professionals and Internet of Things hobbyists since its first introduction in February 2012. Its myriad of uses ranging from an inexpensive computing platform to a robot power source are well documented on thousands on websites. At GCU, a computer science research team is tackling a particular area of computing: the clustering of multiple Raspberry Pi’s in order to build a parallel computer. The idea itself is not new, but the (successful) endeavor epitomizes the type of activities computer science majors pursue.

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

The current classroom experience across colleges and universities is typically based on one or more of the following: lecture, discussions, hands-on activities, laboratory experiments and knowledge assessment activities. Our applied research team (S.M.U.R.F) in the Department of Computer Science at GCU is investigating the potential of adding a new dimension to the classroom experience: mixed reality, i.e. the combination of virtual reality, augmented reality and interaction with real objects. The use of virtual reality technology while interacting with physical objects in class provides multiple opportunities for enhancing learning activities from a pedagogical and student engagement perspectives. Our team’s current research focuses on the following question: “What is the feasibility of virtual/mixed reality environments as experiential learning environments?”

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By Neal Adam, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce one of my students. Rachel Kawakami was a student in my BIO-182 (Intro Biology) and BIO-365 (Biostatistics) classes. She is from Ka’a’awa, Oahu, and is a senior here at GCU, majoring in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine. She had the opportunity to participate in a summer research internship.  This is what Rachel has to say about her 2017 summer research internship:

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Legal hacker, white hat hacker and penetration tester are all names that refer to the same specialty: ethical hackers who apply their skills to test networks and applications, identify vulnerabilities and strengthen cybersecurity. Essentially, it is a career that gives tech enthusiasts all the thrills of black hat hacking, but without the unethical activities or legal consequences. If you find you have an interest in this field, our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity includes a course in Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking to prepare students to tackle real world challenges.

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Modern society produces a mind-boggling amount of data every day—at least 2.5 quintillion bytes. Those bytes include everything from social media posts and cute kitten videos to technical white papers and financial records. So what happens to all of that data, and what exactly do data scientists do? If you’re fascinated by this field, you may wish to consider a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics, available from Grand Canyon University.

Our computer science degree is a science degree that provides a strong foundation in math, science and theoretical computer science. This foundation prepares students for a broad range of specializations within the realm of computer science, including data science, big data analytics, business analytics and network analytics. If you are interested in this field, then consider our emphasis in big data analytics to start learning more and consider furthering your education after earning your degree.

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Cyber security professionals meet an increasingly critical need in today’s culture of connectivity. As an IT security specialist, you’ll identify cyber risks, implement proactive strategies to prevent those risks and take corrective action when attacks occur. You can get your start in this dynamic field by earning your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security. To take your education to the next level, consider advancing your knowledge with a Master of Science in Cyber Security.

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Cyber security is one of the few fields in which having a busy year is not always a good thing, since it indicates rampant criminal activity. When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security from Grand Canyon University, you will be well-equipped to take on the continually evolving challenges in this industry. As the year 2018 unfolds, keep an eye out for the following emerging trends:

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