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By Shaun Wang
Computer Science Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Mac or Windows? The decades-old question remains unsolved. A lot of times the decision is not based on computer alone, but rather on user preference and finances. This blog will explore the which computer is best for computer science students and how to choose specs based on long-term need while in the program.

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Ed Koeneman is an electrical engineering technology instructor here at Grand Canyon University. Ed has an impressive background with 25 years of experience as a product design engineer, with 15 of those years spent running a medical device company that Ed and his father founded. The company, Kinetic Muscles, creates rehabilitation devices to help people who have suffered from strokes regain proper function of damaged limbs.

When Ed sold the company, GCU’s engineering program was starting to pick up speed. This was during a time that Ed was mentoring several dozen biomedical engineering students at Arizona State University – it was here that he found his calling and discovered that being a teacher was the right career for him.

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By Adrienne J. Crawford
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

What does it take to pioneer a new program at GCU? Just ask Isabelle Ketchum and Samantha White, who will soon be GCU’s first graduates from the new environmental science program.  This program immerses students in environmental biology, chemistry and engineering to prepare them for the demanding fields they are about to enter. Each semester the program continues to grow with students looking to learn more about the challenges facing the environment and creating strategies to keep people safe while bringing greater awareness to the importance of maintaining ecosystems.

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Andrea Strock is a professor in Grand Canyon University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology. When she was a child, Andrea played ‘pretend teacher’ or ‘pretend school’ and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a teacher. She went to college to earn her degree in education, and now spends her days teaching General Physics I and II along with their corresponding labs to students at GCU.

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By Deborah Haralson
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

This summer, we had a great opportunity to host a Phoenix Comicon panel on “Cyber Security in Star Wars.” While researching for the topic, we began to realize that the Empire provides numerous examples of what can go wrong (and how) here on earth when implementing business-class, enterprise-caliber security policy. Examples include:

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By Al Kelly, MCIS
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Free WiFi networks have seen an explosive growth in recent years. You can find them at your local coffee shop, restaurants and even college campuses. All your personal electronic devices have built-in wireless interfaces and they are eager to make the connection. But, is free really free? Ask the question: Who is sharing the network with you?

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Mark your calendars! The College of Science, Engineering and Technology is excited to announce a brand new technology speaker series for the 2017-2018 academic year. This series will feature dynamic technology professionals discussing topics relevant to the field, including current issues in security and cloud computing. There will also be speakers offering advice to help get students career-ready, with topics such as planning your technology career, internships and more!

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By Ilse Kremer, MA, MS
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology 

Introductory Anatomy and Physiology, affectionately known as “A & P,” is rumored to be one of the toughest classes on Grand Canyon University’s campus. I’ve taught this course for over 15 years and in that time, I’ve seen two types of students: those who are actively engaged in class and interact with the material by taking notes and asking questions and those who are just there to collect attendance or participation points. Most of the time, the latter type of student is only halfway listening to a lecture, spending time on Facebook or Twitter, or doing homework for another class. Invariably, the students who pay attention are the ones who score higher on exams and get better grades in the class overall.

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