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The College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers degree programs that prepare students for high-demand professions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. With an emphasis on Grand Canyon University’s Christian worldview, our college believes in instilling social awareness, responsibility, ethical character and compassion. Our blog, BrainSTEM, focuses on topics related to science, engineering and technology, with engaging contributions from students, staff and faculty. On the blog, you can find helpful resources relating to STEM fields and learn more about current events occurring globally, locally and within GCU. We hope to provide our readers with information that helps them learn about the necessary knowledge, skills and mental disciplines to succeed in today’s job market.
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By Myles Williams and Cassandra Jones
Pre-Physical Therapy Majors, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Have you ever seen people walking around with red circles on their back, legs or arms? How about Michael Phelps in the Olympics with strange marks on his back? Well, we finally figured out what the conversation was really about. On September 23, a group of students from Grand Canyon University AzHOSA and the GCU Physical Therapy Club got to partake in a cupping clinic and live demonstration. The cupping clinic featured the expertise of Kelly Zink, an athletic trainer from Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in Peoria, Arizona.

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By Audrey French
Dual Enrollment Student

Vivid descriptions of a cadaver are included in this article. Consider yourself forewarned.

I cannot believe I am doing this.

I stood outside the Grand Canyon University cadaver lab, overwhelmed by nerves. Why in the world did I sign up for a field trip where we would be viewing the anatomy of a complete (very dead) body? Whatever happened to peaceful field trips to the zoo and aquarium?

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If the name Amazon popped into your head upon seeing the words “online shopping,” you are probably not alone. Tens of millions of people rely on the Internet giant and other e-commerce stores for everything from diapers to gluten-free flours. Every time a transaction is made on these sites, a shopper’s full name, address and credit card information is sent to a server. To save time, repeat customers often store their sensitive information with the e-commerce site, potentially posing a significant risk in the event of a data breach. If you choose a degree in information technology with an emphasis in cyber security, you can put your God-given talent to work by helping to protect people in your community and throughout the country from online thieves.

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By James Gordon, MS
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Back in 2003 I took a course in data mining as a graduate student at the University of Washington. At the time, data mining seemed like a nice marketing term – just another hot technology buzz phrase to describe the same old database design and searching techniques. Fast forward to the year 2018 and data mining has evolved to the point where it could actually be offered as a degree program. During the fall 2017 semester I taught a course at Grand Canyon University in our growing computer science program called Search Engines and Data Mining. Over the last 20 years the internet has evolved into an economy of information where data mining is a core skill that our computer science students are expected to enter the workforce with.

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By James Gordon, MS
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Most of us have heard about the popularity of bitcoin, but how bitcoin and digital currencies actually work is not as widely known. The technology behind digital currencies like bitcoin and ethereum is called the blockchain. The blockchain is the mechanism that keeps digital currency transactions secure. Quite literally, the blockchain is a public ledger of all transactions and anyone is able to see it and make their own transactions. How this public ledger works is the complete reversal of our traditional banking system and really ushers in a new era of distributed computing.

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One thing that Grand Canyon University takes pride in is our family atmosphere. Right when you step on campus, you are immediately connected. Between the energized games and the smiling faces, students never want to leave! Grand Canyon University is a great environment to be a part of, whether you are a student or a faculty member. Melissa Beddow, a faculty member in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at GCU, enjoys every part of her job. Beddow is an associate professor and teaches forensic science, biology and chemistry courses.

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By Darien Hall, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

It has already been a productive school year for the Canyon Neuroscience Center (CNC), and it looks like it’s only bound to get busier. With multiple ongoing projects established by faculty within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, the CNC is one of several Research and Design Programs that give students the opportunity to perform hands-on research. Established in the fall of 2016, the CNC has multiple research foci; Drs. Cynthia Foote, Sherlin Moses and I are investigating the neurobiological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease using a cell culture model; Dr. Anju Dubey has created an app that tracks heart rate variability; and our newest faculty member, Dr. Randy Boyles, is exploring the role of chromatin remodeling in neurodegenerative diseases using fruit flies.

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By Michael Bodeen, MHPE
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Becoming a healthcare provider can be very challenging, with academic demands exceeding many other programs. To be competitive for consideration to a medical or dental graduate school requires internal drive, focus, academic success, good entrance exam test scores, experience, a bit of good luck – and one might think a touch of divine intervention.

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Cyber warfare is a huge problem and is constantly threatening our way of life. More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur each day, according to the FBI. As the threat continues, so does the demand for cyber security workers. Grand Canyon University is contributing to the fight against cyber warfare by partnering with the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance and Arizona Cyber Warfare Ranger (AZCWR) to open a new cyber security facility within the GCU Innovation Center, which is located at 27th Avenue and Camelback Road.

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