Category - Features

Beyond the Google Gauntlet

At home with newborn twins and fresh out of work after her job with a mobile-app startup ended, Lindsey Hughes ’10 (M.S. ’13) decided to crack a book. Her selection was Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming...

At the Cutting Edge of Care

How do you know when you’ve found your calling in life? For Katie Lamkin ’16, unmistakable signs flashed early in her Chapman University experience. “After I took Computer Science 101, I couldn’t stop writing code and I...

Unearthing the Answers

Trained as an environmental scientist, Brian Reinsch ’06 is also drawn to engineering by “the logic component,” he says. “You dig deep into the curiosity, then apply logic as you seek out the right answer.” In his...

The Life Blood of Possibility – Engineering placed Joe Kiani on a path to fulfilling rewards, and now he’s working to see that those opportunities grow. Engineering placed Joe Kiani on a path to fulfilling rewards, and now he's working to see that those opportunities grow.

Joe Kiani spoke only a few words of English when he arrived in the United States from Iran at the age of 9. Five words, to be precise. “Yes, no and I don’t know,” Kiani says with a laugh. Now, as chairman and CEO of...

Special Delivery – Chapman pharmacy researchers are pioneering microscopic therapies with global potential. Chapman pharmacy researchers are pioneering microscopic therapies with global potential.

It’s one thing to create new drugs. It’s another to scoot them toward their targets in the corners of the human body where tumors, infections and cancer cells set up shop. Enter the biomedical engineers – scientists...

Quantum Melodies – The magic of music helps Aaron Grisez ’19 demystify physics and foster science literacy for the future. The magic of music helps Aaron Grisez '19 demystify physics and foster science literacy for the future.

Never doubt the life-changing powers of a gifted science teacher. Sometimes she can even transform the thinking of a jaded eighth-grader. Aaron Grisez ’19 was that disaffected middle-schooler. He thought Ms...

Out of the Darkness – A law professor who fights human-rights abuses immerses himself at the front lines of a refugee crisis. A law professor who fights human-rights abuses immerses himself at the front lines of a refugee crisis.

I was on night watch with another volunteer, each of us scanning the pitch-black sea off the Greek island of Lesvos. Through night-vision binoculars, we searched for tiny boats filled with people fleeing war in...

The Riddle of Alzheimer’s – Even in the shadows of decline, light and hope emerge. Even in the shadows of decline, light and hope emerge.

“Dad got lost on the way home,” Robert Heins ’18 announced one evening in 2009 after he and his father, Steve Heins, returned to the family’s Cypress, Calif., home from a Boy Scout event. For Steve, a mechanical...

Woodwinds of Change – A Guatemalan journey unites Chapman maestro and musician, uplifting a community in need. A Guatemalan journey unites Chapman maestro and musician, uplifting a community in need.

Carlos Hernandez ’17 didn’t necessarily go to Guatemala City to play his saxophone on a rooftop. But as video of the open-air jam session shows, the moment was just too emotive to keep cooped up inside. During a back...

Thanks, Mom – A special moment of gratitude charms the world. A special moment of gratitude charms the world.

Keeping a secret is hard. It’s exponentially more difficult when you’re paralyzed from the shoulders down and the one person you’re trying to keep the secret from is your near-constant companion and helper for your...