Chapman Forward

A Research Publication of Chapman University

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Getting to the Root of Racist Hate

Chapman researcher Pete Simi says we shouldn’t be surprised by violent nature of white supremacists.


Appalachian Awakening

Sally Rubin was determined to get to know Appalachia – to untie the knot and disentangle the misconceptions that attach themselves to the region. But first she had to find her way there.

Research on the Rise

Since 2006, publications by Chapman University faculty have climbed by a factor of 10, while research expenditures have quintupled. That upward trajectory continued in fiscal year 2017-18.

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140,000 square feet

Size of new Keck Center for Science and Engineering, the largest building project in Chapman’s history. With its opening in June 2018, the Keck Center heralded a new era for innovation in science and technology.

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Amount of the largest federal award granted to Chapman, by the National Institutes of Health.

Number of faculty in the Million Dollar Club, recognizing those who have received more than $1 million in external support for their research.

Percentage of incoming students interested in pursuing faculty-led research


Thomas Piechota, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research

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The Power of Forward Momentum

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Chapman Forward magazine, devoted to the sharing of new discovery, scholarship and creative activity by our students and faculty. Chapman has a long reputation for attracting preeminent faculty whose expertise enhances student learning. I am excited to be part of the Chapman Family, not just to help grow the research enterprise as the vice president of research, but to continue my own academic endeavors related to water resources, climate and impact to human systems. Continue Reading.

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5 Questions

Happiness might sound like just a feel-good topic for research. But it’s a serious subject with multiple implications for health and longevity. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., assistant professor in Chapman University’s Department...

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The Mind of a Mom

Scientist Laura Glynn has long been interested in the perinatal period and its implications for both mothers and children. Her work could someday help physicians flag conditions that contribute to preterm birth and...

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In Touch with the Nanometric World

Remember your first explorations into microscopic worlds? Perhaps it was in grade school, where a drop of pond water teemed with tiny organisms that made science come alive. Chapman University researcher Molla Islam, Ph...

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Corruption, the Environment Top List of American Fears

For the fourth year in a row, the top fear of Americans is corrupt government officials, as indicated by the 2018 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, released in October. In the fifth-annual survey, 74 percent...