Chapman Forward

A Research Publication of Chapman University

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Of Earth and Sky

With their creative approach to collaborative projects, artists Claudine Jaenichen and Lia Halloran help us find our way in worlds full of change.

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Beam Time

During an intense 72-hour window at a national lab, Chapman geochemistry students pursue environmental insights using the most powerful X-rays on earth.

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The Aharonov Effect

Whether collaborating with renowned colleagues or brainstorming on the fly, the award-winning physicist turns big ideas into quantum breakthroughs.

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 2018-19.


federal research expenditures


number of proposals

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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Keck center interior

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 students who work with a faculty member on a research project


Thomas Piechota, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research

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Achieving National Recognition

This past year, Chapman achieved the milestone of an R2 designation as part of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The promotion not only recognizes the University’s robust growth in research and scholarly and creative activity, but it opens doors to enhancements that will improve student experience and opportunities. This will help Chapman recruit top faculty and students, broaden and enhance competitiveness, and attract new partnerships to support economic development. Continue Reading.

Latest Stories

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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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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...

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Cents and Sensibility

Call it economics with a human face. At Chapman University’s new Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy, the focus is on humanomics – a mind-bending inquiry into the intersection of economics and the...

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NIH Grant Funds Study of Lower Back Pain

More than 80 percent of the population at some point will suffer from lower back pain, which accounts for more disability cases than any other medical condition, the National Institutes of Health reports. Chapman...

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The Clot Thickens

Andrew Lyon’s research world revolves around stretchy bits of science 10,000 times smaller than a human cell. But those nanoparticles hold oversized promise as breakthroughs in the lives of everyone from trauma victims...

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The Wonders of Slime

The first time she saw one, Lauren Friend ’19 was repelled. “Maybe even disgusted,” she says. But over time, she has developed a healthy respect for her research subject, the humble hagfish, which despite its slimy...

Jim Doti

The Amenities Factor

It’s a fundamental fact of real estate life: Location matters. But what if your location is also near the ocean? It turns out, that’s a bigger influence on price than economists previously understood. Factor in those...

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From the Warmth of the Earth

AMID THE SCENT of spruce trees in northern Minnesota, an odd sight rises from the peatland bog. Ten silo-like enclosures nearly 30 feet tall and 40 feet across dot a small area of the 2,800-acre Marcell Experimental...

Miao Zhang

Seeking Treatment Options for Movement Disorder

Chapman University School of Pharmacy researcher Miao Zhang is developing new drug treatment options for a rare degenerative disease. In December 2017, Zhang, Ph.D., was awarded a three-year $1,059,867 grant by the...

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Clues to Alzheimer’s in the Bolivian Amazon?

An isolated population living a subsistence lifestyle in the Bolivian Amazon has already provided insights about preventing heart disease. Now researchers are hoping the indigenous group can do the same for Alzheimer’s...

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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.

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Rarefied Air

Tent-bound at 21,000 feet on the side of Cho Oyu in the Himalayas, Daniele Struppa recovered from altitude-induced edema and did the only other reasonable thing he could. He started work on a research paper exploring a...

Getting to the Root of Racist Hate

Chapman researcher Pete Simi says we shouldn’t be surprised by violent nature of white supremacists. Chapman University Professor Pete Simi has been to birthday parties where the cake was shaped like a swastika. He has...

Chapman professors Lisa Sparks and Anna Leahy

Let’s Talk About Cancer

Cancer begins heaven knows when. But for most people it announces itself with a jolt of a diagnosis, followed by various treatments, sidelined plans, lousy side effects, medical bills, leaves of absence, recovery and...