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.

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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.

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

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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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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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A Comprehensive Look at Holocaust Restitution

Recent research by a team led by Chapman University law professor Michael Bazyler reveals that a significant amount of property stolen during the Holocaust has yet to be returned to its rightful owners. The study is one...

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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...