Chapman Forward

A Research Publication of Chapman University | 2020

Dr. Tiwari in a research lab

Rise of the resistance

Chapman biology and pharmacy researchers work to add antibiotic options as they combat the threat to global health posed by drug-resistant bacteria.

By Dennis Arp

The Forgotten Pandemic

The Forgotten Pandemic

Scholars of the 1918 influenza outbreak see parallels with the current health crisis, but they caution against the presumption that nothing will ever be the same.

By Dawn Bonker

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 continues.

Research expenditures

federal research expenditures

patents filed

$5 Million

Amount of the gift by the Swenson Family Foundation to name the Swenson Family Hall of Engineering, opening fall 2021 in Keck Center for Science and Engineering.

“Like Jim Swenson’s legacy, this gift will inspire the next generation of researchers and innovators,” says Daniele C. Struppa, president of Chapman University.


girl in keck center working on an experiment

Keck center interior

Total attendance for Ask the Experts Virtual Town Halls

Doctorate degrees (DPT, JD, Ph.D., Pharm.D.) conferred in 2019-2020.

Percentage of Chapman students who work with professors on a research or creative-activity project.


Thomas Piechota, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research

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Responding in Extraordinary Ways

Welcome to the third issue of Chapman Forward magazine, devoted to advancing new discovery, scholarship and creative activity by the students and faculty of Chapman University. We’re excited to share some of the powerful stories that reflect the transformative impact we’re seeing every day and that are all part of implementing Chapman’s 2018-2023 strategic plan.

This year has been extraordinary, with the COVID-19 pandemic having a profound effect on the life of our university. Chapman faculty, staff and students have responded in amazing ways, displaying expertise that addresses the health, social and economic aspects of the pandemic. This included COVID-19 studies looking at national mental health issues, impacts in South America, lessons learned from the 1918 flu pandemic, treatment protocols and how the pandemic can be used as a teaching moment with our students. We also highlighted these studies as part of the “Ask the Experts” Virtual Town Halls series providing information about COVID-19 to the Chapman community and beyond. The series has proved extremely popular, with the first 10 events attracting more than 3,800 attendees. 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...

Laura smiles at toddler

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...

three professors at a railing posing

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...

Jan Osborn working with student

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...

portrait of Armour Smith

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...

Andrew Lypm and lab students posing

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...

woman holding slime

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...

people standing

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...

Boy on a canoe

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...

Sally with students

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.

President Struppa talking at his desk

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...

Toward a More Perfect University

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

People in line for masks during 1918 flu

The Forgotten Pandemic

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

Dr. Parang in the lab

Rise of the Resistance

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