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Make way for the Millennials, the latest “greatest generation,” and get ready for them to make some noise

February 19, 2014 by | Features

Millennials are polite, yes, but in the decades to come this crew is also going to rattle the cages, shake the timbers and be the straw that stirs the cultural, political and economic drink. They’re collaborative, ethnically diverse, socially tolerant and tech savvy. Like their great-grandparents in the G.I. generation (a.k.a. greatest generation), they’re optimistic and dedicated to the common good. Millennials can move mountains with a tweet, condemn a politician overnight with a social media scolding and shame corporations with a boycott that can go viral within hours.

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Crowdfunding Science

January 31, 2014 by Chapman Magazine | Features

This story originally appeared in the winter 2014 issue of Chapman Magazine as part of “Mass Appeal: Chapman Students & Alumni Use Crowdfunding.” The explosive growth in crowdfunding websites conjures new sources of revenue for specialty communities, including academic researchers. Is it a good thing that an entomologist can now pitch her “zombie ant” study

Image courtesy of Daniel Bryant.

Undergrad Research: From massive dust storms to monsoonal rains

January 31, 2014 by | Features

In one gritty, swirling moment, Chapman student Krista Rasmussen ’15 experienced a giant dust cloud, or haboob, somewhere between Tucson and Phoenix. And after taking professor Hesham El-Askary’s environmental science class, “Global Hazards and Climate Change,” her interest in scientific research was kindled. Together, Rasmussen and El-Askary crafted a research project that explores the dynamics linking major storms in the desert.

Windblown embers burn an ancient oak tree, California, Wesh.com

The Combustible Season: Wildfire Research

October 9, 2013 by Mary Platt | Features

As the planet warms and the fall wildfire risk lengthens, a NASA project involving Chapman researchers offers a first line of defense against the growing threat of mega-blazes.

Andrew Heskett ’14 and Alyson Vallario ’14, right, spent hours interviewing women tattooists, including Jen Davis.

Femin-ink

October 5, 2013 by | Research

Chapman anthropology students go more than skin deep to document the experience of women tattooists.

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The Incredible Dancing Dr. Limpet

April 1, 2013 by | Research

When I was a doctoral student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography three decades ago, my academic world started revolving around a tiny creature of the intertidal zone — the limpet. Now that I’m a Chapman University professor, I never expected that these enigmatic sea snails would also become my partners in interpretive dance. That leap