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Eddie Na, member of the 2017 NWC Co-Champion PLU men's soccer team, talks about setting the career scoring record and his four years as a Lute. #GoLutes
PLU Athletics had a fantastic fall season! See just a few of the accolades our Lutes picked up and some of the highlights! #GoLutes
Highlights from the NWC Champion Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer team's trip to California for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
PLU soccer student-athletes Machaela Graddy and Kristi Kaneta along with volleyball student-athlete Julia Hutchison talk about earning bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament #GoLutes
PLU Head Coach Scott Westering talks about the Lister Elementary School outreach program and the positive impact its had both on the student-athletes at PLU and the students at Lister.
PLU women's cross country runner Tayler Cearley talks about the Lutes and her experience this fall after transferring from Clark College. #GoLutes
PLU women's soccer student-athletes Leah Magee and Machaela Graddy, NWC leaders in goals and points, talk about their goals for the rest of the 2017 season as the Lutes look to repeat as league champions
PLU men's cross country juniors Bo Frohock (drums), Kyle Rapacz (guitar/vocals), and Connor Bates (guitar) discuss their band "Pretty OK." #GoLutes
PLU's Eddie Na scores a penalty kick goal in the 105th minute, giving the Lutes the 2-1 overtime win over host Pacific to finish the weekend undefeated. The goal was Na's NWC leading 10th of the year. Clip courtesy of Pacific Sports Information.
PLU defensive back Carson Ketter tallies a 100-yard scoop and score in the Lutes' 23-13 win over the crosstown Loggers to open Northwest Conference play. #GoLutes
Brothers Brady and DJ Winter talk about playing together on offense for the PLU football team
The School of Nursing kept luring Molly Martin back. By the time she earned the university’s highest degree, she left with more than a shiny new title. The nurse practitioner for Providence Medical Group at Hawks Prairie Internal Medicine in Lacey, Washington, already earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at Pacific Lutheran University. “PLU makes sure you’re in there and you’re getting your hands dirty, by experience not just by reading it in a textbook,” she said. “That’s what kept me coming back over and over again.” So, it was a no-brainer for Martin to return to the university as part of the first cohort of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.
Katie Gardiner ’18, is one of the summer research assistants for Dean Waldow, professor of chemistry. Gardiner is working alongside Jacob Finney ’18 to build better, safer batteries.
Jon Freeman, assistant professor of chemistry and his student researchers spent the summer studying a species of green algae whose genes can be isolated and used for biofuel production. The team uses a fluorescent screen to identify high-producing algae strains, then puts those particular genes into an E. Coli host to optimize the gene production.
Tarka Wilcox, assistant professor of geosciences, has traded the lab for mountain biking, cliffside rappelling and drones. Luckily for him, his two student research assistants have former military experience, perfect for their treks through Western Washington.
Renzhi Cao and his team are working on applying machine learning to bioinformatics. They are writing an algorithm that will take huge amounts of data on protein sequences and produce conclusions, notice patterns and speed up analysis for scientists to use. It is a little bit of biology, statistics, mathematics and computer science. One application of this research is more efficient pharmaceutical drug design.
Heidi Schutz, assistant professor of biology, and her two student assistants are are studying populations of three-spined stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus). They are about the size of an index finger and live throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They are similar to salmon, in that they live mostly in marine environments but travel to freshwater to spawn. However there are several populations that live out their lives in rivers or lakes close to the ocean. Their behavior, biology and body shape or skeletons shift depending on their environment, Schutz said. These various environments are ideal for studying how the sexes evolve differently.
Good teachers know that so much of what matters in the classroom is not the actual content but the conversations that build rapport and connections with students. Shannon Seidel, assistant professor of biology, and her student assistants are studying “Instructor Talk;” in other words, everything an instructor says in a course that is not directly related to the content or topic of study.
PLU men's soccer's Joe Sammartino talks about playing the Whits this weekend to open up the home portion of the NWC season. #GoLutes
PLU volleyball's Caylie Shiramizu talks about winning NWC Defensive Player of the Week and the Lutes' big upset of #11 Cal Lutheran #GoLutes
On August 19, Mark Hatlen '82 threw out the first pitch at PLU Night at the Rainiers!
From the first year to the senior year, Lutes have different landscapes in the year ahead. 128 offers customized to-do lists, articles and student perspectives to prepare you as you level up. Let's #GoLutes!
PLU Music Professor Gregory Youtz teamed up with prominent Chinese poet Zhang Er, Professor at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, to create this new work around the life of an extraordinary woman poet of ancient China, Cai Yan. The production rans from November 17-20 in the new Karen Hille Phillips Performing Arts Center on the PLU campus. Based upon the actual poetic writings of Cai Yan (also known as Cai Wenji) Poet Zhang Er has fashioned a timeless and universal tale that speaks to the lives of women across time and around the world who have found themselves struggling in times of upheaval. Composer Gregory Youtz has merged the musical languages of Western Classical music with deep aspects of Chinese musical tradition to create a rich musical language that speaks across time and culture. https://www.plu.edu/music/news/2016/10/18/pacific-lutheran-university-premieres-new-original-opera-fiery-jade-cai-yan/
Why PLUTO? PLU is working to grow online course offerings for summer terms and J-Term to meet the diverse needs of students. Online courses keep students connected to campus and can help reduce time to matriculation. Blended courses combine the best of face-to-face and online learning elements to provide students and faculty with flexible options for technology-rich instruction. With offering blended and online courses, PLU supports and promotes high-quality learning experiences consistent with PLU values https://www.plu.edu/pluto/