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John Elton Rudi died July 22, 2022, at age 89.
Jordan “Bruno” Gegenhuber '16 had first-author research, "Gene regulation by gonadal hormone receptors underlies brain sex differences," published in nature magazine on May 4, 2022.
President Jenny Coyle & Janice Parks '20 at Special Commencement
“I was able to leave Pacific being able to write very prolifically and be a good scientific writer,” said Parks, now a PhD student in plant science. “And besides the research, Pacific really prepared for my graduate-level classes. Honestly, my graduate-level classes, I thought they were so easy. Pacific does a very good job of making sure the courses are rigorous.”
Biology Professor Chris Templeton
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant to Biology Professor Chris Templeton to further his study into the ways human-caused traffic noise affects birds' cognitive abilities.
Oregon Silverspot Butterfly
The Recovery Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife funds work by Pacific University Professor Dr. Rich Van Buskirk and partners at the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington and Washington State University. 
Research
The Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference is returning to an in-person format this fall on Nov. 10. For many presenters, these research projects will become the basis of their senior capstone project. Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest, and as such, has a reputation for mentoring its undergraduate students especially in the areas of scientific and creative research.
Kelsey Schweitzer '11 and friends on a mountaintop
Kelsey Schweitzer ʼ11 attended Pacific University with hopes to become a marine biologist. She dreamed of studying wildlife to find ways to promote the health of the environment and mankind. Eight years later, she had her heart set on going to law school.
B Street Farms to Become Boxer Gardens
Pacific University unveiled its new Boxer Gardens at an open house Aug. 29. The gardens sit on a compact .4-acre property on the Forest Grove Campus bordered on the west by Main Street, east by Hanson Stadium, north by the barber pole and south along the Stoller Center parking lot.
Kiera Yap
Kiera Yap ’21 has received Pacific University’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Life. 
Lauver
Valerie Lauver ’21 is Pacific University’s 2021 Outstanding Senior in Biology and recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Academic Achievement Award.

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