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Aspen Shirley '21
Aspen Shirley '21 is conducting research with Pacific University Psychology Professor Heidi Island to study behavior differences between wild and captive North American river otters. “I never thought I’d be given this opportunity, so I’m just incredibly grateful, and it’s all thanks to Pacific University and of course Dr. Heidi Island.”
Edwards-Leeper on 60 Minutes
Pacific University Psychology Professor Laura Edwards-Leeper told a 60 Minutes interviewer she fears that some physicians approve gender transition treatments without sufficient examination. 
Walker
Chris Walker ’21 received the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences Dean of Students Award.
Hesser
Elizabeth “Betsy” Hesser ’21 was named Pacific University’s Outstanding Instrumentalist and Outstanding Senior in Social Sciences.
Hilary Holtrop ’21 has a slightly different approach to dance than some of her peers. “I think what makes me different from a lot of people in the Pacific Dance Ensemble is that my go-to style is hip hop,” she said. “I like it because it’s exciting and in your face. I don’t think of myself as elegant and feminine.” But what she shares with many of her peers is finding an outlet and expression in dance.
Lianda Lonergan '21 is a member of the Pacific Dance Ensemble stying dance, exercise science and more, as she plans a career in physical therapy and preventative medicine for dancers.
Avery Reyes
Coming back from a concussion, the psychology and business major said, taught her how to manage heavy workloads and manage her time. “I just feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.”
Laura Edwards-Leeper, professor of psychology, was featured in an Economist article on gender dysphoria and the growing number of transgender children cases.
Jennifer Antick
A recent analysis by a team of researchers, including Pacific University Psychology Professor Jennifer Antick, found limited research evaluating depression screening tools in patients with kidney failure, often because the studies were small or had other shortcomings. 
Chris Walker '21
For Chris Walker ’21, Nov. 11 is more than just his birthday — it is also a time to remember his nearly six years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Read about his experience in Afghanistan, and at Pacific University. 

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