Why Do We Sleep?
You may think you know why we sleep: to rest tired minds and bodies. But the truth, writes SPU Brain Center Director John Medina, is that until about a decade ago, no one really understood the reason for sleep. Surprising evidence suggests that while we sleep, our brains are actually “going to school.”
What Brain Research Does (and Doesn’t) Tell Us About Learning
Creating Brain-Friendly Spaces
When SPU opened the Brain Center in 2006, its mission was simple but revolutionary: to use basic rules about how the brain learns to improve our nation’s schools. Now faculty in education, psychology, business, and science are beginning to do exactly that.
Retiree Turned Education Activist
The Lemon Tree
A Palestinian family, a Jewish family, and one beloved house: SPU Professor of History Don Holsinger introduces readers to The Lemon Tree, a new book required of students in his Common Curriculum course “The West and the World.”
Join Students in Reading a New Addition to the Common Curriculum
A Balanced Empathy
Secrets of the Scrolls
As the much-anticipated Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition continues in Seattle, SPU Professor John Levinson discusses what the scrolls reveal about first-century Judaism, early Christianity, and our Scriptures today.
Excerpts From the Experts
With two small hands, a red wagon, and a big heart, 5-year-old Akemi Takahashi planted a garden to raise funds for hungry children. The daughter of SPU alumna Kathy Kestle Takahashi ’94, Akemi sold her harvest door-to-door.