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Autumn 2006 | Volume 29, Number 4

Why Do We Sleep?

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

Rethinking School
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
Qumran’s Treasure

Akemi’s Garden
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.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Uncovering Their Secrets
A panel of internationally reknowned Dead Sea Scrolls scholars came together at Seattle Pacific University on October 12, 2007. To read the complete transcript of their panel presentation, click here.



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Beyond Intellectual Mastery
President Philip Eaton offers a more complete view of education: Learning is “a bigger story than our own little pieces of intellectual mastery.”

Advising Future Physicians
In 2006, SPU achieved a 100 percent medical school acceptance rate through its unique, longtime approach to “shepherding” premed students.

A “Determined Quiet”
Alumna of the Year Lora Jones ’43 proves one person can change the world. Her life exemplifies ardent faith through war, life on a prison farm, and faithfully preaching the gospel.

Fiction on a Small Canvas
A new volume celebrates the best in Christian short stories — and leads off with a creation of SPU Adjunct Professor Mary Kenagy.

Goodwill Goalkeeping
Star soccer player Marcus Hahnemann ’93 wins fans in Europe, and represents America in the 2006 World Cup.

My Response
Principal and SPU doctoral student Karol Pulliam considers the classroom implications of John Medina’s 12 brain rules.

Back-Cover Art
Class of 2000 alumna Anne Faith Nicholls gives Response readers a “Page One Examination.”

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