Kuyper, the Popes — and an Economist

Where economics, morality and political theory intersect, you’ll find Dr. Sarah Estelle. Intrigued by this trio of issues, Estelle recently began to concentrate on economic theory, theological principles and the role of the state, with a focus on the late Nobel Prize-winning Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek. Hayek, who was skeptical of socialism and central planning, … Continue reading “Kuyper, the Popes — and an Economist”

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Life in the Public Square

Faith and the Bench

In September 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Amy Barrett, a federal appellate-court nominee, about whether her Catholic faith would influence her decision-making as a judge and perhaps disqualify her from a seat on the federal bench. From his office in Lubbers Hall, Dr. David Ryden was paying close attention. Ryden has been studying the … Continue reading “Faith and the Bench”

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Life in the Public Square

Creating New Neural Pathways to Relieve Phantom Pain

Dr. Katharine Polasek’s mission is to improve the daily experiences of people who have undergone amputations by focusing on a very specific — and very perplexing — challenge: phantom limb pain. Individuals with phantom limb pain sense pain in the limb that was amputated, as though it were still there. Researchers aren’t yet certain of … Continue reading “Creating New Neural Pathways to Relieve Phantom Pain”

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Dimensions of Disability

Dance as a Learning Strategy

Imagine a Kandinsky painting coming to life on stage, each impasto brushstroke a carefully choreographed movement. Picture a Warhol screenprint animated by dance, each plane of color made kinetic. What could young audiences learn from such dance performances? The connection between movement and cognition drives Professor Nicki Flinn. It motivates her research, and it inspires … Continue reading “Dance as a Learning Strategy”

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Education and Vocation

Microecology Close to Home

For more than 15 years, Hope faculty members have worked alongside students to research Lake Macatawa’s watershed. Decades of agricultural run-off polluted it with nutrients that can kill fish, harm plant life, lead to algal blooms, and trigger high levels of E. coli bacteria. To spark students’ interest in saving local habitats, and to monitor … Continue reading “Microecology Close to Home”

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Science on the Cutting Edge

One Archbishop, Two Funerals

In the years following Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses, a wave of Protestant conversion swept through many German cities. Why, then, did the residents of Cologne remain predominantly Catholic? To this day, this remains a mystery to historians, including Dr. Janis Gibbs, who has pursued the answer for years. Long after completing her … Continue reading “One Archbishop, Two Funerals”

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Looking Back at the Reformation