Creighton University Magazine Spring 2009
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CREIGHTON LEADS BOLDLY INTO THE FUTURE A new era has begun at Creighton University, ushered in by the unprecedented support of the transformative Willing to Lead campaign. The campaign surpassed its $350 million goal with more than $395 million so far in gifts and commitments, expanding the University’s boundaries — academically, physically and spiritually — and breaking all kinds of records. Page 8.PROBING MICRO MYSTERIES Creighton University undergraduate students are working shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty researchers at Creighton thanks to a national grant through the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Their investigations could shed more light on a range of issues from osteoporosis to cancer. Page 20.CRITICAL THINKING & THE WELL-REASONED LIFE / CRITICAL THINKING AND THE WELL-REASONED LIFE To grab the attention of a nation weary from a constant barrage of messages, political candidates too often resort to glib one-liners or catchy sound bites — leaving little to no room for well-reasoned discourse. What would some of the great philosophers think? And how is Creighton preparing engaged citizens who can apply much-needed critical thinking to today’s most challenging issues? Philosophy professor Kevin Graham, Ph.D., examines. Page 24.