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Articles by Joanna Wu



  • Biola Magazine

    Mentoring Minorities in Medicine

    First-generation student Ixchel Gomez starts a club for students of color pursuing health sciences.

    Joanna Wu — 

    Ixchel “Izzy” Gomez is on a mission to practice medicine — and she wants to bring others like her along with her. Growing up in a largely Hispanic,...

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    Marriage rates in the United States have hit an all-time low — a reflection of adults waiting to marry until later in life or forgoing marriage...

  • Biola Magazine

    An Antidote to Burnout

    Humility is a key to work-life balance, professor says in award-winning research.

    Joanna Wu — 

    Many people strive to achieve a healthy work-life balance — an ideal that has become all the more challenging in the midst of a pandemic that has...

  • Biola Magazine

    Never Too Late

    Lori Salvador realizes a dream by earning one of Biola’s first fully online bachelor’s degrees.

    Joanna Wu — 

    A few years ago, Lori Salvador (‘19) decided it was time to go back to school — without actually going back to school. From her home on the island...

  • Biola News

    Dr. Doug Daugherty Named Dean of Biola’s Rosemead School of Psychology

    Dr. Doug Daugherty comes to Biola from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) where he served for 23 years as a professor of addictions and psychology and most recently as the executive dean of IWU’s College of Arts and Sciences

    Joanna Wu — 

    After an extensive national search and interview process, Biola University has selected Dr. Doug Daugherty to serve as the dean of the Rosemead...

  • Talbot Magazine

    Biola University Goes Online in Response to Global Pandemic

    All Biola classes are delivered remotely in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19

    Joanna Wu — 

    COVID-19 made a widespread impact this spring, changing the day-to-day life for so many — globally and nationally — and personally affected Biola...

  • Talbot Magazine

    From Set Design to God’s Design

    Becket Cook (M.A. ’17), a former Hollywood set designer, writes a memoir about his transformation by the gospel

    Joanna Wu — 

    Becket Cook was living a glamorous life in L.A. as a set designer, regularly mingling with well-known celebrities, attending VIP parties in...

  • Biola News

    Biola Feature Film Airs on PBS Guam in Partnership with the Guam International Film Festival’s Select Showcase

    Biola School of Cinema and Media Arts Professor Dean Yamada’s feature film, “Anjing (The Dogs),” airs on May 22

    Joanna Wu — 

    Dean Yamada, associate professor of cinema and media arts, in collaboration with Biola cinema and media arts students, produced his second feature...

  • Biola Magazine

    The Evangelists

    Meet the Biola alumni and students behind a bold national effort to share the gospel on public school campuses

    Joanna Wu — 

    Photo above:Biola alumni Rich Hung, KelleePopp and Ben Flemming help lead the National School Project from their office in Whittier, California....

  • Biola Magazine

    What’s a Christian to do with Video Games?

    Q&A with game designer Michael Steffen

    Joanna Wu — 

    Last July, an audience gathered at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York for the Fortnite World Cup, one of the most anticipated esports events of...

  • Biola Magazine

    Statistical Experts

    Biola’s new Quantitative Consulting Center wants to help you with your data

    Kiana Karn, Joanna Wu — 

    Need help crunching those numbers? Look no further than Biola’s new Quantitative Consulting Center (QCC), which opened in fall 2019. Jason Wilson,...

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    One of Biola’s student magazines, The Point, won a 2019 Pacemaker Award, a national honor for college campus publications For the second time in...

  • Biola Magazine

    Against All Odds

    Liberian native Handson Lake overcomes trials to become a Torrey Honors student

    Joanna Wu — 

    Growing up in Liberia, Handson Lake never thought college would be possible. “Liberia is a country where the reality of getting three meals a day...

  • Biola Magazine

    Game On

    Biola Begins a New Era as an Official NCAA Division II Member

    Joanna Wu — 

    Mid-July is an otherwise quiet time on Biola’s campus, but on July 12 there was one office buzzing with excitement. Inside the Biola Athletics...

  • Biola Magazine

    The Team Captain

    Athletic director Bethany Miller (’03) leads Biola into a new era

    Joanna Wu — 

    Bethany Miller has always been a competitor. Ever since her elementary school days at recess, if there was a basketball game and someone to play...

  • Biola Magazine

    Is There Any Hope for Truth and Civility Online?

    Q&A with social media expert Carolyn Kim

    Joanna Wu — 

    The social media world is filled with land mines — from the negative back-and-forth on Twitter to passive-aggressive linking on Facebook — leading...

  • Biola Magazine

    Eyes on the Future

    Virtual reality enthusiast Megan Scott selected for special training program with Oculus

    Joanna Wu — 

    Megan Scott is disguised as a stormtrooper and is transported to the molten planet of Mustafar. Her mission is to recover imperial intelligence...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Front-Row Seat on the Green

    Greg Bodine tours the world’s top courses as caddie for professional golfer Tony Finau

    Joanna Wu — 

    Greg Bodine (’12), a former student-athlete and assistant coach for the Biola men’s golf team, witnessed one of the most memorable moments in golf...

  • Biola Magazine

    Sisters in Science

    Three siblings pursue Ph.D.s in the same specialized field

    Lily Journey, Joanna Wu — 

    Some sisters share a lot in common. The Engevik sisters share an uncommon amount in common. Not only did Mindy (’04), Amy (’07) and Kristen (’12)...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Cultural Ambassador

    Fulbright recipient Kristina Conrad (’18) teaches English through hip-hop in Azerbaijan

    Joanna Wu — 

    Kristina Conrad (’18) is the second alumna in Biola’s recent history to participate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the largest...

  • Talbot Magazine

    Alumni Profile

    Pastor John-Paul Foster (’10, M.A. ’15) serves at Los Angeles’ historic Faithful Central Bible Church

    Joanna Wu — 

    Pastor John-Paul Foster (’10, M.A. ’15) serves at Los Angeles’ historic Faithful Central Bible Church

  • Talbot Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    Biola celebrated an important milestone this spring in its ongoing efforts to partner with and support local Hispanic ministry leaders. In March,...

  • Talbot Magazine

    Alumni Profile

    A Faith at Work: Helen Mitchell (M.A. ’09, M.A. ’15) believes that work — both inside and outside the church — matters

    Joanna Wu — 

    Helen Mitchell (M.A. ’09, M.A. ’15), believes that work — both inside and outside the church — matters.

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    Biola took an important step this spring by unveiling a long-anticipated document that will guide the university’s ongoing efforts to welcome and...

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    John M. Perkins, born in 1930 in Mississippi, lived through a tumultuous period during the American civil rights movement. Because of his...