Creighton University Magazine Summer 2019
JESUIT GARDENSA Creighton photojournalism student spent his final semester on an internship in Rome — and got a front seat to the Vatican and Pope Francis. Page 8.BIG QUESTIONAn assistant physics professor tackles the question “Is time travel possible?” in the context of the Hollywood blockbuster Avengers: Endgame. Page 16.DIALOGUETwo students — one a cancer survivor — have collaborated on a book to help those touched by cancer. Page 18.REMEMBERING ONE OF THE GREATS, HENRY LYNCH, MDFounder and director of Creighton’s Hereditary Cancer Center, Henry Lynch, MD, was a legendary international pioneer in cancer genetics. Page 26.SWITCHING GEARSA passion for cycling and the law has led two-time Creighton graduate Megan Hottman to a legal career representing bicyclists and advocacy for safer cycling. Page 28.FEELS GOOD TO GIVE BACKOnce a month, Creighton medical students in Phoenix drive four hours into Mexico to volunteer at a medical clinic founded by a Creighton alumnus and his wife. Page 32.SOARING, FLYING WITH BILLY BLUEJAYDental graduate Nathan Hansen for four years changed the persona of the University’s beloved mascot with backflips, handstands, high-flying aerial acts and more. Page 36.BREAKING DOWN BIASESIn a philosophy class taught by Amy Wendling, PhD, Creighton students visited a correctional facility to ponder philosophical questions with incarcerated youth — and find they have a lot in common. Page 40.IMPACTA study being conducted at the Financial Hope Collaborative is determining if education to reduce financial stress can improve health. Page 44.CREIGHTON CONVERSATIONSProvost Tom Murray, PhD, discusses what Creighton’s move to national status through the new classification as a Doctoral/Professional University means. Page 56.