This issue of Pepperdine Magazine highlights stories of innovation, creativity, and the challenges of embarking upon unprecedented ventures. Pepperdine alumni, faculty, and a world-renowned cardiologist examine the ways artificial intelligence will continue to transform the healthcare industry; Ben Holcomb (’14), Office of Admission staff member and creator of Pepperdine's four-year docuseries Rising Tide, explores the show’s 32-episode journey; Lori Gottlieb (MA ’10), a journalist turned psychotherapist, discusses her latest New York Times bestseller, currently being developed for television; Seaver College professors Lauren Amaro, Theresa de los Santos, and Nataria Tennille Joseph join forces with a group of students to investigate the benefits and consequences of social media groups for moms; and Judith L. Wood (JD ’81), an immigration attorney who has represented thousands of refugees, shares the details of her 40-year career, now the subject of a feature film.



Learn about the common environmental threats to historical materials and how Pepperdine preserves its prized collection of rare cultural heritage items


A team of Seaver College faculty and students investigates the benefits and consequences of social media groups for moms
A Seaver College professor shifts the narratives in sport and dedicates herself to student-athlete success
One GSEP alumna brings hope and healing to others—with chocolate cake!
A neuroscientist’s longtime fascination with traumatic brain injuries leads to a first-of-its-kind experiment to help student-athletes
At the top of the entertainment business at 40, Dave Hollis (’97) took an “unthinkable” career leap. And he couldn’t be happier
After single-handedly changing the law of asylum in a landmark case, an alumna’s impact on international human rights laws becomes the subject of a feature film

Campus Notes

Inside Voices

The Cut


Editor’s Letter