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.


As the healthcare industry moves swiftly into an increasingly technological age, experts weigh in on the factors, fears, and future prospects of artificial intelligence-powered innovation
He set out to tell the Pepperdine story from the perspective of five Seaver College students. Now the alumnus, videographer, and admission staff member shares his own story from behind the lens
Based on tales from her own exercises in self-reflection, an alumna applies the art of storytelling to psychotherapy with wit and wisdom


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
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
A Seaver College professor shifts the narratives in sport and dedicates herself to student-athlete success

Campus Notes

Explore fun facts about Pepperdine University

Inside Voices

For many, May 1 is a day that symbolizes the beginning of a new journey.

The Cut

Research shows that more than half of working professionals will experience symptoms of burnout


President-elect Jim Gash (JD ’93), the first alumnus to be named president of Pepperdine, gathers with supporters at his official community welcome event on March 4

Editor’s Letter

As a child and into my adolescence I would pore over my parents’ medical books that lined the dark shelves in their shared office