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2017

March

After Charlie and Lois O’Brien first met in an entomology class, she wanted to go collect insects with him but he turned her down.

By some estimates, there are about 10 million species of insects on the planet, but only about a tenth have been named.

On the heels of Sun Devil Giving Day and quickly approaching graduation, Arizona State University senior Austin Marshall wanted to take the time to express h

Researchers often look at how people experience water issues in their communities, but these studies are usually focused on a single region.

Less than a year ago, Arizona State University received a $10.18 million grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Community to develop next-generation digital learning experiences th

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), a prominent poet, novelist, essayist and environmentalist, is the featured speaker in ASU’s Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Communi

Environmental news can be all too depressing, with headlines punctuated by the drumbeat of extinction and destruction.

Electricity, cellphones and the internet are just a few examples of tools we use every day that have become indispensable to modern life.

Researchers have discovered that despite meat-heavy diets, low levels of good cholesterol and high levels of inflammation, an indigenous South American tribe has the healthiest hearts ever examined

Fulbright Day on Tuesday allows Arizona State University to bolster the reputation it’s earned as a top producer of such scholars, but it’s not the only award that puts the school in elite company.

If you want to eradicate cancer, you’ll want to call on doctors, biologists and other health professionals. But despite our efforts, cancer still eludes our control. Now, researchers from outside of traditional health disciplines are bringing fresh perspectives to this disease.

Four faculty members in the School of Molecular Sciences have recently received national recognition for their research and scholarship.

Most of modern physics was created in the past 100 years.

Ryan Trovitch, assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences, has been named recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, which is the most compet

Update: Friday, March 17

Even at the country’s most innovative university you can find innovation in places you might not expect.

What does Twitter have to do with ancient Greek poetry from 2,000 years ago? The connections are broader than one might think, according to Mike Tueller, an associate professor in the School of International Letters and Cultures.

Sure, Google maps can get you where you’re going faster — but it can also help create a healthier, more sustainable city.

Arizona State University has been more of a tech hub than ever, with tricked-out cars cruising under the Tempe campus' University Bridge while young men nearby lug gadget-heavy backpac

A breakthrough is on the horizon for doctoral students and the dissertation process at Arizona State University.

Unlocking humanity’s future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat.

Since its inception, ASU’s Center on the Future of War has led discussions on the emerging role of drones and autonomous weapons, the civilian impact of the conflict in Syria, and the significance

The stomach of a house finch might hold secrets to how humans absorb nutrients, age and deal with the omniprescence of nighttime light pollution. Pierce Hutton, a doctoral candidate, is studying the gut microbiome of house finches.
Rodney Hero, the former president — and first Latino to hold the position — of the American Political Science Association, will be joining Arizona State University as the Raul Yzaguirre Chair in the School of Politics and Global Studies.

Thanks to generous support from two donors who advocate for legal reform in Ukraine, Arizona State University students can learn Ukrainian, an East Slavic language, at the

Controlled capture and release of carbon dioxide emitted from power plants represents a potential method for reducing the buildup of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Existing chemical m

At the intersection of two bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism plus a Master of Public Policy, an Arizona State University alumna pursued a career path in the public affairs and

For International Women’s Day on March 8, a range of female professors at ASU shared names of women they consider to be influential and inspiring.  

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will provide a unique curriculum that reinforces traditional learning of time-honored knowledge while encouraging students to get real-world experience.

ASU alumnus Christopher Hale first grew an interest in the relationship between politics and religion from School of Politics and Global Studies professor C

Arizona State University is a massive engine that runs at warp speed, and a new initiative is inviting a group of campus leaders to look under the hood so they can keep it going decades into the fu

ASU has hit upon a new solution to help Native American men and boys overcome the host of obstacles that block the path to socioeconomic success for so many: Get outside the classroom to encourage education. The answer comes from a recent ASU study funded by RISE.
ASU psychology professor and neuroscientist Heather Bimonte-Nelson recently found herself surrounded by hundreds of students examining brains, which wouldn’t have been unusual except that they were 3rd and 4th graders with Play-Doh.

The World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday new verified, record high temperatures in Antarctica, an area once described as “the last place on Earth.” The temperatures range from the

February

From visiting one of the most beautiful Nordic cities, to exploring interpersonal relationships on beaches in Fiji, to understanding the integration of science and humanities in Italy, Arizona Stat

The license plate on Matt Chew’s Toyota Tacoma reads “Tamarix.”

Alex Green, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, has been named a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Alfred P.

It’s a silent, sunny day on the farthest corner of Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus.

It’s 7 a.m. on a school day and little Susie’s got a stomach ache.

For five evenings over the course of February, the public was invited onto Arizona State University's campuses for Night of the Open Door to see what each ha

Academic scholars from prestigious universities, a former senator and a political analyst, among others, will discuss leadership and politics for the launch of ASU’s new school.

We’ve all heard of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.

As the federal government wrangles over the rights of transgender students, an Arizona State University expert says that politics aside, schools can still create an affirming environment for those

The discovery of seven warm, rocky “Earth-like” planets orbiting a star 39 light-years away has created new opportunities for science, according to the lead researcher of a NASA study.

On Sept. 8, 2016, NASA and Arizona State University embarked on a new space mission, OSIRIS-REx.

Arizona State University is one of the top producers of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17, coming in at No.

Gemneo Bioscience, the 100th company to spin out from the ideas of ASU faculty and staff, will provide physicians with more optimal cancer treatments and immunotherapies to help improve cancer outc

Gazing at the night sky conjures deep questions about the universe.

Arizona State University alumnus Daniel Kolk has merged his creative instincts with his education in molecular biology and virology to reimagine the future of molecular diagnostics and diagnostic m

Microscopy. Big data. Seismology.

The grants are small, but the impact is big.

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives.

Professor Robert Nemanich doesn’t have 99 bottles of beer on the wall; he has 75 bottles of champagne on his desk. It’s a tradition that comes from commencement whenever one of his graduate students gets their degree.

In anticipation of National Poetry Month in April, Arizona Poet Laureate and Regents' Professor Alberto Ríos and ASU Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent are collaborating to create a "

In an effort to help educate everyday people on the basics of cybersecurity, Future Tense is running a February Futurography package of articles, cheat sheets, videos and interactive quizzes

If you want to know the future, study the past, Confucius said. Anne Stone embodies it. One part Indiana Jones; one part Charles Darwin; one part Jane Goodall: Stone has conducted the first analysis of Neanderthal DNA.

Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars.

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery (BCASD) and an international team of scientists have used high-intensity X-ray pulses to determine the structure of the

Stewart Fotheringham, University Foundation professor of computational spatial science in Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and distinguished scientist i

Vera Coleman has a strong interest in environmental and social debates.

Big cities with lots of people usually garner images of a fast-paced life, where the hustle and bustle of the city is met, and at least tolerated, by those who live there.

Losing the truth is no less disconcerting than losing gravity. Suddenly, you’re down a rabbit hole where nothing makes sense and you don’t know what to believe.

Following the resignation of founding artistic director Jewell Parker Rhodes earlier this year, the Virginia G.

ASU is rapidly becoming known for its out-of-this-world endeavors. From Psyche to CubeSat. From Mars to the moon. Here, in honor of Valentine’s Day, are five things we (heart) about space: 

A newly published report in the journal Science suggests that more field research is needed to understand the fundamental aspects of terrorism.

An award-winning professor in counseling and psychology, an international expert in linguistics, and a renowned authority in geographical sciences and urban planning have been named the Outstanding

A two-week workshop at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability brought students from China a new way of systems thinking to analyze complex sustainability problems.

These black students at Arizona State Universit

Sometimes during a trial a lawyer will get angry, a witness will speak out of turn or a defendant will have an outburst.

For coastal residents of the east African country Mozambique, severe floods that endanger their health and lives are a frequent reality.

A translucent drop of pond water clings to the surface of a lily pad, motionless and serene. When placed under high magnification, however, the image is transformed and we see another world.

Driven by a desire to embody the faculty at Arizona State University, alumna Lynn Vavreck seeks to inspire her students to chase opportunity and excel professionally. 

ASU researcher Gary F. Moore focuses on the future of science — and he hopes that we as a society do, as well.

Leah Gerber, founding director of Arizona State University’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, has been named a Fellow of the

Your car won’t start, so you take it to a mechanic. They check the ignition, starter, timing belt, spark plugs, anything that might give a clue why the car won’t start.

There’s an entire world of microbes invisible to the human eye. Countless microbial communities live everywhere from in the soil to human skin to the stomachs of animals.

ASU alumnus Kaitlyn Fitzgerald is excited to be able to put her global studies degree from Arizona State University's 

Growing up is hard enough, even under ideal circumstances.

Three Arizona State University faculty were honored by ASU President Michael Crow in a ceremony Wednesday as the university's 2016-2017 Regents' Professors.

Stretching across the southernmost U.S. states, Interstate 10 is an east-west artery connecting people, cities and economies from sea to shining sea.

In the aftermath of a separation or divorce, there are real choices that need to be made about where the kids will spend the night.

What if your smartphone could tell you that a potential disease or illness is lurking in your immune system?

ASU and Tempe are offering up a taste of the Old West by hosting the Western POP Film Festival, which runs Wednesday through Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

An ASU researcher has used math in an effort to reduce dropout rates by plotting the exact point where negative peer influences overwhelm positive parenting. 

January

Arizona State University student Isabella Jaber shows that learning a language doesn’t just help get you a job, but can elevate your role in a workplace and help you achieve a number of goals

Shakespeare with a cast of black actors shouldn’t be a big deal, said actor Jonathan-David.

Searching for new ideas and unique experiences with the family in 2017?

The sixth annual ASU Prison Education Conference will bring together a broad coalition of e

A study published Monday by ASU psychology professor Gary Ladd found that contrary to popular assumptions, bullying is mor

Meet the tiny, hair-lined ciliate, Tetrahymena thermophila.

Arizona State University’s Origins Project is hosting a lecture by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, where he will discuss the “Materiality of a Vacuum: Late Night Thoughts of a Physicist” at 7 p.m.

Alissa Ruth, an associate academic professional at Arizona State University, knows firsthand that making your way through the many layers of higher education can be a bewildering process, especiall

ASU alumnus Nick Lambesis pursued a master degree with one goal in mind: to teach humanities at the college level. But his path to success led him down a different route. “My passion was education,” said Lambesis, who was a lecturer in the Department of English.
In 1968, nine sailors set off to race each other around the world single-handedly. Some quit, their boats splintered by high seas. One sunk. One — weeks from the finish — simply abandoned the race and continued sailing around the world in a mystic trance.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the confirmation process for high-court nominees is essentially useless because the public wants to know how a candidate would rule — something she told a crowd at ASU that no good judge would predict.
The green energy story tends to be rosy: Costa Rica runs entirely on renewables! Portugal runs on wind for four days! Germany comes within 90 percent of its energy needs on a May day in 2016!
Water management and drought forecasting traditionally meant physically measuring surface water or groundwater, but ASU researchers are tackling the problem in a new way: from space.
ASU’s NASA mission to visit a metal asteroid is just beginning, but the first mission that marked the school as a major player in space exploration has been under way for more than a year.
Tomatoes, prized for their delicious taste and high nutritional content, are one of the most important crops around the world. In recent years, tomatoes have come under assault from a persistent and aggressively spreading pathogen.
“Moral injury” is a term known mostly to the veteran and mental health communities, but military correspondent David Wood wants to introduce it to the public lexicon.
"Writing, in particular, is a very strong conduit for compassion, empathy and human connection," said Jake Friedman, coordinator for ASU's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Regrettably, those traits are lacking in the political landscape.
The School of Social Transformation is proud to host U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a guest speaker.

Imagine New York without cabs or Beijing without bikes. Imagine city neighborhoods without roads or buses. Now imagine ordering a T-shirt online and having it delivered via flying drone.

The School of Social Transformation is proud to host U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a guest speaker.

Matei Georgescu uses a lot of data in his research, studying how a changing landscape can affect local climate and resources.

Hundreds of billions of molecules with odors exist.

ASU professor Neal A. Lester has won several awards and recognitions throughout his academic career, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day he’ll receive one that ranks right near the top.

Kaye Reed, an Arizona State University President’s Professor and a research associate with the Institute of Human Origins, has been named the director of ASU’s Schoo

Director Damien Chazelle’s hit musical “La La Land” has been nominated for 14 Oscars, tying the mark for the most in Academy Award history.  

Tensions over Russia have flared in the U.S. for weeks: An aide to President Vladimir Putin was among a handful of Russians added to a U.S. blacklist Monday.

The first week of the new year has come to a close and there have been no celebrity obituaries to dominate the news cycle — something that might have seemed unfathomable in December when George Mic

Throughout all the ages of man, there has been a particular type of person who asks the same question. 

Arizona State University researchers are poised to help boost innovation in the planning and design of future enhancements to the nation’s transportation systems.

From being a first-generation college student to catching a notorious bank robber featured on "America’s Most Wanted," Arizona State University alumnus Manuel J.

Across STEM fields, women of color share a similar story — just ask Sharon Torres.

As Phoenix sprawls toward Tucson, urban planners try to prevent the 100-mile corridor between Arizona’s largest metro areas from becoming nothing but concrete and asphalt. Unfettered development, experts say, can strain resources and increase temperatures and pollution.

Arizona State University’s Psyche Mission, a journey to a metal asteroid, has been selected for flight, marking the first time the school will lea

NASA has approved a mission to explore asteroids that scientists — including Arizona State University researchers behind a key component — hope will reveal details about the earliest history of the

Paektu volcano, on the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and China, had its most recent eruption circa 946.

You’ve likely heard about being in the right place at the wrong time, but what about having the right genes in the wrong environment?

2016

December

Whether it’s family tradition, the smell of fresh pine or the convenience of buying a reusable tree at a big-box store, each person has a Christmas tree of choice.

The idea started after a depressing climate conference in 2012: ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) professor Steve Desch walked away feeling that the only scientific solution anyone

The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University was honored as “2016 Confucius Institute of the Year” at the 11th Global Confucius Institute Conf

Archaeologists’ discovery of a brutal, 10,000-year-old massacre at Nataruk grabbed headlines around the globe this year. Their evidence that early humans engaged in warfare raised questions among scientists and popular media about violence, human nature and the currently accepted models of societal development.

The old adage “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” has become a sort of cultural trope we rely on when things don’t go our way, but is it true?

Getting a space mission selected by NASA is like running a high-tech obstacle race as hard as you can for years on end — and there’s no guarantee you’ll win or even place in the final. 

Wally Stoelzel can’t recall Newton’s laws of motion, but he certainly does not regret studying physics at Arizona State University.

Indigenous arts collective Postcommodity — whose members include two Arizona State University alumni — has been selected to participate in the

HIV ... SARS ... Ebola ... H1N1 ... Zika.

In 1826, the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt gave Charles X a young female giraffe as a gift.

Researchers have known for some time that certain environmental factors in a neighborhood — adequate lighting, access to green space, safe crosswalks — can affect the happiness of its residents.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

President Barack Obama is urging his successor, Donald Trump, to maintain the newly established U.S.

It might seem hard to believe, but there recently was an ocean wave as tall as a six-story building in the north Atlantic

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

When archaeologist Charles Perreault traveled to Mongolia for some investigative fieldwork, he didn’t bring the typical tool set of shovels and spades.

The growth of private space-exploration companies, such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, has changed the way scientists do business.

It might seem hard to believe, but there recently was an ocean wave as tall as a six-story building in the north Atlantic. 

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Every year the National Science Foundation (NSF) conducts its Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD)

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Should all drugs be legalized? Should doctors aid terminally ill patients who no longer wish to live? Should companies breach users’ privacy if it could possibly help others?

We can all rest easier knowing what keeps Carolyn Forbes up at night.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates 

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Arizona State University student Erin Schulte is preparing herself to tackle some of the world’s most complicated problems.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) has announced Arizona State University as its partner institution after a competitive, nationwide search.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates 

Marcos Gold’s passion for giving back not only shows up in his work, but also in what he does with his free time.

From seeking answers to heart failure in the gut to digital storytelling for caregivers, pushing the frontiers of medical research can have a profound impact on treatment and prevention.

November

An ancient history professor with an upcoming lecture at ASU says it’s important to remember the past as we deal with mental health care in the present.

ASU astronomer Evgenya Shkolnik, of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, is leading an effort to use the Hubble Space Telescope to observe small, cool M Dwarf stars to unders

As digital media use has exploded in Western nations, transforming communications, news sharing and business practices, it has done the same across Asia — but a pair of ASU researchers say there’s

Mia Armstrong is a sophomore at ASU majoring in global studies and journalism.

A cheap tool enables geneticists to edit genomes easily by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence is causing stir among scientists. The CRISPR-Cas9 uses gene-drive technology, which promotes the inheritance of a gene to increase its prevalence in a population.

Arizona State University alumna Najla Arekat had dreamed about attending law school since childhood, but her natural talent for finance and desire to enter the workforce after graduation steered he

An ASU-led proposed mission to the asteroid Psyche was featured in Sunday’s London Times. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, School of Earth and Space Exploration director and principal i

Gary Schwartz, who has devoted his career to unlocking the mysteries of human's unique life history through examining how our teeth grow, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the

Having grown up watching U.S. astronauts land on the surface of the Moon, Jim Bell knew he wanted to be a planetary scientist. 

Erik Bumgardner, a graduate student in the School of Politics and Global Studies, is currently working full-time in Washington D.C., but he was back in Temp

Three ASU faculty have been named Regents’ Professors for the 2016-2017 academic year: Robert Nemanich, Anne Stone and Paul Westerhoff. Regents’ Professor is the highest faculty honor and is conferred on full professors.

Two geoscientists at Arizona State University have made a discovery among hot springs in Chile that may spur scientists to revisit a location on Mars explored several years ago by NASA's Spirit rov

As the debate continues to wage over the relationship between race and sports today, ASU graduate student Terry Shoemaker is asking students to consider another, just as socially significant relati

Leonard Cohen was never supposed to be a huge star. He was a failed poet and novelist before he tried his hand at songrwiting.

When people look at a landmark like a peak, they may see a few things. A mountain, first of all. Maybe some history to go with it, like a Civil War battle once being fought at its foot.

With a shrinking job market in tenure-track faculty positions, doctoral students in the humanities often must compete for alternative academic — known as “alt-ac” — careers, or even search fo

An ASU researcher has helped hit on a new reason to fight infectious diseases: Reducing their prevalence can be linked to an increase in gender equality.

Chefs, professors and everyday foodies were busy using their taste buds to delineate the finer notes of hibiscus, passion fruit and orange blossom.

You’ve got 10 seconds: Who was the first female vice presidential candidate of a major national party who ran alongside Walter Mondale in 1984?

To explain why our planet is habitable, various different types of geoscientists studying Earth’s surface and its interior must work with each other and with communications scholars, say ASU's Ariel Anbar, Christy Till and Mark Hannah, in a new Comment article published in Nature, Nov. 3.
If there were two messages ASU alumnus Corey Harris wanted to leave political science students with Thursday morning, they were to understand who you are as a person and to build strong relationships.

Update: The Salute to Service flag-football tournament featured fierce competition with the ASU’s Air Force ROTC taking home the coveted Dean’s Cup, which was presented by asso

In a joint acquisition, ASU has just scored what scholars believe is one of the most comprehensive collections of Western film memorabilia ever gathered.

Sometimes a life pivots on a single decision, small and unintentional. In the case of Sheikha Hussah, change came in the form of a decorative vase that ignited a lifelong passion for preservation of the past.

Pura vida!

October

About two years ago, when the full force of California’s drought came to bear, green lawns turned faces red as “drought shaming” became a social media pastime.

Six new members will be joining Arizona State University’s Trustees of ASU today.

How do religion and violence factor into sporting events?

Editor's note: In the spirit of Halloween, we offer a roundup of the engrossing research happening around ASU with creatures that are often relegated to spooky decorations.

A newly implemented policy requiring passengers to weigh in before boarding flights on Hawaiian Airlines has triggered a national conversation over obesity and whether people of larger body sizes f

Arizona State University and the School of Politics and Global Studies welcomed two former members of Congress to campus this fall: Barry Goldwater Jr.

On a recent evening in Phoenix, four scholars gathered at the downtown Orpheum Theatre for an ASU Origins forum devoted to climate change, mass extinction, hu

The scientist was deep into his lecture. He spoke quickly, using a stream of long words. He disparaged people he didn't agree with. He had an imposing beard.

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s winning the Nobel Prize in Literature has many in the literary community up in arms, and the genre-defying Dylan himself remains mum on whether he’ll accept. ASU English professor is thrilled.

About two years from now, the most powerful rocket ever built will roar off from the Florida coast.

Mih-tutta-hang-kusch, a Mandan village on the upper Missouri River in the 1830s.

Leicester, a large town in medieval England, 1300.

Manhattan, 2016.

For Trisalyn Nelson, inspiration hit when the oncoming car almost did.

Melissa Wilson Sayres thinks that people need to interact with scientists more often in their daily lives.

Is the United States a post-white Christian nation?

Popular Science named a low-cost Zika virus test developed by researchers from the Wyss Institute for Bi

Recent virus outbreaks, such as Ebola and Zika, have helped to highlight a growing global need: public access to scientific data.

How do stars form deep inside clouds of molecular gas? What's the history of star formation throughout cosmic time? When did the first stars form?

Chelsea Clinton urged young people at Arizona State University to not only vote this election, but also to consider running for office in the future.

Renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels are being tested around the world, but their acceptance has hardly been seamless.

Bobby Taylor closes his eyes and remembers the night he discovered Michael Jackson.

Steve Schramm started out at Arizona State University as a chemistry major and wanted to go to law school.

Faculty and students in higher education might be surprised to see the words "humanities" and "lab" in the same sentence. However, that combination is becoming increasingly common in universities in the U.S. and Europe.

Arizona State University’s newest research building will be packed with the most advanced construction and technological gear of today.

The old close-your-eyes-and-point gambit might be effective for picking your next vacation spot on a map, but it’s less than advisable when it comes to choosing a name on a ballot.

About three weeks ago, Toughie died. He was the last Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog on Earth. If you’re not familiar with the species, it may be because it was only discovered in 2005. That was the year a deadly fungus swept across central Panama.
ASU political science professors Patrick Kenney and Kim Fridkin have been named Foundation Professors. These distinctions are conferred by the president and provost to honor outstanding faculty.

How do you break down cultural stereotypes? For two groups in the U.S. and Pakistan, it was through storytelling.

Marketplace solutions work for many needs, but not all of them — particularly some of the most basic ones.

After a tropical hurricane, what plants recover, and in what locations? How do cities and neighborhoods vary in their use of energy?

Paul Carrese thinks there’s an important concept missing from our current political lexicon: statesmanship.

For Debbie Reese, cutting classes in high school was an opportunity to indulge her passions.

In many ways, the intersection of 48th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix is unremarkable.

Modern critiques of capitalism accuse it of being a relentlessly rational structure that disrupts social bonds through its imposed utilitarianism.

The moon's surface is being "gardened" — churned by small impacts — more than 100 times faster than scientists previously thought.

Driven by a desire to succeed and make a difference in the lives of others, three distinguished alumni from Arizona State University have persevered to overcome obstacles and accomplish personal an

The influential book "Bowling Alone," by Robert Putnam, argues that suburbanization has eroded the close bonds within communities, caus

About 50,000 years ago, an asteroid collided with the Earth, leaving a mile-across impact crater in what is now northern Arizona.

Students are the key.

When Spenser Babb-Biernacki began her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, she thought she wanted to get lost in a world of books.

Arizona State Univeristy's Institute for Humanities Research has appointed Jacque Wernimont as interim director of the institute's Nexus Lab for Dig

Before the Hayden Library was underground, it was flanked by shrubs. During the 1970s and '80s, Latino students congregated in the area, where they hosted civil-rights rallies, raised funds for the Red Cross and shared a conversation.

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.

Everyone’s got a morning routine; certain steps we take to get cleaned, dressed, fed and out the door on time. The order of those steps is very important. Switch it up and you could be late.

Universities play a crucial role in the global acceptance of religious diversity and the bolstering of global literacy, according to the U.S.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.

Scientists are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on the world’s biodiversity, and much effort has been placed into forecasting the response of species to these changes over

The word “mutation” conjures many images, virtually all of them negative.

Most teens load up their smartphones with apps. 

Fifteen-year-old Ariana Sokolov doesn’t just use apps; she has already created five.

With an estimated 600,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. this year alone and a looming crisis in antibiotic resistance, there is an urgent societal need to develop novel solutions. 

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.

From mastering a mental edge on the wrestling mat to traveling around the world on combat tours, Arizona State University alumnus Martin Sepulveda has discovered an unrelenting desire to conquer ob

Stories about species becoming extinct are all too common in the news.

This isn’t one of those stories.

From Bob Dylan’s 1964 folk rock anthem “The Times They Are a-Changin’” to Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama “hope” poster to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash “Hamilton” to Allen Ginsberg’s anguished

September

Quick — without thinking about it, name an endangered animal. Name two or three. Easy? Now, name an endangered plant. Two? Three? For many people, that’s not as easy. These basal organisms on the tree of life provide us with practically everything we need to survive.
The landscapes of national parks can inspire profound exclamations in the most ineloquent of visitors. But for the National Park Service's centennial, a creative initiative is bringing out the pros: poets lending words to the nation.
Big data is everywhere, including in research. Rather than writing data into a lab notebook, many researchers today use large amounts of digital data in their research to shape it and to refine their work.

On a Monday evening in June 2015, 12 individuals gathered in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

ASU professor Martin Matustik discovered at the age of 40 that he was the child of a Holocaust survivor.

For six centuries, Geoffrey Chaucer’s work has stirred continued re-examination, modern adaptations and fresh insight into English society in the 14th century.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration continues its fall semester New Discoveries Lecture Series with "Dry, drier, driest: H

Sex, profanity and violence: Two of the foremost experts on censorship in young adult literature say that no other topics are more likely to get a book banned.

Injecting wastewater deep underground as a byproduct of oil and gas extraction techniques that include fracking causes man-made earthquakes, the lead author of new research from Ar

Dry forests in Latin America are among the world’s most threatened tropical forests.

Hannah Woner is an Arizona State University senior majoring in global studies and economics.

It turns out lightning isn’t always a flash, and an ASU researcher says a pair of newly classified records for distance and duration reshaping our views of the electric weather phenomena might be just the beginning. The World Meteorological Organization has recently confirmed a bolt of nearly 200 miles.
As autumn looms and temperatures drop (at least for for most of the world), Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project stirs to life with two public events examining the impact and relevance of the classic novel.

Rainstorms are a welcome visitor in the Phoenix metro area.

During last week’s Origins Project Great Debate, a stellar group of panelists explored a range of issues in the context of the scientific origins of sex and gender and the potential mismatch betwee

In sunny Arizona, shade is a precious element of the landscape. Pedestrians follow circuitous routes under trees, awnings and shade structures – rewarded by a more comfortable journey.

The challenges that usually come with being a first-generation college student are just the beginning for 60 ASU students who will attempt to add traveling abroad to the list of their accomplishmen

ASU’s cosmology group is joining an international project to learn how our universe became able to support life, stars, galaxies and planets. How did the laws of physics enable the Big Bang to evolve into today’s complex universe?

A key player in the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life will speak at Arizona State University.

When ASU professor Rashad Shabazz hears Prince classics like “1999” and “Little Red Corvette,” he hears musical artistry and creative genius, to be sure.

ASU’s Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) SunCube FemtoSat and the SpaceTREx team, headed by Jekan Thanga, assistant professor with the School of Earth and Space Exploration, have

Summer is often a time to take a break from academic studies. But many scholars at ASU would rather trade their summer vacations for a chance to get ahead and make an impact in fields ranging from philosophy to chemistry.

To better understand conflict and peace around the world, Arizona State University students spent their summers underneath the stars of the Appalachian Trail, in deserted Dushanbe cafes during Rama

Many women who experience difficulties in STEM courses never get past the first bad test grade. Sarah Herrmann, a psychology graduate student, has been researching the phenomenon that threatened to derail her academic career.

A minor hiccup in the sequence of a human gene can have devastating impacts on health.

Arizona is the one of the best places in the U.S. to study ants.

The Arizona Bioindustry Association has selected ASU scientists George Poste and Stephen Albert Johnston for significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of biolo

Messy politics, a lack of understanding of religious differences and over-heated political rhetoric all combine to create confusion and an unnecessary fear of terrorism, according to panel of ASU experts.

Arizona State University professor Lance Gharavi is an experimental artist and scholar who has a knack for linking with interdisciplinary teams to explore difficult subjects through multimedi

Emir Estrada understands the hardships of immigration from personal experience. A sociocultural anthropologist at ASU, Estrada came to the U.S. shortly after high school.

Current models used to predict the survival of species in a warming world might be off target, according to new research that enlisted the help of dozens of spiny lizards in the New Mexico desert.

There’s a number of ways to serve. For Arizona State University alumnus Steven Gillen, it was the U.S. Foreign Service that captivated his interest, leading him to join the less than 3 percent of applicants each year who are chosen to serve.

Arizona State University furthers commitment to translate knowledge into action on sustainability challenges through three new international partnerships:

What did you do with your middle and high school years?

Some of the mysterious grooves on the surface of Mars' moon Phobos are the result of debris ejected by impacts eventually falling back onto the surface to form linear chains of craters, according t

Arizona State University scientist David A. Williams in the School of Earth and Space Exploration is investigating how volcanic activity driven by salty water has reshaped the face of Ceres, the biggest little world in the asteroid belt.

August

Vada Manager wants to show why the university experience is important.

Eating your vegetables can make you healthy. Growing them can make you happy.

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series on ASU’s archaeology lab in San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about ASU’s Teotihuacan lab.

Read this as a cautionary tale, and not about the danger of falling out of trees.

In movies like “Apollo 13” and “The Martian,” there are scenes where there’s a mechanical problem in space and engineers turn to a copy on the ground to fix it.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on ASU’s archaeology lab in San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico.

Today’s gender issues can take many forms. In some countries, girls are given limited opportunity or are “discouraged” from going to school to better themselves.

Starting out as a college freshman can be hard.

Students are leaving home for the first time, meeting the demands of a rigorous college education and trying to make new friends.

Sports mascots, music lyrics, hairstyles, face paint: Arizona State University professor Neal A. Lester says cultural appropriation takes many forms. And people aren’t always aware when they’re being insensitive.

Traveling to Washington, D.C., gave A.J.

It's uncanny. Dark finger-like streaks form on dozens of Martian crater rims and hillsides as local spring warms into summer.

Weeks ahead of Women’s Equality Day, President Barack Obama amplified the national conversation around gender rights with an essay in Glamour magazine that declared he “is what a feminist looks lik

The April 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000.

We can hear them now. 

A new ground tracking station featuring a 10-foot diameter dish at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus will allow researchers to communicate with satellites.

This September marks 15 years since the events of 9/11. Has the passage of time changed how we remember the attacks and what they mean to us personally and as a nation?

The School of Earth and Space Exploration will kick off the fall semester New Discoveries Lecture Series

Stewart Fotheringham, Foundation Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University and leader in the realm of computational spatial science, has been e

Admit it. It can be fun to be bad. Blowing up a planet. Stealing candy. Feeding your enemies alive. There’s a reason why villains laugh so much. ASU cosmologist and theoretical physicist brings his smile to the big screen.

There is a lot of scientific knowledge in the world, but very little of that knowledge is readily available to people who make decisions about things like water use, farming practices or waste disp

Three remarkable undergraduates at Arizona State University have persevered in the face of adversity – breaking cultural barriers, overcoming learning deficiencies and resolving financial difficulties — to achieve success.

By now, the wearying trope of internet outrage is a global touchstone, especially when it comes to "angry young men."

As an Arizona native with nostalgic ties to Arizona State University, alumna Jovanna Anzaldua has a long family history at the university.

David Abbott, associate professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, received not one, but two distinguishing awards this summer for his archaeological work in Arizona: the Arizona

Your first semester earning a degree can be a daunting task. It is something U.S.

For more than 20 years, microbiologist Shelley Haydel has been interested in antibacterial and antibiotic discovery.

One institute, two academic units and four schools within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are welcoming new directors and chairs.

Professor Aaron Baker, whose scholarship focuses on representations of social identity in American cinema and who was the former head of A

PhD Student Glenn Randall is interviewed by Popular Mechanics magazine to discuss Dark Matter and recent discoveries.

July

Recent Arizona State University graduate and member of the Sun Devil golf team Jon Rahm won the prestigious Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, becoming the second ASU student to recei

As students let slip their grasp on lazy summer days and head back to the classroom, there’s one thing they’re not likely to hand over: their cellphones.

A year after a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, the country still faces a lengthy path to recovery — both structurally and emotionally.

You wouldn’t think four students interested in four different fields — sustainability, geology, psychology and mathematics — would have much in common academically.

When NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres in March 2015, mission scientists expected to find a heavily cratered body generally resembling the asteroid Vesta, Dawn's previo

Podcasts have exploded in popularity. The digital broadcasts are known for specialized subject matter and hosts who communicate complex ideas to a diverse audiences — something the similarly popular TED talks are beloved for.
From technology and talent recruitment to public relations, three Arizona State University alumni have discovered how entrepreneurship is elevated through human communication.

Kosovo, one of the world's youngest countries, relies on two aging coal-fueled power plants to generate electricity for its population of almost 2 million.

Brainstorm a list of societal challenges — from extreme heat to social equity to transportation — and they all share two characteristics: They have unique distributions in space, and their spatial

Elsie Moore has taken a new leadership position as the director of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

Loris Taylor knows firsthand how tough it can be to run a radio station in Indian Country. When she first took over KUYI 88.1 FM on the Hopi reservation, she had no support system...

ASU professor Neal A. Lester says one of the worst things about becoming homeless can be the loss of one’s humanity.

For Joan it’s all about the dinosaurs. Ana, however, prefers the asteroids. Around the corner, Humberto is mesmerized by an Apollo space shuttle replica.

After he arrives in the desert with his students, everyone pitches camp. The students yell and falter at setting up their tents.

Jewell Parker Rhodes writes children’s novels about tough subjects.

Curly Hopkins, Texas Pickles Franklin and Fat Bad Boy King sit contemplating their next verse in a classroom on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.

Samantha Winter grew up with Arizona State University in her backyard. As a Tempe native, she spent her childhood around campus, watching shows at Gammage and participating in Sun Devil traditions. Now, she's growing her career in law.
Apache Junction is a city of about 38,000 residents with a natural setting that rivals any in the state for scenic views and outdoor opportunities. Twenty-five years from now, its population is projected to double.

Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research has announced the appointment of Cora Fox as interim director, following the departure of director Sally Kitch on July 1.

The path from roundworm genes to curing cancer isn’t an easy one. But a handful of students and faculty at Arizona State University are joining forces to increase our understanding of how small biological changes in genes can influence the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

June

Kamra Sadia Hakim is up for the challenge. She is up for the challenge of thinking globally, committing her life to service and being an agent of change. The Arizona State University alum has been passionate about global studies from day one. She wanted to improve the world and travel.

A record high of 65.3 million people were asylum seekers, internally displaced people or refugees in 2015, according to a recent report by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

On June 2, a chunk of rock hurtled into the atmosphere over the desert Southwest at 40,000 mph and broke apart over the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. A week later, one of ASU’s top meteorite experts was off on a team expedition in the Arizona wilderness.
Federal data on power-plant carbon dioxide emissions is flawed, according to Arizona State University scientists. Monthly emission differences at a fifth of U.S. power plants varied plus or minus 13 percent, undermining the federal Clean Power Plan.
On June 23, 52 percent of British citizens voted to leave the European Union, a move dubbed "Brexit." Though many did not believe this was possible, the vote will have wide-reaching consequences for the United Kingdom, from financial uncertainty to a possible breakup of the U.K.
Speculative fiction stories have the power to turn abstract policy debates about humans and environments into gripping, visceral tales. Climate fiction helps to imagine futures shaped by climate change and how to adapt.

Two massive blob-like structures lie deep within the Earth, roughly on opposite sides of the planet.

Some of the most significant turning points in history began with a compelling argument. So this summer, middle and high school teachers convened at ASU for the Central Arizona Writing Project 2016 Invitational Summer Institute to improve their argument-writing teaching skills.

Two hundred years ago, in the early morning hours of June 16, Mary Shelley found herself possessed by a waking dream in which she “saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the

Brainstorming solutions to global problems, spending afternoons on Capitol Hill and touring national monuments — that’s all another week for students in the McCain Institute Policy Design Studio and Internship Program.

Kids might not love to study rocks, but they gravitate to gadgets and that’s one way to engage them in learning science.

Carbon, one of the most common elements and the basis for all life, is considered to be the most important and versatile of all elements.

Graduate students Emilie Dunham, Sam Gordon, Chuhong Mai and Megan Miller of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration have received coveted NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships for 2016, a mark of distinction.
In January 2000, the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, privatized its water supply. Protests erupted with such intensity they became known as la Guerra del Agua — the Water War. Thousands of people were left unable to afford the new rates, claiming affordable water is a human right.
For Norman Dubie, poetry has been a lifelong pursuit. The Regents’ Professor of English, who came to Arizona State University in 1975 to establish its creative writing program, has written poems since age 15, though his interest in them was sparked at an even younger age.

Once inside the human body, infectious microbes like Salmonella face a fluid situation.

Imagine eradicating a disease-transmitting mosquito or removing an invasive plant species with a precise, relatively easy-to-apply technology.

The potential of a gene drive to do good is great. For example, it could be used to eliminate infectious diseases such as malaria or the Zika virus.

Kent Johnson is a graduate student at ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC).

On Feb. 17, Mayor John Giles announced a plan to bring a satellite ASU campus to downtown Mesa.

From manufacturing in the aerospace industry to managing environmental services for the Navy, Arizona State University alumnus Paul Crecelius had a range of careers throughout his working life. “I think a good education is basically the basis of almost any success,” he said.

Arizona State University has no shortage of high-achieving Sun Devils making their mark on the world — and being recognized for it.

Human well being often flourishes under conditions of cooperation with others and flounders during periods of external conflict and strife.

By Elizabeth Deatrick, American Geophysical Union

In a nondescript building in an industrial area of Tempe, one room crackles with treasures of the ancient Southwest. Here sit pots of Salado Polychrome, Show Low Black-on-Red, Sacaton Red, White Mountain Redware and others. The shelves are a tour across prehistoric Arizona.
Norman Dubie, ASU Regents’ Professor of English, was awarded the 2016 international Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection "The Quotations of Bone," an exploration of viciousness and humanity. It is his 29th collection of poems.
Male students in introductory biology courses are outperforming females at test time, but it may be due to exam design rather than academic ability. Professors in the School of Life Sciences are studying how different tests can affect learning.

As states increasingly legalize the use of marijuana, the debate surrounding its benefits vs. risks wages on. There is still much unknown about the effects of cannabis.

May

Last week the Department of Defense issued a report detailing the case of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who had a rare E.

Most pre-dental undergrads don’t conduct research on Malcolm X. But most pre-dental undergrads aren’t Sarah Syed.

Among the valuable holdings in London’s Wellcome Library is a pencil sketch from 1953 by Francis Crick. The drawing is one of the first to show the double-helix structure of DNA — nature’s blueprint for sea snails, human beings and every other living form on Earth.
Forty years ago, dozens of young black people lay shackled inside a film set made to look like a slave ship. They were portraying Africans who were plucked from their homeland and held captive in the blockbuster miniseries “Roots.”

Arizona State University alumnus Andrew F. Ortiz is a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor .

As scientists explore the potential applications of biotechnology, some are focusing on cyanobacteria — an easy-to-grow bacterium that needs only sunlight and carbon dioxide to survive.

How do religion and gender intersect with domestic violence in Greece and Fiji? What can we learn about peace building from the Emerging Church Movement in the American South?

Anni Leaman has a respectable-sized to-do list when she returns home to Massachusetts later this week.

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict hosted its annual student awards on May 3, recognizing those students who completed its Undergraduate Research Fellows Program and Undergraduate Ce

It could be ripped from a comic book, but it’s not.

Driven by a passion to educate people about alcoholism and recovery, Arizona State University professor Linda Lederman aims to make a difference in the lives of many by fighting the stigma of weakness. “My work is designed to change the narrative,” said Lederman.
Every two years Earth and Mars reach a point in their orbits where the distance between them is shortest. That's a time when telescopes big and small, both on the ground and in orbit, turn toward the Red Planet in hopes of learning more about this dynamic neighbor world.
In an original study, scientists from ASU's School of Life Sciences have found that a majority of biology professors in Arizona universities do not believe that helping students accept the theory of evolution is an instructional goal.

This Memorial Day, a remake of “Roots” hits the little screen in a revival of the most popular miniseries of all time.

Guido G. Weigend, who served as dean and professor at Arizona State University from 1976 to 1989, passed away on April 1 at the age of 96.

Two Arizona State University biofuel projects are among six nationwide receiving $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore innovative solutions in bioenergy.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Need an enriching, arts-based summer activity for your children? Look no further than ASU's Young Adult Writing Program (YAWP), a program that offers a non-evaluative environment for young writers to explore the power of writing.
Six students from Barrett Honors College will participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute in the United Kingdom, one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today a new N

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today a new N

With the addition this month of two more Nobel winners, the university now claims a quartet of the world’s highest academic honorees. “Each year, more and more of the world’s brightest minds choose to advance their field of study at ASU,” said Michael M. Crow, university president.

Three of Arizona State University’s top professors have been recognized for combining their passion for teaching with engagement with the larger world in ways that help ASU students become master l

An international group of mathematicians at Arizona State University and other institutions have released a new kind of online resource to help discover uncharted mathematical worlds.

Quanah Parker was a Comanche leader and fierce warrior who sought and obtained peace for his people at a crucial point in their history.

When rookie astronauts go on their first spacewalk, it’s common to hear them oohing and aahing when they go out the hatch.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Frank Wilczek, a theoretical physicist and mathematician who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004, is joining Arizona State University as a professor in the physics department. He will work on theoretical physics issues and organize workshops for the best and brightest physicists to help propel the discipline.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

NASA has selected an Arizona State University undergraduate student team for a $200,000 grant to conduct hands-on flight research, through its NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Student Instrument Prog

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Researchers today, including two from Arizona State University, announced a new test for the Zika virus

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Fear of the Zika virus is spreading as images of afflicted infants fill the news.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Any kid who pulls on a lizard tail knows it can drop off to avoid capture, but how they regrow a new tail remains a mystery.

High-speed photography can capture a horse’s gallop, a falling star or even a speeding bullet.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Anne C. Stone is something of a renaissance woman when it comes to anthropology.

Sidney Altman, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989, is joining the faculty of Arizona State University. “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Altman to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Life Sciences,” said Ferran Garcia-Pichel, dean of natural sciences.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Coral reefs and hard-shelled sea creatures such as oysters and mussels are constantly being threatened, not only by the detrimental effects of stressors such as climate change and habitat loss, but

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Jaime Lara, research professor at Arizona State University’s Hispanic Research Center and the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, has published the first volume in the innovative “Mediev

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

What do a powerlifting champion, an inspirational thought leader, a legendary football coach and two pro football hall of famers have in common? A connection to ASU alumnus Larry Hendershot. From weightlifting with Jon Cole to tackling Leroy Kelly, Hendershot has lived a full life.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

April

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Arizonans will vote May 17 on Proposition 123, a measure that, if passed, would affect K-12 education funding and the state trust land permanent fund for the next 10 years.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Janet Franklin has had quite a year: After having been elected to the National Academy of Sciences two years ago, in June 2015 she was selected as an Arizona State University Regents' Professor and

Applied learning translates classroom knowledge to real-world situations. Being in an applied learning course could impact a student’s abilities in teamwork, communication and problem solving.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at convocation. Each department and school has selected an outstanding student who has demonstrated academic excellence at ASU.

Sometime between 2,800 and 2,500 years ago, just before the city-state of Athens was born, about 150 people in shackles were thrown into a burial pit in a Greek port city.

As the academic year comes to a close, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional faculty members who have gone above and beyond to educate the next generation of scholars.

Lynn Vavreck, a full professor of political science and communication studies at University of California, Los Angeles, was the inaugural speaker for the School of Politics and Global Studies’ (SPG

The largest-ever study of global genetic variation in the human Y chromosome has uncovered the hidden genetic history of men.

Kenny Dyer-Redner is somewhere in the wilds of Nevada’s Indian country, and he’s spinning his wheels.

Monday is National DNA Day, and researchers from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences have invited the public to come learn about DNA with an int

When the editor of Scientific American — the oldest publication in the United States at 170 years — goes to work, she hears complaints from scientists that their work is being “dumbed down.”

Is a group like Black Lives Matter hurt when a “lone wolf” shoots and kills police officers in New York?

The final tallies are in and once again the ASU Forensics (Speech) Team can report outstanding success at this year’s American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). The seven-student team traveled to the University of Florida on April 2-4 and placed 7th in the nation.
Ever since Bela Lugosi appeared in 1930s horror film “White Zombie,” members of the living dead have fascinated audiences. Zombies have recently undergone a gruesome renaissance, presenting new twists on an old theme. Now ASU researcher Reed Cartwright uses our love of zombies to understand disease spread.

In many animal species, physical battles and other aggressive acts determine a certain “pecking order.” In the world of ants, fights that involve biting and restraining often determine winners and

Daniel Shipley is a senior at ASU majoring in global studies.

Maggie Zheng performed her first surgical procedure when she was just a preschooler.

Granted, it was on one of her stuffed animals.

Lindsay Dusard has a heart of gold.

Although Arizona State University student Jenny Ung is pursuing three majors — political science, journalism and mass communications, and Asia studies — that hasn't stopped her from also gaining va

The horror that was the Holocaust exists now in our collective consciousness as one of the darkest periods in human history. However, as Arizona State University associate professor of history Matthew Delmont points out, knowing that it happened from reading about it and seeing firsthand are two very different things.

Land grabs by Russia. Escalating Chinese military dominance in Asia. Superpowers fighting in outer space. The launch of World War III.

Clyde Bellecourt hasn’t mellowed much with age — just ask Bernie Sanders.

In ASU’s teaching kitchens in downtown Phoenix, the din of cooking is peppered with the sounds of friendly conversation. Just an hour ago, the white-aproned amateur chefs knew each other only casually. Now they are cooking and sharing stories inspired by the food.

Today, Cynthia Bejarano holds the prestigious title of Regents' Professor in New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Having a hard time recalling where you put those tax forms? Blame it on stress.

It was her very first encounter with a strangely beautiful orange and black beaded Arizona native, the Gila monster — one of only two venomous lizards in the world — that convinced Melissa Wilson Sayres to divert from her 11-year path of studying mammal genomes.
The world’s total human population has jumped to more than 7.4 billion just this year. Feeding the human species takes a tremendous toll on our natural resources including water, soil and phosphorus — a chemical element in fertilizer essential for food production.
When she was a child, Nicole Lemme’s father would take her to see an old mining town in northern Arizona. Now an Arizona State University student, Lemme thought about that town and the other dusty old Western towns as she was searching for a thesis topic.

Matthew Desmond is an ASU alum and a sociologist at Harvard.

The ability to understand and implement these new technologies in the classroom is no longer a desired qualification — it’s a requirement in today’s rapidly evolving digital world. The certificate will be through the School of International Letters and Cultures.

When a super cyclone slammed into the northeast coast of India in October 1999, winds with top speeds of 160 miles per hour and tidal surges of 26 feet battered the coast, killing almost 10,000 peo

Monique Greco and Garnett Johnson might go hungry sometimes, but they make sure their dog Codi never does.

The search for life beyond Earth is one of the major drivers of space exploration.

Have you ever wondered where the bell chimes on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus come from?

Recent advances in biotechnologies, such as the completion of the human genome project and genetic editing, have not only raised ethical questions about their use and effects on humans, but also un

The United States is facing many global problems that demand diplomacy, but America must always be wary of unintended consequences, according to one of the country’s top diplomats.

ASU alum Luis Fernandez was recently elected president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. While continuing his work in justice studies as a professor at Northern Arizona University, he will lead this society in its many initiatives and help mentor students.

Going into space is now within your grasp.

This week 15 years ago, NASA launched a spacecraft with the name 2001 Mars Odyssey, and onboard was the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), a multi-wavelength camera designed at Arizona State

Three students from Arizona State University have been named Goldwater Scholars, a prestigious national scholarship awarded to students across the nation who are doing research in science, technolo

After paying rent, Lamar, a disabled single father of two boys, had $78 left for the rest of the month.

Stop what you’re doing and listen.

What do you hear?

Mexico’s emerging energy reforms and the rise of natural gas signal a paradigm shift where new opportunities will arise in North America, said the former head of strategic planning for then-Mexican

“Welcome to the Big Horn Mountains!” says conservation biologist Andrew Smith. About 60 miles west of Phoenix in a rugged desert range north of Interstate 10, six vehicles disgorge 22 students, two faculty members and a few others to learn how to trap and handle animals for study.

Thanks to a recent award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Arizona State University’s Ira A.

Written in block letters on a whiteboard is a menu with tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas. Above, a sign features a woman with a resemblance to famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The sign reads “Taqueria Viva Mexico.” Except this isn’t Mexico or Arizona, it’s New Zealand.

Having more than 100 high school students excited about math sounds like an April Fool's hoax, but thanks to some creative workshops that incorporated candy, rope untangling and colored pencils, th

March

Barber Marvin Davis takes pride in knowing his clients’ likes and dislikes. He knows how high to cut their hair, knows when they’re due for a shave and when they aren’t feeling their best.

The universe is a dangerous place. Join Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration from 7 to 10 p.m.

Arizona State University has long had female teachers, but some of the biggest gender-equality strides came during the 1960s and the women’s liberation movement. As Women’s History Month wraps up, it’s a good time to look back at those who were firsts in their areas at ASU.

The Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation board of directors has awarded Robert E.

At a large, state-run medical facility, a young woman’s reproductive fate has been determined.

Keeping honeybees healthy is critical to the world’s food supply.

Rhoda Hassan, an alumnus of Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies, was recently accepted into the Harvard Law School.

The International Studies Association (ISA) has awarded Cameron Thies, director of Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies, with the Distinguished Scholar Award for his con

Ken Levine, formerly from New York, now calls Arizona home and Arizona State his adopted alma mater.

As a global business leader in the technology industry, Arizona State University alumnus Jon Hunter has been building organizational dynasties with his unique ability of identifying and attracting

It’s a great big world of science out there. And picking your own path is just part of the fun, a group of middle school girls learned recently at Arizona State University.

Over the past 20 years, the idea of human rights has become central in discussions about humanitarianism.

No bones about it: Pit bulls get a bad rap.

Michael Smith begins his new book, “At Home With the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life,” by discussing what the Aztecs weren’t: blood-mad maniacs compulsively slicing off heads or

Inspecting the teeth of a drugged Siberian tiger. Darting a tracking device in a whale from the deck of a pitching boat. Waking up in a tent to sunrise over the Tibetan steppe.

ASU wins $10M NASA grant to develop education courseware with aim to create critical thinkers both near and far. The School of Earth and Space Exploration is about to take the whole nation on a school tour. Rock stars in their fields will guide virtual field tours of bodies in the solar system.

His was the loneliest and most unlikely voice in rock and roll, with a posthumous career to die for.

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a

During pregnancy, the rapidly developing fetus is enshrouded by a remarkable structure: the placenta.

The March 22 attacks in Brussels served as yet another grisly reminder that we live in a world where the threat of terrorist attacks has become something of a new normal. Among U.S. presidential candidates, there have been varied reactions to the threat of terror.

It turns out that the rigid “line in the sand” between the human sex chromosomes — the Y and X — is a bit blurrier than previously thought.

Downtown Phoenix’s newest high-rise residents don’t take the elevator when they come home.

Filling a new leadership position tailored to advance research and educational innovation, Kenro Kusumi has been named as the associate dean of research and graduate initiatives for the College of

Maureen Goggin is spending her Fulbright year in Austria, researching a little-known source of needlework done by women.

The Navajo language is dying, and Manuelito Wheeler wants to change that.

People in the Arizona State University community who won Fulbright awards this year are living abroad and studying subjects ranging from virus engineering and flamenco guitar to a World War II resi

For Eva Jeffers, one of the best things about instructing children in India is the teaching.

The hardest thing?

The teaching.

Nearly every Fulbright grant winner who spends time abroad faces challenges with a new language.

Those who work in developing countries face other issues as well.

It may be hard to believe, but already the better half of a century has passed since World War II broke out.

Arizona doesn’t usually get this much of a voice.

Claire Cambron wanted a way to open her mind and her heart before she learns to heal.

Wei Li has spent the past several months working on a prestigious Fulbright project — for the second time. Li recently returned from New Delhi, where she studies intellectual migration — when highly educated and skilled people leave or return to their home countries.

Arizona State University today announced a five-year initiative, FutureH2O, to flip the global conversation about water on its head and focus on the abundance of water and how to create it instead

Andrew Ross, head of Learning Support Services in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University, won a Fulbright award to visit Germany.

The best thing about the Fulbright grant won by Matt Ykema is that it allows him to be immersed in his research.

Living abroad can be fraught with awkward situations, but the experience also nurtures the confidence it takes to laugh instead of cry when you have to eat a octopus.

Chase Fitzgerald wanted to do something meaningful before he started medical school and he knew that a Fulbright grant would be one of the best ways to do that — because his brother also had done i

Arizona PBS investigates the biology, genetics and social and learned behaviors behind why people experience foods and eating differently, with the premiere of the new original series, “Eating Psyc

The personal growth and insights that come with living abroad for a year are huge.

People who win Fulbright awards to teach English abroad learn a tremendous amount about other cultures.

Ashley Hagaman has lived through one of the most devastating disasters of the decade while doing research in Nepal.

Immersion in another culture can change a person.

For writer Allegra Hyde, the year she is spending in Bulgaria will also likely affect her art.

Derek Townsend, an Arizona State University graduate who is teaching English this year, has gained a new perspective far beyond his classroom in Armenia.

Alexis Wagner is a senior at ASU majoring in political science in the 4+1 Program .

The U.S. prison system is retreating from an era of force and punishment and is starting to think once again about education and rehabilitation programs. And that’s not only good for society but good for the economy, according to a panel of experts who gathered at Arizona State University.

Who was Nick Salerno? Many would say: a generous soul who changed the Valley of the Sun and ASU for the better.

HealthTell recently completed a $40 million capital campaign. The company, a spinout of ASU's Biodesign Institute, is poised to enter the big leagues as “one of the top five start-ups to watch” in the highly competitive health-care diagnostics arena.

When someone goes through a rough period, say a divorce or losing a job, the common thought has been that this is a test of the person’s ability to bounce back — and most psychological studies have

ASU postdoctoral scholar Kohei Kamada, of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics, has been selected to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germ

Patience is a virtue. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Time and tide wait for no man.

As the 2016 presidential election approaches in November, more than three dozen academic scholars in political science will gather to examine the data behind political campaigns, voter turnout and

Upon first thought, the idea of math combating violent crime seems unlikely, at best. Can an algorithm be more effective than a SWAT team with a battering ram? Yes. By mathematically modeling systems, pressure points can be identified and squeezed until the system changes.

Life as an insect can be tough. Everyone wants to squash you, you're blamed for the spread of diseases, and then to top it off, someone nominates you for an "ugly bug" contest.

Like endangered species themselves, funding to save them is scarce.

Water is crucial for life as we know it, especially in the Arizona desert. For centuries our rivers were the key to making this region habitable.

Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) recently celebrated a record-breaking year for the number of inventions, patents and start-up companies that have come out of Arizona State Uni

Socrates once said, “The greatest blessings granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.” Sometimes, cautioned actor Johnny Depp on Saturday night at Arizona State University's Origins Project dialogue, “Finding the Creativity in Madness.”

As subtly as the shift in a gravitational wave, the universe changed Saturday night.

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recently announced the initial inductees into “The 5+ Club,” a group of institutions that has graduated five or more physics teachers in a given ye

Some of the world's largest earthquakes occur on subduction zones, where a cold dense oceanic plate moves under a warmer continental plate.

The Arizona State University Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and Arizona Humanities have announced a free film screening and discussion with award-winning British documentary filmmaker Jeremy Marre. Marre will be honored at the U.S. premiere of his documentary film, “Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones.”

The U.S. Air Force has selected Arizona State University to build a spacecraft to monitor threats from outer space.

ASU graduate student Sean Seyler was selected to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.

Methane and nitrous oxide gas emissions, caused by human activities like farming, overwhelm earthly carbon dioxide absorption and should be tackled to fight climate change, according to a study

Those who've paid any attention to presidential politics lately have heard Donald Trump talk about his plan to build a big, successful wall between the U.S.

A high school principal, a judge and a former prisoner walk onto a college campus …

The hallway on the sixth floor of the G. Homer Durham Language and Literature building looks more like a movie theater than a place of academia. The walls are lined with posters that run the gamut of cinematic achievement. It must make Justin Winters feel right at home.

Shelby Lawson says the ability to travel abroad while continuing her degree was a factor when she chose Arizona State University over other schools also recognized for their international affairs p

Editor's note: Due to family reasons professor Sohail Hashmi is unable to come to Tempe at this time.

Sometimes getting even the most exciting news can be anticlimactic. (Curse you, caller ID!)

A joint proposal from a team of institutions including Arizona State University, has been selected for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) science instrument selection p

Stories about your parent’s childhood are usually life lessons hidden as clever anecdotes providing a glimpse into a time past. However, for K. Tsianina Lomawaima, a professor in the School of Social Transformation, they helped provide the basis for her research in Indigenous studies.
Language is complicated. Anyone who has tried to use high school French to navigate the Champs-Élysées can tell you that. It’s also intensely emotional, according to Arizona State University assistant professor Matthew Prior. Just take a look at the ecstatic faces of parents whose child has just uttered his first word.

Terrestrial plant communities include forests, woodlands, shrublands and grasslands.

The general consensus is that more information is better for everyone.

The physics community was elated by the recent announcement that gravity waves have been detected after decades of searching, and fully 100 years after Einstein’s prediction in his famous Theory of

Arizona State University recently launched Ethics @ ASU to highlight ethics as a cross-cutting initiative throughout the curriculum and across the university.

When it’s time to give back to Arizona State University, Brian Martin doesn’t let more than 5,000 miles and the Atlantic Ocean stand in his way. Two years ago, Martin checked his email at home when he saw a newsletter about Sun Devil Giving Day and decided to donate.

Ever have one of those (usually late-night) conversations about whether a grizzly bear could beat a great white shark in a fight? Or a lion vs. a gorilla?

February

Natalie Hochhaus is a sophomore at ASU majoring in global studies with a minor in anthropology.

Researchers hope to develop vaccines, therapeutics and new diagnostic tests for a broad range of diseases. To accomplish this, they will need to gain a much better understanding of a critical class of biological components known as surface membrane proteins.

Mark Lussier, chair of the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University since June 2013, has announced he will step down from the position effective

On Monday, February 29, 2016, ASU’s new Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies is bringing Georgetown University leading world scholar, Professor John L.

Sometimes you get the party started by accidentally crashing someone else’s. Mark Robinson, a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, was enjoying a First Fridays art walk iwhen he wandered into monOrchid gallery. Only the gallery wasn't open to the public that evening.

The Origins Project is pleased to announce Aomawa Shields of the University of California-Los Angeles is the recipient of the 2016 Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award.

What regulates the size of an organism’s teeth? The reduced size of our back teeth, or molars, is one of the defining attributes separating modern humans from hominins (our extinct relatives).

On first glance, the odds would seem long that Donald Trump would gain a lot of support from voters of Latino heritage.

Have you ever Wikipedia’d a topic to settle an argument? Ever made a donation to help victims of a disaster? Or sipped “fair trade” coffee at Starbucks? Though these things may seem unrelated, they’re all possible thanks to the existence of NGOs — nongovernmental organizations that advocate for a cause.

The Navajo Nation has one of the most valuable mineral resources among any Native American reservation in the United States, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Students in China are eager to learn about American culture, and Arizona State University is part of a project designed to meet that need.

The benefits of letting students conduct real research in the classroom have been examined multiple times during the past decade, but

Craig Hardgrove was fascinated with dinosaurs. When he found out they were killed off by an asteroid, he became fascinated with space.

Gaming the system and ending up on a white sand beach, watching clouds drift by.

The Zika virus has brought us endless footage of masked men spraying insecticide in Brazilian slums and reports of babies with tiny heads — a rare condition called microcephaly — along with dire in

How do we die with dignity?

An Arizona State University professor is bringing together voices from science and religion to explore this complicated issue at a conference this weekend.

From effective team science to drones on the range, Arizona State University faculty and students played a big role in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Acclaimed actor and Golden Globe winner Johnny Depp will sit down for a dialogue with Origins Project Director Lawrence Krauss at 7 p.m., March 12 in Gammage Auditorium on the Tempe Campus for a ta

Coinciding with Charles Darwin’s birthday weekend, ASU’s evolutionary medicine leadership was prominently showcased at the world’s largest general scientific meeting, the 2016 American Association

Before we begin reporting on his talk, let’s get something out of the way that Laurence Garvie, research professor and curator for Arizona State University's C

Arizona State University is a training ground for many new forms of expression in fiction, including in the popular Young Adult (YA) genre.

In the arid Southwest, roughly 90 percent of the region’s rainfall evaporates, leaving relatively little water to fill streams and reservoirs or soak into the ground.

Abby York grew up in Wisconsin, on land where her family has operated a dairy farm since the 1800s.

The ASU Ethics Bowl Team competed this past fall in both the Seattle and San Jose Regional Ethics Bowl competitions held by the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE).

A theoretical physicist and a television host sit down and talk about sex, religion, news, science, Pope Francis, Donald Trump, and Ike’s post-presidential golf game.

“The age of humanitarian intervention to protect civilians is not over, because civilians keep dying,” Michael Ignatieff wrote in 2014.

Arizona State University has received a $1.5 million award from the W.M. Keck Foundation’s Science and Engineering Research Grant Program to study the origin of Earth’s water and hydrogen.

The Pathologist, a magazine that covers stories on the forefront of health care, has named Arizona State University’s Carolyn Compton to its 2015 Pathology Power List of the 100 most influential pa

To err is human, even for one of the most number-crunching, rigorous and truth-seeking of all activities: science.

Despite studying English every year since kindergarten, Chang Liu realized upon arriving in Arizona last August that she could not properly speak the language.

Through its history, the Earth has been bombarded by extraterrestrial material ranging from dust-sized particles to objects large enough to destroy cities and cause mass extinctions.

A scientific breakthrough gives researchers access to the blueprint of thousands of molecules of great relevance to medicine, energy and biology.

The United States is a young country, but it still has its fair share of history.

Everything shifted this morning.

In the 100th-anniversary year of Einstein’s theory of relativity, scientists announced they have proved it.

Declarations of love will be everywhere this Valentine’s Day weekend, from sappy cards to bombastic displays of affection.

The Marston Exploration Theater, at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be featuring a special screening of Godfrey Reggio’s galvanizing trio of films,

Some of our most vital biological functions rely on the body’s natural ability to gather up specific types of molecules, and then move and distribute them to organs and other internal locations whe

Kevin Langergraber has been studying chimpanzees in the wild for 15 years.

Living systems rely on a dizzying variety of chemical reactions essential to development and survival. Most of these involve a specialized class of protein molecules — the enzymes.

Television legend and Emmy Award winner Hugh Downs will sit down with Arizona State University’s Lawrence Krauss for an intimate discussion on politics, religion, sex and science.

Democrats and Republicans in a snowy New Hampshire have cast their ballots and, as is so often the case, have picked different winners than the voters in Iowa just eight days before.

When helmets clacked together during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, the echoes might have been heard differently than in years past. Call it the concussion awareness effect.

It’s 2040, and the human base on Mars is bustling.

When the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair hit the stands last summer featuring Caitlyn Jenner wearing an ivory bodysuit on its cover, the magazine caused a maelstrom.

Arizona State University has been named the most innovative college in the country, and now select Sun Devil students are taking part in one of the U.S.

The hottest technology in bioscience will soon bring a new coolness factor to world-class Arizona State University research.

While growing up in Gambia, Africa, Balanding Manneh experienced hunger intimately — losing childhood friends to starvation and malnutrition-related illnesses.

The faculty at ASU are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals, sometimes you just have to ask to get their help.

The National Endowment for the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

There are many bright stars in Arizona State University's universe, and a handful of the brightest will be honored Thursday, Feb. 4, at the 2016 Regents' Professors Induction Ceremony in Tempe.

The first flight of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 low-cost CubeSats, including one from Arizona State Uni

B.L. Turner II looks the part of a college professor.

David Berger believes in service.

When Kostalena Michelaki came to Arizona State University, she wondered about the history of this sprawling campus in central Tempe.

When Petra Fromme was called into Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s office last year, the caller wouldn’t tell her assistant what the impromptu meeting was about.

The first contest of the 2016 presidential election is in the books as the Iowa caucuses closed late Monday night. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won the Republican side.

Himalayan geoscience and Antarctic astronomy are both on the program at the next Earth and Space Open House at Arizona State University, the first of the spring semester.

January

“Big data” sounds like it could be a pretty boring topic, maybe not something you want to bring up during a dinner party. 

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, where quick soundbytes and images out of context dominate the online realm, rhetoric rules.

How do we classify texts produced by undocumented authors who no longer identify as Mexican, yet have no officially recognized status in the United States?

In our rapidly urbanizing world, more than a billion people living in slums lack access to essential services, such as water and sanitation, and to emergency response — a situation made even more p

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas, and countries and health organizations are on full alert with emergency meetings taking

Humans have been working land for millennia, cultivating plants or herding animals. Now researchers from ASU are reporting on a 10-year project that studies the effects humans have had — and the consequences for those whose livelihoods depend on it.

Three Arizona State University psychology professors have been named as “Rising Stars” by the largest international psychological association in the world.

The evening began with a bold assertion:

“ISIS’ defeat in Iraq is all but certain, probably within the next 12 months.”

Why help someone when you’ll receive nothing in return? How have groups of people cooperating together ensured group survival? These questions lie at the roots of the work of a new Arizona State University professor’s work.

If you haven’t already noticed, Arizona is a popular hangout for hummingbirds.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has left the “Doomsday Clock” at three minutes to midnight, the time it set it at last year.

ASU physics professor Richard Kirian has been awarded the Fonda-Fasella prize, which is given to a young researcher who has obtained important results while working at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste,

Yeah, there’s the Nobel Prize. That’s great. Eight hundred and seventy people have one. Olympic gold medals? Thousands out there. Oscars? Who cares?

Arizona State University has been chosen as a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) site joining a multi-university consortium dedicated to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates i

“For the last four decades, Harvey Cox has been the leading trend spotter in American religion."

Have you made it up before dawn to see the alignment of five planets in the skyline?

Students and faculty at ASU have been digging out their hats boots this year as Arizona experienced a colder-than-usual winter. But for Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, ASU’s senior VP for Knowledge Enterprise Development, this winter has felt positively balmy after a recent trip to Antarctica.

Arizona State University’s innovation winning streak has continued among its next generation of talented faculty.

Arizona State University's global studies major, within the School of Politics and Global Studies (SPGS), aims to address real-w

What would happen if the vacant land around Phoenix were converted to urban farms? Could it bring sustainable, locally grown food closer to consumers?

Sustainability looks good for corporations these days.

News broke this week that a planet 10 times the size of Earth may be lurking at the edge of our solar system.

Arizona State University anthropologist Katie Hinde sees milk as more than food.

Ask people what the most taxing years of motherhood are and the consensus will likely be “children’s infancies.” It’s a strong answer, but not the right one, according to new research…

Deserts are often thought of as barren places that are left exposed to the extremes of heat and cold and where not much is afoot.

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was by far the warmest year on record, breaking a record that was set the year before, which has some wondering whether global warming is taking root.

The Family Check-Up, a highly successful family-counseling program, is currently being offered at a reduced cost to families with children between the ages 2 and 18 at the Arizona State University

Scott Swagerty, who recently graduated ASU with a PhD in Comparative Politics, Methodology, has taken a position with the off

A new 3-D astronomy show, "The Secret Life of Stars," is premiering at Arizona State University's Marston Exploration Theater at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

It's the middle of January. How are those New Year's resolutions going?

Like hundreds of other teachers, Krystal Yeager is returning to her high school math classroom after winter break.

It’s a fight to the finish for most graduate students at the end of their programs, their defenses looming on the horizon.

Alexander Bernard, a political science major in Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies has recently been selected as an American Airlines Scholar by the College of Liberal

Late Monday night it was announced that Tonya Couch, mother of the infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, had posted bail after her bond was lowered from $1 million to $75,000.

Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a time to reflect on the struggles for equality and freedom in America. It's also a day to recall our various connections to the holiday's namesake.

“Frequent travel may be required,” the job description understates.

Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions has announced the 2016 winners of its seed funding competition.

Courtney Besaw is a natural when it comes to numbers and experimentation. She’s also a girl.

Since prehistoric times, clays have been used by people for medicinal purposes.

On Monday, Jan. 11, ASU will launch the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, led by Dr. Kimberly Scott of the School of Social Transformation.

Affluenza became a popular term when it was used in defense of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four pedestrians while driving drunk.

“Sherd!”

That’s the sound 16 volunteers had their ears out for as they surveyed an area in Perry Mesa, 77 miles north of Phoenix, looking for prehistoric artifacts one cold December morning.

2015

December

Discovering the rich tapestry of history can open our eyes to the connections between past and present, and how people and circumstances have shaped and continue to influence todays’ complex world.

Hands go up in a crowded ASU lecture hall when a social justice course instructor asks who has ever experienced prejudice.

An innovative partnership between the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Arizona State University will provide real-time forecasts to those managing our highways.

Arizona State University’s Department of English has no shortage of talented alumni and faculty, as is evidenced by the latest crop of novels, short-story collections, memoirs and poetry.

Read the headlines on any given day and it’s easy to become discouraged about tragic events happening all around the world.

Teams of researchers in the American Southwest (including a group from Arizona State University) and North Atlantic islands have found that historic and prehistoric peoples in these regions who had

Recent race-related events — in Ferguson, Missouri; St.

On the eve of both Christmas and a full moon, ASU Now spoke with Mark Robinson, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, who is principal investigator for the ASU-operated camera

One of the best things in science fiction is bizarre alien planets. Ice planets, lava planets, water planets, planets with two suns, planets where you can see Saturn-like rings in the sky.

NASA has announced the selection of Science Investigation Teams for its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Arizona State University Regents’ Professor and research scientist Charles Arntzen, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The sun is just beginning to rise, but it’s still dark enough that the street lights on South 12th Avenue in downtown Phoenix remain lit from the night before.

International trade and travel has literally opened up new vistas for humans, ranging from travel to exotic places to enjoying the products and services of those distant lands.

Arizona State University researchers have made an unexpected discovery by studying the atomic structure of nanodiamonds.

A joint master's degree program in sustainability science between Arizona State University and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, has been approved by Acquin, the German Accreditation Agency

NASA has released a richly textured image of the Earth taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter using cameras operated by Arizona State University.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Scientists have drawn up molecular blueprints of a tiny cellular “nanomachine,” whose evolution is an extraordinary feat of nature, by using one of the brightest X-ray sources on Earth.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Carlos Velez-Ibanez desires to know two things: 1) How are people able to excel when they shouldn’t be able to? and 2) How are people able to survive when they shouldn’t be able to?

When NASA's Dawn spacecraft approached the dwarf planet Ceres in March this year, scientists and the public alike were intrigued to see that Ceres has an dark, heavily cratered surface with dozens

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

The world remains abuzz this morning about Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

For five years, the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Arizona State University has been turning midshipmen into successful leaders, earning a reputation for producing the highest qu

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Arizona State University biochemistry junior Aurora DuBois and her younger sister Sophia attended the recent rivalry game against the Arizona Wildcats in hopes of extending the family tradition of

It took patience and practice, but Azamat Mamadaliev was able to master the skateboard as a mode of transportation in about a week.

Does the holiday season put you in a reflective mood? Will winter break give you some unstructured time to jot your ideas and stories down? Is “become a published author” on your bucket list?

Tucked away on the far western end of Haiti’s southern peninsula lies the remote Massif de la Hotte mountain range. It's where you’ll find the last stands of Haiti’s cloud forest.

A planet discovered last year sitting at an unusually large distance from its star — 16 times farther than Pluto is from the sun — may have been kicked out of its birthplace close to the star in a

November

Arizona State University, in partnership with Mayo Clinic in Arizona, has announced the recipients of the 2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program.

Decades ago the word “bootleg” carried an outlaw connotation.

Every year, students from Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies have the opportunity to study under the school’s esteemed faculty while they research and study special to

On paper, Candance Lewis seems to have it all — including a Bisgrove fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship.

Talk to 10 doctors or academics and you’ll get 10 different definitions of what the word “resilience” means.

The rocks found on many islands have settled after a journey that began deep within the Earth.

Building a spacecraft can be surprisingly simple.

Janet Franklin, a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Since 1991, the Critical Languages Institute at Arizona State University has been providing students with the opportunity to expand their world view throu

Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere emerged as transient “whiffs” in shallow oceans around 2.5 billion years ago, according to new research from Canadian and U.S. scientists.

Associate professor Steven Semken of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) is a co-editor of a geology guidebook that has been given an award for excellence in geo

British biographer and scholar Sir Jonathan Bate comes to ASU on Nov.

Arizona is one of the most picturesque states to film a movie.

Good luck trying to get one made.

Episode I: The origin of ASU’s 'Star Wars' universe

Nick Salerno tells people that he grew up in the dark.

The actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday that he is HIV positive. He said in an interiew on NBC News that he was diagnosed four years ago.

Christopher Morehart, an assistant professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, is studying how changes in climate and in political structure affect how local people interact with

We all want to be on top.

And in the online realm of search-engine optimization (SEO), that means crowning a topic field on the world’s most popular search engine.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Apart from hydrogen, as many have heard from the Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson "Cosmos" series, every ingredient in the human body is made from elements forged by stars.

From Wayne Enterprises to Stark Industries, the comic-book world is all about science and technology that wows. Bionic limbs. Flying suits of armor. Indestructible metals. Flying robot swarms.

Late Friday, terrorists associated with the Islamic State, or ISIS, carried out multiple, simultaneous attacks around Paris, killing 129 people and injuring more than 300.

Man's best friend might prove an unexpected ally in the fight against Alzheimer's.

This year, tens of thousands of people around the globe — including about 12,000 in the U.S.

May

Arizona State University Regents' Professor John C.H. Spence has been elected as a Fellow of the UK Royal Society, as a foreign member.

With just a sniff, our noses can detect smells that trigger specific memories, tell us food has gone bad, or even connect us to a potential mate.

Eric Sheptock never thought anyone cared about his take on biodiversity. After all, he wasn’t a scientist – he was a homelessness advocate living in a shelter himself.

Saturn’s tiny moon Enceladus may offer the next best hope for finding life elsewhere in our solar system, astrobiologists now say.

Each time the ruins of Teotihuacan divulge a secret, a new mystery seems to arise.

April

What could you do with some scavenged supplies from the local convenience store? Create an autonomous time-lapse camera, of course.

How do humans obtain and transmit information in their social environments? What are the evolutionary foundations of human deception? How does human behavior vary across cultures?

Imagine a world devoid of animal life except for humans. Or a future where medical advances enable people to live for hundreds upon hundreds of years.

Despite having research experience, Katherine Sheppard, an earth and space exploration student with a focus in geological sciences, said she wasn’t sure if she was capable of her career goals becau

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ graduating class of 2015 has benefited from the breadth and depth of its professors and lecturers.

A new Arizona State University research study has revealed the fine details of how an experimental drug works to regulate blood pressure, paving the way to the development of better drugs.

Non-human primates can teach us a lot about ourselves, such as providing insight into how we evolved as a social species.

In the search for life elsewhere in the universe, Arizona State University researchers report that we can cross one potential off the list: cosmic neighbor and popular sci-fi locale Tau Ceti.

The Arizona State University Forensics (speech) team continued a remarkable awards season, repeating their National Championship in Division II of the President’s Sweepstakes at the National Forens

What do emotions in early modern England, revolutionary France, 17th-century China, 19th-century Russia and post-war Germany have in common?

While many view warfare as a breakdown between societies, Arizona State University anthropologist Sarah Mathew views it as an outgrowth of cooperation.

For centuries, humans have sought to learn whether life exists beyond Earth.

One of the most iconic images ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope – dubbed "The Pillars of Creation" – is the centerpiece for a celebration of the space telescope's 25th birthday at the final

ASU student Will Novak has a plan to beautify the 181 miles of canals that run through Phoenix.