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When Gerald Farin worked with colleagues to establish the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM) center at Arizona State University, he showed how design and the arts at ASU, as well as other disciplines, could benefit from geometric modeling. This Friday, more than two decades later, a new visualization and prototyping lab at the School of Art’s Grant Street... Read more

In an effort to get young kids excited about the field of archaeology, Arizona State University held its first-ever mock excavation exercise Monday on the front lawn of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building on the Tempe campus. Preschoolers from ASU’s Child Development Laboratory had the chance to feel different types of animal bones and listen to... Read more

Could we help save the Earth by making everyday consumables more beautiful? An Arizona State University team’s study found that people used a lot fewer paper products when the items were more aesthetically pleasing. That could have big implications for huge restaurant chains that use plain brown napkins, the researchers said. Freeman Wu, a doctoral student in marketing in the... Read more

ASU School of Music Professor Roger Mantie The future of classical music is anyone’s guess, but Arizona State University professor Roger Mantie invites us to consider a world without it. “Imagine movies or video games without their classical music backgrounds,” Mantie said. “Star Wars without the John Williams soundtrack? Unthinkable!” ASU plays host to around 700 classical recitals in its... Read more

When pilots need to send or receive radio communications and radar information, they expect those signals to be clear and recognizable. The same is true for many aircraft and ground vehicle operators who rely on electromagnetic signals. Antennas and electromagnetic-based signal transmission, however, can encounter problems when the radiating elements, or antennas, are mounted on metallic surfaces — which are... Read more

Eighteen short dance films will be featured at the fourth annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival this Friday, April 14 at Sun Studios of Arizona. “The festival provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students all over the country to share their short dance films,” said Sharon McCaman, artistic director for the festival and a graduate student in the School... Read more

An ASU-led project that makes it easier for humans and robots to communicate is among the contenders for a spot in an international competition widely considered as the “Olympics of Technology.” Three doctoral candidates in computer science at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering constitute Æffective Robotics , one of 12 teams that will compete next week... Read more

Improving the energy grid in Pakistan is, without exception, the priority for a cohort of Pakistani graduate scholars studying engineering at Arizona State University this semester. Participants in the U.S.–Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies In Energy program, the students recently demonstrated renewable energy concepts during ASU’s Night of the Open Door — an event during which Phoenix-area residents visit campus,... Read more

Arizona State University archaeology student Claudine Gravel-Miguel went into her field of study 10 years ago simply for love of travel. Now, after falling in love with the science as well, her research has taken her to the Caverna delle Arene Candide in Italy, where she made a surprising discovery that is changing the way scientists look at human culture... Read more

Editor's note: Read an overview about the symposium here . The morning before the national title tilt between North Carolina and Gonzaga, during Final Four weekend, Arizona State University’s “Full Court Press” symposium hosted nearly a dozen of the nation’s top collegiate athletic minds. Organized by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Sports Law & Business Program , “Full... Read more

Arizona State University's School of Music welcomes Dwandalyn Reece, curator of music and performing arts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, for a weeklong residency April 10–14. During her time on campus, Reece will present public lectures on her research and curatorial work, offer career development workshops in the public arts and humanities and... Read more

The online “gig economy” would seem to create an ideal work world for freelancers, as employers can choose the best people for a project from a global pool and workers can bid on jobs in any country. But does the internet really make a true meritocracy? A new paper by an Arizona State University professor finds that some biases still... Read more

For the first time, Arizona will be hosting the nationally recognized Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon), bringing together scientists from across the country to report on new discoveries and to share insights in the search for life on other planets. “We're excited that the search for signs of life in the universe is increasingly geared towards exoplanets, which is a central... Read more

There are common phrases students hear throughout public relations careers. Aside from stressing the importance of accuracy and integrity, students are encouraged to secure internships, network with practitioners and build their portfolio. Each element works together to jumpstart their career even before they walk across the commencement stage. The Public Relations Lab at the Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School... Read more

Aerospace transportation and manufacturing firm SpaceX has selected an ASU-led team to advance in its worldwide Hyperloop competition, which aims to create a futuristic, regional transit system that hits speeds of up to 750 mph. The SpaceX challenge invites college students to design and build transportation pods that zip through a tube-based track. Eventually, it could result in a travel... Read more

“Who’s a good dog? You are, aren’t you? Yes, you’re the best dog that ever was.” But is he really a good dog? Can you really tell when you’re doing a meet-and-greet in the shelter? Is that how he’s going to be when you take him home? Are you getting Lassie or the Hound of the Baskervilles? These were the... Read more

Evolution and religion often evoke strong emotional responses that can seem undeniably incompatible. Yet, researchers at Arizona State University have discovered that using a short, evolution teaching module focused on the perceived conflict between religion and evolution actually reduced the number of students with this perception by 50 percent — a big success considering about half of all undergraduate students... Read more

Arizona State University biomedical engineering graduate student Aldin Malkoc was awarded the 2017 Young Chemist Award by Metrohm USA at the Pittcon Conference and Expo in Chicago on March 7 and received a $10,000 award. Malkoc is working on cooperative DNA-based molecular elements for electrochemical biosensors. His research is looking to improve on the specificity and sensitivity of DNA detection,... Read more

Two of the largest graduate schools at Arizona State University jumped significantly in the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, with two business programs ranked among the best in the country. The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College ranked No. 11 out of 256 schools evaluated by U.S. News , climbing three spots from last year. The college's graduate... Read more

A breakthrough is on the horizon for doctoral students and the dissertation process at Arizona State University. Digital portfolios, introduced in 2013 and accessed through MyASU by more than 59,000 ASU students, now offer innovative opportunities tailored for PhD students and their advisors. During the course of obtaining their degree, doctoral candidates typically meet with their committee and mentors through... Read more

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, doctoral candidate in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, is studying the gut microbiome — the cocktail of microbes in the stomach that help digest food and promote health — of house finches... Read more

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 methods for doing so, however, consume large amounts of energy and are not technologically viable. In a recent perspective article in the journal American Chemical Society Energy Letters, Arizona State University professor... Read more

Miles Brundage had just defended his dissertation proposal when he was offered a fellowship position at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute . Brundage, 29, now balances his role as an artificial intelligence policy research fellow at Oxford with his role as a PhD candidate as he prepares to graduate next fall from ASU’s Human and Social Dimensions of Science... Read more

Cecil Patterson is used to being a trailblazer: He was the first black judge appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court, the first black lawyer in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the state’s first black appeals court judge. What the 1971 ASU Law grad isn’t used to is tooting his own horn. So he’s got a bit of a... Read more

Academic scholars from prestigious universities, a former senator and a political analyst, among others, will discuss leadership and politics after election 2016 for the launch of Arizona State University’s new school. On Friday, March 3, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will host a public colloquium, “Leadership and Politics in America After Election 2016,” to mark its... Read more

A large group of students at Arizona State University has been spending every Friday night trying to figure out how to get to from Phoenix to San Diego — in about half an hour. Through a SpaceX competition, they’re working on a new form of proposed mass transit called “Hyperloop” that promises to hit speeds of up to 750 mph... Read more

Some pairs are better together than their individual counterparts: peanut butter and chocolate, warm weather and ice cream, and now, in the realm of photovoltaic technology, silicon and perovskite. As existing solar-energy technologies near their theoretical efficiency limits, researchers are exploring new methods to improve performance — such as stacking two photovoltaic materials in a tandem cell. Collaboration between researchers... Read more

The ASU Concert Band and the Harmony Project Phoenix are joining forces to present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre on ASU’s Tempe campus. The concert features world premieres of commissioned works for Harmony Project Phoenix soloists, all of whom are primary or secondary school students. Music composition majors in the ASU... Read more

ASU Physics Professor Robert Nemanich doesn’t have 99 bottles of beer on the wall; he has 75 bottles of champagne on the top of his desk. It’s a tradition that comes from commencement whenever one of his graduate students gets their degree. So far he has seen 53 students receive their PhDs and 22 obtain their masters under his tutelage... Read more

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. They live for the “rush” of city life, and all of the competition that lies therein. But a new study by Arizona State University shows the opposite may... Read more

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 Doctoral Mentors of 2016-2017 by Arizona State University Graduate College. Terence Tracey, Elly van Gelderen and Elizabeth Wentz have been lauded for their generous commitment to their students’ success while maintaining daunting speaking... Read more

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. Surprisingly, despite the fact that they influence everything from climate to human health, scientists don’t fully understand their impact. Yet understanding what role these microbes play is important enough for the White... Read more

Searching for new ideas and unique experiences with the family in 2017? Does your New Year’s resolution include medieval knights and chain mail, international culture, new-age cars, space exploration or Teotihuacan pyramids? What about discovering the newest career fields or meeting the brainiacs heading labs at the No. 1 most innovative university in the country? Arizona State University hosts the... Read more

Jeffrey M. Cunningham, the former publisher of Forbes magazine and board director of numerous Fortune 500 companies, has joined the faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management as a professor of practice in global leadership. Thunderbird is a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise. Cunningham brings a wealth of both academic and professional experience at the highest levels... Read more

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! Is it all really that rosy? In a post-Paris agreement world, as countries pivot towards sun and wind power, what will the hurdles really... Read more

As part of the New American University, ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts aims to embed arts-based study throughout the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally, including investing in K-12 education through community partnerships, initiatives and faculty research. Within Herberger Institute, the School of Music’s Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education (CITME) not only invests... Read more

Arizona State University’s Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (CDF) is partnering with Samsung Electronics to help the electronics giant tackle digital security challenges and advance research, education and entrepreneurship in the field of cybersecurity. As part of the partnership, Samsung Electronics will pledge $1.5 million over three years to support scholarship, student fellowships and competitions in the field of... Read more

Mechanical engineer Liping Wang imagines an energy sector enhanced by greater control over thermal radiation. To work toward this objective, he is designing and constructing a host of custom electromagnetic materials. An assistant professor at Arizona State University, Wang's endeavor is supported by a Young Investigator Program research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, totaling $360,000 over... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . Dominic Santiago Luna says that the greatest lesson his parents taught him was to be successful and then share. He took that to heart as a student in Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs. He was recognized for this effort... Read more

Wally Stoelzel can’t recall Newton’s laws of motion, but he certainly does not regret studying physics at Arizona State University. “My grandkids often ask me if I am sorry that I studied physics since I only got to teach it a year or so,” said Stoelzel. “I tell them … it was a pleasure to have studied the basis for... Read more

Forty-three exceptional pianists from around the world will converge on Tempe early next month when the ASU School of Music hosts the eighth Bösendorfer and Yamaha USasu International Piano Competition. Scheduled to be held Jan. 2–8 at the School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Young Artist... Read more

Jeremy Stutzman always wanted to pursue a career in the health care arena, but didn’t have the money to attend college. After graduating from high school in 2001, the Arizona native joined the United States Air Force Reserve as a medical technician. “Serving was a great option to gain experience in the medical field as well as access to funds... Read more

When archaeologist Charles Perreault traveled to Mongolia for some investigative fieldwork, he didn’t bring the typical tool set of shovels and spades. Instead, he brought two all-terrain Jeeps, beginning a new project that will improve our knowledge of the early hominin groups that occupied northeast Asia, including ancient Homo sapiens , Neanderthals and a newly discovered species called Denisovans. As... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . When Mary Drago participated in her undergraduate commencement ceremony, the Ebola virus had not been discovered and the term global warming was used in its modern sense for the first time. A lot can change in 41 years, including Drago herself... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . Saying that Arizona State University graduate student Cory Kamerschak is driven is an understatement. The 28-year-old California Bay Area native spent six years in the U.S. Air Force as a healthcare management technician where he was quickly promoted ahead of his... Read more

Arizona State University's newest graduates were encouraged to lift up their communities as they find success with the degrees they received Monday. ASU awarded about 5,200 bachelor’s degrees for the fall semester, with the undergraduate commencement Monday morning at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, and about 1,800 graduate degrees were awarded at the graduate commencement that afternoon. ASU President Michael... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . ASU student Darrell Stanley knew in his early 20s that he wouldn't always be able to rely on his body for a steady paycheck. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Stanley became a certified refrigerator repairman in 1996. Several co-workers... Read more

Arizona State University’s fall commencement will be a mix of new and old this week. ASU is awarding about 5,200 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate degrees in several ceremonies. The main undergraduate commencement is Monday at Wells Fargo Arena. Among the new ceremonies is the first commencement of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law to be held in the new... Read more

Editor's note : This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . An English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher to recent immigrants, ASU master’s student Sheila Cummings was happy but not fulfilled. The California-based mother already had a Bachelor of English from UC Berkeley; she had enrolled at ASU just to... Read more

A look at some of the standout students from ASU's fall 2016 graduates. Check back as we will be adding more throughout commencement week. 'Some of the best stories that have been told are true' For as long as journalism major Cassidy Trowbridge can remember, she’s enjoyed telling stories. A few years ago, she realized "that some of the best... Read more

Editor's note : This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . Full-time graduate study in English had long been Leslie Weir’s dream before she entered ASU’s master's online program, a way to make a career change from the financial management industry towards teaching and research. Weir discovered a love of archival... Read more

Editor's note : This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . As a returning college student in an Arizona State University online “Digital Literacies” course, Gary Walker-Roberts admitted that he was “not good at technology.” Even the word “technology” scared him. Despite his initial reluctance and busy schedule — Walker-Roberts worked... Read more

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . Extreme athlete Paulette Stevenson is completing one of her toughest personal challenges to date: earning her doctorate. Stevenson will graduate this fall from ASU’s writing, rhetorics and literacies program and with a certificate in gender studies, having recently defended her dissertation... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . A few months ago, David Roman spent nearly four days walking the streets of Havana, connecting to his own past and also seeing opportunity in the formerly closed off Cuban capital. Roman will receive an executive master’s in global management from... Read more

A group of toddlers sits in a circle, singing and passing around maroon and gold pom poms. When the they come around to a shy 2-year-old, everyone sings, “Who are we rooting for?” He shouts, “Max!” and beams a wide smile as they cheer. The enthusiasm is in contrast to when he began coming to these sessions a few months... Read more

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2016, click here . Ceramic cows are taking over an old warehouse in downtown Phoenix where artist Elliott Kayser has his studio: small, painted cows spotted with little bumps in contrasting colors, medium-size cows giving birth to shiny golden calves, a... Read more

The figurine of a bird in a nest looks like a little toy, but it’s also a powerful tool of expression for children who can’t talk about their worries. “It’s called play therapy, but it’s very serious work for children,” said Jennifer Pereira, a clinical assistant professor in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology graduate programs in the College of Integrative... Read more

The No. 1 ranked university for innovation by U.S. News and World Report is now offering an Executive Master of Public Administration degree that features a Washington, D.C. component. It’s available to public administrators and other professionals around the world. Applications are being accepted for the first cohort of Arizona State University’s Executive MPA program. The ASU School of Public... Read more

Suniya Luthar, ASU Foundation Professor of psychology New research from ASU suggests parents shouldn’t obsess over grades and extracurricular activities for young schoolchildren, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness. Doing so, the study says, can work against helping kids become well-adjusted and successful later in life. “When parents emphasize children’s achievement much more... Read more

The American Association for Physician Leadership has added Arizona State University (ASU) as its fifth partner to help physician leaders gain advanced knowledge and credentials. ASU’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery will offer a master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery (SHCD) through its Phoenix campus. ASU joins the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Carnegie Mellon University,... Read more

Twenty ASU film majors attended the first official film degree course a decade ago in a small teaching studio. Clinical assistant professor Janaki Cedanna has been there since the beginning and runs the production end of the film program from that same teaching studio, a 1,504 square-foot black box space located in the ASU Performing and Media Arts Building. He’s... Read more

Cooking. Car maintenance. Dance techniques. There’s a video tutorial on YouTube for almost anything, giving us one more reason to depend on the internet. And for third-year MFA in Dance student Katherine Dorn, this easily accessible knowledge exacerbated potential feelings of “imposter syndrome” as a graduate student and is the crux of her solo piece “You Are Here,” one of... Read more

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 for jobs outside of academia. What professional skills and experience will best expand career options and earning potential for doctoral students? Arizona State University is one of three institutions (the others... Read more

Recipients of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships are seen by the federal agency as potential leaders in research, teaching and innovation in engineering and science. Career success for these students is viewed as critical to the United States maintaining its leading role in technological advancement and its strength in national security. The NSF also counts on the students’ future... Read more

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a semester-long series following the production of “Feathers and Teeth” from casting call to curtain call. The cast of “Feathers and Teeth” has taken a final bow. The horror-comedy just ended its string of seven performances — including six sellouts — over a two-week stretch at Tempe’s Nelson Fine Arts Center. While... Read more

Three Thunderbird undergraduate students — Bryan Gomez, Leilani Viscaina and Lina Gookooluk — have been awarded the very first Gary C. Anders Memorial Scholarships for their exemplary ambitions, visions and plans to contribute to the global community. The Gary C. Anders Memorial Scholarship was established by Kathleen Anders in honor of her late husband, providing assistance to high-performing undergraduate students... Read more

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. H.E. Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah is the director general of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah — the Kuwait Museum of Islamic Art that now holds... Read more

In a joint acquisition, ASU has just scored what scholars believe is one of the most comprehensive collections of Western film memorabilia ever gathered. The posters, lobby cards, film stills, press books and movies dating from the early 1900s put the university and its partner, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, in position to boost research from several fields and help... Read more

How do you get Arizona voters to stick around and cast votes for the bottom of a very long ballot? That was the challenge put to a group of graduate students in Arizona State University's School of Film, Dance and Theatre. They were one of four teams commissioned by the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service to... Read more

The solution to a fraught moment in the first episode of the new CBS medical drama "Pure Genius" came from a real-world technology that has been advancing thanks in part to a collaboration between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Arizona State University: 3-D printed hearts. At least twice a week, surgeons at the hospital use the devices as they try to... Read more

When a troubled woman didn’t show up for her court date, the police didn’t try to arrest her. Instead, the chief sent two Arizona State University students to check on her. The two young women are working toward master’s of social work degrees at the ASU School of Social Work program based in Tucson, and are interns at the South... Read more

Pura vida! In Costa Rica, that national expression has many interpretations, including “Enjoy life,” “Take it easy,” and even “Hello” and “Goodbye.” Yet the literal English translation ("pure life") and touristic understandings of the phrase are lacking in comparison to its use by ticos — the Spanish word Costa Ricans use to describe themselves. Some ticos say “pura vida” refers... Read more

How do religion and violence factor into sporting events? Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht will explore these themes by considering the live spectacle of stadium sports in his lecture at 1 p.m., Nov. 2, in Arizona State University's West Hall, room 135, on the Tempe campus. Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Department of Comparative Literature at... Read more

The inventive theater company 600 HIGHWAYMEN has been lauded by the New York Times, American Theatre Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and other publications for its performances, which offer a new way of seeing for today and explore a radical approach to making live art. New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als once declared, “I wish to hear anything that 600... Read more

Companies, like individuals, need to embrace change and diversity in order to innovate — and innovation is the future of business, according to two of Arizona State University’s top business experts. “It used to be that you could develop a product or service that was world-class and it was hard for others to catch up, but now we’re in a... Read more