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2018

May

Qunshan Zhao of Arizona State University and Bisola Falola of the University of Texas at Austin are the recipients of the 2018 J.

If you could start any project right now, what would it be?

Phoenix Comic Fest will celebrate all things “geek” May 24–27, and while much of the science at the four-day event will be fiction, some will be the real

An Arizona State University philosophy student’s interest in the crossroads of education, childhood and political theory led him to writing a prize-winning essay titled “Do Children Have ‘Rights-in

Arizona State University’s Ira A.

Katherine Nelson is an alumni of Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures. Now she is studying law at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU.

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute executive director Josh LaBaer hosted more than 50 community members May 6 at BLD restaurant in Chandler.

Michelle Stuhlmacher, a doctoral student in geography at Arizona State University, has been selected for the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

Most people go to college to enhance their education, bolster their professional status and increase their earning power.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 comme

In the 1950s, after the Indian Relocation Act was enacted, Priscilla Espinoza’s family moved from the Gila River Indian Community in the far southeast Valley to Southern Cali

Arizona State University is partnering with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a new master’s fellowship designed to increase diversity among museum professionals.

Arizona State University doesn't do things small (except for maybe our nanotechnology research).

2018 Mirzayan Fellow at the National Academy of Science, astrophysicist, researcher, concertmaster/violinist, activist, policy director, scholar of classical Greek literature… just a few of t

Graduating from law school is a major accomplishment — especially at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, a top 10 public law school that ranks among the best in the

As an Arizona State University graduate student, Rachel Yoho wanted to push the boundaries of renewable energy research.

Frédéric Canovas is the faculty head of the French and Italian department at the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University.

The Arizona State University Department of Psychology won big at the 2018 Pitchfork Awards, netting the ASU Changemaker Entrepreneurship Team of the Year and Outstanding Graduate Student Organizati

April

Lindsey Conrow had hit an obstacle in her doctoral research at Arizona State University when the new PLuS Alliance initiative cleared the way for her to move forward.

"What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?

"Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song. And I'll try not to sing out of key."

We encounter light-emitting diodes on a daily basis — the indicator lights on our smartphones, on the screens of our flat-panel TVs and in the latest energy-efficient light bulbs.

Forrest Schreick has long been a friendly face around Coor Hall.

Sometimes it takes only a little bit of money to nurture big dreams.

Mark Alpizar, Arizona State University School of Music student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in orchestral conducting, was recently awarded the assistant conductor position with the elite N

Carolyn Rose Rynex, Arizona State University School of Music alumna, was awarded the prestigious 2017 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association for her doctor

The 2017-18 school year began with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law welcoming its largest and most highly credentialed incoming class of all time and will conclude in May by sending off a rem

Les Schiefelbein, CEO and founder of Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution, has announced a gift to the San

A new generation of science journalists and storytellers from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is producing a high-quality science series for A

Imagine a basic, primitive life form on a sandy beach. Its primary survival tactic is to get out of the way of potential predators. What is the simplest way it could move?

Leena Bui, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Blake Elliott, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, has received a Graduate Research F

Dogs — they’re our best friends but there’s still a lot we don’t know about them: what they daydream about, if they’re really smiling, why they’re scared and how we can help.

The tension is palpable as the two NBA executives confer in the hallway. They are about to meet with the team’s star player to negotiate a new contract.

Think of someone you trust. What is it about them that makes them trustworthy?

The wave of refugees that began flooding into Europe as early as 2014 as a result of massive unrest in the Middle East has shown no signs of ebbing.

If you believe it, you can achieve it.

Atop the hill at the end of a ridge, Union Army Col.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Arizona State University’s graduate degree programs within the College of Public Service and Community Solutions among some of the best in the nation.  

March

On one of the most memorable days of her life, Kaye Reed found herself holding the jawbone of an ancestor who lived 2.8 million years ago.

Arizona State University Assistant Professor Robert LiKamWa’s students in the Mobile Experiential Technology through Embedded Operations Research lab, known as

The global decline of amphibians over the past three decades is alarming, with as many as 200 amphibian species going extinct since the late 1980s.

Students from the Pueblo graduate cohort program at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation recently plac

Advent Diamond has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Smal

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication held its annual Welcome Weekend this month for 14 prospective doctoral students visiting from across the country, providing them an

A Fulbright scholarship is one of the most prestigious ways to study abroad, offering exceptional graduates a chance to spend a year researching, studying or teaching, all while broadening th

Strengthening the structural materials on which military forces depend is a critical challenge in national defense.

Eli Perez currently stands as the sole Fulbright scholar from Mexico at Arizona State University, but that is likely to change as ASU’s Graduate College carves out more opportunities for talented i

If it's late March and you hear cheers and boos coming from Stuart Rice's office, don't be too alarmed.

According to recent reports, diabetes is on the rise among youth in America, with minorities at particular risk.

Humanities studies and baseball? It’s not exactly an obvious pairing.

In the 1960s, an archaeologist named René Millon began mapping the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico.

Editor's note: Opening week continued at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at ASU.

A leading international society of nanotechnology professionals recently gave its top awards for research to two faculty members and a doctoral student in Arizona State University’s Ira A.

Young Nae Choi, a second year MFA candidate in the theater for youth program at the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, has been awarded the

Our current approach to cybersecurity is not working and it threatens our democracy, economy and critical infrastructure, according to ASU Biodesign Professor Stephanie Forrest, who spoke to a grou

Arizona State University and Coursera, one of the world’s largest online education platforms, today announced the launch of an online Master of Computer Science program.

Nearly 80 people attended the Biodesign Institute’s latest “Sip of Science” event Sunday evening at Tomaso's restaurant in Phoenix.

February

“Gunfire Erupts at a School. Leaders Offer Prayers. Children Are Buried. Repeat.”

Lizards have special superpowers. While birds can regrow feathers and mammals can regrow skin, lizards can regenerate entire structures such as their tails.

Student planners with Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning are raking in the accolades leading up to the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans.

How would you change the world with $1,500? The Woodside Community Action Grant wants to know.

Ants, like humans, deal with disease. To deal with the bacteria that cause some of these diseases, some ants produce their own antibiotics.

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute hosted the second event of its new series, “A Sip of Science,” Sunday afternoon at the Tavern Americana restaurant in Scottsdale.

Teachers and school administrators became students for a day — enacting the role of both engineer and client — to design and build a rough prototype of a smartphone case.

A leading criminology association recognized the work of two Arizona State University criminology professors and the research of an ASU doctoral student. 

When a teenaged Nikki Stevens built her first website, she did not foresee the barriers she would encounter in pursuit of her newfound passion.

Along with using her engineering expertise to develop cutting-edge diagnostic tools for use in health care, Jennifer Blain Christen is also venturing into new forms of treatment.

Krista Ratcliffe’s first semester at Arizona State University began in a cloud of dust.

Katelyn Vincent, Arizona State University School of Music Master of Music in composition student, was awarded an "Honorable Mention" from the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers

Entrepreneurs see the world in a different light, capitalizing on opportunity and balancing incredible risk with the chance of a massive reward.

January

With the hope that someday scientists will advance regenerative therapy in humans, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Arizona State University and two other institutions has discovered i

Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures is packed with students and professors explaining the benefits of studying language

Everyone gets nervous or anxious about something. You know the feeling.

Doing what's safe may be easy, but sometimes taking a chance can make all the difference.

Pope Francis, Elon Musk and Hollywood science fiction writers regularly envision smart robots taking over jobs and invading our privacy.

Upon graduating from law school, many students are eager to capitalize on all their hard work, and the immediate payoff of a lucrative job offer can be tempting.

A law school is filled with aspiring lawyers for whom the institution serves an obvious purpose. But is that the only career path that should wind its way through a law school’s hallways?

Cindy McCain told a roomful of young people that even if they haven’t yet found the cause that moves them, they soon will.

Some people think that STEM and liberal arts don’t go together.

It’s a commonly held belief that college is where you “find yourself,” whether that means realizing a passion for the arts or discovering a hidden talent for mastering equations.

A team made up of a student, a professor and a graduate from The Design School in ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts won the American Institute o

An engineering workforce that reflects the makeup of a global society can better design the electronics, software, infrastructure and other systems we use on a daily basis.

You’re at your front door, engaged in the universal human pastime of judging the neighbors.

For a team of 10 Arizona State University computer science and software engineering students, a Starbucks technology internship means considerably more than becoming a connoisseur of coffee — altho

Charlie Rolsky seems to be everywhere you look on campus. Tossing carne asada on a fire on a desert camping trip with biology students.

Taylor Hutchinson, a Doctor of Musical Arts student in music performance in Arizona State University's School of Music, spent summer 2017 as a collaborative pianist intern at the Franc

2017

December

After graduating with master’s degree in public policy this fall, Megan Drazek begins work as an auditor at the Arizona Office of the Auditor General in January.

The growing discipline of geographical information sciences, or GIScience, is receiving renewed focus at Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Adrienne Baldwin-White never expected to pursue a doctoral degree, much less become an academic.

It’s the kind of thing you might lose sleep over.

The 350 graduates who participated in Arizona State University's College of Public Service and Community Solutions Convocation received more than recognition for their degrees Tuesday night at Come

After 10 years, three changes of major and two children, Ashley Pitman graduated from college this week — the first in her family to earn a degree.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Endowed funds are an important source of revenue for the long-term health of Arizona State University’s research, teaching and learning activities, but their returns are not just monetary: Ea

You can finish your holiday shopping and help the refugee and immigrant community at the same time by shopping at the pop-up Global Market at Phoenix City Hall this Friday.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is offering a new scholarship program specifically for veterans of the U.S. military.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Nearly 7,700 students graduated from Arizona State University on Monday and entered a flourishing economy with a good outlook for jobs.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

It started with a dance.

Arizona State University bid adieu to the fall semester of 2017, kicking off December with 28 graduation ceremonies over 12 days.

Approximately 7,700 students are headed out into the world after graduating from Arizona State University at fall commencement Dec. 11. Here's a look at some of those exceptional grads.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

How often do you think about water? You may be told to conserve water or drink more of it, but do you know where it all comes from?

Education funding in Arizona is one of the most complex, controversial and political issues facing the state.

Last year, for the first time ever, the T.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

November

When trawlers head out to sea to fish for halibut, tuna and swordfish, fishermen spend hours attaching glow sticks near hooks so fish can see the bait.

Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowsh

Professor Danko Sipka has been chosen as the president-elect for the prestigious National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association.

Native Americans have distinct health-care needs.

October

Micah Wilkinson, former Arizona State University School of Music student, won the position of principal trumpet of the internationally acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for 2017. Wilkinson wa

What’s the best type of training for an academic professional who teaches in large classrooms and aspires to become a public intellectual? Athletics.

Arizona State University’s Graduate College took part in its very first National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) celebration this September to honor postdocs and their achievements in research and

Exploration. Creative observation. Removing the limits of conventional thinking.

Since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico three weeks ago, 83 percent of the island is without power and 36 percent has no running water.

A new NASA study, with support from an Arizona State University atmospheric scientist, provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in

In a tribute to his impact on studies of medieval Chinese Daoism, former students of Arizona State University Regents' Professor Stephen Bokenkamp

Improving education takes far more than a better understanding of the subjects you’re trying to impart knowledge about.

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more?

September

In June 2017, three Arizona State University students received a very exciting email — they had been selected to attend the

It’s a spacecraft the size of a shoebox, and, if all goes well, it will launch on a voyage to the moon in about two years.

Sometimes called the world’s longest art gallery, Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon is home to prolific rock art, structures and artifacts from historic cultures, creating a visual story of life during that

The problem was simple but serious.

Arizona State University’s Child Drama Collection is the largest, most utilized and internationally renowned youth-theater repository in the world, according to university officials.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then Syeda Qudsia’s master’s thesis must be worth at least 40,000 words.

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is holding the eighth annual National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Sept. 18–22.

In August 2015, the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber and

It’s official: Anthropology has gone high tech.

There are thousands of printers, tablets and computers on the campuses of the nation's most innovative university.

Polluted beach samples from Japan, whale poop stickers and bamboo cutlery.

Growing in size and also in stature, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University welcomes its largest and most accomplished incoming class this fall.

Arizona State University’s Graduate College has been selected to participate in a $2 million multi-institutional grant, aimed at studying doctoral career pathways for STEM (science, technology, eng

Editor's note: This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more?

Our daily lives depend on various networks — from the electric grid and transportation systems to online social connections — running reliably.

August

In June, several academic units from across Arizona State University co-sponsored a conference on "Disability and Social Justice in Kenya." The conference, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, b

Rolling a ball to a baby can be adorable fun, but it’s also a way to build a crucial bond that can affect the child’s emotional growth.

It can be tricky balancing affordable electricity bills for customers and profits for utility companies, but the happy medium might lie in solar energy storage.

Noisy roommates. Rigorous coursework. Sleep deprivation. Hunger pangs. Burgeoning romances.

Such are the woes of college life, but they can create real, substantial problems for students.

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Want to read more?

Three undergraduate biochemistry students from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences presented at the Helios Scholars TGen 2017 Intern Symposium on July 28, showcasing their work

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students.

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more?

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students.

Her sophomore year, Anissa Griego served as the assistant director and choreographer for the Lyric Opera Theatre student production of “Grease.” It was one of the greatest challenges of her life, o

Diamonds are among the most coveted objects in the world. As gemstones, they are brilliant, rare and symbolic. As a raw material, they are a physicist’s best friend.