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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. Still, many students set out with a plan already in mind. That was the case for Marya Sabir. She entered her freshman year at Arizona State University's New College for Interdisciplinary... Read more

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 of Architects’ Phoenix Metro 2017 Design Competition. The team, which includes fourth-year architecture student Zach Bundy, recent graduate Nick Shekerjian and professor Elena Rocchi, was one of four teams selected as... Read more

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. The practice of exclusive admissions at top engineering schools — accepting only the top students guaranteed to be successful — does not help bring in a diverse group of students that will help... Read more

You’re at your front door, engaged in the universal human pastime of judging the neighbors. There’s Perfect Guy. His lawn looks like a flawless green carpet. His wood pile could pass Marine inspection. Your place is never going to look that good. Then there’s The Slob, with the blue tarp over the carport and a car perched on blocks for... Read more

Charlie Rolsky seems to be everywhere you look on campus. Tossing carne asada on a fire on a desert camping trip with biology students. Participating in an interpretive dance performance in the Biodesign Institute. Selling biology-inspired T-shirts for charity. With tattooed sleeves, the beard of a Sumerian general and a passion for the now, he tends to stand out. The... Read more

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 — although that is part of the package. Being an intern at the new Starbucks Technology Center at ASU’s SkySong means an opportunity to get hands-on, real-world experience at one of the country’s... Read more

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 Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Angers, France, coaching 30 American singers to sing in a language they did not know — from art songs to arias — and perform to a native... Read more

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. For Drazek, Arizona State University offered the perfect combination of programs and opportunities to prepare her for a career in public service. Drazek found a particular passion studying the criminal justice system as... Read more

The growing discipline of geographical information sciences, or GIScience, is receiving renewed focus at Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. To meet the demands of student interest, as well as to grow research opportunities, the school has brought on a world-class leader in the field to join its already-esteemed faculty and has launched a new research... Read more

Adrienne Baldwin-White never expected to pursue a doctoral degree, much less become an academic. Yet, with her doctorate in social work from the Arizona State University School of Social Work in hand, she will be starting as an assistant professor with the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia in August 2018. Baldwin-White earned her undergraduate degree in... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Recent Arizona State University graduate Daniel Mangu, a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Medalist, is going into the world showing that language and culture skills are an incredible advantage in any field. Mangu studies Russian language and mechanical engineering... Read more

It’s the kind of thing you might lose sleep over. How will humans survive serious infections in the future if we’re running out of tools today to fight them? Antibiotic resistance among disease-causing bacteria is of global concern, as some last-resort drugs can no longer cure common illnesses such as urinary tract infections. To make matters worse, researchers from Arizona... Read more

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 Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix. They got a reminder from their dean, Jonathan Koppell, of the power they will hold as public servants. Citing recent revelations regarding sexual harrassment in multiple industries, Koppell... Read more

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: Each year, about 30 students gain rigorous, hands-on experience analyzing and managing a small percentage of ASU’s endowment assets as part of the Student Investment Management (SIM) Fund. On Dec. 1, those... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Arizona State University graduate Javier Baez was interested in chess at an early age and enjoyed solving puzzles. He liked math but did not think about studying mathematics. He grew up in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora,... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . While Brigitte Lim was working on her applied project to promote employment in her home country of the Philippines through solar energy, she stumbled upon an opportunity to amplify her project’s reach. Lim heard about the Geneva Challenge: Advancing Development Goals... Read more

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. Like many first-generation students, her journey took a bit longer, but she knows that she’s secured a future for herself and her family with her bachelor’s of nursing degree from Arizona State University... Read more

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 market, which will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby, will sell crafts and baked goods made by refugees through a project by Arizona State University graduate... Read more

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. The program will provide four full-ride scholarships for a juris doctor degree and bolster ASU Law’s ongoing efforts to support and expand opportunities for veterans. The scholarship was made possible by a donation from Deborah Carstens,... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . When Michael Elliott served in the U.S. Army, his job was to launch Patriot air defense missiles; today, he aims for the sky through higher education. Having already earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from other schools, this week Elliott... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . By her own estimate, Pam Golden is responsible for bringing approximately 2,500 babies into the world. She’d always wanted to be an artist, she says, “but to do something humanly useful as well” — so first she studied medicine and became... Read more

Nearly 7,700 students graduated from Arizona State University on Monday and entered a flourishing economy with a good outlook for jobs. But as family and friends filled Wells Fargo Arena, the newly minted graduates were urged to continue learning throughout their lives. “We are an institution whose principal product is a master learner — a person capable of learning anything,”... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Robert Rowley didn't exactly take the traditional route to college. In fact, you might say he has never had a “traditional” college experience. “My family didn’t have the money for me to go off to school or venture across Europe after... Read more

It started with a dance. A belly dancing class — Raqs Sharqui — to be exact, where Lenora Ott first learned about the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society’s Global Technology and Development master’s program. After hearing a close friend in the class talk so highly about it, she decided to look into it herself. But what... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Martine Garcia is dedicated to being the change he wants to see in the world. The dual master’s degree graduate in management and legal studies is passionate about people, community and education and has spent the past year and a half... Read more

Arizona State University bid adieu to the fall semester of 2017, kicking off December with 28 graduation ceremonies over 12 days. Undergraduate commencement will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Wells Fargo Arena on the Tempe campus. Graduate commencement will follow at the same location at 1:30 p.m. • List of special interest convocations: graduation.asu.edu/ceremonies/special • Full... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Alexandra Birch is a violinist. This Dec. 11, she earns her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. She is also a musician who understands the importance of historically informed music performances. Birch spent the summer of 2017 learning... Read more

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. ASU psychology dean's medalist works to eliminate stigma around mental health The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized psychology graduate Ariana Ruof for academic performance and for being a great... Read more

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? Water/Ways is part of the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program — a national/state/local partnership to bring Smithsonian exhibitions and programs to cultural organizations in rural communities of 50,000 residents or less... Read more

Education funding in Arizona is one of the most complex, controversial and political issues facing the state. But a group of Arizona State University students eagerly jumped into this debate, coming up with their own proposals to distribute money to K–12 schools. The graduate students were part of the first “Learning Lab” cohort, an applied project that paired people in... Read more

Last year, for the first time ever, the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University hosted three clinical psychology doctoral students from Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year, the school welcomed two more doctoral students — Ariadna Aldarondo Hernandez and Yaddira Molano. Aldarondo Hernandez and Molano collaborated in faculty-led research projects... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Arizona State University international student Meng Wei has a global view of education. The Weifang, China, native appreciates both the subtle and large differences between American and Chinese educational values, seeing benefits and drawbacks of both. He is graduating with a... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Army veteran Christopher Gisriel, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2013 and is now graduating with a doctorate in biochemistry from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences , really excels in research. After graduating from high school in northern... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Naji Obaid describes himself as an “immigrant dreamer who fights for freedom.” A U.S. Army veteran, Obaid believes in the value of service — whether to one’s adopted country or to humanity at large. Obaid graduates from Arizona State University this... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . If Andres Chagolla III isn't careful, he just might start giving lawyers a good name. The Arizona State University law school student’s resume is loaded with academic achievements, awards, internships and scholarships, but it contains another achievement that truly stands out:... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Close study of older, English literature may not seem like a field with much to offer in the way of new discoveries. But one outstanding graduate, Victoria Baugh, has made some new findings in books that are 200 years old. The... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Constant discovery and innovation. That’s how Louis Schoettle describes why he chose to study immunology as part of Arizona State University’s microbiology PhD program from the School of Life Sciences , even though when he started his graduate career, he wondered... Read more

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . When Kyle Mohr was growing up in the mountain foothills of Cave Creek, he wandered the desert alone, thinking about how it was shaped. “I’ve always liked geology,” Mohr said. “I’ve always been interested in stars. ... I like the story... Read more

Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for projects in psychology, astronomy, neuroscience, anthropology and science policy. The projects will contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovation in science, technology and engineering. These graduate students received the fellowship based on their project proposals, which... Read more

Professor Danko Sipka has been chosen as the president-elect for the prestigious National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association. The board of directors unanimously chose the professor from the School of International Letters and Cultures to the position, with a term limit of up to two years. The NFMLTA is best known for the Modern Language Journal and its overall... Read more

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. They’ll go through hundreds and thousands of glow sticks, tossing them overboard when the catch is hauled in. It’s a cost of doing business, like fuel or bait, and it adds to the... Read more

Native Americans have distinct health-care needs. And now they have a new leader in health research who aspires to usher tribal nations across the country into a new era of medical discovery, treatment and support. David R. Wilson, an Arizona State University doctoral graduate and a Native American, is the first director of the Tribal Health Research Office at the... Read more

On Nov. 14, ASU Research Park tenants and students met for the Inaugural Connect @ ASU Research Park event. ASU Events and Research Park staff organized the networking experience to showcase the park’s research and development companies and build relationships with ASU departments. “The ASU Research Park enhances Valley economic development, advances the power of the university’s knowledge and provides... Read more

Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute played host to “Climate Change Theatre Action” Tuesday, an event communicating some of the most pressing sustainability issues of our society, by featuring three performances by ASU student actors followed by presentations from Biodesign scientists. The event filled the Biodesign auditorium and was presented in partnership with the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in... Read more

Scholars from the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Energy, better known as USPCAS-E, who attend the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar and Arizona State University will be bringing home an award that will make their friends, family and country proud. They competed with a range of graduate and postdoctoral level candidates from Arizona’s top universities in an annual two-day symposium... Read more

Michelle Marji isn’t throwing her father a party on his birthday this Friday. Instead, she’s premiering a new dance work at the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s Emerging Artists production — a dance piece that is all about her father. “I interviewed him last summer because I wanted to learn more about my culture and history,” said Marji,... Read more

Although the majority of Americans would not be here if it weren’t for immigration, there are many today who might distance themselves from their family’s immigration history. Judith Perera, a PhD candidate studying the history of immigrant detention in the U.S. in Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, realized the way immigration is taught and talked... Read more

Travel, language and culture can be rewarding as a tourist, but Arizona State University School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) alumna Brianna Rafidi shows that international experience translates into international career opportunities. “I am currently an English teacher at a primary school in San Severino, Marche, Italy,” Rafidi said. “I was approached about this position after I spent the... Read more

The digital age has revolutionized the way society intakes and produces knowledge. When it comes to contextualizing a religion in today’s world, online platforms can be a wonderful place to start. James Edmonds, a doctoral student studying the anthropology of religion at Arizona State University, is working on an online journal dedicated to the contextualization of Islam and Islamic thought... Read more

Exploring Mars with the Curiosity rover means identifying rocks and minerals that can tell scientists more about the Red Planet and its distant past. Since no human can yet walk up to a martian outcrop and examine it, scientists turn to the next best thing: studying rocks around the rover using its cameras. One of the instruments that can take... Read more

A quarter-century ago, Sean McCafferty was at loose ends and didn’t know what to do with his life. When inspiration didn’t strike, he turned to the Army. He quickly became a rising star, was sent to West Point and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. “My goal was to stay in the service until it wasn’t fun anymore... Read more

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards support to outstanding students who are considered to be potential leaders in engineering, science, technology and mathematics. The National Science Foundation (NSF) sees recipients of these competitive, highly sought-after fellowships as future contributors to the kind of high-impact research, teaching and innovation necessary to maintain the nation’s technological strength, security and... Read more

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more? Subscribe to the Knowledge Network newsletter . Fernando Cruz credits “the immigrant mentality” — along with his mother — for taking a boy from a Brazilian shanty town, or favela , and turning him into a successful entrepreneur. “I grew... Read more

It’s First Friday at the Children’s Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Amid the kids exploring giant bubbles, a kiddie car wash, and a paint maze, there is an 8x4 folding table with a red tablecloth draped over it. Behind the table sits the smiling face of Annabelle Atkin, a doctoral student at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family... Read more

Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone), an award-winning filmmaker, citizen journalist and educator, is the featured speaker in Arizona State University's Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community for fall 2017. With Josh Fox and James Spione, Dewey co-directed the documentary film “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock,” which chronicles the #NoDAPL peaceful protests on the Standing Rock... Read more

About four years ago, Arizona State University biophysicist Stuart Lindsay’s research team got a lab result that even he couldn’t quite believe. As with most scientific surprises, it goes against all conventional wisdom: the first evidence of a protein that could conduct electricity like a metal. It’s a result that could have important implications in medical diagnostics, but they didn’t... Read more

The saguaro cactus, a towering, charismatic icon of the Southwest, is one of the most recognized and beloved of all cacti. As a keystone species of the Sonoran Desert, it is also one of the most studied and an integral part of the desert environment. Despite this, relatively little is known about the saguaro’s evolutionary history. After decades of taxonomic... Read more

With smartphones millions of times more powerful than the NASA Apollo computers that sent us to the moon in the 1960s, scientists have been eager to adapt them back here on Earth to better the planet. That’s exactly what ASU Biodesign Institute researcher Tony Hu and postdoctoral researcher Dali Sun have recently demonstrated in the fight against infectious diseases. They’ve... Read more

A little sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. That is all it takes to keep cyanobacteria — the miniature versions of plants — happy. For this, they use carbon fixation, one of the most important reactions on Earth, turning carbon dioxide into sugars, fats and proteins needed to grow and thrive, while giving humans and the rest of animals a precious... Read more

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 was a graduate student in trumpet performance at the School of Music in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts from 2007–08 and studied under Regents’ Professor David Hickman. “I learned an incredible... Read more

What’s the best type of training for an academic professional who teaches in large classrooms and aspires to become a public intellectual? Athletics. “I embrace situations that are challenging and force me out of my comfort zone,” said Victoria Jackson, a lecturer in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. “I learned this from sport... Read more

Exploration. Creative observation. Removing the limits of conventional thinking. These are the words of Arizona State University art students exercising their creative minds as part of “Sculpting Science,” a breathtaking art exhibit with incredible ceramic sculptures, mixed media and drawings influenced by microscopic nature. In its second showing, 18 artists and nine scientists have paired up to examine the world... Read more

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 discovery, and plans for a new, permanent Postdoctoral Affairs Office are currently underway. The National Postdoc Association defines a postdoc as “an individual holding a postdoctoral degree who is engaged in a... Read more

Since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico three weeks ago, 83 percent of the island is without power and 36 percent has no running water. The humanitarian crisis there and the recovery efforts still underway in Texas, Louisiana and Florida from preceding storms underscore the importance of the work done by volunteers who put their life on hold to deliver essential... Read more

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 atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. Scientists suspected the 2015–16 El Niño, one of the largest on record, was responsible. But exactly how has been a subject... Read more

In a tribute to his impact on studies of medieval Chinese Daoism, former students of Arizona State University Regents' Professor Stephen Bokenkamp , have organized a conference in his honor. The Oct. 6 event will include speeches by Bokenkamp’s colleagues in the field and a presentation by Bokenkamp himself. “They’d been talking to my wife secretly for a long time... Read more

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more? Subscribe to the Knowledge Network newsletter . Even amid the rich diversity at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Faduma Mohamed stands out: She was born in the United States to Somali parents but raised entirely in Kenya. As a result,... Read more

Improving education takes far more than a better understanding of the subjects you’re trying to impart knowledge about. It’s equally as crucial to know a whole lot about the various people you are endeavoring to motivate and educate. Simply put, that sums up a core challenge upon which the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University established... Read more

In June 2017, three Arizona State University students received a very exciting email — they had been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) later this year. The students had submitted a global change idea proposal for a special graduate research conference they will be hosting, Feb. 1-2, 2018 . Larissa Gaias, Michelle Pasco and Chanler Hilley... Read more

Important messages and information regarding DACA rescission can be found on DREAMzone, a resource for the Arizona State University community. Read more

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. NASA greenlit the LunaH-Map mission two years ago. It’s the first NASA mission for Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. It’s going to look for ice on the moon, which can... Read more

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 time. Much of the content is from the Fremont culture, which lived in the canyon for many hundreds of years before roughly 1250 AD. Yet, there is still much... Read more

The problem was simple but serious. Dana Lewis has type 1 diabetes and is a heavy sleeper, and the alarm on her continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device that let her know her glucose levels were dangerously low wasn’t loud enough to wake her up at night. On nights when this happened, she awoke the next day feeling exhausted. It also... Read more

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. It lures scholars, playwrights, performers and students from around the world to study its costumes, scripts, designs and ephemera — but the reach for one of its most prized portions has been limited to those who could... Read more

If a picture is worth a thousand words then Syeda Qudsia’s master’s thesis must be worth at least 40,000 words. In March, she successfully defended her thesis at the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan on the applications of graphene oxide for solar cells, using cartoons. Syeda Qudsia attended Arizona State University last year as part of... Read more

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is holding the eighth annual National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Sept. 18–22. Arizona State University's Graduate College is joining the celebration by organizing and hosting a Postdoc Social and series of Brown Bag Talks. During this weeklong celebration, institutions are encouraged to plan activities that honor postdocs and recognize the contributions they make to research and... Read more

Kevin J. McGraw , a professor with Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences , has been named the 2017 Elliott Coues Award winner by the American Ornithological Society. This prestigious award is given to a researcher in recognition of outstanding and innovative research contributions to the field of ornithology, the scientific study of birds. The Elliott Coues award is... Read more

In August 2015, the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber and graduate student affiliate Beth Tellman from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning organized a panel titled “ Expanding diversity in the next generation of ecology .” This event attracted dozens of minority students who have led a paper just out in Science titled “... Read more

It’s official: Anthropology has gone high tech. From online museum exhibits to digital repositories and even the use of satellites to survey archaeological sites, there’s a 21st-century twist on nearly every facet of this evolving field. That includes ethnography, the study of cultures. Though ethnographers have historically observed their subjects in person, the fact that we now live so much... Read more

Polluted beach samples from Japan, whale poop stickers and bamboo cutlery. No, this isn’t something out of a marine biology trip; these are just some of the items biology doctoral student Charles Rolsky carries around campus to help him with his day. We peeked into the backpacks of four Arizona State University students to uncover the tools of their trades... Read more

There are thousands of printers, tablets and computers on the campuses of the nation's most innovative university. But tucked away inside an underground classroom on Arizona State University's Tempe campus sits a relic that has its roots in Gutenberg. It’s a breadth of heavy metal presses and moveable type, collectively weighing in at an estimated 30 tons. It occupies 2,000... Read more

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. Featuring more than 450 new students, the 2017 Juris Doctor class enters with an average LSAT score of 162, and a composite grade-point average of 3.75, the highest combined medians in the... Read more

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, engineering and math) and humanities. The ASU Graduate College’s "Understanding PhD Career Pathways" research will receive $80,000 to understand students’ career aspirations, levels of academic training for versatile careers and improve professional development for... Read more

Our daily lives depend on various networks — from the electric grid and transportation systems to online social connections — running reliably. At their most basic level, networks are a collection of nodes and links between those nodes. Using road systems as an example, a node would be an intersection, and a link would be the roads connecting those intersections... Read more

Editor's note: This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more? Subscribe to the Knowledge Network newsletter . An international student with a global history, Nancy Shereni has found a home at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The Zimbabwe native was an undergraduate marketing student at Oral Roberts... Read more

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, brought together scholars and activists from Kenya and the United States, and was co-organized by the director of the School of International Letters and Cultures Nina Berman, in collaboration with Kimani Njogu... Read more

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. Play is an important part of creating an emotional bond between a baby and a parent or caregiver, and an Arizona State University graduate student has created a kit of items to foster... Read more

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. Abdul Kashif Janjua, a fall 2016 exchange scholar from the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy at Arizona State University, analyzed data and patterns to find an equilibrium for both sides of the equation... Read more

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. A recent study out of Belgium found doctoral students were at an increased risk for mental-health problems due to the pressures associated with academia. Though the study focused on postgraduate students studying science or... Read more

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Want to read more? Subscribe to the Knowledge Network newsletter . When the twin towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, millions of people watched in horror from living rooms, offices, airports or anywhere a TV could be found. Among those watching: a schoolgirl in... 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 in biomedical research over the summer. Helios Scholars at TGen is an extremely prestigious eight-week summer internship program in biomedical research. Interns work full-time on a research project under the mentorship of a... Read more

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students. Priyanka Mathur has already accomplished a lot, working as a high-level marketing professional at a major corporation and winning a spot in a highly competitive MBA program at Arizona State University, yet one of her biggest inspirations remains her mother. “I was working with... Read more

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more? Subscribe to the Knowledge Network newsletter . What do Bolivia, the United States, Israel, Madagascar and Iran have in common? The answer is right here at Thunderbird: Juan Carlos Quiroga, who is traveling a dynamic path across countries and cultures... Read more

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students. When he wasn’t voraciously reading during his undergraduate years at the University of Chicago, Jimmy Garcia was lending his time and energy to bettering the community. He served as a member of both a student LGBT advisory board and R.I.S.E., a student committee charged... Read more

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students. Leah Tsinajinnie’s travels as a club member of the USA Ultimate Frisbee team has allowed her to see the world and make friends around the globe. “Ultimate Frisbee is unique because if you play the sport or are part of the community, you can... Read more

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, onstage or off. “I personally struggled through the process and battled with disappointment in myself,” said Greigo, a senior musical theater student in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for... Read more

Current ASU students who wish to apply for a 2018-2019 Fulbright US Student Program grant should be aware that the campus deadline is September 13. Read more

Ants genetically engineered to lack their “sense of smell” became unable to communicate, forage or compete to be a queen, as their antennae and brain circuits failed to fully develop. For the first time, researchers successfully shut down a crucial portion of the ant’s olfactory system by using the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. This finding, stemming from a recent study conducted by... Read more

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. If you think about certain characteristics of a material — hardness, for example, or ability to conduct heat — diamonds are usually at one extreme end of the spectrum. “It’s surprising that... Read more

A loss of oxygen in global ocean seawater 94 million years ago led to a mass extinction of marine life that lasted for roughly half a million years. Scientists have found several potential explanations for how the loss of oxygen happened. These could include enhanced volcanic activity, increased nutrients reaching the ocean, rising sea levels, and warming sea and surface... Read more

While clues to treating diseases that ravage the body and mind later in life sometimes appear in early stages of human development, studying a subject’s entire lifespan is neither efficient nor practical. So how can researchers study these early stages to combat diseases that manifest themselves later on? If you guessed through the use of pluripotent stem cells — so... Read more

Science Outside the Lab (SOtL) is an experiential education program designed to teach participants about the relationships between science, policy and societal outcomes in a place where decisions about these important issues are often made — Washington, DC. The program was developed in 2002 by Dan Sarewitz, co-director of ASU’s Washington, D.C.-based think-tank, the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes... Read more

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is joining the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program, a one-of-a-kind initiative that audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP developed to prepare accounting students for the digital marketplace. The school’s inclusion is part of an expansion of the program that increases the number of participating... Read more

The national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, promoted by NAFSA Association of International Educators , affirms a shared commitment to provide a diverse, supportive and safe environment to all students. Thunderbird continues to extend a warm welcome to international students. Top photo: Fungai Mandaza, '17, Master of Global Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management. Read more