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2018

July

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on energy research at ASU. The 

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series on energy research at ASU.

Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on energy research at ASU. The 

Craig Calhoun, the world-renowned social scientist and former director and president of the London School of Economics and Political Science, has joined Arizona State University as University Profe

June

Each year, more than 32 million millennials, hipsters and music aficionados attend music festivals in the U.S., camping, clapping and dancing. Just imagine the energy.

May

Arizona State University and Hiroshima University in Japan have entered into an agreement that will promote academic exchange and develop joint research and educational programs.

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

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

April

Arizona State University’s reputation for innovation is not based on the ideas of just a few people, but on the collective creativity of everyone.

Arizona State University Associate Professor Diana Bowman has been selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as one of 31 recipients of the 2018 

How should urban planners and policy-makers manage autonomous vehicles?

In the midst of the Andean mountains surrounded by volcanoes, a group of ASU students visited the second largest supercomputer in South America, which cranks out data analysis for university

March

Tragic history was made recently in Tempe when a self-driving car hit and killed a human

Earlier this week, the first fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle occurred in Tempe, Arizona.

Editor's note: Friday's events at the Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center focused on helping professional athletes transition out of their playing careers, new ways of inv

A good book can transport the reader into a faraway universe filled with rich detail.

Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, has once a

Many universities have a presence in Washington, D.C.: a lobbyist, an internship coordinator, or a few folks who hand out swag and try to wrangle money out of federal agencies.

Science fiction books and movies have largely formed the public's worldview of artificial intelligence, often clouding the truth on where we stand with the technology.

February

Some of Arizona State University's best and brightest professors are headed back to the classroom. Kind of ...

The internet. We use it every day, all day, and barely think about it.

The 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" has ushered in a new creation — but it’s something entirely different than the familiar eponymous creature.

Access to energy is at the nexus of many social problems, and improving the ability of people to gain access to affordable, reliable energy could help mitigate the effects of poverty and a ho

A program created to cultivate emerging leaders as a force against climate change has chosen ASU student Kayla Kutter, who is pursuing concurrent master’s degrees, as one of its scholars.

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

January

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

2017

December

There was no shortage of changes for the nation and Arizona State University in 2017.

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

It started with a dance.

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to eliminate net neutrality.

Nearly 60 middle and high school students spent a special day meeting with scientific mentors and touring the state-of-the-art research laboratories up close at the

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.

Super strong people. Elephants the size of house cats. Whippets with the build of pitbulls. Apples that don’t turn brown.

Seven members of Arizona State University are among the 396 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious international scientific soc

Big questions about the nature of time and space and how they relate to mankind and the Earth have confounded some of the greatest minds since humans were capable of complex thought.

Technology is disrupting our lives at an ever increasing pace, but Arizona State University’s futurist in residence has a message about that: Don’t be afraid.

How does one eat part of a mesquite tree or a cactus?

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.

October

Disruptors and innovations in the immediate future, and their impact on Arizona transportation and the workforce will be the focus of this year’s State of Our State Conference, the annual signature

ASU’s cybersecurity guru said before a U.S.

In 2000, it was discovered that a breast-cancer cell line used in thousands of studies was actually a melanoma cell.

September

The problem was simple but serious.

Criticism of Facebook began last week after a news report said the social network enabled advertisers to seek out self-described anti-Semites and, revealed this week, published Russ

What kinds of work and recreation will the residents of Tempe experience in 2040? Will residents be using electric, self-driving cars for mobility?

[[{"attributes":{},"fields":{}}]]Arizona State University aims to position public libraries as key facilitators of citizen science, a collabora

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

August

Study abroad programs give participants — faculty and students alike — an opportunity to learn alongside others in order to understand cultures different from our own, gain valuable insights, chall

The Social Science Research Council’s InterAsia Program recently selected Britt Crow-Miller as an SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar fellow for the 2017-2

When scientists at Oregon Health and Science University announced Wednesday that they had successfully performed the first-ever gene editing of a human embryo to fix a mutation that causes a common

July

Science Outside the Lab (SOtL) is an experiential education program designed to teach participants about the relationships between sci

In the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, an area that extends 3,500 kilometers across eight nations including Nepal and India, approximately 210 million smallholder farmers engage in a practice known as

SFIS faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates were active participants in the 15th

June

There’s an exciting change under way in the scientific community.

A team of students from ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has been selected as a finalist to present at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York

May

Reena Patel is a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State.

Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is known for pioneering a new field of study around the invention and adoption of marine conservation technology.

Ana Lopez was lucky enough to find a job working at the Arizona House of Representatives shortly after graduating from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

The Faculty Women’s Association’s Distinguished Graduate Student Achievement Award acknowledges exceptional scholarship, research, creativity, and performance in leadership and service.

Arizona State University's outstanding graduates — both at the undergraduate and graduate level — have already started to change the world for the better, with great potential to keep that going af

April

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

The Computing Research Association, in consultation with the National Science Foundation, has appointed Nadya Bliss, director of ASU’s

When considering challenges such as staying on track for an on-time graduation, taking time away from family or work obligations and making a big dent in finances, the 

March

The fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) announced its selection of 67 nurse practitioner leaders from across the country for induc

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.  

WEST POINT, New York (February 22, 2017) -- The Army Cyber Institute at West Point and Arizona State University are pleased to announce the publication of A Widening Attack Plain, a new repo

Miles Brundage had just defended his dissertation proposal when he was offered a fellowship position at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute.

February

Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley imagined a doctor who created a new life form using lightning and stolen body parts.

Today, Ali Schachtschneider grows — and wears — edible skin.

A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases.

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute recently released its 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Rep

January

During World War II, the government assembled the nation’s top scientists and tasked them with solving problems to win the war.

It seems like our most pressing global challenges are growing ever more complex and interconnected, from climate change and migrant crises to childhood poverty and economic inequality.

Congratulations to the following students

The Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Te

In one of his first major acts, President Donald Trump formally withdrew the U.S. from a trade deal that became a flashpoint during the election.

Most people don't like talking about risk. Andrew Maynard is an exception.

2016

December

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

If you’re Laura Hosman, bringing educational resources to rural areas is what you do.

November

A cheap and radical tool that enables geneticists and researchers to edit genomes easily by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence is causing a stir among scientists.

A multidisciplinary group works to develop guidance for policymakers, scientists and society for responsible innovation in neuro-related technology and research.

 

Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group of futurists and visionaries gathered in a Santa Monica beachside hotel to conjure the future 50 years hence for director Steven Spielberg’s fea

During a flu pandemic, a homeless woman gets information from the city on how to stay healthy and takes it back to her community of homeless people.

October

Arizona State University has been at the forefront of getting ordinary people involved in “citizen science” — gathering information and learning to solve everyday problems.

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

Growing up in Mexico City, Carlo Altamirano-Allende envisioned a career as a physicist. He had the education. But his heart pulled him in another direction.

September

As autumn looms and temperatures drop (at least for for most of the world), Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project stirs to life wit

 

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.

Important ethical and legal questions are coming up with the rapid expansion of neuroscience and neurotechnology: Among them, how far is too far when it comes to science and the human brain?  

Many islands in the Pacific Ocean lack two things that are essential for accessing information and performing educational pursuits: a library and the internet.

Apple announced the features of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus this week, and among the changes stirring the most reactions is the elimination of the headphone jack.

Photo: PhD student Carlo Altamirano and Associate Director Clark Miller (center) with Pakistani scholars Nafeesa Irshad, 

August

“Science, pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble.”

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

July

Not everybody is a fan of sci-fi.

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

David Guston, director of School for the Future of Innovation in Society, reflects on the author's "diagnosis of the fear, alienation, and anomie with which people responded to the combination of r

June

A diverse group of Arizona State University students experienced a whole new world when they journeyed to Morocco in May to observe and study the complexities of sustainable development in the vill

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

May

Sci Tech host Hari Sreenivasan interviews SFIS Professor of Practice Darlene Cavalier about SciStarter, a website she founded to link interested people with  citizen science projects: 

Satellites used to be the exclusive playthings of rich governments and wealthy corporations.

Ever-expanding and increasingly capable technology is shaping modern life. And those rapid advances bring both opportunities and challenges to our society.

A 32-year Arizona State University tradition continues as nearly 400 Hispanic students will take the Wells Fargo Arena stage on Saturday to be recognized for achieving their academic goals.

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

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.

ASU's Wells Fargo Arena was filled with sports fans this past Friday, but not to cheer on the Sun Devils' latest basketball game — or any traditional game for that matter.

April

Tiny wings seeded with pig cells. An ear seeming to grow out of a man’s arm. DNA “fingerprinting” that produces images of smiley faces and copyright symbols.

The chairs of the wheelchair rugby players look like they were buried in a rockslide: nicked, scratched, dented and dinged.

Gaming has come a long way since the flashing lights and plinking sounds of 1980s corner arcades.

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

A new report from ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and The Breakthrough Institute calls for innovative adaptation efforts to deal with climate risks.

March

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

Risks and rewards of employing stratospheric sulfate aerosols to alter climate

President Barack Obama arrived Sunday afternoon in Cuba, the first visit of a sitting American president to that country in 88 years.

One of the scarier aspects of the Zika virus is the suggested correlation between microcephaly — a birth defect in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than normal — and an infected mother.

February

"Year One: Life at ASU" is a periodic photo series following five freshmen navigating their first year at ASU.

The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University has been ranked 10th worldwide among science and technology think tanks in the re

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.

January

Brian David Johnson is smarter than you are. 

When thousands of negotiators and scientists descended on Paris in December to reach an historic agreement on lowering the planet’s rising temperatures, they were followed by thousands of press.

For many museums, their popularity and reputation ride on how many Renoirs or one-of-a-kind relics they have in their collections. Not so with science museums.

Renowned futurist, technologist and author Brian David Johnson, who left his position at the Intel Corporation in January, will be joining Arizona State University as Futurist in Residence for spri

2015

December

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

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society celebrated its first cohort of graduates since becoming a new academic unit at Arizona State University in Aug

Federal Aviation Administration officials are estimating there will be more than one million drones gifted during this year's holiday season.

Innovation. It is a term that invokes hope, visions of the future, times and places that are different — and better — than today.

October

Arizona State University's David Guston was recently interviewed by the magazine International Innovation about the university's School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

August

Innovation is a complicated business.