Breaking bad news

Through tears, a patient in her 60s asks what she could have done differently after nurses Alina and Viva break the news that she has breast cancer.

Empathetically, the pair explain that it’s not the woman’s fault, that these things happen and, because she has had regular mammograms, it appears they likely caught it early, offering reassurance that she has done everything right.

After answering all of her questions and providing resources and contact information, they stepped out of the room to debrief.

ASU, Mesa celebrate new MIX Center as highlight of partnership

Arizona State University’s new Media and Immersive eXperience Center in downtown Mesa was celebrated Friday as a shining example of the partnership between the university and the city.

Mesa Mayor John Giles described how shortly after he became mayor, about eight years ago, he first met with Arizona State University President Michael Crow. He wasn’t sure what to expect.

2022–23 ASU Organ Series celebrates female organists, composers of color

The Arizona State University School of Music, Dance and Theatre’s 2022–23 Organ Series is a celebration of the margins of the organ repertoire.

“We have a vast body of music composed for the instrument dating back to the 14th century, so it’s been fun to explore the many works written for organ by underrepresented composers,” said Kimberly Marshall, Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed Professor of Organ in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.

ASU partners with Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Arizona State University has announced a new partnership with the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a collaboration that includes the new Bernard “Bill” Benson Research Award.

The Benson Award will invest $300,000 over the next three years to further the research and education goals of the arboretum and Arizona State University.

Brit Burgard, a master’s student studying plant biology and conservation, and Guillermo Ortiz, a doctoral student studying environmental life sciences, from the School of Life Sciences are the first award recipients.

Wild horses reign on student field trip

On a Friday afternoon, in a dusty desert area known as Coon Bluff, students hiked through a maze of mesquite trees to the Lower Salt River in Mesa, Arizona. There, in the distance, was a group of wild horses. 

The students are enrolled in Arizona State University’s pre-veterinary medicine program, which prepares them for vet school or other related careers. The field trip takes place every semester as part of the curriculum for ASU's wildlife management and captive-animal behavior management classes. 

The experience is both exciting and educational.