ASU, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians celebrate generous gift to California Center, ASU Law Indian Legal Program

In a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 29, Arizona State University celebrated San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ significant role in establishing the ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles, located at the historic Herald Examiner building. San Manuel’s contribution also provided support for the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

OpenCitizen Gathering brings together thinkers to solve complex problems

The first-ever OpenCitizen Gathering, held this month, brought together an exciting group of thinkers and doers to explore a common challenge: how to enable community-based teams to problem-solve in today's complex world. 

Over the course of the weekend, OpenCitizen Project — a partnership between the ASU Interplanetary Initiative, ASU Learning Enterprise and Beagle Learning — shared tools meant to inspire participants to make change in their communities, including the five-step OpenCitizen problem-solving process.

ASU professor finds lack of empathy in police statements after killings

Expressions of empathy can be healing not only between two people but also between groups.

A new research study by an Arizona State University criminology professor finds that empathy is rarely expressed by criminal justice officials in the aftermath of police killings of unarmed African Americans, potentially missing an opportunity to ease tensions.

Zero waste water

When you think about wastewater — if you do at all — you probably think of reeking, worthless sewage that you flush down the toilet or sink and never think about again. When Bruce Rittmann thinks about wastewater, he sees potential.  

Rittmann is a researcher at Arizona State University who is leading a project using the greenhouse gases produced through wastewater treatment to generate electricity, create biofuel and possibly even make ice cream — all thanks to microalgae.  

Digital culture graduating student embodies ASU's entrepreneurial spirit

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates.

Hayley Steiner has already created one business and is now laying the groundwork for another company. 

“I have so many business ideas already thought out,” said Steiner, who graduates this fall with a master’s degree in digital culture from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.  

A unique Maya urn takes an ASU archaeologist on a surprising journey

He walked past the ceramic Maya urn dozens of times. Archaeologist Joel Palka knew from his extensive experience with Maya culture and art that the urn was unique. It stood 3 feet tall and depicted the full body of a cave-dwelling black God — not just a face. The artifact would take Palka on a surprising journey and eventually lead to international recognition during Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence celebration.