Faculty

Jane Goodall to ASU students: Without hope, 'we're doomed'

By the mid-1980s, Jane Goodall was already internationally renowned for her groundbreaking work illuminating the lives and minds of chimpanzees when she paid a visit to a research facility where the animals, humankind’s closest living relatives, were being subjected to painful and sometimes deadly medical experiments.

At the sight of one chimp in particular, called Jojo, locked in a 5- by 5-foot cage, Goodall began to weep. Upon seeing this, Jojo reached out toward her and gently wiped away her tears.

ASU names 2022 Regents Professors

David MacKinnon didn’t have much time to digest the news when Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow recently informed him that he was being named a Regents Professor — the most prestigious and highest faculty award possible.

“Oh wow, that’s great!” MacKinnon said. “But um … I have a class to teach in 15 minutes.”

Since then, the psychology professor has had more time to contemplate the award, and he says it has finally sunk in.

ASU's School of Molecular Sciences grad awarded prestigious NRC postdoc

As an undergraduate, Jacob Garcia was uncertain what his future would hold. His older brothers, one very tech savvy and the other a doctor, sparked his interest in science and chemistry in particular.

After visiting Arizona State University for the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities’ Conferences, Garcia — who hails from Evergreen, Colorado — was extremely impressed and decided to come here for his doctoral studies.

Machine learning identifies mammal species with the potential to spread SARS-CoV-2

Back-and-forth transmission of SARS-CoV-2 between people and other mammals increases the risk of new variants and threatens efforts to control COVID-19. A new study, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, used a novel modeling approach to predict the zoonotic capacity of 5,400 mammal species, extending predictive capacity by an order of magnitude. Of the high-risk species flagged, many live near people and in COVID-19 hot spots.

ASU professor receives national recognition for book, contributions to field of political science

Natasha Behl, an associate professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, has been honored as the recipient of the 2021 Lee Ann Fujii Award for Innovation in the Interpretive Study of Political Violence for her book, "Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India" (Oxford, 2019).

Down to the wire

Congressional passage of the national infrastructure investment act earlier this month means more than half a trillion dollars in new funding is designated to repair and upgrade American road networks, power grids, water systems and more.

Student earns recognition for increasing COVID-19 awareness in Guadalupe

When the small East Valley town of Guadalupe was struck particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona State University joined public health entities to implement ways to curb the spread of the coronavirus there.

ASU student Stephanie Zamora played a vital, visible and — as it turns out — award-winning role to convey important information to the mostly Latino and Native American residents of the town.

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