Does the Super Bowl result in an increase in human trafficking?

January was Human Trafficking Awareness month. The Super Bowl, which historically has been linked to an increase in sex trafficking, will be played at State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12.

What better time, then, to check in with Samantha Calvin, an instructor in Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Calvin has studied human trafficking for more than a decade and teaches a Fundamentals of Human Trafficking class that is embedded within the college.

Regents Professor is an AI explorer of 4 decades

Arizona State University Professor Huan Liu is well-suited for his job. He’s known around the world as an early AI explorer, his research at ASU has led to seven patents and he has graduated 34 PhD students over the course of his academic career. Even so, he felt underdressed when he learned about his latest honor.

Last October, he was mysteriously called into ASU President Michael Crow’s office. And he felt his attire — a Sacai polo shirt and slacks — wasn’t quite up to par.

The state of artificial creativity

​If you have been on social media in the past month, you may have been tempted to submit your photo to a content-generating website to see yourself transformed into a futuristic cyborg, a pop-art portrait or a mystical woodland creature. Or, you may have explored the depths of your imagination to pull the most obscure themes you could think of to see what image the technology could dream up.

With the help of artificial intelligence, or AI, all of this creativity is possible and accessible at the click of a button.

Annual community activist forum and festival returns to ASU with a new location

Tempe, Arizona-based volunteer organization Local to Global Justice is excited to be returning to Arizona State University for their 22nd Annual Forum and Festival, an event that includes a weekend of workshops, spoken word performances, live music and keynote speakers, along with a community solidarity action focused on energizing justice.

Toward equality in sports

Sociology and sports researcher Scott Brooks is no stranger to inequality. 

As early as high school, Brooks remembers seeing a few players get more opportunities to stand out on his youth basketball team. They would get more playing time, more support from the team and more chances to score, all of which led to a higher chance of a potential career in the sport. His coach would take players out of the game if players didn’t play according to his expected roles, and teammates would sanction other players who stepped out of line.

Professor partners with Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics to bring ASU Worldbuilding Initiative to life

In her 2014 National Book Award acceptance speech, acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin said, “Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.”