ASU event to address human dignity and technoscience

Intersecting crises — the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and environmental catastrophes — have destabilized daily life and public institutions, rendering perennial questions about progress increasingly urgent. And yet, rethinking progress is not simply a question of what should be done through scientific or technological know-how; it is also a question of what it means to be human.

Gifted Valley high school students conduct real-world research at ASU

Adriana Baniecki is a home-schooled high school senior from Chandler, Arizona, with a passion for physics. She likes understanding how the world around her works.

When she was in ninth grade, her professors at community college presented physics as investigating the real world.

“We would drop balls off of the second story of the building, and measure and use all these lab analysis tools and stuff to kind of just show how the math underlies the real world,” she said.

$4.2M NSF grant will advance innovation in computational modeling for sustainability

Computational modeling is a surprising and extremely valuable research tool for developing sustainability practices and policies. It uses computer simulation to analyze and predict socioeconomic and environmental needs based on an infinite combination of factors, allowing researchers to formulate solutions and inform policy decisions that maximize benefits and minimize harm. 

Engineering innovations to enhance the performance of wireless systems

In the early centuries of sailing the open seas, often the only navigation tool was the human eye. Ships’ crews found their way by coordinating their paths based on observing the positions of the constellations of stars and planets in the sky.

Communications back then were equally old school. If ships were too far apart for crews to shout at each other, they would wave flags in specific patterns to convey simple messages.