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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.

Super Bowl is super lucrative

The Super Bowl is back in Phoenix for the first time since 2015. While fans around the world will be cheering during the Feb. 12 game, civic and economic leaders will be rooting for another reason — or a billion of them.

Eight years ago, the Super Bowl and related events produced a gross economic impact of $719.4 million in the region. This year’s big game combined with the Waste Management Open (Feb. 6–12) and Car Week (Jan. 21–29) is expected to help the Valley surpass the $1 billion mark.

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.

First-of-its-kind instrument officially ushers in new era of X-ray science

Arizona State University has officially begun a new chapter in X-ray science with a newly commissioned, first-of-its-kind instrument that will help scientists see deeper into matter and living things. The device, called the compact X-ray light source (CXLS), marked a major milestone in its operations as ASU scientists generated its first X-rays on the night of Feb. 2.

Experts from around the world gather to discuss Indigenous rights

Arizona State University is a place where big thinkers convene and important conversations take place. That tradition continued this week with a three-day international conference at the Tempe campus.

ASU’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics co-sponsored the “Indigenous Access to Justice Global Conference,” held Feb. 1–3 in the Memorial Union, gathering experts around the world and giving them an opportunity to connect and empower each other.

Navrotsky named Regents Professor for groundbreaking work in materials science

Alexandra Navrotsky has been fascinated with science since an early age, when she lived with her mother and immigrant maternal grandparents in New York City.

“My grandfather was a civil engineer — he designed highways and also loved trains,” Navrotsky says. “In fact, I learned to read the subway maps at age 3, before I ever learned to read.”

Navrotsky, who has earned many prestigious accolades, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences, will be inaugurated as an ASU Regents Professor on Feb. 9. The honor is bestowed to no more than 3% of all ASU faculty.

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