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Astrophysics major already making new discoveries

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates.

As a pre-teen, Emma Softich recalls watching an IMAX movie with her dad about the wonders of the Hubble Space Telescope and viewing the amazing images from the universe and beyond. She recalls at that moment thinking, “I want to do that!” and knowing this was the field she would study.

Milestone: Arizona researchers sequence genomes of more than 100,000 COVID-19 samples

A massive effort to track the COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona over the past two years resulted in the genomic sequencing of more than 100,000 samples of the COVID-19 virus by a coalition of Arizona universities and health agencies, including Arizona State University, TGen, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

This joint enterprise provides a proof-of-concept for building a 21st-century infectious-disease surveillance system to help prevent, detect, monitor and overcome the next pandemic.

ASU course addresses 'female opportunity gaps' in sports participation

It’s just after 3 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon, and 11 girls from Holdeman Elementary School in Tempe are getting ready for their afternoon exercise inside the school gymnasium. 

Standing underneath one of the baskets is Austin Moritz, a senior at Arizona State University and one of five students from Alaina Zanin's Applied Coaching Communication class who coach the girls.

Moritz, a senior majoring in communication, was an instructor in the Marines. Getting Marines to follow orders is easy. Having elementary school kids do the same is not quite so easy.

ASU grads receive messages of hope for the future

Thousands of Arizona State University graduates who earned advanced degrees on Monday were asked to remain positive in these tumultuous times and to use their expertise to improve their communities.

More than 5,000 people earned master’s and PhD degrees from ASU this semester, and many of them celebrated at Graduate Commencement at Desert Financial Arena on Monday morning.

ASU President Michael Crow told the graduates to be optimistic and forge ahead.

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