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Born to race: ASU alumna on the road to becoming an amateur race car driver

As a young woman, Arizona State University alumna Lisa Clark fondly remembers spending the weekends with her dad riding dirt bikes in the Arizona desert, tinkering in the garage and working on cars.

Over the years her interest in motorsports remained but took a backseat as she became a mother, a successful business owner and a real estate agent. In 2013, when her daughters were grown and moved out, Clark decided it was time to start a new chapter and further explore her passion for motorsports.

NASA's Perseverance sheds more light on Jezero Crater's watery past

A new paper from the science team of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover details how the hydrological cycle of the now-dry lake at Jezero Crater is more complicated and intriguing than originally thought. The findings are based on detailed imaging the rover provided of some prominent escarpments – long, steep slopes – in the delta that formed from sediment accumulating at the confluence of an ancient river that stretched about 120 miles (200 kilometers), feeding a lake that was 21 miles (35 kilometers) wide.

'Movies on the Field' brings local food trucks, merchants, more to Sun Devil Stadium

For one evening only on Oct. 16, ASU 365 Community Union and Hawker Street Market will join forces to present a unique night market experience alongside a special screening of Oscar-nominated film "Minari" on the field at Sun Devil Stadium. Grab a friend, bring a blanket and come hungry to this one-of-a-kind experience.

Interplanetary Initiative creates space for creative thinking

The air was buzzing with the sound of bright minds brainstorming processes to solve hurdles to space accessibility at the Interplanetary Initiative’s "Big Questions" workshop on Sept. 24.

With its signature event, the Interplanetary Initiative brings people across disciplines together to begin to develop projects for which they can then apply for funding from the initiative.

How to save more species before they're gone forever

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a delisting of 23 species that are believed to be extinct in the United States, joining about 900 species that have been documented as extinct around the world.

Even though the Fish and Wildlife Service produces this list annually, the numbers are becoming accelerated, according to Leah Gerber, a professor of conservation science in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences.

ASU research on protein responsible for detection, regulation of body temp part of collection marking Nobel Prize

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded on Oct. 3 to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian "for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch." To celebrate, the journal Nature Portfolio presented a collection including further exciting research focused on different aspects of TRP and PIEZO channels, proteins that sense these ubiquitous stimuli.

ASU selected to host NASA events for James Webb Space Telescope launch

The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful and complex space science telescope ever built. It is targeted to launch into space from Kourou, French Guiana, on Dec. 18. 

Webb will serve as the premier deep space observatory for the next decade, exploring every phase of cosmic history — from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between.

ASU professor awarded International Clarinet Association's highest honor

Robert Spring, professor in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, received the International Clarinet Association’s highest honor, the Honorary Membership Award, at the association's 2021 annual conference. The award, a lifetime achievement counterpart, is given to clarinetists worldwide who have made a significant difference in the clarinet world through performance, teaching and service.