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ASU remembers Lonnie Ostrom for his service to students, colleagues, donors

When asked about lessons learned throughout his life, Lonnie Ostrom’s most important takeaway was: “Friendships and relationships dominate the memories you carry with you. That’s what life is all about.”

Ostrom adhered to this principle closely, through his unwavering commitment to developing meaningful relationships with each student, benefactor and colleague he worked with.  

An Air Force veteran who died on July 4, Ostrom spent just shy of 50 years developing these relationships and advancing the future of ASU for generations to come. He was 80 years old.  

Universities partner to make chemistry more equitable

On average, Black, Latino and Indigenous students fail or withdraw from general education courses in their first year of college more often than their white peers. Similar trends are observed between students from lower-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) aim to change that, starting with general chemistry courseware that prioritizes equity through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Glendale Community College student shares her experience transferring to ASU

As an only child and a first-generation college student, Lianyue (Leia) Zhang decided to pursue higher education as a path toward better career opportunities and a more prosperous future. Originally from China, Zhang decided to first attend Glendale Community College directly upon completing high school because of the affordable tuition and the ability to focus on her studies as a full-time student.

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.

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