The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Toward equality in sports

Sociology and sports researcher Scott Brooks is no stranger to inequality. 

As early as high school, Brooks remembers seeing a few players get more opportunities to stand out on his youth basketball team. They would get more playing time, more support from the team and more chances to score, all of which led to a higher chance of a potential career in the sport. His coach would take players out of the game if players didn’t play according to his expected roles, and teammates would sanction other players who stepped out of line.

School of Molecular Sciences welcomes eclectic new faculty

The establishment of Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences in 2015 was an important step in that it was the first public declaration by any department of chemistry or biochemistry in the U.S. that a focus purely on the academic disciplines of those subjects was no longer consistent with societal demands for scientific enterprise in the 21st century.

The pros and cons of ChatGPT

If you ask ChatGPT, a chatbot that was launched by OpenAI last fall, how it feels about being used by students to cheat on school assignments, here’s what it will spit out. 

“As an AI language model, I do not have feelings, emotions or personal opinions. I am a machine learning model trained to respond to user inputs based on patterns in the data I was trained on. The use of ChatGPT or any other AI model for cheating purposes goes against the principles of academic integrity and is not in line with the intended purpose of these models.” 

Serendipity leads Michael Lynch to being named Regents Professor

As one of the world’s leading quantitative geneticists, Michael Lynch knows everything there is to know about natural evolution.

Including the fact his life hardly evolved naturally.

“I’ve thought about that quite a bit,” said Lynch, a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and director of the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution. “I think there was a lot of serendipity in my life.”

Professor partners with Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics to bring ASU Worldbuilding Initiative to life

In her 2014 National Book Award acceptance speech, acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin said, “Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.”

Comprehensive statewide study tracks rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants

Having carved a path of destruction around the globe, the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 continues to recur in ever-changing disguises. Understanding the dynamics of viral transmission is crucial for ongoing and future public health preparedness.

In a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive statewide survey, Efrem Lim and his colleagues at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute teamed up with three regional hospitals to study the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants.