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ASU faculty, students earn top honors at national communication conference

Five faculty members from Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication received honors of distinction at the National Communication Association’s 108th annual convention in New Orleans on Nov. 17–20. 

The NCA is the largest national academic organization that focuses on communication. More than 7,000 communication researchers, practitioners, faculty and students are members of the NCA, and more than 4,000 attended the convention. 

Webb telescope PEARLS project unveils exquisite views of distant galaxies

For decades, the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have provided us with spectacular images of galaxies. This all changed when the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched in December 2021 and successfully completed commissioning during the first half of 2022. For astronomers, the universe, as we had seen it, is now revealed in a new way never imagined by the telescopes's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument.

New research advances global understanding of dryland sustainability

Drylands are not only home to more than 2 billion people across the globe but are vital to global food and nutrition security.

Defined as lands having a scarcity of water, they encompass 40% of the global terrestrial surface and include the world’s deserts, savannas and shrublands. They house a variety of unique plant and animal biodiversity, and play an important role in climate regulation, with nearly 35% of carbon sequestration in dryland soils.

In short, the health of our drylands is vital to global sustainability. 

2 ASU students receive prestigious Quad Fellowships

Two Arizona State University students are among 25 students nationally who have been awarded a Quad Fellowship, an initiative created by the United States, Australia, Japan and India to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists.

Samantha Harker, a first-year PhD student in neuroscience, and Xaimarie Hernandez Cruz, who is pursuing her doctorate in industrial engineering, were among the winners named in a joint announcement Friday from the White House and the other Quad governments.