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2022

August

The School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University will celebrate the 18th annual Seeking Justice in Arizona Fal

During the initial phases of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Arizona State University President Michael Crow had a conversation with Mastercar

Faculty and staff from the School of Molecular Sciences provided hands-on laboratory activities and interacted with high school students in Arizona State University's Migratory Student Summer Acade

July

Faculty in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences welcomed first-year students, sophomores and juniors to the Tempe campus this summer for a 10-week opportunity to perform su

Great ideas often come directly from students.

With online learning on the rise, more high school students are accessing their education fully online.

At Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences, ecological, ethical and molecular ways of thinking are being combined to design processes that are les

This summer, Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences provided in-person instruction to a record number of 540 enrolled online students, who took l

Arizona State University has become widely recognized as one of the most innovative

Since 2018, Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has hosted hundreds of kids and t

A criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri-St.

Arizona State University made headlines around the country when it topped Stanford recently to secure the

Eight Flinn Scholars, winners of the state’s most prestigious scholarship, have chosen to become Arizona State University Sun Devils this fall semester.

ASU Prep Digital, an accredited, online K–12 school offered through Arizona State University, has partnered with Google Public Sector

The construction industry is poised to grow dramatically during the next decade.

This fall, Arizona State University students will have a chance to gain a deeper understanding of economics by diving into the history of economic thought — from the classical political econo

Every summer, around 200 high school students from metro Phoenix spend time at Arizona State University in the Upward Bound program, where they learn what it’s like to be on a college campus — and

This fall, 20 first-generation college students from around the state will attend Arizona State University, courtesy of the Dorrance Foundation for Education.

Students swiftly putting the finishing touches on their fluid power vehicles; professors and mentors anxiously watching as teams make their way to the starting line; and judges and industry members

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.

Navi Nurses has experienced spectacular growth in its short time in business.

An Arizona State University lab has received a new state grant to study how the COVID-19 pandemic affected efforts to find missing and murdered Indigenous persons.

Perhaps one of the most well known or studied patterns in human nature is DNA — microscopic strands of protein that code everything from our eye color, to our body type, our potential suscept

June

This fall, with the addition of 22 new programs, ASU Online will offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and emphases.

Visual communicators almost always work in the background as they employ a variety of technologies to generate awareness and interest, evoke emotion and inspire change or action.

Over the last century, the realm of space exploration has shifted from something that was available almost exclusively to the elite of society – governments, militaries, engineers, astronauts – to

The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University has announced 11 faculty members as new fellows for 2022–23.

Rachael Kha grew up in a STEM-oriented environment.

Fifty years ago on June 23, 1972, then-President Richard Nixon signed into law 37 words that would crystallize gender equity in education as a civil right.

Returning to school at the age of 46, nontraditional transfer student Shari Burnett encourages anyone who is interested in continuing their academic journey to find the courage and “go for it

As announced by the NCAA Tuesday, Arizona State University recorded a multiyear Academic Progress Rate average of 995 over a four-year period (2017–18 to 2020–21), which is an all-time ASU hi

For the first time in nearly 20 years, there will be new leadership this fall at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

The last few years have been difficult for everyone dealing with the collective trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic — and educators are no exception.

The roads we drive on are made up of crushed and screened aggregates of gravel and sand mixed with a petroleum-based asphalt binder that is a byproduct of the oil refining process.

Israelis and Palestinians have spent 75 years immersed in a complex dispute about international law, sovereignty and human rights.

Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences celebrated its largest-ever graduating class

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.

A Kansas public administration professor known for her interdisciplinary approach will be the new director of Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs,

First-generation transfer student Ludwig Lopez credits his family for inspiring him to further his academic pursuits upon completion of high school.

May

James Edmonds, an Arizona State University alumnus who earned his PhD in religious studies in 2021, taught a course as a faculty associate on Buddhism this spring for the first time and opene

Arizona State University has a long-standing reputation in natural and artificial photosynthesis research, thanks in part to Ana and Tom Moore, who have been important members of the School of Mole

Carolina Lopez, a triple-alumna of Arizona State University, said she learned valuable lessons as a student that inform her work as an attorney.

Arizona State University transfer student Francie Igboabuchi began her path to higher education at Green River College afte

George Ramos and Jesus Ledezma think stuttering is a misunderstood condition and that myths about it should be dispelled.

Josephine Godwyll was only supposed to be at Arizona State University for a few weeks in 2016.

Each year, Arizona State University hosts multiple convocations to recognize the achievements of a wide variety of students, including international students, Hispanic students, military veterans a

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Editor's note: ASU News reporter Marshall Terrill, photographer Charlie Leight and videographer Ken Fagan spent the past school year following Kiera Charley's jour

Festive shouts from families and friends reverberated throughout Desert Financial Arena on May 10 as Arizona State University conferred degrees from the Wat

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University offers courses that nearly every ASU student takes at some point in their college jour

The past four decades have seen many advances in electron microscopy at Arizona State University, and Ray Carpenter has been instrumental in many of them.

Eric Bing, Thunderbird alumnus, chancellor and CEO of The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) has been named the spring 2022 convocation speaker for the

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 un

STEM education isn’t typically offered at the grade-school level, but a group of local science, technology, engineering and math activists, including faculty members and students from the

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.

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Thu Thao Nguyen, an Arizona State University PhD student working with School of Molecular Sciences Associate Professor Ryan Trovitch, has developed a catalyst that provides a sustainable and effici

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Arizona State University transfer student Paulette Iniguez Erunez is the first in her family to not only study outside of her home country of Mexico, but also the first to continue her studie

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Lynette Hrabik, a senior at Arizona State University studying political science and sociology,

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April

Contemporary trends in commercial chemistry laboratory techniques are moving toward incorporation of more automation and remote access to scientific instrumentation and analysis.

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Arizona State University’s Durham Hall has been transmogrified, in the words of one of its inhabitants, from “one of the ugliest buildings on campus to one of the most beautiful.”

Imagine a college campus where free speech was limited or even prohibited.

Ask any college student: Finals week can often bring a lot of stress, but Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students at Arizona State University didn’t want that to be the ca

While wandering Arizona State University’s campus in the late 1970s as a self-professed chemistry nerd, the young Gary Cabirac had no idea he wo

As the old adage goes, it’s not about where you start — it’s where you end up.

On May 11, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at the spring

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Seeing the future isn’t normally possible.

From states of decay to pathogen detection in blood, Arizona State University undergraduate students presented on various physics topics to help further scientific research. 

The 2022 Distinction of Merit and Scholastic Occupation (DMSO) teacher award was presented to Laura Ackerman-Biegasiewicz, who teaches in Arizo

It’s an early morning wake-up call for Trinity Smith, lead teaching fellow and student studying business data analytics at Arizona State University's 

Responding to the needs of social work students who seek the flexibility of online learning, this fall Arizona State University’s School of Social Work wil

On Q Financial Inc., a national home mortgage lender, has selected senior Royce Perez as the recipient of the Josiah N.

The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is connected to its ability to trap heat at Earth’s surface.

Always eager to be involved, Nicolas Khonaysser stays busy as a double major working toward a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the

March

Arizona State University student Lauren Harstad is the recipient of a 2022 Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholar

DNA provides instructions that allow organisms to reproduce, adapt and grow, including when the organism is injured in some way.

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On March 3, the Arizona State University School of Molecular Sciences held a special event to remember and celebrate the life and science of longtime faculty member and colleague (Charles) Austen A

The School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University will celebrate the 22nd annual John P.

The United States of America is in constant change and under great pressure from many directions.

Stanlie James, a professor emeritus and former vice provost of inclusion and community engagement at Arizona State University, is a lifelong learner and advocate for women’s and Black issues in the

For students across the country, spring break is an opportunity to reset mid-semester and let loose from school.

As Mark Jacobs prepares to wrap up nearly 20 years of service to Arizona State University, his influence as dean of Barrett, The Honors College is apparent.

On March 17, the Sun Devil community will unite once again for Sun Devil Giving Day, a universitywide day of giving when Arizona State University supporters come together to champion the causes the

If you’re feeling like recent geopolitical events have that grim, here-we-go-again vibe, you’re not alone.

As part of its mission to widen access to higher education, Arizona State University sent “acceptance letters” to more than 1,450 senior high school students in Phoenix at the start of the school y

It was early January when the three students in Arizona State University's Veterans Imagination Project pilot program got together to talk about the first week of class.

February

Since launching the first online degree in 2017, the number of chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate majors in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University has more than doubled.

First-generation college-goers can feel caught between two worlds as they navigate their new lives, but Arizona State University supports this population of students in many different ways.

On Feb. 28, the Graduate College will honor four Arizona State University graduate professors with Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards.

Dave MacKinnon’s body has endured several injuries from years of playing hockey: a concussion, a separated shoulder, broken teeth and stitches in strange places.

A common reason people return to college is to advance their education and their careers. It was the main reason for Jason Herman, too. But he didn’t just advance in his career.

Can a person with no formal power create social change?

How do you become a Regents Professor, the elite of the academic world, specializing in chaos? Sometimes it’s just random.

When Carolina Vibbert was a fifth grade teacher, she realized that her passion was classical liberal education and started to look for a master’s program in the field.

Online degree programs have been improving access to higher education for years, but the massive switch during the pandemic highlighted the benefits of digital degree programs, according to several

January

Sharks are some of the most threatened animals on Earth, and while many scientists want to dedicate their research to helping to save sharks, many report that they don’t know how to do this effecti

Their younger sister Yulia Chavez was the first to tell them the good news.

Angel Orozco is paving an outstanding path of academic success, service to the country and financial stability for his future.

This spring, Arizona State University psychology graduate students Marissa Castellana and Jeri Sasser launched a

Arizona State University’s online bachelor’s programs in business and online master’s in educational administration have been ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Not everyone makes a best friend in college who will become a trusted ally and colleague for years to come.

In May 2020, Arizona State University reached a major milestone when it enrolled approximately 3,500 American Indian students.

Kimberly Scott has been named to a new role focused on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion opportunities in philanthropy, and expanding faculty involvement in philanthropy.

Have you ever thought about the amount of single-use plastic cutlery disposed of daily on the ASU Tempe campus? How about in a semester? Or a year?

Arizona State University alumnus, staff member and community leader 

2021

December

The summer of 2020 gave way to the largest protests for racial justice and civil rights in the U.S. during the 21st century.

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A class of Arizona State University students, who were the first to use the new Dreamscape Learn virtual reality platform, unveiled their time-traveling climate-change scenario on Friday.

November

The American Geophysical Union recently announced the selection of the first cohort of Academy Fellows for its LANDInG Academy to inclu

The first-ever OpenCitizen Gathering, held this month, brought together an exciting group of thinkers and doers to explore a common challenge: how to e

Students find their way to Arizona State University at many points in their lives — straight after high school, transferring from community college or mid-career.

He walked past the ceramic Maya urn dozens of times. Archaeologist Joel Palka knew from his extensive experience with Maya culture and art that the urn was unique.

What do you do with a degree in interdisciplinary studies?

Everything, as it turns out.

For every College of Health Solutions student who has ever wished for an older sibling on campus to help them navigate ASU, here’s the next best thing — health solutions alumni.

David MacKinnon didn’t have much time to digest the news when Arizona State University President Michael M.

Regents Professor Peter Buseck has an enduring and productive relationship with Arizona State University’s

A collaborative group of scholars from Arizona State University was awarded $2 million by the

Central Arizona College transfer student Hilda Olsen wanted to return to college because she knew she needed to obtain an education to better support herself an

The Arizona State University School of Life Sciences was recently awarded three Online Undergraduate Research Scholars (OURS) pro

In spring 2022, Arizona State University undergraduates will have an opportunity to study the First Amendment and campus free speech controversies with one of the nation’s foremost authorities on f

October

Emeritus Professor Sandra Pizzarello is remembered by friends and colleagues in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences for her kindness, achievements and integrity.

Four years ago, the Arizona State University Alumni Association began offering alumni educators complimentary Sun Devil teacher packs

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct.

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering’s Fabrication Lab (FabLab) team launched a series of workshops to offer a creative outlet for students while they were virtually attending classes la

Chris Herbst says that running 55 miles at a time can be so brutal that he enters a state he calls “the pain cave.”

Arizona State University Associate Professor of Arabic Miral Mahgoub al-Tahawy will spend a

September

Every year, the gladiators of hacking meet to sharpen their skills and compete in the world’s most elite digital coliseum — DEF CON.

Only a year and a half have gone by since Jon Gould arrived at Arizona State University, but as he leaves for California, he said the school he

For over 200 years, Los Angeles has been a place of new beginnings and innovative spirits. It seems only fitting that Arizona State University has begun a new chapter in this global city.

Two Arizona State University School of Public Affairs professors began work this fall in national leadership positions in prestigious research and education organ

From the recent Facebook data breach of over 500 million accounts, to stories of hackers getting into family homes through baby monitors, we are constantly bombarded by headlines of hackers taking

In every culture across time, rituals and symbols have endured because they help us to bond with each other and give meaning to our shared experiences.

It is with sadness that the ASU School of Molecular Sciences announces the death of Regents Professor George “Bob” Pettit, who died on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Maria Perez Martinez is a former transfer student from Cochise College who was part of the MyPath2ASU program.

They’ve got the year-round sunshine. They’ve got the big lake. They’ve got the mountains. And now they have more students.

Products manufactured using plastics, foams and other polymers are used around the world.

The Phoenix Indian Center recently honored Christopher Sharp (Colorado River Indian tribes), a clinical assistant professor in Arizona State University's Schoo

In 2020, Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies partnered with the Department of Psychology

Arizona State University alumnus Chris Gisriel, currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University, was recently awarded a Pathway to Independence Award by the Nat

The Pandemic Reader” is a new collection of essays edited by faculty in Arizona State University's School of Social Transformation, in Th

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Arizona State University vice president for cultural affairs and ASU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. committee chair, is soliciting nominations for the 2022 ASU Dr.

Majors are among the stars of the academic world.

This semester, five new faculty members are joining the College of Global Futures.

August

Since arriving at Arizona State University in 1981, Emeritus Professor

In an overwhelming response to a call for stories and perspectives related to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, more than 100 Arizona State University graduate students and postdocs submitt

Arizona State University, an emerging national leader in educating the next generation in engineering and science, ranks fourth in the United States for undergraduate degrees in STEM-related fields

They’re more experienced, wiser and happy with how things turned out since graduation.

Harnessing energy from light and transforming it into other usable forms is fundamental to many renewable energy systems as well as the production of clean fuels.

Eduardo Pagán, the newly appointed associate dean of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University’s West campus, said he wants students to know this about him:

Incoming Sun Devils have more than 800 fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs to choose from — plus 275 available minors and cer

Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is welcoming two new postdoctoral scholars beginning this fall.

Five new faculty members joined the School of International Letters and Cultures this fall, bringing their expertise on a range of topics including Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and American Sign La

As Pat Tillman’s life recedes further into the past, the legend of his courage and sacrifice has grown, elevating him to an almost mythical figure in Arizona State University history.

This summer, faculty from Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures provided lessons in Portuguese and Italian to a group of 86 students participating in Friendl

July

The health of a cell is largely determined by the health of its DNA and the genetic information it carries.

The simplicity of grabbing a laundry or dishwasher pod and tossing it into the machine has made them a popular choice for many consumers for nearly a decade.

In the world of large, macroscopic objects, it is often easy to understand what and why something is happening.

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University is offering a new online degree program, a

The Zoom screen showed big smiles and laughter from attendees.

Every day we interact with products manufactured using polymer chemistry — whether shower stalls, automotive parts, concrete structures or a wide range of plastics.

Tijana Rajh has been announced as the new director of Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences.

An academic leadership role hadn’t really crossed Megha Budruk’s mind before the Watts College of Publ

Talking about creativity in business via Zoom, Glenn Edens sits close to the laptop camera. He listens intently and speaks thoughtfully.

Felicia Ganther’s higher education career spans more than a quarter century and includes a PhD degree from Arizona State University.

The challenge to take on the intersecting crises of our times — from the COVID-19 pandemic to the climate emergency to the struggle for social and racial justice — is at the core of a new

Likening her situation to a new coach taking over an already winning sports team, Kelly Bricker is becoming director of the highly successful

When Barbara Trapido-Lurie was hired by Arizona State University as a cartographer in fall 1987, the geography dep

June

Nancy Gonzales is used to tackling challenges. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree. She recently summited Mount Kilimanjaro in blizzard conditions.
Regents' Professor Stephen Bokenkamp joins the American Society for the Study of Religion, whose purpose is to promote and advance the scholarly study of religion in its various forms.
The Arizona State University Alumni Association recently welcomed 37 incoming ASU freshmen...

Daniel Brouwer, associate professor of rhetorical studies at Arizona State University's Hugh

Anthony Pacheco knew since the third grade that he wanted to be a lawyer. He enjoyed debating and he loved fighting to help others.

QS World University Rankings has released its list of the top universities in the United States, with Arizona State University moving up nearly 30 spots to No. 62 from last year’s position.

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Sofia Walsh, a student at Barrett, The Honors College, recalls that she had no idea what she was getting into when she applied to be an undergraduate fellow at Arizona State University's Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

Nathaniel Ross, an Arizona State University junior quadruple-majoring in biology, history, applied quantitative science and political science, plans to work at the nexus of climate policy, environm

Jennifer Kaplan, a 1996 graduate of Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, recently established the

May

The School of Molecular Sciences is part of a group awarded a JEDI — Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — seed grant from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences recognizes and congratulates its faculty member promotions, as announced by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Although summer has just begun and we still can’t travel around the world due to the pandemic, that doesn’t mean that we can’t discover and learn about the cultural diversity of our planet.

More than 220 students will receive bachelor’s degrees this month from

Magda Hinojosa, professor at Arizona State University, has been named the new director for the School of Politics and Global

Three Arizona State University undergraduates have been chosen for the Killam Fellowships Program, an exchange program that will give the students the opportunity to study in Canada during the 2021

Jeff McClelland was a dedicated and accomplished executive at the time of his death in 2006.

Professor Timothy Steimle has enjoyed a productive career at Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University offers courses that nearly every ASU student takes at some point in their college jour

More than 2,000 of the nation’s best and brightest STEM students are convening virtually at ASU this week as the university co-hosts the 37th annual national Scienc

Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus approaches its 25th birthday this fall, celebrating a quarter of a century of making, doing, cooperating and creating.

Starting this fall 2021, Arizona State University students will have the opportunity to learn how weather in space influences satellites, causes auroras, creates geomagnetic storms and influences g

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Battinto Batts Jr. has held a number of dynamic jobs over the past few decades, and he’ll soon make a new addition to his curriculum vitae: dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU.

Robert Shuter, an intercultural communication scholar at Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and professor eme

Maria Perez Martinez and Shanae Germick are two students who transferred to Arizona State University and took advantage of leadership positions, each finding success during their time at the university.

April

On Monday, May 3, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities divisi

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2020

December

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Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative and the principal investigator on NASA’s Psyc

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April

On Monday, May 11, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social scien

2019

November

Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative has announced its first degree program, the

August

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at Arizona State University.

July

Black widow spiders have been daily companions for Marissa Heeb this summer on Arizona State University’s West campus.

April

Taryn O’Boyle is a graduating senior in the biochemistry program at The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' School o

On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students fro

March

Tyler Rockwood is finishing up his 4+1 master’s degree in biochemistry and medicinal chemistry in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University.

2018

December

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement.