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2019

January

For this installment of ASU Now’s "culture of pursuit" series, we interview Sarra Tekola, recent awardee of the highly competitive and distinguished Ford Foundation Fellowship. 

The presidents of Arizona’s three state universities are hoping that the upcoming legislative session is when lawmakers will finally consider the “50/50” funding model they’ve been promoting for se

“ASU research has purpose and impact,” states one of the eight design aspirations of Arizona State University.

Jane Jackson was the first woman to receive her PhD in physics at Arizona State University. This month she celebrates 25 years working with ASU.

Each year, Arizona State University honors leaders in the community for their commitment

2018

December

Arizona State University announced this week the three finalist teams selected to represent the institution in a national pitch competition in January focused on addressing the needs of the middle

The lifeblood of any nonprofit organization is its volunteers — those people who gladly donate their time for a cause that stirs their passion.

Just two years ago, 31 teenagers died by suicide in the East Valley. Teen suicide is not just localized to large cities like Phoenix; it is a problem throughout Arizona and nationally.

Can you solve this cipher?

"tdehahrtmitehriiscm."

Arizona Supreme Court Justice John R.

Shawn Jordan took a risk five years ago with his proposal for a project he hoped would earn one of the most sought-after National Science Foundation awards granted to young academic researchers.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. 

Imagine being guided through your next doctor’s visit using augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

This past October saw the fourth-heaviest single rainfall in Phoenix history, right on the heels of a typically scorching summer.

Arizona’s next U.S. senator Kyrsten Sinema began her workweek by finishing her semester as a lecturer in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is funding a new Arizona State University initiative to provide in-depth health care news coverage about underserved communities across the Southwest.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has become one of the most highly acclaimed public law schools in the United States, in part by recruiting and supporting its inno

A new statewide survey of adolescents in Arizona finds alarmingly high rates of e-cigarette use as well as use of marijuana concentrates, and an Arizona State University professor who led the resea

November

Gregory Melikian feels strongly that communication is a key component for U.S relations overseas.

Former U.S. Rep.

Arizona’s economy is very strong, fueled by job creation and personal income gains — and that good news should last through 2019, according to Arizona State University’s economic outlook expert.

The Special Olympics Arizona board of directors named Jamie Heckerman the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit this fall.

At ASU Preparatory Polytechnic STEM Academy, the K-8 charter school on ASU’s Polytechnic campus, their motto is “Work Hard. Be Kind.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. 

Arizona just had the wettest October on record, but that doesn’t mean the drought is over. Likewise, a 63 percent voter turnout in the midterm election on Nov.

The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association recently held their annual conference, during which members from Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planni

While economic growth is likely to slow in 2019, Arizona is expected to rank among the top five states for job creation. Which local industries are booming?

Microplastics are a growing area of concern for researchers and the public, with much of the focus on plastics in our oceans.

When Billy Mills beat the pack on a muddy cinder track in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, it was one of the greatest upsets in sports history. 

For veterans, their time in the military is often a significant part of their lives, and nobody is going to understand that service more than another veteran.

NCAA college basketball rarely makes it to the far reaches of the Navajo Nation.

Military personnel are often thought of as strong, adaptable and resilient men and women who make great sacrifices to protect our country.

Arizona State University has a secret weapon: Distinguished military leaders who have served at the highest levels at home and abroad advise President Michael M.

Thirty-five years ago, when doctors told Gina Johnson that her critically ill newborn son had Down syndrome, her world came crashing down.

Felipe Herrera is leading the way, not just for his family but also for other first-generation students at Arizona State University.

Mitch Menchaca, a graduate student in Arizona State University's School of Community Resources and Development, will return this fall to Phoenix as the next executive director of the city of Phoeni

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order on Oct.

After taking a class on health advocacy in fall 2017, Catherine Daem, now a graduate of Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions, wanted to find a solution to the Valley's local food

The opportunity for students to vote on, or near, campus could be a major step to encouraging younger voters to get to the polls.

October

Thanks to a $7 million grant recently awarded to Arizona State University, students and their families will have greater access to a college education and a foundation for a bright future.

Tempe Town Lake has been a part of the city's landscape for over 19 years, and Hilairy Hartnett's lab has been measuring and collecting data there for the past 13.

Originally, alumna Nikki Halle’s plan was to stay close to home and attend Michigan State with all of her friends.

Matt Bell knows the importance of a sense of place.

Melanie Katzman was born curious and said she always planned to study psychology.

For many students, deciding where to attend school and what to study can take serious deliberation.

Gloria Feldt has been at the forefront of women’s empowerment issues for decades, and she hopes women can move past the current #MeToo movement to include men in the conversation about gender equit

In a small office on the third floor of the Music Building — ASU Library archives’ temporary home during the

In addition to a full slate of candidates, Arizona voters will also consider five propositions on the ballot in the November 2018 general election.

A major earthquake that displaces a mass population of people. Widespread power outages that cascade through a metro area.

Last year almost 87,000 pounds of marijuana were sold to the nearly 153,000 Arizonans who carry medical cards legally allowing them to buy it (that equates to slightly more than half a pound each p

More than 130 years ago, a small community of settlers in a remote northern Arizona valley erupted into a frenzy of ambushes, murders and massacres.

High school math teacher Andrew Strom felt thrilled when he was recruited for an eight-week stretch working with Arizona State University engineering researchers this past summer.

When Paul LePore traveled to Virginia in April to participate in the Department of Defense’s oldest and most prestigious public outreach program, he walked away truly inspired by what he saw.

It was just a small detail: a logo on a shirt. 

Having achieved his dream of working in the sports industry, a student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is helping local high schoolers do the same.

The law is a mystery to most people and can be a scary path to navigate.

Often it seems there is nowhere to turn — or it takes thousands of dollars to find the answer.

In April 2019, ASU will celebrate indigenous culture with the ASU Pow Wow and the premiere of a new theatrical experience, "Native Nation," both of which will honor spiritual legacy and be an oppor

Discarded pizza boxes. Empty energy-drink cans. Dozens dancing. And hundreds of people cracking, hacking and tapping away on laptops during a 36-hour marathon binge.

Just after 6:30 p.m.

Connecting patients, caregivers and family members with resources and research is the goal behind an annual public conference hosted by the Arizona Al

September

In only its second year, the Young Engineers Shape the World program is exposing high school students in the Phoenix metro area to opportun

The patio of the clubhouse at Encanto Park in Phoenix was an oasis of shade on a hot, sunny day earlier this week.

Working for the benefit of our community is central to the mission of Arizona State University, but it’s actually a pretty radical idea, according to a professor who teaches students how to do it.

Arizona State University and the city of Phoenix are paying tribute to the life and civic contributions of Sandra Day O’Connor on the anniversary of her swearing-in to the Supreme Court.

Baseball. It’s a common thread throughout the life of Arizona State University alumnus Judge Lawrence Anderson.

As the opioid epidemic in America rages on, many treatment facilities struggle to meet the health needs of freshly sober individuals, leaving them no option but to seek medical care outside the fac

It doesn’t take long to find a Phoenician who has a story or two about the years when downtown Phoenix pretty much went dark at 5:05 p.m. Sure, the arena and ballpark were there.

For the sixth year in a row, middle-school and high-school students from across Arizona gathered at the Polytechnic campus for a two-day coding competition Sept. 12–13. 

One of the best ways to learn if you should study psychology in college is to go and experience psychology in action.

Family is the most important thing to people who live in the Gila River Indian Community, and the houses they live in should reflect that reality.

The Economic Club of Phoenix speaker series — hosted by the W. P.

Social workers need to be on the front lines of imagining a world without oppression — the key to ending gender-based violence, according to experts at an Arizona State University conference

When approximately 1,300 students began fall classes at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, most were well aware that they have access to some of

Does your race make a difference in the quality of health care you receive? Is medical marijuana really as effective for pain relief as some people say?

President Donald Trump has launched a trade war over the last several months involving billions of dollars of goods and affecting the United States’ relationships with several countries, including

August

Editor's note: For additional in-depth coverage and commentary on the life of Sen. John McCain, please visit azpbs.org.

In 2012, Sen. John McCain donated his papers to Arizona State University. The archive, known simply as the McCain Collection, is expected to grow dramatically over the next few months.

Arizona State University is helping to educate the next generation of hospice, palliative and dementia care professionals through a unique internship experience at Ho

Structures in nature are strong, lightweight and flexible. Using 3D printing allows engineers to replicate complicated, organic designs, such as honeycombs, for additive manufacturing.

Meteorites are totems of great power.

A multidisciplinary group of Arizona State University faculty will spend the next two years researching and implementing new ways to improve services and reduce costs for some of Maricopa County’s

The Arizona State University Alumni Association has announced members of the ASU Leadership Institute’s inaug

College is about new experiences — but it's also about traditions that link us to the past and future of the university.

Sheets, blankets, towels, laundry supplies, personal toiletries, maybe a bike and a printer — the cost of college life essentials can add up.

Arizona State University student Yessenia Acosta Terrazas was torn between becoming a teacher or an attorney, but participating in a new pilot program made up her mind. 

The ASU Preparatory Academy network has expanded into South Phoenix by merging with an existing charter school that was known already for its success.

The college experience is about stretching beyond your comfort zone to learn from new and sometimes challenging situations, shattering preconceived notions in the process.

While advances in forensic science have helped convict many guilty people, the FBI is finding that in some instances the science has been overstated, leading to wrongful convictions.

July

For the first time ever, thousands of high-quality archival materials — photographs, documents and correspondence — chronicling the early history of Grand Canyon National Park (1890–1940) have been

For the fourth year in a row, the ASU Foundation has announced the completion of a record year in fundraising for academic programs, research and initiat

As legalized betting becomes a force in the sports world, fans will likely experience games in a different way — both in the arena and watching on TV, according to experts at Arizona State Universi

It’s predicted to be 116 degrees in Tempe on Tuesday. Scorching.

Millennials account for nearly a third of the voting-age population in Arizona, and yet only 19 percent of the votes cast for president in 2016 were in that age group — leaving governing decisions

Matthew Lopez’s career as a molecular biologist stopped cold while he was a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder, which he attended in the late 1990s.

The TRIO Talent Search program at Arizona State University launched in spring 2017 through a partnership with the

June

Now that the spotlight is on her, Arizona State University student Victoria Hume wants to shift it in another direction.

As the summer temperatures continue to heat up, the most vulnerable citizens in our communities are at risk of succumbing to the ill effects of heat exposure.

The Arizona monsoon technically starts June 15 each year, but every desert dweller knows that it's July when the fireworks usually get going — and we're not talking the Uncle Sam variety.

Nighttime in Phoenix is getting hotter, and it’s not just Old Town Scottsdale's nightlife scene.

The United States will never reclaim its position as the world’s top economic superpower unless more Hispanic people earn college degrees, according to Michael Crow, president of Arizona State Univ

Anna Battle, an award-winning teacher, high school principal and school district administrator, will join ASU Preparatory Academy as chief leadership developm

In 2017, nearly 72,000 wildfires burned more than 10 million acres nationwide, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

It cost $2.4 billion to fight them.

Twelve years after graduating from high school, Stephen Houx had earned a lot of college credits before and after a five-year stint in the Marine Corps, but he was still working toward a degree.

The story of water in Arizona is as long and complex as the multibiomed state itself, but as it snakes its way through the years — from the Pima settling on the banks of the Gila River to Charles T

May

Getting a bunch of high school students to show up for a poetry reading on a Friday afternoon in the summer is quite a feat.

Starting college is exciting, but it also can be stressful, especially for minority students.

Arizona State University Department of Psychology undergraduate Ashley Thompson's to-do list probably looks different than her peers'.

Volcanic eruptions have a way of leaving people awestruck.

Just before Beatriz Mendoza graduated from Arizona State University a year ago, she joined her engineering classmates in figuring out where to apply for jobs.

Xia Zhang, Arizona State University principal lecturer of Chinese, brings her multicultural and linguistic knowledge into the classrooms of colleges and high schools, molding a new generation of fo

With schools back in session after the #RedforEd teacher walkout, and summer vacation just a few days away in most districts, the intensity of the Arizona education movement has relaxed into a stea

Roughly 80 percent of the 62,000 refugees who have come to live in Arizona since the

Paulette Zinzun, a political science student at Arizona State University's Tempe campus, splits her time between school and working at Arizona’s capitol.

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute executive director Josh LaBaer hosted more than 50 community members May 6 at BLD restaurant in Chandler.

When a child dies because of an abusive caregiver, hearts break and headlines blare. Teddy bears pile up at memorials while the public demands action and accountability.

A portrait of Florence Nightingale hangs on the wall in the nursing education building at Eastern Arizona College’s campus in Thatcher, Arizona, about 170 miles southeast of Phoenix.

In the 1950s, after the Indian Relocation Act was enacted, Priscilla Espinoza’s family moved from the Gila River Indian Community in the far southeast Valley to Southern Cali

High school sometimes seems like a Darwinian environment: survival is dependent on keeping up with the crowd, creating barriers, and maintaining the status quo.

An Arizona State University economist said the Grand Canyon State is riding the crest of an eight-year prosperity wave, firmly establishing Arizona as a top 10 state for job creation and population

Despite its short existence on campus, the Green Devil Network at Arizona State University continues to grow to new heights.

A new collaboration between Arizona State University’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Public Service Academy will now move forward after receiving a $100,000 grant from Women & Philanthrop

In March it was announced that the Arizona State University Sou

April

Arizona State University archivist Nancy Godoy begins her "Archival and Preservation" workshop with a startling statistic: Minority communities constitute 42 percent of Arizona's population,

Arizona State University, in partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way, hosted Sun Devils UNITE, a week of philanthropy, education and service

Schools. Hospitals. Laboratories. Designers and artists do as much work outside their practice rooms and studios as they do inside those traditional spaces. 

Arizona State University online student Alexa Scholl was expecting to talk to a reporter last Tuesday about qualifying as a Truman Scholar finalist.

It is mid-July and hundreds of children are running around the grounds at Camp Tontozona in Payson.

Starting this week, Arizona's border will see more boots on the ground as hundreds of

Part of the mission of Arizona State University is to enhance its local impact and social embeddedness, and one of the best ways to achieve that is to connect people.

The saga of this high school robotics team is a textbook Cinderella story.

Brand new school. No traditions or track records. Smart but inexperienced kids. Hardscrabble desert farm town.

Preliminary results from a survey of youths in Arizona show worrying trends concerning gun violence and drug use, according to a presentation at Arizona State University on Friday.

A diagnosis of cancer or other serious disease often brings a barrage of information about what to expect physically, along with pressing decisions and questions.

Girl power reached new heights when about 100 Girl Scouts from metro Phoenix raided Arizona State University’s Tempe campus for the annual Girl Scouts for Engineering Awareness and Retention Day on

As women demand more equity in the workplace, there’s no doubt they are underrepresented among the big technology companies.

Step into the bookstore on Arizona State University's Tempe campus and you'll see the familiar vibrant and promotional images that typically don ASU's vinyl event banners.

How should urban planners and policy-makers manage autonomous vehicles?

"Rio Reimagined," a forward-looking project to develop 45 miles of the Rio Salado, held its public launch Friday in Tempe as city, county, federal and tribal leaders gathered to review the plan tha

March

Tragic history was made recently in Tempe when a self-driving car hit and killed a human

Just as the cotton gin, steam power and machine tools changed the world during the Industrial Revolution, the gig economy and artificial intelligence (AI) are a reality today and promise to moderni

Partisanship in Congress has grown so extreme that there is little incentive for elected officials to work together — and it might take a catastrophe for the situation to improve.

If you happened to notice more maroon and gold than usual Tuesday on Tempe's bicycles, trains and buses, it wasn't a coincidence. 

Phoenix was recently named as a finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayors Challenge on the strength of its proposal for a first-of-its-ki

The Ak-Chin Indian Community has made a philanthropic donation to benefit the Indian Legal Program (ILP) at the Sandra Day O’Connor Coll

Engineering created modern Phoenix. 

It’s a bright, sunny morning in central Phoenix for Alicia Gonzales, a 2005 alumna of Arizona State University's School of Community Resources and Development.

The Juste family church tipi has been in service, helping heal the Salt River Gila community, for over 25 years.

Many people believe in the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Arizona has a rich historical legacy, and there’s no better time to appreciate it than in March, when temperate weather combines with opportunity for adventure during Arizona Archaeology and Herita

As his retirement approached, John P. Nerison knew he wanted to give back with volunteer work — and not just fish on Idaho’s beautiful rivers, though he does that, too.

According to recent reports, diabetes is on the rise among youth in America, with minorities at particular risk.

Social media is indiscriminately ruthless and knows no boundaries — even in remote places such as Indian country.

Our current approach to cybersecurity is not working and it threatens our democracy, economy and critical infrastructure, according to ASU Biodesign Professor Stephanie Forrest, who spoke to a grou

Giving birth is one of the most universal yet life-changing experiences, and every culture deals with it differently.

If you were a divorced parent, wouldn't you wish for a pill that would ensure your kids were less likely to experience depression, substance abuse and behavioral problems?

Nearly 80 people attended the Biodesign Institute’s latest “Sip of Science” event Sunday evening at Tomaso's restaurant in Phoenix.

February

Technology has irreversibly disrupted the labor market and now the nation’s education system must change in order to keep up, according to the president of Arizona State University.

There was a day early in Paola Boivin’s hall-of-fame sports writing career when she nearly called it quits.

When Paul Black set out in early 2017 to start a summer internship program at McKesson he had high expectations.

Arizona State University broke ground Wednesday on a complex that will advance a new concept in intergenerational living and lifelong learning.

How would you change the world with $1,500? The Woodside Community Action Grant wants to know.

Justiana Carabajal neatly stacks the pages in front of her, then takes a deep breath as Arizona State University communications sophomore Miranda Alexander presses record on a video camera.

A little rain can't hold back Arizona State University's brightest.

Researchers from across Arizona State University are coming together to analyze, preserve and revitalize historic materials found during the renovation of Park Central Mall in midtown Phoenix.

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute hosted the second event of its new series, “A Sip of Science,” Sunday afternoon at the Tavern Americana restaurant in Scottsdale.

Arizona State University's own “Penguin Whisperer” kicked off the Biodesign Institute’s new event series,

Four minutes.

Twenty-six bullets.

Four dead.

A manhunt spanning hundreds of miles.

One of the longest prison sentences in Arizona history.

Screams of excitement and nervous laughter echo across a high school food court.

Arizona State University President Michael M.

January

It almost sounds like the start of a joke: How do you get a staunch Republican and a left-leaning Democrat to have a civil conversation about Arizona politics? Sit ’em down for a meal.

The presidents of Arizona’s three public universities were blunt in their request for support from the business community on Tuesday, explaining the need for the freedom to be entrepreneurial.

T. Denny Sanford’s name is associated with major philanthropic gifts throughout the U.S.

This month, Arizona State University added two significant, historical texts to its archive.

Arizona State University and the Helios Education Foundation announced on Thursday a historic partnership that will serve as a nexus for facilitating education research and practice in the state.

Cindy McCain told a roomful of young people that even if they haven’t yet found the cause that moves them, they soon will.

The chickens are clucking and the sun has yet to emerge over the cotton fields around Coolidge, Arizona, but Hunter Kelley is already busy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights icon, a beacon of light during a dark time in American history, and a defender of the poor, downtrodden and underrepresented.

From eating well to working well, Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation prides itself on the wellness culture it has cultivated over th

2017

December

All that remains in Retha Warnicke’s Coor Hall office are empty bookshelves, a whiteboard sprinkled with yellow Post-it notes, a dusty unplugged printer and a few remnants on her desk: a phone, a s

The holidays are upon us, and for many that means family gatherings, scrumptious meals, shopping extravaganzas and gift exchanges. The same does not hold true for some members of the military.

Every Thursday morning, Arizona State University mathematics lecturer Naala Brewer makes the one-hour plus drive to Florence prison.

You can finish your holiday shopping and help the refugee and immigrant community at the same time by shopping at the pop-up Global Market at Phoenix City Hall this Friday.

Stephen Albert Johnston and Deirdre R.

Nearly 900 high school students from all over Arizona gathered at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus on Friday, Dec.

Education funding in Arizona is one of the most complex, controversial and political issues facing the state.

How often do you think about water? You may be told to conserve water or drink more of it, but do you know where it all comes from?

Doctors have myriad life-saving technologies at their fingertips, but they can all be rendered useless without human warmth and community connection.

Nearly 60 middle and high school students spent a special day meeting with scientific mentors and touring the state-of-the-art research laboratories up close at the

November

An Arizona State University economist expects the state to continue attracting people from other states but said that additional population could put a strain on Arizona’s resources.

The House of Representatives passed a long-promised tax-code overhaul last week, characterized by President Donald Trump and Republicans as a strategic move to spur the country’s economy.   

Getting Thanksgiving dinner to run smoothly for one family can be enough of a challenge — the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank in Avondale needs it to go smoothly for an average of 500 Phoenix metr

This November, in recognition of National Diabetes Month, there are dozens of Arizona families who can say they are not only more aware of the disease but actively working to combat it thanks to re

Arizona State University unveiled its role in helping create a new future for the Salt River to a group of Valley civic and business leaders Friday morning.

Arizona State University alumnus Josh Meibos has been honored as this year's Arizona Teacher of the Year — an annual award given by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

FIRST Robotics Competition challenges students to form a team, raise funds and hone a variety of technical, teamwork and other skills to build and program industrial-size robots over a six-week per

Fundraisers from the ASU Foundation welcomed in the month of November by volunteering at the Society of St.

About 9 million disadvantaged children nationwide are in peril of losing their low-cost health insurance coverage if Congress fails to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soo

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

Growing up in Illinois, the Norman family would gather their chairs and sit with the garage door open, looking out over the neighborhood as storms would roll in.

Technology is disrupting our lives at an ever increasing pace, but Arizona State University’s futurist in residence has a message about that: Don’t be afraid.

Each year, Arizona's chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals awards a group of students who go above and beyond in the name philant

The Native American Bar Association of Arizona (NABA-AZ) recently held its ninth annual Seven Generations Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, to honor current law professionals and award scholarships

Arizona State University is a partner in one of the first facilities in the United States to offer long-term housing to victims of sex trafficking and their children.

How does one eat part of a mesquite tree or a cactus?

October

Every student deserves a chance to understand and pursue higher education.

As a teenager in Slovenia, Miha Kline thought of nothing but playing soccer, and he was so good that he signed a professional contract at age 18.

As Arizona State University tackles the challenge of getting as many people as possible to complete a bachelor’s degrees, it also offers several ways for Arizonans to do it at a reduced tuition rat

Arizona has the eighth-largest migrant student population in the U.S. but only about 20 percent make it further than high school.

Last week the federal government awarded nearly $420,000 to the Navajo and Hopi tribes to prepare for the closure of a coal-fired power plant and mine.

So unusual was the 1918 influenza, which killed an estimated 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population, that its symptoms were often mis

The love of her hometown is what motivates political science major Alexa Scholl.

In the small border town where she grew up, Nancy Godoy’s library lacked adequate services for Latinos and the Spanish-speaking community, so it wasn’t until she was an adult that she began to lear

Immigration problems are wicked problems.

Lawyers are often forced to deal with mixed families, deportations, conflicting laws and personal issues that aren’t easily categorized.

September

Diana Hinojosa DeLugan sat outside on a bench at her home in Tempe, peeling away layers of newspaper from a package as the early evening light faded behind her.

More than 30 years ago, a scholarship program was set up to coax promising young Arizonans into attending one of the state’s public universities rather than going out of state.

People have been eating dates for more than 6,000 years, but only recently have consumers worried about whether they’re “pesticide free.”

Arizona State University is offering a scholarship as part of a new statewide plan to boost the number of teachers in Arizona’s K-12 classrooms.

Adam Sandler’s satirical 1993 ode to that most crucial fixture of school cafeterias, the lunch lady — played to hilarious perfection by a hair-netted Chris Farley in his prime — did a splendid job

It’s a conversation no one wants to have: telling a patient that it’s time to turn in his car keys. Driving means freedom, and for many people it’s part of their identity.

The recent Equifax data breach is just one in a growing list of businesses experiencing cybersecurity failures

A team of Arizona State University students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication won a top multimedia award from the nation’s leading professional organization dedicat

What kinds of work and recreation will the residents of Tempe experience in 2040? Will residents be using electric, self-driving cars for mobility?

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded five public media stations, led by Arizona PBS, a grant to establish a regional news collaboration to enhance and expand coverage of sustai

When Miami Junior-Senior High School in eastern Arizona wanted to boost its students’ chances of going to college, it found a partner in the new ASU Prep Digital online program, which is seeking to

Autumn Hurlbert is returning home to Arizona and taking an entire theater company with her.

Military veterans are disciplined, task-focused, team-oriented and get the job done.

These are the same traits required in the information technology field.

Arizona State University is a key player in a new health research initiative designed to harness the expertise of scientists across the state to treat diseases like cancer and address such problems

August

For nearly a dozen years, ASU’s Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture has prompted scholarly discussions on the role of cinema, media and music in society and has paid tribute to some of the 2

Gila River Indian Community residents haven’t chosen their housing since the 1800s.

ASU President Michael M. Crow called for “a time for new abolitionists” in remarks to a group of Valley faith leaders on Wednesday.

Summer is a great time for students to get out of the classroom and explore new things. For K-12 students who spend a week of their summer with Arizona State University’s Ira A.

When the first students walk into classes at the new San Carlos Apache College on Monday, they’ll not only be learning biology and accounting, they’ll be part of a mission to preserve their languag

Maribel Alvarez describes what she does as “the embellishment of ordinary life.” A nationally respected anthropologist, folklorist, curator and community arts expert, she is the executive director

The College of Health Solutions recently completed its fourth year of the Summer Health Institute at Arizona State University

The story of cops and body-worn cameras changes constantly.

In the beginning, it was a way to placate community members outraged by a spate of police shootings in low-income areas.

July

The annual summer monsoon: torrential thunderstorms, heavy rain, damaged roofs, uprooted trees, dusty vehicles and repeated trips to the car wash.

Editor's note: This is part of our weeklong monsoon series; to read the first installation, "Gully washers and boulder rollers: How monsoons shape the desert," 

Editor's note: This is the first in our weeklong monsoon series.

It was day three of ASU’s 2017 Inspire program, the weeklong camp that offers high schoolers from tribal nations in Arizona a taste of college life, and the Arizona State University Memorial Union’

June

Traffic roundabouts are like broccoli. Many of us don’t like them, but they’re good for our driving diets.

Thousands of high-quality archival photographs and documents about the early history of the Grand Canyon National Park will be made accessible to the public through a new project called "One Hundre

Twenty-two high school students from across Arizona are participating in an intensive, two-week media innovation training camp at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and

As many schools in Arizona are struggling to hire enough teachers this summer, Arizona State University is reaching out to support hundreds of high school students who want to be educators.

Arizona State University student Zade Shakir is on a roll.

One of the largest collections of Western film memorabilia has found a home, appropriately, in the Southwest.

The dog days of another Phoenix summer have arrived early with temperatures expected to reach 120 degrees on Tuesday.

Lawyers know how to talk, but what if they were trained what to say?

ASU counseling master's student Kristian Mastin’s learned instrument is the banjo.

Arizona State University Professor Myles Lynk is one of the most respected law professors the country, and a national organization has affirmed it.

May

Editor's note: The ASU community, mindful of Arizona’s place in Indian Country and the university’s location on the ancestral homelands of the Akimel O'odham and Pee Posh people

What if rather than using fossil fuels that add carbon dioxide, we could create renewable biofuels that recycle carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?

Arizona State University has received new support from the prestigious Alfred P.

Arizona State University heads to Fleet Week in New York City on Saturday to promote veteran programs and showcase the captivating photographs of the

This month is Better Hearing and Speech Month, which was created to raise awareness about communication and listening disorders each May.

It wasn’t until her second year as a doctoral candidate at ASU that Tracey Flores first read Chicana author Gloria Anzaldua, and it changed her life: She remembers it as her first time reading stor

Two dozen Sun Devil students have qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of their hard work done both in the V

More than 200 third, fourth and fifth grade students participated in a career event at Laveen Elementary School called “Above and Beyond.” The goal of the event, hosted by Access ASU, was to get th

Arizona State University’s graduation ceremonies coincide with a weeklong celebration of one of Arizona’s biggest industries: tourism.

Growing up, Dyan Urias took it as a given that one day she’d go to college, but it wasn’t until high school that she began to understand how tough it would be.

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

The wood-burning fireplace is now a reading nook and the once-bare walls are covered with bright posters, but the Child Development Lab at Arizona State University is much the same as when it start

Some of the most elite high school graduates in the state want to devote their careers to giving back, and they’ve decided the best place to begin that journey is at Arizona State University.

Celebrity chef Nephi Craig, who made a guest appearance

Native American communities across the U.S.

In an effort to get young kids excited about the field of archaeology, Arizona State University held its first-ever mock excavation exercise Monday on the front lawn of the School of Human Evolutio

Running an independent literary magazine and publishing house is a labor of love.

A group of Arizona State University nursing students participated in a foot-care clinic for homeless people in Tempe on Thursday, gathering at Community Christian Church, just south of the campus,

Human rights advocates and other critics of the private prison industry say profit-driven corporations have influenced the length and severity of sentences, disproportionately harming communities o

A major poll released by Arizona State University on Wednesday shows 2 in 5 adults in Arizona know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, a finding that shows the sweep of the o

Investigative reporting is essential to an informed public: It has the power to uncover exploitation, fraud and wasteful spending.  

Update: The Degrees of Freedom team won the Rookie All Star Award at this weekend's FIRST Arizona West Regional 2017 and advance to the FIRST Championship competition in Housto

An exhibit of rare maps at ASU is challenging assumptions about the history of the American Southwest by showing a range of details that conflict depending on what was being documented and who was

Arizona State University has long been a leader in conservation, offering the first comprehensive degree on the concept through its School of Sustainability. The university has worked to engage ind

A prominent leader in higher education said college sports revenue has been flourishing, but a great disparity is on the horizon as conferences align to make lucrative network deals.

March

With an all-black production of Shakespeare, an all-female production of “Men on Boats” and a new play about race, bias and “who the f--- has the right to tell whose story,” ASU’s Herberger Institu

Laid out on a table in Hayden Library’s fourth-floor Luhrs Reading Room is an assortment of black-and-white photos, yellowing leaflets, musty T-shirts, tin buttons, ribbons and plaques.

After decades of analyzing data on jobs, Lee McPheters knows this: There is no “magic model” to boost employment.

With the world waiting for President Donald Trump’s executive order on climate change, an Arizona State University study on Arizona agriculture shows the potential effect of a warming planet on the

ASU Gammage was awarded the 2017 Economic Driver Award in the Small to Medium Business category for its positive influence on the Valley’s business community and economy, as part of the Greater Pho

By some estimates, there are about 10 million species of insects on the planet, but only about a tenth have been named.

There are few people you encounter who believe wholeheartedly in a cause and who have dedicated their entire life to one organization or one community.

If you’ve ever gone for a jog or paddle boat ride around Tempe Town Lake, you can thank a man you’ve most likely never heard of: James Elmore, ASU’s founding dean of architecture, and the Father of

Two of the largest graduate schools at Arizona State University jumped significantly in the latest rankings from U.S.

Arizona State University has been more of a tech hub than ever, with tricked-out cars cruising under the Tempe campus' University Bridge while young men nearby lug gadget-heavy backpac

In business, a better bottom line means better profitability, competitiveness and overall success.

He was an architect, one of the last to apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright.

He was a businessman, head of Herberger Enterprises, a real estate development firm.

Allan H. “Bud” Selig sits inside the Beus Center for Law and Society before the last session of the Arizona State University course he’s teaching, and he wants to talk.

Learn to advocate for yourself. That was the message to Arizona high school sophomores during this year’s AVID Conference held annually at Arizona State University.

February

Univision Arizona and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication have partnered to regularly broadcast a 30-minute news program produced by bilingual Arizona State University s

Cecil Patterson is used to being a trailblazer: He was the first black judge appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court, the first black lawyer in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the

You don’t have to imagine families living in a community where fear, cultural attitudes, and economic disadvantages persist. It is reality in many areas of the Phoenix metro area.

As the federal government wrangles over the rights of transgender students, an Arizona State University expert says that politics aside, schools can still create an affirming environment for those

For over 30 years, ASU has hosted lawmakers and elected officials on the grounds of the Arizona State Capitol for ASU's Day at the Capitol, an event designed to showcase the very b

Across Arizona and the U.S., advanced manufacturing propels economic growth.

Eric Legg knows firsthand that kindness and positive feedback from a coach can make all the difference to a young person.

As Armando Antonio “Tony” Rodriguez sees it, one of our most costly societal failures is that we too often let valuable talent go to waste.

Stretching across the southernmost U.S. states, Interstate 10 is an east-west artery connecting people, cities and economies from sea to shining sea.

January

The sixth annual ASU Prison Education Conference will bring together a broad coalition of e

Arizona State University was recently named to the 2015 President’s High

Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday that the U.S. should be “a champion of peace,” “human rights” and “generosity,” aspirations he said would stem worries over the country’s future.

There’s nothing new about Arizona residents looking for sustainable ways to live in the desert, but a recent United Nations report has made the matter a worldwide concern.

Statistically speaking, there’s a lot of room for improvement in the representation of American Indians in higher education: Such students make up less than 1 percent of all college students in the

Arizona State University’s Origins Project is hosting a lecture by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, where he will discuss the “Materiality of a Vacuum: Late Night Thoughts of a Physicist” at 7 p.m.

Dan Gavitt, known as the czar of college basketball, said Tuesday that while the Super Bowl might be the largest sporting event in the world, the NCAA Tournament takes just as much effort.

Arizona State University is bridging the divide between high school and college with the new ASU Prep Digital High School, which will allow students to learn at their own pace and potentially accel

Arizona’s Teacher of the Year for 2017 has been in the classroom for 23 years but is still learning the job.

Recognizing that sports is big business, Arizona State University has moved to create the next generation of problem solvers for a global industry that Forbes says could soon exceed a trillion doll

Hundreds of young people rallied to re-enact Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark 1963 March on Washington at ASU’s West campus on Wednesday, where they waved signs, cheered for equal

They’re teachers, accountants, social workers and entrepreneurs. One is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in China, and another will graduate from medical school in May.

To celebrate the Monday launching of Arizona PBS KIDS, a new 24/7 channel, Arizona PBS sponsored a festival allowing families to interact and take photos with PBS KIDS characters and participate in

Gov. Doug Ducey promised that when he releases his budget Friday, he'll allocate enough money to clear the backlog of untested rape kits in Arizona.

ASU professor Neal A. Lester has won several awards and recognitions throughout his academic career, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day he’ll receive one that ranks right near the top.

For juveniles who have been serving a life sentence, release from prison is a welcome but daunting day.

One ASU student and two influential Arizonans were selected as the 2017 Community Servant-Leadership awardees as a part of Arizona State University's 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr.

In learning, practice makes perfect. In learning health care, it’s best if that practice doesn’t put patients at risk.

As Phoenix continues to sprawl toward Tucson, urban planners are working to prevent the entire 100-mile corridor between Arizona’s largest metro areas from becoming nothing but concrete and asphalt

Arizona State University junior Christopher Cadeau wants to help change the narrative that veterans are either homeless or heroes, and he has created a radio show dedicated solely to telling more d

2016

December

An Arizona State University professor is part of an innovative new program by the city of Phoenix to help survivors of sex trafficking find new lives.

In a nondescript building on a corner of Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus sits a pair of gray metal boxes that look like souped-up shipping containers.

There’s a new public health movement called the Fast-Track Cities Initiative that promises to improve access to testing, medication and other resources for those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Phoenix

Arizona State University's newest graduates were encouraged to lift up their communities as they find success with the degrees they received Monday.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Arizona State University’s fall commencement will be a mix of new and old this week.

The world faces an uncertain future when it comes to one of its most precious resources, water.

The city of Phoenix has selected its first community poet, appointing ASU lecturer Rosemarie Dombrowski, who welcomed the nod, saying poetry represents a “recognition of the human struggle and a ce

Despite a wild and unpredictable campaign season, three top economists predict a stable — and potentially positive — economic outlook for 2017 under Donald Trump, who will be sworn in as president

Stephanie Ford was working full-time on the night shift at a local prison when she started taking the prerequisite courses for Eastern Arizona College’s nursing program.

An Arizona State University academic and service program is leveraging a Hollywood movie about recent war veterans to start a dialogue on military service, combat and coming home.

November

The energy of the city works like a magnet for many of the 11,000 students at Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus.

The figurine of a bird in a nest looks like a little toy, but it’s also a powerful tool of expression for children who can’t talk about their worries.

Following a contentious presidential election that has left many wondering how to heal a divided nation, an Arizona State University leader has hit upon a potential solution: service.

A team of ASU students, faculty and staff travelled recently to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation to give one-on-one attention to young people and to encourage them to seek a college education.

Independent voters, who resist being identified with either of the main political parties, could be a way for a deeply divided electorate to move forward, according to several experts at the annual

Anthropology student Ryan Bleam is using photography to capture how the act of volunteering at local nature preserves can improve Arizona residents’ relationships with nature and the communit

Many children in the Valley who depend on school breakfasts and lunches throughout the week may go hungry on the weekends.

Undergraduate research — with more than 1,000 students participating — is booming in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

After 25 years of service in the U.S. Marines, Cliff Vellucci retired in 2007 and began his transition to civilian life.

A new program at ASU has leveraged its unique position to create connections and opportunities for military-minded people to use their experiences to help each other develop.

ASU Law student Allyson Von Seggern said she felt like a rookie two years ago working a primary election.

In a joint acquisition, ASU has just scored what scholars believe is one of the most comprehensive collections of Western film memorabilia ever gathered.

How do you get Arizona voters to stick around and cast votes for the bottom of a very long ballot?

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

October

A recent survey of commercial real estate brokers by Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business shows a slow and steady recovery continuing for at least another six months.

Arizona PBS, the public television station based at Arizona State University with more than 1 million viewers, is launching an all-new children’s channel dedicated to providing quality educational

For Trisalyn Nelson, inspiration hit when the oncoming car almost did.

Chelsea Clinton urged young people at Arizona State University to not only vote this election, but also to consider running for office in the future.

Twenty-four Girl Scouts gathered for a day of physics, chemistry and fun at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus Saturday.

“He” and “she” are short words, but they are a big deal for young people who are transgender.
Bilingual artist and educator Yadira De La Riva grew up with a foot on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border, and she wants to change the narrative on immigration.

About 50,000 years ago, an asteroid collided with the Earth, leaving a mile-across impact crater in what is now northern Arizona.

Latino students make up the largest racial and ethnic group in Arizona’s public schools but are at an educational and funding disadvantage, according to a new report authored by an Arizona State Un

A century ago, date palms in the Salt River valley weren’t just for decoration, and any Phoenician you met could tell you their top five date varieties. 

Arizona is home to one of the largest Native American populations in the United States.

September

ASU’s latest downtown Phoenix endeavor helps fulfill the school’s mission of social transformation by giving low-income people access to the care and services they need at the landmark Westward Ho,

Rainstorms are a welcome visitor in the Phoenix metro area.

More than 260 aspiring leaders are learning the nitty-gritty details of how to serve their communities at Arizona State University’s innovative Public Service Academy, which is marking its one-year

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey joined a community-based educational alliance on Friday in announcing a plan to substantially increase the number of college degrees earned in Arizona over the next deca

In sunny Arizona, shade is a precious element of the landscape. Pedestrians follow circuitous routes under trees, awnings and shade structures – rewarded by a more comfortable journey.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is launching a nationwide campaign to combat heroin and opioid addiction, in part due to an award-winning documentary produced by Arizona State Univer

In the coming weeks and months, desolate sections near the U.S.-Mexico line will transform into arthouses, theaters and classrooms as Arizona State University brings together a collection of artist

Zack Mardoc spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in Madagascar, growing vegetables and digging latrines.

The Federal Aviation Administration released new rules regulating commercial drone use last week.

Eddie Moore Jr. makes no bones about it. He’s trying to change the world.

August

The most significant issue limiting the nation is the inability to have equal educational attainment across all people, said Arizona State University President Michael Crow on Monday in Phoenix dur

Sports mascots, music lyrics, Halloween costumes, hairstyles, face paint: Arizona State University professor Neal A. Lester says cultural appropriation can take many forms.

Rather than swimming and picnics, 19 students conducted brain research for eight weeks this summer as part of the Banner Research/ASU-Biodesign Summer Internship Program.

Leaders from courtrooms and capitols joined Arizona State University President Michael M.

Kids love to do experiments. When David Meltzer taught middle-schoolers, they especially enjoyed making a generator out of copper wire.

A few summers ago, restaurateur Julian Wright had been sweating out his latest business venture.

David Abbott, associate professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, received not one, but two distinguishing awards this summer for his archaeological work in Arizona: the Arizona

Clinton Laulo grew up in Arizona visiting and learning about the state's natural water systems, such as Montezuma’s Well, and also many of the built water systems, including the dams.

Arizona State University has expanded its innovations in education to its K-12 charter schools, and the newest one opened this week.

Carole Basile took a circuitous route to the dean’s office in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

July

While other teenagers were playing the latest smartphone game, a group of high schoolers came to Arizona State University earlier this month to create business plans.

Arizona State University’s law school dean was candid about the transition into his $129 million new digs.

Remember when AOL became mainstream? That was two decades ago. Since then we have evolved from dial-up to high-speed internet, from flip phones to smartphones.

For about seven Saturdays every fall, Sun Devil Stadium is a paradise of Arizona State University spirit as thousands of screaming fans cheer on the football team, but on any given weekday it sits

ASU professor Neal A. Lester says one of the worst things about becoming homeless can be the loss of one’s humanity.

For Joan it’s all about the dinosaurs. Ana, however, prefers the asteroids. Around the corner, Humberto is mesmerized by an Apollo space shuttle replica.

Children who witness a shooting, see a parent imprisoned or bounce from house to house can be traumatized so profoundly that it actually changes their brains.

A din of discussion, pencil-scribbling, keyboard-clacking and motor-whirring fills one of the engineering eSpaces at Arizona State University.

School is out for the summer, but 26 high-achieving eighth-graders are spending this week dissecting plants, using a microscope and learning about physics and chemistry.