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ASU postdoctoral researcher Christina Kwapich collects a sample of ants

Imagine working for the harshest corporation in the world. Naturally, they want to maximize production and growth. This is done by investing in lots of low-wage employees. When production needs to be ramped up, more workers are brought on like holiday employees. When they get older, they’re sent out to die working. All of this produces a large, thriving company. Ant colonies will never make the list of best places to work, but those are some of the ways they grow successfully. A new study by ASU scientists revealed what makes a thriving colony.

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ASU initiative helping cities to become more sustainable Downtown Phoenix campus College of Public Service and Community Solutions School of Sustainability Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
“I realized the most important thing we needed to do was to be a team that was mentally strong and gritty.“ - Missy Farr-Kaye, head coach of the ASU women's golf team, which won the national championship this year

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