A look back at some of the top stories of 2015
As we say goodbye to 2015 and look back on the year, it has been an exciting one for Arizona State University. From building spacecrafts to receiving innovation accolades, ASU continues to be a role model for the New American University. Here are some of the top stories.
From exoskeletons to new knowledge about Mom's health, ASU researchers are on the cutting edge of discoveries that have implications for us all.
Access to education, creating leaders, helping veterans: These are just a few of the real-world challenges that ASU faculty and staff sought to solve this year.
Discovery of jaw sheds light on early human ancestor
The discovery of the earliest evidence of our human genus, Homo — which was found in Ethiopia by a team of ASU scientists and students during field research in 2013 — was published for the first time in the March 4 online version of the journal Science.
ASU chosen to lead lunar CubeSat mission
NASA selected ASU to build a CubeSat — a spacecraft the size of a shoebox — to orbit the moon in order to create a map of water-ice. It is one piece of the NASA’s larger mission to fully characterize the water content at the lunar South Pole.
Fetal cells influence Mom's health during pregnancy — and long after
ASU scientists showed that during pregnancy, fetus cells often migrate through the placenta and take up residence in many areas of the mother’s body — where they may benefit or undermine Mom's health.
ASU brings comic-book technology to life
The comic-book world is all about science and tech that wows: Bionic limbs. Indestructible metals. Flying robot swarms. Sixty years ago, it was more science fiction than science fact. But now it's being created at ASU.
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How to speak dinosaur
What does it feel like to be a dinosaur? A Herberger Institute graduate student employed a combination of art and science to find out. The result garnered her one of the most prestigious media arts awards in the world.
White laser technology one of year's top breakthroughs
The invention of the world’s first white laser, by ASU engineer Cun-Zheng Ning, was recognized as one of the top 100 breakthroughs of the year by Popular Science magazine.
The ASU community stretches far beyond the metro Phoenix area, or even Arizona. Sun Devils make a difference all over the globe, and this year was no exception.
Arts and innovation continue to drive ASU, and this year we were recognized for it by being named the most innovative university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
ASU, edX reimagine first year of college
ASU and edX have created a transformative approach to learning that offers the opportunity to earn freshman-level university credit after successfully completing a series of digital immersion courses.
ASU's 1st Pueblo Indian doctoral cohort ready to make a difference in their communities
Empowering students to become leaders in their communities' policymaking is the goal of the ASU Pueblo Indian Doctoral Program, which saw its inaugural class graduate in May.
NSF awards ASU world-changing technology center
ASU was awarded its second Engineering Research Center from the National Science Foundation, making it one of only two universities in the nation to lead two of the prestigious centers.
ASU students help vets with PTSD
Students worked with the non-profit Wings for Warriors, interviewing veterans with PTSD to better understand their health-care experience. What they discovered shifted their focus from research to a call to action.
ASU's program in forensic science has grown since its fall 2014 launch. The hugely popular degree track equips students to make a difference in a variety of careers.
ASU president, spouse give $1.2M to boost new Public Service Academy
Michael Crow and his wife, Sybil Francis, announced in September a $1.2 million commitment to fund a program to integrate civilian and military leadership training for service-oriented undergraduates.
Hats off to Starbucks College Achievement Plan grads
More than 40 Starbucks employees received their degrees from ASU through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan in December — the largest group of grads yet.