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Night of the Open Door launch: Health demos, trivia and more

February 4, 2017

The Downtown Phoenix campus started off this year's Night of the Open Door — five free open houses over the month of February — on Friday, welcoming crowds of visitors enjoying the mild weather and the chance to peek into Arizona State University's learning spaces.

 

Families watched health-cooking demos, explored a coral reef, learned about law and sustainability and the physics of roller coasters, and even got a chance to interview a K-9 officer about his work with his four-legged partner.

This year, downtown visitors got a double treat, as the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication held its annual Innovation Day in conjunction with Night of the Open Door. There, the storytelling technology of the future was available for participants to try out, from telepresence robots to drones to 360 virtual reality video.

If you missed the fun, don't worry: There are four more free Night of the Open Door events this month:

  • West campus: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
  • Polytechnic campus: 4-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
  • Thunderbird campus: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
  • Tempe campus: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Read more about what's in store at each campus here, including information on the free app that can help visitors map out the activities they want to visit.

Get free tickets in advance online and enter to win a gift package. Tickets also function as an express pass to collect the free glow wand and event programs at the registration booths once on campus.

Check ASU Now after each event for photo galleries and video, and follow along as our crew shows all the fun on Snapchat (search for username: ASUNow).

 

Top photo: Seven-year-old Christian Tso, of Ahwatukee, looks at live organisms under the microscope at the Downtown Phoenix campus, Friday, Feb. 3. He brought his family to Microbes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly demonstration because of his interest in science. The exhibit was part of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts program. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

ASU’s Leah Gerber named Fellow of Ecological Society of America


February 6, 2017

Leah Gerber, founding director of Arizona State University’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, according to an announcement released by the ESA. Gerber was selected for her pioneering efforts to integrate marine ecology and conservation science into tenable policy and decision-making tools.

Gerber's notable achievements include a publication portfolio of more than 100 papers, receiving the “Inspirational Faculty Award” from ASU, and her role as a lead author for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Leah Gerber, founding director of ASU’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. ASU marine conservation biologist and population ecologist Leah Gerber has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, chosen for her pioneering efforts to integrate marine ecology and conservation science into tenable policy and decision-making tools. Photo courtesy of Leah Gerber Download Full Image

The ESA established its fellows program in 2012 with the goal of honoring its members and supporting their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the society, at their institutions and in broader society. ESA Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, such as those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations and in the broader society.

Gerber, a population ecologist and marine conservation biologist, is a senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and a professor in the School of Life Sciences, a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

Written by Alexandra Evans

Michelle Schwartz

Manager of Marketing and Communications, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

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