ASU New College professor wins Surveillance Studies Network award

February 20, 2018

Professor Greg Wise from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus was recently announced as the 2017 winner of the Surveillance Studies Network Book Prize.

Wise's 2016 book, "Surveillance and Film," maps out important themes in how popular culture imagines surveillance by examining key feature films that prominently address the subject. The SSN panel of judges were "particularly impressed by its insightful analysis and engaging style." ASU professor Greg Wise sits at a laptop in his office Professor Greg Wise. Download Full Image

Drawing on dozens of examples from around the world, Wise analyzes films that focus on those who watch ("Rear Window," "Disturbia," etc.), films that focus on those who are watched ("The Conversation," "Ed TV," etc.), films that feature surveillance societies ("The Handmaid's Tale," "The Truman Show," etc.), surveillance procedural films ("The Naked City," "Eye in the Sky," etc.), and films that interrogate the aesthetics of the surveillance image itself ("Sliver"). Wise uses these films to describe key models of understanding surveillance (like Big Brother, panopticism, or the control society) as well as to raise issues of voyeurism, trust, ethics, technology, visibility, identity, privacy, and control that are essential elements of today's culture of surveillance.

Wise will be honored at the upcoming Surveillance Studies Network conference, held in Denmark on June 7-9. 

There's a psychology 'Rising Star' in ASU's New College

February 20, 2018

New College Assistant Professor of Psychology Jessica Salerno has been tabbed as a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science.

The designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-PhD research career whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. Jessica Salerno Assistant Professor Jessica Salerno. Download Full Image

Salerno is a founding member of the ASU Program on Law and Behavioral Science and a Fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. Salerno’s research interests include several lines of inquiry that apply social psychological theory and experimentation to legal contexts.

She investigates:

• The effect of emotion and intergroup dynamics in legal decision making

• How moral outrage drives biases against stigmatized groups in ambiguous legal contexts

• How jurors evaluate the quality of scientific evidence presented by expert witnesses in court

She also explores how these decision-making processes might differ for individuals versus groups, investigating how extra-legal factors influence both individual juror's and juries’ decisions, with a strong emphasis on the group deliberation process.

Gym Devils to welcome the Wildcats

Saturday's Territorial Cup free to students with a valid Sun Card

February 19, 2018

Sun Devil Gymnastics finishes out their last home meet of the year in a showdown against the Wildcats. This year’s Territorial Cup will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. Admission is free to students with a valid Sun Card, and single-meet tickets start at just $8. 

It’s Senior Night — and the team will recognize the one and only senior Nichelle Christopherson for all of her contributions to the program. She has been a great leader to the young team, so come help give her a farewell to remember! Don’t forget to dress the part, as this meet’s theme will feature a “Maroon Monsoon.”  Sun Devil Gymnastics Download Full Image

Be sure to follow @SunDevilGym on Twitter for live updates.

Deadline for Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest is Feb. 28

Work to be judged by New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson

February 1, 2018

In the wake of Earth’s hottest year on record, the effects of climate change are more apparent than ever. But how do we come to grips with what climate change looks like for real people in actual places?

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University is looking for stories that illustrate, explore or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. The deadline for submissions to the Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest is Feb. 28. Postcard for a climate change writing contest Download Full Image

Individuals may submit up to one work of short fiction under 5,000 words. Work will be selected and judged by New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson.

The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize. Selected work will be published in an anthology by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative.

For more information and guidelines, or to download a postcard or flier, visit the contest website at

The submissions page can also be accessed directly at Last year’s anthology can also be downloaded for free.

A new beginning in Armstrong Hall for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student services hub

January 30, 2018

This May, Arizona State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean’s office will be leaving its headquarters in the Fulton Center and moving to the newly renovated Armstrong Hall — the former home of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (now on the Downtown Phoenix campus).

As part of this move, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will not only relocate its academic leadership and dean’s office staff, but will re-imagine the entire first floor of Armstrong Hall — nearly 46,000 square feet of space — to become a new academic advising and student services hub focused entirely on student success. Rendering of Armstrong Hall Advising Hub Armstrong Hall will house clustered advising hubs for each division, similar to the east advising hub on the first floor with dedicated areas for collaboration.

Part of the renovation involves creating three academic advising centers for new freshmen and transfer students. Organized around the college’s three divisions — humanities, social sciences and natural sciences — the 40 academic advisors and student services professionals that will staff these spaces will focus on welcoming and supporting the nearly 2,600 freshmen and 1,800 transfers that join the college each year.

“The goal is for our college’s Sun Devils to start their ASU journey off on the right foot,” said Paul LePore, associate dean for student and academic programs in the college. “And our move to Armstrong Hall will provide our new students a single location to connect to all of the opportunities and resources our college and ASU have to offer. For prospective students, Armstrong Hall will provide the chance to learn about, ask questions and explore the diversity of degree programs and co-curricular opportunities available in the college.”

After the first year — once students have settled into college life and have found their intellectual homes — academic support will transition to the faculty and advising professionals in their academic units.

“Our faculty and unit advisors are in the best position to mentor students in their respective disciplines and provide them tools to make the most of the opportunities in the major,” LePore said.

“With 19 academic units and over 90 different undergraduate majors, transitioning to our college can be complicated. We want to ensure that the onboarding of our students goes smoothly and that our new freshmen and transfers are supported in all of the ways that matter,” said Patrick Kenney, dean of the college and Foundation Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. “We also want to make sure our units can focus their efforts on supporting the student experience in their academic disciplines.”

Another component of the Armstrong Hall renovation is the Futures Center — a project built in partnership with ASU’s office of Career and Professional Development Services. Designed as a 21st-century career center for liberal arts and science majors, the Futures Centers will offer services and programming to prepare students for life after college — whether that means entering the workforce or continuing education through graduate or professional school.

Through the new Futures Center, preparation for life after college will begin from the very first day students arrive on the Tempe campus. Starting with LIA 101 (the college’s student success course for freshmen), first year students will have opportunities to discover their future passions and career pathways, learn the transferable skills employers and graduate and professional schools are looking for, take part in resume workshops and employer panels, and seek out internships throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

College alumni and community supporters have been involved from the onset of the project to help shape the student experience by sharing their time, expertise and resources to enhance the college’s vision for Armstrong Hall. Alumni, business and community partners will be offered opportunities to connect with students by serving as mentors, internship supervisors and by providing job shadowing opportunities — sharing with students how they can be successful in the constantly evolving 21st-century workplace.

“The vision we have for Armstrong Hall represents the college’s ongoing commitment to the success of our undergraduates," Kenney said. "And the first-floor space of Armstrong Hall will be the means by which we bring together our faculty, staff, alums and community members in support of our students in an atmosphere that will be designed to encourage creativity, adaptability and a focus on the future.”

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Cycle of changes: New ASU bike initiatives help keep community safe

Tour de Tempe: Cycle of changes brought to ASU bicycle community.
Tempe campus bike counters will help influence infrastructure, policy.
Bike guide lets riders know the top 12 bike-crash locations in Tempe.
January 30, 2018

How many bicycles pass through Arizona State University's Tempe campus on a daily basis? How about each year?

The answers to these questions have never been quantifiable, but that's about to change.

Earlier this month, a pair of bike counters were installed at the Forest/University and Apache/College cross streets (pictured above), changing the game for everyone involved in the transit community.

"Our students will use the data to do course work and projects on bicycling in the region," said Trisalyn Nelson, director of ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at ASU. "It's important to monitor how many people bicycle in order to have an understanding of how changes in infrastructure and policy impact people's willingness to ride."

According to Nelson, bicycle ridership rates are up 17 percent on the Tempe campus. The new counters will document those changes and the reasons that go along with it.

They will also make life easier on everyone involved in on-campus transit.

"The school purchased the counters, and ASU Parking and Transit Services helped install them," said JC Porter, ASU's assistant director of commuter services. "They will definitely help since normally that data is collected by volunteers who have to count the bikes by hand."

Outside of his work with the new counters, Porter also oversees all sustainable transportation resources made available to ASU students. This includes intercampus shuttles and carpooling efforts, discounted public transit passes and of course, biking.

For all of his efforts, he was recently named the 2018 Tempe Bike Hero, an award that will be presented by the Tempe City Council in February. He has also received the President’s Award for Sustainability and the International Parking Institute’s Emerging Leader of the Year award within the past year.

A safer campus, through technology and teaching

The newly installed counters are just one of ASU's current bike-related initiatives.

With some help from the city of Tempe, — a web-map founded by Nelson — released a handy guide to show the top 12 locations in Tempe where the most bicycle accidents occur. The guide was finished earlier this month and is a useful resource to decrease the number of bicycle crashes around ASU.

"BikeMaps provides an important tool for ASU students to understand bicycle safety," Nelson said. "It's a site where anyone in the world can map a bicycle crash, near miss or hazard. Most incidents go unreported, and we want to use the website to help the region make better decisions."

In addition to the counters and bicycle safety tips, Nelson and Porter aim to further studies in the area with a new partnership between the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Parking and Transit Services.

A course in Campus Transportation Planning is slated to start later this year, with a projected start date of fall 2018. 

"Students will have the opportunity to work on practical research questions that will help ASU support all forms of transportation," Nelson said. "We will study bike parking, bicycling and walking safety issues, investigate how and why bicycling to campus is on the rise and map the shadiest paths between buildings."

More information on the class will be released later in the semester. 

Top photo: ASU Parking and Transit maintenance worker Clayton Brunetti digs a trench for wires that will connect in-ground sensors to a solar-powered sign showing the daily and annual count of bicycles near the intersection of Apache Boulevard and College Avenue. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Connor Pelton

Communications Writer , ASU Now

Women's basketball to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

January 29, 2018

Sun Devil Women's Basketball kicks off the month of February when they battle Washington at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.

The team will celebrate the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day by hosting a free pregame clinic for girls eighth grade and younger, and boys sixth grade and younger at 5 p.m. Download Full Image

Learn basketball, soccer, lacrosse and triathlon from some of the best athletes in the country as these sports will be taught by current Sun Devil student-athletes! View more clinic information and RSVP here.

Clinic schedule:

4:30 p.m. – Meet at Weatherup Center (521 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281)

4:30–5 p.m. – Check-in

5–6:40pm – Activities (around 20 minute sessions)

6:40–7 p.m. – Q&A with student athletes

7–7:15 p.m. – Go to Wells Fargo Arena

7:15–8 p.m. – Pregame autograph session on concourse, visit the concession stands and find your seats

8 p.m. – Game time vs. Washington Huskies

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletics sneakers. Participants will not need to bring any equipment as everything will be provided. Participants may bring a water bottle should they choose. 

All participants must fill out a waiver form here. Please print, fill out and bring a waiver form for each participant. 

The team will close out the weekend when they take on Washington State at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. All kids grades eight and younger receive free admission for Sunday Funday. Also, be sure to wear your favorite maroon Sun Devil gear for Sunday's "Maroon Monsoon." Fans wearing maroon receive $5 discounted tickets at the box office. 

ASU launches Psyche mission website

Psyche, NASA’s Discovery mission to a unique metal asteroid, has a new digital home at ASU

January 29, 2018

Psyche, NASA’s Discovery mission to a unique metal asteroid, has a new digital home at ASU as of this week.

The ASU mission website,, will be a resource for the public to learn about the mission, the spacecraft, the asteroid, the instruments being developed and the team behind the mission. The website also features a countdown clock, a mission timeline, the latest news, a blog, a photo library and details for upcoming events. The ASU mission website will complement NASA’s official Psyche Mission site. Artist's rendition of the Psyche asteroid Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal. As such, it offers a unique look into the violent collisions that created Earth and the terrestrial planets. Learn more about Psyche and the journey to a metal world at Image credit: ASU/Peter Rubin Download Full Image

“A major purpose of space exploration is to inspire everyone, everywhere, to stretch and think and be bolder,” said Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Psyche principal investigator and director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. “This website is designed to give everyone an opportunity to not only learn about, but also participate in the mission.”

The site offers a variety of ways the public can get involved, including links to information about careers and internships, becoming a NASA Solar System Ambassador, and printing your own 3-D model of the asteroid and spacecraft.

For ASU students, the site features information on Psyche mission-centered senior capstone projects, as well as a multidisciplinary arts program called “Psyche Inspired,” where undergraduate students can use their creative talents from photography to ceramics to share the excitement for Psyche with the public. Both of these programs are being piloted at ASU and will be available nationally next academic year. 

“We encourage everyone to visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to learn about existing NASA programs and internships, as well as connect with special Psyche opportunities we are developing,” said Cassie Bowman, Psyche co-investigator and student collaboration lead. “Through our Psyche-specific programs, everyone can learn about and contribute to the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of the mission both at school and at home.”

The Psyche mission

Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal. As such, it offers a unique look into the violent collisions that created Earth and the terrestrial planets.

The Psyche spacecraft is targeted to launch in August 2022 and travel to the asteroid using solar-electric (low thrust) propulsion, arriving in 2026, following a Mars flyby and gravity-assist in 2023. After arrival, the mission plan calls for 21 months orbiting the asteroid, mapping it and studying its properties.

The scientific goals of the Psyche mission are to understand the building blocks of planet formation and explore first-hand a wholly new and unexplored type of world. The mission team seeks to determine whether Psyche is the core of an early planet, how old it is, whether it formed in similar ways to the Earth's core, and what its surface is like.

The spacecraft's instrument payload will include a magnetometer, a multispectral imager, and a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer. The mission will use an X-band radio telecommunications system and will test a sophisticated new laser communications technology, called Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) that encodes data in photons.

The Psyche Mission was selected for flight under NASA's Discovery Program, a series of lower-cost, highly focused robotic space missions that are exploring the solar system. The Psyche Mission’s principal investigator, Lindy Elkins-Tanton, is the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. In addition to Elkins-Tanton, ASU researchers on the Psyche mission team include Jim Bell (deputy principal investigator and co-investigator), David Williams (co-investigator), and Catherine Bowman (co-investigator).

The NASA mission is led by Arizona State University. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is responsible for mission management; spacecraft assembly, test, and launch operations; mission operations; and navigation. The spacecraft’s solar-electric propulsion chassis will be built by SSL.

For additional resources about the mission, visit and

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration


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ASU makes Princeton Review's list of 'Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck'

Princeton Review cites ASU's academics, affordability, grads' career prospects.
January 17, 2018

The university is the only Arizona school on 2018 'Colleges That Pay You Back' list

Arizona State University has been named to the 2018 Princeton Review list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

The Princeton Review, which rates colleges and universities on a host of factors, cited ASU’s “stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates.” ASU has been named to this nationwide list every year since its inaugural publishing in 2015. This year, ASU is the only school in Arizona to make the list.

Other universities on the list include Stanford University, Yale University, MIT, University of California Los Angeles and Texas A&M.

“ASU offers the highest-quality education possible at the lowest possible price with a tremendous return on investment for students,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “Nine out of 10 undergraduates have a job within three months of graduation. And with more than 8,000 companies recruiting students every day, ASU is the hub of talent for the state of Arizona.”

Students quoted in the Princeton Review ranking noted ASU’s focus on innovation and efforts to “personalize every student’s experience,” along with “endless … opportunities for success.” Students also noted ASU’s highly ranked journalism, business and engineering schools along with the abundance of research opportunities across academic disciplines.

ASU’s undergraduate tuition is the lowest among public universities in Arizona. More than 80 percent of resident undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, which was also a factor in the Princeton Review ranking.

Dozens of companies such as Ford Motor Company, Mayo Clinic, Charles Schwab and State Farm have called ASU a top-tier university for recruiting and hiring. The average starting salary for ASU undergraduates is $43,000 and $63,000 for graduate students. 

ASU Gymnastics welcomes CAL

January 12, 2018

Come watch the Arizona State University Gym Devils as they take on California at noon Jan. 28. The team defeated two top 25 programs in their first meet at home and is looking to build on that momentum. Admission is free with a valid Sun Devil Card and single meet tickets can be purchased starting at just $8.

The meet will feature a “Flip Out Cancer” theme, where attendees can learn how ASU gets involved in the battle against cancer. Also, ASU is welcoming two very special Disney characters — be sure to come early to take a picture with Cinderella and Belle in the main concourse. Download Full Image

After the meet, join the team for an autograph session and receive a special edition ASU gymnastics poster.

Follow Sun Devil Gymnastics on Twitter @SunDevilGym for live updates and information on the team.