ASU alum headlines Hollywood Invades Tempe series

October 31, 2012

Hollywood sound effects editor and sound designer and ASU School of Music alumnus Hamilton Sterling will appear in person at the popular screening and chat series Hollywood Invades Tempe, Nov. 8.

The noted sound editor and designer, who graduated in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in music performance, will talk about the dozens of films he's worked on after a screening of "The Dark Knight" in the recently opened state-of-the-art Marston Exploration Theater at the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4); 850 S. McAllister Ave., on the Tempe campus. Download Full Image

The event begins at 6:15 p.m., Nov. 8, with free pizza, followed by the screening of "The Dark Knight" at 6:45 p.m., and a Q&A session with Sterling at 9:15 p.m.

Sterling's work includes "Men in Black 3" (2012); "The Dark Knight" (2008); "War of the Worlds" (2005); and "Gangs of New York" (2002). He will discuss his work, philosophy and life as a sound effect guru on A-list Hollywood productions.

Hollywood Invades Tempe brings talented film artists, usually via video conference, face-to-face with ASU audiences for a Q&A period following the screening of the artist’s representative work. Adam Collis, professor of practice in the ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is founder and host of the free series, which is open to the public. The series is co-sponsored by the ASU Film Association and the student-run Programming and Activities Board.

Sterling also is featured in Creative Conversations with Alumni hosted by Kwang-Wu Kim, Herberger Institute dean and director, from 5 to 6 p.m., Nov. 8, at the Lyceum Theatre on the Tempe campus. The first of a new forum series features Kim and alumni in candid conversations discussing creative practice, interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities and the challenges, successes and experiences they’ve encountered. This event also is free and open to the public.

Sustainability a top priority for ASU, Oregon State

October 31, 2012

Editor's Note: Arizona State football will take on Oregon State at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 in Corvallis. Learn more about ASU's collaborations with Pac-12 schools.

Sustainability matters. This, according to The Princeton Review’s most recent "Hopes and Worries" survey, which found that 68 percent of the sampled 7,445 college-bound students cited a commitment to sustainability as having an impact on their decision of which college to attend. Download Full Image

Such a commitment is abundantly apparent at Arizona State University, which made this year’s Princeton Review list of 21 colleges and universities with the highest “green” ratings in the country. The rankings are based on:

• whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable

• how well a school is preparing students not only for employment in the clean energy economy of the 21st century, but also for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental challenges

• how environmentally responsible a school's policies are

When ASU established its one-of-a-kind Global Institute of Sustainability in November 2004, ASU President Michael Crow noted that the field was “so new, it [had] yet to be defined,” proving the university to be a true pioneer in the field.

Crow has even delivered speeches at several conferences nationwide addressing the importance of sustainability in the university. One such lecture was given at fellow Pac-12 school Oregon State University during their 2011 OSU Sustainability Conference.

OSU is making its own name in sustainability with its Energy Efficiency Center. Student teams led by faculty and grad students are working through the center to help businesses in the Northwest become more efficient and profitable by reducing their energy usage and eliminating waste. So far, the students have helped save those businesses nearly $90 million in operating expenses.

Meanwhile, ASU is pumping out more than 15.3 megawatts of solar-generating capacity, working with Power Systems Energy Research Center to develop a new type of electric grid, partnering with the City of Phoenix to promote transit-oriented development along the light rail, and continuing to research even more ways of creating a more sustainable world.

Emma Greguska

Reporter, ASU Now

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