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Speaker series brings media professionals to ASU

January 30, 2012

A National Public Radio host, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, two Poynter Institute faculty members, a group of baseball writers and the former editor of The (Portland) Oregonian are among those headlining a speaker series this spring at Arizona State University.

The events are part of the “Must See Mondays” speaker series at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which kicked off on Jan. 23 with G. Pascal Zachary, journalism professor and author of “Married to Africa,” speaking about his experiences reporting on that continent. Download Full Image

Following him are speakers including David Brancaccio, host of American Public Media’s “Marketplace Index”; Stephen Buckley, dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute; Jeff Leen, assistant managing editor of The Washington Post’s investigative unit; Regina McCombs, Poynter faculty member and former senior producer for multimedia at; and Sandra Mims Rowe, the Cronkite School’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics and former editor of The Oregonian.

The speakers will touch on issues including business journalism, investigative reporting, use of social media in public relations, sports journalism and ethics in the digital age.

The talks, which are free and open to the public, take place from 7-8 p.m., each Monday of the semester in the school's First Amendment Forum, on the Downtown Phoenix campus of ASU. Past speaker events can be viewed online at

“These award-winning journalists and communication professionals enrich both our students and the public with insights about critical topics in today’s news media,” said Christopher Callahan, Cronkite School dean. “The ‘Must See Mondays’ speaker series has become an integral part of the Cronkite School community.”

The spring “Must See Mondays” events are:

Jan. 30, “Journalism and an Economy that Better Serves More People”
• David Brancaccio, host, "Marketplace Index," American Public Media

Feb. 6, “Leadership Now: Making a Difference in a New Journalism World”
• Stephen Buckley, dean of faculty, The Poynter Institute

Feb. 13, “Secrets of a Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Journalist”
• Jeff Leen, assistant managing editor, investigative unit, The Washington Post

Feb. 20, “Making Sense of Social Media in Public Relations”
• Jennifer Hellum, formerly with
• Chris Kline, ABC15, KNXV-TV
• Ashley Oakes, Zion and Zion

Feb. 27, “Baseball's Brightest: Covering Spring Training”
• Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
• Gayle Jansen, Fox 10 News
• Janie McCauley, The Associated Press
• Scott Miller,
• Bob Nightengale, USA Today

March 5, “The Changing Role of the News Photographer in a Multimedia World”
• Dave Seibert, multimedia producer, The Arizona Republic

March 12, “Phones, Tablets and the Future of News”
• Regina McCombs, faculty member, The Poynter Institute; former senior producer for multimedia,

April 9, “Student Showcase: Public Relations Lab”
• Cronkite School public relations students

April 16, “Ethics and Excellence in the Digital Age”
• Sandra Mims Rowe, Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics; former editor, The (Portland) Oregonian

April 23, “Reporting Abroad: Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic”
• Cronkite School depth reporting students

For a full schedule of events, visit Cronkite Events.

Reporter , ASU Now


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Robotic rover explores desert environment

January 30, 2012

Internationally-recognized artist Miguel Palma, from Lisbon, Portugal, has been commissioned by the ASU Art Museum’s Desert Initiative to develop a mobile project that explores our connection to the desert environment.

In collaboration with ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and other community partners, Palma will convert a former military vehicle for use to photograph and film natural desert environments. The vehicle will return to urban settings at night to project the recorded imagery on building facades and other sites. robotic rover Download Full Image

To launch the collaborative project, Palma and SESE will host an exhibition as part of the Arizona SciTech Festival First Friday Art + Science event on Feb. 3, which takes place in conjunction with the First Friday artwalk in downtown Phoenix (details about the Feb. 3 event are here: The public will have an opportunity to interact with a full-scale autonomous rover (RAVEN) designed and built by SESE students.

RAVEN (Robotic Assist Vehicle for Extraterrestrial Navigation) is a three-wheel, 330-pound (150-kg) rover that can traverse 20 degree slopes and is able to travel at speeds up to three feet/second (1m/s). It has Visible and Near-Infrared cameras that are functionally similar to the cameras on the Mars rovers. These are able to photograph the environment and build maps. Combined with its ability to carry experiments, samples and tools, RAVEN makes an ideal robotic field assistant for astronaut-scientists for exploring Moon, Mars and other planetary bodies.

A model of Palma’s project will be on display along with information from SESE at the Regular Gallery, 918 N. Sixth St., in Phoenix, from Feb. 3 through Feb. 24.

The ASU Art Museum, part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, serves a diverse community of artists and audiences through innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. The ASU Art Museum’s Desert Initiative connects desert communities nationally and globally and fosters innovative approaches to sustainability through arts-based research and projects.

The ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), established in 2006, is a ground-breaking educational initiative to combine science and engineering research to achieve a better understanding of the universe and, especially, our home world. SESE was designed to be on the cutting-edge of an intellectual trend toward combining modes of analysis from science and engineering to craft a more holistic understanding of the process interactions that have shaped – and will continue to shape – the Universe. SESE possesses an extensive research portfolio with field work on every continent on Earth; probes sent to the Moon, Mars, Venus, and Mercury; and ground-based and orbiting telescopes interrogating deep space.