What we did over summer break
Even when the students are gone, there’s always something happening at ASU. From never-before-seen images of the night sky to groundbreaking partnerships to breakthrough drug research, check out what you may have missed at ASU this summer.
ASU Regents' Professor Charlie Arntzen's research into plant-based drug delivery systems may have helped saved the lives of two aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus. Arntzen had been working with Mapp Biopharmaceutical – the developers of a new Ebola treatment called ZMapp – for 15 years on the idea of plant-based therapeutics, when the work eventually focused on the Ebola virus. Learn more
NASA selected ASU to design, deliver and oversee a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras on the next rover mission to be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020. Jim Bell, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be the principal investigator overseeing the Mastcam-Z imaging investigation. Learn moreAndy DeLisle
Starbucks and ASU announced in June the Starbucks College Achievement Plan – a powerful, first-of-its-kind program designed to unleash lifetime opportunity for thousands of eligible U.S. partners (employees).
Earlier on in the summer, the NCAA announced its annual Academic Progress Rates; ASU's average score of 982 marked the school's highest ever. Learn more.
While there is no escaping summertime heat, especially in Arizona, we can learn something from it. Arizona's soaring temperatures became the subject of two important studies – one aimed at reducing heat-related deaths and the other examining air conditioner use and its impact on urban heat island effect.
Making history, ASU special adviser Diane Humetewa was named the first American Indian woman to serve as a federal judge. Humetewa won unanimous approval in the U.S. Senate in a 96-0 vote, and will serve in the federal District Court of Arizona. Learn more.Tom Story
ASU Online also made history this summer, when U.S. News & World Report rankings confirmed Arizona State University a top U.S. leader in online veteran degree programs. Learn more.Tom Story
For some, yard work and summertime go hand in hand, but thanks to ASU entrepreneur Stephen Walden, digging up the yard just got a bit easier. As the founder of Bosse Tools, Walden has found a way to prevent the sore, achy muscles that often come with hours of digging and shoveling through his new line of ergonomically designed hardware tools. Learn more.
As part of his visit to ASU, Dennis McGinn, U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment, toured the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation at the Polytechnic campus and discussed the Navy's interest in forging partnerships with research institutions to improve the country's energy outlook. Learn more.Sarah Mason
Summer is a time for stargazing, and never has the night sky looked this good. ASU astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, helped give us one of the deepest, most colorful images of the sky ever made. Learn more.NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Leva
A first-of-its-kind equation to estimate the monetary value of natural resources, such as fish stocks, groundwater or forests, was developed by researchers from ASU and Yale University as a unique approach toward sustainability. Learn more.John Rae
Another game-changing partnership was announced when ASU was selected for a competitive, five-year award of $20 million by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to explore approaches for anticipating and mitigating national security risks associated with climate change. Learn more.
The 2014 World Cup quickly became a dramatic, inspiring global event. It also brought thousands of ASU students from all over the world together to watch history be made.Andy DeLisle
Arizona PBS became the largest media organization in the world operated by a journalism school when its move to ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication became official July 1. Learn more.
As the nation looked back and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ASU staffer Kristen LaRue listened carefully to a recently discovered recording of a speech Martin Luther King, Jr. gave at ASU that same year. Working as part of a committee of archivists and experts, LaRue was given the opportunity to transcribe King's speech. Learn more.Monsignor Robert Donahoe Collection, Arizona State University Libraries
A new theory of how cancer works, pioneered in part by ASU's Paul Davies, could lead to the next generation of treatments. The theory suggests that cancer forms when recently evolved genes are damaged, and cells have to revert to using older, inappropriate genetic pathways. Learn more.
A team of scientists, led by ASU Biodesign Institute researchers, reported that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to antibacterial compounds that are commonly found in everyday products such as toothpastes, soaps and detergents. There is a growing body of evidence showing that the compounds can lead to developmental and reproductive problems in animals, and potentially in humans. Learn more