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Keeping hot cities livable

In the latest Thought Huddle podcast, ASU sustainability experts look at some of the ways to make urban spaces more livable for the long term. Entitled “Hot and Habitable: Creating Sustainable Cities,” the episode features three ASU sustainability experts who explore the challenges Phoenix and other “extreme” cities face—and who describe creative solutions to make urban spaces more livable for the long-term. The guests includes architect Jack Debartolo, ASU dean of social sciences and urban planner Elizabeth Wentz, and architect and urban designer Wellington “Duke” Reiter. Each of these experts offers their insights into both the challenges we face and the concrete responses that can drive change.

Assessing the Issue of Gun Violence

Over the last decade, the reality of mass shooting has escalated. In 2018 alone, the country has already faced some two dozen school shootings. These senseless acts of gun violence, often committed by young people, have created enormous fear and insecurity for parents, teachers and students alike.  In an effort to assess the many angles of this multifaceted issue, explore ideas from across the political landscape and search for solutions, we asked nearly a dozen ASU experts from a wide variety of fields to share their insights.

Aging with autism

In 1980, “infantile autism” was recognized as its own condition by the medical community, and the number of children diagnosed with what would become autism spectrum disorder skyrocketed. Cut to nearly 40 years later, and those first children diagnosed with autism have grown up. They’re adults now, and College of Health Solutions assistant professor Blair Braden wants to know how autism is playing out in their lives. Braden will spend the next four years studying the brain activity of adults with ASD to better understand the cognitive changes that occur across aging in adulthood and identify what behaviors in adults are the best predictors of age-related cognitive decline.

Arizona named an anti-vaccine hot spot

A recent study named Arizona one of several “hot spots” in the nation for higher-than-average rates of nonmedical vaccination exemptions. For the 2016-17 school year, Maricopa County issued nearly 3,000 nonmedical exemptions, the most of any metropolitan area in the country—by a lot. Alexandra Bhatti, faculty associate in ASU’s College of Health Solutions, discusses why parents might seek an exemption, how states differ in their vaccination laws, and what the risks are to the community.

Cars Can Hit Deadly Temperatures in Short Time

Annually in the U.S., an average of 37 children left in hot cars die from complications of hyperthermia – when the body warms to above 104 degrees and cannot cool down. A recent study by researchers from Arizona State University and the University of California at San Diego compares how different types of cars warm up on hot days when exposed to different amounts of shade and sunlight. The research team also took into account how these differences would affect the body temperature of a child left in a vehicle. Nancy Selover, an Arizona State climatologist and research professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, is available to talk about the findings.

Catching up with the Affordable Care Act

With the midterm elections just months away, the issue of health care is once again a topic of conversation in the halls of Congress, in boardrooms and at dinner tables across the country. Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor in the College of Health Solutions, explains where the Affordable Care Act stands today and what consequences the November election many bring.

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Paul Carrese
Founding Director and Professor, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
EXPERTISE: Politics and Civility 
Got a Minute? Paul Carrese on Civility

Race in America

Adam Seagrave 
Associate Director and Associate Professor, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
EXPERTISE: Race and American political history

Separating Families at the Border

Angela Banks
Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
EXPERTISE: Immigration law, international law, human rights
Q&A: Understanding the National Guard border deployment
Q&A: Increasingly aggressive immigration enforcement is troubling, says ASU expert

Leah Sarat
Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
EXPERTISE: Immigration detention centers, mass incarceration, religion in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

North Korea

Daniel Rothenberg
Co-Director, Center on the Future of War; Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies
EXPERTISE: War, politics, law and human rights

Mass Shootings

Sherry Towers
Research Associate, Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center
EXPERTISE: Mapping contagion models to examine the spread of ideas and social behaviors within a population
Q&A: What we do and don't know about mass shootings
Q&A: Sherry Towers on the contagion effect of mass shootings

Cyber Security

Nadya Bliss
Director, ASU Global Security Initiative; professor of practice, Fulton Schools of Engineering 
EXPERTISE: The complexity of global security challenges, diversity in cybersecurity, app user privacy issues, security issues related to climate change
Got a Minute? Nadya Bliss on Geeks
Nadya Bliss on Women in STEM

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