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ASU professor foreshadows some drama ahead of the Oscars

The anticipation is running high for the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony. We’re sure to see a bit of everything, including epic films, indies and some diversity. Nominations for the March 4 award show include “The Shape of Water,” a low-budget fantasy, leading the Oscar race with 13 nominations. But the real drama taking center stage that night may have nothing to do with films, said Guillermo Reyes, a professor with ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Reyes teaches a class about the nominations.

New law sparks debate about how much schooling nurses need

In late December 2017, New York signed legislation mandating that all new nurses in the state earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) within 10 years of initial licensure. The move sparked heated debate in the health-care industry, with legitimate arguments both in favor and against the new law. Heidi Sanborn, clinical assistant professor and interim director of the RN-BSN and Concurrent Enrollment Program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, weighs in on the situation and what it means for the future of health care in the U.S. 

Food for thought: Sexual Harassment in Agribusiness

In 2017, the U.S. awoke to a generations-long history of sexual harassment and abuse affecting countless women (and some men) in high-profile industries. This year opened with some of those powerful women taking a stand to provide a voice for victims in less prominent fields, such as agribusiness. David Van Fleet, a Morrison School of Agribusiness professor, talks about the prevalence of sexual harassment in the food industry and how companies can begin eliminating it from the workplace.

How to Agree to Disagree through Civil Dialogue

While there are plenty of opinions that might suggest otherwise, two communication experts are giving their okay to having political conversations. Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson say we are likely to become more polarized if we never have conversations about our disagreements. “We sometimes think the polite thing to do is avoid difficult subjects,” Olson says. “In reality, that is not civility. We are putting our relationship on hold and saying ‘this part of our relationship doesn’t exist.’” Olson and Linde teach Civil Dialogue at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Both are available to discuss the practice of civil discussion and how we can artfully engage with others we disagree with.

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The Flu

Matthew Scotch
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Health Solutions
EXPERTISE: Public health and viruses
Q&A: Why is this year's flu season so bad?


Jim Bell 
Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration
EXPERTISE: Solar system, planets, commercial space exploration
Q&A: What the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch means for the future of space travel


Victor Benjamin
Assistant Professor, W. P. Carey School of Business
EXPERTISE: Cybersecurity, Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning

Public Apologies 

Dawn Gilpin
Associate Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
EXPERTISE: Public relations and communication theory
Q&A: How c
elebrity 'fauxpologies' can backfire with audiences

The Royal Monarchy

Retha Warnicke
Professor, The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
EXPERTISE: European History
Q&A: Prince Harry's marriage and the royal family dynamics


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