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Cheating Under Pressure

In 2015, Volkswagen admitted to creating a device that allowed the company’s vehicles to cheat emissions tests in the United States. The following year, Wells Fargo revealed that 5,300 employees had secretly opened millions of phony accounts in an attempt to hit sales targets and receive bonuses. More and more, employees are bending the rules at work to get ahead. Dr. Michael Baer, Lincoln Fellow in the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and assistant professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business, recently completed a study on workplace cheating that explores why employees cheat and what companies are doing to encourage, perhaps unknowingly, unethical behavior.

The Ethics of Advertising Hate Speech

Facebook and Google have recently come under fire for failing to monitor the content of ads on their sites, allowing hateful and misleading information to be shared. In this Q&A, Bret Giles, professor of practice in marketing in the W.P. Carey School of Business, shares his insights on the ethics of digital advertising in the era of social media. 

Deployed power for disaster recovery in Puerto Rico 

Portable solar-powered microgrids – including photovoltaic collectors, batteries, and a back-up diesel generator, all packaged in a portable container — can provide a rapidly deployable source of mobile power for areas devastated by natural disasters. These containerized microgrids can provide enough electricity to power a command center, add public lighting, water treatment, and allow machinery for seven days without refueling. Nathan Johnson, director of the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions (LEAPS), is available to speak about how microgrids work, the functions they serve in disaster relief operations, and the practical implications of deployment to remote areas.

Hurricane Disaster Response 

This year's hurricane season has hit several communities with a disasterous punch which has resulted in the devastating and harmful after effects of mother nature. ASU environmental microbiologist Morteza Abbaszadegan is available for interviews to discuss the various microorganisms and contaminants present in floodwaters, the growth of fungi and toxin-producing molds after waters recede, and how to stay safe. Chuck Redman of the School of Sustainability leads a project on building resilient cities. He’s also available to discuss how cities can rebuild in a more resilient manner. 

Going for food labeled 'healthy'? Think again

Trying to watch what you eat? Do you reach for the foods labeled “healthy” rather than treats marked “indulgent” in order to cut down? Not so fast. New research by Naomi Mandel, professor of marketing in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, found that study participants ate more potato chips after drinking a shake labeled “healthy living” than people who drank one marked “indulgent.”

 

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Find an Expert

Experts are available for interviews on these current topics:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Josh LaBaer
Executive director, ASU Biodesign Institute
EXPERTISE: Discovery of biomarkers which can provide early warning for those at risk of major illnesses

Karen Anderson
Associate professor, ASU Biodesign Institute
EXPERTISE: Understanding how immune response can be used to detect and alter cancer development

Cyber Security Awareness Month

Nadya Bliss
Director, ASU Global Security Initiative; professor of practice, Fulton Schools of Engineering
EXPERTISE: Global security challenges, diversity in cybersecurity, app user privacy issues, security issues related to climate change

Jamie Winterton
Director of strategy, ASU Global Security Initiative
EXPERTISE: Defense and security research, consumer data breaches, data privacy, defense

Politics on the Football Field 

Brett Kurland
Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
EXPERTISE: Sports in multimedia
Q&A on the NFL's recent conflict

Natural Disasters

Dr. Cheryl Schmidt
Clinical Professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
EXPERTISE: Disaster preparedness, emergency response by health care providers

Russian Hacking

Mark von Hagen
Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies
EXPERTISE: Russian history, politics, civil-military relations

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

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