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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. If a car is parked in the sun on a hot summer day, its dashboard can hit 160 degrees in about an hour. That's also how long it can take for a child, trapped in a car, to suffer heat injury or even die. 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.

Cambridge Analytica data breach

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. ASU cybersecurity experts Jamie Winterton and Nadya Bliss are available to discuss Zuckerberg’s testimony, the Cambridge Analytica breach, and ways social media users can be proactive in safeguarding their data.

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.

Humans must drive initiatives for autonomous vehicle safety

Recently, the first fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle occurred in Tempe, Arizona. The incident has prompted conversations around the world on a range of issues, including the technology powering self-driving cars, liability when there is no human driver at the wheel and how to engage the public in policy decisions. Andrew Maynard, professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and director of the ASU Risk Innovation Lab, offers his take on the future of self-driving cars and what policy and regulatory changes may be on the horizon.

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Find an Expert

Experts are available for interviews on these current topics:

School 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

Kilauea Volcano

David Williams
Associate Research Professor, School of Earth & Space Exploration
EXPERTISE: Volcanology, Planetary Sciences
Q&A: When volcanoes erupt

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

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
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Wildfires

Stephen Pyne
Professor, School of Life Sciences
EXPERTISE: Fires, the history of exploration, environmental history

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