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What's going on here at ASU and around the nation:

Mass shootings and mental health: What can be done?

Reports come in on another mass shooting and the questions begin. What was the perpetrator’s motive? Should he have had access to guns? Did he have a history of domestic violence or any mental health issues? And the question that begs to be answered most: What can we do to stop this? Ronald O’Donnell is a clinical professor in Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions, a psychologist and the founding director of the college’s Doctor of Behavioral Health program. He shares his thoughts on what public policy efforts, in the realm of mental health, could be pursued to encourage a decline in these events.

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.

Global ban on trans fat easier said than done

All food in the United States must now be made without trans fat; globally, however, trans fats are still widely used in developing countries. To discourage the use of this harmful ingredient, the World Health Organization recently launch a campaign calling for the elimination of trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. Lauren Chenarides, assistant professor in the Morrison School of Agribusiness in the W. P. Carey School of Business, explains how this might be challenging from a business perspective.

Diminishing returns may threaten Medicare, Social Security

The Trump administration recently announced that the Medicare trust fund will be depleted by 2026 — three years earlier than previous estimates — and the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted by 2034. Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor in the College of Health Solutions, explains how this could impact the more than 60 million Americans who rely on these programs.

Why are all the privacy policies updating?

If you haven’t yet seen them, you’re probably not checking your email regularly. Many of the big websites, services and apps are making sure their new privacy policies and terms of service are in order. But why now? ASU cybersecurity expert Nadya Bliss explains what's behind the assault on your inbox.

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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Find an Expert

Experts are available for interviews on these current topics:

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

Sarah Lindstrom Johnson
Assistant Professor, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
EXPERTISE: Public and community health, violence, prevention, human development
Q&A: Researcher finds that more counselors, programming improves behavioral health

Kilauea Volcano

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

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

Adam Doupé 
Assistant professor, Fulton Schools of Engineering; associate director, Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics 
EXPERTISE: Automated vulnerability analysis, web security, mobile security, network security and hacking competitions

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