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Happening Now

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

The Effects of a U.S. Trade War

President Donald Trump has launched a trade war over the last several months involving billions of dollars of goods and affecting the United States’ relationships with several countries, including China, Mexico and Canada, as well as the European Union. In the latest action, Trump announced a new preliminary trade agreement with Mexico, but not Canada. Troy Schmitz, associate professor in the Morrison School of Agribusiness in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, is available to comment on the trade war and the complicated way it could affect prices and jobs.

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.

Catching up with the Affordable Care Act

With the midterm elections coming up, 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:

Polarization

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

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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