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Confederate Statue Removals Reinvigorate Debate

Increased public pressure has resulted in the dismantling and removal of a number of Confederate-themed monuments and memorabilia around the countryto the delight and dismay of divided citizens. What becomes of these discarded monuments? And what happens to the changing landscape and American history? Available to offer context is historian Mark Tebeau, an expert in the history of public gardens, monuments and public art, with ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.  

Upcoming FDA ban on OTC antiseptic products

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration-issued rule going into effect Sept. 6, 2017, establishes that over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients, including triclosan (TCS) and triclocarban (TCC), are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Biodesign Center for Environmental Security and professor of engineering, is available to discuss the research behind the ban. Halden’s research team was the first to find significant concentrations of TCC and TCS in wastewater dating back to the 1950s.

The Keto Diet

The keto diet encourages eating more cheese, butter and bacon; it’s a low-carb, high-fat diet akin to the Atkins Diet created in 1972 by cardiologist Robert C. Atkins. The latest fad diet has amassed a following of devoted supporters, including Tim Tebow, LeBron James and Kim Kardashian, but does it really work? Dr. Carol Johnston, Professor and Associate Director of the Nutrition Program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University, explains why the low-carb, high-fat diet is so popular, how it works, and what dieters should be eating to lose weight.

Monsoon 2017

Arizona’s monsoon storms are slamming into the Valley. While we don't know exactly when they'll hit or how hard, we can count on a predictable pattern: First come the high winds, then the downpours and dangerous flash floods, and finally a dust storm. Arizona climatologist Nancy Selover, who is a research professor at ASU, is answering questions to help understand what’s ahead this season. You can also take a look at our monsoon Q&A with Nancy Selover. 

The Great American Eclipse

The “Great American Eclipse” is making a return engagement this summer. On Aug. 21, the sun, moon and Earth will realign for a spectacular total solar eclipse event, one that will cast a shadow of darkness coast-to-coast across the contiguous United States for the first time in almost a century. It’s expected to be the most watched, most photographed and most televised astronomical event of a generation. Find out what ASU is doing to help the public witness this event.

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Mark Tebeau
Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
EXPERTISE: Urban, public, and digital history

Climate Change

Nadya Bliss
Director, ASU’s Global Security Initiative
EXPERTISE: National security challenges of climate change 

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


Francisco Lara-Valencia
Associate Professor, School of Transborder Studies Policy
EXPERTISE: Planning along the border and issues related to drug cartels and immigration


Deborah Hall
Assistant Professor, School of Social Behavior Sciences
EXPERTISE: How people respond to perceived norms within social groups, how social identities can shape the way people perceive and interact with others

Policing: Use of Force

Michael White
Professor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
EXPERTISE: Policing, police use of force, police misconduct, and tech/innovation 

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