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New law sparks debate about how much schooling nurses need

In late December 2017, New York signed legislation mandating that all new nurses in the state earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) within 10 years of initial licensure. The move sparked heated debate in the health-care industry, with legitimate arguments both in favor and against the new law. Heidi Sanborn, clinical assistant professor and interim director of the RN-BSN and Concurrent Enrollment Program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, weighs in on the situation and what it means for the future of health care in the U.S. 

Food for thought: Sexual Harassment in Agribusiness

In 2017, the U.S. awoke to a generations-long history of sexual harassment and abuse affecting countless women (and some men) in high-profile industries. This year opened with some of those powerful women taking a stand to provide a voice for victims in less prominent fields, such as agribusiness. David Van Fleet, a Morrison School of Agribusiness professor, talks about the prevalence of sexual harassment in the food industry and how companies can begin eliminating it from the workplace.

How to Agree to Disagree through Civil Dialogue

While there are plenty of opinions that might suggest otherwise, two communication experts are giving their okay to having political conversations. Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson say we are likely to become more polarized if we never have conversations about our disagreements. “We sometimes think the polite thing to do is avoid difficult subjects,” Olson says. “In reality, that is not civility. We are putting our relationship on hold and saying ‘this part of our relationship doesn’t exist.’” Olson and Linde teach Civil Dialogue at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Both are available to discuss the practice of civil discussion and how we can artfully engage with others we disagree with.

What the Net Neutrality Repeal Means for You

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to eliminate net neutrality, which requires all internet service providers to treat internet traffic equally. This decision is likely to have a major impact on all internet users. To better understand the consequences of this vote, ASU Now spoke with Heather Ross, clinical assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Ross detailed the potential negative consequences for consumers, students, political campaigns and healthcare.

ASU Professor says Celebrity 'Fauxpologies' are Causing More Damage

Celebrity apologies can go from convincing to cheap in the matter of a few words. With the recent rise of sexual harassment claims in Hollywood, the media and in politics, so-called “fauxpologies” by some of the most powerful men may be causing the accused and abused even more harm. Dawn Gilpin, associate professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, explains why these types of apologies can backfire with audiences and those involved.

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Victor Benjamin
Assistant Professor, W. P. Carey School of Business
EXPERTISE: Cybersecurity, Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning

Public Apologies 

Dawn Gilpin
Associate Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
EXPERTISE: Public relations and communication theory
Celebrity 'fauxpologies' Q&A

The Royal Monarchy

Retha Warnicke
Professor, The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
EXPERTISE: European 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

Cyber Security

Jamie Winterton
Director of strategy, ASU Global Security Initiative 
EXPERTISE: Defense and security research, consumer data breaches, data privacy, cybersecurity broadly, and defense
Got a Minute? Jamie Winterton on the Internet

Russian Hacking

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

Opioid Crisis

James Hodge
Professor, Sandra Day O’ Conner College of Law
EXPERTISE: Health Law and Policy, Public Health, Human Rights, Information Privacy
Opioid Crisis Q&A

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