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Opinion: We need international students

ASU President Michael M. Crow discusses why we need international students.

Article Source: Christian Science Monitor
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A $500 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic

Arizona State University physicist Steven Desch and colleagues have developed a unique plan to refreeze the shrinking ice caps of the Arctic before it's too late. The ice is melting far more quickly than scientists imagined, and the price tag is indicative of the desperation of the situation.

Article Source: The Guardian

Communications coordinator, ASU Media Relations


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ASU researchers help save rare medieval manuscripts

Art historian Corine Schleif and musicologist Volker Schier, both of Arizona State University, were recently instumental in the protection of a one-of-a-kind collection of medieval manuscripts.

Article Source: Phoenix New Times
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ACA repeal could cause loss of 62,000 Arizona jobs

A W.P. Carey School of Business study predicts Arizona's health sector could experience decline if "Obamacare" is eliminated.

Article Source: Arizona Republic
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ASU researchers develop new blood test for pancreatic cancer

Only 5% of pancreatic cancer patients are alive five years after diagnosis, compared to 90% of breast cancer patients. A new blood test developed by Tony Hu of Arizona State University could help to drastically reduce the deadliness of this disease by providing far earlier diagnoses.

Article Source: New Scientist
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What makes us love our pets so much?

Clive Wynne, director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University addresses this question. This love story begins with humans and dogs--our animal companions for tens of thousands of years.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Free tax preparation for low and middle income individuals and families: W. P. Carey student volunteers serve the community

What: The VITA program provides free tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers, the elderly, and those with disabilities. Anyone who earns $54,000 or less and cannot afford the services of a paid preparer.

Last year ASU’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helped 1,800 people, generating nearly $1.47 million in income tax refunds for the 2015 tax filing season! Download Full Image

Those refunds may not have been received without the help of student volunteers at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. Students not only develop technical skills as tax preparers, they learn communication, problem-solving and empathy skills working with diverse client populations. 

Who: The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

When: Thursdays - now through April 13, 2017 (closed on March 9th), 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Saturdays - now through April 15, 2017 (closed on March 11th), 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.

Where: ASU’s West campus

No appointment is necessary, and returns will be prepared on a first-come, first served basis for qualifying taxpayers.

Complimentary parking is available in ASU West campus Lot 20 on the south side of the campus.

For more information on the VITA program, please contact Donald Frost at or 602-543-3203, or Ann Picchione at 480-271-9653 or by email at

About W. P. Carey School of Business:

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and include over 50 National Merit Scholars. For more information, please visit

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Emerge 2017 - A Festival of Futures

Tempe, Ariz., January 31, 2017 – What kinds of futures can we imagine? How do we create the futures we want? These are the questions that animate Emerge: A Festival of Futures, returning to Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus on February 25, 2017.

Now in it’s fifth year, Emerge offers an imaginative glimpse into the future. With a look at the latest inventions from ASU and beyond, along with playful speculation of the world shaped by these coming technologies, visitors will enjoy a panoply of artwork, immersive experiences, interactive narratives, and engaging performances for all ages. Download Full Image

Since 2013, Emerge has explored concepts as varied as the future of sport, the shifting definitions of community, and the nature of truth. This year, inspired by the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the festival will focus on the themes of innovation, ambition, and creative responsibility for the technologies we’re building now — and the implication of what may be yet to come.

“Nearly two centuries after its publication, Frankenstein remains a useful narrative for exploring the relationships between science, technology, the arts, and society,” said Dave Guston, director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. “Similarly, Emerge is a unique space for world-class artists, researchers, and the public to play together and learn how each of us has a role in building our lives for the 21st Century.”

Emerge will occupy ASU’s historic University Club, and will feature several creative experiments and installations, including:

Radio Healer, a Phoenix based artist collective performing an indigenous re-imagined ceremony comprising moving images, handmade tools, regalia, performance, and sound

Democracy-as-a-Service, a live, participatory experiment in computer science and biotechnology to combat political gridlock, bureaucratic corruption, and unreliable officials

Edibleskin, a gallery of technologies from an imagined future where fashion becomes merely an extension of the body

Neurocomic, a cartoon adventurer exploring the brain and cutting edge neuroscience

Tomorrow’s Monster™, an investigation into intellectual property regulations related to biomedical research and technology

Emerge: A Festival of Futures is sponsored by ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Center for Science and the Imagination. The event is a part of ASU’s Night of The Open Door and is free to attend. To learn more, visit


About School for the Future of Innovation in Society

At ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, we are planning now for the kinds of futures that we will want to inhabit. Focusing on humanity’s plausible futures, we make innovation the object of systematic study and informed critique, so that we might get what we truly want and need out of our scientific and technological endeavors. With our interdisciplinary faculty, students study the promises and challenges of new technologies and the big ideas that change our lives each day. We believe that the future is for everybody, and that we all have innovative roles to play in weaving science and technology into the social fabric. More information can be found at


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Former Publisher of Forbes Joins Thunderbird Faculty; Brings Iconic Voices Interview Series to the Classroom, Featuring New UN Ambassador, Governor Nikki Haley

GLENDALE, Arizona -- Jeffrey M. Cunningham, the former publisher of Forbes magazine and board director of numerous Fortune 500 companies, has joined the esteemed faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management as a Professor of Practice in Global Leadership. Thunderbird is a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise.

Cunningham brings a wealth of both academic and professional experience at the highest levels of global business to his role at Thunderbird, and will be driving many of the School’s new offerings focused on executive development at the C suite, board director and CEO level. Download Full Image

In addition to his former role at Forbes magazine, Cunningham’s most prestigious thought-leadership work has culminated in his series of candid interviews with global business leaders for the YouTube channel, “Iconic Voices with Jeff Cunningham.” Past Iconic Voices

Interviewees have included Warren Buffet, Jeffrey Immelt, General David Petreaus, Exxon board member Dr. Reatha Clark King, and Governor Nikki Haley (now UN Ambassador). Now coproduced with Thunderbird, Cunningham plans to add a series of interviews with the School’s intriguing global student body and high-profile alumni.

“Jeff is an outstanding addition to our team,” said Allen Morrison, Ph.D., Thunderbird CEO and Director General. “We look forward to expanding our C-suite executive programs with his acumen and leadership.”

Cunningham’s other areas of expertise include corporate governance, digital media, and venture capital startups. In that regard, Cunningham was the founder of Directorship Magazine, president of internet incubator, CMGI, VP of Bloomberg BusinessWeek and CEO of several internet companies including, CareerTrack, and Tesla Motors’ founder Elon Musk’s first startup, He also served as a board director or chairman of Data General, Sapient, Schindler Holdings, EXLservice, The, and Bankrate. Cunningham’s extensive leadership experience is invaluable as Thunderbird continues to focus on preparing today’s executives for leading through the challenges of the globalized economy.

“Jeff Cunningham’s experience in boardrooms, with global leaders, and in communications and high-quality journalism bring Thunderbird something that is fresh and new, while representing precisely the real-world perspective that sets apart our faculty members,” said Morrison. “We are very happy to have him on board. Our executive education and lifelong learning students will benefit from his perspective, and we know that new initiatives and opportunities will come from this relationship.”  

Among Cunningham’s first academic ventures with Thunderbird is the innovative new four-course executive development program, “Dynamic Crisis Management.” Cunningham, who helped develop the program, teaches two of the four courses: “Leading Executive Crisis Communications” and “Strategizing for Crisis Leadership.” The first courses in the program are slated for March 2017.

Cunningham is also set to conceptualize and teach in Thunderbird leadership programs for global CEOs, organize global leadership conferences for senior executives, and develop instruments to assess the characteristics and mindsets of the world’s most effective global leaders.

“Jeff is an outstanding leader and an engaging professor. It’s an honor to have him join our faculty,” said Dawn Feldman, Executive Director and COO of Thunderbird Executive Education. “Not only will he bring a personal perspective to our executive development programs, but he will add a whole new dimension to Thunderbird’s thought leadership work with his extensive background in publishing and multimedia.”

Cunningham, who is also joining the faculty at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, obtained his degree from SUNY Binghamton with Honors in English, and from the Financial Executives Program at Wharton School in Philadelphia, PA. He currently serves as a trustee for the McCain Institute, and has served as a Special Advisor to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Since its inception in 1946, Thunderbird has focused exclusively on educating global leaders in the intricacies of international business and management.  Now a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, today Thunderbird is strengthened by the resources of America’s largest and most innovative public university. Thunderbird offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as executive education in locations around the globe, with its main campus in Glendale, Arizona and offices in Geneva, Dubai, and Moscow. For more information go to:

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Arizona State University Announces Comprehensive Campaign


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ASU Enterprise Partners Communications


TEMPE, AZ – Arizona State University today publicly launched Campaign ASU 2020, an institution-wide resource-raising effort to sustain and build its momentum as a new prototype for higher education that is inclusive and excellent, locally engaged and globally relevant and committed to fundamental solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.

ASU aims to raise at least $1.5 billion in private support for a range of priorities that will shape its future and influence the economic and cultural health of Arizona and beyond. Those priorities fit into six overall fundraising objectives:

  • Ensure student access and excellence
  • Champion student success
  • Elevate the academic enterprise
  • Fuel discovery, creativity and innovation
  • Enrich our communities
  • Drive Sun Devil competitiveness

The University has already secured $1 billion in new gifts and commitments to advance ASU during the Campaign’s pre-launch phase, which began in 2011. These investments were made by more than 260,000 individual alumni and friends of the university. Each gift to ASU during the Campaign counts towards its goal.

“Innovation doesn’t rest,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “ASU’s continuing evolution now depends on you. We ask you to invest your financial resources in ASU, yes, but also your ideas and your time.”

Campaign ASU 2020 is the university’s first comprehensive campaign in 14 years and the first during President Crow’s tenure at ASU.

Private support is not intended to replace the university’s other sources of revenue, including state funding, but rather to provide the margin of excellence that enables scholars to enhance their experiences with scholarships, study abroad, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, research and faculty development, community and arts programs and other services.

In addition to fundraising, the Campaign represents an opportunity to tell story of the impact of private support at ASU while engaging the community in a culture of philanthropy that will accelerate the university’s progress into the next decade.

“This is an exciting time at Arizona State University,” said ASU Foundation CEO R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr. “ASU has demonstrated proof points in what it’s trying do to, and it’s been rewarding to witness the creation of an accessible university that embraces excellence in all it does. Now is the time to launch a campaign that will ensure this ever-rising university continues its upward trajectory, and we’re extremely grateful for donors and investors who are helping to make this journey possible.”

“How do you personally want to make a difference in the lives of students, faculty and citizens for generations to come? These are important questions, and the answers will have far-reaching impact and, ultimately, will determine the course of our destiny,” said Leo Beus, co-founder of Beus Gilbert PLLC, supporter of ASU and a Campaign volunteer principal.

“Campaign ASU 2020 is an opportunity for students’ success stories to be heard. There are so many amazing initiative students are taking on right now and they deserve to be recognized and funded for their achievements,” said Lindsay Zapata ’18, a student in Barrett, The Honors College who is majoring in nonprofit management and leadership.

To learn more about Campaign ASU 2020, please visit



Arizona State University developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes by pursuing research that contributes to the public good and by assuming major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. In the fall of 2015, ASU enrolled around 70,000 full-immersion students on five campuses in Greater Phoenix.


The ASU Foundation for A New American University is a private, nonprofit organization that raises and invests private contributions to Arizona State University while advocating for and advancing this transformative university’s mission and brand. It is a subsidiary of ASU Enterprise Partners, a “resource-raising” organization established in 2016 that moves beyond traditional fundraising to incorporate diversified forms of financial support for ASU that include technology transfer, real estate and private and specialized research partnerships.


Communications coordinator, ASU Media Relations