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More than 'thank you for your service': Arizona State program aims to narrow military-civilian gap

18-credit hour certification to prepare students for wide range of service careers 

Tempe, Ariz.,  February 23, 2018 – A first of its kind 18-credit program aimed at narrowing the military-civilian gap by educating students about American veterans is expected to launch during the upcoming fall semester here, Arizona State University officials announced this week.  Download Full Image

Enrollment started Thursday for "Veterans, Society and Service," ASU's first  undergraduate certificate dedicated solely to the study of veterans, military culture and how it relates to society.  

"The media is flooded with representations of veterans as either homeless 'head cases,' or as heroes who are placed on a pedestal," said Mark von Hagen, history professor and the director of ASU's Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. "Both are shallow binary portrayals, rendering society unable to make space for conversation.

"'Thank you for your service' is a cheap, throwaway line but it's really not enough," von Hagen said. "It's a meaningless gesture unless you follow it up with something more significant."

Von Hagen and a group of ASU professors are proposing something very significant with the new certificate.  The program takes an interdisciplinary approach on new core tensions and deep-rooted issues regarding how the wider culture understands and supports today's all-volunteer, post 9/11 military force in order to develop new bonds and understandings. 

The OVMAE proposed this new field of academic study, which will be housed under ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Thirteen faculty from nine departments and schools plus five community partnerships have committed for the first year of the certificate program.  The project structure will be comprised of four required courses, an internship or capstone project, and electives.  Organizers are also hopeful that veterans are willing to share their experiences.

"We want as many veterans in our classes to enable them to be teachers while they are students," said Nancy Dallett, associate director with OVMAE.  "It should also be a nice mix of veterans and civilians so they get an idea of the ethos of the people who want to serve our country."

Dallett said the certificate program will combine the disciplines of history, literature, law, ethics, politics, psychology, sociology and the arts.  The intent is to give students a transferable set of skills to prepare them for careers in veterans affairs, public policy, non-profits, criminal justice, humanities, STEM education and even journalism.

 "Many corporations today are initiating veteran hiring initiatives," said Steve Borden, director of ASU's Pat Tillman Veterans Center.  "Veteran success in the workplace, retention of hired veterans as well as their career progression, is predicated upon developing a greater understanding of the difference between our military and civilian cultures." 

Matthew Delmont, a professor of history and director of ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, said he also wanted to give back to veterans.

"The United States has been at war for most of our students' lifetimes, yet fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve in the military," said Delmont, who will be teaching a course on World War II. "Given this, it is crucially important that we support veteran students and that we make veteran studies as central part of the academic experience of many more ASU students."

Census figures from 2015 and 2016 estimate there are now approximately 18.5 million veterans nationwide, 600,000 of whom reside in Arizona.  ASU currently enrolls more than 7,300 active military, veterans and military family members, making the university a top choice and leader among the nation's most military-friendly schools.  

(Marshall Terrill / ASU Now) 

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Why do more never-married women in their early 40s have kids?

A new demographic of never-married women in their 40s who have children has emerged in recent years, in sharp contrast to traditional family models like the so-called "nuclear family."

In an interview with Lauren Gilger from 91.5 KJZZ, Megan Costa from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics addressed this trend. Since teen pregnancies have decreased in recent years, what could be causing this? Two white coffee mugs with the KJZZ logo on them.

Costa is a social demographer who studies household dynamics and maternal and child health in low and middle-income countries. She specializes in longitudinal consequences of fertility and family change.

Article Source: 91.5 KJZZ
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Communications Manager, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics


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ASU joins coalition to tackle climate change

Group of 13 leading universities works to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future

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Arizona State University is part of a new coalition of 13 leading research universities that will help communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. 

The group, called the University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, includes distinguished universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The universities have committed to mobilizing their resources and expertise to help businesses, cities and states achieve their climate goals. Formation of UC3 was announced today (Feb. 6) at the Second Nature 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, being held in Tempe. 

Original members of UC3 are: Arizona State University; California Institute of Technology; Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; The Ohio State University; The State University of New York (SUNY) system; The University of British Columbia; The University of California system; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Maryland, College Park; The University of New Mexico; The University of Toronto; and The University of Washington.

Among initial specific UC3 goals are:

Cross-sector forums: Every UC3 institution will convene a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and advocates. Forums will be tailored to meet local and regional objectives focusing on research-driven policies and solutions to assist various communities.

Coalition climate mitigation and adaptation report: A coalition-wide report, to be released in late 2018, will synthesize the best practices, policies and recommendations from all UC3 forums into a framework for continued progress on climate change goals across the nation and the world.

All UC3 members have already pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the Under2MOU for subnational climate leaders.

“While college and university campuses across the country are, in aggregate, responsible for only about 3 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions emitted in the U.S., we are educating 100 percent of our future political, business and social leaders,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “This fact alone places significant accountability on higher education and its leaders to take action.”

UC3 was formed at the request of the University of California system and its President, Janet Napolitano.

“The University of California system is thrilled to partner with this group of preeminent research universities on an issue that has long been a major strategic priority for all of our institutions,” said Napolitano. “No one is better positioned than we are to scale up research-based climate solutions.” 

Harnessing the unique resources and convening power of member institutions, the coalition will work to inform and galvanize local, regional and national action on climate change. Coalition members will bring to these efforts a critical body of expertise in areas including advanced climate modeling, energy storage systems, next generation solar cells and devices, energy-efficiency technologies, biofuels, smart grids, regulatory and policy approaches, etc.

“The research university has played an important role in creating new knowledge, convening thought leadership, and serving as long-term community members,” said Timothy Carter, president of Second Nature. “By applying these strengths to locally relevant climate challenges, we see transformative potential for accelerating climate solutions in these locations in a way that couldn’t happen if the institutions and sectors continued to act on their own.”

Crow added Arizona State, which established the first freestanding School of Sustainability in the U.S. in 2006 and had the first degree program, has several other projects that focus on dealing with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and limiting future emissions. These efforts include:

• ASU is working to reach its commitments to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from building energy sources by 2025, and from all sources by 2035. Between 2007 and 2017, ASU reduced emissions per on-campus student by 46 percent. 

• ASU has one of the largest university solar installations in the U.S., with 88 solar installations – more than 82,000 photovoltaic panels – that generate 24.1 MWdc, which, combined with ASU’s off-site solar fulfills 30 percent of ASU’s electricity needs.

• ASU has a power purchase agreement with Arizona Public Service at the Red Rock Solar Plant near Picacho Peak, Arizona. The agreement allows ASU to secure solar power from the plant during a 20-year span and adds approximately 29 MWdc to ASU’s solar generating supply. 

• ASU researchers, led by Klaus Lackner in the ASU Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, are developing a device that removes carbon dioxide from the air for re-use or sequestration.

• The Center for Carbon Removal, in partnership with ASU and several other research institutions, launched a new industrial innovation initiative to develop solutions that transform waste carbon dioxide in the air into valuable products and services. The Initiative for a New Carbon Economy is focusing on rethinking the climate challenge as a new economic opportunity, and figuring out how to reuse carbon in real, valuable and lasting ways.

• ASU researchers have developed a software system called Hestia that can estimate greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, down to roads and individual buildings. The software provides high resolution maps identifying CO2 emission sources in a way that policymakers can utilize and the public can understand. Hestia can provide cities with complete, three-dimensional picture of where, when and how carbon dioxide emissions are occurring.

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Chinese coaches team up with ASU Global Launch, Sun Devil Athletics

Coaches from the Federation of University Sports China have visited Arizona State University's Sun Devil Athletics to learn more about American coaching and conditioning techniques.

As part of the Pac-12's global initiative, the Chinese coaches visited Tempe and observed practices from the ASU swimming team, with former USA Olympic swimming coach Bob Bowman and 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Additionally, the coaches worked with the men's and women's basketball, and track and field teams. The program, jointly coordinated by Sun Devil Athletics and Global Launch, is in talks for a third year. ASU swimming coach Bob Bowman greets Chinese coaches. ASU swimming coach Bob Bowman greets Chinese coaches. Photo by Pac-12 Network.
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In addition to attending team practices, the Chinese coaches took weekly English lessons through Global Launch, and seminars on nutrition, sports medicine psychology and academic support.

“The coaches that are here for training, they’re getting to see everything that we do. They’re taking away the training plans as well as the leadership style of U.S. Athletic coaches [to China],” said Susan Edgington, Global Launch’s CEO, in an interview with the Pac-12 Network. 

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ASU program manager cited in article about transgender issues

Cammy Bellis, from Arizona State University's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics was recently cited in the article, "Local agency tackles transgender issues", published in North Central News (Feb. 2018, page 16).

The article by Hanna Plotnik, a student at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, addressed the disproportionate discrimination faced by transgender youth and adults as discussed at a workshop held on Jan. 11 by a Jewish community group in North Central Phoenix. North Central News logo image Download Full Image

"Parents of trans youth are fighting the battles for their children so they can be their true selves at school," Bellis said.

Bellis is the program manager of ASU's Transgender Education Program.

Article Source: North Central News
John Keeney

Communications Manager, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics


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ASU President Crow, UC President Napolitano and fellow university presidents to discuss new climate action

ASU President Crow, UC President Napolitano and fellow university presidents to discuss new climate action on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Tempe

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  • Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
  • University of California President Janet Napolitano
  • University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano
  • Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake
  • Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley
  • Moderator Timothy Carter, president of Second Nature

What: The closing keynote conversation of the Second Nature 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. President Crow and fellow university leaders will talk about the role of research universities in accelerating local and regional climate action, and make a significant announcement for the year ahead.

When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Tempe
2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85282

Why: Research universities are poised to take on an expanded role in accelerating local, regional, and national action on climate change. By mobilizing their resources, relationships and expertise, these institutions are well-positioned to help businesses, cities and states implement research-driven solutions and achieve ambitious climate goals.

RSVP: Please email Second Nature at

Livestream: The closing keynote conversation will be livestreamed here:



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Robots taking over the world? It's a good thing, researchers say

Presentations at ASU-Hosted Southwest Robotics Symposium explore the ways AI and control systems will make our lives better

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Pope Francis, Elon Musk and Hollywood science fiction writers regularly envision smart robots taking over jobs and invading our privacy. Presentations at a symposium at Arizona State University this week, however, established that the next generation of robots will be assisting humanity rather than contributing to its doom.

“We are not all going to die because of robots,” said Aaron D. Ames, from the California Institute of Technology and plenary speaker at the Southwest Robotics Symposium. “Let’s keep these comments in context. They need to learn more about AI and robotics.” 

According to Ames, the humanoid robots we see going viral in social media, like Google-owned Boston Dynamics’ Atlas walking through snow and doing backflips, are all control driven. “There’s zero AI on those robots,” Ames said.

“But, there’s tremendous potential to bring AI and control together on robotic systems in ways that will make our lives better, such as improve mobility for the impaired, aid in disaster response and enable space exploration,” he said.

The symposium, in addition to serving as a platform for researchers to learn about developing technologies and establish collaborative relationships, is also providing a framework to present robotics in terms that aren’t threatening. 

“We are developing ways to talk about our research in the context of helping humans,” said Panagiotis Artemiadis, symposium committee chair and an associate professor in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “The majority of the work we do is about enriching lives.”

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ASU nuclear-emergency research project moves to product development phase

When a false alarm warning of an impending nuclear missile launch recently panicked Hawaiians, it raised bigger questions on U.S. emergency preparedness.

ASU has been at the research forefront with a multi-million, multi-year project aimed at helping to triage a population in the event of a nuclear emergency. ASU has been at the research forefront with a multi-million, multi-year project aimed at helping to triage a population in the event of a nuclear emergency.

Recently, GenomeWeb updated its readers on the progress of Project Bioshield, funded by the US Department of Defense’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA.

One of the BARDA projects featured was from ASU’s Biodesign Institute, led by Biodesign executive director Josh LaBaer to develop tests to rapidly measure radiation exposure, or biodosimetry tests.

The test from ASU is meant to quantify how much radiation a person was exposed to after a single explosive event.

"This particular tool was specifically for detecting gamma radiation exposure to civilians if a nuclear bomb were detonated in a city or populated area," Josh LaBaer, told Genomeweb.

In the article, reporter Madeleine Johnson told of the research issues that had to be overcome to be one of the few funded to advance from project discovery to the product development phase.

“The researchers had to grapple with things like proximity to a blast and whether or not people were directly exposed or behind concrete walls.

"If it is detonated 1,000 feet above the ground it is going to have one radiation angle at which it is going to hit people, whereas if it is exploded from the inside of a shopping center that is going to have a different angle of exposure — our tool doesn't worry about how the radiation gets to you, but focuses on how much radiation did you absorb," LaBaer said.

The ASU test looks at the effect of radiation on gene expression in white blood cells and runs on real-time PCR systems from Thermo Fisher Scientific such as the Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast Dx and QuantStudio Dx, as previously reported. The choice of platform was meant to enhance the ability to utilize qPCR instruments that already exist, and are regularly maintained in clinical labs.

"The last thing you want in the event of a nuclear explosion is to have to dust off a brand-new machine and pull out the instruction manual," LaBaer said.

It will assess the level of exposure, from the moment of an event until seven days after, gauging exposure levels up to 10 gray, where somewhere in the 4 to 6 gray range is a lethal dose, LaBaer said.”

The group has whittled down a large pool of potential biomarkers to around 13 or so, LaBaer said. It used animal models and has done verification studies, and is gearing up for a large validation study.

The project was also a good example of ASU creating a win-win scenario when academia partners with industry to advance the science.

During the multi-year, nearly $40 million project, the Biodesign Institute partnered with industry leader Thermo Fisher Scientific's Life Sciences Solutions business, which has since been licensed to MRIGlobal for further development.

LaBaer said MRIGlobal won funding worth $100 million over 10 years using the ASU technology, and they will now be developing it further. "We're shifting from discovery to product development," LaBaer said. 

The funding involved in-process review sessions at BARDA where a team of 40 experts would review data and presentations. "We got reviewed probably a half-dozen times, over the course of that period and the majority of people in the program were not continued for funding."

Article Source: Genomeweb
Joe Caspermeyer

Managing editor, Biodesign Institute


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ASU makes Princeton Review's list of 'Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck'

The university is the only Arizona school on 2018 'Colleges That Pay You Back' list​

Tempe, Ariz., January 14, 2015 – Arizona State University has been named to the 2018 Princeton Review list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” Download Full Image

The Princeton Review, which rates colleges and universities on a host of factors, cited ASU’s “stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates.” ASU has been named to this nationwide list every year since its inaugural publishing in 2015. This year, ASU is the only school in Arizona to make the list.

Other universities on the list include Stanford University, Yale University, MIT, University of California Los Angeles and Texas A&M.

“ASU offers the highest-quality education possible at the lowest possible price with a tremendous return on investment for students,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “Nine out of 10 undergraduates have a job within three months of graduation. And with more than 8,000 companies recruiting students every day, ASU is the hub of talent for the state of Arizona.”

Students quoted in the Princeton Review ranking noted ASU’s focus on innovation and efforts to “personalize every student’s experience,” along with “endless … opportunities for success.” Students also noted ASU’s highly ranked journalism, business and engineering schools along with the abundance of research opportunities across academic disciplines.

ASU’s undergraduate tuition is the lowest among public universities in Arizona. More than 80 percent of resident undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, which was also a factor in the Princeton Review ranking.

Dozens of companies such as Ford Motor Company, Mayo Clinic, Charles Schwab and State Farm have called ASU a top-tier university for recruiting and hiring. The average starting salary for ASU undergraduates is $43,000 and $63,000 for graduate students.

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