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ASU Sanford School professor co-authors brief regarding parent-child separations

With more than 2,000 children currently separated from their parents as a result of recent border policies, the U.S. is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. And the scientific evidence is clear that separation between children and parents is harmful to the development of children, families and communities.

Rebecca White, from Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, recently co-authored a brief by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Latino Caucus. Also co-authoring the brief from ASU is Department of Psychology postdoc Daisy Camacho-Thompson. The brief highlights the evidence on harmful effects of parent-child separation and impact of border family separations on U.S. citizens. Image of U.S. border patrol truck on a hill overlooking the boarder by Nogales, AZ. Ted Robbins/NPR

“The SRCD Policy Brief stands on the scientific evidence, but I urge us all to stand for human rights.” White said.

Article Source: Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
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Left Behind: Arizona State President to Discuss Latino Education Gap at Naleo Conference

Leading advocate for educational inclusiveness and thought leader Michael M. Crow to deliver insightful keynote, lead panel discussion on the national importance of educating Latinos  

Tempe, Ariz., June 19, 2018 – A national headline-making report released by nonprofit advocate The Education Trust, June 14, points out the sober reality that even as Latino and Black population growth is outpacing that of Whites, adults within these two minority groups are less likely to hold a college degree today than White adults were in 1990, keeping them susceptible to higher rates of unemployment, poverty, incarceration and use of public assistance.  Download Full Image

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, one of the nation's top minds in higher education and proponent of college access for all, will deliver a keynote address Friday about the Latino education gap, and lead a panel discussion during the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials 35th annual conference held in Phoenix, June 20-23.

Crow's presentation will provide the latest demographic information, workforce trends and the likely impact to the nation's economic competitiveness if the education gap is not narrowed for Latinos--the nation's fastest growing minority group.

What: Keynote presentation and panel discussion on latest Latino education trends 

Who: Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow (keynote) and panelists Dr. John B. King, Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust, former Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Ms. Gabriella Gomez, Deputy Directory of Postsecondary Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and the Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida

When: Friday, June 22, 2018, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (PST) 

Where: Arizona Biltmore, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, and LIVE STREAMING at

Media: Journalists interested in attending the event in person, must RSVP to Jerry Gonzalez no later than Wednesday, 3 p.m. by emailing gerardo.gonzalez@asu.eduor calling (480) 727-7914. The event may also be seen online via the LIVE STREAM address above. 

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Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.


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Pat Tillman Foundation selects two ASU student veterans as Tillman Scholars

Graduate students poised to tackle society's toughest problems

Tempe, Ariz., June 6, 2018 Two Arizona State University graduate student veterans passionate about making a positive impact in society have been named Tillman Scholars for the class of 2018, the Pat Tillman Foundation announced Wednesday. Left: Air Force veteran Lindsay Lorson - Right: Arizona Army National Guard veteran Vivin Paliath
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Air Force veteran Lindsay Lorson and Arizona Army National Guard veteran Vivin Paliath are among an elite group of only 60 national recipients selected this year to the 10th Tillman Scholar class, which will receive over $1.3 million in scholarship funding.

“I was honored, humbled, and surprised,” said Lorson, about her selection. “Pat Tillman’s legacy and his commitment to service and community, it’s legendary … it speaks to me.”

Lorson’s 13-year Air Force career sent her all over the world, including serving as a flight attendant on Air Force Two where she worked for Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.  But it was through these travels and an Afghanistan deployment that the North Dakota native found her true calling, helping vulnerable people.

“That’s what really opened up my eyes to the extreme poverty in the world,” Lorson said.  “Some things you just can’t turn away from or you just can’t get out of your head, the things that you see.”

Since then, Lorson, now an Air Force spouse stationed in Kentucky, has worked with vulnerable populations such as wounded veterans.  She also spent time in Cambodia working with a humanitarian agency rescuing children.

“These are kids that were anywhere from 3 to 13 that were being sold by their parents, because their parents were so poor and they couldn’t provide for them,” Lorson said. “So they were being rescued from human trafficking situations and being brought to the center to be taught life skills.”

Lorson, a licensed social worker, is an ASU Online student pursing a second master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.  She heard about the program through a Facebook military spouse network page for mental health professionals.

“Everybody spoke highly of Arizona State’s program, so I applied,” she said.

While she intends to continue working on the side on anti-human trafficking, her main goal now is to expand her current work with autistic children by providing full spectrum care, something that her new degree will cover.  

“I just want to serve these vulnerable populations, kids, families, victims of human trafficking,” Lorson said. “I feel like I have a gift for it, and I don’t want to waste it.  I’m honored to be named a Pat Tillman scholar and excited for what that brings.”  

An immigrant from India who grew up in Oman before his family moved to California in 1999, Vivin Paliath is also passionate about helping others.  But his path is by protecting computer networks, which are vulnerable to attack and yet pivotal to the functioning of just about all elements of modern society. 

“That’s really relevant right now, with all the Russian hacking and they’re basically interfering all over the world,” said Paliath, a computer science PhD student with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.  “It’s a pretty big concern right now with what is happening. I feel like people really haven’t woken up to the threat yet.”

Having served as a logistics specialist in the Arizona Army National Guard, including a one-year combat tour in Baghdad, Paliath sees his future in cybersecurity as a continuation of his service to the nation but in a civilian capacity.

“It gives me an opportunity to kind of come back to what I was doing in the military,” said Paliath, who rose from junior software engineer to senior software architect during his 10 years with Chandler-based software company Infusionsoft. “Basically, protecting the country but at the same time leveraging my academic knowledge and my professional experience.”

In the near term Paliath will be building up software for a cybersecurity and threat intelligence start-up company.  Eventually he plans to research the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“That’s kind of my long-term goal,” Paliath said. “At root I’m like an engineer, so I like to solve problems.”

Paliath pursued the Tillman Scholars Program after the Pat Tillman Veterans Center connected him with a former ASU recipient who suggested he apply after hearing his story.   He successfully went through the multistage application process but didn’t have high expectations.

“When they told me I kind of didn’t believe it at first,” Paliath said.

Although he doesn’t necessarily crave recognition, Paliath admits that it feels good to occasionally see indications that he is doing something right.

“I’m really humbled by getting this award and really thankful for the opportunity,” he said. “I’m hoping I can live up to Pat Tillman’s legacy.”

Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports the nation’s service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in education and professional development.  The program provides academic scholarships, a national network and professional development opportunities, so Tillman Scholars are empowered to make an impact at home and around the world. To date, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested more than $16 million in academic support, and named over 580 Tillman Scholars at over 100 academic institutions nationwide.

Jerry Gonzalez / Media Relations Officer / Office of Media Relations
(W) 480-727-7914 / (M) 202-353-2834

About ASU
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.



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ASU is a top 100 university globally for research and teaching

Tempe, Ariz. (May 31, 2018)Arizona State University has been recognized by Times Higher Education (THE) as one of the top 100 most powerful global universities for research and teaching. THE’s World Reputation Rankings employ the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top-ranked universities, based on the judgement of senior academics.

ASU was ranked in the 81-90 range and is the only university in Arizona to make the list. This is the highest placement ASU has received in the rankings. Download Full Image

The World Reputation Rankings are based on a survey conducted between January 2018 and March 2018 of 10,162 scholars from 138 countries across a variety of academic disciplines. It asked experienced, published scholars to identify, based on their personal beliefs and experiences, the top 15 universities in the world for research and teaching.

Just five public universities in the Pac-12 were included among the top 100 institutions in the world; ASU was ranked, as was the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; University of Washington; and University of Colorado Boulder.

“At ASU, students have access to a rigorous academic experience, and faculty are supported in the pursuit of use-inspired research that tackles the big challenges we face in this country and around the world,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “This ranking is an acknowledgement of ASU’s global impact, made possible by our world-class faculty and curriculum, ground-breaking research endeavors and commitment to sharing knowledge on a global scale.”

THE’s website recognizes ASU as a prototype of the “New American University” and acknowledges its “most innovative university” ranking by U.S. News & World Report. ASU was highlighted for its 25 Guggenheim fellows, more than 10 National Academy of Sciences fellows, six Pulitzer prize winners and two Nobel laureates currently working on staff.

Harvard University once again took the top spot, joined by 43 other American institutions. THE noted in its analysis of the survey data that while Asia’s leading universities ranked highly, the majority of votes came from academics within the university’s home country. This is in contrast to United States, where votes from within and outside the country are fairly evenly split. For European universities, the majority of their votes came from outside the region.

The rankings and data collected in the survey will be considered when THE develops the World University Rankings for 2019, which will be released in September 2018.

Media Contact:
Katherine Reedy
Media Relations Officer
Media Relations and Strategic Communication
Arizona State University
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ASU assistant professor weighs in on Facebook's data lockdown

Shawn Walker, assistant professor of social media at Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, recently co-authored an article in The Conversation about the impact Facebook's dramatic restrictions to data access in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal would have on academic researchers.

Walker and Marco Bastos, a senior lecturer in media and communication at the University of London, state these new restrictions will severely limit researchers' ability to monitor and assess how Facebook's 2.3 billion users behave in online interactions. Plus, given the massive size of Facebook's user base, external scruitny of the content produced is extremely important. Download Full Image

"Systematic research on Facebook content is now untenable," Walker and Bastos said in the article, "turning what was already a worryingly opaque, siloed social network into a black box that is arguably even less accountable to lawmakers and the public – both of whom benefited from academics who monitored developments on the site."

Article Source: The Conversation
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Hispanic Convocation to close out grad week activities Saturday morning at Wells Fargo Arena

Festive event will honor spring semester's Latino graduates

Tempe, Ariz., May 10, 2018 – Arizona State University will close out its week-long celebration of graduation activities for the Spring 2018 semester with the always festive Hispanic Convocation to be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena here.  Download Full Image

Around 2,700 Hispanic students are part of the approximately 15,000 total graduating class this semester.  Hundreds are expected to attend the Hispanic Convocation along with thousands of their family members and friends. 

News media are invited to cover the event.  RSVP to Jerry Gonzalez by noon Friday, May 11.  All news media staff must stop by the Wells Fargo Arena media credentialing office (room 116) to attain the necessary badges and instructions prior to entering the event.  

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LACMA and ASU launch partnership to advance a new generation of art museum leaders and a more inclusive museum field

Los Angeles and Tempe, Ariz. (May 8, 2018) — The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest encyclopedic art museum in the western United States,and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University (ASU), the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, are launching a partnership to establish and develop a program that combines academic training and work experience to advance the careers of a new generation of curators, directors and other museum professionals who are committed to disrupting and diversifying the field. Download Full Image

“Both ASU and LACMA are laser-focused on creating new educational opportunities, encouraging broader public engagement and advancing knowledge,” said Michael Crow, president of ASU. “We are both seeking a more powerful role for arts and culture in public life and in our democracy. We are both committed to disrupting old models—in higher education and museums—to increase equity and inclusion and engage new perspectives, cultures and backgrounds. This program expands our ability to introduce new ideas and pursue new answers to serve a changing America.”

The LACMA-ASU Master’s Fellowship in Art History combines rigorous academic instruction through traditional masters-level coursework and a thesis with on-the-job work experience at LACMA or Herberger Institute’s ASU Art Museum. This first-of-its-kind program provides unique mentorship opportunities between students, curators and faculty. Participation in this three-year program means that talented students will not have to choose between work and getting a degree, in addition to accelerating their careers.

“Too many talented students from diverse backgrounds get stuck or delayed in finding their place as curators in art museums due to the lack of resources or the difficulty of pursuing the very long road to earning a graduate degree and accumulating enough work experience to advance in our field and make a difference,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “This partnership and program will help open the pipeline for more talent and diverse ideas to feed the art museums of the near future.”

In addition to working at one of the museums while earning their master’s degree in art history, the cohort of fellows will gain access to resources from both LACMA and Herberger Institute, including ASU’s internationally recognized art faculty and LACMA’s renowned staff, curators and educators.

Building on the ASU School of Art’s distinguished art history program in Herberger Institute, the LACMA-ASU Master’s Fellowship in Art History will emphasize museum context, object-based learning, collaborative working skills and global perspective, grounded in a framework of equity and inclusion. The fellowship is intended to complement and expand the value of other important programs at LACMA — such as the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship and the LACMA Emerging Art Professionals (LEAP) Fellowship — to help diversify the ranks of curators and other professionals in art museums.

“I’m excited about the difference we can make together,” said Steven J. Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute. “The School of Art, led by Joanna Grabski, is already making great strides toward a world in which museums and the artists in them reflect who we are as a country and world. This programs represents a prototype for a new kind of arts education and this partnership helps propel us toward our goal of projecting all voices through arts and culture.”

Students will contribute to investigating how museums can be more equitable and include an increasingly diverse range of voices and experiences. LACMA staff, in association with ASU faculty, will offer a new course on curatorial and museum practice in the 21st century.

“We believe museums are positioned to address some of the most pressing global challenges of our time,” said ASU Art Museum Director Miki Garcia. “ASU Art Museum embraces an experimental approach, testing cutting-edge ideas in the museum field to reinvent the paradigm.The fellows will be an integral part of re-thinking how museums of the future can become spaces that best reflect the full diversity of the communities they serve.”

The agreement, which was announced May 8, calls for a five-year commitment. The initial cohort will start in August and is slated to include staff from both the ASU Art Museum and LACMA.

Tepper called the agreement “the beginning of an important partnership that we hope will grow to include significant exchange between LACMA and the ASU Art Museum, collaborative research projects, and mutual efforts to scale, at a global level, access to art history education and to the collections and exhibitions of our museums.”

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. For three straight years, ASU has been named the nation’s most innovative university by US News & World Report, ahead of Stanford and MIT. 

Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, mirroring Los Angeles’s rich cultural heritage and uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of over 135,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of art history from new and unexpected points of view. A museum of international stature as well as a vital cultural center for Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collection with the Greater Los Angeles County and beyond through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over 1.5 million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions more through community partnerships, school outreach programs, and creative digital initiatives. LACMA’s main campus is located halfway between the ocean and downtown, adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Dedicated to serving all of Los Angeles, LACMA collaborates with a range of curators, educators, and artists on exhibitions and programs at various sites throughout the County.

For further information, contact:
Miranda Carroll
LACMA Senior Director of Communications / 323-857-6543

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ASU Media Relations / 480-965-9681 


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ASU kicks off spring graduation events with veteran's ceremony Saturday

Military-affiliated students to be honored, presented special stoles

Tempe, Ariz., May 2, 2018 – The first Arizona State University graduation-related ceremony for Spring 2018 will be held Saturday here in Grady Gammage Auditorium at 10 a.m., and will honor graduating veterans, active-duty, Guard/reserves, and military family members. Download Full Image

The Veterans Honor Stole Ceremony -- and ASU tradition that started with 12 veterans -- will celebrate the more than 800 military-affiliated students graduating this semester, and play host to more than 1,500 expected guests.

During the ceremony, each veteran will be presented an “honor stole” emblazoned with the branch of military service in which they served.  The stoles may be worn over academic regalia during commencement ceremonies.  Veterans will also have the opportunity to show off their service pride by singing their respective branch of service songs.

Ceremony guest speaker will be graduating Marine veteran Chris Cadeau, a sports journalism major and host/creator of the “Veterans Diaries” on ASU’s Blaze Radio.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the ceremony. Please notify and refer any questions to Jerry Gonzalez, ASU Office of Media Relations. 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: ASU Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Tempe, Ariz., April 9, 2018 – Approximately 15,100 Arizona State University undergraduate and graduate students will have degrees conferred this spring.  Approximately 8,400 students graduating are Arizona residents, and more than 700 are student veterans.

Starting Monday, May 7, college convocations and special interest convocations will take place across four campus locations. For the latest commencement and convocation information visit, Download Full Image

What: ASU 2016 Graduate Commencement Ceremony

When: Monday, May 7 | 9 a.m.

Where: Wells Fargo Arena, ASU Tempe campus

What: ASU 2016 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

When: Monday, May 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Where: Chase Field, 401 E Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

RVSP: Meenah Rincon, RSVP is required if your news team plans to attend the ceremony.

Meenah Rincon, Media Relations Officer
Phone: (480) 727-3116

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