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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

Suzanne Wilson
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.

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EPICS High School gives AZ students tools to change the world

With the support of ASU engineering program, middle and high schoolers design solutions for specific needs of community agencies

An app to help teachers locate students in an emergency, diagnostics to identify dangerous bacteria in Oak Creek and technology that supports homeless community outreach were among 40 projects presented Saturday at a high school innovation showcase at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

ASU’s Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) High School is a service learning program for middle and high school students. Teams partner with local community agencies to design solutions that meet specific needs. The program mirrors the one-credit course offered at the university level and provides the pre-college innovators with up to $600 to fund their projects. There is also prize money for certain categories at the showcase, and members of the overall winning project each receive a $1,000 scholarship to ASU.

One team with a head start on changing their world is EPICS overall first-place winner SimpleSec from Peoria’s MET Professional Academy. In an age where students have become school-safety activists, this team created an app with a geolocator designed to help teachers locate students during an on-campus emergency. 

“EPICS High School exposes students to design-based, human-centered social entrepreneurship before they enter college,” said James Collofello, vice dean for academic and student affairs. “Working with local stakeholders teaches the importance of community partnerships and provides a framework to understand an issue, arrive at a solution and then deliver that technology.”

“This isn’t just another paper assignment,” said Amelia Nguyen, a junior at Gilbert Classical Academy. “We became so committed to the people we worked with that it made us feel accountable — we knew we had to deliver.”

Nguyen and her team members, Aira San Augustin and Kaitlynn Le, created a donation bin for Project C.U.R.E., an organization that collects, sorts and ships medical supplies to developing countries.

“Their existing system had many challenges for the 84-year-old woman who oversaw the collection and packaging process,” San Augustin said. “We wanted to make it more accessible, but also make it attractive so it could serve as a marketing tool.”

The team created a system that, instead of being a dumpster-like collection bin, offers a section on top with hangers for sorting items and filling the kits, and a bottom, drawer section for storing the completed bags. The system was painted, branded and put on wheels so it can be moved for a variety of purposes.

Gilbert Classical Academy math and science teacher Erik Gillman did the woodcutting, but the students worked out all of the math and built the bin themselves. 

“They learned engineering skills,” explained Ioana Popovici, also a mentor and an ASU civil engineering undergrad, “but they also learned people skills. They had to truly listen to the stakeholders to make sure they could deliver a solution that would work.

“I have no doubt that these kids are going to change the world,” said Popovici, named 2018 EPICS High School Mentor of the Year.

Two teams from Red Mountain High School in Mesa worked with the Oak Creek Watershed Council to develop diagnostics to keep the recreation area safe for both visitors and wildlife. Megan Phillips and Isabeau Evans worked with faculty from ASU’s Biodesign Institute to run DNA sequences to determine animals are contaminating the area with dangerous levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli), and Abigail Mann’s project focused on a more rapid test to detect the bacteria in the water.

“The current test takes 18 hours to process,” Mann explained. “In order to keep visitors safe, the council needs to get those results much more quickly.”

The Shadow Ridge High School Team in Surprise created a device for students in the Kingswood Elementary ASPIRE Program, which provides technological support for children with developmental disabilities. The team’s project, Arduino ASPIRE, adds additional function to a standard push-button switch, which usually has only stop-and-go capacity. Senior Aaron Joel Galve said the device offers slower/faster functions that are helpful for the students and teachers. Five units have been deployed to Kingswood, and the team plans to release the design as open-source technology so other schools can benefit.


Winning entries:

EPICS Generator Awards for pitch-funding presentations:

  • First place: Metro Tech High School, Phoenix, for Homeward Bound, a monument and sign for a facility that houses families in transition.
  • Second place: Gilbert Classical Academy for Future for Kids in STEM, a curriculum that supports focus for math and science concepts among students who’ve had adverse childhood experiences.
  • Third place: Metro Tech High School, Phoenix, for redesign of the Audubon Society gift shop. 

Community Impact Award:

  • Gilbert Classical Academy, for Boys and Girls Club STEAM curriculum for third- and fourth-graders.

CISCO Innovation Challenge:

  • First place: MET Professional Academy, Peoria, for SimpleSec badge locator, a badge-and-go system that helps teachers locate students in an emergency. Team is awarded a $5,000 prize. Team members: Dakarai Alberty, Adrien Frisque and Koby Caputo.
  • Second place: MET Professional Academy, Peoria, for Emission Tech, a device that measures exhaust emissions. Team is awarded a $3,000 prize. Team members: Alex Divito, Noah Lamarca, Jake Kobert and Michael Leung.

EPICS Innovation Award:

  • MET Professional Academy, Peoria, for StableTop, a portable workplace that attaches to a wheelchair. Team members: Cole Warren, Stone Hunter, Cole Maxey, Christine Andes, Colby Cox and Leilani Lam.

EPICS overall:

  • First place: MET Professional Academy, Peoria, for Simple Sec. Team members each receive a $1,000 ASU Scholarship.
  • Second place: Metro Tech High School, Phoenix, for Knights of Wesley, for personalized medical carts that assistants use at Wesley Community Health Centers. Team members: Joseline Salinas, Aaron Valenzuela, Kalen Reebro, Kaer Ring, Darien Gordello and Julio Torres.

From: ASU Now:

Photo:  SimpleSec, a badge-and-go system to help teachers locate students in an emergency, won both the Cisco Innovation Challenge Award, earning the team $5,000, and the EPICS overall first-place award, earning each member a $1,000 scholarship to ASU. From left: Tirupalavanum Ganesh, assistant dean of engineering education at ASU; MET Professional Academy juniors Dakarai Alberty and Adrien Frisque, and Sparky. Not pictured: SimpleSec team member Koby Caputo. Photo by Jamie Ell/ASU Now

For additional photos or specific school program information, contact:
Theresa Grant
Media Relations Officer
Arizona State University
(480) 727-4058 (office)

 EPICS High School Participating Schools:
Bagdad                 Bagdad High School
Buckeye                Verrado High School
Chandler               Chandler High School
Chandler               Hamilton High School
Chandler               Kyrene Aprende Middle School
Gilbert                   Gilbert Classical Academy
Gilbert                   Highland High School
Glendale               Copper Canyon High School
Mesa                     Mesa High School
Mesa                     Red Mountain High School
Mesa                     Skyline High School
Peoria                   Ironwood High School
Peoria                   MET Professional Academy
Phoenix                 ASU Preparatory High School
Phoenix                 Camelback High School
Phoenix                 Career Success High School
Phoenix                 Cesar Chavez High School
Phoenix                 Maricopa Institute of Technology
Phoenix                 Metro Tech High School
Phoenix                 Paradise Valley High School
Phoenix                 Paradise Valley High School, Center for Research in Engineering, Science & Tech
Phoenix                 Phoenix Coding Academy
Phoenix                 St. Agnes Catholic High School
Phoenix                 Xavier College Prep
Scottsdale             Rancho Solano Preparatory School
Surprise                Shadow Ridge High School

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Bruce Arena scores attention of students at SILC, ASU

Soccer fanatics got a treat April 17 when Bruce Arena, the former U.S. men's soccer national team coach, visited Arizona State University. 

Invited by The School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC), the famous coach spoke about the sports' background and culture, and the importance of sportsmanship. SILC students take part in the annual SILC Cup, a friendly game of soccer within the school.
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SILC is currently offering a cultural and humanities course called, Game: History & Culture of Soccer. The program taught by SILC lecturers Paul Arena (Bruce's nephew) and Enrico Minardi has become exceedingly popular among students because it emphasizes the universal understanding of the game and how it plays an integral part of not only U.S. culture but worldwide.

Arena spoke of the beauty of the game and how it is played throughout the world, making it a custom for a lot of families. interviewed Bruce Arena on his rationale on why the U.S. soccer team did not make the 2018 World Cup.

Article Source: AZ Central
Kathleen Leslie

Student communications specialist, School of International Letters and Cultures


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ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alumna Desiree Linden wins Boston Marathon

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is very proud of alumna Desiree Linden, who became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon.

Linden pushed through icy wind gusts and rain-slicked asphalt on April 16 to finish the marathon in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. Download Full Image

Linden received two bachelor’s degrees in religious studies and psychology from Arizona State University in 2006.

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ASU Remains at Military, Veteran Education Forefront

School among top of more than 1,400 schools surveyed 

Tempe, Ariz., April 12, 2018 – Arizona State University has once again been designated a Military Friendly® School for the ninth consecutive year, university officials confirmed Wednesday. Download Full Image

The designation comes from Victory Media, a leader in helping connect the military community with education and professional opportunities through their G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse publications.  

ASU earned a “gold” rating, placing it within the top of the more than 1,400 schools that participated in the 2018-2019 survey.  EdPlus, ASU’s online education arm, also earned separate recognition as a Military Friendly® School.

“Helping veterans and other military-affiliated students get access to quality higher education continues to be our driving force in the Pat Tillman Veterans Center,” said Steve Borden, PTVC director.  “We place great value on our military and veteran students, which is part of ASU’s larger affinity toward national defense and public service.”

Universities earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.  For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. 

“We continually work on innovative ways to make the student veteran’s ASU journey a transformational and not a transactional college experience,” said Michelle Loposky, PTVC assistant director for outreach and engagement. “One of our goals is to help our military students by pointing them toward internships, research, and other opportunities so when they graduate they leave here with a diploma and a broader range of beneficial experiences.”

More than 7,200 military affiliated students are currently enrolled online and on campus, making ASU one of the largest universities per capita in the U.S. for students earning their degrees with GI Bill and Department of Defense tuition assistance benefits.  

“The support ASU has for veterans is unmatched for public universities,” said U.S. Marine Corps veteran Anthony Lawrence, a communication major with ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “That is because the folks at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center care and work hard to support veterans and to get us involved.” 

Over half of enrolled military students are online.  The most popular degree programs for veterans at ASU are in engineering, STEM, as well as those leading to continued community service—such as criminology, criminal justice studies, social work, health programs and teaching.

Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans,” said Victory Media’s Chief Product Officer Daniel Nichols.

For more information about ASU’s student veteran programs, go to  To find out more about all of ASU’s overall military initiatives visit

Photo:  Graduating military veterans pose for a photo on Tempe Campus, May 6, 2017, after a ceremony where they were presented with honor stoles, which identify them with the branch of military service in which they are serving or served. Over 7,200 military affiliated students currently attend ASU, including veterans, active duty, National Guard, reservists and family members. (Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now)  

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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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