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2018

October

Discarded pizza boxes. Empty energy-drink cans. Dozens dancing. And hundreds of people cracking, hacking and tapping away on laptops during a 36-hour marathon binge.

Just after 6:30 p.m.

September

Six years ago, a doctor told Stephanie Cahill that she most likely wouldn’t graduate high school, and that college was definitely out of the question.

Ten years after the election of Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, the United States is still walking a line between hope and hate.

This fall, the Department of English at Arizona State University is getting another upgrade, and this time it’s personal. Rather, personnel.

Editor's note: To demystify the process of attaining distinguished graduate fellowships, ASU Now will feature a multipart series of interviews with distinguished graduate award

August

Before she was the first lady of the United States, Laura Bush was a librarian, and in 1995 she founded the Texas Book Festival as a way of honoring Texas authors and promoting the joys of reading.

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A minute and a half into the 1986 film “Aliens,” viewers find themselves in a dark chamber where Sigourney Weaver’s character has been in a state of hypersleep for 57 years.

Cynthia Sagers will join Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development in September as vice president of research.

Sheets, blankets, towels, laundry supplies, personal toiletries, maybe a bike and a printer — the cost of college life essentials can add up.

June

The figure of Robert F. Kennedy casts a long shadow, equally split between what was and what could have been. 

May

Arizona State University abounds with academics who are also authors — often prolific ones — and their publications range from research-backed guides to literary works to theoretical explorations.

Overcoming great challenges to achieve success stands as the underlying theme for some of the more than 700 student veterans graduating this spring semester from Arizona State University.

April

Entrepreneurs don’t always need advice, but they do need support, and the Sun Devil family is a good source for that, according to one of Arizona State University's most successful alumni CEOs.

A new generation of science journalists and storytellers from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is producing a high-quality science series for A

Continuing its commitment to further the dialogue on some of the complex issues facing our world, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University is welcoming autho

Times sure have changed.

Young adult novels used to be about dealing with rites of passage like parents getting divorced, or dating and menstruation.

Two recent fatalities related to autonomous vehicles are raising concerns about trade-offs between societal progress and human collateral damage.

A diagnosis of cancer or other serious disease often brings a barrage of information about what to expect physically, along with pressing decisions and questions.

Military experts, strategists, academics and national security thought leaders will gather at an international conference Monday hosted by Arizona State University and D.C.-based think tank New Ame

On April 3, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

March

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun, hybrid celebration — a mixture of religion and Irish folklore, symbolism and food, plus lots and lots of green beer. (The day after? Sometimes not so much fun.)

Social media is indiscriminately ruthless and knows no boundaries — even in remote places such as Indian country.

From stately cruise ships to Olympic host cities, recent headline-grabbing outbreaks prove that norovirus — an incapacitating and vaccine-less stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea — can st

February

When Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus opened in 2006, almost all of the students taking general science courses in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts were nursing majors

The challenge of learning human anatomy and physiology can be daunting for many undergraduates: identifying all 206 bones and their every bump, notch and groove; the 320 muscle pairs; the structure

There was a day early in Paola Boivin’s hall-of-fame sports writing career when she nearly called it quits.

How do you get 1,500 school supplies from Arizona to an island nearly 3,000 miles away?

U.S. presidents have been political game-changers, prolific writers and social-policy pioneers. But did you know about the speeding and the cheerleading? 

Valentine’s Day used to be about cards, chocolates, flowers, dinner and catching a romantic comedy. But love in the digital age is all about staging and putting your best foot forward online.

For Arizona State University professor and historian Denise E.

The Downtown Phoenix campus continued this year's Open Door series on Friday, welcoming visitors — who mingled with the Phoenix First Friday art and music crowd — for a peek inside Arizona State Un

January

For some first-generation students, walking into a college classroom is the end of a long and complicated journey, and for them, traveling to another country for study can seem like an opportunity

Robert D. Ohmart, a titan of southwestern ecology and former professor at Arizona State University, passed away at his home in Chandler, Arizona on Jan. 14. He was surrounded by his family.

Update: Venita Blackburn was named a finalist for the PEN America Literary Awards on Jan.

2017

December

There was no shortage of changes for the nation and Arizona State University in 2017.

After 10 years, three changes of major and two children, Ashley Pitman graduated from college this week — the first in her family to earn a degree.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Known as the epitome of bringing history into the 21st century, the Tony-winning Broadway musical "H

November

Thanksgiving brings us closer together, but our conversations across generations in a family can sometimes drive us farther apart.

Professionals whose college days are behind them still need to learn new skills to stay at the top of their game, and Arizona State University has launched a new way to do that.

According to Arizona State University Assistant Professor Sarah Viren, “fake news is nothing new, and alternative facts were around long before they were given that name.”

Even before Hurricane Maria descended on his home island of Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, ASU Assistant Professor Manuel G.

Scooby-Doo, the animated character and series launched by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969, is one of the most successful brands in entertainment history.

October

An undergraduate team of applied biological sciences students from Arizona State University's Polytech

September

On a recent Saturday morning in September, a small group of people files into a room at Arizona State University’s Counseling Training Center on the Tempe campus.

Arizona State University's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts has kicked off the fall 2017 semester with almost 11 percent enrollment growth over last year, making it now the fourth-largest c

August

Editor's note: Thirty new ASU freshmen and transfer students who started classes at the university last week took advantage of Bridging Success Early-Start.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students.

July

Any writer will tell you their craft is a mostly solitary one, requiring hours of time spent alone on reflection, execution and revision before a story finally emerges.

June

On June 4, thirty middle and high school students arrived at Arizona State University to kick off the ninth annual ASU Startalk Chinese Language Summer Camp.

As Indonesia looks to become a bigger player on the world stage, Arizona State University is forging ties that recognize the country’s growing importance.

ASU counseling master's student Kristian Mastin’s learned instrument is the banjo.

May

Arizona State University has received new support from the prestigious Alfred P.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

ASU is committed to graduating master learners who, in the words of university president Michael M.

Arizona State University's outstanding graduates — both at the undergraduate and graduate level — have already started to change the world for the better, with great potential to keep that going af

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

The classes he took at Arizona State University laid the foundation for Carson Holmquist’s success as an entrepreneur, leading him to create a business that has grown nearly 2,000 percent in five y

When considering challenges such as staying on track for an on-time graduation, taking time away from family or work obligations and making a big dent in finances, the 

A Sun Devil biking across campus might seem like no big deal, but there’s more to it.

Running an independent literary magazine and publishing house is a labor of love.

About 1 in 68 children have autism and face difficulties that range from socialization and communication problems to restricted and repetitive behavior. At ASU, efforts to better understand and hel

Arizona State University’s Duane Roen constantly hears from employers that this generation of learners needs to develop effective oral and written skills, required for success in the global economy

Neal Lester is quite aware of how music and social movements can bring people together in divisive times, but when rock guitarist Dick Wagner penned an original tune for Humanity 101, the power of

March

Laid out on a table in Hayden Library’s fourth-floor Luhrs Reading Room is an assortment of black-and-white photos, yellowing leaflets, musty T-shirts, tin buttons, ribbons and plaques.

On a warm Saturday night on ASU’s Polytechnic campus, the sound of snapping fingers fills a classroom.

Despite the major contributions minorities have made to the nation’s science efforts, like those depicted in the movie “Hidden Figures,” they continue to lag in STEM fields across the U.S.

Words can heal, and an Arizona State University professor is creating a way for young people to harness the power of poetry in their own and others’ lives.

“As soon as you take one step up the career ladder,” the late management guru Peter Drucker aptly observed, “your effectiveness depends on your ability to communicate your thoughts in writing and i

For International Women’s Day on March 8, a range of female professors at ASU shared names of women they consider to be influential and inspiring.  

February

It was clear from the start what the 89th Academy Awards would be all about Sunday night: diversity, inclusiveness and distance from the #OscarsSoWhite criticisms that have dogged the Hollywood est

Visitors got a double dose of Arizona State University's Night of the Open Door fun this weekend as the free open-house event took place on the aviation- and

“Think of it as being trapped inside of an invisible shell, where you’re often shielded from awareness of your actions, thoughts and expectations about yourself and others." 

Meditating at a waterfall. Bucket baths. Eating ant eggs. 

Jason gets off work after a long, exhausting day. He drives home and ruminates about the way a coworker undermined him in front of their boss.

Minstrel shows are relics of a racist chapter in theater history. Actors painted their faces black and caricatured harmful stereotypes, portraying African-Americans as dumb, lazy and deceitful.

The Downtown Phoenix campus started off this year's Night of the Open Door — five free open houses over the month of February — on Friday, welcoming crowds of visitors enjoying the mild weather and

January

They’re teachers, accountants, social workers and entrepreneurs. One is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in China, and another will graduate from medical school in May.

Imagine New York without cabs or Beijing without bikes. Imagine city neighborhoods without roads or buses. Now imagine ordering a T-shirt online and having it delivered via flying drone.

ASU professor Neal A. Lester has won several awards and recognitions throughout his academic career, and next week he’ll receive one that ranks right near the top.

2016

December

Dan Fellner, a faculty associate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication unit in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU's Polytechnic campus, has received a prestigious F

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates 

The city of Phoenix has selected its first community poet, appointing ASU lecturer Rosemarie Dombrowski, who welcomed the nod, saying poetry represents a “recognition of the human struggle and a ce

November

Preserving Earth’s biodiversity is no small task — some estimates put the number of species on the planet in the hundreds of millions — but that hasn’t deterred ASU students from taking on the job.

The figurine of a bird in a nest looks like a little toy, but it’s also a powerful tool of expression for children who can’t talk about their worries.

The energy of the city works like a magnet for many of the 11,000 students at Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus.

The principal owner for the Miami Dolphins said today’s athletes are starting to recognize their power as change agents for social good and that they should take advantage of their platform to shin

“They’re selling postcards of the hanging, they’re painting the passports brown / The beauty parlor is filled with sailors, the circus is in town.”

Throughout U.S. history, sports has had the power to bring people together from all walks of life.

October

Editor's note: In the spirit of Halloween, we offer a roundup of the engrossing research happening around ASU with creatures that are often relegated to spooky decorations.

Having transferred to ASU as a junior with all of her general studies credits completed, Diana Serban said she almost gave up on the option to study abroad.

Twenty Arizona State University students, both undergraduate and graduate, competed in a fast-paced design competition known as an Adobe Creative Jam.

Twenty-four Girl Scouts gathered for a day of physics, chemistry and fun at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus Saturday.

September

ASU dance major Tyler Tobyne, who works part-time as a program and events assistant for ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, felt that student and university recognition wasn’t enough

When ASU professor Rashad Shabazz hears Prince classics like “1999” and “Little Red Corvette,” he hears musical artistry and creative genius, to be sure.

Eddie Moore Jr. makes no bones about it. He’s trying to change the world.

August

Poet Patricia Murphy writes that she was 17 when her mother set herself on fire.

If you’ve been away from ASU for the summer, you may notice on your return that there’s a “big man on campus” — Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic “Vitruvian Man” has been enlisted on seven-foot banners to

In his time at Arizona State University, Olympic medalist Jamol James has graduated magna cum laude and designed an innovative track shoe with a spike pin that can be customized for any athlete.

July

School is out for the summer, but 26 high-achieving eighth-graders are spending this week dissecting plants, using a microscope and learning about physics and chemistry.

June

Who stole the bones at ASU? That’s the question that eighth-grade crime solvers from Phoenix are investigating on Wednesday and Thursday mornings this month in the science labs at ASU’s Downtown Ph

May

The past few years, ASU mathematics instructor Murray Siegel has been in what he calls “phased retirement,” driving the 80 miles roundtrip from his home in Maricopa, Arizona, to ASU’s Polytechnic c

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

April

For ASU senior Jack O’Brien, the words of baseball great Jackie Robinson have always been a guiding principle: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” 

March

Brave, outspoken women throughout history have advocated for women's rights and equality. There are women in history with recognizable names, but what about the other women?

Patience Akpan-Obong, an associate professor in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University, has been able to return Nigeria, the country of her birth, to teach and do research.

Duane Roen likes to brag about his big family — by last count it teetered around 32,000, and change.

Sometimes getting even the most exciting news can be anticlimactic. (Curse you, caller ID!) 

The 2016 presidential primary process has broken most of the rules and confounded most of the experts.

Arizona State University is exploring new territory with its study-abroad offerings: spring break.

February

On the eve of an Academy Awards marked by the #OscarsSoWhite protest, actress Viola Davis — whose impassioned speech about opportunity for women of color at the 2015 Emmys stirred many reactions —

For five evenings over the course of February, the public is invited onto Arizona State University's campuses for Night of the Open Door, to see what each has to offer, in the form of interac

Night of the Open Door — five free events over the course of February — opens ASU's world to the public and shows off what each campus has to offer.

Buoyed by the thrill of participating in the 2013 national wildlife trivia Quiz Bowl, held in conjunction with the annual conference of The Wildlife Society, four ASU Polytechnic natural resource m

Courtney Klein, who graduated with a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree from the College of Letters and Sciences in 2005 and also earned a master of non-profit studies at ASU, was honored

January

Editor's note: This is part of a series highlighting new faculty members at Arizona State University.

A discussion led by Arizona State University faculty member Brooks Simpson titled "Presidents and War Powers" will air on C

2015

December

How does one find humanity in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll?

Does the holiday season put you in a reflective mood? Will winter break give you some unstructured time to jot your ideas and stories down? Is “become a published author” on your bucket list?

November

British biographer and scholar Sir Jonathan Bate comes to ASU on Nov.

Immersion is key to learning a second language, and the best way to achieve that is by living in a place where that language is predominantly spoken.

If you are looking for your adviser, faculty member or colleague in the College of Letters and Sciences on Tempe campus, beginning Monday, Nov. 23, you’ll find many of them in new digs.

The reality of the workplace can be hard for students to grasp, but a new job shadowing program is giving some Arizona State University students a clearer idea of what their potential careers look

To what extent have the cultural and demographic changes over the last 50 years changed our attitudes about race and the way Americans see each other?

Beowulf is the kind of guy who leaves an impression.

Do you remember where you were when you first read or were exposed to some incarnation of the Old English epic poem?

October

Two prominent thought leaders and authors from Europe bring a close to the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series for 2015.

Casey Self, a leader in the academic advising community at Arizona State University and internationally, admits he couldn’t help but go a little “Vegas” in his keynote address last week at the annu

September

Throughout history, food and culture have met in art. We have an incredible connection to food through our senses — we love the taste, texture, colors, smells and even the sounds food creates.

Phoenix native Joey Robert Parks believes in his hometown.

The Mexican government calls them “etnias,” or ethnicities. In her research, Saskias Casanova refers to them as “indigenous immigrants.”

August

When Diane Gubran decided to take a break from college in 1984, she told herself it would be temporary.

July

History books were not kind during much of the 20th Century to the 18th U.S. president, Ulysses S. Grant, whose administration took place during the difficult years of Reconstruction.

Most U.S. college students take at least one composition course as part of their degree’s general education requirements.

Tim Wise has a reputation for connecting with audiences, especially youth.

June

Claire Lauer wants her students to become confident creators of multimedia communications for work and everyday life.

The Gettsyburg Address was just 272 words and about two minutes long.

May

ASU graduate Marisa Borjon's determination to not let health challenges derail her education was the focus of a recent profile in the Eastern Arizona Courier.

Students at Arizona Western College’s Yuma campus will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree thanks to a new partnership with Arizona State University.

The Arizona Republic reported on a new tool from Arizona State University that uses an online quiz to help students choose a career path.

ASU master’s candidate Sarah Muench lives her life with a spirit of adventure – and a mind-set that the world is really a very small place.

Throughout childhood, ASU senior Wayne Stephenson struggled with school – particularly reading and writing.

“The issue of race is so much at the core of our society, but people don’t seem to want to talk about it,” observed journalist and author Anderson Cooper, featured speaker at the second annual Deli

April

What role can the media play in encouraging a more participatory democracy?

Sarah Swinford, a pre-med student in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, said she’d never given much thought to the business side of health care – until a career-shadowing program at Ariz

Quality writing, stunning art, beautiful design, strong branding – these descriptors are consistently associated with Arizona State University’s Superst

Dorothy Rhodes says she took for granted the stories, songs, dances, customs and ceremonies she learned from her elders growing up on several reservations.

March

Arizona State University instructor Lori Eshleman has always been drawn to those spaces in time where cultural and religious traditions have encountered each other, from the European Middle Ages to

Arizona State University professor Eva Brumberger has developed a new text to offer theoretically motivated, research-supported, classroom-tested insights to faculty in a range of fields who want t

Qualifying Arizona State University students will have access to a number of seats in the professional schools and programs offered by Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, thanks to a new 

In his co-edited anthology “The Civil War: Told By Those Who Lived It,” Arizona State University historian Brooks Simpson explores the bloody conflict in detail.

Helping living things thrive is not just a career for Arizona State University professor Heather Bateman – it’s a way of life.

February

“Who knows what a pineapple plant and a saguaro cactus have in common?”

January

One of Arizona’s young visionaries is coming to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus to headline a popular lecture series and discuss the power of connecting creativity and culture around the world.

Arizona State University’s largest and most successful open-house event of the year, Night of the Open Door, kicks off four events with even more to explore,

2014

December

More than 400 community members joined Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Talking Stick Resort on Dec.

Looking to improve your academic performance? Begin by looking inward.

Research for books in the humanities is hard, complicated and lengthy.

Bianca Bernstein, who has devoted her career to advancing young women in science and technical fields, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

November

A summer education program will offer a glimpse into a post-Apartheid South Africa and explore one of the most beautiful regions of the world, while offering students an opportunity to be a good gl

April

The ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy’s goal for its Delivering Democracy Lecture is lofty: to establish the series as the premier Central Phoenix ev

The word “democracy” is one of the most recognized, venerated and misunderstood terms in the English language.

Shaving down college student loan debt while still in school could soon be an option for ASU and other U.S. university students, thanks to the efforts of a team of ASU innovators.