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2016

May

ASU's Lawrence Krauss is part of 3-man advisory team for Alpha-Centauri-or-bust Breakthrough Starshot mission.

ASU professor Jim Bell helped the Hubble Space Telescope make a new image of the Red Planet that no Mars-orbiting spacecraft can give.

Scott Parazynski logged more than eight weeks in space, performed seven spacewalks — including one hailed as most dangerous ever.

Growing up in rural Massachusetts helped ASU grad Nathan Williams gain appreciation for natural processes

NASA has selected an Arizona State University undergraduate student team for a $200,000 grant to conduct hands-on flight research.

Chad Ostrander, graduating senior at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, awarded National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship.

James Cornelison, research fellow with the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), has recently been accepted at Harvard University's Center for Astrophysics Ph.D. program.

Miranda Herman, a graduating senior from ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and the Department of Physics, will be receiving the Dean’s Medal and Moeur Award at commencement ceremonies this spring.

Michael Busch, who will be graduating this spring with a dual bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and physics, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowship.

ASU/SESE grad Carl Fields wins Ford Foundation and NSF fellowships.

April

Scientific American editor-in-chief and ASU theoretical physicist talk science, journalism, and breaking down barriers.

ASU KEDtalks launch a series of 'conversations for the curious' with the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Two-thirds of this year's elite Flinn Scholars will call ASU home.

The search for life beyond Earth is one of the major drivers of space exploration.

ASU's SunCube FemtoSat will open space exploration to everyone, with launch costs as low as $3,000 for low-Earth orbit.

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter carried the ASU-designed THEMIS camera to Mars, where it has greatly increased humanity's knowledge of this small neighbor world, both like and unlike our own.

March

The universe is a dangerous place. Join Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration from 7 to 10 p.m.

It’s a great big world of science out there. And picking your own path is just part of the fun, a group of middle school girls learned recently at ASU.

Arizona State University has received a $10.18 million grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Community to develop next-generation digital learning experiences that incorpora

ASU postdoctoral scholar Kohei Kamada will join this summer with Nobel laureates at a selective meeting of leading physicists from all over the world.

Hilairy Hartnett, associate professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences at ASU, will explore how nature and human management affect our water.

Depp event gives ASU professor Lawrence Krauss the lowest ever Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number, the ultimate cross-disciplinary kudos.

Johnny Depp joins ASU professor Lawrence Krauss in Origins Project dialogue at ASU Gammage.

ASU researchers develop new technique to better understand where temblors are more likely to occur, help communities prepare.

Air Force's SWIMSat, to be designed and built by ASU students, will monitor meteor strikes and solar plasma eruptions.

Proposed instrument is designed to measure spectra of gas clouds within star-forming regions.

Experts in gravity waves from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration and Department of Physics will hold a public lecture and panel on March 3.

February

ASU professor hopes Smithsonian exhibition of LROC team's striking images gets people excited about returning to the Moon.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum opens its newest exhibition, “A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera,” on Feb. 26.

ASU/SESE postdoctoral researcher turned interest in dinosaurs into a passion for outer space.

The Indian bus driver was not hit and killed by a meteorite, says Laurence Garvie, curator for ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies, in his New Discoveries public talk.

From effective team science to drones on the range, Arizona State University faculty and students played a big role in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

NASA has announced the selection of Science Investigation Teams for its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Predicting evaporation, and its responses to changes in land use, is essential to managing precious water resources in the arid Southwest.

The research team will seek to answer the fundamental question of where the water on Earth originally came from.

Through its history, the Earth has been bombarded by extraterrestrial material ranging from dust-size particles to objects large enough to destroy cities and cause mass extinctions.

In the 100th-anniversary year of Einstein’s theory of relativity, scientists have proved it by detecting gravity waves. ASU's Krauss hails discovery, which he predicted, as important as the invention of the telescope.

ASU’s top Mars experts and NASA officials met at the university to discuss what needs to be taught to get the next generation to the Red Planet.

The first flight of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, will carry LunaH-Map, a CubeSat from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration.

On February 5, the first Earth & Space Open House of 2016 will take you across the globe and into space in the spirit of exploration.

January

Have you made it up before dawn to see the alignment of five planets in the skyline?

Yeah, there’s the Nobel Prize. That’s great. Eight hundred and seventy people have one. Olympic gold medals? Thousands out there. To be amongst the truly exclusive, you have to have...

For Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, ASU’s senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development, this winter has felt positively balmy after a recent trip to Antarctica.

News broke this week that a planet 10 times the size of Earth may be lurking at the edge of the solar system. Why haven't we noticed it before?

New 3-D show takes audiences on a journey through the birth, life and death of stars.

ASU astronaut coaching session brings hopefuls with stars in their eyes.

The elements iron and aluminum found in certain clays give them strong bacteria-killing properties, even against antibiotic-resistant microbes. ASU researchers have found how they work.

2015

December

ASU faculty and staff share why they're looking ahead to 2016, for reasons close to home and stretching into the far reaches of space.

NASA has chosen Science Investigation Teams for its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. ASU's SESE will lead one of these teams.

Welcome to exoplanets, the newest and sexiest field in astronomy, where in the hunt for alien worlds the Holy Grail is discovering another Earth.

Tiny diamonds, once thought to consist of a large variety of types, are actually all structurally altered versions of ordinary diamonds.

SESE Moon scientists photograph Earth rising over craterscape via NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

SESE Associate Professor Steven Semken won the award for co-editing Geology of Route 66 Region: Flagstaff to Grants.

SESE scientists have explanation for fresh spots on ancient surface.

After nine years in the workforce, Escoto pursued his degree, conducting undergraduate research on Hawaiian volcanism.

Science celeb Bill Nye visits ASU to share his views on a "bright" future outside Earth.

ASU scientists zoom in to study the dynamics that drive planet formation.

November

Earth’s deep interior transport system explains volcanic island lava complexities.

ASU team starts complex process of designing s shoebox-size CubeSat that will orbit the Moon and look for water.

ASU scientists help lead research team solving the puzzle of Earth’s Great Oxidation Event.

ASU researchers to study thermonuclear reaction rates to determine how much of certain elements exploding stars can produce.

October

Some may have found that scene in “Gravity” where Sandra Bullock is floating untethered through space to be rather frightening, but Pye Pye Zaw thinks floating in microgravity is “majestic.”

Will 13 be ASU's lucky number? The competition now underway will end with the selection of the 13th Discovery mission.

September

Known for his lyrical writing style, 18th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called music “the universal language of mankind.”

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of stories to mark Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Stephen Bokenkamp was a pacifist during the height of the Vietnam War. So the Army made him a spy.

June

Eventually, Dominique Reichenbach plans to travel the globe as a United States Foreign Service Officer. But today she’s learning how to tie Chinese knots.

Four Arizona State University professors have joined the ranks of the highest faculty honor at the university, as Regents’ Professors for the 2014-2015 academic year.

May

Until recently, it took hours – sometimes days – to analyze biological samples after they were frozen in the field and brought back to the laboratory.

A local health technology company is partnering with two Arizona State University Chinese-based programs to teach its employees the language and culture.

Arizona State University will reshape the future of doctoral students in humanities by opening doors to a wider range of careers, professional opportunities and earning potential, says George Justi

Arizona State University alumna Aubrey Doyle has been using her language and intercultural skills to fight human trafficking since she graduated in 2012, and she wants to do more.

April

ASU senior Sarah Stradling got the chance of a lifetime, thanks to her Italian minor, when she was offered an internship with Expo Milano, the 2015 Universal Exposition hosted in Milan, Italy.

With more than 500 million native speakers in 21 countries, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and generally considered one of the most beneficial second languages for native s

Arizona State University will host the annual Italian Film Festival USA of Phoenix featuring the local premieres of eight recent, critically acclaimed Italian films, each shown with English subtitl

March

Heritage language learners have access to an innovative way to share their cultural experiences and enhance their linguistic skills through a collaborative approach to education called the CIRCLE (

The School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University is introducing a new approach to language course offerings that will allow beginning students the opportunity to meet se

February

Two distinguished professors, each from very different parts of the word, will share their first-hand knowledge regarding the significance of life experiences and the author’s voice as part of Ariz

January

Getting to know each other and learning about other beliefs is essential to peace among people and nations, asserts Souad T.

A modern genre of web-based literature has been transforming Chinese culture and society since the 1990s, and China scholar Michel Hockx has been following the development of Chinese Internet liter

“Humanities is all about the description of the human soul and the life that soul lives,” says Regents' Professor David William Foster of ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures.

Five Arizona State University undergraduates have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.

2014

November

President's Professor Ileana Orlich, in ASU's School of International Letters and Cultures, was one of three recipients of the inaugural

October

Two faculty members in German in the School of International Letters and Cultures have received awards for teaching excellence from the Arizona Language Association (AZLA) at the organization’s ann

Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures launched its fall 2014 International Artist Lecture Series with a talk by renowned Mexican author and journalist Elena Poniat

September

Students in the School of International Letters and Cultures and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall through a host of lectu

Renowned French-born, Mexican journalist and author Elena Poniatowska will kick off ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures' Fall 2014 International Artist Lecture Series with her talk “

In recognition for her contribution to the French language and culture through scholarship and education, the Government of France has inducted Aleksandra Gruzinska, professor of French at Arizona

As part of the Chinese mid-autumn harvest Moon Festival celebrations, Arizona State University’s Confucius Institute will host the sixth annual China Forum, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sept.

Arizona State University professor Cynthia Hogue has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Translation Fellowship for 2015.

August

Interested in learning Italian or Spanish to enhance your travels, enrich your world-view or energize your brain?

April

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has launched a new initiative designed to reward outstanding doctoral and masters students recognized nationally or internationally during academic year 201

The Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Awards were established in memory of Zebulon Pearce, who graduated from Territorial Normal School at Tempe (now ASU) with teacher's credentials in 1899.

Professor Madeline Spring has been selected to receive the 2014 Gary S.

A desire to contribute new knowledge to combat injustice and misunderstandings unite the Spring 2014 Graduate Completion Fellows.

The School of International Letters and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host the 2014 Italian Film Festival USA on Saturday, April 26, in Coor Hall, room 174, on the Tempe

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students selected as Dean’s medalists will graduate in May with diplomas in their hands and opportunities ahead. 

Twenty-two doctoral candidates at Arizona State University were awarded Graduate Dissertation Fellowships to complete their post-candidacy doctoral work.

From karaoke to origami, anime to sushi bars, judo to manga, the way of the samurai to bonsai, Japanese popular culture has become part of international culture.

Although many studies have associated the demise of complex societies with deteriorating climate, few have investigated the connection between an ameliorating environment, surplus resources, energy

March

“Women of Ciudad Juárez” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., March 29 and March 31 at ASU’s West campus.

The School of International Letters and Cultures' study abroad programs are among the longest-running and most prestigious at Arizona State University.

It’s a myth that if you major in the liberal arts in college, you are destined for a lifetime of low-wage jobs and limited mobility, according to a recent report from the Association of American Co

ASU asked several graduates with liberal arts degrees to describe their career experiences and the choices they have made. Would they do anything differently in preparing for a career?

Editor's note: ASU's Kamra Sadia Hakim, a global studies major and Gilman Scholar, is currently studying

February

In a world that some say desperately needs the humanities, Arizona State University will bring together nationally prominent humanists and its own distinguished faculty March 6 to discuss how to pr

Renowned Afro-Brazilian filmmaker and writer Joel Zito Araújo will present a screening of his award-winning film "Denying Brazil" at ASU's School of International Letters and Cultures' Internationa

In line with its commitment to advance Chinese language and culture education, Arizona State University’s Confucius Institute and the School of International Letters and Cultures will be hosting a

The School of International Letters and Cultures welcomes international artists from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Italy to ASU for a lecture series this spring.

ASU's School of International Letters and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is teaming up with the Archeological Institute of America, Central Arizona Society and ASU’s Project H

Arizona State University’s largest and most successful open-house event of the year – Night of the Open Door – expands to four campuses, with even more to exp

January

David Estrada, a recent graduate of Arizona State University, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Armenia.

2013

December

Maria Chappell, an ASU senior majoring in anthropology and Chinese, has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to study in China to improve her Chinese language and cultural knowledge.

The 17 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students selected as Dean’s medalists will walk across the commencement stage Dec.

October

ASU tied with Princeton, Rutgers in number of Fulbrights

Mariana Bahtchevanova, ASU alum and senior lecturer of French in the School of International Letters and Cultures, was recognized for her excellence in teaching with the "2012-2013 Outstanding Fore

ASU ranks first in nation for doctorates awarded to Native Americans in education, law and all disciplines

September

Vera Coleman, a doctoral student in Spanish literature in the School of International Letters and Cultures in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was inspired to take a new direction with h

Forty years after a coup put an end to a long tradition of democratic rule in Chile, a free conference Sept.

A book of experimental poetry translated from French by two Arizona State University professors has won the 2013 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award presented by the

David William Foster, a Regents’ Professor of Spanish and women and gender studies at Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures, recently wrote “Glimpses of Phoenix: T

To enhance friendship and economic cooperation between the United States and China, Arizona State University’s Confucius Institute will host

Editor's Note: This story is part of an ongoing series about student excellence at the university.

Gustavo Arellano to attend Project Humanities lecture

In the decades preceding World War II, millions of European immigrants came to settle in Argentina, and the Jewish were one of the largest groups.

ASU students have the opportunity to study ancient Greek and Roman language, history, culture and archeology – the roots of modern academic programs in the humanities – with the School of Internati

August

This fall, the School of International Letters and Cultures is pleased to announce the return of its International Artists Lecture Series.

Teacher Training Program also provides experience with American culture

At three-years-old, President’s Club scholar Winnie Lau immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong with her family. Her parents were not well-educated and struggled to speak English.

June

Eleven Arizona State University students will study throughout the world during the 2013-2014 academic year with support from The Benjamin A.

Rudy Calderon graduated from Arizona State University and Barrett, The Honors College at ASU in May. His younger brothers are following in his footsteps, guided by their father.

Arizona State University students will live and study in diverse areas of the world as recipients of the 2013 David L. Boren Scholarship for Undergraduate Students.

What role can music play in peacebuilding? What lessons can we learn from religious pluralism in India? How is education shaping opportunities for Muslim women in the Middle East?

May

Thirteen Arizona State University students have been awarded the Benjamin A.

Zachary Marin and Tina Cai, students in the Chinese Language Flagship Program in Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures, have been awarded the Fulbright-Hays GPA Sc

Tina Cai and Zachary Marin, students in the Chinese Language Flagship Program in Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures, have been awarded the Fulbright-Hays GPA Sc

Two semesters of collaboration and communication across disciplines provided Graduate College fellowship recipients with new insights into their research.

Graduates from Arizona State University’s class of 1963 have returned to their alma mater for their Golden Reunion on May 9 and 10.

Two students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are brushing up on their Italian, honing their broadcasting skills and globalizing their education thanks to a new

ASU students Jesus Yanez-Reyes and McCall Hoerz have combined their love for Italian with their professional interest in broadcasting through an internship sponsored by The Italian Language Program

On April 14, Samantha Piper, a declared Spanish major in the School of International Letters and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, competed in the Annual Arizona Japanese Speech

April

Brittany Morris, a junior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been awarded a research scholarship from the Center for Religion and Conflict to travel to Kuwait t

ASU's Vice Provost for International Strategic Initiatives, Denis Fred Simon, has been chosen to receive a Fulbright Award for specialized study in South Korea.

“Hard work always pays off,” says Vanessa Fonseca, a graduating doctoral student from the Spanish program in the School of International Letters and Cultures. “It’s cliché but so true.”

Dean’s Medals will adorn 20 of the nearly 3,000 ASU seniors graduating with degrees in natural sciences, humanities and social sciences this spring – an honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Art

"If you think the cost of getting an education is a lot, the cost of not getting an education is even greater,” says Randy Sanders, a determined Russian major from the School of International Lette

Translation, the rendering of text from one language into another, is an art and a science, a skill and a craft, a talent and the result of hard work.

Renowned Italian independent filmmaker Marina Spada will present the capstone lecture in Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures’ International Artists Lecture Serie

Many of the most vexing challenges in human rights today involve protecting vulnerable populations from the ravages of environmental degradation, food insecurity and climate change – threats that c

Samantha de Palo, a student in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, has been granted a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Mexico.

March

Through the Warner-Fong Endowment, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University has awarded a fellowship to outstanding student Will Smith.

“DaDa Trans iT,” an experimental theater piece based on the literary and artistic Dada movement, will play at the Empty Space theatre in Tempe March 20.

The School of International Letters and Cultures' study abroad programs are among the longest-running and most prestigious at Arizona State University.

February

The archaeology of Troy, in what is now Turkey, has captured the human imagination for nearly a century and a half.  In l988 archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati and the University of T

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will host the annual American Academy of Religion - Western Region (AAR/WR) conference March 9-11 on the Tempe campus.