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ASU-inspired lake marks 20 years

The Salt River Valley has always revolved around two things: the sun above and the river below. Hohokam children played on the banks of the Salt and ate fish caught in weirs and corn and squash nourished by the water. Centuries later, settlers unearthed the native canals and irrigated their own crops. A ferry moved farmers, swindlers and gunfighters across the waters from Tempe to Phoenix. But the river proved to be too violent and unpredictable during the monsoon, whipping around the Valley floor like a snake in a shoebox. To count on it, it had to be brought under control with a dam. For almost 90 years, the waters ran into the canals. The riverbed dried. Cities turned their back on it, using it as a gravel pit and dump. Now the river is being embraced again. The cornerstone of that effort, Tempe Town Lake, celebrated its 20th anniversary...

More than just answers: ASU’s Department of Physics is teaming up for solutions

At one time or another, we were all scientists. There is a reason a child’s first questions include: “What is it?”, “Why?” and “How?” A physicist never loses that sense of wonder, that drive to understand something that, for now, might remain a mystery. Albert Einstein himself claimed that his real talent was not a superior intelligence, but a passionate and never-ending curiosity. The study of physics has always been about a quest for answers. But all the answers in the world wouldn’t do any good if they aren't shared. That is why the Department of Physics at Arizona State University capitalizes on every opportunity to collaborate for greater success — to look beyond answers to solutions. Through groundbreaking collaborations and new initiatives, the school's faculty are applying the core fundamentals of physics to challenging new problems and teaming up with researchers in other disciplines to tackle some of today’s...

ASU named No. 1 in innovation for 5th consecutive year

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . For the fifth year in a row, Arizona State University has been named the most innovative school in America. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed. The...

Record class hits the books as ASU bucks national trend of declining enrollment

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . When Tucson native Sadie Azersky started exploring colleges, she set her sights on attending a school that would challenge her. She found what she was looking for at Arizona State University: the opportunities of a large research university combined with...

Generosity to ASU climbs to new heights in 2019

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . Sun Devil supporters bolstered scholarships, medical advancements, professorships and research opportunities as part of a banner fundraising year for the ASU Foundation. Nikki Hinshaw is one of more than 7,400 students who benefited from private scholarship support through the foundation...

National, international awards recognize faculty innovation in ASU's School of Molecular Sciences

The Arizona State University charter describes a commitment to linking innovation with the advancement of research and discovery of public value. The establishment of the School of Molecular Sciences from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry embodies this commitment to research that directly addresses such major public and societal issues. Current School of Molecular Sciences research takes a molecular approach...

Empower 2019 brings together ASU IT professionals to innovate for the future

On Thursday, May 23, Arizona State University's University Technology Office hosted Empower 2019 , an ASU IT professional community retreat designed to discover new innovations and improve existing ones through peer-to-peer discussion. Over 800 ASU IT professionals spent the day engaging with ASU Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick , one another and a wide array of speakers. ASU President Michael...

Innovative Novus project enters its next stage of development

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . The new hotel going up northwest of University Drive and Rural Road is part of a reimagining of the north part of the Arizona State University campus in Tempe that will draw corporate partners to the university’s knowledge enterprise, according...

New tool developed for student survivors of sexual assault

MyChoice, an internet-based decision aid that provides clear, unbiased information to Arizona State University student survivors of sexual assault, is scheduled for field testing during the 2019-20 academic year. The Digital Humanities Initiative at ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research supported an interdisciplinary collaboration to design the new tool. MyChoice will help student survivors make informed decisions based on the options...

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