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2018

September

There are few things that rattle American-Brazilian financier James Lynch. 

Arizona State University has welcomed 52 Saudi Arabian educators to the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College as part of the yearlong Building Leadership f

Maggie Walter has flown more than 8,000 miles to study how Native American children, families and schools in Arizona work to maximize educational outcomes.

Fear of being eaten by a wild animal is our most ancient emotion.

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: ASU Now chooses not to use the word that is the proper name of the Washington NFL football team in this or any future story, given its nature to many in our comm

The top-down international development model used by donors, development agencies and policymakers needs rethinking.  Not only does it create aid dependence in communities, it often hi

President Donald Trump has launched a trade war over the last several months involving billions of dollars of goods and affecting the United States’ relationships with several countries, including

Japanese performer Tsutomu Arao will present a musical program of "The Tale of the Heike" at Arizona State University’s Katzin Concert Hall on Sept. 24.

August

Arizona State University English Professor Devoney Looser has been named a Foundation Professor effective fall 2018.

YoungJu Shin, assistant professor at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and affiliated faculty at the Center for Asian Research, was

Professors Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht received the 2018 Stoc

Twenty years after Romanian studies arrived at Arizona State University, and a century after Romania became a modern state, ASU Professor and Director of the Romanian and Central European Cultural

Most natural disasters drop off the news after a few days.

The bonds between Arizona State University and its partners in Mexico over the past few years are producing large-scale research that will help millions of people as well as small projects to assis

This April, the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network launched the Millennium Fellowship.

Whatever happened to the Taliban? They, along with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, seem to have slipped from the headlines.

One of the fastest-growing techniques for producing oil and gas today involves widening cracks in hydrocarbon-bearing rock formations underground.

Ecosystems and natural resources are rapidly changing across our nation and around the world.

Three years ago, all 193 member countries of the United Nations agreed to adopt a set of goals to achieve an economic, social and environmental vision for peace, prosperity, people and the planet b

Karina Benessaiah, a recent PhD in geography graduate from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been named a 2018 Banting Fellow.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2018 incoming ASU students.

Arizona State University attracts students from all over the world for varied reasons — degree program variety, accessibility, recommendation from others, research and program reputation, athletics

This month, Global Launch, Arizona State University's English-language training unit, hosted the international

Fourteen days. Twelve students. Seven cities. One memorable trip, and lots of cool stories. And there was haggis, too … fore everyone.

Cardboard, soda cans, cheesecloth, Christmas lights, duct tape.

Ingredients for a DIY craft project? How about a clever use of otherwise mundane items to test a scientific theory?

This summer, four Arizona State University students participated in a five-week teaching assignment in São Paulo, Brazil.

Arizona State University has announced that Pamela DeLargy has been recruited as Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and will also serve as senior adviser on Internat

Most study-abroad trips don’t involve wild elephants tramping a few yards away from the sleeping quarters, but a group of Arizona State University students got to experience just that this summer.

A gourmet meal led to a food-for-thought opportunity for a handful of Arizona State University students this summer.

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, along with Vital Voices, the United Nations Foundation and 

This summer, Global Launch — a global training unit at Arizona State University — welcomed students from

The war that changed the world has made the case for specialized graduate study.

Bandak Lul knows what it’s like to live between worlds: to leave everything behind, to step into uncertainty, to be separated from home and family.

The American Meteorological Society released its annual S

Venkata Akhil Madaraju knew them by their panicked faces.

The last few weeks of summer are a prime time to hit the road and enjoy the wilderness, whether it’s hiking, biking, rafting or camping.

In late April, citizens of Nicaragua began protests against President Daniel Ortega when the government announced a social security reform.

July

Arizona State University has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Office of Naval Research, a division of the United States Department

A lack of sustainable energy sources in far-flung underdeveloped regions is among the most daunting roadblocks to quality of life still plaguing much of the world.

The PLuS Alliance, a partnership between Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney, has announced the

In Dakar, Senegal, you can find a gas station or a hair salon turned into a space for seeing art. A dance club becomes an exhibition venue. A mixed-media installation pops up in a traffic circle.

The Critical Languages Institute at Arizona State University has added Ukrainian to its roster of languages taught to bolster national security, and it’s

Twenty-five young African leaders visiting Arizona State University this summer are part of a generation that has grown up with the legacy of anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela.

Anderson Cooper, the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning primetime anchor at CNN, will be the recipient of the 2018 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Jour

When England won a penalty shootout against Colombia on July 3, it earned itself a place in the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990.

The world can be a scary place.

Editor's note: Written by Mary Teagarden, associate dean — faculty and administration, professor of global strategy and

June

Seeking a global health perspective, a group of seven nurses enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DN

Benigno Canze smiles and extends his hand as a woman approaches his table at a welcome reception held June 22 at the Maricopa County Security Building ballroom in downtown Phoenix.

The last known male northern white rhinoceros is dead.

The Arizona State University Department of Psychology has a history of research supporting children and adolescents experiencing crisis, anxiety or tra

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced plans to end the policy of separating immigrant children from parents who cross illegally into the United States.

In a move that has stunned and disappointed many in the diplomatic world, the Trump administration announced Tuesday its 

An Arizona State University emerita professor is working with Mexican academics to help fight obesity by exposing a rarely talked about, sneaky and harmful contributor to weight gain: bad sleep.

Beginning Monday, all food in the United States must be made without trans fat, the culmin

Government leaders in Greece and the Republic of Macedonia have agreed on a resolution to their

Bridging language instruction and community is a proven winner for Rosti Vana and Rosita Scer

Arizona State University alumna Sarah Lords’ path to choosing global studies as a degree can be traced back to her parents.

Keith Kintigh has seen the future of archaeology — and it’s not what you might expect.

Half of the world’s stomachs, particularly in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, depend heavily on one staple food crop: rice.

May

Ruben Gonzales is an alumni of Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC), after graduating in May this year with a degree in Jewish studies.

Evvan Morton has a clear-cut, big-picture career ambition.

Mansur Mekan is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in political science.

Abigail Bardales is now an alumni of Arizona State University after graduating in early May from Barrett, The Honors College.  

Doctoral student Chia-Mei Hsia had a vision of connecting her native Taiwan to the United States around the theme of community development.

Xia Zhang, Arizona State University principal lecturer of Chinese, brings her multicultural and linguistic knowledge into the classrooms of colleges and high schools, molding a new generation of fo

“ASU has the spirit of America in it,” says Khashayar “Shay” Khatiri, a recent graduate of the School of Politics and Global Studies and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studie

Katherine Nelson is an alumni of Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures. Now she is studying law at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU.

Royal watchers have had plenty of reasons to rejoice lately: Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday last month, the recent birth of Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s third child, Louis; Princess Char

Michelle Stuhlmacher, a doctoral student in geography at Arizona State University, has been selected for the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 comme

The ordeal is finally over for a Central American caravan seeking asylum, with the last of the members crossing the U.S. border on Friday after a week of delays and heavy media attention.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated at Arizona State University in April and nationally in May, but in the Asian Pacific American Studie

There is a perception — shared by education professionals as well as the general public — that education is resistant to change and slow-paced.

April

A peace treaty is potentially in the works for North and South Korea, and leaders say they plan to denucle

Les Schiefelbein, CEO and founder of Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution, has announced a gift to the San

In recognition of the need to curb drug use and violence for adolescents, the president of the National Scouting Association of Nicaragua signed a partnership agreement with Dale se REAL, an Arizon

In 1799, soldiers of Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign were knocking down walls to build a fort near the city of Rosetta when they found a large basalt slab inscribed with strange symbols.

Charity Bhebhe had about a 1.5 percent probability of winning one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships.

It was enough.

A team of five students, including one from Arizona State University, tied for second place in the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

Want to understand why it’s a turbulent time for journalism? Look around in Mexico and the United States.

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

The business of sports is changing the fundamental nature of the fan relationship, as well as the financial model and even the career path into the field, according to several experts who spoke at

Thanks to the spread of information and technology, the world is more connected than ever before — and with the language of sport being so widely understood, the opportunities for connection can be

During a plague year, locusts affect the livelihoods of one in 10 people and cover 20 percent of the earth’s land surfaces.

Starting this week, Arizona's border will see more boots on the ground as hundreds of

Do reindeer have red noses?

Of course they don’t. (Sorry, but they don’t fly, either.)

April 1 may have brought tricks and pranks, but Arizona State University's plans for Earth Month are no joke. 

Criminal justice experts from the Western Hemisphere will examine the impact of violence in Latin America and the Caribbean and how to prevent it at a two-day conference held at the Arizona State U

The Korean department at Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) is one of the college’s fastest growing programs, with more students benefiting every y

For a lot of students, spring break is a time to recharge and enjoy the benefits of a few carefree days before the storm surge of year-end deadlines hits.

The wave of refugees that began flooding into Europe as early as 2014 as a result of massive unrest in the Middle East has shown no signs of ebbing.

Committed to finding pedagogical solutions and educational reforms beneficial to every Japanese citizen, Japan’s universities have begun forging international relationships to face thei

Making a difference is a shared goal among Arizona State University graduates.

Arizona State University recently welcomed 41 emerging leaders from Southeast Asia as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Atop the hill at the end of a ridge, Union Army Col.

Arizona State University seniors Benjamin Harris and Brittany Diaz, both majors in Russian at the

March

On one of the most memorable days of her life, Kaye Reed found herself holding the jawbone of an ancestor who lived 2.8 million years ago.

If aliens flew by our planet and looked down at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you wouldn’t blame them for moving along.

Our relationship with the essential element phosphorus is both personal and global.

A Fulbright scholarship is one of the most prestigious ways to study abroad, offering exceptional graduates a chance to spend a year researching, studying or teaching, all while broadening th

In most cultures, identity is inextricably tied to the land, and when land is taken, cultures can struggle to survive.

By revolutionizing microbiological-based technologies in water and wastewater treatment, Professors Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann have demonstrated the possibilities to remove harmful cont

Editor's note: Welcome to ASU Now's live-blog coverage of the opening week of the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice San

Editor's note: Friday's events at the Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center focused on helping professional athletes transition out of their playing careers, new ways of inv

Editor's note: Opening week continued at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at ASU.

Eli Perez currently stands as the sole Fulbright scholar from Mexico at Arizona State University, but that is likely to change as ASU’s Graduate College carves out more opportunities for talented i

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.)

When City University of Hong Kong asked Rob Melnick to present a keynote address at its annual S-Day for Hong Kong sustainability

Editor's note: Opening week continued at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at ASU.

Anastasia Cossette has a busy schedule and a lot of interests. She studies both global health and economic justice, wanting to understand health inequity and medical organization.

Editor's note: Opening week continued at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at ASU.

Editor's note: The first day of the opening week at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at ASU was a full one.

On most nights, it might be possible to catch a glimpse of Arizona State University student Alexander Bernard somewhere in Hayden library with his head buried in a book, working tirelessly to achie

On March 8, Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies hosted Professors Takumi Takeda, associate dean for international affairs, and Hisakazu Kato, chief associate dean in th

Editor's note: ASU Now photographers share their best photos from the opening week at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at Ariz

Editor's note: This story is a personal account from the mother of an ASU graduate, and it has been edited for length and clarity.

Arizona State University and Coursera, one of the world’s largest online education platforms, today announced the launch of an online Master of Computer Science program.

Many universities have a presence in Washington, D.C.: a lobbyist, an internship coordinator, or a few folks who hand out swag and try to wrangle money out of federal agencies.

For alumnus See Seng Tan, coming back to the Arizona State University campus was surreal.

February

Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) not only draws people passionate about global life, but gives those people a chance to begin their global career

Moving to a new country to pursue your education can be an exciting, yet intimidating prospect.

Arizona State University Art Museum is pleased to announce "SABER ACOMODAR: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915–Now", which opens to the

Most performances happen within four walls; this performance will be bisected by one. 

Today, the Peace Corps announced that Arizona State University ranked No. 15 among large schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Sticking around a town with a shuttered mill and bemoaning the fact you can’t buy a new Cadillac every two years like your high school-educated grandfather did will not keep America competitive on

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

Anson Chan, a longtime Hong Kong dignitary and fierce advocate of human rights and the rule of law, was awarded the O’Connor Justice Prize in a recent ceremony at the Arizona Biltmore.

Arizona State University is again one of the top producers of students who win the prestigious Fulbright award, according to rankings released this morning.

The internet. We use it every day, all day, and barely think about it.

The School of International Letters and Cultures is a place for leaders, and one of the people demonstrating that is 

The most-decorated Olympian of all time made headlines in 2008 for something other than his athletic prowess — or, ahem, lung capacity — when some outlets alleged Michael Phelps, the U.S.

For over 40 years, Global Launch has helped students from more than 160 countries learn English and become a part of the American community.

For Taghreed Adnan, studying Arabic at the School for International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University wasn’t just a way to brush up on her language skills.

A recently broadcast multipart Korean television documentary that explores new treatments for people with autism and gastrointestinal problems includes reports on research led by three Arizona Stat

Arizona State University's Global Launch program propels students, educators and other professionals to thrive in the global marketplace through academic preparation servi

Leaders in Greece and the Republic of Macedonia are close to

This month, Arizona State University and Global Launch celebrated a 30-year partnership with Hiro

After the life-altering difficulties they faced in their home countries, refugees who come to America can feel overwhelmed trying to integrate into their new communities.

Valerie Mueller, a new assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies, is settling right in to Arizona State University after joining the faculty in fall 2017.

In November, ASU launched digital English courses, becoming the only university to offer a comprehensive English language learning product ranging from basic to advanced English proficiency, as wel

Coaches from the Federation of University Sports China have visited Arizona State University's Sun Devil Athletics to learn more about American coaching and

This week Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation welcomed some high profile internationa

Arizona State University researcher Kevin Langergraber knows nearly 200 chimpanzees of the Ngogo community by sight and by name — Jackso

At 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Aug. 9, 2016, millions tuned into NBC to watch the U.S. women’s gymnastics team go for the gold at the Rio Olympics.

Arizona State University is expanding its global reach with a new partnership with Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education to provide higher education and preparation to students in 22 countrie

Arizona State University is part of a new coalition of 13 leading research universities that will help communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

For Arizona State University professor and historian Denise E.

Civil rights advocate and law professor Anita Hill said Monday that while women are currently experiencing "a movement” and moving the needle on sexual harassment, it hasn’t happened quickly enough

Arizona State University Professor Daniel Bodansky isn’t a betting man, especially when it comes to global climate change.

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

Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures is packed with students and professors explaining the benefits of studying language

At Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures, students and staff demonstrate every day how useful and accessible langua

The city of Miami is sinking.

For the first time in ten years, the U.S.

Thunderbird School of Global Management has long been a place where world leaders, dignitaries and business leaders have stopped in to address students, faculty and the community.

Pakistan, Palestine, Nigeria and many developing countries may soon feel the pinch if the Trump administration and the British government carry out their threats to cut foreign aid.

As the conversations surrounding borderlands continue to evolve, so too does Arizona State University's role as a thought leader in the global discourse on borderland studies.

There are big-picture jobs, and then there’s Peter Schlosser’s mission.

He has the whole world in his hands.

One will study human-wildlife interactions, the other will study human trafficking support.

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former president of the Republic of Latvia (1999–2007), and current president of the World Leadership Alliance/Club De Madrid, has joined

Have you ever felt a deep, instant bond with a city? A place where the people, culture and even the architecture all seem to whisper, “This is where you belong”?

When you meet Maryglory Moshi, a junior in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, you first notice a giant smile and an eagerness to help.

Bob Corker. Jeff Flake. Orrin Hatch. Darrell Issa. The list of political heavyweights who have decided to retire or opt out of bids for re-election is growing.

Twenty years, the threat of personal violence and two unexpected deaths have not quelled the fervor of Maria Cruz Torres to make visible the travails of the female shrimp traders whose literal bloo

Journalists and media professionals from around the globe will share their perspectives on major international issues as part of an annual speaker series at Arizona State University’s

Arizona State University's approach to global research engagement addresses some of the most pressing problems facing us in health today: issues such as global pandemics and a growing cancer incide

2017

December

Sebastian Husein, a scholar in the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies National Science Foundation-Department of Energy Engineering Research Center, won the NSF’s Perfect Pitch compet

Israel offers as intriguing a panorama of cultural, historical, religious and political significance as just about any place in the world.

As Arizona State University continues to create partnerships around the world, one Sun Devils coach is looking to baseball-crazed Japan for potential opportunities.

Thanks to his education at Arizona State University, alumnus Jack Erickson always knew he could learn from any experience.

Arizona State University and Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) are forging a long-term agreement to pursue an array of collaborative ventures aimed at mutual goals in academics,

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

This week the “One Planet” summit meeting in Paris focused on meeting climate goals without the help of the U.S. government.

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

Vietnam is looking to become a country of innovators, and the country’s student entrepreneurs are answering the call.

Biosecurity professionals from across the U.S. and Mexico gathered on Arizona State University's Tempe campus Dec.

It started with a dance.

The American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has killed tens of thousands of ISIS fighters since August 2014, but the military is off when it comes to reporting civilian deaths, say two AS

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

The University of Guadalajara and Arizona State University, both innovators, partnered this week to discuss how the institutions can make big changes quickly.

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to eliminate net neutrality.

The Mekong River is an economic engine for fishermen and a food source for millions of people worldwide. Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along tributaries off the river’s 2,

Frank Smith III, an Arizona State University senior majoring in political science and public policy, is one of 43 students nationwide who have been awarded the Marshall Scholarship to pursue gradua

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

Last year, for the first time ever, the T.

Prince Harry’s recent engagement to American actress Meghan Markle is a contemporary Grace Kelly/Prince Rainier love story.

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.

November

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

“Can I borrow a cup of sugar?” For many Americans, the question conjures a nostalgic image of friendly neighbors relying on each other for support and assistance.

Leaders seeking to understand a world transformed by technology learned how Arizona State University — ranked number one for innovation for three consecutive years by U.S.

Teotihuacan was once the largest and most influential city in the ancient new world. Yet its social structure seems to be more egalitarian than those in its fellow ancient cities.

Thanksgiving time finds many of us thinking back to our fondest food memories. But what if the meal that sticks out most in your mind doesn’t feature a turkey and pumpkin pie?

Scholars from the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Energy, better known as USPCAS-E, who attend the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar and Arizona State University will be bringin

Students on the lower level of the Memorial Union on Wednesday afternoon seemed unfazed by the Korean language pop song blaring from the Union Stage area.

For its third consecutive year, Arizona State University has increased the number of students participating in credit-bearing, study abroad programs.

Angelica Amezcua was the first in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree. Then she was the first in her family to receive a master’s.

For the third consecutive year, Arizona State University is hosting more international students than any other public university in the country, according to a new report released Monday by a

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

The U.N. meeting on climate change in Bonn, Germany Nov. 6–17, or COP23, is expected to draw nearly 20,000 people as nations begin discussions of implementing the Paris climate accord.

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of profiles on ASU's diverse student coalitionsLear

On Nov. 14, students from Arizona State University will participate in one of 211 events across 38 countries aimed at addressing climate change through theater.

Last year the Center on the Future of War announced Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood as an ASU Future of War Senior Fellow at New America, who

Travel, language and culture can be rewarding as a tourist, but Arizona State University School of International Letters and Cultures

Recent news reports of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants raise fresh questions about the rights and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S.

Brett Hunt sits in his seventh-story office on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus, interviewing millennials a good portion of his days.

The digital age has revolutionized the way society intakes and produces knowledge.

Following a five-year National Science Foundation grant, the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance continues to grow to take on the phosphorus problem in the

Catalonia’s official quest for independence from Spain was squashed by the country’s constitutional court Tuesday, temporarily ending the long-simmering separatist movement towards total autonomy.

"Ai-si-yo" is homophonous to ASU in Chinese and also translates to "friends who are passionate about ideas."

October

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more?

Sugar skulls at craft stores and processions in James Bond movies — the imagery associated with Day of the Dead has spread through the United States and often the line between it and Halloween is b

The reign of corrupt Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and '80s was marked by a heavily controlled, strictly censored national media.

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of profiles on ASU's diverse student coalitions

Sports are embedded in college tradition, and no other time reminds us of this quite like Homecoming. But what do sports look like in other cultures?

For the first woman to hold the position of U.S.

The U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Energy, better known as USPCAS-E, is bringing an Arizona State University Ira A.

Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures is offering students a chance to explore a range of international cultures through film and earn a

Family members, loved ones and friends gathered last month to celebrate the third cohort of the Study Abroad Planning Scholars.

When Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, readied a group of volunteers for its summer Medical Brigades Volunteer Program to Nicaragua, three Arizona State University students se

It is hard to imagine that something that happened 500 years ago could still influence world events today, but that is exactly what many historians, political scientists and religious studies schol

North Korea. Iran. Trump’s tough talk on beefing up the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Fresh pasta, ideally ravioli with ricotta and spinach. Pizza and antipasto, made from organic ingredients sourced from local farms.

Every year, thousands of international students come to Arizona State University to earn a degree and absorb some American culture.

The ripple effects of Syria’s brutal civil war have been felt across the globe, and countries nearest to the epicenter are straining to accommodate a massive influx of refugees.

Two weeks ago Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor.

A nationally recognized immigration advocate and author said Monday that reform is not insurmountable and that many communities across the nation are showing the way, but it'll take a cross-sector

Immigration problems are wicked problems.

Lawyers are often forced to deal with mixed families, deportations, conflicting laws and personal issues that aren’t easily categorized.

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more?

As extreme weather events become more commonplace, regions of the world that get hit the hardest are often left scrambling to put the pieces of their homeland back together.

Arizona State University will be represented at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual confere

Change isn’t always grand or sweeping. Sometimes something as simple as a blog, can open people’s eyes to a global issue that needs our attention.

Libraries are an essential part of a city’s social infrastructure and of its information nervous system, as people affected by the devastating September earthquakes in Mexico City are we

The increasing globalization of U.S. colleges is inspiring professors and school administrators to find creative ways to compete with students’ use of digital devices in the classroom.

September

In the week marked by Angela Merkel’s historic re-election as chancellor of Germany, another woman of global political prominence called on more women to take their seat at the table.

In June 2017, three Arizona State University students received a very exciting email — they had been selected to attend the

Arizona State University opened its first permanent location in China this week as part of a partnership to offer degrees in tourism.

Last week, Gannett Company’s USA Today network of 20 newspapers published a project about the U.S.-Mexico border and what kind of an impact a border wall would have. 

Though this story contains the words “Russia” and “hack," an Arizona State University student team's recent trip to Moscow had nothing to do with elections or cybersecurity.

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more?

ASU Japanese Lecturer Bradley Wilson wishes his American students knew more about the cultural influences behind the anime comics they love so much.

The debut of the new Ken Burns 10-part documentary series “The Vietnam War” on PBS last weekend brought back a period in American his

Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek, a Distinguished Origins Professor at Arizona State University, was appointed founding director of the Tsung-Dao Lee Institute at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in S

If a picture is worth a thousand words then Syeda Qudsia’s master’s thesis must be worth at least 40,000 words.

Russian war games or Trojan Horse? Many Western defense ministries and militaries have expressed concern that “Zapad 2017” is the latter — a cover for actual military operations.

For ASU sustainability senior Hailey Baker, three countries plus three universities plus three weeks adds up to one unforgettable experience.

Janet Ballantyne, a retired foreign service officer at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and a senior adviser for ASU International Development, passed away Wednesday,

As Canada turns 150 this year, our northern neighbors have extended invitations to Americans to help develop a vision for Canada’s place in the world. On Sept.

A recent $1 million investment from Intel Products Vietnam helped Arizona State University to sponsor six Vietnamese scholars for one-year master’s fellowships to speed the transformation of Ho Chi

ASU senior Monet Niesluchowski gave Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” a run for his money this summer when she traveled to Ic

Editor's note: This summer, Arizona State University School of International Letters and Cultures Professor Oana Almasan participated in an event in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to sh

In a highly connected world where nearly everyone is just a text or tweet away, there still exist many remote, off-grid regions where communities don’t have access to information and resources that

Editor's note: This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Ready to read more?

August

Arizona State University was one of 12 universities represented at the University of Cambridge last month in an effort to provide additional information on Cambridge's qualifications and reputation

It can be tricky balancing affordable electricity bills for customers and profits for utility companies, but the happy medium might lie in solar energy storage.

This profile is part of a series highlighting the personal stories and achievements of Thunderbird students. Want to read more?

Cybersecurity is a slippery thing, hard to define, train for and fight against.

And it may be the biggest threat of the 21st century.

Every year, thousands of young people leave their home countries and travel thousands of miles to seek degrees at Arizona State University, where it's both exciting and overwhelming dealing with a

It is said that one of the best ways to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture.

Study abroad programs give participants — faculty and students alike — an opportunity to learn alongside others in order to understand cultures different from our own, gain valuable insights, chall

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A veteran editor who led Uruguay’s largest newspaper, a South African strategic communications executive dedicated to eradicating the legacy of apartheid and a Cambodian reporter who was shot at wh

The Social Science Research Council’s InterAsia Program recently selected Britt Crow-Miller as an SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar fellow for the 2017-2

The ideals of a presidential candidate, the histories of persecuted peoples and the motives behind terror attacks are all things that can be better understood with a knowledge of the religions that

Alexander Avina grew up the son of undocumented Mexican migrants in California, constantly aware that at any moment his parents could be deported, leaving him and his siblings, all American-born, t

July

In pursuit of a career that embodied her appreciation for language, Arizona State University alumna Elizabeth Meadows became a speech-language pathologist at Kino Junior High School.

The national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, promoted by NAFSA Association of International Educators, affirms a shared commitment to

Arizona State University student Alicia Ellis’s trip to Ghana this summer was two-pronged.

Twenty young Chinese people enthusiastically raised their hands when the teacher asked if they used the social app WeChat.

Too bad, he told them.

A group of young African leaders has been visiting Arizona to learn how American institutions collaborate to solve problems — and also how sometimes they fail.

In the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, an area that extends 3,500 kilometers across eight nations including Nepal and India, approximately 210 million smallholder farmers engage in a practice known as

Sometimes Arizona State University’s mission is carried out far beyond the boundaries of campus.

Imagine you’re on a 28-mile journey that takes you across icy rivers and up steep jungle trails.

“The intel on this wasn’t 100 percent,” said the 28-year-old gunman days after he fired an assault rifle inside a Washington, D.C., pizzeria because he believed the eatery was enslaving children. 

June

Darien Keane will spend the month of July halfway across the world teaching communication to benefit students of another country.

Bioarchaeology is a young but quickly growing field that studies how people from the past lived and died, and is most often described as a combination of biological anthropology, archaeology and so

Arizona State University Alumni Association recently added 16 new groups to its chapter network, bringing the total number of groups operated by the association and its alumni volunteers to 1

Editor's note: Lluis Algue Sala is a doctoral student at the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University.

About 5 million people in the world speak Albanian, making it one of the less common languages. It’s not even in the top 100.

When the United States withdrew from the Paris climate agreement earlier this month, it ignited a debate over what should happen next to address the inexorable changes in our environment.

Many students have passions outside of their studies, but recent Arizona State University graduate Antonieta Carpenter-Cosand leveraged her language and art studies to showcase and teach othe

A pair of chemicals — prized for their antimicrobial properties — rose to become superstars in industry.

In a world transformed by globalization, many individuals find themselves working with others across national borders and cultural barriers.

Arizona State University continues to foster Vietnamese STEM innovation and skill-building with the opening of the Maker Innovation Space in Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon Hi-Tech Park.

When Jeff Kassing, an Arizona State University professor of communications, asked students in his course on the cultural significance of soccer to select and profile a historic rivalry, he expected

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.

Doctoral student Ashley Wheeler believes in the importance of protecting cultural world heritage.

After earning the most prestigious award given to a young researcher by the United States — a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation — 

In the study of government, tracking corruption in political systems is important.

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.

Never in the history of human existence has the opportunity to genetically modify or protect life been as great and accessible to anyone interested in the topic as it is today. 

In May, faculty of Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures — including Professors Stephen West, Xiaoqiao Ling, Juan Pablo Gil-Osle and director Nina Berman — v

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

Elena Steiner has always wanted to travel beyond U.S. borders to see what intercultural educators, trainers, and researchers are doing and talking about in the “rest of the world."

International funding has allowed Jonathan Pettigrew to travel to Cardiff University, DECIPHer unit, in Wales, United Kingdom to develop a collaboration on an international project to create a theo

While newscasts and political discourse seem to highlight a divided word, an Arizona State University doctoral student student has found cultural overlap between Christianity, Judaism and Isl

Cocaine trafficking in Central America, a long-known and often discussed topic, is having a surprising impact — shrinking tropical forests.

May

Arizona State University and the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) today announced a partnership to advance research and academic programs in science, engineering, technology and

Beginning in mid-June, Arizona State University will host 50 of Africa’s brightest emerging leaders for six-week academic and leadership institutes sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Neon and taxidermy animals usually scream gun shop, feed store or Arizona honky-tonk.

This time it says art.

Arizona State University Professor of English 

For Alex Carrillo, what started as a major requirement has evolved into a passion for French, and for building communities at Arizona State University's 

Arizona State University has announced a new partnership with Kepler, a nonprofit university program based in Rwanda.

The U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) held a workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan this spring with the hopes of improving gender equity for women in science, technology, en

Editor's note: This story originally reported 19 ASU students had won Gilman scholarships; one additional student was awarded a scholarship after this story was published.

A new class of Arizona State University graduates are looking to join the workforce or continue school. Alisa Turkina, however, has two years before that stage.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms.

A recent missile launch has thrust North Korea back into the national defense conversation, sparking concerns that the test might be a frightening milestone in Pyongyang’s quest to become a fully d

Arizona State University students Samantha Sanders and Ryan Featherston are championship winners in the 16th Annual Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition held April 29 at the University of

Sometimes world leaders change their minds, and when they do, they should get credit for that, according to an Arizona State University expert on global leadership.

Engineers strive to better the world through technology and new ideas. However, engineering alone can’t solve the world’s problems.

The rule of law is the foundation of any stable political system and thriving economy.

On the Venezuelan flag, yellow symbolizes the gold found in the land, while on the Ethiopian flag, yellow represents religious freedom and peace.

Over the years Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies has developed working groups that emphases on advancing research in key areas.

The United States is home to more than 320 million people from dozens of countries and ancestries, in addition to Native American peoples.

A group of 27 Pakistani engineering scholars from the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Energy, better known as USPCAS-E, set off on an adventure over spring break, learning what nature can engine

Maggie Matzinger, a College of Health Solutions nutrition major at Arizona State University, has just completed her semester in Perugia, Italy where she participated in the Food and Sustainability

So you think Cinco de Mayo is a made-up holiday contrived to sell stereotypically Mexican bar food and alcohol to gringos?

Zalabiyya is a dish of fried dough pieces served with sugar or honey. In Sudan, it’s a common offering at afternoon tea, and Brenda Baker goes to tea in Sudan a lot.

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.

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.

Studying the culture of any country can occupy someone’s interest for years.

Many students find studying abroad brings cultural awareness and helps their language skills.

At Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures, teaching language helps pr

There are more than 200 students from the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar at Arizona State University, the largest group of Qataris at any American university.

In his first public comments since leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama on Monday called for an increase in civilian leadership while avoiding any criticism of his successor, Dona

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.

Mira Koroma is the Frank Serpico of Sierra Leone; she could end up becoming the Teddy Roosevelt.

When pilots need to send or receive radio communications and radar information, they expect those signals to be clear and recognizable.

Lexie Vanderveen, a junior at the School of International Letters and Cultures, will participate in the prestigious

Genocide has been a thread through humanity, stretching back centuries and into modern times.

Many countries like the United States have introduced citizenship tests that migrants must pass to become a citizen.

How do you go about formulating a public health information campaign that addresses the global problem of misuse of antibiotics?

Arizona State University has launched a trans-Atlantic partnership with one of the world’s fastest-growing research universities, King Abdullah University of S

Improving the energy grid in Pakistan is, without exception, the priority for a cohort of Pakistani graduate scholars studying engineering at Arizona State University this semester.

In an effort to boost international pride through the spirit of sport, Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) hosted the annual SILC Cup Thursday

A unique class that challenges students to think and act globally has taken root at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus.

Dramatic leaps in the quantity of information and the speed of its delivery may be spawning some of the most fundamental cultural changes in history spurred by advances in technology, according to

March

Professor of history Aaron Moore was recently awarded the “Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Japan-U.S.

Though Arizona State University is committed to sustainability and renewable energy, weaning our civilization off fossil fuels and combating our changing climate is a much larger issue than the uni

Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams were engineering marvels built in remote areas, but they had concrete plants and worker housing on site.

Fulbright Day on Tuesday allows Arizona State University to bolster the reputation it’s earned as a top producer of such scholars, but it’s not the only award that puts the school in elite company.

Editor's Note: From May 8-13, 2016, Thunderbird and American Express hosted their annual American Expre

Unlocking humanity’s future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat.

The term “microgrid” may not conjure excitement in the average person, but for organizations or people that stand to lose money, life, limb or living standards due to power outages, it does.

Since its inception, ASU’s Center on the Future of War has led discussions on the emerging role of drones and autonomous weapons, the civilian impact of the conflict in Syria, and the significance

Thanks to generous support from two donors who advocate for legal reform in Ukraine, Arizona State University students can learn Ukrainian, an East Slavic language, at the

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.  

Arizona State University jumped nine spots this year from its 2016 ranking on the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, securing a spot in the top 15.

February

From visiting one of the most beautiful Nordic cities, to exploring interpersonal relationships on beaches in Fiji, to understanding the integration of science and humanities in Italy, Arizona Stat

In the high-risk field of human health, biosafety is of the utmost importance.

Editor's Note: From May 8-13, 2016, Thunderbird and American Express hosted their annual

Twitter tirades and trolls. “Fake news” on Facebook. Mainstream media missteps. 

Arizona State University is one of the top producers of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17, coming in at No.

An Arizona State University faculty member has taken on a recently created leadership position within the National Academy of Engineering.

The ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions hosted a presentation on sex trafficking featuring Mattieu Clouvel, Deputy Consul General of France in Los Angeles.

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

A newly published report in the journal Science suggests that more field research is needed to understand the fundamental aspects of terrorism.

Valentine’s Day looked very different in Ancient Rome.

A two-week workshop at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability brought students from China a new way of systems thinking to analyze complex sustainability problems.

Over the last several hundred years, human activity has impacted the planet in a such a dramatic and unprecedented way that many have taken to argue for the emergence of a new historical era, the A

For coastal residents of the east African country Mozambique, severe floods that endanger their health and lives are a frequent reality.

When the birth rate in Germany began falling in the 1990s, the country worried that producing fewer tax-paying workers could hurt the economy.

Violence and persecution have forced more than 65 million people around the world to flee their homeland as refugees.

ASU alumnus Kaitlyn Fitzgerald is excited to be able to put her global studies degree from Arizona State University's 

Editor's Note: From May 8-13, 2016, Thunderbird and American Express hosted their annual American Express Leadership Ac

January

Arizona State University student Isabella Jaber shows that learning a language doesn’t just help get you a job, but can elevate your role in a workplace and help you achieve a number of goals

Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday that the U.S. should be “a champion of peace,” “human rights” and “generosity,” aspirations he said would stem worries over the country’s future.

The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump have fueled a discussion over the rise of nationalism in Western Europe and the U.S., but an ASU professor of global strategy says similar factors a

In one of his first major acts, President Donald Trump formally withdrew the U.S. from a trade deal that became a flashpoint during the election.

“Moral injury” is a term known mostly to the veteran and mental health communities, but military correspondent David Wood wants to introduce it to the public lexicon.

Tensions over Russia have flared in the U.S. for weeks: An aide to President Vladimir Putin was among a handful of Russians added to a U.S. blacklist Monday.

Thunderbird School of Global Management, a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, has been selected by the U.S.

Paektu volcano, on the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and China, had its most recent eruption circa 946.

2016

December

A second cohort of Pakistani engineering scholars has completed their entrepreneurship course of study at Arizona State University as part of the USPCAS-E program.

Seventy undergraduate students and professors from Guadalajara, Mexico, graduated this month from a two-week intensive business course taught at Arizona State University by inter

In 1826, the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt gave Charles X a young female giraffe as a gift.

President Barack Obama is urging his successor, Donald Trump, to maintain the newly established U.S.

When archaeologist Charles Perreault traveled to Mongolia for some investigative fieldwork, he didn’t bring the typical tool set of shovels and spades.

It might seem hard to believe, but there recently was an ocean wave as tall as a six-story building in the north Atlantic. 

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s campus in Glendale is always filled with excitement, but no day rivals the excitement felt on Preview Day.

ASU students, faculty and staff accessed the school’s library website last year from 155 of the world’s 195 nations, according to newly released numbers that prompted University Librarian Jim

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

When Ngoni Mugwisi was growing up in central Zimbabwe, the end of the day sometimes meant the end of his studies.

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

Arizona State University student Erin Schulte is preparing herself to tackle some of the world’s most complicated problems.

If you’re Laura Hosman, bringing educational resources to rural areas is what you do.

President Barack Obama delivered his last planned address on national security Tuesday, summing his approach to counterterrorism and providing his final public recommendations to his successo

Led by Herberger Institute faculty, a team of ASU students has recently returned from an international conference for designers, architects and developers where they discussed how to hit United Nat

Marcos Gold’s passion for giving back not only shows up in his work, but also in what he does with his free time.