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Asking what it means to be human

ASU anthropologists work side by side to peer into our human past and illuminate our future.

Drafting history in black and white

Why does everyone know the name Rosa Parks but not Claudette Colvin? Matthew Delmont shines a light on news coverage of the Civil Rights Movement and the importance of black newspapers—vital forerunners of today’s social media activism.

ASU KEDtalk: Building a true sharing economy

In our modern sharing economy, apps let us catch a ride or find a place to stay – for a price. Amber Wutich says we’ve lost something vital in commodifying what we used to share. Find out what we’re missing and how to get it back.

Big data, big decisions

Complexity science helps us make better decisions—from detangling trade webs to preparing for climate crises.

ASU KEDtalk: Why are dogs special?

Lots of people think dogs are unique in their intelligence. Clive Wynne, director of ASU’s Canine Science Collaboratory, says that’s not true. But he knows what makes dogs truly special.

 

Under pressure: How couples cope with stress

Looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas? How about the gift of a less stressful relationship all year long? ASU researchers explore how couples cope with stress and offer five tips for a stronger connection.

All Walks Project fights human trafficking with PSA

The Student Alliance Against Trafficking is a partnership between the ASU student organization All Walks Project and the ASU McCain Institute for International Leadership. Together they are helping to launch student groups at campuses across the country to raise awareness about human trafficking and work to end it. 

 

 

Quenching a thirst for human rights

The United Nations says clean water is a universal human right, but millions of people still lack access to it. ASU researchers are studying court cases from around the world to learn how the law can be used to advance the right to water.

Getting a grasp on violence

Thomas Dishion studies the foundations of aggression in the hopes of predicting and reducing it. He says that our connections with others play a key role in our propensity for violence.

Complexity: More than the sum of its parts

ASU’s interdisciplinary approach provides a perfect environment for exploring the complex systems underpinning life, society and advanced technology.

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