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Predicting tipping points in complex environmental systems

PNASJanuary 10, 2018

A new method to predict tipping points - the moment at which sudden change occurs in complex networked systems - may offer insights that prevent colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon in which the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, threatening the agricultural economy at a global level. The paper, "Predicting tipping points in mutualistic networks through dimension reduction," published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as an extended research article (PNAS Plus), was developed by a team of researchers from Arizona State University and universities in China, the U.S., and the U.K.

Thousands of refugees came to Arizona in 2016, but fewer arrived last year

AZ FamilyJanuary 09, 2018

“I don’t know how widespread the feeling is, but what’s happened is the refugees, instead of a group that has been victimized and want to be welcomed, we’re seeing them through the lens of national security and the microscopic chance that there’s terror,” said David Wells, a political scientist at Arizona State University.

ASU space experts say better technology leads to more discoveries about asteroids

Fox 10January 06, 2018

"A meteorite is a rock from space, a rock from space that's landed on Earth, and it's actually a piece of an asteroid. And asteroids are rocky bodies that are the remnants from the formation of the solar system," said David Williams, an associate research professor at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration.

ASU researcher to begin testing possible cancer vaccine on pet dogs

AZ FamilyJanuary 04, 2018

ASU professor Dr. Stephen Johnston believes one shot could cure both man and canine. He's been working on the concoction for nearly 10 years. 

"We can find the things that make cancer almost look like an infection and vaccinate against those elements to protect, or even sometimes therapeutically treat the cancer," said Johnston.

2018 dog preview

Scientific AmericanDecember 31, 2017

The two-day conference is the brainchild of Lisa Gunter of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University and features 15 speakers on canine cognition, shelter science, and welfare topics. This is my third year presenting, always on a new topic because there's nothing stagnant about dogs.

After setback, disability studies major at ASU approved by Arizona Board of Regents

Phoenix New TimesDecember 29, 2017

Beginning in Fall 2019, Arizona State University will offer a major that takes a humanistic approach to the study of disability, with classes taught by professors like Patricia Friedrich, author of a book about the literary, political, and social implications of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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