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ASU researchers looking at Phoenix urban heat island problem

AZ Family | June 28, 2016

The Urban Heat Island effect, or UHI, is a catchall term for when a metropolitan area is much warmer than surrounding rural or underdeveloped areas due to human development. Roads, pavement, and buildings make for a much hotter area during the day, and release thermal energy at night.

But researchers at Arizona State University are looking at new and different ways to curb it.

“We have a higher temperature as compared to rural areas,” said Jiachuan Yang.

He’s one of about a dozen researchers at ASU, who have been fighting the UHI effect for more than four years.

At their Tempe location, Yang and his team experiment with not only different kinds of porous asphalt but also new, different coatings that can potentially lower surface temperature by 30 percent.

Nobody has a clue about the Brexit impact on Arizona

Phoenix Business Journal | June 27, 2016

Since no country has ever left the EU, even the process is up in the air, but it’s the whole up in the air situation that can impact Arizona, said Dr. Allen Morrison, CEO and director general of Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Should you get medical advice from Google?

New York Post | June 27, 2016

“While I love their sense of curiosity and ownership of their health, online searches can (and often do) go awry.” Virginia Kwan, a psychologist at Arizona State University, told Daily Beast.

1 in 5 teachers unfamiliar with the common-core standards for writing

Education Week | June 24, 2016

The authors, Gary Troia of Michigan State University and Steve Graham of Arizona State University, surveyed teachers in states that are using the Common Core State Standards on their attitudes and beliefs about the common core's writing and language standards and associated tests. About 480 teachers in grades 3 through 8 responded.

A majority of teachers said the common-core writing standards are more rigorous than previous writing standards and have led them to focus more on teaching writing. About half said that there are too many standards to cover within a year.

Thanks to today's immigration decision, crimes will go unreported

Pacific Standard Magazine | June 23, 2016

According to a new study, Latinos who had greater fear of deportation expressed “a lower likelihood of reporting violent crimes to the police.”

“Latinos may underreport victimization,” a research team led by David Becerra of Arizona State University writes in the Journal of Social Work. “Latinos’ reluctance to report crimes is likely related to a decreased sense of trust in the criminal justice system overall, and of law enforcement officers in particular.”

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