ASU West campus professors receive Mayo Clinic research award

Three ASU New College professors from the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences received an award from the Mayo Clinic to research the connections between obesity, vitamin D and serotonin levels and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Read more about them in their bios:asu mayo clinic award IBS

Dr. Jennifer Broatch is an assistant professor and her expertise include Statistical Methods for Educational Data – Focus Value Added Models.

Dr. Peter Jurutka is an associate professor and his research interests include cancer, alzheimer’s, and molecular endocrinology.

Dr. Todd Sandrin is a professor with research interests in molecular biology, and chemistry.

We congratulate Dr Broatch, Dr. Jurutka and Dr. Sandrin on receiving this research award.


It takes two to lie: unique signatures of deception in the way people adjust to each other’s head movement and speech

asu-research-duranTraditionally we search for signs of deception in the deceiver’s behavior. Using a novel approach for eliciting and detecting deception in naturalistic conversations, a new study finds that deception and conflict can be spotted from the speech and movement that both interlocutor share with each other. Deceiver and deceived become more coordinated, nodding more in unison and adopting a more similar speech rate than in truthful conversations. The paper reporting these findings – “Conversing with a devil’s advocate: Interpersonal coordination in deception and disagreement” – was recently published in Plos One.

The study
“From disguising one’s romantic interest in someone just met, or commenting on how much you like a friend’s unfortunate fashion choice, deception pervades everyday conversations and often goes undetected.” states Nicholas Duran – lead author of the study and assistant professor at Arizona State University. Most studies focus on whether you can detect lies in the deceiver’s behavior. “We were more interested in the social life of deception.” explains Riccardo Fusaroli – co-author and associate professor in Cognitive Science at the Interacting Minds Center, Aarhus University – “As people lie within conversation, what does that do to the ongoing patterns of social coordination? People regularly adjust to each other’s movement and speech. Does deception break this patterns? Or more interesting, do deceivers hijack the coordination process to be more effective in their lies?”.

The researchers used a novel “devil’s advocate” paradigm. Participants were brought together to discuss their opinions on controversial topics, like abortion, gay marriage, and drug legalization. Then, in secret, one of the participants was instructed to argue for an opinion opposite to what they really thought. Sometimes their partner also shared this deceptive opinion (where they agreed), and other times they did not (where they disagreed). “We focused on “micro-behaviors”: the moment-by-moment subtle fluctuations in head movement and speech that are measured on the scale of tens of milliseconds” reports Nicholas Duran “We are rarely aware of how our behaviors change and adapt to our interlocutors, often at quite fast rates, but previous research has shown how important micro-behaviors are for social interactions. We rely on them to implicitly judge how much we like each other, to diffuse conflict, and to establish and maintain a wide range of social relations”.

The results show conversations involving deception display a higher degree of interpersonal coordination: people tend to nod and move their heads more in unison, and their speech rate is more coordinated than in truthful conversations. “Usually coordination is taken to be a sign of a well functioning truthful and comfortable social interaction.” elaborates Riccardo Fusaroli “ Here we show that coordination is more complex than that. We might use it strategically to achieve deception, to diffuse a potentially conflictual situation and even to escalate it”.

New insights
The “Conversing with a devil’s advocate” study opens a new window on deceptive and conflictual social interactions and the way we navigate and implicitly negotiate them. It suggests that the deceiver is only a partial entry into the complex social phenomenon of deception, since their behaviors resonate and tightly integrate with those being deceived.

To read the paper:
Duran ND, Fusaroli R (2017) Conversing with a devil’s advocate: Interpersonal coordination in deception and disagreement. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0178140.

Transborder Communities Individual Research Grant

Alejandra Elenes ASU West professorDr. C. Alejandra Elenes, Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies received a Program for Transborder Communities (PTC) seed individual grant from the School of Transborder Studies for her research on Chicana Intellectual Traditions: Transborder Women’s Narratives in Borderland Communities. This grant is part of her larger project Chicana Intellectual Traditions, which seeks to document via ethnographic research the experiences of Chicanas in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. An important component of this project is tracing genealogies of the formation of Chicana feminist thought. The grant will cover travel expenses to examine the emergence of a Chicana feminist intellectual genealogy in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in the archives of Jovita Gonzalez and Josefina Niggli located in Texas. Specifically, the grant covers travel expenses to examine three important collections on Gonzalez: Texas A & ; M University at Corpus Christi has the largest collection in the E.E Mireles and Jovita Gonzalez Mireles Papers, The Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin holds the Jovita Gonzalez Mireles Manuscripts and Works ca 1925-1980, and the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University-San Marcos contains the manuscript of Gonzalez master’s thesis. Elenes will also visit the Incarnate Word College in San Antonio to examine their Niggli archives.


ASU West students get real-world experience on set

Students in ASU West campus’ IAP program take part in a workshop at Spectrum Video and Film

Spectrum Video and Film, a local video production company in Scottsdale, opened its doors to conduct a workshop with ASU’s West campus students this spring, providing invaluable hands-on experience for the students.

More than 20 students, all of them members of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance program offered at New College, toured the facility and received lessons on proper lighting, sound capture and editing, shot framing and selection, and how to use advanced video production equipment like dolly tracks.

“I’m sure the students learned something, especially doing the hands-on work with the dolly. Knowing how to dolly while simultaneously tilting, panning, and keeping the subjects in frame; showed that it’s harder than it seems,” says Spectrum Video and Film President Ken Liljegrin.

“We also focused on how important audio is. Eight to ten years ago, we were in the ‘fix-it’ business, as all of these indie film makers would come in with the worst audio, and we’d have to try and fix it. In order to have high quality content, you have to have high quality audio.”

Spectrum Video and Film has grown from a wedding video studio in its early days, to a complete video production company servicing corporate communication videos, commercial advertising, amenity videos, and even some television shows today. Liljegrin uses workshops such as these to find the next great filmmakers and video producers to come out of ASU.

Taking advantage of ASU students’ ability to uniquely connect with audiences on social media, Liljegrin has Spectrum interns take the lead on many social media video projects for clients, an expanding portion of Spectrum’s current business.

“I have an eye for gifted people, I can see them right away,” he says. “Students in these workshops, and especially those that participate in internships with us, they conduct projects from beginning to end. They’ll execute their own vision, and ultimately, they’ll get out of it what they put into it.”

For more on the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Program, please click here.

So You’ve Graduated, Now What’s Next?

Here are some tips and a list of ASU resources that will come in handy when conducting your career search and/or conteplating a master’s degree.

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Remember, searching for a job is a full-time job in itself!  Use all the tools and resources you have as ASU Alumni and happy hunting!

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1 Day Until New College Convocation | Touch of University tradition – Paley Gates

Only ONE more day until our New College graduates say farewell to ASU West. On Convocation day, take the time to

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reflect on all you have learned and the memories you have made. But most importantly, DON’T FORGET TO TOUCH THE PALEY GATES AT CONVOCATION! Here’s why!

TOUCH OF UNIVERSITY A TRADITION CONTINUES As you walk through the Paley Gates at Convocation, it is tradition to reach out and touch the gates, placing your hand on them as a catalyst for reflection. By reaching out you are asked to reflect on how ASU has touched you during your studies here. No doubt university work demanded much of you, touching your heart and mind in many powerful ways, in many unexpected ways, perhaps. Regardless of your area of study, your experience at ASU made demands that you be rigorous, that you be insightful, and that you be perceptive.

Indeed, as Socrates says at the end of Plato’s famous allegory of the cave, education is the “art of orientation.” ASU has equipped you with the means by which you now know how to turn your critical attention, that is, how to orient yourselves, toward what is most pressing in our world today and which calls for our being responsible for and responsive to it. And this is as it should be. Universities are meant to touch you in these ways so that your having been here makes a promise to the larger culture concerning your participation in the life of our city, the enterprise of our state, and the hopes for our cosmopolitan future. You are now in a position to understand better that you can be in your own activities and excellence become co-creators of what is to come next.

Here at ASU you have been a part of a community of scholars and you have engaged in the conversations, studies, and activities of research that are becoming such a community. We are hopeful that your time here has left you with the three qualifications for public life that the Czech philosopher Vaclav Havel deems necessary viz., tact, good taste, and the proper instincts. Education habituates us to these three traits. It allows us to read situations in which we find ourselves, develop the proper tests and programs fitting to our collective circumstances, and allows us to investigate with care and understanding the world around us. Today you leave the university and the community of scholars who have touched you and you do so that you may enter community of critical citizenship. Your responsibility, in turn, is to touch with your education everything with which you come into contact.

You must leave a mark of excellence on the larger cultural matrix of which universities are but one, albeit vital, part. Leave a touch of your education with each person with whom you encounter in the following years. Education is not a finite quantity; sharing it does not and cannot diminish it, rather the opposite is true: each sharing with another adds to what you already have. From among the many, two examples show what you must do: Invent new and progressive ways to touch others and imagine the ways you can cultivate the relations necessary to improve yourself and all those around you. The Paley Gates at ASU’s West campus will continue to be here, standing as a symbol for the next generation of students. As well, the faculty will be here making certain that the community of scholars is vibrant, welcoming, and awaiting all those who will wish, as you did, to be touched by education. provided by Barrett, The Honors College

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2 Days Until Convocation | Don’t forget to stay in touch

Just because you graduate doesn’t mean you’re not a Sun Devil anymore! ASU Alumni Association creates opportunities to stay connected with your alma mater and show your Sun Devil pride for years to come. With only two more days until

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the New College Convocation, check out some of the many perks of being a member of the ASU Alumni Association:

  1. Stay connected: ASU Alumni Association keeps you in the loop on the latest ASU activities and programs through ASU Magazine and various e-newsletters.
  2. Mingle with fellow Sun Devils: The association loves to recognize its members through Homecoming, networking mixers and Members Day at athletic events.
  3. Enjoy exclusive benefits:Receive complimentary tickets to designated athletic events, free entrance to member appreciation events, discounts at campus bookstores and much more.
  4. Advance your career:Members are invited to expand their professional connections at networking events and career coaching sessions.
  5. Build a network of Sun Devils:ASU alumni is a strong network involved in nearly 80 chapters, clubs, and connections across the nation and the globe. Whether you are watching games with fellow Sun Devils, networking, or doing community service, you will remain a part of the ASU community.

Don’t say goodbye just yet! Join the ASU Alumni Association today!


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3 Days Until New College Convocation | Everything you need to know about the ceremony

Do you know how many days there are until the New College Convocation? THREE to be exact! There’s no need to panic! We are here to ease your mind by providing parking information, directions, and other important details to make sure

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your special day runs smoothly.

New College Convocation

Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Quad lawn, ASU’s West campus

Key Convocation Information

Student Graduates

  • You must arrive by 9:00 a.m. to check in at La Sala in the UCB.
  • You must wear your cap and gown. Any academic honors cords may be worn over the graduation gown. (Honors cords can be picked up at the registrar’s office one business day prior to the ceremony.)
  • When you check-in, you will receive your name card with the information you provided to us during your online RSVP. During the ceremony, you will give this card to the Faculty Marshal, who will read your name as you cross the stage. After you check-in you will also be told where to line up.
  • Faculty and staff members will lead you through the Paley Gates and to the platform area on the Fletcher Library lawn.
  • Each graduate will walk up to the stage and present the name card to the Faculty Marshal, receive the diploma cover, shake hands with the Vice Provost and Dean and others, cross the stage and return to your seat.


  • No tickets are required for graduates or their guests.
  • Photos will be taken at the ceremony.
  • The Convocation ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • Please make arrangements with your graduate to meet at a designated spot following the ceremony.


  • Please plan on entering the West campus from 43rd Avenue and Joan de Arc or 51st Avenue and Wood Drive. Parking will be available in the South Zone
  • Due to limited parking, carpooling is recommended.
  • Golf carts will be running for guests who require assistance to the ceremony. See map.

And one last important reminder:

The ceremony will be held outdoors (rain, shine or temperature), so please dress according to the weather!

If you need additional information or if you or your guests require special accommodations, please contact Dave Hunt, 602-543-4521 or

We can’t wait to celebrate this special day with our New College graduates! For up-to-date information about ASU New College, like us on Facebook at the New College Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @ASUNewCollege, and Instagram @asunewcollege

4 Days Until New College Convocation | Got Your Regalia, Right?

Hopefully you’ve already been fitted for and purchased your cap and gown for convocation. If not, you better get a move

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on! Head down to your nearest ASU Bookstore ASAP and get one for yourself.

If you want to know more about all of your options for cap, gown, stoles, class rings, etc., go to the Herff Jones site and order your accessories today!

Watch the ASU video on how to wear your cap and gown for both bachelor’s and master’s graduates.

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5 Days Until New College Convocation at the West campus | You Did It!

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We are so proud of all the ASU New College graduates at ASU’s West campus! They overcame every obstacle in their way to pursue their dreams of possessing a college education. They have grown so much and we know they are fully ready for what lies ahead.  All of their hard work and perseverance will finally come to fruition at our New College convocation this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. (get the details here).

We can’t wait to celebrate this special day with our New College graduates!


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