Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

ASU undergraduate students and mentors presented their research and creative projects at this year’s New College Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Symposium on April 20, 2017, in La Sala Ballroom at ASU’s West campus. The event featured 50 submitted projects in conference poster format. Following the poster session, a keynote address about black widow spider research was presented by Dr. Chad Johnson, and Dr. Todd Sandrin closed the event with the awards ceremony.

Posters and projects were judged on the following criteria: (1) Coherence/Clarity of Exposition, (2) Flow of Information, (3) Interpretability, (4) Soundness of Methodology, (5) Significance/Timeliness, and (6) Originality. Awards were given to the top presented and non-presented posters and creative projects, and NCUIRE students were honored in the same categories based on total points received.

Congratulations to the following winners!

Best NCUIRE Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Visualizing Immigrant Phoenix: An Urban Ethnographic Collaborative Exhibition.” Cynthia Canez, Crystal Cespedes, Jose Grijalva, Argenis Hurtado Moreno, Hussein Mohamed, Ileen Younan, Christen Garden, Chrystin Sanchez

2nd – “Internal Validation of the T-Bone EX Kit.” Chaitali Patel, Robert Oldt

3rd – “Analyzing Bexarotene Analogs for Cancer Treatment.” Denna Haddad

Honorable Mention – “BullyBlocker: Designing and Implementing a Model to Identify Cyberbullying in Facebook.” Liz Garcia, Chance Brown, Bryan Sawkins

 

Best Presented Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Synthesis of a Demethylated Bexarotene Analog and a Demethylated Fluoro-Bexarotene Analog for Evaluation as Potential Anti-Cancer.” Tarana Darwaiz, Riley Candia

T-2nd – “The Urban Heat Island’s Impact on Ecdysone Levels Throughout Development of the Western Black Widow.” Claire Moen, Edgar Aragon Ruiz

T-2nd – “Communication in Crafting Circles.” Annaliese Pickett, Lily Ludwig

T-2nd – “Differential Effects of Metal Toxicity on Prosopis juliflora Shoot Growth.” Anthony Gutierrez, Stan Avezov, Alan Terrien, Mekah Abbey, Melanie Boros

3rd – “Phytoremediation technology: Effects of metals on the germination of Larrea tridentate.” Kelsey Stromberg, Kelly Bergin, Abbie Kulinec, Justin Young

 

Best Non-Presented NCUIRE Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Can Direct Examination Sensitize Jurors to the Scientific Validity of Expert Testimony?” Rebecca Velez, Morgan Hight, Cassandra Hamza, Cassidy Siso, Bibiana Oliveira

2nd – “Optimal Control of the Concentration of Doripenem to Kill P. aeruginosa Strains in a PK/PD Model.” Christopher Graham

3rd – “Analyzing Bexarotene Analogs for Cancer Treatment.” Ereny Aleas, Amanda Mikhail, San Raban

 

Best Non-Presented Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Dyscalculia.” Jillian Sandor

2nd – “Investigation of Transcription Factor EB and Alzheimer’s Disease in Post-Mortem Human Brains.” Savannah Farley, Douglas Walker, Lih-Fen Lue, Tiffany Tang

3rd – “Black Masculinities, Black Art and Creating Space at the Table.” Ayanna Shambe

 

Thank you to all students and mentors who submitted their amazing work!

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nicholas Duran awarded NSF grant to help define, measure and develop CPS

ASU Professor Nicholas Duran
Dr. Nicholas Duran

Dr. Nicholas Duran, an Assistant Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New College, has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $358,892 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help discover how to define, measure, and develop collaborative problem solving (CPS) in the context of a STEM learning environment. This study is part of a collaborative grant of nearly $1.4 million shared with the University of Notre Dame, receiving $790,000, and Florida State University, receiving $250,000.

The research team will seek to discover how interpersonal interactions arise and influence CPS processes. Because of the scarcity of this information, the team will collect data through a STEM education game with high school and college students called Physics Playground. Data will be collected from three sites across the U.S. in the lab and classroom, from a diverse sample of students. By blending basic experimental research, multisensor-multimodal analysis, computational modeling, and dynamic computerized intervention, their goal is to improve the design of future CPS learning environments, making them more enjoyable, engaging, and effective.

We congratulate Dr. Nicholas Duran on reaching this milestone in his research efforts.

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Dr. Camacho recognized with ASU’s Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award

Dr. Erika Camacho ASU Professor
ASU New College associate professor Erika Camacho.

Each year, the Commission on the Status of Women seeks to honor those individuals, groups or teams whose efforts most exemplify and further the mission of the CSW. Dr. Erika Camacho, an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences was recognized for her outstanding achievements toward advancing the status of women at ASU.

This is one of many awards she has received. In 2016 she was honored by the Victoria Foundation (read story) for her impact in higher education among the Latino community. During Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Mathematical Society also honored Dr. Camacho with their Lathisms (Latin@s and Hispanic in the Mathematical Sciences) project (read story). She was featured among 31 other Hispanic or Latino mathematicians.

Congratulations Dr. Erika Camacho on receiving yet another honorable award.

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Dr. Tess Neal awarded NSF grant to test “bias blind spot” in courtroom experts

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Dr. Tess Neal

Dr. Tess Neal, an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New College, has been awarded a $279,280 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is to pursue bias in the courtroom, specifically related to how experts may have a “bias blind spot,” meaning they are unaware of their own biases in their decision making processes.

Dr. Neal’s achievements in the field of psychology and law have been recognized by the American Psychology-Law Society, and she was rewarded the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law. The award was co-sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

We congratulate Dr. Tess Neal on reaching this milestone in her research efforts.

 

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ASU West campus professors awarded patent

Dr. Pamela Marshall

Organic Chemist Carl Wagner

Organic chemist Carl Wagner, Dr. Pamela Marshall, and Dr. Peter Jurutka, professors from the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences were awarded United States Patent No. 9,573,906 for inventing compounds useful for treating cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

This team of scientists at the West campus also play an important role in the New College of Undergraduate Inquiry and Research Experiences (NCUIRE) program at New College. They help lead research projects run by undergraduate students, and have been recognized as outstanding mentors in their field.

Dr. Peter Jurutka

We congratulate Associate Professor Carl Wagner, Dr. Peter Jurutka and Dr. Pamela Marshall on reaching this milestone in their research efforts.

 

 

 

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ASU West students win awards at annual Arizona Nevada Academy of Science Meeting

The Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science (ANAS) held it’s 61st annual meeting in which it awarded several New College students for their scientific presentations. The ANAS promotes scientific and educational relationships, and helps “disseminate scientific knowledge” in Arizona and Nevada.

Congratulations to the following students who received these scholarly awards!

Best Student Presentations:
 
·   Teresa M. LuPone, Chaz Beckett, Annika Vannan, Madelaine Khosti, Jesus Contreras Rodriguez, and Jennifer Hackney Price from ASU’s West campus in Glendale, AZ. “Investigating the Potential of D. melanogaster’s Utility as a Model Organism for Burn Injury” (presented by Teresa LuPone).
·   Samier J. Muhialdeen and Jennifer L. Foltz-Sweat from ASU’s West campus in Glendale, AZ. “Temporal and Spatial Variation in Wild Bee Species Richness and Abundance Within the Urban Matrix” (presented by Samier Muhialdeen).
 
Outstanding Posters:
·   Supreet Bains, Pritika Shahani, Carl Wagner, Pamela A. Marshall, Ichiro Kaneko, Michael Heck and Peter W. Jurutka from ASU’s West campus in Glendale, AZ, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix AZ. “The Chemotherapeutic Potential of Rexinoids for Erα-positive Breast Cancer” (presented by Supreet Bains).
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Don’t miss the ASU vs. UA Lacrosse game and tailgate this Saturday!

Join us for a free game and tailgate at the Arizona State vs. Arizona men’s lacrosse game on the South Competition Fields at ASU’s West campus. Plan for lots of fun with inflatables and free concessions for students, giveaways, games and free “No Pity for the Kitty” T-shirts.

The game begins at 12 p.m. Inflatables, which include the Gyro Orbitron and Toxic 360 Obstacle Course, will be set up at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors include the Sun Devil Fitness Center, USG, and New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. 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.

Ron McCurdy Jazz Quartet to perform the Langston Hughes Project

A multimedia performance planned for April 13, 2017, at ASU’s West campus will embody Langston Hughes at his best. Taking place in the La Sala Ballroom at 6:30 p.m., the Langston Hughes Project will pay homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom in the 1960’s and include live music, spoken word, and video representing the Harlem Renaissance. The performance by the Ron McCurdy Quartet is comprised of a twelve-part epic poem with music drawn from Dixieland to Latin Cha Cha, titled “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.”


“The project is a celebration of the African-American experience. It is a lesson in literature, music, culture, history, and, ultimately, human rights. I have never been so entertained, educated, and inspired. Our campus did not stop talking about the event and what it meant on a personal level for several weeks after the performance.”

Mike Mader, Sr. Associate Dean of Students, ASU’s Polytechnic campus

Register for your free ticket at brownpapertickets.com. Complimentary parking will be provided. For more information about upcoming events, visit asuevents.asu.edu/west or call 602-543-6450.

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ASU Professor Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

ASU Professor Matt SimontonThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a Summer Stipend to Dr. Matt Simonton. Dr. Simonton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. His book, “Classical Greek Oligarchy: A Political History,” is praised to be a “brilliant book,” that “triumphantly” fills a gap in “modern–oligarchs and oligarchy,” says ancient historian Paul Cartledge.

His grant was part of a total of $21.7 million in grants covering 208 humanities projects and programs announced in March by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The competitive NEH program received over 800 applications and only 8% were funded.  It is an honor to be selected to receive the $6,000 grant. It will contribute to Dr. Simonton’s current research in “Demagogues and Popular Culture in Ancient Greece.”

Southwest Electronic Music Festival through April 2

Hosted by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, the third biannual Southwest Electronic Music Festival begins tonight and features concerts given by international, local, and student composers and performers, as well as workshops and masterclasses. Most events during the 3-day festival take place in the Kiva Lecture Hall, which offers an innovative 16-panel electronic screen on ASU’s West Campus at 4701 W. Thunderbird, Rd., Glendale. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. – Mani@fest

Electronic music and manifesto performances created by students and alumni featuring collaborations between Dr. Breanne FahsHate Speech & Manifestos and Dr. Barry Moon’s Sound Performance classes, along with installations and video art. Guest artist: Wolfzie.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. – Cort Lippe and ACME Ensemble

Cort Lippe, the festival’s featured visiting composer, presents works for instrumental performance and live electronics. ASU’s ACME ensemble performs under the direction of Simone Mancuso.

Sunday, April 2, 2017:

12:00 noon – Databending Workshop (held in CLCC 108): This hands-on workshop, leads towards an understanding of data transcoding. Barry Moon and his NCUIRE research team lead this foray into video, image, sound, animation, and text processing. Please register with barry.moon@asu.edu.

2:30 p.m. – Pizza Party 1 (held in Kiva Lecture Hall): (everything), featuring Lauren Sarah Hayes, Kotoka Suzuki, Casey Farina, Black Air (Josh Bennett).

4:30 p.m. – Pizza Party 2 (held in Kiva Lecture Hall): (the rest) featuring pincushioned (Barry Moon/Doug Nottingham), Slender Loris (Keith Kelly/Tony Obr) and Jeremy Muller.