New College Professor wins award for outstanding mentorship


The ASU Faculty Women’s Association (FWA) seeks to recognize faculty who have demonstrated outstanding mentorship to students and other faculty members. New College’s Dr. Lara Ferry won the 2016 FWA Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for her remarkable impact in the academic community.

In addition to serving as Interim School Director and Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Dr. Ferry shares her time and knowledge with the next generation of scholars. She developed the mentorship program between ASU and the Herberger Young Scholars Academy (HYSA) early-entry program for gifted adolescents and serves as a frequent mentor in the program. Dr. Ferry works with young students in her research lab, empowering them to envision their lives as college students and future researchers.

Dr. Ferry is dedicated to advocating on behalf of science education at ASU, working hard to make sure underrepresented students receive access to the highest quality education. She is the founding member of the committee on Diversity and Equity and she writes curriculum for ExSciTEM, a program that targets largely Hispanic students and their parents. She also mentors girls in Gills Club, a STEM-based education initiative to connect girls with female scientists. Her mentorship has encouraged and supported students, especially females, to pursue math and science fields.

Dr. Ferry is a role model in the ASU community and has made a lasting impact on the lives of students and other faculty members through mentorship. Congratulations Dr. Ferry on a well deserved win!


Help us honor Dr. Connie Borror


In honor of Dr. Connie Borror and her lifelong commitment to teaching, research, and service and in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishment as the first woman recipient of her field’s prestigious Shewhart Medal, the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has established the Dr. Connie Borror Achievement Scholarship. The award will support women pursuing academic studies in STEM fields. With this scholarship, we hope to recognize the passion, perseverance, and accomplishments of our remarkable colleague.

Watch Connie’s Celebration of Life video here.

Please consider giving to the Dr. Connie Borror Achievement Scholarship.

New College student wins award for cell biology research


Over two hundred students from across the country competed in the 20th annual American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Poster Competition in San Diego, California on April 2, 2016. ASU New College’s Marya Sabir won a prestigious research award for her poster on cell and developmental biology. She was presented with the “Best Poster Award,” an honor only given to one winner in each of the four categories in the competition.

Marya graduated from New College in December 2015 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and has been working with Dr. Peter Jurutka in his cancer/aging research lab at the West campus since May of 2012. Marya’s award from ASBMB is not her first achievement, and her exceptional work and research contributions have earned her many accolades throughout her undergraduate career. Marya has served as first author/co-author on over 15 published abstracts, two peer-reviewed manuscripts, and two book chapters concerning vitamin D. She has also recieved the NCUIRE research assistantship and researcher scholarships, as well as various travel awards to attend national conferences across the country.

Currently, Marya is participating in the Ivy Neurological Sciences Scholar program at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an intensive internship focusing on neuro-related biomedical research. “I can sincerely state that working in Dr. Jurutka’s laboratory transformed my undergraduate career and solidified my dedication to research, providing a valuable foundation for me to connect textbook learning to cutting-edge research in the field,” said Marya. “As a professor and mentor, Dr. Jurutka demands the highest quality of work and excellence, and his students rise up to the challenge as he works tirelessly and with the utmost dedication to foster the development of his student researchers.” In the future, Marya plans to attend medical school to pursue a M.D./Ph.D. degree in neurology, immunology, or molecular endocrinology.

Women share their stories at Proud Immigrant Voices event


Asian American and Pacific Islander women share their stories at the “Proud Immigrant Voices” event on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at ASU West campus. The event will be held in the University Center Room B119 and will include a reception with snacks.

“Proud Immigrant Voices” will feature stories by:

Katie Hae Leo – Katie is a writer and performer whose work has been published and performed widely. For more on Katie visit

Donna Cheung – Born in Hong Kong, Donna immigrated to the US as a young child and calls Phoenix her home. Trained in medical anthropology, she is currently a caregiver of family members and the President of the Japanese-American Citizens League, Arizona chapter (JACL-AZ).

Jamila & Fatima Rahim – Jamila and Fatima are both upperclassman at the Desert Ridge High School and are not only involved with their campus, but also within their community. Both hold positions in their Student Council as well as the Bangladesh Association of Phoenix.

Sapna Gupta – This is Sapna’s second time at the mic to tell her story of immigration. She is thrilled and nervous, just the same. During the day, she pores over numbers and writes reports as a senior policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU. In the evenings she is hanging out with her two kids, husband and a dog in Tempe. Born in Delhi, she has lived in Antananarivo, Kinshasa, Chicago and a few other places, most recently Paris, from where she and her family moved in 2010.

Cindi Kishiyama Harbottle – Cindi is a native Phoenician and grew up on a flower farm on Baseline Road. An alumna of ASU, she also served as a flight attendant for almost 20 years. She is past-president of JACL-AZ and serves on the Maricopa Community Colleges Asian-Pacific Islander Community Advisory Committee.

Claudia deLeon Guerrero Fajardo Kaercher – Claudia is a Chamorro from the Mariana Archipelago in Micronesia, a region in the western Pacific. A resident of Arizona for over 32 years, she is founder of Island Liaison, a nonprofit organization serving Pacific Islanders. She is a member of many groups, including Lau Kanaka No Hawai’i AZ Hawaiian Civic Club and also serves on the board for Asian Chamber of Commerce-AZ and JACL-AZ.

“Proud Immigrant Voices” is co-sponsored by the ASU School of Social & Behavioral Science and the School of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies. Coordinated by Donna Cheung and Kristin Koptiuch’s ASB 340/SOC 328 Migration & Culture course. The event is made possible through a grant from Arizona Humanities with support from National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Arizona Chapter. With special thanks to Liz Warren, SMCC Storytelling Institute Director, for serving as our storytelling Coach.

ASU West campus hosts 30th Anniversary Leadership Series


leader2Celebrating 30 years of academic excellence, the broadest possible educational access and meaningful societal impact, Arizona State University’s West campus cordially invites you to enjoy the second and third events in our 30th Anniversary Leadership Series.

On Monday, April 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., we proudly present “Creating the Health Workforce of the Future,” a discussion presented by ASU faculty members Teri Pipe, dean, College of Nursing and Health Innovation; Dr. Vic Trastek, director, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery in the College of Health Solutions; and Shirley Weiss, special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow and professor of practice in the W. P. Carey School of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Each will share their professional expertise as they discuss the complexities of building a health care workforce in a rapidly changing environment and how ASU is preparing its students to provide solutions to the challenges in the medical field. This discussion takes place in the West campus La Sala Ballroom inside the University Center (UCB).

On Thursday, April 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., we invite you to join us for “Today’s and Tomorrow’s Challenges: Solving Wicked Problems Through the Power of Character, Education and Leadership”, a discussion presented by Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley, special advisor to President Crow for leadership initiatives and senior director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership. Lt. Gen. Freakley has earned a number of awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit, and was named Education Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association for State Board Educators in 2010. This special event will take place in the Verde Dining Pavilion Multi-Purpose Room at the West campus.

Free parking for both events is available in North Zone lots 10 and 11.

For more information, please contact New College at or 602-543-2890.

Dr. Tess Neal to give keynote at New College Research Symposium

Dr.Tess Neal

ASU undergraduate students and mentors are invited to present their research and creative projects at this year’s New College Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Symposium on Thursday, April 28. The event will feature a poster session, keynote address, and award ceremony.

The keynote address, “Bias in Clinical and Legal Judgements,” will be given by Dr. Tess Neal, assistant professor in New College’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Neal’s presentation will feature research that weaves together the clinical, cognitive, and social traditions of psychological science to study bias in expert decision making in the legal system, such as by forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, forensic scientists, and judges. The overarching goal of this line of research is to discover new understandings of how humans reason with and use complex information while simultaneously making concrete contributions to the “real world” so that clinicians, judges, lawyers, scientists, and others can make better use of information. Neal will focus especially on the emerging science of bias in forensic psychology, highlighting new findings about bias as well as detailing directions for future research. She will also focus on research that NCUIRE students here at ASU West have been conducting to address some of these questions.

Research projects will be in conference poster format, and awards will be given to the top presented and non-presented posters or creative projects. Admission to the event is free. Submit your poster today!



New College Professor wins award to fund research on emotional evidence in the courtroom

jessica_salerno-134How do lawyers, judges, and juries react when they are presented with a gruesome photograph of a murder victim? Does this image influence their decision on how a suspect should be punished? New College Assistant Professor Dr. Jessica Salerno recently earned an award from the National Science Foundation that will fund her research focusing on the effects of emotional visual evidence in the courtroom.

The use of visual evidence in the courtroom, including gruesome photographs, has become widely popular over the past decade, but research is just beginning to touch on the effects these graphic images have on the decision-making process. Salerno explains that visual images depicting a criminal act can strongly influence juror’s judgments about blame and punishment. Her project will address how and why gruesome photos increase guilt and punishment, specifically how these graphic images can pose a danger of unfair prejudice and make jurors more prone to conviction.

Salerno’s research will explore the effect of gruesome photographs on jurors’ emotional responses to the evidence, their attention to other case evidence, and the jury deliberation process. Her research will also test the effectiveness of several protective measures that may reduce the prejudicial effects these photographs have without diminishing the information the photographs contain.

Salerno explains that the findings from her research will extend beyond courtrooms and can be applied to recent questions our society has been faced with, including whether the public should be exposed to graphic images of school shootings, police shootings, or torture of U.S. military detainees to inform policy debates.

With the backing of NSF, Salerno’s project is supporting female investigators as role models for future female researchers. Her work has been published in empirical journals and she often speaks at conferences across the country, and her findings from this project with also be widely distributed and used as a basis for future research questions.