New College research project receives major funding grant

New College assistant professor of environmental chemistry Dr. Beth Polidoro.
New College Assistant Professor of environmental chemistry Dr. Beth Polidoro.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced $2.2 million dollars in conservation grants given to 58 community-led wetland, stream and coastal restoration projects across the nation. One of those grants, in the amount of $43,422, was awarded to New College Assistant Professor of environmental chemistry Beth Polidoro, who’s project will monitor and conserve urban waterways and lakes in the Phoenix metro area.

Dr. Polidoro and her team will monitor and restore 85 acres of habitat, including eight urban lakes/ponds, adjacent segments of three canals and two river systems. Partners, including 50 volunteers, will monitor four native fishes and two Endangered Species Act-protected migratory birds, monitor habitat, remove invasive species, and assess and analyze aquatic and riparian habitat quality. All project participants will develop and present educational materials for a variety of audiences to increase awareness and promote community stewardship of urban aquatic resources. Partners include the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Phoenix Zoo, two local Girl Scout Troops and the Friends of the Sonoran Desert.

The NFWF grants are awarded through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program, which develops community stewardship of local natural resources across the country, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife by addressing water quality issues in priority watersheds. For more information on the grants, please click here.

New College hosts humanities grant workshop

AZ Humanities Council meeting
Over 40 people packed into ASU’s West campus for the second of three grant workshops.

ASU’s New College hosted a packed house for the second of three grant workshops hosted by the Arizona Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities this past week at the West campus. The workshops explore grant opportunities with NEH and Arizona Humanities, provide an opportunity to meet representatives of both agencies, and give information on grant opportunities and insights on the decision making process as well as advice for applicants. Representatives from the offices of Congressman Raul M. Grijalva and Congressman Ruben Gallego were present to welcome people and let them know how they could help.

The third and final grant workshop will took place on Friday, Aug. 26 in Tuscon, AZ.

New College faculty member earns translations grant

Victor Pambuccian, mathematics professor at ASU's New College.
Victor Pambuccian, mathematics professor at ASU’s New College.

Victor Pambuccian, mathematics professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, was recently awarded a $12,500 translations grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the assembly and translation from Romanian to English of an anthology of Romanian avant-garde poetry. the anthology features work by Gellu Naum, Nichita Stanescu, and Max Blecher, among others.

Pambuccian joined ASU in 1994, and specializes in the axiomatics of geometry. He has over 100 journal publications to his name, and his currently writing a book examining all contributions made from the beginning of the modern axiomatization of geometry to the present.

Congratulations Peer Mentors on 10 Years of Excellence!

The ASU New College peer mentor program connects freshman with current students during the summer to help them navigate their first year at ASU.  This outstanding program located at the ASU West campu is celebrating 10 years of excellence and is stronger than ever! Read more on our New College website.


Careful with Cyberbullying

Alex Halavais - Social media expert at ASUUnivision 26 tapped into the expertise of Alex Halavais an ASU social media expert to discuss how parents should be aware of cyberbullying.  The transcipt is found below and the video segment can be found here.


ANCHOR: With the excitement of returning to classes, another factor to be concerned about is bullying.  But what happens when the bullying takes place outside the schools.  Daniela Zavala will explain.  Tell us Daniela.



DANIELA:   Yes, today with the amount of social media that exists, bullying can reach your kids even after they leave school.  You have to be very careful.  We will demonstrate how to detect if your child is being a victim of bullying.



They are messages that are offensive, seedy and sometimes threatening from youth that are utilizing technology to do harm.  It is cyber bullying.


ERIKA MENDOZA (Director of Parenting Arizona):  It’s a form of bullying that happens via internet, and it happens through accounts like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and a new one called Snapchat, and it is here where kids make fun of each other, they say hurtful things.


DANIELA:  The statistics on cyber bullying are alarming and many parents ignore that they’re children are victims.


ERIKA:   43 percent of adolescents are cyber bullied.  We know that 90 percent of those experiencing cyber bullying don’t talk about it with an adult.


DANIELA:  Pay attention to certain signals.


ERIKA:  They can experience depression, aren’t talkative, they are in a bad mood, they start seeing a lot of anger in the kids.


DANIELA:  Cyber bullying can cause grave harm to youth, including death.


ERIKA:   Kids that are being cyber bullies are 2-3 times more likely to try to end their lives.


DANIELA:  But how do you stop it or protect your child from being a victim.


ALEX HALAVAIS (ASU technology and social media expert):  I monitor each social media site my children use, every email they send or receive.  When you go home it is no longer a safe place if your son is on the internet and on social media sites 24 hours a day all the time.


ERIKA:  If there are physical threats or things that are influencing the child in a very negative way, one can involve the authorities.  So when it’s not the school environment, one can turn to local authorities.


DANIELA: To get an idea of the problem locally, according to a survey 36 percent of Arizona adolescents have been victims of cyber bullying.  There are local organizations that can help  We invite you to visit one of their websites called parenting Arizona dot org or not my kid dot org.  I’m Daniela Zavala reporting live, your people, your voice.