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Native Americans have distinct health-care needs. And now they have a new leader in health research who aspires to usher tribal nations across the country into a new era of medical discovery, treatment and support. David R. Wilson, an Arizona State University doctoral graduate and a Native American, is the first director of the Tribal Health Research Office at the...
In 2010 Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, allowing the USDA to make critical nutrition reforms to school-lunch and -breakfast programs for the first time in more than 30 years. The legislation was spearheaded by then-first lady Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move!” campaign, geared toward improving nutrition in schools and reducing child obesity. Almost immediately, the...
Two weeks ago, the Arizona State University women’s triathlon team won its second consecutive national championship — an honor soon followed by another: an invitation to meet the president at the White House. It’s an experience few get to have, so kinesiology senior Katie Gorczyca agreed to write about the team’s time in Washington, D.C., for ASU Now to share...
Last year the Center on the Future of War announced Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood as an ASU Future of War Senior Fellow at New America, who introduced the term “moral injury” to the public lexicon through his 2016 book, “What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars.” This year the center is taking it a step...
Arizona State University’s TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), a free college-preparatory program aimed at veterans who are either low-income or potential first-generation college students, has been awarded federal funding for the 44th year in a row. VUB’s mission is to motivate, assist and support veterans in Maricopa County in their pursuit of higher education — or, in the case of...
Exploring Mars with the Curiosity rover means identifying rocks and minerals that can tell scientists more about the Red Planet and its distant past. Since no human can yet walk up to a martian outcrop and examine it, scientists turn to the next best thing: studying rocks around the rover using its cameras. One of the instruments that can take...
The saguaro cactus, a towering, charismatic icon of the Southwest, is one of the most recognized and beloved of all cacti. As a keystone species of the Sonoran Desert, it is also one of the most studied and an integral part of the desert environment. Despite this, relatively little is known about the saguaro’s evolutionary history. After decades of taxonomic...
When he was a child in the small Arizona border town of Nogales, ASU Regents’ Professor Alberto Rios saw a poem written on the wall separating the United States and Mexico. “It was just a tiny, little thing, and I don’t even remember what it was,” Rios said. “But I loved that somebody thought a poem belonged there.” Today, his...
A $7 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), of the National Institutes of Health, will fund a specialized research “Center for Excellence” at Arizona State University to improve the health of minority populations. The five-year grant will advance the work of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, part of the School of Social Work...

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