ASU Police Department hosts law enforcement leadership event

March 7, 2016

Campus law enforcement leaders from across the country are gathering at the ASU Tempe campus this week to learn about critical issues for policing in higher education.

The 2016 Executive Development Institute (EDI) is sponsored by IACLEA (The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators). This year 42 executives, including three members of the Arizona State University Police Department, will participate in workshops March 7-10. Download Full Image

“The Executive Development Institute is a program put on by IACLEA that brings in police executives from campuses across the country and internationally, said ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson. “There they collaborate and learn together about leadership development and current issues in university policing so they can stay on the cutting edge of current best practices.”

Neal A. Lester, ASU Foundation Professor of English and founding director of Project Humanities, is one of several presenters at EDI this year. Leaders in law enforcement and education from Arizona and across the country will hold presentations on topics including; leadership principles, police accountability and workforce diversity.

In conjunction with participating in EDI, the ASU Police Department is the host institution for the 2016 IACLEA Annual Conference and Exposition. National and international members of the campus law enforcement community gather at the annual conference to learn about the latest developments and technology in campus policing.

This year’s conference is June 24-27 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.  

Nicole Pomerantz

Communications specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Airborne telescope instrument proposal enters NASA final selection phase

Proposed instrument is designed to measure spectra of gas clouds within star-forming regions

March 7, 2016

A joint proposal from a team of institutions including Arizona State University, has been selected for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) science instrument selection phase, or “Phase A.” The proposal from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, ASU, and the University of Cologne (Germany), is one of two to reach the semi-final stage in the selection process.

The JPL-ASU proposal, submitted by Principal Investigator Paul Goldsmith, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Co-Investigator Chris Groppi, associate professor with ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, is to develop a third generation instrument for NASA’s SOFIA, the largest airborne observatory in the world.  NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy 747SP (SOFIA) NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy 747SP (SOFIA) Photo credit: NASA/Carla Thomas Download Full Image

Their proposed instrument, the SOFIA Heterodyne Array for Spectroscopic Terahertz Astronomy (SHASTA), is designed to measure spectra of gas clouds within star-forming regions in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.   

"SHASTA will image a far infrared spectral line of ionized carbon atoms, the brightest spectral line in the Milky Way Galaxy, with unprecedented sky area, sensitivity, and spatial resolution,” said Groppi. “This will help us solve the mystery of how molecular clouds, the nurseries that form new stars and planets, are formed themselves."

The competing instrument proposal was submitted by a team from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center led by Harvey Moseley. Their High Resolution Mid-InfrarEd Spectrometer (HIRMES) is designed for high-resolution spectroscopy of protoplanetary disks at wavelengths between 28 and 112 microns. 

Over the course of the next few months, the two proposal teams will produce detailed concept studies. Based on those studies, NASA will select one of the instruments to begin development by Fall 2016, with a targeted completion date in 2018.

Both proposed instruments are intended to expand the SOFIA airborne observatory’s spectroscopic capabilities.

"The Phase A selection of SHASTA gives us a very good chance of success for the project to go forward,” said Groppi. “We’re excited by the possibilities of seeing where stars are being born.”

Abstracts for both instruments can be read here.

SOFIA is a partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 100 inches.

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Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration