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ASU's year in review 2016

A roundup of some of the university’s top stories of 2016


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December 21, 2016

It was a year of big headlines for both the nation and Arizona State University. As the world has been faced with new challenges — and opportunities for new solutions — ASU has found innovative ways to help the communities it serves. The university’s faculty, staff and students have made advancements in health, space exploration, robotics and more, all while expanding access to education and extending compassion to others.

Here are some of the top stories from 2016:

Discoveries

From shooting stars to shooting hoops, ASU researchers were in on some big finds.

Solutions

ASU faculty and staff found real-world ways to solve today's challenges and prepare for tomorrow's.

Creativity

A sprawling, forgotten building turned into bustling art studios; a tiny satellite turned space exploration on its ear; an uber-popular game turned into a teaching tool — these are just a few ways that the ASU community took an innovative approach to the world.

Entrepreneurship

From student startups to a journalism "teaching hospital" with Google News Lab, ASU's entrepreneurial spirit thrived. 

Global Engagement

ASU welcomes the global community into its halls and classrooms — the university was recognized as the top public university in the country for international students. The school also sends its scholars around the world to help, study and grow understanding.

Arizona Impact

Part of ASU's charter is assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. Faculty, students and staff embody that.

Sun Devil Life

The university celebrated icons both historical (Palm Walk turning 100) and new (Michael Phelps). 

ASU News

As ASU drew accolades ranging from ranking in the top 10 for graduate employability to being named the nation's most innovative university for the second consecutive year, it also drew some brilliant minds and doubled its number of Nobel laureates.

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Providing access to justice

When Benjamin Taylor completed a financial internship with a major Phoenix corporation in the early 2000s, he realized he was in the wrong field. “One day, I was in my cubicle crunching numbers and…

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Establishing a foundation of achievement

Four in 10 parents say it’s extremely or very important that their children earn a college degree.  That’s true for San Jacinto, California, resident Alonza Graham, whose father earned a master’s…

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Online students find friendship, support during academic journey together

When Monique Leyva and Whitnee Abriel graduated from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication this May, they joined an ASU Online alumni community that is slated to hit 100,000 graduates this…