Univision Arizona, ASU Cronkite School partner to air 'Cronkite Noticias'

February 28, 2017

Univision Arizona and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication have partnered to regularly broadcast a 30-minute news program produced by bilingual Arizona State University students on important Latino community and statewide issues.

“Cronkite Noticias” airs on Univision Arizona’s KFPH UniMás every other Friday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year. The first episode aired on Feb. 17. Students report on the economy, education, sustainability, immigration and other issues important to the region’s Latino communities. Cronkite Noticias Univision Arizona and the Cronkite School have partnered to regularly broadcast a 30-minute news program produced by bilingual ASU students on important Latino community and statewide issues. Download Full Image

“Creating opportunities for young bilingual journalists and media professionals to sharpen their craft and to tell stories that are critical to our Latino community is more important than ever today,” said Roberto Yañez, vice president and general manager of Univision Arizona and a member of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees. “It is with great pride that we kick-off this new partnership with the Cronkite School that will allow us to give a platform to the next generation of leaders in the field.”

“Cronkite Noticias” is part of Cronkite Noticias/Mixed Voces, a new multiplatform Spanish-language news operation at the Cronkite School, which began last month. It is made possible by the Raza Development Fund, the largest Latino community development financial institution that is dedicated to generating economic growth and opportunities for Latino families across the country.

Currently, a team of bilingual Cronkite students are producing a variety of in-depth, Spanish-language digital and video stories for cronkitenoticias.org, which houses the “Cronkite Noticias” program after airing on UniMás Arizona.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Univision Arizona on this important endeavor to expand critical news coverage to the Latino community,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “We’re excited to share the outstanding work of our students, who regularly cover Latino issues under the guidance of our award-winning faculty.”

The “Cronkite Noticias” program is part of a growing constellation of classes and immersive professional experiences available to Cronkite students interested in Latino and borderlands issues.

Cronkite News, the student-staffed, professionally led news division of Arizona PBS, features a Borderlands Bureau in which students cover border and immigration issues in English under the guidance of award-winning borderlands journalists.

The Borderlands Bureau builds on a Latino seminar and a depth reporting class that takes students on a reporting trip to another country. Past projects have covered the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, among other regions.

The Cronkite School’s faculty includes three Southwest Borderlands Initiative professors, a faculty appointment plan designed to strengthen existing ASU scholarly and instructional resources on the Southwest and to enhance institutional recruitment and retention efforts toward building a faculty fully reflective of the Southwest borderlands’ diversity.

The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs. Students participate in 13 professional immersion programs, guided by award-winning journalists and communications professional, applying what they have learned in the classroom in real-world learning environments.

ASU assistant professor awarded early-career fellowship for work in molecular sciences

February 28, 2017

Alex Green, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, has been named a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded to early-career scholars who the Sloan Foundation describes as “the most promising scientific researchers working today.” Awarded in eight scientific and technical fields, Green is one of 12 winners in Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology.

Green works generally in the areas of synthetic biology and nanomaterials, and the award spotlights his research on computational design of functional RNAs for use both inside and outside of cells. As a post-doctoral researcher Green invented the "toehold switch" riboregulator, a computer-designed hairpin RNA structure that can control the expression of virtually any target gene in response to an RNA trigger. Alexander A. Green awarded 2017 Alfred  FP. Sloan Foundation Researchellowship Alexander A. Green awarded 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Researchellowship Download Full Image

This technology can be used as a sensor, or detector, for specific RNA sequences. Together with collaborators from Harvard and the University of Toronto, Green and his group at ASU recently developed an efficient and inexpensive sensor for the Zika virus. Small quantities of Zika RNA found in the blood of infected individuals can act as the RNA trigger to open a toehold switch that initiates translation of a reporter protein, and ultimately, a color change in a simple paper test kit.

Green and his group are now exploring a wide range of other applications for riboregulators as low-cost nucleic acid detectors for other dangerous viral and parasitic infectious diseases. He is also using riboregulators to perform biomolecular computing in cells.

“Dr. Green’s work is typified by outstanding scholarship and a relentless commitment to making critical advances that will benefit science and society at large,” said Neal Woodbury, director of the School of Molecular Sciences.

“The Sloan Research Fellows are the rising stars of the academic community,” said Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “Through their achievements and ambition, these young scholars are transforming their fields and opening up entirely new research horizons. We are proud to support them at this crucial stage of their careers.”

Sloan Research Fellows can use the award funds almost without restriction, to pursue whatever lines of research they are most interested in, or to open new research areas. 

“I’m honored to be recognized as a Sloan Research Fellow," said Green. "This award will give my group the freedom to pursue some new high-risk ideas we’re excited about in protein detection and portable diagnostics that have a lot of potential for addressing global health needs.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit institution that awards grants for original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economics. Additional information is available at www.sloan.org

Ian Gould

President Professor, Associate Director of Communications, School of Molecular Sciences