ASU's Krauss receives Rome's most prestigious cultural award

July 15, 2013

Lawrence Krauss, a renowned cosmologist, author and professor at Arizona State University, has been awarded the “Roma Award Urbs Universalis 2013” by the Mayor of Rome. Krauss, who was honored during a formal ceremony on July 12 at the 2,000 year-old Ostia Antica Roman Theater in Rome, Italy, was cited for contributions to culture on an international level.

“This came as a total surprise and is a remarkable honor,” Krauss said. “I particularly appreciate receiving a prize that mixes science and culture, and receiving it in the open air in a 2,000 year-old Roman forum theater, with music and dance performances as well made it something I will always remember.” Download Full Image

“The Roma Award Urbs Universalis” is assigned by a jury to a person who has acquired special merits in the international arena. The “Premio Roma” is a major literary award in Italy and has three sections: international fiction, Italian fiction and international nonfiction, as well as special prizes for persons who have made significant cultural and scientific contributions.

In recent years, the Urbs Universalis Prize has gone to Nobel Prize winners, scientists, engineers and musicians whose work transcends national boundaries. Recent awardees include particle physicist and Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia, oncologist and politician Umberto Veronesi, neurologist and Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, violinist and conductor Salvatore Accardo, Academy Award winning actor Maximilian Schell and astronaut Roberto Vittori.

Krauss is internationally known for his work in theoretical physics and cosmology, and is a well known author and science communicator. In addition to being a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University, Krauss is the director of the Origins Project – which explores key questions about our origins, who we are and where we came from, and then holds open forums to encourage public participation. 

Krauss is the only physicist to receive major awards from all three U.S. physics societies: the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Last year he was given the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board for his efforts in communicating science to general audiences.

Krauss has authored more than 300 scientific publications and nine books, including his most recent bestseller, "A Universe from Nothing," which offers provocative, revelatory answers to the most basic philosophical questions of existence. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction within a week of its release.

Krauss also wrote the international bestseller, "The Physics of Star Trek," an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe, and "Beyond Star Trek," which addressed recent exciting discoveries in physics and astronomy and takes a look how the laws of physics relate to notions from popular culture. A book on physicist Richard Feynman, "Quantum Man," was awarded the 2011 Book of the Year by Physics World magazine in the UK.

Krauss has been a frequent commentator and columnist for newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has written regular columns for New Scientist and Scientific American, and appears routinely on radio and television.

He continues to be a leader in his field, serving as a co-chair of the board of sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, on the board of directors of the Federation of American Scientists, and is one of the founders of ScienceDebate2012.

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Native American students get digital training at Cronkite School

July 15, 2013

Native American students from nine states will participate in a digital journalism program this week at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The student program was developed as part of the National Native Media Conference, which will take place July 18-21, in Tempe, Ariz. The students will get training in multimedia and journalism fundamentals at the Cronkite School, then produce multimedia stories for the Native American Journalists Association conference newspaper and its website. They also will produce a TV news broadcast. Download Full Image

The 20 Native American students come from high schools and colleges in Arizona, California, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah. The students, who were selected by a committee of professional Native American journalists, will be housed in the Taylor Place residence hall on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

“The Cronkite School is proud to host these young aspiring journalists,” said Anita Luera, director of the Cronkite School’s High School Journalism Institute. “We want to share the best of what we have to offer at Cronkite with the students who will be the future storytellers of their communities.”

The National Native Media Conference is hosted by NAJA in partnership with Native Public Media. About 250 media professionals from around the country are expected to attend. The conference features workshops and panels designed to improve reporting on and delivery of Native news and opportunities for networking among Native American media professionals.

Prior to the conference, the Cronkite School’s Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will conduct a seminar on computer-assisted watchdog reporting for conference attendees.

Mary Hudetz, vice president of NAJA and an editor at The Associated Press’ West Regional Desk in Phoenix, said the student program is reflective of NAJA’s “deep commitment to creating opportunities for the next generation of Native journalists, and we are proud the Cronkite School is a partner in our efforts this year as we prepare to welcome an especially outstanding class."

The NAJA program is one of several training institutes held at Cronkite each year. Earlier this summer the school hosted high school journalism teachers in the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, high school journalism students in digital and broadcast camps, and college journalism students in a Dow Jones digital journalism training program.

The Cronkite School, located in a state-of-the-art media center on the ASU downtown Phoenix campus, is home to 1,400 students who study broadcast, digital and print journalism, and public relations. The school has been recognized as a leader and innovator among journalism educators by The New York Times, The Times of London and American Journalism Review.

The Native American Journalists Association, based on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, supports Native Americans in journalism, works toward better representation of Native Americans in the media and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression on Native lands. The organization has more than 350 members nationally.

Native Public Media’s mission is to promote healthy, engaged and independent Native communities through media access, control and ownership. The organization offers training in digital journalism and storytelling, hosts an annual Native Media summit and issues the Native Media Landscape Report, providing an overview of Native radio, television, print and new media.

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