Student-made Minecraft server now open to Herberger Institute community

October 12, 2021

Last year, students, staff and faculty from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University came together and developed a Minecraft server designed to help creatively relieve some of the stress from the pandemic while bringing the school community together. The team has now expanded the server to allow all of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts community to join in, play and help contribute to the in-game world. 

“I’ve seen students create amazing things in the creative world,” said Mia Ramos, a student who helped develop the server. “I believe that opening up the server to the whole community will bring students together and create long-lasting friendships. Our server helped my fellow students to relax and remember what they can do as creative people. I look forward to sharing this now with all of Herberger Institute!” Image from a sttudent made Minecraft gaming server An in-game image from the student-built Minecraft survival world. Download Full Image

In addition to opening the server to the larger Herberger Institute community, other advancements have been made to the original server, such as improvements on the Stauffer B building that students attempted to replicate, as well as the addition of a survival game mode that the students can play. 

This is not all the team has in mind for the future of this server, however. Dan Jackson, the staff member who spearheaded the idea, has high hopes of recruiting a large group of students interested in trying to re-create the whole campus.

“One of our most ambitious endeavors would be to recruit a large group of Minecraft builders interested in building out the entire ASU Tempe campus,” Jackson said. “While this has been done at other universities, it has not been done at a university the size of ASU. We hope to be the first.”

For those interested in joining this server, self-enroll here and follow brief setup steps. Any additional questions can be directed to the Minecraft server admins, Ramos and Connor Rawls. 

Megan Patzem

Multimedia specialist, School of Arts, Media and Engineering


New funding expands ASU partnership with Carbon Mapper

Satellites will use remote-sensing technologies to diagnose sources of methane, carbon dioxide

October 12, 2021

Across the globe, science echoes the same and intensifying message: We must mitigate climate change and support our ecosystems. Following its notorious cousin carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas methane creates problems of its own. Methane is a leading cause of climate change worldwide and a contributor to global warming. 

But governments around the world are taking part in the global methane pledge, committing to slash methane emissions by 30% by 2030. To accomplish this feat, countries will require new solutions. One partnership has the perfect resource — and it works from space.  Arizona State University's Global Airborne Observatory. Photo by GDCS Download Full Image

In a public-private partnership led by Carbon Mapper, Arizona State University is part of a team preparing to deploy a constellation of satellites to respond to the climate crisis. With the first launch in 2023, these Planet satellites will use cutting-edge remote-sensing technologies to pinpoint, quantify and diagnose sources of the high-emission greenhouse gases, methane and carbon dioxide (CO2), globally. 

Today, Carbon Mapper and its partners announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies committed $25 million to create the Carbon Mapper Accelerator Program. The new funds will immediately expand airborne mapping of methane super-emitters across the Americas, Europe and Africa using ASU’s Global Airborne Observatory, provide critical stakeholders with early access to Carbon Mapper’s open-source data, and develop and test new remote-sensing technology.

ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science will play a key role in the Carbon Mapper mission. 

“The Carbon Mapper satellites, combined with ASU’s advanced algorithms and Global Airborne Observatory, will create a unique, comprehensive view of critical ecosystems,” says Professor Greg Asner, director of the center with ASU’s Global Futures Laboratory, and chief science officer at Carbon Mapper. “With advanced mapping of greenhouse gas emissions and regions with human activity, governments and conservation organizations will know where to focus resources and how best to inform policy to accomplish both urgent and long-term climate and biodiversity action.”

The center will be broadening the impact of the satellite technology by identifying additional targets the algorithms can monitor. The addition of satellite-based ocean and land monitoring would support critical sectors of climate action such as coastal zone and coral reef management, precision agriculture, biodiversity, and fire and water resource management.

To prepare for launch, the center took to the sky with the Global Airborne Observatory, an aircraft equipped with advanced Earth mapping technology. Soaring over the world’s most diverse ecosystem, this lab uses state-of-the-art sensors to create maps of the land below — from coral reefs to forest canopies. To support the Carbon Mapper Mission, the Global Airborne Observatory has been sent on missions to map methane and carbon dioxide emissions and various land and ocean targets for scientists to explore. 

After capturing data of the land below, a team of ASU remote-sensing scientists will develop algorithms for the different targets and learn more about the potential applications of the satellite technology.

Makenna Flynn

Communications Specialist, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science