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Mark Klett: Artist shows new views from the top of Tempe

June 22, 2022

A day in the life of a Tempe vantage point in 1908, 2008 and 2022

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in ASU Thrive’s special photography issue, celebrating a day in the life of inspiring people across the ASU community. 

Hohokam people have cherished the high point now known as Hayden Butte for generations. Also known as “A” Mountain, the vantage point has been a recurring spot for artist Mark Klett, a Regents Professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and a Distinguished Global Futures Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. Sourcing a historical image as a reference point, he has made new photos to capture the view in progressive works. 

Klett is a founder of the Rephotographic Survey Project, and has worked on a several other rephotography projects in the past three decades, including the Third View, Yosemite in Time, After the Ruins (San Francisco) and Reconstructing the View (Grand Canyon). Before turning to photography he worked as a geologist. This past May, he retired from ASU after 40 years to pursue his art full-time.

Partial panoramic view of downtown Tempe in 1908

View of downtown Tempe in 1908

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

 Partial panoramic view of downtown Tempe

Partial panoramic view of downtown Tempe

A growing campus

1. Sun Devil Stadium. 2. Manzanita. 3. University Towers. 4. Veterans Way/College Avenue light rail station. 5. Design North. 6. Tempe City Hall. 7. West Sixth. 8. Tempe Mission Palms. 9. Tempe Center for the Arts. 10. Hayden Flour Mill. Photos by Mark Klett.

Partial panoramic view of downtown Tempe in 2022

Partial panoramic view of downtown Tempe in 2022

A new skyline emerges

1. University House Tempe. 2 College Avenue Commons. 3. New residential buildings. 4. The Local, Whole Foods Market. 5. The Beam on Farmer. 6. 222 S. Mill Avenue. 7. 100 S. Mill Avenue. 8. Hayden Ferry Lakeside. Photos by Mark Klett.

 
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Lekelia 'Kiki' Jenkins: Dance with the waves

June 22, 2022

Mixing science and dance to explore and explain, a nationally recognized ocean scientist shares the origins of her love for nature

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in ASU Thrive’s special photography issue, celebrating a day in the life of inspiring people across the ASU community. 

BALTIMORE — Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins helped forge a field exploring marine conservation technology, which studies ways technology can protect the ocean environment. Her science has earned her many top honors, including her appointment to the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition, the associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU uses dance to help people better understand conservation problems and envision solutions. 

In this photo feature, go behind the scenes with her to get to the heart of her work, her inspirational effect on others, and her love for Earth’s natural beauty and wildlife.

In the above photo, she shows off the way she uses dance to understand science and nature. In the photo, Jenkins teaches local students science dance techniques, including “flocking,” modeled after the way starlings fly in harmonized, breathtaking murmurations.

Family posing in front of river

On Centennial Lake, (from left) brother Benjamin, mother Phyllis, Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins, brother Leonard Jenkins and uncle Jerome Howard spend time together.

From Baltimore to Arizona

Jenkins grew up in Baltimore, and her family fished.

“Crabbing was my favorite activity,” she says.

Her love for being outdoors, for biodiversity and for fishing all seeded her purpose now as an ocean sustainability scientist. 

Two people preparing fishing lines

Jenkins and Benjamin, preparing for the day on the water.

People preparing to get into canoe

People in canoe on river

Connections nationwide supporting STEM

Mentoring future scientists is important, Jenkins says, especially for people who don’t often see themselves represented in STEM. On a Saturday in April, she visited with local university students from scuba and science clubs, exploring nature at a state park.

Woman buying fish at market stall

Collaboration is key

Jenkins’ work involves helping find and develop ways to protect both ocean life and fishers’ livelihoods. This involves working with, learning from and bringing together stakeholders.

Woman dancing in studio 

Science dance

Jenkins, a dance minor in college, has always loved dancing and has used it as a way to understand and express concepts and emotions throughout her life. She has helped further pioneer the field of science dance, which seeks to communicate key aspects of technical research through body movement. “ASU is different. I can do science dance here as scholarship. It’s accepted and supported,” Jenkins says.

Through her “Sea Turtle Science Dance” and other works, Jenkins uses choreography to explain science. The dance has won awards at the International Sea Turtle Society competition and has been covered by the radio program “Science Friday.” 

Photos by Jeff Newton