Astronomy Open House focuses on new Webb Space Telescope

September 19, 2011

The Man in the Moon won’t be there, but Arizona State University’s “moon people” will be.

The first Astronomy Open House of the year will take place from 8 to 10 p.m., Sept. 23 (date changed from Sept. 30 due to conflict) on the roof of the Bateman Physical Sciences Center H-wing, Tempe campus. Download Full Image

A highlight of the evening will be a presentation on the new James Webb Space Telescope, which is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Staff from ASU’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera project will be on hand to show off new high-resolution images of the moon, and there will be a new radio astronomy table. Visitors also can learn about meteorites, see rocks with the GEO Club, and see the wonders of the local universe through our telescopes.

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance to the Bateman H-wing. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Tyler Street Parking Garage. From the parking garage go west along the University Drive sidewalk (toward campus) until you see signs leading you to the entrance. 

The event is free. For a campus map and parking information, go to

Professors offers new take on national health care reform litigation

September 20, 2011

An article by James G. Hodge Jr., ASU Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics and director of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, was published in the Spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.

The article, “Congress, Courts, and Commerce: Upholding the Individual Mandate to Protect the Public’s Health,” was co-authored by Erin Fuse Brown, a visiting assistant professor and Fellow in the Public Health Law and Policy Program, Daniel Orenstein (J.D., Class of 2011), a fellow and faculty associate in the Public Health Law and Policy Program, and 3L Sarah O’Keefe, a researcher in the Public Health Law and Policy Program. James G. Hodge Jr. Download Full Image

The authors explore the constitutional conundrum underlying the 2010 health care reform act’s requirement that all individuals obtain health insurance by 2014 or face civil penalties. They offer a refined interpretation of the scope of Congress’ commerce power to regulate and therefore further the public’s health in our federal system of government.

To read the full article pertaining to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, click here.

Hodge is Director of the Public Health Law Network – Western Region, a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, an Affiliate Professor in Global Health, ASU School of Human Evolution & Social Change, and an Affiliate Faculty member in both the ASU School of Public Affairs and the ASU Department of Biomedical Informatics. Through scholarly and applied work, he delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics and human rights. Hodge teaches Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, Public Health Law and Ethics, and Global Health Law and Policy at the College of Law.

Janie Magruder,
Office of Communications, College of Law