ASU health, nutrition students get more support to study abroad

February 9, 2015

Studying abroad just got easier for students in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University.

ASU was one of seven higher education institutions selected to receive the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant for students in health and nutrition fields of study. woman taking earmold of a man's ear Download Full Image

The grant, in the amount of $25,000 – issued by the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators – provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on identifying solutions to help prevent and reduce obesity.

The project – called “Engage Globally: Nutrition and Health Promotion Student Mobility to the Americas” – is a collaboration between the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, the ASU Study Abroad Office and Monterrey Institute of Technology, also known as Tecnológico de Monterrey. The opportunity is open to nutrition and health promotion students at both institutions.

ASU has a long-standing relationship with Tecnológico de Monterrey. The two institutions have partnered on several initiatives, including entrepreneurship and innovation programs, and programs on biotechnology and online education. ASU and Tecnológico de Monterrey jointly launched the Latin America Office of the Global Institute of Sustainability.

“Our goal is to increase the number of students and faculty from Arizona and Mexico City who are exposed to international education and the opportunities that exist therein by building on an established exchange program between the two institutions," said Adam Henry, director of the ASU study abroad office. “Recognizing that students in the fields of health promotion and nutrition will serve a diverse population of individuals, this opportunity can prepare these future professionals by [teaching them] how to adapt to a new culture and communicate in a cross-cultural context.”

ASU students selected for scholarships with the program will conduct research on combating obesity-linked behavior through physical activity and nutritional education, examining health beliefs and practices, and will use technology to maximize cultural awareness and education.

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, one of President Obama’s signature education initiatives, is to increase the number of U.S. students studying in the western hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of western hemisphere students studying in the U.S. to 100,000 by the year 2020. The initiative is aimed at enhancing competitiveness, prosperity and preparing a globally aware workforce.

The scholarships are for first-generation students within the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion who apply to a semester exchange program. Students who are interested in participating may contact

ASU researcher offers glimpse of Earth’s dynamic interior

February 9, 2015

Earth is nearly 4,000 miles deep, and other than the outermost few miles, is inaccessible to humans. Seismology is the only tool to accurately image the deep interior of Earth. Over the last few decades, seismologists have used the tool of seismic tomography to map out the interior of Earth (much like medical CT scan tomography to image the human body).

Ed Garnero, a geophysicist at Arizona State University, will share his research on Earth’s dynamic interior at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting on Feb. 13. Ed Garnero Download Full Image

For nearly 30 years, Garnero has focused his research on the area between Earth’s uppermost mantle to the innermost core.

In his lecture “Interpreting Earth's Largest Internal Seismic Anomalies: Deep Thermochemical Piles,” Garnero will discuss how modern research shows that many surface processes on our planet are related to dynamic phenomena within. He will be sharing cutting-edge images of Earth's interior, which reveal two massive continental-sized blobs halfway to Earth's center that likely relate to where the most massive eruptions happen at Earth's surface.

“One blob is located beneath the Pacific Ocean, the other is nearly on the opposite side of Earth, beneath the Atlantic and part of the African continent,” said Garnero, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. “The massive blobs are important because they appear to play a role in convective processes, including where mantle plumes originate – plumes are thought to give rise to Earth's hotspot volcanoes.”

Observations, modeling and predictions show the inner Earth to be chemically complex and continuously churning and changing. Tomographic images constructed from seismic wave readings point to differences in the speeds of waves that go through the mantle. This difference in wave speeds provides a sort of map of the major boundaries inside the mantle – where hot areas are, where cold areas are, where there are regions that might be a different composition, etc.

“These continent-sized blobs have properties that result in seismic waves traveling more sluggishly through them,” said Garnero. “Our recent research adds to the body of knowledge that supports these blobs being chemically distinct from the rest of the mantle rock.”

Nikki Cassis

marketing and communications director, School of Earth and Space Exploration