Conference targets positive intervention in schools

February 2, 2015

Creating a safe and more supportive school environment for PreK-12 students is at the heart of an upcoming education conference, March 5-6, sponsored in part by ASU Online.

In its fourth year, the Behavior Education Technology Conference is focused on assisting educators, administrators and school support staff in improving student outcomes and behavior, as well as school climate, through a process of systemic change called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Download Full Image

Looking at how positive intervention can help counteract domestic minor sex trafficking and raise awareness around the issue, ASU associate professor Dominique Roe-Sepowitz will lead a pre-conference workshop March 5 on how to prevent and identify risk factors of vulnerable youth.

Roe-Sepowitz and fellow researcher Judy Krysik, both professors in ASU’s School of Social Work, within the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, are part of a collaborative, five-year, $1.24 million research effort that aims to identify children who are victims of sex trafficking in Arizona, and provide training to child welfare professionals to improve outcomes.

“This year, we will host over 350 educators who are interested in improving their schools. The work of Dr. Roe-Sepowitz and her colleagues is highly significant to our mission,” said Karen Gifford, director of the conference. “Providing students with the support and security they need from their school communities is crucial to fostering high-quality learning environments across Arizona.”

The workshop to be led by Roe-Sepowitz will include information about domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States, with a particular focus on Arizona, as well as discussions on the scope of the problem, recruitment techniques, how to increase awareness and the treatment needs of victims.

The conference is slated for March 5-6 at the Desert Willow Conference Center, located at 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., in Phoenix. Sponsors and exhibitors include KOI Education, Odysseyware, the Arizona Department of Education and ASU Online.

For more information on the conference, or to register by Feb. 27, visit

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU Fulbright Scholar to study water in Mexico

February 2, 2015

As one of this year’s Fulbright Scholars, Arizona State University hydrology professor Enrique Vivoni will have an opportunity to work with some of Mexico’s leading experts in his field to advance his collaborative studies of the shared water resources between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Fulbright award will enable Vivoni to spend nine months beginning in August 2015 conducting research at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada in Ensenada, Baja California, and the research center of Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. Enrique Vivoni Download Full Image

Vivoni is an associate professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Each year, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program awards about 800 highly sought after teaching and/or research grants to selected U.S. faculty and experienced professionals, enabling them to engage in collaborative studies and research in more than 125 countries. Award recipients are chosen for exemplary achievements and proven leadership in their fields.

Vivoni’s research activities focus on the intersection of hydrology and its allied disciplines – ecology, meteorology and geomorphology – for improving understanding of water resources in this region. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of ecohydrologic processes in semi-arid areas. In recent years, his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, NASA, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Geological Survey.

During his time in Ensenada, he will be conducting atmospheric and hydrologic research related to climate change in northern Mexico. Vivoni’s Fulbright project will build upon a decade of investigation in northern Mexico with a range of collaborators from U.S. and Mexican institutions.

“I am most interested in generating cross-border knowledge on water resources that can help both countries confront and adapt to changing land cover and climate conditions,” says Vivoni, of his upcoming trip.

Vivoni's most notable accomplishments include a 2008 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Kavli Fellowship and a Leopold Leadership Fellowship.

Nikki Cassis

marketing and communications director, School of Earth and Space Exploration