Student studies youths' perceptions of world's dwindling water supply

February 10, 2012

Arizona State University undergraduate Holly Vins is dedicated to helping others get the “voice and opportunities they deserve” and creating a safer, more sustainable world for all. She will graduate in spring 2013 with degrees in global health and justice studies and minors in Spanish and women and gender studies.

Vins’ interest in the people and cultures of the world could have been fueled by her visits to not only all 50 states before she graduated from high school, but also from studying in London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Washington, D.C. This summer, she will again pack her bags, this time for a global health internship in Costa Rica. Holly Vins Download Full Image

A student in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Vins is part of the school’s collaboration with Salt River Project and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency, known as the Science of Water Art: A Citizen Science Project.

The project is part of the larger Global Ethnohydrology Study, which examines the role of water, climate change and health in various communities around the world. It allowed Vins to work with local fourth-grade students to discover how they perceive the role of water in everyday life now and in 100 years. The information is a resource for this generation, who will have to deal with the consequences of water usage in the face of mounting water scarcity.

Vins recently presented the project at the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Symposium and continues to work in the school’s research lab.

Involvement at ASU is paramount for Vins, who is vice-chair of the Community Service Coalition and has engaged in the spring project, Devils in Disguise, for the past two years. Here several clubs and organizations work together for a day of service. Last year over 500 students participated; in the morning, the students took buses to different locations to volunteer, and then returned to campus for lunch. This year, Vins hopes to make the event even grander.

She has also been a President’s Scholarship recipient, a part of the ASU Capital Scholars and Barrett Honors programs and on the Dean’s List for the past five semesters.

Vins plans on volunteering with the Peace Corps before attending graduate school. Eventually, she wants to work for a non-profit that promotes public health and human rights at a global level. “I would like to be able to spend time working and volunteering all over the world, learning more about other cultures and being able to directly interact with the people I am trying to help,” she said. “I feel as though my career goals will be fulfilled as long as I can see that I am making a meaningful impact on someone else’s life.”

Victoria Dombrowski,
School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Northlight Gallery presents Manifest Destiny: A Conversation

February 11, 2012

The ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts presents the photographic exhibition, Manifest Destiny: A Conversation in conjunction with Manifest Destiny Exhibition.

On the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood, the exhibition Manifest Destiny features artists living in the West whose work acknowledges the complexity of our past viewed through a contemporary perspective that recognizes the value of cultural and biological diversity and the intricate web through which all of it is connected. The exhibition runs from February 14 to March 31 at Northlight Gallery. Three of the artists featured in the exhibition will give an artists' talk on Wed., Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Recital Hall in the Music Building. Download Full Image

Nicholas Galanin’s works titled Curtis’s Legacy respond to an idealization of the “Indian” that Edward S. Curtis depicted in his North American Indian series. Galanin’s works directly engage the viewer in the objectification of their subject.

The Western Waters series by Sant Khalsa documents the increasing number of water stores in the west and recognizes “… the absurdity of these stores, and the way they seek to represent the source of a natural experience…with names, such as ‘Pure Water.’”

In their image 100 Sunsets ASU School of Art Regents' Professor of Photography Mark Klett and photo artist Byron Wolfe composited 100 images of sunsets at the rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona gleaned from the photo-sharing website, Flickr. This photographic montage underscores the instrumental role that visual representation played in defining the Grand Canyon as a scenic wonder.

As Arizona looks to the next 100 years its residents have the benefit of a contemporary awareness that recognizes the richness of its cultural heritage and the complexity of our relationship to each other and the land. Galanin, Khalsa and Klett will present their work and engage the audience in a conversation about how their images relate to Arizona's past, present and future.

Manifest Destiny is part of PHOTOtapas held from February 14 – 19 at Northlight Gallery, Art Intersection in Gilbert and Tilt Gallery in Phoenix. PHOTOtapas, a fine art photography event, celebrates the medium's past, present, and future by offering the community a sampling of photo-related activities including exhibitions, lectures, seminars, demonstrations and portfolio sharing. Sponsored by Art Intersection, Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography, Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University, and Tilt Gallery. For more information see

Recital Hall Room E510 in the Music Building located on the ASU, Tempe Campus. Parking is available in the visitors' lot on the southeast corner of Mill and University. Please reference the campus map.

Artists' Talk: Wed. Feb. 15, 2012, 7 p.m.


Public Contact
Liz Allen
ASU School of Art
Northlight Gallery director

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

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Liz Allen
ASU School of Art
Northlight Gallery director