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In a single minute, leading ASU experts share their wisdom on major topics that influence our world.


What we attend to – what we click on, what we browse, what we daydream – shapes our experience, colors our perceptions...." 

Jim O’Donnell is the University Librarian of Arizona State University and a professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Previously, O’Donnell served as provost and professor of classics at Georgetown University for a decade, after a career at Bryn Mawr College, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania.


"Many distinguished scientists profess that the universe is teeming with life...[but] it's almost impossible to estimate the odds." 

Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, and bestselling author. He is Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative, both at Arizona State University


"Anyone can be a geek...It means that you are passionate about a subject, often a technical one."

Nadya Bliss is Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at ASU. She is also Professor of Practice in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Before joining ASU, Dr. Bliss spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. 


"You have to learn how to watch and listen to your students...They'll show you how they want to be taught."

Frank Serafini is an author, illustrator, photographer, educator, musician and professor of Literacy Education and Children's Literature at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. In addition, Serafini was an elementary school teacher for nine years and spent three years as a literacy specialist in K-6 classrooms.


"The secret of dogs' success is their ability to make friends...Dogs really are all about love."

Clive Wynne is a Professor of Psychology, director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at ASU, and author of the newly published bestseller, "Dog is Love: How and Why Your Dog Loves You." Born in England, Wynne earned his undergraduate degree at University College London and his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh.


"It's vast. It's grand. It's whatever is extraordinarily beautiful in our lives."

Michelle "Lani" Shiota joined the social psychology faculty at ASU in 2006 after earning her undergraduate degree in Communication at Stanford University, her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, and receiving post-doctorate training at the Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab. Shiota's research focuses on human emotions, relationships and awe.  


"Ending racism is not about magically fixing attitudes, but about adopting policies that reckon with our nation's history."

Matthew Delmont is a Professor of History at ASU. He is the author of "Making Roots: A Nation Captivated," "Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Backlash to School Desegregation" and "The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia." 


"...a massively complex, interconnected, international network of computers, wires, routers and underseas cables."

Jamie Winterton is the Director of Strategy for ASU’s Global Security Initiative, where she creates novel solutions for multifaceted and disparate problem spaces. Winterton coordinates and participates in defense and security-related research, with a special emphasis on cybersecurity. 


"Creativity is everywhere. But sometimes it hides beneath social conventions, rules and a fear of failure."

Steven J. Tepper is dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy and his work has fostered national discussions around cultural engagement, creative work and careers, art and democracy, and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus. 


"I think kindness is a behavior, a skill, it's glue. It's essential to all of our environments."

Liz Lerman is a renowned choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant," a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance and a Deutsch Fellow. In 2016, she was named the first Institute Professor at ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

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