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IMPACT Magazine: Stories of Generosity and Opportunity at ASU

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Poet Alberto Rios wants us to know there’s something going on out there.

Scientist Nancy Grimm wonders what’s percolating in our urban aquafers.

An ASU student ensures girls and boys attend school in Zimbabwe.

Why we find puppies so hard to resist.
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Eyes on Africa

Papay Solomon lived in a refugee camp in Guinea, West Africa. When he was 5, he began doodling in notebooks handed out by the United Nations. After Solomon arrived in Arizona, the Myers Family Scholarship enabled him to attend ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where he honed his fine arts skills. His stunning oil-on-canvas paintings depict young people of the African diaspora. In 2018, HIDA honored him as its outstanding graduate.

Students and residents help each other at the Westward Ho.

Donors elevate the game-day experience

Sparking memory and learning in older adults

Find out when you Ask A Biologist at ASU

“Seeking Asylum” documents ASU students as they learn about the refugee experience

Katzin Concert Hall is one of the most used performance venues in ASU's Music Building


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Ariana Ruof
What drives college students to drink to excess? Ariana Ruof ’17 helps us understand those impulses as lab manager at the Social Addictions Impulse Lab in Tempe. She has been equipping people to overcome their personal struggles since she was an undergraduate at ASU, where she helped to found Mental Health Awareness Week. The Zita M. Johnson Child Study scholarship, among others, allowed Ruof to have an “incredibly enriched undergraduate experience.” Graduating debtfree will enable her to pursue a doctoral degree at ASU.

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Elizabeth Tellman
Hoping to reduce landslides and flooding in poor rural communities, Elizabeth Tellman, a doctoral candidate with ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, designed flood detection systems that will foster better flood mitigation and adaptation strategies in developing countries. Her efforts in this field earned Tellman second place among several dozen candidates from 18 countries for the Allianz Climate Risk Research Award. Tellman, the recipient of the Echoing Green and Gilbert F. White graduate fellowships, among others, founded Cloud to Street, a company striving to reduce flood vulnerability around the world.

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Evvan Morton
As a graduate student, Evvan Morton works to stop the progression of climate change due to the release of carbon dioxide. But that’s not the only challenge she’s taken on at ASU. As a woman of color in the male-dominated field of engineering, she also works to overcome stereotypes. “It has become an increasing passion of mine to show girls that the STEM field is possible,” says Morton, the 2018 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Servant-Leadership Award and president of the Black Graduate Students Association. Scholarships are enabling her to pursue those passions debt-free.

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HOOLEST GUYS ON THE BLOCK Team invents relaxing earbuds
Imagine what you could accomplish without stage fright or performance anxiety. Nicholas Hool, Sami Mian and John Patterson, students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, are creating earbuds that help people control their nerves by emitting electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve, which activates the body’s relaxation response. Their company, Hoolest Performance Technologies, earned the $100,000 grand prize donated by Avnet, an electronics company, at the ASU Innovation Open venture-funding competition. See how ASU creates a fertile environment for entrepreneurs.