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MeetVeraStarkIf you haven’t caught a performance of “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” in Second Stage West, time is running out!

The play’s final three performances are coming up this Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 18-20, at 7:30 p.m.

This new comedy from Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. The play takes a 70-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood starlet desperately grasping to hold on to her career.

“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” is directed by New College’s Charles St. Clair in a co-production with iTheatre Collaborative.

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As promised (see below), New College professor Tom Cahill appeared on Channel 8’s Horizon program to talk about his research into the Valley’s air quality.

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Cahill, Tom & air monitor cropNew College faculty member Tom Cahill will appear Tuesday, Aug 19 at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 8’s “Horizon” interview program.

Cahill will discuss his research into air quality in metro Phoenix. He has air monitoring equipment set up on ASU’s West campus, and his work resulted in a recent article in the journal Atmospheric Environment.

Cahill’s work digs deeper into the composition of particulates in the Valley’s air than typical air-quality monitoring provides. The study also follows month-to-month variations in air quality over the course of a full year, while most studies are only conducted over short time periods.

Unlike many air monitoring sites that simply report overall levels of particulate matter in the air, along with compounds like ozone and carbon dioxide, Cahill’s study gathered data on the range of sizes of airborne particles.

“This information is important because the upper parts of our respiratory systems can filter out larger particles, while smaller ones can make it down into the lungs and into our bloodstream,” Cahill said.

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Emotion_Homepage_header2[1]New College’s Nicole Roberts has coauthored a study revealing that seizures that could be mistaken for epilepsy are linked to feelings of anxiety.

The team of researchers devised a new set of tests to determine whether there was a link between how people interpret and respond to anxiety, and incidences of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES).

“This research underscores the fact that PNES is a ‘real’ and disabling disorder with a potentially identifiable pathophysiology,” said Roberts, who directs New College’s Emotion, Culture, and Psychophysiology Laboratory. “We need to continue to search for answers, not just in epilepsy clinics, but also in the realm of affective science and complex brain-behavior relationships.”

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Batie, ShaneShane Batie (pictured) is one of four ASU recent graduates who were admitted to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix after conducting undergraduate research projects in the West campus lab of Peter Jurutka.

Jurutka researches a variety of health-related biochemical topics, with a focus on vitamin D, nutrition and cancer.

“Much of the research in my lab is driven by undergraduate students,” Jurutka said. “They value the opportunity to become involved in a meaningful research experience.”

“Dr. Jurutka demands excellence from his students, which drives us to work hard and be productive,” Batie said. “We had weekly meetings to discuss experiments, results, and work on manuscripts to submit for publication. I consider the work I did with Dr. Jurutka the most beneficial piece of my application for medical school. He also reviewed and provided critique for my Personal Statement, a two-page essay that accompanies the medical school application.”

Dozens of students have worked with Jurutka during his decade at ASU. Their work regularly results in their becoming co-authors of papers published in refereed academic journals and presented at national conferences.

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jeff_kunowski_-_photo[1]Congrats to Jeff Kunowski, an ASU New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences alumnus, who recently was named Arizona’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration Arizona District Office.

In 2010, Kunowski founded Illumin8 Media, an LED signage company. He received his bachelor’s degree in integrative studies in 2011 from New College.

ASU played in integral role in the launch of his business. In 2010, with the help of a $10,000 grant from ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, Kunowski was able to begin development and eventually sell his first product to the Phoenix Suns.

Way to go, Jeff! Click here to read more.

Chakwera, Ernest cropErnest Chakwera, a student from Malawi in southeast Africa, has wrapped up his freshman year in New College. He is spending this summer doing an NCUIRE research project with professor Duku Anokye.

Chakwera’s goal is to return to Malawi after graduation and work to advance women’s rights. “That is my passion,” he said. “I want women to have the same opportunities as men, whether it’s access to education or the chance to succeed in the business world.”

Anokye is among the people at the West campus who have helped Chakwera adjust to his new home.

“I first met Ernest a couple weeks after he arrived on campus,” she said. “He was homesick, and Jenna Graham (a New College Student Success staff member) was good enough to put me in touch with him. I brought him home one weekend and gave him some good Ghanaian home cooking.”

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Attention all alumni of ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business – you’re invited to get together with fellow alums on Tuesday, June 24 at Gordon Biersch-Westgate.

The West Valley Alumni Mixer is set for 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow colleagues and friends.

This event is complimentary and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Guests are welcome!

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Mendoza, LouisNew College has landed a talented, experienced professor and administrator to provide leadership to the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (SHArCS). Louis Mendoza, who most recently has served as a professor and administrator at the University of Minnesota, has accepted the position of director of SHArCS. He begins his new role on July 1.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Mendoza join ASU and know that he will support President Michael Crow’s mission of paired academic excellence and student access,” said Marlene Tromp, dean of New College. SHArCS is one of three schools in New College. “I am confident Dr. Mendoza will be an excellent leader and role model at ASU.”

Mendoza received his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in ethnic and Third World literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Houston, he has taught at the University of Minnesota as professor of Chicano and Latino studies for the past decade and served as associate vice provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity from 2008 to 2014.

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The ASU Libraries is excited to announce that online access to The New York Times is now available to the ASU community. The Group Pass effectively provides each ASU student, faculty and staff member an online subscription to the nytimes.com site (no more paywalls!).

This service gives students, faculty and staff full access to NYTimes.com and NYTimes mobile apps, as well as their international editions. Users will find a variety of topics covered with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. Convenient section lists and search tools make navigation simple.

In addition, users can discover and share content on social networks, save articles, subscribe to email newsletters of areas of interest and receive news alerts, either on predefined topics or through a keyword search the user designates.

Click here for more information and details on how to register.

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