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Be sure to stop by the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on ASU’s West campus today (Monday, Oct 27) from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and watch the Sun Devils women’s basketball team practice as they get ready for the upcoming season.

In addition to watching the team practice, you can get autographs signed by your favorite players.

The season kicks off Nov. 14 in Tempe as the Sun Devils take on Middle Tennessee.

If you’d like more info about today’s open practice and autograph-signing session, call the SDFC-West at 602-543-3488.

Who wants a good job that pays well? If you’re among the vast majority of people who would answer yes to that question, you should check out degree offerings from ASU’s New College.

A recent Wall Street Journal article pointed to mathematician, statistician, actuary, software engineer and computer systems analyst as among the “best jobs of 2014.” All of these professions may be pursued by graduates of New College’s degrees in applied math, applied computing and statistics.

“Not many people can say that they jump out of bed to begin their workday, but I can,” says Jessica Grado, a recent New College graduate, who is putting her applied mathematics degree to work as an actuarial analyst at a Scottsdale actuarial consulting firm.

Click here to read more.

West campus vice provost and dean Marlene Tromp is lending her support to the Well Devils Coalition at the West campus as the Coalition hosts a Take Back the Night event on Monday, Oct. 20 as part of Consent Week on campus.

The event in the Verde Dining Pavilion Courtyard begins with an open mic discussion from 5 to 6 p.m. A march will be held from 6 to 6:30, followed by Dean Tromp’s remarks from 6:30 to 7.

Participants can enjoy free pizza!

Looking for more info? Click here or email WDClala@gmail.com.

High school and community college students – are you thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree at ASU’s West campus? There’s an event coming up this Friday that’s designed specifically for you.

You can learn about the academic programs and support services the campus offers during the West Campus Expo on Friday, Oct. 17. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m., with the program running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students are encouraged to bring family members to the expo. Attendees will learn about degree programs on the West campus, along with topics related to admissions, student housing and financial aid. They will also take a tour of the campus.

Click here for more information.

It’s Weigh the Waste week at Verde Dining Pavilion! This seventh annual event sponsored by Sun Devil Dining helps students see how their individual choices can have a big impact on the environment.

Volunteers are needed through Friday to weigh wasted food and interact with students at Verde Dining Pavilion. The event is going on across all ASU campuses.

To volunteer to get involved, email Hicks-Krista@Aramark.com.

What do The Hunger Games, Of Mice and Men, and Captain Underpants all have in common? They are all books that have been censored or challenged! Come celebrate your freedom to read as Fletcher Library commemorates Banned Books Week, through this Saturday, Sept. 27.

Stop by the library to participate in our “guess the banned book” display, or write down your thoughts about censorship on our Freedom of Speech board.

Click here for more information.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in any one of a variety of medical fields, you won’t want to miss New College’s annual Pre-Health Conference, Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. in La Sala. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather information and talk with medical school representatives.

“This event provides a chance for students in any major to find out about the medical career options and educational paths available to them once they complete a bachelor’s degree,” says Sue Lafond, academic success coordinator in New College’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. “Attendees can learn more about various potential career paths, whether they plan to pursue an M.D. or D.O. degree, or become a pharmacist, dentist, optometrist, physical therapist or physician assistant.”

Click here for more info and details on how to R.S.V.P.

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.

Click here for more information.

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.

Click here to watch the video.

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.

Click here to read more.

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