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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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