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Film Screening and Panelist Discussion: Souls of the Vermilion Sea

Biodiversity Outcomes
Sunday, March 25, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (GMT - 7)

Join us for a special screening of the short documentary Souls of the Vermilion Sea followed by a moderated panel discussion with global experts on marine mammal conservation.

The vaquita is a critically endangered small porpoise that can only be found in the northern waters of the Gulf of California, Mexico...

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Graduate Student Research at Decision Center for a Desert City: Updates from the Center's Community of Graduate Scholars

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Christine DeMyers

  • Moderator and 3rd Year PhD Student, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Veronica Horvath

  • 1st Year Master's Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Leah Jones

  • 2nd Year PhD Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Krista Lawless

  • Graduating Master's Student, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Michael Steptoe

  • 1st Year PhD Student, School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

Please join us for an annual update on research projects from DCDC’s graduate research assistants.

DCDC’s Community of Graduate Scholars is a year-long, one-credit course that gives our graduate research assistants an opportunity to gain skills and become leaders in transdisciplinary approaches to research, policy, and community engagement.

Students will present five-minute...

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Food Systems & Beyond Event - Food Reconnection

Food Systems
Thursday, March 29, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join us in kicking off ASU’s Earth Month celebration at the Food Systems and Beyond Event! With a theme of “food reconnection,” this year’s event will highlight plant-based food and connect attendees to local growers and sustainably sourced products available at campus dining locations. Enjoy complimentary food and beverage samples,...

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The Art of Food Activism: An Italian Example

Food Systems
Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Don Pasta (Daniele de Michele)

  • Italian Performance Artist, Gastrophilosopher, and Food Activist

Don Pasta considers cooking a political act. His work has focused on a wide range of topics from preserving working class culinary traditions to the transformation of Italian cuisine by new immigrants. Don Pasta regularly writes for Slow Food and a variety of other Italian food magazines. He directs the...

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Case Critical Series: The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Case Critical
Friday, March 30, 2018
8:30 a.m.: Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Panel Discussion

Thad Miller

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

David King

  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Lina Karam

  • Professor and Computer Engineering Chair, School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering

Arizona (and Tempe) has been on the cutting edge of autonomous vehicle technology, with companies feverishly promoting and testing their products. In light of this week’s fatal Uber accident in Tempe, opposition to driverless cars -- ranging from possible software malfunction to a general distrust of robot-esque vehicles, has escalated...

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Research Focal Areas and Initiatives

Biodiversity Outcomes

Beth Polidoro

  • Assistant Professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • Deputy Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Samantha Cheng

  • Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • Associate Director of Conservation Evidence, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Krista Kemppinen

  • ASU-Conservation International Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Stakeholder Engagement

Beth Polidoro will present Center activities connecting communities and institutions from local-to-global scales.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
School of Life Sciences, C-wing, Room 202
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

Biodiversity Evidence, Metrics and Monitoring

Samantha Cheng will talk about finding evidence from what works in conservation.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
12:00 - 1:00...

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The Way Forward: Arizona's Renewable Energy Transition

Sustainability Series
Friday, April 6, 2018
9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion

Andy Tobin

  • Program Manager, School of Public Service and Community Solutions, ASU
  • Arizona Corporation Comissioner

Paul Hirt

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, ASU Wrigley Institute
  • Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, ASU
  • Board Member, Salt River Project

Kris Mayes

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, ASU Wrigley Institute
  • Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU
  • Co-Director, Energy Policy Innovation Council
  • Director, Utility of the Future Center

Maren Mahoney

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, ASU Wrigley Institute
  • Program Manager, Energy Policy Innovation Council

Mahesh Morjaria

  • Vice President, PV Systems, First Solar

Join sustainability scientists, a current and former Arizona Corporation Commissioner, and a board member from the Salt River Project, and an engineer for a robust discussion on the future of renewable energy in Arizona.

A light breakfast will be provided.

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"A" Mountain Restoration

Saturday, April 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. (Check-in)
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Work)
11:30 a.m. (Lunch)

Celebrate Earth Day 2018 by helping to restore walking and hiking trails on "A" Mountain, Tempe's only preserve. Let's walk the talk and give back to the Mountain we love too well!

Where to Meet: Hayden Butte Park Preserve, just north of Tempe Mission Palms. Muffins and coffee will be...

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Looking for a Pulse in Dryland Ecosystems: Evaluating the Pulse Dynamics Paradigm Forty Years after its Creation

Global Drylands Center
April 10 - 13, 2018

Dryland ecosystems are characterized by infrequent and variable precipitation and, in his seminal 1973 paper, Noy-Meir proposed hypotheses that placed dryland ecosystem controls into a ‘pulse dynamics’ framework. This framework has become a central tenet for dryland ecology and, while it has been frequently cited and built upon, the paradigm...

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Housing and Health: Panel Discussion at Mountain Park Health Center

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Panel Discussion
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.: Tour of new Mountain Park Health Center

Jon Ford

  • Vitalyst Health Foundation

Andrea Bell

  • Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care

Diana " DeDe" Yazzie Devine

  • Native American Connections

Dr. Punam Ohri-Vachaspati

  • Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Join us for this networking breakfast and panel discussion event about the connections between housing and health in the Valley.

Our health is inextricably tied to where we live. Having access to safe, stable, and affordable homes – particularly in communities with access to mass transit, parks, and healthy food...

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Global Locust Initiative Launch Event

Global Locust Initiative
Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, 2018

Launching the Global Locust Initiative at ASU: Identifying the Global Institutional Framework and Opportunities to Influence Policy Change in Locust Research and Management

The Launch Event:
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with a diverse set of global stakeholders, share their research through talks and posters, engage early with...

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