ASU joins project to build the world’s largest optic telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization announced on Wednesday, Nov. 29 that ASU is the latest university to join the project to build the the world’s largest optical telescope.

The organization is an international collaboration of universities and institutions working to create a telescope that will help acquire information about planets beyond our solar system as well as the formation of the universe.

“ASU has a great deal of expertise in some of the key areas we’re hoping GMT will address, including the early universe, extrasolar planets and astrobiology,” Patrick Young, an associate professor at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Explorationsaid.

Young said he is most excited about the ability to better study Earth-like extrasolar planets that might have evidence of life and help researchers better understand how life formed on Earth.

GMT will be the first of the next generation of telescopes that are much larger and more powerful than current optical telescopes. These “extremely large telescopes,” as they are being called by scientists, can take in more light and provide researchers with more detailed information.

“Being involved in GMT will put ASU on the forefront of astronomy for the next generation, because these (telescopes) are going to be the workhorses that open up opportunities for scientific new discoveries,” Young said.

Telescope technology has come a long way from the refracting telescopes built by Galileo Galilei. The GMT’s optics will be comprised of seven mirrors weighing 17 tons each.

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UC Berkeley wins second annual Overwatch Collegiate National Championship

The reigning championship team from the University of California at Berkeley beat the University of California at Irvine in the collegiate Overwatch championship game held at ASU on Feb. 17.

Through its Tespa collegiate esports division, Blizzard Entertainment partnered with the Fiesta Bowl organization to host esports matches for the first time in the bowl’s 47-year history.

Before the final match, ASU defeated the University of Arizona in an exhibition match. Though the number of attendees was smaller than at a traditional Sun Devil sports event, ASU fans shouted “defense!” like at a basketball or football game.

Read more at statepress.com 

Hilary Clinton campaigns at ELAC as protesters gather

Photo of protester by Jose Ivan Cazares

By Jose Ivan Cazares and Megan G. Razzetti

The South Gym’s floor was filled with Hillary Clinton supporters Thursday while an estimated 200 protesters gathered on Avenida Cesar Chavez. There were many people waiting in line who didn’t make it into the rally. It was the Democratic Presidential Candidate’s 11th visit to the Los Angeles area since the start of her campaign.

The former Secretary of State spoke to her supporters about the importance of education and what she referred to as “the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.”

Clinton pushed her position on equal pay for women and paid family leave.

“We’re also going to follow California’s lead and make sure we have paid family leave for working families,” she said. “ I will do everything I can to make the economy work for everybody, to help more people lift themselves out of poverty, lift themselves into the middle class and go as far as their hard work and talents will take them.”

Among the attendees, members of the ELAC community were in attendance to show support for Clinton.

“I’m so excited that she’s (Clinton) is on the campus where I’m teaching,” ELAC French professor Rebecca Ebin said. “I’ve been working here for 10 years and this is the biggest event on a national level that has happened during my time here.”

Ebin explained her reasons for supporting Clinton are due to her thoughts on the importance of education.

“Of course I want free tuition at the community colleges,” Ebin said. “I feel Hilary shares those views.”

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti was among the speakers at the event. “This isn’t about building walls, it’s about building bridges,” Garcetti said.

Garcetti and other speakers emphasized a united front against Trump. Clinton criticized Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump on his stance on immigration. She called him a “loose cannon” and someone who should not be in the Oval Office.

Read more at elaccampusnews.com 

Thousands gather at May Day March

Photo by Jose Ivan Cazares

By Jose Ivan Cazares

Thousands of marchers used the annual May Day March as a platform to protest President Donald Trump’s administration on May 2017.

Demonstrators gathered at MacArthur Park at 11 a.m. and marched about two miles to City Hall in support of workers’ issues, issues of discrimination and immigration issues.

Groups chanted “We don’t want a fascist U.S.A.” Another group chanted “the people united will never be divided” in spanish.” One group dragged a pinata of Trump through the streets of downtown.

Another pinata of the President was paraded around with a sign that read “All hail the idiot king.”

Drummer’s struck their instruments during the two mile march. Musical performances before and after the march included Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello who performed “This Land Is Your Land” while the crowd sang along.

Read more at elaccampusnews.com 

ASU works to bridge the digital divide in tribal communities

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By Jose Ivan Cazares | 04/11/18 7:36pm

Despite the ubiquity of the internet in contemporary life, 11 percent of U.S. adults still don’t go online, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center from 2000 to 2018.

The study also outlines that many of these individuals reside in minority communities. According to experts, this digital divide can be detrimental to the academic and professional advancements of these individuals. As former President Barack Obama put it in a 2015 speech: “The internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.”

Tribal communities are some of the most severely affected when it comes to internet dry-zones, said Robert Miller, a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and an expert on American Indian economic development.

 

These communities are not only extremely rural in many cases, but they must also contend with the complex relationships between tribal nations, state governments, the federal government and the private sector.

“It’s hard to believe that so many people don’t have a home internet connection in this day in age, but there are a lot,” he said.

Read more at statepress.com

Formula 1 started with a bang this season

By Jose Ivan Cazares

The 2018 Formula 1 season is well on its way with Sebastian Vettel taking 1st place for Ferrari in the first two races. This puts Vettel at 50 points with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in second with 30 points.

Hamilton is the the current champion and is unlikely to let go of the title without a fight. He placed second on the podium during the Australian Grand Prix and third this weekend in Bahrain. Both drivers have four championships on their record with Vettel winning his last season in 2013.

Not all went smoothly for Ferrari Vettel’s teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, did not make it to the podium due to a mishap in the pits. However, his third place finish in Australia puts in in 5th place overall with 15 points.

There hasn’t been a driver that doesn’t win the season who won the first two races of that season placing a lot of pressure on the Italian national.

Hamilton proved he is still a contender by by aggressively overtaking three cars in a role while hugging the inside of a corner.

In third place in the overall standings is Hamilton’s teammate,
Valtteri Bottas who finish second in Bahrain.

Alonso Fernado is a fan favorite and many believe the former world champion will find success once again behind the wheel of the Honda powered Mclaren.

Taking home the title wont be easy for Ferrari with so many former champions chasing the title. The last time Ferrari was dominant in F1 was in 2007 with Raikkonen winning the season.

The U.S’s F1 team, Hass F1 made its day view in 2016 and hopes to improve in its performance this season. However, it had a bad start in Australia with both cars leaving the pits before one of the wheels were properly attached.

Despite those two mishaps one of Hass’ drivers, Kevin Magnussen, is in currently in 5th place in the overall-standings.

The most significant change to 2018 season are the mandatory halos on all the cars to protect drivers from debris, something some fans say takes away from the open cockpit aesthetic of F1 cars.

The halo is likely to become a permanent part of F1 as many are recognizing the befits of fitting cars with them.

Other changes include the ban of shark fins on the rear end of the car. There has also been addition of new tires with all of them being slightly softer than those from last season. Teams are also limited to three engines this season compared to four last year.

Its sure to be one of the most exiting seasons in recent Formula 1 history with so many talented drivers aiming to win in what is considered the pinnacle of Motorsports.

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