It was a year of big headlines for both the nation and Arizona State University. As the world has been faced with new challenges — and opportunities for new solutions — ASU has found innovative ways to help the communities it serves.

The university’s faculty, staff and students have made advancements in health, space exploration, robotics and more, all while expanding access to education and extending compassion to others.

Here are some of the top stories from 2016.


Tracking down the Arizona fireball

ASU researcher creates system to control robots with the brain

The case of the missing craters

ASU robot teaches itself how to shoot hoops — in a matter of hours

ASU team first to prove Uber eases traffic congestion


Scientists reveal low-cost test for Zika

The healing effects of yoga

Cyber stars at ASU

The future of water in the Southwest

Mayo Clinic ASU alliance seeks to transform health care


Dance legend Liz Lerman joins ASU

This guy? He knows people

The next big thing in space is really, really small

Teaching geography with Pokémon GO

From ‘bulldozer bait’ to a beehive of artistic activity


Filling a huge English-learning need

ASU launches partnership to pilot learning tech on campuses

Cronkite School teams up with Google News Lab

7 reasons ASU named the ‘Entrepreneurial University’

ASU moves up in global patent ranking

Global Engagement

ASU top US producer of Fulbright scholars

Thunderbird at 70: Rebirth and rediscovery

Obama highlights ASU during trip to Vietnam

ASU professor leads audiology team to Malawi

ASU lab digs deep into ancient city’s past

ASU takes top spot for international students

Arizona Impact

ASU’s innovation is a benefit for society

How to turn a stadium into a year-round cultural hub

Center for Law and Society stands for inclusion

ASU helping community at landmark Westward Ho

Helping sustain the future of dates

ASU strengthens Tucson

Sun Devil Life

Phelps looks to life outside the pool at ASU

Palm Walk: A tale of trees, death, rebirth and mystery

Fork ’em over in Rio

Celebrating 20 years of hands-on learning at Polytechnic

ASU News

ASU ranks in the top 100 most prestigious universities worldwide

Drawing the brightest minds to ASU

ASU partnership to help students pay for college

ASU selected nation’s most innovative school for second straight year

Employers place ASU in top 10 for graduate employability

Originally published at on December 21, 2016.

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