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What does it mean to be human? Arizona State University addresses this question through the study of origins and human evolution. Faculty and students at the nationally recognized School of Human Evolution and Social Change conduct research inspired by topics that address global challenges, such as humans’ role in environmental crises, understanding health challenges resistant to public health approaches and exploring urban-focused research. Issues of today are addressed through the Obesity Solutions Initiative, a wide-ranging effort involving students, faculty, staff and the community as well as engaging thousands of research participants over many years to tackle the global problem of obesity.
Celebrating more than 30 years of discovery, ASU is also home to the Institute of Human Origins, the leading research organization devoted to the science of human origins. It pursues a transdisciplinary strategy for field and analytical paleoanthropological research to fulfill its mission of integrating social, earth and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning how humans evolved over time.
Exploring the fundamental questions of who we are, where we came from and where we are headed has been the Origins Project, which has transitioned into ASU's Interplanetary Initiative in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.