Walter Robinson is an investigative reporter and editor who led the Boston Globe’s report on the Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. That effort was recounted in the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight,” with Robinson portrayed by actor Michael Keaton. Robinson is a Donald W. Reynolds visiting professor in Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and will talk about his career and his role at ASU.
Thanks to a grant from the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, the First Annual Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition was held over the weekend. The competition took place at the Chandler High School Aquatics Center, featuring 25 underwater robotic teams from Maricopa County hoping to earn a spot in the SeaPerch International Competition in Boston in May. Bill Badger, the lead of the local competition, will tell us more, along with Madeline Badger, one of the competitors.
Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 96 percent of deceased NFL players they examined. The disease comes from repeated trauma to the head and can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. Dr. Steven Erickson of the Banner Concussion Center in Phoenix will discuss the issue.
In light of the recent bombing in Boston, we take a look at the status of homeland security in the Phoenix area. Grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have been reduced in recent years. Scott Krushak, the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Phoenix, and Mesa City Councilman Scott Somers, who is also a firefighter, will talk about the status of homeland security for the Valley.