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ASU, Piper Trust Announce Program To Study Shocks And Stressors

Arizona State University and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust recently announced a $15 million deal to help Phoenix-area residents deal with shocks and stressors — like heat — in a program called the ASU Knowledge Exchange for Resilience.

ASU president Michael Crow said the university is working to create a mechanism for new ideas and solutions to enhance resiliency. Crow said a program like this could have helped with the housing market crash a decade ago.

“Perhaps we could have taken more steps," Crow said recently on  Arizona Horizon.  "Perhaps we could have been better prepared, perhaps we could have known the nature of that particular economic shock and then the best routes out of that economic shock, again by working together.”

Crow said one of the pilot programs so far has been studying the increasing extreme nighttime temperatures in the Valley.

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After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.