ASU professor honored for work on energy


September 29, 2015

Martin “Mike” Pasqualetti, an Arizona State University professor and an expert on energy and the social components of energy development, will be awarded the 2015 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Memorial Medal by the American Geographical Society. The award will be presented at the society’s annual fall symposium at Columbia University on Nov. 20.

Pasqualetti, a professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and a senior sustainability scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, was cited for “substantial and sustained contributions to our understanding of the geography of energy,” said Douglas Sherman, chairperson of the AGS Honors and Awards Committee. A photograph of Martin "Mike" Pasqualetti Martin "Mike" Pasqualetti will be given the 2015 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Memorial Medal by the American Geographical Society for his work on energy and the social aspects of energy policy. Download Full Image

The Alexander and Ilse Melamid Memorial Medal is conferred on scholars who have done outstanding work on the dynamic relationship between human culture and natural resources.

“Being honored by the AGS, one of the oldest and most prestigious geographical organizations in the world, is a humbling experience. However, while the medal may be in recognition of my individual contributions to the geographical study of energy, much of my work would have been impossible — and certainly not as pleasant — without the enthusiasm of my students, the camaraderie of my colleagues, or the leadership of Gary Dirks, director of GIOS, and ASU President Michael Crow. I am therefore particularly pleased to be able to say that I am associated with ASU, my academic home since 1977.”

For more than 40 years, Pasqualetti has conducted and published innovative yet practical research concerned with energy education, the nexus of energy and society, energy security, the social acceptance of renewable energy and the recognition and remediation of energy landscapes.

Pasqualetti, who also serves as co-director of the Energy Policy Innovation Council at ASU, is a world-renowned scholar. He has published books on wind power, nuclear power and landscape development, and his many articles have been cited extensively in related research projects and publications in the U.S. and abroad.

One of his recent research projects focused on the energy/water nexus and its relevance in arid environments like the Colorado River Basin in North America and the Sultanate of Oman. Serving as chairperson of the Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Council and as a founding member of the Arizona Solar Center’s Board of Directors, Pasqualetti has played an important role in promoting solar energy development in Arizona.

His research and instruction have taken him to Mexico, China, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, the Czech Republic, Germany, Guyana and Palestine, among others.

The American Geographical Society is the oldest professional geographical organization in the U.S. It is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in geographical research and education and has been awarding medals for outstanding accomplishments in geography for more than 117 years.

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ASU center director Jane Maienschein joins University Professor elite


September 29, 2015

Two Arizona State University faculty members were appointed to an elite group of ASU University Professors on Sept. 29 by ASU President Michael M. Crow and Interim Provost Mark Searle.

“ASU is an environment that attracts pioneering minds in the creative arts and sciences and encourages them to thrive,” Crow said. “As University Professors, these leading scholars represent the best of our world-class faculty and the outstanding accomplishments that have made a significant impact on generations of scholars, entrepreneurs and our community.” Group with ASU President Michael Crow (From left) Former Provost Rob Page, Interim Provost Mark Searle, Professor Sally Kitch and Professor Jane Maienschein stand with ASU President Michael Crow after Kitch and Maienschein are awarded new certifications of University Professor on Sept. 29. Photo by: Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

Those chosen are also ASU’s top experts in their fields of research, nationally and internationally: Jane Maienschein, University Professor of History and Science; and Sally Kitch, University Professor of Women and Gender Studies.

Learn more about Kitch here.

“Regents’ Professors Maienschein and Kitch are exceptional scholars and outstanding leaders of innovative, thriving and impactful research centers,” said Searle. “Their insight, commitment and expertise has spurred new discovery and advanced novel programs of study, as well as vaulting understanding of the complex relationships between people, science and society.” 

Regents’ Professor Jane Maienschein is a professor in the School of Life Sciences and director of the Center for Biology and Society in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is also a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and an adjunct senior scientist and director of the History Project with Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). She received her bachelor’s from Yale, and her master’s and doctorate from Indiana University.

Maienschein is the author of four books, numerous articles, essays, and more than 160 book reviews. Her research interests span embryology, the field of study covering the development of embryos and fetuses; genetics and cell biology; the history and philosophy of science; and the changing social, political and legal context in which science thrives.

She launched the Embryo Project at ASU and founded the Embryo Project Encyclopedia, a digital archive of images, essays, articles and exhibits of embryology and development, stem cells, cloning and evolution, and reproductive medicine as well as the MBL digital archives and History Project

“This appointment is a huge honor, and it feels like it brings a huge responsibility,” Maienschein said. “I plan to continue doing everything I have been doing, but to extend a bit more in some new directions.”   

These new directions, according to Maienschein, include investing more energy to find funding to expand the digital archives and online exhibits for the History Project at the Marine Biological Laboratory and invest in students’ efforts to expand social media and public access to the online Embryo Project Encyclopedia.

As director of the Center for Biology and Society, Maienschein has attracted award-winning faculty to support a range of unique educational and research programs in the School of Life Sciences. Faculty members integrate teaching and research, offer individualized student support, and promote civic leadership and the scholarly exploration of conceptual foundations and historical development of the biosciences and their diverse interactions with society.

Maienschein was named Arizona Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and received an Independent Publisher’s Book Award. 

In 2015, Maienschein received the David L. Hull Prize, the highest honor granted by the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology. The prize honors extraordinary contributions to scholarship and service and promotion of interdisciplinary studies. 

Maienschein is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Science and fellow of the Association for Women in Science, and recognized for her mentorship. Each year, Maienschein and ASU colleagues take students from Barrett, The Honors College to give professional presentations at the annual AAAS meetings. She has advised undergraduate students on more than 60 Honors Projects and theses, in addition to supporting 19 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  

At ASU, Maienschein also holds the titles of President’s Professor and Parents Association Professor, and has received numerous awards, including the Zebulon Pearce Quality Teaching Award, Distinguished Faculty Award, Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and Gary S. Krahenbuhl Difference-Maker Award.

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