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ASU Law receives $100,000 gift from Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association

December 14, 2015

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has received a $100,000 gift from Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, which will be used to fund scholarships.

“This gives us an opportunity to increase how we are able to help out individual students that are coming to ASU Law,” said Ed Maldonado (JD ’00), president of Los Abogados. “There is also Dean (Douglas) Sylvester’s commitment to strengthening the diversity of the law students and the faculty.” ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Dean Douglas Sylvester. Download Full Image

The scholarships funded by Los Abogados will be given to ASU Law students who show a commitment to helping the Latino community. The scholarships are not limited to Latinos or those of Hispanic descent.

The gift represents a long-standing partnership between Los Abogados and ASU Law. In October, Los Abogados honored ASU Law Professor Charles Calleros with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Here at ASU Law, our primary focus is our students,” Dean Sylvester said. “Through this generous gift we will be able to financially assist more students. In addition, we will continue to partner with Los Abogados to promote diversity at ASU Law.”

As thanks for the gift, Sylvester announced that the third-floor conference room at the Arizona Center for Law and Society, the new home of ASU Law in downtown Phoenix, will be named the Los Abogados Conference Room.

“That’s huge. It really provides a visual representation that ASU Law is committed to Los Abogados, to the Hispanic community as a whole, and the Hispanic legal community,” Maldonado said. “Having our name ever present in this amazing, state-of-the-art law school is something we’re proud of.”

Jason Barraza, vice president of Los Abogados, believes the gift to ASU Law will inspire members of the group to continue giving to legal education.

“This endowment would not be possible without the support of our membership, and I anticipate our members will continue their support, whether individually or through Los Abogados,” he said.

Los Abogados was founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1988. Members of Los Abogados include private and public attorneys, judges, businesspeople, paralegals and law students. Members practice throughout Arizona and serve as officers and directors of county, state and federal bar associations. Los Abogados is an affiliate member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


ASU center, PARC create world's largest flexible X-ray detector made with thin film transistors

December 17, 2015

The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) at Arizona State University and PARC, a Xerox company, announced today that they have successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible X-ray detector prototypes using advanced thin film transistors.

Measuring 10 diagonal inches, the device has been jointly developed at the ASU center and PARC in conjunction with the Army Research Lab and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The device will be used to advance the development of flexible X-ray detectors for use in thin, lightweight, conformable and highly rugged devices.

“This achievement is a fantastic example of how academia, industry and government can collaborate to advance key technologies and national priorities,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. “Flexible electronics hold tremendous potential to accelerate our global competitiveness in the area of advanced manufacturing by partnering with federal agencies and industry leaders." Download Full Image

The thin film transistor and PIN diode processing was done on the 470- by 370-mm Gen II line at the Flexible Electronics and Display Center. This device showcases the center's successful scale up to GEN II, and the ability to produce sensors and displays using thin film transistors in standard process flows with the center’s proprietary bond/de-bond technology. These detectors are unique in that they showcase both of the flexible substrates the center uses to make devices. Some of the new detectors are on polyethylene naphthalate and some are on polyimide.

“This success came from a rewarding collaboration that combines FEDC’s flexible array fabrication technology and PARC’s experience with digital X-ray systems,” said Bob Street, PARC Senior Research Fellow.

The system design and integration was done at PARC. The flexible X-ray sensor was coupled to a tablet device for control and image viewing. This system shows PARC’s capability to build user-defined prototype systems incorporating novel device physics, materials and technology. PARC has extensive experience in building large-area electronic systems, display and backplane prototypes, and organic and printed electronics.

ASU media contact: Judy Keane,