ASU Goldwater Conference to bring renowned scholars for national politics discussion

March 16, 2016

As the 2016 presidential election approaches in November, more than three dozen academic scholars in political science will gather to examine the data behind political campaigns, voter turnout and voting trends.

The two-day Goldwater Conference, “Campaigns, Elections and Representation,” will take place on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Demo version of lever style voting machine on display at the National Museum of American History Download Full Image

Noted political scientist and professor Morris P. Fiorina, the Goldwater Chair and Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, will kick off the conference with opening remarks on American politics and the study of representation and elections.

Fiorina’s recent research examines elections and public opinion with a focus on the quality of representation. He has published numerous articles and written or edited multiple books on national politics, including “Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America,” “Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics” and, most recently, “Can We Talk: The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics.”

“Professor Fiorina’s work has spanned over 40 years and has focused on many of the most crucial topics in American politics such as what drives voters to the polls, how voters make decisions, how representatives vote in Congress and the role of political parties in the American political system,” said Patrick Kenney, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fiorina has been elected to several prestigious academic societies, including the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His scholarship is required reading for all graduate students and will complement the content discussed during the ASU Goldwater Conference, Kenney said.  

Conference presenters will cover the electoral landscape, the underrepresentation of women, the impacts on primary electorates, the aggregate effects of large-scale campaigns and other related topics of interest.

Featured presenters include Lynn Vavreck, Chris Tausanovitch and Kathleen Bawn from the University of California, Los Angeles; John Sides from George Washington University; Sarah Fulton from Texas A&M University at College Station; Chris Warshaw from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ryan Enos from Harvard; and Anthony Fowler from the University of Chicago.

John. H. Aldrich, the Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of political science at Duke University, will offer closing remarks. 

“We’re proud to serve as an incubator for the cultivation of new knowledge and advancements in the field of American politics,” said Kenney. “This conference is a collection of young and established scholars who are employing interesting theories and state-of-the-art empirical methodologies to locate solutions to a number of puzzles about citizens’ beliefs and behaviors during campaigns and elections.”

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ASU launches ‘one-stop online shop’ for health

Website presents university health-related news and information in a more approachable way

March 16, 2016

Arizona State University has officially launched Health@ASU. The new website highlights the depth and breadth of health activity at ASU and is the first “one-stop online shop” for university health-related news and information.

The Health Futures Council at ASU, ambassadors, supporters and advisers for the university’s research and education programs in the health space, were recruited to construct Health@ASU. The project was spearheaded by Chief Technology Innovation Officer Chuck Kazilek in the Office of the Provost, who was tasked with developing a series of ASU “@ sites” including science, health, global, military, and ethics. (Additional @ sites are under discussion or development.) Screenshot of the new Health@ASU website. Download Full Image

Health@ASU is managed by Angel Brandwein, assistant director of the Health Futures Council with the support of Peggy Coulombe, director of executive communication for the Office of the Provost, and contributions from marketing and communications teams across the university.

“We are so excited that there is now a place to go online to see the myriad, diverse and truly exciting things Arizona State University is doing in health,” Brandwein said. “Previously, unless you knew exactly what to search for, you couldn’t find it.

“Now you can log on, browse, enter search terms, drill deeper for very specific information, and be amazed at how ASU is taking a leadership role in transforming health and disrupting the future of health care for the betterment of local communities, the nation, and the world. It’s actually quite breathtaking and such a pleasure to share on this broad scale.”

Each landing page on the site features roughly 200 words in accessible language for a broad audience. Like the other @ sites, pages serve as portals linking readers to deeper content on ASU unit pages. A live news feed focusing on ASU health headlines is included on the home page, linking readers to ASU News as well as Health Futures Council social media.

The site drop-down menus reflect the “big buckets” that make sense from a macro view of health and health care, as well as highlighting areas of ASU strength. While individual pages are designed to be as evergreen as possible, the Health Futures Council team continues to curate news and partner with marketing and communications staff to add content.

Users are encouraged to log on and explore Health@ASU and to link to it from their websites. If you have news or content to contribute, please contact the Health Futures Council at

The Health Futures Council at ASU is headed by Director Mitzi Krockover and overseen by Wellington "Duke" Reiter, senior advisor to President Michael Crow, and Janet Holston, director of Special Initiatives.

Reporter , ASU Now