ASU Insight: Zocalo - Should Health Care Systems Be National?

April 6, 2016

Around the world, health care is seen as a responsibility of nations. Even in the United States, a national system of health care and insurance is a longstanding, if still unrealized, goal. But in the 21st century, is a national system or a national government really the best way to guarantee and provide coverage? Diseases spread easily around the globe. Digital technology permits at least some forms of care across vast distances. And with so many national governments weakened by political polarization, some argue health care should be delivered by local governments and institutions that can be more responsive and creative. What is the case for national health care today? What do we know from other countries about the most effective systems to treat the sick and help the healthy stay that way? Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, and Dr. Denis A. Cortese, emeritus president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic and now director of the Health Care Delivery and Policy Program at Arizona State University, visit Zócalo to examine the best models for creating a healthier world. Arizona State University, President Michael Crow, Sir Malcom Grant, Dr. Denis Cortese ASU President Michael Crow, Sir Malcom Grant, and Dr. Denis Cortese discuss nationalization of health care systems. Download Full Image

Ken Fagan

Videographer, ASU Now


Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship for ASU grad student Sean Seyler

April 6, 2016

Graduate student Sean Seyler was awarded a 2016 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program lets graduate students from across the country immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive research using the Blue Waters supercomputer to accelerate their research.

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The fellowship will provide Seyler with a full year of support including a $38,000 stipend and up to $12,000 in tuition allowance and funds to support travel to a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium. Importantly, as a Blue Waters Graduate Fellow he also receives an allocation for computing time on the powerful Blue Waters petascale computing system. Blue Waters is one of the largest supercomputers housed on a university campus (at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and is funded by the National Science Foundation.



It can sustain a performance of more than 13 petaflops and contains more than 390,000 AMD Bulldozer cores and over 4,000 NVIDIA KeplerGPU accelerators. It is one of the largest supercomputers in the country that is available for academic research. The fellowship will enable Seyler to run calculations on this machine and work on a project that he designed.