University of Gothenburg honors Dean Alfredo J. Artiles for contributions to equity in educational sciences


October 22, 2019

One of the foremost Swedish universities recognized Arizona State University Graduate College Dean Alfredo J. Artiles with an honorary doctoral degree. At a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 18, the University of Gothenburg presented Artiles with an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his scholarship on disability policy and educational equity.

“For the last 27 years, (Artiles) has produced interdisciplinary research findings and theoretical refinements about the paradoxes of educational equity in the context of disability intersections with other sociocultural differences — race, language, social class, gender," said Gothenburg Faculty of Education Dean Åke Ingerman. "His scholarship also examines the equity consequences of inclusive education for marginalized students’ educational opportunity." Alfredo J. Artiles being bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from University of Gothenburg At a ceremony on Friday, the University of Gothenburg presented Alfredo J. Artiles with an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his scholarship on disability policy and educational equity. Download Full Image

Artiles' long list of accomplishments include being elected to the National Academy of Education, being named fellow of the American Educational Research Association, serving on the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics from 2011 to 2017, serving as vice president of the American Educational Research Association from 2009 to 2011 and editing the Teachers College Press book series “Disability, Culture, and Equity” since 2008.

Along with Artiles’ academic contributions, Ingerman also noted his “dedication to supporting other researchers” as part of an international consortium of equity research in special education. The consortium focuses mainly on understanding the “Complexities of Inclusive Education from a Comparative Perspective: How Cultural Histories Shape the Ways That Schools Respond to Multiple Forms of Diversity.” 

“Professor Artiles has been very useful in sharpening our thoughts in that respect,” Ingerman said. “He has sustained productive collaborative efforts with some of us; sharing his scholarship, inviting us to join publication and research projects and participating in conferences.”

“I am truly humbled to be selected for this honor by the University of Gothenburg," Artiles said. “It has truly been a pleasure to work with colleagues at Gothenburg and other universities around the world to add to our understanding of educational equity and building inclusive educational systems."

The honorary degree, Ingerman said, was a way to express the university’s interest in continued collaboration. Artiles was invited to attend Gothenburg’s annual ceremony of the conferment of doctoral degrees as part of the honor. The event was held at the Swedish Exhibition Centre’s Congress Hall in Gothenburg, the country’s second-largest city.

Artiles is an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, U.K. (2016-2019), and has held visiting professorships at Leibniz University (Germany), the University of Göteborgs (Sweden), the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala).

Investing in university research strengthens US competitiveness, ASU innovation chief tells Senate


October 22, 2019

The United States has always been in the race to be the best; only now, the race has more competitors. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather explored the topic Tuesday, saying that the country’s edge on global competitiveness is challenged daily by countries like China, which have bolstered investments in science and technology.

Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, executive vice president and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University, testified before the subcommittee in Washington, D.C., as part of the “Research and Innovation: Ensuring America’s Economic and Strategic Leadership" hearing to discuss the nation’s outlook on research and innovation, and the impact universities have on global competitiveness. Sethuraman Panchanathan speaks before a Senate subcommittee Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, executive vice president and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University, testifies Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather in Washington, D.C. Download Full Image

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, global research and development has increased by 100% since 2000, with U.S. investments only increasing by 40%.

In order to keep the U.S. ahead of global competitors, Panchanathan believes four key elements are needed: a strong research and development ecosystem, a strong learner ecosystem, a strong partnership ecosystem and a strong economic development ecosystem. He said our nation has entered a new, bold frontier in science and technology and believes it's vital to prepare all citizens for emerging technologies — the fourth industrial revolution.

“Automation is changing the ways we learn, live and work," he said. "Some jobs will be augmented, new roles will be born and some positions may dissipate. Therefore, citizens must become master learners with the capability to adjust and adapt throughout their life."

When asked if people are still looking to the U.S. for opportunities, Panchanathan replied, yes. However, he said we need to be more welcoming of talent around the globe — a sentiment expressed in one of his key points for a stronger learner ecosystem.

“It’s imperative that quality education and training opportunities, upskilling and reskilling of talent are accessible to all, regardless of their socioeconomic background, geographic location or where they are in their career and educational trajectory,” he said.

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