3 ASU researchers elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 20, 2018

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected three Arizona State University faculty members to its Class of 2018. The ASU researchers are Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Robert Cialdini and K. Tsianina Lomawaima.

Academy members are chosen for being exceptional scholars, leaders, artists and innovators. Along with ASU’s inductees, the Class of 2018 also will induct 44th president of the United States Barack Obama, NASA climatologist Claire Parkinson, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. lindy Elkins tanton Professor Lindy Elkins-Tanton is one of three ASU researched newly elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Download Full Image

The academy was founded in 1790, and is one of the oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers in the U.S. It convenes leaders from academia, business and government sectors to address critical challenges facing the global society.

Elkins-Tanton is the director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. She also is co-chair of ASU’s Interplanetary Initiative and is principal investigator of the NASA Psyche mission, a robotic orbiter visiting a metal asteroid. Her research includes theory, observation and experiments focused on terrestrial planetary formation, magma oceans and planetary evolution.

Cialdini is a Regents’ Professor Emeritus of psychology and marketing. His research interests include persuasion and compliance, altruism and the tactics of favorable self-presentation.

Lomawaima is a professor in ASU’s School of Social Transformation, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and is a professor in ASU’s Center for Indian Education. Her research focuses on the sovereignty of Native people and nations, the role of Native nations in shaping U.S. federalism, and the history of American Indian education.

“Membership in the academy is not only an honor, but also an opportunity and a responsibility,” said academy President Jonathan Fanton. “Members can be inspired and engaged by connecting one another and through academy projects dedicated to the common good.”

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Out of this world events on tap at ASU for Earth Month

It's Earth Month for ASU. Check out a list of events.
ASU Baseball to hold annual Green Game on Earth Day, April 22.
April 10, 2018

April 1 may have brought tricks and pranks, but Arizona State University's plans for Earth Month are no joke. 

Centered around Earth Day on April 22, which has been celebrated annually around the world for nearly the 50 years, Earth Month looks to further raise awareness for those who are still living in the dark when it comes to taking care of the planet. ASU plans to do its part over the next few weeks, sponsoring more than 20 different events through April 27.

"Earth Month has grown over the past years out of a celebration for Earth Day," said Lesley Forst, program manager at ASU's University Sustainability Practices. "This year, I'm thrilled to see new partnerships and collaborations from across the university joining in on the celebration. We are continuing to expand the celebration and demonstrate that sustainability is a university-wide value."

One of those celebrations will include the Sun Devil Baseball Green Game, which takes place at 12:30 p.m. April 22 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

"'Green Games' are a celebration of sustainability and sports," Forst said. "The baseball Green Game falls on Earth Day this year, so it’s a perfect day to recognize ASU's leadership and commitment to sustainability. Student groups will host a variety of sustainability-themed games, fans can test their knowledge by participating in in-game trivia and there will be some sustainability-themed giveaways."

It's a commitment Sun Devil Athletics has focused on since spring 2013. Since then, they have hosted zero-waste events for basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and other select sports. 

Other events include the year-end celebration for the Green Devil Network, a group that leads the way in championing sustainability at all of ASU's campuses. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. April 25 at the Student Services Lawn on the Tempe campus to both network and garden with other like-minded individuals.

"The Green Devil Network was founded in 2014 as a tool to educate, connect and recognize staff, students and faculty from across the university who are actively creating a culture of sustainability," Forst said. "The program is now active on all campuses and monthly events are facilitated by University Sustainability Practices and Zero Waste. This year, in partnership with ASU Grounds, the herb garden near the student services building was dedicated to the Network as a way to recognize the work that they’ve accomplished."

For more ASU Earth Month events visit sustainability.asu.edu/earth-month or view the list below.

List of events for Earth Month 2018
*Note: The location for the Borderlands Food Bank on April 21 has changed to the Tempe Public Library northwest parking lot.

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Top photo: Green Light Solutions displays a poster where students contribute "Dear Mother Earth" notes of how they will live a more sustainable lifestyle during the Student Sustainability Club Earth Day Festival on Hayden Lawn on April 19, 2017. Photo by Deanna Dent

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Communications Writer , ASU Now

ASU’s Science Hub to bridge disciplines, solve real-world problems

April 10, 2018

The Science Hub (SciHub) is a new Arizona State University initiative, led by Nobel Prize winner Professor Frank Wilczek and Lamonte H. Lawrence Professor Nathan Newman.

Wilczek said that “this program will build on President Crow’s vision of the New American University, by combining high-quality, interdisciplinary research and teaching with outreach to a broad community in Arizona.” Nobel Prize Winner - Frank Wilczek Nobel Prize laureate Frank Wilczek is part of the team behind the new SciHub at ASU. Download Full Image

Kenneth Polasko, Skysong Innovations director who manages ASU’s intellectual property and technology transfer, called SciHub an innovative approach.

"I foresee it having a significant impact on the development of new products coming from ASU," he said.

SciHub will feature an innovation space, crafted in the style of a generator lab, which will bring top-level individuals and teams from scientific, engineering, design and art disciplines to work together in an integrated, entrepreneurial environment. 

“The teams, which will involve both students and professionals, will carry out disciplined processes that can turn visionary ideas into real-world results,” Newman said.

The same teams will partner with the Clubes de Ciencia program to reach out to underserved communities in Arizona, putting high school students and teachers in contact with world-leading researchers. Clubes de Ciencia was founded in 2014 by Harvard and MIT graduate students and postdocs as a volunteer effort to teach intense, one-week, hands-on courses for upper-level high-schoolers and early-year college students in Mexico. Since then, it has expanded into 20 cities across six countries in Latin America, and has sponsored nearly 200 programs.

ASU’s SciHub will provide materials for Clubes-inspired programs, which focus strongly on teamwork and active learning. AccessASU will administer and manage these outreach activities, in collaboration with the existing Clubes de Ciencia Hubs at Harvard and MIT.

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Social embeddedness takes center stage

April 10, 2018

A recent ASU conference connected faculty and staff engaged in community partnerships

Part of the mission of Arizona State University is to enhance its local impact and social embeddedness, and one of the best ways to achieve that is to connect people.

ASU's Office of University Initiatives this year expanded and scaled its outreach luncheon with the inaugural Social Embeddedness Network Conference, which aimed to include and support engaged faculty and staff working in domains of community engagement.

At the event, held Friday, April 6, at ASU's West campus, participants engaged in a variety of breakout sessions and workshops designed to coalesce their network, shared strategies for forging meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with the community, and generated institutional dialogue about how to advance socially embedded research, teaching, student development and practice at ASU.

ASU Now spoke to Lindsey Beagley, director of social embeddedness for University Initiatives, about the goals of the conference, some takeaways and how faculty and staff can get involved in the embeddedness effort.

Question: What is the Social Embeddedness Network?

Answer: The Social Embeddedness Network is a collective of faculty and staff at ASU who are engaged in partnerships with community organizations within their scholarship, practice or teaching. In whatever capacity they may be partnering, these are faculty and staff who have a special set of competencies, knowledge and experience about how to effectively bridge the gap between ASU and the community, but in way that is mindful of the different environment, priorities and resources with which our partners may be operating.

The Network is a platform for these engaged faculty and staff to exchange best practices and lessons learned across disciplines. It’s very likely some of them are working with the same partners or in the same communities and don’t know it. They may be working on the same social challenges, but through different disciplinary lenses. Because social embeddedness doesn’t live in any one place at ASU, there are plenty of reasons to connect across silos.

Q: How did the conference get started?

A: The event started in 2014 as a joint effort between Access ASU and University Initiatives to connect those who were working on K–12 initiatives across ASU. Since that time, the annual Social Embeddedness survey has illuminated a number of other types of community-engaged efforts that would benefit from being connected across silos, and so we have been steadily growing the scope of the event to be inclusive of all social embeddedness activity.

Q: What topics were discussed at the conference?

A: The breakout sessions covered a variety of topics that represented shared experiences among community-engaged faculty and staff regardless of the disciplinary context, such as: tribal perspectives of partnerships with ASU, balancing the community impact with student learning outcomes in community-based learning experiences, participatory budgeting, building an ethical framework for equity-centered partnerships, and thinking about the future of a socially embedded ASU.

We enjoyed a phenomenal keynote which was a fireside chat between Gabriel Shaibi of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and his community partner Shannon Clancy of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They shared the tensions and opportunities that partnering represented for each of them in their distinct roles as a scholar and a social services provider.

Q: Who attended the conference?

A: Nearly 200 people attended from over 70 distinct academic and non-academic units throughout ASU. 

We would like to figure out how we can expand the event to include our community partners to join in these conversations next year.

Q: What opportunities are there to get plugged into the Social Embeddedness Network going forward?

A: I encourage folks to sign up for the monthly social embeddedness newsletter to learn about ongoing events, grants and award opportunities that are related to social embeddedness on-campus and nationally. You can also search the Social Embeddedness survey data for information about social embeddedness activity in other units.


Top photo: Lindsey Beagley attends the Social Embeddedness Network Conference on Friday, April 6 at the West campus. Photo by Jamie Ell/ASU Now

Inaugural ASU mindfulness summit seeks to engage the community

April 5, 2018

Arizona State University's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience will host its inaugural Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue April 23–24 on the Downtown Phoenix campus.  

With an impressive list of speakers including a keynote by Dr. Barry Kerzin, the personal physician to the 14th Dalai Lama and founder of the Altruism in Medicine Institute, and ASU Chief Well-being Officer and Center Founding Director Teri Pipe, this is not your average conference. Zen candle Download Full Image

Spread out over two days, organizers say those in attendance will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the center’s vision in action, which is to create a culture of caring at ASU and within the community through mindfulness and compassion practices. All of this is in an effort to nurture purpose, focus, resilience and connection.

We spoke with Pipe and Nika Gueci, the Center’s executive director, about the upcoming summit and what guests can expect.

Question: What makes this summit unique?

Pipe: This is our first summit, a way for us to celebrate the community emerging through ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. The summit is designed as an innovative blend of speakers and participants from ASU, the Phoenix metro community and the larger global contemplative community. Participants can expect an experience where they are actively learning, practicing and enjoying the vibrant community. Participants can dress comfortably, have fun, meet amazing people, enjoy mindfulness of the senses and movement and learn practical approaches to bring more mindfulness, compassion and resilience to their lives and their communities.

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Q: Who should look into attending?

Gueci: Everyone is welcome to attend — community members, ASU affiliates and students! Anyone who would like to learn more about how to develop the skill set of mindfulness, compassion and resilience in their personal or professional life would receive benefits from attending.

Q: What can participants expect to learn/experience over the two-day summit?  

Pipe: Participants are encouraged to come with an open mind and curiosity. In exchange, they will be very likely to meet some very engaging people, learn practical tips for their personal and professional lives, and to remember how each of us has the potential to meet life with more focus, presence and compassion.

Q: There are a lot of interesting sessions on the agenda. Is there a session or speaker you are most looking forward to?

Pipe: The speakers and experiences are so compelling, it is very difficult for me to select just one. The thing I am looking forward to the most is to experience the growing sense of community that is building around the concepts of mindfulness, compassion and resilience. The variety of topics ranging from veterans, Native Americans, LSAT prep, reiki, mindful eating, mindful movement and compassionate workplaces — we've tried to appeal to a variety of interests and experiences.

Q: Do participants need to do anything to prepare to attend?

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Gueci: The Mindfulness Summit will be unlike a typical conference. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as participants will be invited to engage in contemplative walking, tai chi, yoga and meditation — all at their individual comfort level.

Q: What do you hope participants come away with from this experience?

Pipe: I hope participants will come away with at least one new practice or a deeper understanding of mindfulness and compassion, and that they will have met at least one new person they can continue to collaborate with after the conference. I hope that we continue to deepen and widen our community in a way that honors each participant.

Q: How much does the summit cost and where can people sign up to attend?

Gueci: There is a registration cost to attend ($695) as well as sponsorship opportunities available. This fee allows us to offer free seats to our students. Students who are interested in attending for free should email mindfulness@asu.edu

If you go

When: Monday–Tuesday, April 23–24, 2018

Where: A.E. England Building, ASU Downtown Phoenix campus 

Details: Summit agenda, details and registration

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ASU-NSF I-Corps lunch and info session to provide information on commercializing research

April 4, 2018


Is your research ready for commercialization? Join the ASU National Science Foundation I-Corps Lunch and Learn from noon to 2 p.m. April 11 and April 19 to learn more about how the NSF I-Corps program prepares researchers to move their projects toward commercialization. Download Full Image

ASU’s I-Corps Site provides training, coaching and financial support to faculty and student efforts to transition university research into the marketplace and to become successful I-Corps Teams.

Faculty who complete the I-Corps training may be eligible to receive $2,000 for customer discovery efforts. They may also qualify for the National I-Corps program, which provides grants $50,000 and higher for continued customer discovery.

Register: https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/su-nsf-i-corps-lunch-info-session/

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Commitment to humanities, social sciences lands ASU in research consortium

ASU joins American Council of Learned Societies Research Consortium.
March 29, 2018

Arizona State University has become the 37th school to join the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Research Consortium. The academic leadership group focuses on the fields of humanities and social sciences and is one of the most respected research groups in the country. 

As a member of the consortium, ASU will work with the ACLS to increase monetary assistance in social sciences and the humanities. The group also aims to increase the number of merit-based, competitive and peer-reviewed ACLS Fellowships in those fields.

"Right now, ACLS is the single-largest funder of research fellowships for humanities faculty in the country," said Jim O'Donnell, university librarian at ASU Library and chair of the ACLS Board of Directors. "They pulled together this consortium of leading research universities about 10 to 15 years ago. Since then, the schools involved make a 10-year commitment, doing so both as a way to invest publicly in the future of humanities research and also increasing the pool of funds that their own faculty get to compete for." 

The ACLS was founded in 1919 as a way to advance humanistic studies in all scholarly fields. The group also holds a periodic consortium meeting (about every 18 months), which allows members to discuss the recent trends and relevant issues in the field of humanities. 

Those who attend the meeting get to help form the direction of the next round of research, in addition to assisting with a peer-review process amidst talks of university enrollment and public interest. With their newfound membership, ASU has been invited to the next meeting in New York in October. 

Jeffrey Cohen, who will take over as ASU's Dean of Humanities on July 1 and has a pair of ACLS Fellowships under his belt, says that the new membership fits in directly with the university's innovative initiatives for humanities. 

"ASU is known for its cross-disciplinary collaboration," Cohen said. "They challenge what have become the unthought norms of higher education. The ACLS supports scholarly work that helps increase the diversity of various fields, and these are commitments that ASU shares."

While the membership provides some philosophical and economic benefits, there are other advantages for ASU. 

The inclusion in the elite, 37-member group is just one in a long line of recent pieces of recognition for the university. 

"It allows deans and professors from around the country to see that ASU is on the A-team," O'Donnell said. "We're at the point where we are naturally in the club of places that are important, in a way that little Arizona State College of 1957 wasn't. We've come a long way." 

Top photo: Old Main building on ASU's Tempe campus. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Connor Pelton

Communications Writer , ASU Now

ASU-NSF I-Corps lunch, info session available for faculty

March 29, 2018

Is your research ready for commercialization? Join the ASU National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Lunch and Learn from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 19 to learn more about how NSF I-Corps program prepares researchers to move their projects toward commercialization. 

ASU’s I-Corps Site provides training, coaching and financial support to faculty and student efforts to transition university research into the marketplace and to become successful I-Corps Teams. Download Full Image

Faculty who complete the I-Corps training may be eligible to receive $2,000 for customer discovery efforts. They may also qualify for the National I-Corps program, which provides $50,000 and higher grants for continued customer discovery.

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Bikes, trains and no automobiles: First-ever Day Without Cars a success for ASU

First annual #DayWithoutCars comes to @ASU.
March 28, 2018

If you happened to notice more maroon and gold than usual Tuesday on Tempe's bicycles, trains and buses, it wasn't a coincidence. 

As part of a coordinated effort to further sustainable transportation efforts, nearly 400 Arizona State University students and staff members signed a pledge to take an alternate, non-single occupancy vehicle mode of transit to campus on March 27. 

"I think there’s a lot of potential to continue to encourage sustainable transit use beyond this event, which is really meant to just be a pilot," said Lesley Forst, program manager at ASU's University Sustainability Practices. "We hope to run similar events like this one in future semesters."

University Sustainability Practices anticipates Day Without Cars becoming an annual event after Tuesday's success. Assisting in those efforts was a weeklong tabling event held March 19–23, which featured volunteers at on-campus parking structures busting transit myths and providing transportation guidance ahead of Tuesday's event.

Emmery Ledin, who helped lead the efforts for the event on behalf of the Staff Sustainability Committee, notes that sustainability isn't the only gain for those who start ditching their cars.

"Soon, at least on the Tempe campus, we will have less and less space for personal vehicles and parking for those vehicles," Ledin said. "So there are other benefits to taking alternative modes of transportation that extend beyond environmental sustainability." 

Some Sun Devils who took part in Tuesday's event shared their stories using the #DayWithoutCars hashtag, which earned Sun Devil Rewards points for participants.

This initial Day Without Cars was targeted mainly at ASU staff members, as 75 percent of staff drive single occupancy vehicles (student use is about 28 percent). They also travel to campus five days a week and often go longer distances than students, making their carbon footprint about three times that of the average student.  

"ASU has a goal to be carbon neutral from transportation by 2035, and right now, commuting contributes about 26 percent of our total GhG emissions," Forst said. "If we can get more staff to try sustainable transit options, even if it is only a few times a week, we could potentially have a significant impact on reducing our carbon emissions as an institution, not to mention the added benefits of reducing traffic congestion and air pollution."

The university's Day Without Cars served as a precursor to Earth Month, which will be recognized at ASU through various competitions and events.

Connor Pelton

Communications Writer , ASU Now

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Sun Devils go dark to celebrate Earth Hour

Exit light. Enter night. #EarthHour2018 is approaching for ASU.
March 21, 2018

60 minutes of darkness will help ASU advance its sustainability goals

Arizona State University will answer an international call to action this Saturday when the school participates in Earth Hour 2018. 

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 24, the university will encourage students to turn off all non-essential lights and host stargazing events to highlight the benefits of reducing light pollution.

"We are looking at it as a way to highlight what each person can do in just a small amount of time," said Lesley Forst, a program manager at ASU Sustainability Practices. "We want to let students know that we should really be turning off non-essential lights whenever possible, and Earth Hour is a great first step."

ASU staff members will lead the way in the effort. All janitorial crews will only turn on lights on specific floors or rooms they are cleaning, rather than the normal practice of turning on the lights in an entire building.

The University Sustainability Practices (USP) team has also been hard at work to inform both students and staff of the difference they can make.

"From the USP side, we've been responsible to make sure we are promoting and supporting energy conservation," Forst said.

Conservation has been a focal point for ASU over the past decade. 

The university has reduced its carbon emissions per student by 46 percent and per square foot by 48 percent since 2007. This is a big step for ASU, which has a goal of achieving climate neutrality from building emissions by 2025. 

"Earth Hour fits into ASU's sustainability goals by creating awareness as to energy waste that adds to our carbon footprint and utility costs," USP director Mick Dalrymple said. "It also supports our goal of being climate positive." 

ASU is joining over a billion people in this event, which has been organized by the World Wildlife Fund since 2007. In the past, icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Eiffel Tower have gone dark for 60 minutes in support of Earth Hour

"I really enjoy the solidarity that it creates in connecting people across the globe with the same actions," Dalrymple said. "We are all connected, and together we can turn things around." 

For more information about ASU's sustainability initiatives, visit https://sustainability.asu.edu.

Top photo by Nathan Thrash/Arizona Board of Regents