Record number of donors support ASU on Sun Devil Giving Day

Generosity to ASU will fuel scholarships, innovation, emerging programs and student success


March 28, 2019

More than 9,300 individuals gave a record-breaking total of $11.4 million on Sun Devil Giving Day to support the causes they care about at Arizona State University.

Sun Devil Giving Day — celebrated annually on all ASU campuses — lasted for 24 hours on March 21, giving alumni, parents, fans, students, faculty and staff the opportunity to give to causes and ASU programs. Sun Devil Giving Day is an annual celebration of generosity to ASU. Christopher Marohn, program manager for professional education in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (left), and Ray English, assistant dean in the college's Office of Career and Employment Services, take part in Sun Devil Giving Day, an annual celebration of generosity to ASU students, faculty, staff and programs. Download Full Image

“Sun Devil Giving Day gives me the opportunity to support the programs I’ve been a part of,” said Amanda Alibrandi, who studies public administration and nonprofit leadership and management at ASU and is the Micheal Boulden Memorial intern for ASU Enterprise Partners. “It’s important to develop and sustain those programs so more students have access and can benefit from them.”

Supporters had the option to give to a specific ASU college or unit, or to one of the many causes advanced at ASU. Students at each campus had the opportunity to vote on projects they consider important, including clean-water programs, first-generation scholarships, cancer research, environmental sustainability and arts and culture.

In addition to generating support, Sun Devil Giving Day encourages the ASU community to cultivate a culture of philanthropy and an understanding of its impact on the university. Andrew Carey, executive director of donor outreach for the ASU Foundation, said private support gives ASU the margin of excellence it needs to innovate and elevate the university experience for all students, faculty and staff.

Highlights

• Donors surpassed last year’s gift total of 4,325 by 10:50 a.m.

• The number of gifts increased by 115 percent.

• Alumni led the way, with more than 955 donations.

• Donations through Aramark point-of-sale locales increased by 409 percent. These gifts support the Sun Devil Family Association’s Student Crisis Fund and help students facing financial and personal crises.

This year’s total also includes an anonymous gift of $10 million to the W. P. Carey School of Business. When joined with gifts of all sizes from 9,319 donors, Sun Devil Giving Day raised $11,462,634 on behalf of ASU students, faculty, staff and programs.

Story by Shannon Ganzer, ASU Enterprise Partners

Moving beyond Leonardo

ASU Emerge celebrates the legacy and potential of human inventiveness


March 27, 2019

Arizona State University's Emerge, a festival of futures, interweaves art, science and technology to explore the future in evocative ways.

Emerge will showcase the many twists along the road to innovation: unbridled imagination, exquisite observation, epic and mundane failure, surprise and serendipity. Emerge will take visitors on wild rides through the past and spark new thinking about the future of invention through hands-on activities, performances, workshops, exhibits, lectures, experiments and interactive environments.   Leonardo's Ornithopter design This year’s Emerge is a celebration of human inventiveness to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and all those devoted to exuberant, unconventional invention. Download Full Image

This year’s Emerge is a celebration of human inventiveness to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and all those devoted to exuberant, unconventional invention.

We wanted to honor Leonardo not only for his brilliant inventions but for his boundless curiosity, which led to many discoveries spanning science and art,” said Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and the Imagination and Emerge co-director. “His life demonstrated how great ideas come from synthesizing many different kinds of information.” 

Since its inception in 2012, Emerge has pushed the envelope of performance, technology and critical thinking by building, sharing and experimenting with visions the future.

The event, taking place on Saturday, March 30 from noon to 8:30 p.m. at Old Main Lawn on the ASU Tempe campus, is free and open to the public.  

“We are all inventors and innovators and often just need a creative push to explore our potential. At Emerge this year, visitors will have the opportunity to play with the idea of invention and explore the myriad ways that invention changes and evolves over time,” said Emerge Director Cynthia Selin, an associate professor with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Sustainability.

Emerge will explore invention through four interrelated concepts: interpretation, innovation, inspiration and imagination. Activities and exhibits will be hosted on Old Main lawn in and surrounding large inflated dome structures, creating a unique festival environment. 

Jake Pinholster, associate dean for enterprise design and operations in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Emerge co-director, describes the vision for the event: "We really wanted, in the spirit of invention, to create something impressive that appears to pop out of the ground overnight. The domes will create a unique environment, a cross between a moon base and a field of giant mushrooms."

ASU Emerge is sponsored by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Center for Science and the Imagination, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with support from Intel.

For more information on the event and to register your seat for one of our workshops visit emerge.asu.edu.

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Sun Devil Giving Day encourages gifts to impactful ASU initiatives

March 19, 2019

Annual event aims to reach record number of givers; pledges will fund scholarships, emerging programs and student success

Over the years, Arizona State University has encouraged its students and alumni to adopt a philosophy of philanthropy in support of higher education.

And the message has been catching on. In fact, it’s what Sun Devil Giving Day is all about.

On Thursday, thousands of Sun Devil alumni, families, faculty, staff and students will celebrate the seventh annual event by supporting the university’s education initiatives and research ventures with a goal of solving some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

“Sun Devil Giving Day is a universitywide celebration of giving at ASU,” said Andrew Carey, executive director of donor outreach for ASU Foundation. “It acknowledges the generosity of our community. It invites people to give to programs they care about. It’s also about understanding what private support does to advance ASU.”

More than 4,300 people made a difference last year when they pledged their support, ranging from $5 gifts to a six-figure amount. All told, they tallied over $600,000. Carey said the goal this year is to reach 10,000 gifts — more than double last year’s total gift count.

Philanthropy helps the university innovate, educate and pay it forward, said Carey. ASU programs include a clean-water initiative in developing countries, the reinvention of athletic facilities, the establishment of new professorships, a staff emergency fund for personnel in crisis, and almost 11,000 private-support scholarships awarded to students in 2019.

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ASU student Miranda Yousif benefited from Sun Devil Giving Day last year. She is planning a career in the medical field.

Someone who directly benefitted from Sun Devil Giving Day is Miranda Yousif, who as a freshman took a part-time job doing basic lab work in ASU’s Biodesign Institute. She enjoyed it so much she ended up majoring in biological science.

Yousif received a Biodesign Student Travel Grant in February 2018 that was funded through Sun Devil Giving Day. The gift enabled her to travel to a conference in Las Vegas to present to the American Society for Microbiology, where she won an award for best undergraduate presentation. She went on to receive a Fulbright summer grant to study in England.

Now a junior, Yousif is set to graduate next spring and will take the Medical College Admission Test in May.

“All of my experiences at ASU have cemented for me that I want to go to medical school to become a physician,” Yousif said. “Sun Devil Giving Day gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that I am developing my footprint as a scientist."

There are several ways to participate in Sun Devil Giving Day:

• Join the discussion on social media by following the ASU Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

• Share a story using the hashtag #SunDevilGiving and encourage family and friends to do the same.

• Make an online gift on March 21 to any area of ASU including a school, unit, program or scholarship account.

To raise awareness with the campus community, the ASU Foundation will set up tables from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palm Walk and Tyler Mall and in front of Wrigley Hall and Hayden Library on the Tempe campus, between the University Center and the Cronkite School on the Downtown Phoenix campus, near the Memorial Union on the Polytechnic campus and outside Fletcher Library on the West campus. The tables will invite students to vote on one of five causes they care about: first-generation students, clean-water projects, the environment, arts and culture accessibility, and cancer research. These are the types of causes that benefit from giving to ASU programs.

This year the ASU Foundation has partnered with Aramark at all four ASU campuses to help raise resources for the Student Crisis Fund. Faculty, staff and students can make a $1 donation, or more, at point of sale at campus restaurants and stores through Thursday.

Sun Devil Giving Day runs from midnight to 11:59 p.m. March 21, and donations are made on the website or secured through the Sun Devil Giving outreach center (Tell-a-Devil Network). The site will display a real-time dashboard showing the total amount of donors and program fundraising totals for the effort.

Gifts will be deposited with the ASU Foundation and may be considered a charitable contribution.

Top photo: ASU student Shannon Ganzer and Cheryl Shumate, vice president of human resources at ASU Enterprise Partners, promote Sun Devil Giving Day in March 2018. Photo courtesy of the ASU Foundation

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ASU Gammage unveils 2019-2020 Broadway season


March 12, 2019

ASU Gammage has announced its 2019-2020 Desert Financial Broadway Across America – Arizona season. Tempe audiences will come together for a monumental season complete with an electric mix of the hottest shows on Broadway, Valley premieres, Tony Award-winning shows and the return of a few audience favorites.

The 2019-2020 season kicks off this fall with the love and war story of "Miss Saigon," followed by the romantic musical "Anastasia," along with "Summer" — the biographical musical of the late "Queen of Disco," Donna Summer — and the new production of the classic "Fiddler on the Roof." The season lineup continues with a journey to the Caribbean in Tony Award-winning "Once on This Island;" one show that is truly “fetch” on Broadway, "Mean Girls;" and the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers after 9/11 and the small town that welcomed them in "Come From Away." flyer featuring various Broadway logos Download Full Image

ASU Gammage is also presenting several season options including Blue Man Group, "Beautiful – The Carol King Musical," and making its triumphant return, Disney’s "The Lion King."

“We have some big Tempe premieres headed our way next season that you do not want to miss,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU vice president for cultural affairs. "Broadway is booming around the world and right here at ASU Gammage. We’re connecting the community to live theater experiences many will never forget.”

The best way to guarantee tickets to the best of Broadway is to purchase a season subscription.

Current season ticket holders can renew their subscription now. New season subscriptions go on sale Monday, May 13.

Subscriptions start at $195 for seven shows and are available at asugammage.com.

The 2019-2020 season includes:

"Miss Saigon" 
Sept. 24-29, 2019 

Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical "Miss Saigon," from the creators of "Les Misérables." This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.

"Anastasia"
Oct. 29-Nov. 3, 2019

Inspired by the beloved film, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical "Anastasia" is on a journey to ASU Gammage at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic "Ragtime," this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. "Anastasia" features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak.

"Summer"
Jan. 7-12, 2020

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

"Fiddler on the Roof"
Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2020

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind "South Pacific," "The King and I," and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play "Oslo,' bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The original production won 10 Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” "Fiddler on the Roof" will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

"Once on This Island"
March 3-8, 2020

“What a delight it is to enter the world of "Once on This Island!" raves The New York Times. Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, "Once on This Island" is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden ("Spring Awakening" revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC’s "Jesus Christ Superstar Live") conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!” (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of "Anastasia" and "Ragtime," "Once on This Island" is a timeless testament to theater’s unlimited possibilities.

"Mean Girls"
April 21-26, 2020

Direct from Broadway, "Mean Girls" is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin ("Legally Blonde") and director Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon")Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

"Come From Away"
May 26-31, 2020

Broadway’s "Come From Away" is a Best Musical winner all across North America. This New York Times critics’ pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony Award-nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning best director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

Season options

Blue Man Group

Nov. 15-17, 2019

Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and nonverbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and world tours, reaching more than 35 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and continually injected with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and sensory stimulating graphics.

"Beautiful"
Feb. 21-23, 2020

"Beautiful – The Carole King Musical" tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, "Beautiful," has a book by Tony Award-nominee and Academy Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award.

"The Lion King"
June 17-July 12, 2020

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s "The Lion King," making its triumphant return to ASU Gammage! More than 85 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular — one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "The Lion King" brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. "The Lion King" also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like "The Lion King."

Locke to deliver annual ASU A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations

Mamie Locke, the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of Hampton, Virginia, will speak on 'The Continuing Saga of Race and Racism in American Society'


March 7, 2019

Mamie Locke was the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of Hampton, Virginia. Since 2004, Locke has served as a member of the Senate of Virginia for the 2nd District.

On March 18, Locke will be featured in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ 24th annual A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations at Arizona State University. Dr. Mamie Locke Mamie Locke Download Full Image

Locke, who earned a PhD in political science from Atlanta University (later Clark Atlanta University) and is a professor of political science and history at Hampton University, will discuss "The Continuing Saga of Race and Racism in American Society."

“We are grateful for the opportunity to invite Dr. Locke to ASU to discuss issues of race and gender in our communities at this year’s A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture,” said Patrick Kenney, dean of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Who: Mamie Locke
What: 24th annual A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations
When: 7 p.m. Monday, March 18
Where: Old Main, Carson Ballroom​, ASU Tempe campus

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

About Mamie Locke

As an elected official, Mamie E. Locke was the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of the city of Hampton. After eight years of service, she became the third African-American woman to win a seat in the Senate of Virginia. Representing the 2nd District, she serves on the following committees: Education and Health, General Laws and Technology, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Rules. She is the chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. She also served as chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.

Throughout her political career, she has been a strong advocate for education, women's rights, affordable housing, Medicaid expansion, increased minimum wage, gun control and equity in the criminal justice system.

About the lecture series

The A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations was created in 1995 to perpetuate the work of a man who had devoted his life to the idea of racial parity. As professor and chair of sociology at Arizona State University, A. Wade Smith worked tirelessly to improve race relations on the ASU campus and within the greater community.

When he died of cancer at the age of 43, his wife, family members and friends made memorial gifts to establish and fund this lecture series.

Kirsten Kraklio

Content Strategist and Writer, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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May the best mammal win

March 1, 2019

Fill out your bracket for the entertaining, informative March Mammal Madness tournament with help from ASU Library

If you’ve ever wondered who to root for in a hypothetical battle between a giraffe and a fossil baboon, you’re not alone.

Each spring, thousands of people from around the world descend upon the ASU Library website in search of information about the more than 60 mammal species selected to compete in fictional battles against one another, as part of the annual NCAA-inspired tournament known as March Mammal Madness.

Using their knowledge of natural science, participants make their predictions bracket-style, and their curiosities loom large.

Could a quokka defeat an Irish elk? 

What are the fighting behaviors of a leopard? 

Is the preferred habitat of a jerboa a deciding factor?

When it comes to making informed bracket selections regarding battling mammals, ASU Associate Librarian Anali Perry says there’s a method to this madness.

Perry is the lead author of what is currently the ASU Library’s second-most viewed library guide: the March Mammal Madness Library Guide, a one-stop shop of information in support of the tournament, which was created in 2013 by Katie Hinde, an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

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Hinde says the guide has made a huge impact in maximizing the learning outcomes of the tournament.

Replete with teaching materials, research databases and player rules, Perry's guide is 100 percent accessible to the public, and now serves as an official tournament resource to a growing number of educators (and their students) who have incorporated March Mammal Madness into their science curriculum. 

“The guide is a stable and consistent location for information about the tournament and provides a list of freely available, librarian-recommended resources to help folks do their research for filling out their brackets,” said Perry, a scholarly communication librarian who specializes in open access and open education.

Here, Perry discusses the increasing popularity of March Mammal Madness and the library guide, and why the ASU Library is one of the tournament's biggest supporters.

Question: As a librarian, how did you get involved with March Mammal Madness?

Answer: I discovered the tournament in 2016 and became a huge fan, even though I'd never before participated in choosing any sort of bracket, basketball or otherwise. As I watched the tournament unfold, I was so impressed by the narrative that is woven by the team — on Twitter of all things — and I could see the level of engagement that the fans brought to the game.

The tournament's narrators often reference scientific articles to support their facts, and they provide links to the full text. As a scholarly communication librarian, I am always aware of how few people actually have access to those articles. I wanted to find a way to highlight this lack of access, look for open access versions of articles, and also recommend ways to connect folks to good resources other than just Googling. I worked with a team of librarians to compile a list of recommended resources that would help March Mammal Madness fans research their bracket picks and have gradually added more content and information over the years.

The library is a huge supporter of this tournament, and March Mammal Madness is a great way to highlight the resources, services and knowledge that libraries provide. We love answering reference questions about the tournament and getting the opportunity to showcase some of our newer services, like filming the 2017 Wild Card Battle video in our mkrstudio.

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The tiger quoll, also known as the spotted-tail quoll, also from the 2017 tournament. Illustration by Charon Henning

Q: How has the library guide responded to the growing popularity of the tournament?

A: The tournament has grown in scope, particularly in what it provides in the way of resources to educators. While the official site continues to be Katie's blog, the library guide allows more flexibility and organization of information, which makes it easier for folks to navigate and find what they need. One of the great features of the library guide is that we can get statistics on how many people are using it over specific periods of time, and we can see which links are being used. We use this information to help us refine what resources we recommend and how we can best present information about the tournament. When the library guide was released in 2017, it received nearly 19,000 views. The popularity of the guide grew exponentially in 2018 with over 90,000 views in just six weeks. 

Q: Can you offer some librarian advice for filling out this year's bracket?

A: I always recommend using reliable resources when doing your research. Google and Wikipedia can be good places to start, but it can be harder to find the tournament-critical information you need to make informed picks.

My best piece of advice is to be aware of a creature's home habitat and where the encounters will take place. In the first rounds, the battle is in the native environment of the higher-seeded species, which really impacts the results. As we learned last year, no matter how awesome a giant octopus is, it doesn't do so well in freshwater. Most importantly, though, I recommend you fully commit to your choice for champion, no matter how improbable, and enjoy the ride. It's almost as much fun to win as it is to have a completely busted bracket, which is what normally happens to me.

The March Mammal Madness bracket is available for download. The first battle is scheduled to begin March 11. You can follow the tournament on Twitter at @2019MMMletsgo.  

Top photo: The long-haired hedgehog, a competitor in the 2017 tournament, as illustrated by Charon Henning, the official March Mammal Madness artist.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist , ASU Library

Prominent lawyer David Boies to give lecture at ASU Law


February 18, 2019

David Boies, one of the nation’s top litigators, is described by The New York Times as “the most prominent lawyer in America.” He is coming to Phoenix this week as part of the Bruce E. Meyerson lecture series hosted by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The lecture, titled “Litigation in the Age of Settlement,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix.

Boies has played a central role in some of the nation’s most notable cases, including: David Boies. Photo courtesy of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP Download Full Image

  • The United States v. Microsoft antitrust case, in which he represented the U.S. Justice Department.
  • Bush v. Gore, representing then Vice President Al Gore in a case that determined the 2000 presidential election.
  • Hollingsworth v. Perry, representing a pair of couples in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in California.

Time magazine has called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world and named him runner-up for Person of the Year in 2000. He has been selected Global International Litigator of the Year by Who’s Who Legal an unprecedented seven times; Lawyer of the Year twice by The National Law Journal; and Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer.

Boies began his career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in 1966, working there for three decades before starting his own firm in 1997, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. In the course of his career, the legal landscape has shifted dramatically, which his lecture will touch on.

“Many more cases are settled today than were when I started practicing law,” he said. “I think that has to do with a number of factors, but I think that anybody who has watched the practice of law develop over the last half-century will tell you that trials are much less prevalent today as a means of resolving disputes.”

Boies points to another, more positive reason for the shift toward settlements: alternative dispute resolution. With more options available, guided settlements, either through mediation or just bilateral settlements, have become much more common.

About the Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture Series

This lecture series is the result of a gift to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University from retired Judge Bruce E. Meyerson and his wife, Mary Ellen Simonson, an ASU Law alumna. The purpose of the lecture series is to bring to ASU Law leading practitioners and scholars in the field of dispute resolution.

Please RSVP if you are interested in attending.

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Open Door at West campus creates smiles

February 17, 2019

Visitors to the third ASU Open Door event are delighted by demos, experiments, activities and all manner of fun

Toothbrush robots. Black widow spider webs. Sparky practicing CPR. Open Door at West campus on Saturday really had it all.

At the third event in the Open Door series, visitors learned about anatomy, handwriting analysis and communication; made bracelets and painted masks; played games and had a ton of fun learning about what the schools and units of ASU are working on.

Couldn't make it to West campus? Don't worry, you have another chance at Open Door excitement: 

  • Tempe campus: 1–6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23

Read more about what's in store at Tempe, including information on the free app that can help visitors map out the activities they want to visit. Get free tickets in advance online. 

Check ASU Now after each event for photo galleries and video.

More: Open Door at the Polytechnic campus | Open Door at the Downtown Phoenix campus

Top photo: Patricia Acosta and her granddaughter Camille Mieth touch a black widow web to see how strong it is during the 2019 West campus Open Door event on Saturday. Photo by Deanna Dent

ASU’s CSPO ranked one of the world’s top think tanks for science and tech policy


February 15, 2019

Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, has once again been named one of the top 10 think tanks for science and technology policy in the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go To Think Tank Index.”

This is the third consecutive year that CSPO has been ranked in ninth place and the fifth consecutive year it has appeared in the top 10. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania — with the voting help of a panel of peers and experts from media, academia, public- and private-donor institutions and governments — publishes the annual index ranking the world’s leading think tanks in a variety of categories. Download Full Image

“I’m proud of this acknowledgment from our peers who participate in the rankings,” said Dave Guston, co-director of CSPO and director of ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. “And (I'm) remarkably pleased for the efforts of our faculty, staff and students that go into all the fine work that those peers have recognized.”

“One thing that really distinguishes us from other think tanks is our focus on public engagement,” said Daniel Sarewitz, CSPO co-founder and co-director. “We’re deeply committed to the idea that citizens should have a role in helping to steer powerful new technologies toward a better future for all.”

Founded in 1999, CSPO also sits at the core of the research and policy engagement activities of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, which was created in 2015. CSPO is dedicated to understanding the linkages between science and technology and their effects on society. CSPO develops knowledge and tools that can more effectively connect science and technology to progress toward desired societal outcomes.

Notable recent projects that have solidified the consortium’s thought-leadership status include:

  • Citizen perspectives on driverless vehicles: Technological innovation is a powerful force for social change, yet it is rarely subject to focused, anticipatory democratic deliberation. In recent decades, however, tools for steering technological change in democratically responsive ways have been developed, tested and, to a limited degree, deployed. CPSO worked with the Kettering Foundation to create a guide for citizens to discuss their perspectives on a transformative technology: self-driving vehicles.
  • Democratic governance of solar geoengineering research: CSPO engaged a diverse group of citizens to inform decision-making about research into solar geoengineering. A controversial option for combating the effects of climate change, solar geoengineering could have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences for life on Earth. This project focused on citizen values and concerns as a necessary input to the decisions and governance of potential geoengineering research programs.
  • New Tools for Science Policy: The breakfast seminar series hosted by CSPO catalyzed discussions and collaborations between science policy researchers and decision-makers. Recent topics included bringing public perspectives into large-scale energy projects, citizen rights in the age of surveillance and how data users factor into the development of NASA space missions.
  • "Issues in Science and Technology": Published in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the University of Texas at Dallas, the journal features the nation’s best writing on policy related to science, technology and medicine. The quarterly publication provides insightful commentary from leaders on critical policy topics not covered elsewhere: reforming STEM higher education, space policy and regulation, technological change and the future of work.
  • The Rightful Place of Science: The book series explores complex issues related to science and technology in brief, readable volumes. Jargon-free and perfect for students, professionals or the public, this innovative series delivers thought-provoking ideas on the complex interactions among science, technology, politics and society. Recent topics include new science policy tools, knowledge system organization and disasters and climate change.  

Upcoming projects in 2019:

  • Navigating Our Shared Autonomous Futures: A large-scale, multicity, global public consultation project on the development and adoption of autonomous mobility. Building on earlier citizen engagement work in the United States and France, this project will provide informed, deliberative, diverse and useful public views and values to stakeholders in government, industry, academic and nongovernmental sectors. CSPO’s ambitious vision, in collaboration with its Paris-based partner Missions Publiques, is to host 100-person public forums in 25 cities each in North America and Europe in the summer of 2019.
  • The Future of the Internet: This global debate will explore citizen perspectives on a technology that has transformed how people communicate, shop, learn and work. It will engage hundreds of nonexpert citizens, creating an unprecedented opportunity for the public to contribute to the evolution of this vital technology.

The consortium draws on the intellectual resources of ASU and other institutions for the scholarly foundation to assess and foster outcome-based policies across a broad portfolio. CSPO’s core commitment is to generate useable knowledge for real-world decision-making in order to better align those decisions with positive social outcomes.

Read the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index.

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Meet the 2018-19 outstanding faculty mentors

Graduate College celebrates 31 years of excellence in mentoring


February 15, 2019

The Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards bring attention to a crucial component of graduate education — the many hours faculty invest in nurturing and developing the academic identities and technical acumen of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars outside the classroom or lab.

Being a mentor is much more than being a professor. A mentor works diligently to guide students through their early years as a student, teaching them the cultural intricacies of their academic colleges and helping them navigate the larger professional and scholarly communities so they can form long-lasting relationships with colleagues. Some mentors also offer socio-emotional support, bolster students’ self-esteem and help them navigate work/life balance. These are no easy tasks. Recipients of 2019 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards The recipients of the 2018-19 Oustanding Faculty Mentor Awards. Download Full Image

Every year, the Graduate College recognizes these efforts and awards outstanding graduate faculty for their service in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at ASU. The 2018-19 awards were presented to Linda Luecken, outstanding doctoral mentor; Anca Delgado, outstanding master’s mentor; Barbara Klimek, outstanding instructional faculty mentor; and Gabriel Q. Shaibi, outstanding postdoctoral mentor.

Deborah Clarke, vice provost for academic personnel, opened the 31st annual Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards ceremony.

“When you’re floundering, surrounded by messages that you’re not good enough, to have somebody step in and tell you, ‘Yes, you are smart,’ and ‘You can do this,’ means more than we can convey. If someone is there for you when you really need it, you never forget it,” Clarke said.

Completing graduate school takes persistence and perseverance. Graduate students often become discouraged, comparing themselves to their peers and suffering from impostor syndrome. A great mentor is able to both teach and inspire students to believe in themselves.

The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards reception is a great venue for recognition and also serves as a mirror in which faculty can reflect upon their own mentoring philosophies and learn from others. In addition to Clarke’s remarks, the reception was highlighted by brief but poignant statements by each of the award recipients in which they reflected on their own mentoring journeys, philosophies and student success stories.

“This event demonstrates that ASU places an extremely high value on mentorship,” said Shaibi. “Honoring faculty for their contributions in the area of mentorship is an additional mechanism by which the Graduate College displays its commitment to supporting the success of graduate students and postdocs.”

All award recipients said that the most rewarding part of receiving the award was that the nominations came from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars themselves.

“I was thrilled to learn I had won the award,” said Luecken. “It means so much that it came from my students.”

Delgado echoed the sentiment.

“This award has and will continue to have the most profound meaning for me because it was initiated by my students,” she said. “They are the reason why I became a faculty (member). I am beyond grateful for their support and the support of ASU in this beginning stage of my career.”

For Klimek, the fulfillment of her mentoring relationships — watching graduate students grow and succeed — is a reward in and of itself.

“Mentoring energizes me,” she said. “The most rewarding thing about being a mentor is seeing my mentees go their own way and achieving not only their educational goals but their social and personal goals.”

About the recipients

Read the mentoring philosophies of awardees at the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards webpage.

2018-19 Outstanding Doctoral Mentor — Linda Luecken

Luecken is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the associate dean of faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Since 2000, she has been a member of the clinical psychology faculty at ASU. Her research interests include health psychology, women’s perinatal health, the impact of early life adversity on the development of cardiovascular and hormonal stress responses and cultural and environmental influences on children’s obesity risk.

2018-19 Outstanding Master’s Mentor — Anca Delgado

Delgado is an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and a faculty member of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. Her expertise is in bioremediation processes and environmental biotechnologies that combine microbial catalysts and chemical oxidants and reductants. Delgado researches microbial processes that sequester and transform carbon and chlorine compounds to remove contaminants and improve soil and groundwater quality.

2018-19 Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor — Barbara Klimek

Klimek is a clinical associate professor and Master of Social Work coordinator at the School of Social Work. She is the director of the Office of Global Social Work, senior sustainability scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability, affiliate faculty of the Master of Social Justice and Human Rights program at ASU and affiliate faculty of the Melikian Center. Klimek engages in research related to issues of cultural diversity, social justice for refugees and immigrants, community development and international social work.

2018-19 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor — Gabriel Shaibi

Shaibi is an associate professor and Southwest Borderlands Scholar at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. His research focuses on understanding and preventing obesity-related health disparities among Latino youth and families. Shaibi’s work spans the translational spectrum and includes collaborations with a transdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and community partners to improve health equity among vulnerable and underserved populations. In addition to his research, Shaibi directs the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at ASU, is the research director for the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is an associate editor for the journal Obesity.

MORE: Learn about the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards, including evaluation criteria, nomination processes and timelines

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