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.

Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing Strategy, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


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

How to succeed in grad school

New ASU lunchtime series aims to enhance graduate students' scholarly activities

February 4, 2019

A new lunchtime workshop series offered by the ASU Library aims to enhance graduate students' scholarly activities.

From citation management to copyright and fair-use considerations, the Graduate Scholars' Toolkit Workshop series offers ASU grad students hourlong introductions to a variety of tools to help them succeed in their work.   student holding a book Download Full Image

The library is also surveying graduate students to learn what areas and tools they would like to learn more about in order to expand the offerings of the series.

Upcoming workshops:

Manage Your Research from Start to Finish with OSF
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Learn how to store and selectively share data and projects with colleagues and team members through the use of a free, open-source web platform, the Open Science Framework (OSF). 

Copyright, Fair Use and Your Dissertation
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Learn how to navigate copyright and fair-use considerations for your dissertation or thesis. Whether you’ve only begun thinking about your dissertation subject, you’re just starting to write or you’re getting ready to submit, this workshop will help you figure out what you can use, what rights you have and what it means to share your dissertation online.

Citation Management for Graduate Students
Wednesday, March 13
Learn why you should use a citation manager, where to find citations in the library catalog and elsewhere, and how to organize and then use your citations as you research and write. Following an overview of citation management, we will discuss the different citation managers available to ASU graduate students (Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote) and some of their features.

GIS Data and Software: Breaking the Ice
Tuesday, March 26
Gain hands-on experience working with different types of geospatial datasets using two popular geographic information system (GIS) software platforms: ArcGIS Pro (licensed) and QGIS (open-source). Emphasis will be placed on foundational topics, such as data import, basic geoprocessing operations and map production/geovisualization. 

Tell us what workshops you'd like to see offered in the fall 2019 semester by taking the survey.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

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Open Door 2019 takes flight at Polytechnic campus

February 3, 2019

ASU's campuses are spending February opening their doors to the community, and Poly got things started Saturday

Crowds of curious children and their families got a chance to peek into Arizona State University's learning spaces on Saturday at the first of four free open houses this month. 

The Polytechnic campus kicked off this year's Open Door with scores of intriguing activities, including an interactive look at thermal imaging cameras, a tour of its robotics labs, turns in the flight simulator, paper rocket launches and, of course, Sparky.

If you missed the fun, don't worry: There are three more free Open Door events:

  • Downtown Phoenix campus: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
  • West campus: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • Tempe campus: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23

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

Video by Jordan Currier/ASU

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

Top photo: Eight-month-old Leo Long could someday pursue a career in space in rockets designed by his parents, both postdoctoral researchers in mechanical engineering at ASU. For now, they'll go with the astronaut photo op at ASU Open Door on Feb. 2. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

New ASU international travel registration system provides safety net for students

February 1, 2019

Imagine these scenarios: An earthquake disrupts the power for days in Chile, a teachers’ strike in Mexico interrupts class for an unknown amount of time, protests in France reroute your commute. If you haven’t told ASU where you are and what you’ll be doing, how can ASU help and support you?

The answer is the new ASU international travel registration system. An airplane lifting off on the tarmac of an airport in Costa Rica Photo courtesy of Josue Isai Ramos Figueroa on Unsplash Download Full Image

Arizona State University now provides a secure system for students traveling outside the United States and its territories to record ASU-related international travel plans. This service, provided by the Study Abroad Office, supports emergency communications and gives registered travelers access to valuable international health, safety and security resources.

“ASU recognizes that more and more of our students are traveling outside of the United States to engage in various kinds of activities related to the university,” said Dan Hart, the associate director of international health, safety and security with the Study Abroad Office. Along with a number of institutions nationwide, ASU is now amping up resources to support these students. Hart developed the international travel registration system and oversees many of its day-to-day operations.

“These students may otherwise lack access to important information regarding safe and healthy travel to their international destination, and if the university doesn’t know where the students are, we can’t help them. This new International Travel Registration System is our first step toward filling that information gap.”

The safety and security of all ASU students, faculty and staff traveling internationally is a top priority.

“To travel safely, one must have at least a basic understanding of the risks inherent in a particular location or activity, and know how to seek help in case of emergency. Students who register their travel will be provided with destination intelligence that is not freely available to the public and will have access to 24/7 emergency support resources,” Hart said.

Registering travel is now required for all students traveling outside of the U.S. and its territories on ASU business, including:

• Research, experiential learning (e.g., international internships, co-ops, volunteering, service-learning), independent study done abroad or any other international travel that is part of an ASU class or for which the student receives ASU resident credit.

• International travel sponsored by or affiliated with ASU or an ASU student organization (this applies to both affiliated and independent student organizations registered with EOSS).

• Any other international travel by students for the purposes of officially representing ASU, such as participation in an academic or professional conference.

Why should you let ASU know of your international travel plans?

There are a number of benefits, including:

AlertTraveler Mobile App. Through an app accessible on both Apple and Android devices, students, faculty and staff preparing to travel internationally have access to travel intelligence (including topics such as culture, politics, religion, safety, security and current events) both before and during international travel. Students can also contact local emergency services through the app, or request help from ASU.

GeoBlue International Medical Insurance. Receive coverage through ASU’s international health insurance provider, including emergency evacuation in the event of political instability or natural disaster.

Emergency Communication Support. Through this registration system, ASU will provide 24/7 emergency response services and can assist you in the event of an emergency. With access to your itinerary, travel dates and locations, ASU is better able to reach you in the event of an emergency

Who registers?

Students traveling abroad on an ASU-related activity outside the United States, along with any ASU faculty and staff accompanying them. Although this system is not equipped to support students traveling abroad for personal reasons (like a family vacation or a church mission trip), there are many types of ASU-related travel that should be reported. Whether a student is traveling as part of a class, an ASU student organization or traveling alone for an internship or to conduct research, we want to support them.

Is there a difference between group and solo travel?

If you’re traveling on ASU-related business by yourself, register your travel using the Individual Student Travel page. If you’re traveling as part of an ASU group, you’ll still need to register your travel individually, but do so on the Group Travel page.

Who does NOT need to register in this system?

Those on ASU-approved study abroad programs (including student participants and faculty/staff program leaders) do not need to register their travel in this system. These travelers already have access to the same benefits noted above and are automatically registered by the Study Abroad Office as part of the study abroad program application process.

ASU students traveling internationally for personal matters should not register their travel.

ASU faculty or staff traveling abroad for ASU-business without students (such as an international conference presentation, for example) do not need to register their travel in this system; these travelers should continue to use the My ASU Trip system for business travel.

Additionally, students, faculty and staff traveling domestically (within the continental United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico) are excluded from this travel registration requirement.

How much does it cost?

The daily rate for registering your international travel is $3/day. This fee includes:

• Pre-departure advice and resources to prepare for a safe, healthy experience abroad.

• Trained and response-ready experts from ASU on-call 24/7/365 to assist in case of an emergency.

• Comprehensive international insurance coverage and resources (including evacuation services).

• 24/7/365 access to international security intelligence on desktop and mobile platforms.

The ASU international travel registration system was developed in conjunction with a new Student International Travel Registration policy issued by the Office of the University Provost. The services are provided by, developed and coordinated through the ASU Study Abroad Office. Read more about it on

Carrie Herrera Niesen

Manager, Marketing & Publicity, Study Abroad Office


New America, ASU to debut public affairs show ‘Innovating the Future’ on Arizona PBS

January 31, 2019

New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, and Arizona State University are producing a new public affairs program on Arizona PBS that will explore public policy and how ideas can be used to shape a better world.

“Innovating the Future” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, on Arizona PBS. Hosted by New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, the program explores the intersection of new technology and public policy. Each week, Slaughter will interview experts to find out more about complex issues with the aim of improving the quality of democracy in America. Anne-Marie Slaughter New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter hosts “Innovating the Future,” a new program that explores the intersection of new technology and public policy. Download Full Image

Slaughter will cover a range of topics, including America’s promise of education, how sports can improve society and innovation in local communities.

“America is in fact renewing itself — creating new spaces out of old buildings in downtowns across the country, retrofitting and reinventing factories, farms, families, transportation, schools, and in the case of Arizona State University, higher education itself,” Slaughter said.

“It may be hard to see the outlines of a renewed America through the poisonous clouds of our national politics, but we will show them to you. We won’t sugarcoat our problems. On the contrary, we’ll confront them head on. But we will also be looking for the ideas that will allow us to solve those problems and the optimism and patriotism necessary to move us forward.”

Guests for the 19-episode season of “Innovating the Future” include New York Times columnist David Brooks, ASU Professor and former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr., journalist and author James Fallows, New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former Obama senior staff member Cecilia Muñoz and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, among others.

Slaughter has published numerous books as well as more than 100 scholarly articles. She is a contributing editor to the Financial Times and writes a bimonthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 140,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

At New America, Slaughter leads the pioneering think tank that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum. Since 1999, New America has nurtured a new generation of policy experts and public intellectuals.

The show’s production team includes Peter Bergen, vice president for global studies and fellows at New America, CNN national security analyst and professor of practice at ASU; Fuzz Hogan, New America managing editor; and Mark Lodato, Arizona PBS associate general manager and Cronkite School associate dean.

Between them, they have produced hundreds of hours of award-winning television across a wide range of platforms, including PBS, CNN, HBO and National Geographic. Hogan and Bergen serve as the show’s executive producers.

Arizona PBS CEO Christopher Callahan, dean of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said “Innovating the Future” underscores ASU’s mission to improve critical social, technical, cultural and environmental issues facing communities.

“We’re thrilled to be providing our viewers with a new kind of public affairs show that confronts the challenges and opportunities in our society head-on,” Callahan said. “We hope ‘Innovating the Future’ adds to the public discourse in finding solutions to some of our country’s most critical issues.”

Communications manager, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Biodesign C building designated Best of the Best Project nationwide

January 18, 2019

Arizona State University’s Biodesign C building was recently awarded as the national Best of the Best Project in the Higher Education/Research category by ENR (Engineering News Record), a publication focusing on engineering and construction news. Approximately 200 projects were considered for the honor, spanning 10 regions across America.

“Biodesign C is an impressive structure, and the work that is taking place inside is impressive as well,” said Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute. “In this new flexible space, biologists, chemists, engineers, physicists and others convene to discover answers to disease and pioneer new diagnostics. The space is home to the nation’s premier team of neuroscience researchers, already finding new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The building also houses the ASU team designing the world’s first compact electron laser, a tool that holds promise for both drug discovery and finding new forms of clean energy.” Biodesign C, the national Best of the Best project winner in the Higher Education/Research category, will be honored by ENR in March 2019. Photo by Nick Merrick © Hall+Merrick

The 25 awardees selected for top honors will be celebrated in New York City on March 21–22 at Chelsea Piers. ENR’s 2019 Award of Excellence Program will feature a gala, followed by breakfast the next day dedicated to the Best of the Best winners. A panel of 13 judges rigorously reviewed each candidate before selecting one winner in each category. In-depth profiles of each winning project will be featured in the magazine’s March 2019 issue.

ENR Southwest, the associated regional publication serving Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, previously designated the Biodesign C building as the 2018 Project of the Year and Best Project in Higher Education/Research. As the regional winner, it automatically advanced to the national competition for consideration.

In the Southwest region, more than 60 projects were reviewed by a panel of expert judges who determined that the new Biodesign building was the most impressive feat of construction and design for the year. They noted the collaboration undertaken by the various entities involved, including ASU, the contractors and the design firms.

“The Biodesign C project epitomizes teamwork and effective communication from all project stakeholders,” said Bruce Nevel, ASU Facilities Development and Management associate vice president. “Biodesign C is the benchmark for which all future projects are measured.”

The criteria for determining the best project was divided into five categories spanning safety, quality of construction, teamwork and overcoming obstacles, innovation and community impact, and the functionality and appearance of the design.

The building is the latest addition to the Biodesign Institute’s complex and will house nearly 400 scientists and staff. The five-story building dimensions offer adaptable floor plans covering 188,000 square feet, including a 15,000-square-foot basement. The building is expected to receive LEED Platinum status for its environmentally friendly design, becoming only the second building in the state to receive this distinction.

As the future home to the world’s first compact X-ray free electron laser, the building was designed to attract brilliant minds and foster collaboration. This particular X-ray technology is currently available in only five locations in the world, resulting in a scientific gridlock for research that holds significant promise for the discovery of new treatments for disease and production of clean energy.

ASU scientists are working to make the technology more accessible by designing a compact version of the existing technology. Conventional free electron lasers measure some 2 miles in length and cost billions annually to operate. The ASU version will fit in a laboratory space and be far less costly to build and operate.

Situated near a light-rail station, the Biodesign C building was carefully crafted to withstand the powerful vibrations that could otherwise interfere with the integrity of the experiments conducted within. The two rooms housing the laser in the basement involved intricate concrete work with slab foundations up to 6 feet thick.

The above-ground levels are enclosed in copper sheaths that serve dual purposes, in addition to increasing the aesthetic appeal of the building. The sheets protect the building from excessive sunlight and heat, while nodding to copper’s role as a historic staple of Arizona’s economy.

This is the third building in the Biodesign Institute’s compound, which is expected to grow and include a fourth building. Currently, the three existing buildings house nearly 1,300 people. Biodesign attracted $41 million in research expenditures in 2018, pouring money into research and the local economy. Costs for the building totaled $120 million, not including the laser.

ASU partnered with firms ZGF Architects and BWS Architects to design Biodesign C, and chose McCarthy Construction to assemble its latest research property. The project began in June 2016 and reached completion two years later, ahead of its grand opening in September 2018.

Written by Sabine Galvis

Graduate College appoints Professor Enrique Vivoni as associate dean for graduate initiatives

January 15, 2019

Enrique R. Vivoni, professor with the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, has been named associate dean of graduate initiatives in the Graduate College at Arizona State University.

Vivoni replaces Brian H. Smith, who returned to his full-time faculty position at the School of Life Sciences in December. Smith was instrumental in advancing graduate international initiatives and partnerships. “We want to thank Brian for his service and dedication, and wish him the best,” said Alfredo Artiles, dean of the Graduate College. Enrique Vivoni Enrique Vivoni was named as associate dean for the Graduate College. Download Full Image

As the associate dean, Vivoni will lead international initiatives at the Graduate College to enhance ASU’s global presence, further develop the Postdoctoral Affairs Office and broaden knowledge mobilization initiatives.

“Enrique has been deeply engaged in graduate education,” said Artiles. “His impressive and expansive experiences will serve him well as associate dean and I am confident he will bring strong leadership and innovative initiatives to our college.”

Vivoni has been at ASU since 2009. Before that, he was an associate professor with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

His research is on interactions of water in the lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere, with his scientific and engineering work conducted in urban and natural settings of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

“I hope to bring the spirit of innovation to initiatives at the Graduate College focused on student and postdoctoral scholar mentoring, international engagement and knowledge mobilization,” said Vivoni. “Through these efforts, we will make ASU a more welcoming place for students and scholars from around the world who value interdisciplinary endeavors that impact local and distant communities.”

In previous work, Vivoni spent a year in Baja California, Mexico, conducting climate change research with the support of the Fulbright Garcia-Robles Award and CONACYT sabbatical programs. Vivoni expanded his long-term collaborations with institutions in Mexico to gain cross-border knowledge on water resources and the effects of changing land cover and climate conditions.

Vivoni earned a PhD in hydrology in 2003 and a MS in environmental fluid mechanics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998.

“I consider that my upbringing in Puerto Rico and my academic and family life on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border have greatly broadened my worldview,” Vivoni said. “This leads me to be comfortable and curious when interacting with other cultures and to seek working relationships built upon equality and inclusion.”

As of 2016, Vivoni has been a Fulton Faculty Exemplar for two years, was nominated for the ASU Graduate College Outstanding Mentor awards in 2017 and has been a PLuS Alliance Fellow.

Vivoni has published over 145 papers in prestigious journals including Water Resources Research, Geophysical Research Lettersand the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Vivoni assumed his new duties in January.

New concerts for spring added to Sun Devil Stadium’s Coca-Cola Sun Deck

January 14, 2019

After a busy fallthe ASU 365 Community Union is bringing more live music to the Valley with three additional concerts on the Coca-Cola Sun Deck. Music-lovers will pack the Coca-Cola Sun Deck as critically acclaimed acts Vic Mensa, Gin Blossoms and The Band Perry all make their Sun Devil Stadium debuts.  

The 365 Community Union is ASU’s growing vision for turning Sun Devil Stadium into a vibrant cultural hub that redefines the model for stadia around the world," said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president for cultural affairs. "We want to create a place where you can imagine Sun Devils of all ages coming together throughout the year.”  Grammy-winning artists The Band Perry will play Sun Devil Stadium's Coca-Cola Sun Deck on Saturday, March 30. Download Full Image

Tickets for all events are on sale now at Ticketmaster, and you can find more information on all the upcoming events at ASU 365 Community Union. A limited number of free and discounted ASU student tickets will be available for all events exclusively on the ASU mobile app.

All concerts on the Coca-Cola Sun Deck are general admission, standing room only. ASU's clear bag policy is in effect for events at Sun Devil Stadium. Free parking is available in Lot 59 north of the stadium. Access to the Coca-Cola Sun Deck is available through the NE stadium gate as is night-of-show box office.

Vic Mensa with special guest Injury Reserve 

Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) 

One of the most acclaimed and celebrated names in hip-hop as a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer, Vic Mensa brings his incredible talent to the Coca-Cola Sun Deck with special guests — and Tempe natives — Injury Reserve. On his long-awaited debut album  "The Autobiography," Vic Mensa tapped into pivotal moments in his life, reliving each one from one track to the next. 

In December 2018, Vic released his EP, "Hooligans," which received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Forbes, Pitchfork, FADER, XXL, Vibe and many others. The booming project features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson, Lil Herb, G Herbo, Mr. Hudson and Jesse Rutherford of the Neighbourhood. 

Gin Blossoms with special guest Vesperteen 

Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) 

In the late '80s, the Gin Blossoms started to grow a huge following as the No. 1 local music draw in Phoenix and certainly were the hometown heroes of their favorite hangouts in Tempe. 
The Gin Blossoms' indelible jangle-pop sound was evolving during a time when radio featured a diverse mix of hair bands and grunge acts. They qualified to perform at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, in 1989. That same year, College Music Journal dubbed them “The Best Unsigned Band In America” and added an invitation to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City. Their breakout record, "New Miserable Experience," kept the band on the chart for almost three years, with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” "Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs. Rita” and “Found Out About You.” "New Miserable Experience" played on four radio formats and, to date, has sold over 5 million copies.  

The Band Perry with special guests John Splithoff and Dream Chief

Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) 

Superstar sibling trio The Band Perry are an unstoppable presence in modern music. After selling two and a half million albums and 13 million singles and racking up over 1.75 billion combined streams of their songs, the story of Kimberly, Reid and Neil is evolving. Since releasing their groundbreaking crossover No. 1 single “If I Die Young” in 2010 (with its current sextuple-platinum status and 160 million video views), The Band Perry has forged a unique, genre-defying identity and built an international fan base leading to sold-out world tours, five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Chart, a No. 1 single on the Hot AC chart, six songs reaching gold or platinum status, and in 2015, bringing home their first Grammy Award. 

They’ve performed on TV’s biggest stages and their track “Live Forever" was the official theme song for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Known for their boundary-pushing live performances, the band’s combination of music, fashion and visual art has become a hallmark of their dialogue with their fans and with culture. Their creative efforts boast collaborations with artistic luminaries such as Steven Klein, Nicola Formichetti and Neil Krug. Their next era promises to see the band expanding these boundaries yet again. 

Most excitingly, The Band Perry have released a highly-anticipated new collection of 5 songs titled "Coordinates", which has received overwhelming acclaim from fans. Music industry icon Rick Rubin executive produced the collection. The band wrote and produced the songs themselves via their Artrat creative house and production collective. 

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ASU, University of Rhode Island launch Innovation Campus

December 31, 2018

On Dec. 18, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and the University of Rhode Island (URI) announced the first round of Rhode Island Innovation Campus projects. Arizona State University will collaborate with URI on an innovation hub focused on cybersecurity, big data analytics and the "internet of things." The project supports ASU’s efforts to be a model for a new cohort of National Service Universities, which provide critical social and economic benefit and a dedication to societal impact through education and research.

ASU Now spoke with Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU, about the partnership with URI and about National Service Universities.  Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU, says the partnership between ASU and the University of Rhode Island will result in cutting-edge technological innovations at scale, will serve both universities' student bodies and faculty and will advance the public value of our institutions. Download Full Image

Question: What is an innovation center? 

Answer: An innovation center is a place for finding creative solutions for various challenges and opportunities by working in partnership with academia, industry and the government.

Q: Why is ASU well suited to partner with the University of Rhode Island on a project like this?

A: ASU is the most innovative university in the country. We are committed to partnering with that spirit of innovation in our collaboration with URI. Innovation is ubiquitous. Partnerships help accelerate outcomes in research, education and entrepreneurship. We are looking forward to scaling innovation at a national level through this collaboration.

Q: What is a National Service University, and how does the Rhode Island Innovation Center fit into that concept? 

A: ASU aspires to be a model for a new cohort of National Service Universities. These universities provide critical social and economic benefit to our country with dedication to societal impact through the highest-quality education and research. The University of Rhode Island is committed to this mission, and the partnership between ASU and URI will result in cutting-edge technological innovations at scale, will serve both of our student bodies and faculty in advancing their knowledge and will advance the public value of our institutions.

Q: How can other universities become National Service Universities? 

A: Any university that subscribes to the vision of being an innovative, technology-intensive public research institution dedicated to providing critical social and economic benefit at scale would be a natural partner and in the cohort of National Service Universities. 

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