National Academy of Sciences honors ASU professor for major contributions to science


January 22, 2020

The National Academy of Sciences has announced that Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Professor Lindy Elkins-Tanton has been awarded the 2020 Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship.

The Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship was awarded to Elkins-Tanton for her lasting contributions to the study of the physics of Earth and for illuminating the early evolution of rocky planets and planetesimals. She will be awarded a $50,000 prize and funds to present a series of Day Lectures, which are provided by the Arthur L. Day Bequest. 2020 National Academy of Sciences Arthur L. Day Prize recipient, Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Photo by Jon Simpson Download Full Image

“Professor Elkins-Tanton is richly deserving of this prestigious recognition. Her groundbreaking research advances our understanding of space, while her mentorship inspires the next generation of scientists. I can think of no one better suited to receive this award,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, the executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise and ASU’s chief research and innovation officer.

Elkins-Tanton is the world’s leading figure in the early evolution of rocky planets and planetesimals. She has produced high-impact publications on magma oceans, studied the formation of the Siberian flood basalts and how they triggered catastrophic climate change and the extinction event at the end of the Permian, and explored models of thermal processing on the early moon that may help us understand the complex history recorded in ancient lunar crustal rocks.

“Honestly I never thought I would be the kind of person who would win a prize like this because my career path has been unusual and because I’ve studied our Earth and planets across disciplines,” Elkins-Tanton said. “Because of this award, I’m encouraged to continue to pursue the questions that I think are the most important in science and I would encourage my colleagues to do the same.”

In addition to her faculty appointment with ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, Elkins-Tanton is also the managing director and co-chair of the ASU Interplanetary Initiative, and she is the principal investigator for the ASU-led NASA Psyche Mission.

The National Academy of Sciences is honoring a total of 15 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological and medical sciences. In addition to Elkins-Tanton, award recipients include representatives from Yale University; Harvard University; Australian National University; Johns Hopkins University; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Barbara; and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

Elkins-Tanton’s award will be presented on Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C., at the National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting and will be available via live webcast.

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ASU’s Committee for Campus Inclusion honored with city of Tempe’s diversity award

January 15, 2020

On Jan. 17, Arizona State University’s Committee for Campus Inclusion will be honored for its commitment to diversity in the city of Tempe.

The Tempe Human Relations Commission will award the committee the 2020 MLK Diversity Award in the category of educational organization. The annual recognition is given to individuals, businesses or community groups that help achieve the goal of making the city a better place. It’s the first time the committee will be receiving this award, after being nominated by a university employee.

“It’s wonderful to be in an institution that knows that inclusion is important,” said Cassandra Aska, associate vice president and dean of students and university chair of the Committee for Campus Inclusion. “To see that there’s a role that we can play to support the university and the people in the university,  and then to have that work that we do be recognized for an award in it of itself — is very humbling.”

The committee is made up of faculty, staff and students who are actively involved in outreach work across all ASU locations. In order to ensure that the university’s spaces are welcoming to all people, regardless of status, the committee is committed to engaging in dialogue and offering programs that encourage inclusion.

A point of pride for the committee is its Catalyst Awards, which are given out to individuals, groups, teams, programs, organizations or units that have made a significant difference in fostering and promoting diversity and inclusion at ASU and beyond. Aska believes this is one of the committee’s greatest accomplishments, especially in 2019, when 54 individuals were nominated for the award.

“We wholeheartedly believe that this is not any one individual’s, any one department's, any one unit’s responsibility. This is throughout. And to recognize multiple people in a lot of different spaces: in the classroom, in the library, in student success, student services spaces — that are doing this — is absolutely phenomenal.”

Aska considers the committee's work transformative and in alignment with the university’s bold charter. She’s confident people apply what they’ve learned through Committee for Campus Inclusion in their communities, even if they leave the university or Arizona.

“I think the support that we have within the university is awesome. It’s again a reflection of the commitment that exists to all of us continuing to evolve and grow in this area,” Aska said. “We believe we’re making a positive impact.”

It’s because of these accomplishments, and many more, that the city of Tempe is honoring Committee for Campus Inclusion. On Friday, Jan. 17, ASU students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to be recognized at the 2020 MLK Diversity Awards breakfast, which will be held at the Tempe Marriott Buttes Hotel.

Top photo: The Committee for Campus Inclusion's executive board and past co-chairs, include (from left) Karen Engler, Rod Roscoe, Venita Hawthorne-James, Zachary Reeves-Blurton, Benjamin Mills, Amy Pate, Cassandra Aska and Margot Monroe. CCI co-chairs not present in photo: Drew Ross, Jennifer Stults, Linda Torres and Courtney Smith. 

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Elizabeth Wentz appointed vice provost and dean of the Graduate College

January 15, 2020

Elizabeth "Libby" Wentz, a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been appointed to a new leadership role at Arizona State University.

Effective July 1, Wentz will assume the role of vice provost and dean of the Graduate College. The position will be vacated by Dean Alfredo Artiles, who accepted a faculty position at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

Wentz is recognized for her global leadership in the social sciences and was recently named the 2020 Fellow of the Association of American Geographers. Wentz received her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Ohio State University.

Since her arrival at ASU in 1997, Wentz has devoted her research to geographic information science technologies, such as remote sensing and spatial analysis, to understand urban environments. Under her leadership, the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning launched a first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in geographic information science.

“ASU’s nationally recognized graduate programs serve scholars with a global mindset who are focused on solving problems of social significance,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “Libby Wentz’s expertise as a social scientist, her leading work in community resilience and her exemplary graduate student mentorship will provide valuable guidance in the college’s design and evolution as a resource for lifelong learners.”

Wentz has been instrumental for the university’s graduate students, not only elevating their experiences with graduate-level research, but teaching them how to design, write and present a successful dissertation proposal. For her exceptional service to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, Wentz received the Graduate College’s Outstanding Faculty Mentoring award in 2016.

“Libby’s commitment to the professional development and career advancement of graduate students makes her a natural fit for this leadership role,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost. “The university needs to build on the initiatives started under Dean Artiles and expand our capacity to serve graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.”

One of those initiatives is creating a broader societal impact by increasing more opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in generally male-dominated fields.

“I plan to look more at what those programs look like by recruiting students from a lot of different spaces, including American Indian students and Latino students, Hispanic students, African American students,” Wentz said.

Wentz also plans to focus on pregraduate programs, especially for students who don’t plan to stay within the same discipline, and postgraduate programs for students seeking high-level government positions rather than traditional academic pathways.

“We’re seeing increasingly more and more of our PhD students that are taking their skills, and their research skills, and going into industry,” Wentz said.

Wentz would like to prepare students for those pathways through innovation and many of the other institutional goals at ASU.

In her current role, Dean Wentz has been deeply involved in the professional development of faculty within the social sciences while expanding her knowledge in fields outside her expertise. She believes this breadth of experience will help strengthen her goal of creating career paths and options for students in the Graduate College.

“Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are central to the success of the New American University because of their unique contributions to educating students and advancing knowledge,” Wentz said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the programs in ASU’s Graduate College.”

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Inside the Biomimicry Center’s new NatureMaker space

January 14, 2020

Arizona State University’s Biomimicry Center The Biomimicry Center is located in the Design South building on the Tempe campus and is a joint effort between ASU and Biomimicry 3.8, a world-leading bio-inspired consultancy. opened in spring 2015, but it keeps evolving, inspiring students to take a page right out of nature.

On Jan. 22, the Biomimicry Center will debut its newly remodeled space: NatureMaker. The hands-on library includes about 2,000 individual artifacts from around the world that students can analyze and use as inspiration for biomimetic designs.

Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that allows humans to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges by mimicking nature. Adelheid (Heidi) Fischer, assistant director of the Biomimicry Center, hopes the space can provide the link to nature she believes is currently missing.

“It’s a joyful place to walk into, and there’s so much to look at and there’s so much to learn.”

At first glance, NatureMaker looks like a library; there are books along the wall and reading space throughout the room. But tucked away, nearly in plain sight, are drawers full of natural artifact collections like dragonflies, beetles and various seeds. Along the outer wall, there’s a storefront-like display with larger artifacts, including a whale vertebrae — the largest piece in the collection.

The artifacts come from a variety of places, either donated or purchased online or locally, but all have a story to tell.

“Part of what’s guided that is keeping an eye towards things that have really good natural history stories, and that could have some potential application, potential inspiration for someone who may be an engineer, architect or designer — to find a sustainable solution by mimicking that strategy or that adaptation in nature,” Fischer said.

The concept for NatureMaker was inspired by the Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature Lab, which boasts nearly 80,000 individual, natural specimens. Fischer shared her vision for ASU with Debra Riley-Huff, director of the Design and the Arts Library and division head of humanities, and in about a year’s time, the proposed concept became a reality.

“I thought it might be possible for us to start a collaboration, especially because libraries have a lot of experience in putting a collection together, cataloguing the collection, making things accessible and creating a hands-on kind of library.”

NatureMaker would not be possible without the support of ASU Library, which provided seed funding for the project. With the renovation of Hayden Library complete, both ASU Library and NatureMaker will continue partnering together, especially through Hayden Library’s renovated Makerspace, where additional artifacts will be housed. The ASU community will also be able to get 3D printouts of artifacts scanned at the NatureMaker space at Hayden’s Makerspace.

In addition to viewing artifacts at NatureMaker, the ASU community will be able to utilize various microscopes and dissection kits and check out field kits and binoculars. Some of the specimens will also be labeled with QR codes that will provide additional information to the person viewing the artifact via their smartphone.

“We’re hoping that this space is a space that inspires,” Riley-Huff said. “We just want students to leave here and feel really good and have something that they didn’t have before when they came in.”

To celebrate the debut of the newly remodeled space, Naturemaker will host an open house on Jan. 22. On Jan. 23, NatureMaker will launch its Nature@Noon series, and in the evening, host a lecture by guests of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature Lab, the inspiration behind the new space.

Top photo: Debra Riley-Huff (left), director of the Design and the Arts Library, and Heidi Fischer, the Biomimicry Center assistant director, look over a tortoise shell at the bio-inspired NatureMaker space in the Biomimicry Center in the Design South Building on the Tempe campus. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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New doors open to Hayden Library

January 10, 2020

$90 million reinvention sparks new era of access, engagement for ASU’s busiest and most ambitious library

On Arizona State University’s most populous campus, a welcome gift has arrived for Sun Devils on the first day of the spring semester — a sleek, new, state-of-the-art library.

Capping off a $90 million renovation, ASU’s Hayden Library, originally built in 1966, has been reinvented and reopened for the 21st century, with an eye toward maximum accessibility, engagement and support for the university’s growing student population.

Hayden Library’s revamped five-story tower, which sits at the center of ASU’s Tempe campus, now features nearly double the student space, enhanced study areas, community-driven book collections, two reading rooms, a variety of research services and interdisciplinary learning labs, and an entire floor devoted to innovation.

Spectacular campus views and abundant natural light, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows and the Arizona sun, come as a bonus, says University Librarian Jim O’Donnell.

“Hayden Library has been the engine of intellectual discovery for generations of Sun Devils,” said O’Donnell, who is a professor in ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. “We just turbocharged it for a new generation.”

While many of Hayden’s iconic midcentury design elements remain, there are some wonderful additions too, including a gold staircase — a nod to Sun Devil spirit — and a welcome mural honoring indigenous cultures, directed by Wanda Dalla Costa, an architect and professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

There are hallways that literally sparkle.

“Everything about Hayden is meant to make students feel at home and comfortable and supported — so it can be the place where they can reach higher, go farther and surprise themselves with the success they’re capable of,” said O’Donnell.

Following the 22-month construction and closure of Hayden tower, perhaps the most obvious indication of the library’s reinvention can be seen in its wide and welcoming plaza and above-ground entryways — a striking departure from the underground entrance that has been used solely since 1989.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by two large and stately reading rooms, designed to draw attention and provide greater access to the ASU Library’s Distinctive Collections, encompassing millions of primary source materials, rare and unique objects spanning centuries.

Community-selected materials focused on the peoples and places of the Southwest will be more visible than before, showcased in library spaces such as the Luhrs Arizona Reading Room, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the Community-Driven Archives.

Although the dust may still be settling in Hayden Library, one thing is clear: The books are back.

It took approximately 20 days, 30 truckloads and 9,000 new shelves to bring the books back to Hayden — along with four years of careful planning for how those books would be displayed, curated and delivered, and how they would best serve the university community.

Now, over 30 different collections are on the shelves and ready for exploration.

"Our team employed a community-centered and data-informed approach to designing the collections for Hayden Library," said Lorrie McAllister, associate university librarian for collections services and strategy, who leads the ASU Library’s Future of Print initiative.

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this three-year initiative to reinvent the future of print for ASU explores the interests, needs and expectations of 21st-century academic library users.

"We are grateful for the chance to experiment and activate our open stacks as opportunities for engagement and inquiry," McAllister said.

In 2017, McAllister co-authored a widely shared white paper on emerging design practices that is now shaping the curation and delivery of academic library print collections at ASU at a time when campus space and digital resources are in high demand.

As a result of this work, ASU students, faculty and staff will encounter a series of newly featured collections on nearly every floor of Hayden Library — collections such as "Untold Histories" and "The Southwest Before the U.S."

These collections and others like them have been selected and curated in collaboration with ASU students and faculty. Each collection is university-inspired and strategic in design, driven by data and reader interest.

"A great example of how the 'Future of Print' project has influenced the Hayden collections design is our new Sun Devil Reads collection, designed with students and in-person browsing in mind, organized by themes and with lots of eye-catching cover art," McAllister added.

While many books have returned to Hayden Library and are being showcased in new and inviting ways, those books that have not returned to Hayden will be housed at Noble Library or in the ASU Library’s high-density collection at the Polytechnic campus, where they will be available for fast-turnaround delivery.

Last semester, the ASU Library began offering book delivery and self-service lockers for the quick and convenient pickup and return of library materials.

‘A bold step forward’

More than 75 miles of data cabling and close to 50,000 square feet of space have been added to Hayden Library to more effectively support the needs of its nearly 2 million visitors each year, easily making it the busiest library on any ASU campus.

Tomalee Doan, associate university librarian for engagement and learning services, says that Hayden Library is not only equipped to meet the demands of its bustling campus, it is better positioned to advance the vision of an academic library well into the 21st century.

“This renovation represents a bold step forward in executing a transformative vision of the academic library, both in maintaining the integrity of what a library historically has provided and building a bridge to meet future demands our students and scholars expect today,” Doan said.

That future vision can be glimpsed on Hayden Library’s third floor — a place where people, ideas and technologies all come together for hands-on learning and collaboration.

Here, the No. 1 goal is innovation.

Home to the Unit for Data Science and Analytics, the Makerspace, the Map and Geospatial Hub, and the Center for Digital Antiquity’s Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), this neighborhood of Hayden takes the ASU community beyond book collections, journals and archival materials into other regions of today's scholarly landscape, in which new platforms for research and data enable knowledge creation in altogether new ways.

“This is the place to learn new interdisciplinary skills, meet people and get involved through experiential learning,” Doan said. “Students and scholars might want to incubate a research idea, think through a problem, or get connected with an expert.”

ASU students are invited to participate in weekly open lab sessions and have free access to 3D printing and a robust technology lending program that is forthcoming, courtesy of the Makerspace.

Additionally, Sun Devils now have access to several high-quality audio/visual production studios, a total of 11 university classrooms, five instruction rooms and 27 conference rooms, where they can conduct group work, study sessions and presentations.

Throughout the library are a variety of amenities, including 10 gender-inclusive restrooms (two on every floor), two wellness and lactation rooms, an interfaith reflection room, an ablution room, three banks of lockers for students to secure their belongings, and a new cafe and market.

Smart design

While the LEED certification is still under review, the sustainability practices that informed the Hayden2020 reinvention design are surely to be celebrated.

Some of those sustainability achievements include the use of recycled materials — approximately 80% of materials used in the renovation were diverted from a landfill.

Approximately 13% of the building’s annual energy expenses are met by Hayden Library’s highly reflective rooftop photovoltaic solar power system, helping to lower the impact of the urban heat island effect.

Overall, the renovation has reduced the library’s annual energy costs by 47%.

Low-flow fixtures, installed throughout Hayden, serve to reduce demand for potable water by 37%, and appropriate plant selection, coupled with high-efficiency irrigation systems, reduce irrigation’s demand for potable water by 80%.

“We’ve greatly benefited from smart, sustainable design practices that have come a long way since the 1960s, when Hayden Library was built,” O’Donnell said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the library will continue to evolve.”

A grand opening celebration with ASU partners, the architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross and Holder Construction, is slated for March 25.

Top photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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ASU at Mesa City Center breaks ground

January 10, 2020

State-of-the-art project to offer programs from Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, feature spaces for entrepreneurship and community collaboration

Arizona State University broke ground Friday on ASU at Mesa City Center, a state-of-the-art project that will jump-start the revitalization of downtown Mesa and train students in one of the biggest industries in the United States: media production.

The three-story academic building, which is scheduled to open in spring 2022, will offer programs in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in digital and sensory technology, experiential design, gaming, media arts, film production, and entrepreneurial development and support.

“We’ve been waiting for our future for a very long time,” said Jen Duff, a Mesa City Council member who grew up in Mesa and now represents the downtown area. She spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony held Friday at the site, at the northwest corner of Pepper Place and Centennial Way.

“Our glory days of downtown Mesa are returning but in a new way that will redefine our city in the next hundred years,” she said.

The project is a unique partnership between ASU and the city of Mesa. Of the $73.5 million budget, $63.5 million will come from the city and $10 million from ASU, which also will contribute a minimum of $10 million toward the interior construction. ASU also will pay all operations and maintenance costs, estimated at $1.3 million annually.

ASU at Mesa City Center, which will host about 800 students, will include a large exhibition gallery, screening theaters, production studios, a fabrication lab and a cafe that will be open to the public. The upper floors will include classrooms and spaces for collaborations with community and industry.

ASU President Michael Crow said the project is a symbol of ASU’s commitment to improving the communities it serves.

“Long ago we decided to not build a university that was a place that people went to that had brick walls covered in ivy and that you had to be a super genius or super rich to somehow get into,” he said.

“And so we pledged to build what we call one university in many places. A university that is connected, engaged and working with leaders around Arizona and in the Valley in a way in which we could build a responsive and adaptive university.

“Mesa wants to build a new future on a tremendously successful past, and it wants to move forward into the new economy and participate in richer and deeper ways.”

Crow said the project might not seem logical at first.

“Why would a city be investing with a university partner to create a facility equal to the fabulous digital-creativity facilities in Singapore or London or Brooklyn or Hong Kong?” he asked.

“They do it because it’s like an airport or a canal. It’s a public investment in infrastructure that allows us to then start the process of building a new and expanded economy.”

Crow called ASU at Mesa City Center an “act of wisdom” as well as faith in ASU’s commitment.

“This project, and our project on the Polytechnic campus, is us in our permanent relationship with Mesa,” he said.

The building will be one of the finest media-production facilities in the world, said Steven Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

“There will be students making films, making video games, producing television and all kinds of immersive-media experiences,” he said.

But the goal is to include the Mesa community in the programming.

“We want this facility to be more than a black box where people come to make cool things in windowless rooms,” he said. “Instead, this will be an inviting place for the public to come to be inspired, entertained and informed.”

The 3,000-square-foot enhanced immersion studio will allow users to create augmented realities and map virtual spaces onto physical environments. That could benefit hospitals, schools, defense contractors and other industry partners, Tepper said.

“We can create environments,” he said. “In this facility, you can explore worlds deep beneath the sea. You can explore caves in South Africa. You can walk through a refugee camp with the perspective of a 10-year-old Syrian girl. You can stand on a stage with the conductor in a Vienna concert hall.”

In addition, Tepper said the facility taps into one the most lucrative sectors in the economy: the $50 billion film industry, whose workforce grew by 25 percent in the past five years.

“The U.S. exports more media and entertainment than automobiles and pharmaceuticals,” he said, adding that the Mesa center will have direct access to the entertainment industry through ASU’s new facility in Los Angeles.

“This center will help train a next-generation creative workforce for our state, helping to keep jobs and our kids at home, where they can create and innovate a new future for all of us.”

The project also will accelerate ASU’s entrepreneurship activities in Mesa, according to Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation at ASU.

“One of the things we’re hoping to see come out of this project are the startup companies and the spinouts that emanate from the work that will be done here,” she said.

Mesa Mayor John Giles said the partnership with ASU is the driving force behind the city’s goal of increasing college degree attainment and of upgrading the area.

“We have invested in our downtown for many years, from streetscapes to arts centers to light rails to new building facades, and those have created the borders of a very beautiful puzzle,” he said.

Along with the ASU building, Mesa City Center will include a gathering space called The Plaza at Mesa City Center and an adaptive reuse of Mesa’s first library into The Studios at Mesa City Center.

Giles expects the media-production technologies at ASU at Mesa City Center to attract entrepreneurs and developers to the downtown.

“ASU will be training the workforce of the future right here in Mesa, and the business world has its eyes on us,” he said.

Top photo: Shovels are lined up for the groundbreaking of the new ASU at Mesa City Center in downtown Mesa on Friday. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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Past Presidents Luncheon brings former ASU Senate presidents together


January 10, 2020

The end of the year is often a time for reminiscing, and on Dec. 17, 11 former presidents of Arizona State University's Senate got the chance to reminisce together.

Invited by the current president, Shirley Rose, the former presidents gathered for lunch and conversation in the Graham Room at the Memorial Union. Only a few of those present were still active members of the ASU faculty, but a number remain linked to ASU, thanks to the connections of the Emeritus College. group photo Former ASU Senate presidents reminisced at the Past President's Luncheon. Download Full Image

Each attendee talked about a few key experiences of their presidencies.

One major topic was how the aspects of service in the Senate and as president have shifted due to university changes during the past 30 years. From a university of roughly 42,000 students on one campus, ASU has grown to four campuses with over 70,000 students and nearly 40,000 online students. In 2008, a single Senate with representatives from all campuses was formed, and a massive revision of the ACD policy manual was completed, now applying to all campuses.

While noting the different issues they worked on, the former presidents also highlighted the common experience of working for shared governance at ASU.

For example, each Senate president promoted active faculty participation in working with the administration and the Board of Regents to improve the university. The former presidents also described their presidential service — with the opportunities to benefit the institution and to work closely with colleagues on these issues — as a high point of their careers at ASU.

Rose also sought advice about moving ahead in the future, with the aim to make the luncheon an annual event to provide a sounding board for future presidents. 

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Desire to make a difference by merging scholarship, practice led Jon Gould to ASU

The world-renowned expert is the new director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice


January 6, 2020

Jon Gould is an internationally recognized criminal justice policy and reform expert whose talent for merging scholarship and practice is aimed squarely at making a difference in the world.

He credits his passion for applying the lessons of academia to the policy world, and vice versa, for leading him to the job of director of Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Foundation Professor Gould took over as the school's director on Jan. 1 after serving as inaugural director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research and chair of the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C. He assumes the position from newly named Regents Professor Cassia Spohn, who is returning full time to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty to devote more time to scholarship and research. Jon Gould began work Jan. 1, 2020, as director of ASU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Jon Gould began work Jan. 1, 2020, as director of ASU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Download Full Image

ASU’s school appealed to him on several fronts, he said. He already knew many of the the school's faculty and found that the school is “operating on all cylinders.”

“It has remarkable scholars and is doing a tremendous job of putting ASU on the map to become among the nation’s leaders,” he said. “To use a sports metaphor, I want to lead a sports team that’s already in the playoffs and lead them to even greater glory.”

That means working to fortify the school’s already impressive national leadership position (ranked No. 5 for its PhD program and No. 6 for its graduate degree by U.S. News & World Report) to become even better known by colleagues around the country. To do that means to dive into what the school’s home, the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, is known for: solutions-based approaches.

“It is not enough, especially at a public university like ASU, to only have scholarship and to teach students,” Gould said. “You must be part of the conversation to create a solution for criminal justice systems in this nation and in criminal justice systems around the world.”

Originally from Chicago, Gould said one of his favorite quotes is from renowned architect and fellow Chicagoan Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846–1912), who said, “Make no little plans. … Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”

Gould said he was lured to ASU by the opportunity to make a difference.

“When I sat down with the dean and the provost and talked ideas, with every single one of them, they said how they could push things forward,” he said. “I’m a guy who likes building things and this was an opportunity to work with top leadership that is like me and not scared of growth. This is rare in American academia, a university that is not fearful of growth.”

Jonathan Koppell, dean of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, said of Gould: “We couldn’t be more excited that Jon is joining Watts College to lead our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jon is a terrific scholar, who is universally respected for his contributions, and an experienced leader with a track record of achievement. I am particularly enthusiastic about his desire to engage the communities of policy and practice, giving even more power to the findings and insights generated by our field-leading faculty.”

Gould’s desire for academic knowledge to be relevant and useful was satisfied during his time as a U.S. Justice Department senior policy adviser during the Obama administration. He wrote a policy applying to law enforcement agencies designed to help prevent wrongful convictions through identifying and reducing eyewitness misidentifications.

“It was one of those rare moments when you can put together what you studied with the opportunity to make change,” he said.

Among Gould’s first priorities as director is simply listening.

“I’m a big believer in this leadership — you can’t take people in a direction they don’t want to go, because even if you do, the change isn’t going to be lasting because it’s not part of the institution’s DNA,” he said.

Other goals include broadening the school’s influence while streamlining its message, making sure the school is deeply engaged in solving some of the policy problems in criminal justice systems in Arizona and beyond and to “bring ASU to Washington, D.C., and make sure our research is not only at the table, but that they’re using it.”

Ed Maguire, a criminology and criminal justice professor and associate director of ASU’s Center for Violence Prevention and Safety, has been a fan of Gould’s since both men were on the faculty of George Mason University in Virginia.  

“I was especially influenced by two aspects of Jon's work,” Maguire said. “First, in a field heavily focused on crime control, Jon's research reminds us how important it is to focus also on justice.

“Second, as both a legal scholar and a social scientist, Jon draws an important distinction between the law on the books and the law on the streets. This is an important distinction for understanding the reality of law and justice in people's lives.”

Maguire said Gould’s work on miscarriages of justice, particularly on wrongful convictions, is groundbreaking.

“Jon is also a gifted teacher. He has mentored many doctoral students over the years who have gone on to build impressive careers of their own,” Maguire said. “His unique contribution to their careers is his emphasis on blending sociolegal scholarship with more mainstream work in criminal justice. These are two very different research traditions and Jon does a great job of bringing them together, both in his own work, and in his teaching.”

Gould holds both JD and PhD degrees and is admitted to the bar in both the United States and in New Zealand. He conducted the interview for this article from New Zealand, where he spent part of December advising that nation’s Ministry of Justice on criminal justice reform, as well as teaching a comparative criminal justice and criminology class.

He is the author of four books and over 50 articles focusing on such diverse subjects as erroneous convictions, indigent defense, prosecutorial innovation, police behavior, hate speech, sexual harassment and international human rights. His first book, "Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation," was a co-winner of the 2006 Herbert Jacob award for the best book in law and society. His second book, "The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System," was named an outstanding academic title by the American Library Association.

Gould has won awards for his teaching and service and is a regular contributor to The Hill newspaper.

Mark J. Scarp

Media Relations Officer, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

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ESPN host Matt Barrie to be inducted into Cronkite School’s Alumni Hall of Fame


December 30, 2019

Matt Barrie, an ESPN SportsCenter anchor and studio host for the network’s college football coverage, will become the newest member of the Alumni Hall of Fame at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Barrie, who also hosts a podcast and calls college football games for ESPN, will be formally inducted during an upcoming 2020 ceremony at the Cronkite School in front of students, faculty, family and friends. Barrie is a 2001 graduate of the Cronkite School, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Matt Barrie on the set of the ESPN College Football Halftime Report (Photo by Melissa Rawlins / ESPN Images) Download Full Image

“Anyone who knows me knows I’m a loyal Sun Devil and proud Walter Cronkite graduate,” Barrie said. “And now, to be recognized for my career by the university that laid the foundation for it — I’m humbled and grateful.” 

Barrie has been at ESPN’s anchor desk for “SportsCenter: AM” for a number of years, and he frequently hosts “SportsCenter on the Road” from different high-profile events around the country, such as the Masters Tournament and college campuses during football season. He also co-hosts an ESPN golf podcast with ESPN.com’s Michael Collins called “Matty and the Caddie.”

Over the course of his broadcast career, Barrie has earned 11 Emmy awards and three Edward R. Murrow journalism awards. Barrie got his start as a sports reporter at WJFW-TV in Wisconsin, before continuing on to WLTX-TV in South Carolina and KXAS-TV in Texas. He joined ESPN in 2013. 

Barrie was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the Cronkite School’s convocation ceremony for its fall 2018 graduates. While addressing the students, Barrie mentioned the struggles he has overcome while encouraging the graduates to keep going even when faced with adversity.

“No matter the score, no matter how many things aren’t going your way, you stay in the game and you will win,” he said.

Barrie is the 50th inductee into the Cronkite Hall of Fame, joining Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Julie Cart, CNN International’s Becky Anderson, Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and Bushtex CEO Adelaida Severson, among others.

Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan called Barrie a great ambassador for the Cronkite School and Sun Devil Nation.

“We’re quite proud, at the Cronkite School, of Matt’s continued success over the years,” Callahan said. “Matt is a fantastic role model for our students, and his achievements in a highly-competitive field reflect his talent and illustrate his tenacity, drive and professionalism.”

Assistant vice president, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

Fellowship theme challenges the ‘Age of Dehumanization’

How can the humanities restore humanity? ASU's Institute for Humanities Research asks this question with its 2020–21 Fellows Program theme


December 17, 2019

How can the humanities restore humanity?

The Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research asks this question with its 2020-21 fellows program theme, “Recovering the Human(e) in an Age of Dehumanization.” Recovering the Humane in an Age of Dehumanization The ASU Institute for Humanities Research 2020-21 Fellows Program theme is "Recovering the Human(e) in an Age of Dehumanization." Download Full Image

The new theme invites scholars to explore what it means to be “human(e)” in a world where humanity is often forgotten. In topics such as technology, medicine, politics, gender, race and ecology, how can the humanities begin to lead the conversation?

Selected fellows will dedicate one year of research related to this theme. They will also be invited to share their research with the academic community and to produce a strong application for an external grant.

In addition to the fellowship, the Institute for Humanities Research is working with unit heads to develop undergraduate courses that will embed the theme of “Recovering the Human(e)” into humanities classes. 

The fellowship application is now open to all ASU tenured or tenure-track faculty as well as any faculty eligible for a research release.

Successful proposals for the fellows program will outline a rich scholarly project rooted in the humanities that has clear and feasible outcomes for the fellowship year (starting in May 2020) and that has the potential to be funded by outside agencies.

The IHR Fellows Program provides funds toward one course buyout (in the spring semester) for each faculty member as well as research funds of $2,500 per faculty member.

Applications are due Feb. 17, 2020. Learn more about the theme and application guidelines.

Lauren Whitby

Communications Specialist, ASU Institute for Humanities Research

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