Graduate College Fellows Program: Call for applications

ASU faculty should apply for the Graduate College Fellows Program.

January 28, 2020

The Graduate College is accepting applications for the 2020-21 Graduate College Fellows Program. The purpose of this initiative is to foster interdisciplinary curriculum innovations in graduate education that will benefit graduate students across Arizona State University.

The principal focus of the yearlong fellowship period is to design and develop innovative graduate learning experiences that satisfy core curricular or other kinds of program requirements, including electives, research training, field experiences or culminating experiences, as well as other key areas of graduate education such as professional and career preparation and development. These innovations should have an interdisciplinary nature and emphasize impact. Professor Hamid Marvi works with graduate students Professor Hamid Marvi speaks with mechanical engineering graduate student Hailey Burch and mechanical engineering senior Clayton Brenner. Download Full Image

The program is open to ASU faculty members of the Academic Assembly who work with graduate students and have an interest in designing programs or curricula for them. Two fellows will be selected and collaborations between them welcomed as appropriate. Fellows will spend the fall semester in collaborative design and consultation with Graduate College faculty and staff. In the spring semester, fellows will pilot their curricular innovations. Fellows are also expected to participate in the life of the Graduate College enough to become familiar with its values and strategic initiatives.

Benefits of the yearlong fellowship include:

• The opportunity to conceptualize new interdisciplinary curriculum innovations that will be made available to all graduate students.

• A deeper experience of the Graduate College culture, strategic initiatives and resources that can benefit your home graduate students.

• For serving as Graduate College Faculty Fellow you will receive supplemental pay in the amount of $10,000 ($5,000 each if jointly applied) paid over the period, August 2020 through May 2021. This appointment is in addition to your other faculty and administrative appointments at Arizona State University. 

To apply:

Prospective fellows should apply (individually or in teams of no more than two) submitting the following:

1. A two-page (single-spaced, 12-point font) proposal narrative describing the problem that the interdisciplinary graduate curriculum innovation will address and the rationale for its selection, including a description of how the fellows’ innovation will enrich graduate learning. Priority will be given to proposals that leverage ASU existing resources; focus on bringing together knowledge from more than one distinct discipline or approach; and attend to ASU’s charter priorities of inclusion relative to applicant experience base, student access and public value.

2. A 500-word description of the pedagogical approach to be used in the proposed curriculum innovation.

3. Background on the applicant(s): (a) Three-page CV, (b) 300-word history or experiences with proposed innovation.

4. A letter of support from the appropriate unit director(s).

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 20Submit application materialsCreate one document for your application and include your name in the title of the submitted document.

Tracy Viselli

Director of Communications and Marketing, Graduate College


ASU Graduate College announces 2019-20 Outstanding Faculty Mentors

January 28, 2020

For 32 years, the Graduate College has asked Arizona State University graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to nominate their mentors for what has become a prestigious and time-honored award.

“What we’re looking for in nominees are faculty members that can demonstrate a long-standing commitment to mentoring excellence,” said Zachary Reeves-Blurton, program manager of mentoring initiatives and professional development engagement at the Graduate College. outstanding_faculty_mentor_award_winners 2019-20 Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award winners Gregory Dawson, Mirka Koro, Tess Neal and Yang Weng. Download Full Image

Kathleen Oakes nominated Gregory Dawson, her mentor at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

“I know if not for him, I would not be a graduate student, pursuing my passion and my dreams. Like Greg's parents, my parents did not go to college. If not for someone like him to help mentor me throughout this process, I would have been lost. His mentorship at the graduate level is the continuation of a long relationship.”

“To me," Dawson said, "our highest calling as educators is to help our students become successful in life and in their chosen fields. As such, this is, to me, the highest honor that the university can bestow, and I am humbled and honored to receive it.”

The Graduate College is hosting the 2019-2020 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Attendees can RSVP here.

The ceremony is not only a way to recognize deserving mentors, it’s also a way for professors and faculty to connect and learn from each other about mentoring philosophies and practices.

“This event demonstrates that ASU places an extremely high value on mentorship,” said Gabriel Shaibi, an associate professor and Southwest Borderlands Scholar at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the winner of last year’s Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor award.

The Outstanding Faculty Mentors for 2019-20 are:

• Outstanding Doctoral Mentor, Mirka Koro, professor and director, doctoral programs, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

• Outstanding Master's Mentor, Tess Neal, assistant professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

• Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor, Gregory Dawson, clinical associate professor, School of Accountancy, W. P. Carey School of Business.

• Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor, Yang Weng, assistant professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

The Graduate College is dedicated to professional development, of which mentoring is a central pillar. A good mentor is essential to the success of students in their transition to a career, their ability to be a leader and their pursuit of knowledge mobilization.  

A faculty mentor invests a significant amount of time and effort in their mentees. Not only do they help students navigate their academic colleges and scholarly communities, they also typically offer personal support. If students are struggling emotionally or with work/life/school balance, mentors can serve as a support and guide.

“Through these awards we are recognizing faculty mentors that take a much more holistic approach to the mentoring relationship, to the personal, to the career and to the long term,” Reeves-Blurton said.

Faculty mentors include all levels of faculty, including tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure-track clinical and instructional faculty and postdoctoral advisers.

“This year’s nominations are the strongest we’ve had yet — the quality and depth of the student testimonials are very impressive,” Reeves-Blurton said.

Tracy Viselli

Director of Communications and Marketing, Graduate College


Human rights activist Nadia Murad to receive O’Connor Justice Prize from ASU

January 27, 2020

Nadia Murad, the acclaimed Yazidi human rights activist who founded a global initiative to advocate for survivors of violence and genocide, has been named the sixth recipient of the O’Connor Justice Prize.

The award, administered by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, was established in 2014 to honor the legacy of the school’s namesake, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. It recognizes those who have made extraordinary efforts to advance rule of law, justice and human rights. photo of Nadia Murad Nadia Murad, the acclaimed Yazidi human rights activist who founded a global initiative to advocate for survivors of violence and genocide, has been named the sixth recipient of the O’Connor Justice Prize. Download Full Image

“I am grateful to receive this award and to be included among the prestigious past recipients of the O’Connor Justice Prize,” Murad said.

The 26-year-old is a member of the Yazidi community, an ethnoreligious minority in Iraq. Yazidis have faced centuries of persecution and were targeted by ISIS militants in a campaign that began in 2014. Murad was among the thousands of women taken captive. ISIS murdered six of her brothers and her mother. She was held captive before escaping and eventually resettled in Germany as a refugee.

She became a voice for survivors, writing a New York Times bestselling memoir, “The Last Girl,” and founding Nadia’s Initiative, which is dedicated to rebuilding communities in crisis and advocating globally for survivors of sexual violence.

In 2018, she became the first Iraqi and Yazidi to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a co-recipient with Congolese advocate Denis Mukwege for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

She advocates throughout the world, meeting with global leaders to raise awareness of ISIS and its genocidal campaign against the Yazidis. Nadia’s Initiative works to persuade governments and other international organizations to support survivors of sexual violence and to invest in the sustainable redevelopment of the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar, Iraq.

She said prestigious recognitions such as the O’Connor Justice Prize help bring awareness to her causes.

“As with every award I receive, this prize symbolizes a continued global awareness of the plight of Yazidis and survivors of sexual violence and the ongoing need to work to end both the genocide of my people and sexual violence in conflict,” Murad said. “I hope the global community will take up their responsibility to recognize the Yazidi genocide, protect women and invest in efforts like those we undertake at my organization Nadia’s Initiative — to rebuild the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar and invest in the healing and development of the Yazidi community."

Nadia’s Initiative also takes aim at inaction, warning world leaders that they must go beyond promises and effect change, or share in the blame. The organization says words without action inflict the same harm and suffering as the perpetrators of mass atrocities and sexual violence.

Among the specific projects Nadia’s Initiative is spearheading in Sinjar: building a new hospital; rehabilitating hundreds of farms that were burned or destroyed by ISIS; building a new school and rehabilitating destroyed schools; providing water, sanitation and hygiene services; and working with the U.S. State Department to remove thousands of land mines. The organization also teamed with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to bring to court the world’s first prosecution of international crimes committed by ISIS against Yazidis.

Murad will be presented with the O’Connor Justice Prize in a ceremony on Feb. 15 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia.

She is the third Nobel Peace Prize winner to receive the honor. Previous recipients of the O’Connor Justice Prize are:

• Inaugural recipient Navanethem Pillay of South Africa, the former U.N. high commissioner for human rights. She was honored for her fight against apartheid, as well as her championing of international human rights.

• Ana Palacio, the first woman to serve as the foreign affairs minister of Spain. Member of the Council of State of Spain and former senior vice president and general counsel of the World Bank Group.

• Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, for his humanitarian work since leaving office. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to find peaceful solutions to conflicts, advance democracy and to promote economic and social development.

• Anson Chan, the former chief secretary of Hong Kong. Known as “Hong Kong’s conscience” for her decades of devotion to social justice and democracy, she helped oversee the transition from British control in 1997.

• FW de Klerk, the former South African president who led the dismantling of that country’s apartheid system and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993.

Nicole Almond Anderson

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


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January 24, 2020

Annual event invites community on campus during February to explore and discover

One university, multiple locations and a plethora of research projects, but what exactly is happening in the classrooms and labs at Arizona State University? Block your calendar and invite your friends to take a sneak peek at what Sun Devils are really up to and why ASU is the most innovative university in the nation five years in a row.

Each year during ASU Open Door, ASU welcomes the community to visit the spaces accessible only to students, faculty and staff. Open Door is a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival and features all things science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) nearly every Saturday during the month of February.

West campus
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1

Downtown Phoenix campus
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8

Tempe campus
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Polytechnic campus
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29

It’s a time where young learners outnumber the college students. There is no age limit on learning, and whether you’re new to school or a lifelong learner, you’re sure to find something you enjoy and learn something new.

“What makes ASU Open Door so unique is that visitors not only see the spaces and labs where students learn, our students and faculty are able to talk to the community about the exciting things they do here,” said Darci Nagy, ASU special events manager. “They share their research and knowledge in a fun and interactive way.”

Visitors can explore the spaces that house innovative research, discoveries and art: Pet a snake or two and find out what’s really in whale poop. Open Door highlights the purposeful research being done at ASU, the solutions being developed and the impact it’s making in communities — all while having a little fun.

ASU hosts hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities across the four campus locations. Each campus has a different personality, look and feel, making each feel like an individual, unique adventure.

West campus

Head to the green lawns of West campus. It kicks off the monthlong event with forensics, crime scene investigation, glow-in-the-dark rocks and sharks. Sharks? Yep — sharks in the desert is a real thing at West.

James Sulikowski is a marine biologist, professor and associate director at the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He studies aquatic life, including sharks, and visitors can see his collection of shark jaws at Open Door.

He’ll share interesting facts, dispel myths and how people can help shark conservation efforts.

“Sharks are incredible animals that both fascinate and terrify people,” Sulikowski said. “Unfortunately, misinformation and misconceptions have left many sharks unjustly vilified. I hope everyone walks away from our Open Door event knowing how import sharks are to the marine ecosystem.”

Humans are not on the shark menu, he added.

Downtown Phoenix campus 

In the heart of downtown Phoenix, plenty of activities abound: Coral reefs, meditation and mindfulness tips, the World Press Photo Exhibition and even PBS Kids can be found. There are no elephants at the Downtown Phoenix campus, but there will be elephant toothpaste — a chemistry experiment that generates a colorful volcano of foam. 

Cayle Lisenbee is a general biology and microbiology lecturer at the College of Integrative Arts and Sciences, and events like Open Door allow him to share science in a way that visitors might not otherwise experience.

“The elephant-toothpaste reaction is a super fun demonstration that is intended to generate excitement and stimulate the natural curiosity that kids and parents have about science,” he said. “I hope that they develop a renewed interest in asking questions and finding answers that add value to their day-to-day lives.”

Events like Open Door allow students, faculty and staff to give back to the community in a positive way and show people ASU’s commitment to education and research, he added.

Tempe campus 

Join Open Door at the campus where it all started, Tempe. Glassblowing, reptiles, art, dancing, poetry and NASA. Visitors should bring their walking shoes to explore activities spanning the entire campus and get ready for a deep dive with the students who are part of Underwater Robotics at Arizona State, a competitive underwater robotics team on campus.

Kira Tijerino, a senior studying mechanical engineering, has been involved with the student organization since she was a first-year student.

Tijerino says that part of their passion is inspiring the next generation of engineers and STEM professionals through events such as these, demonstrating their swimming robot and allowing visitors to guide it underwater.

“I think it’s important to share our work with kids and parents who visit this event because I can look back to my childhood and remember how activities like these became my inspiration to choose engineering as a career path,” she said.

Polytechnic campus 

Race into the last week of Open Door with Baja Sun Devil Racing at the Polytechnic campus. Visitors can talk to the all-female, award-winning Desert Wave robotics team; check out algae; and attempt a smooth landing at the air traffic control simulation lab.

Marc O'Brien, chair of ASU's aviation program at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, slowed down enough to say that Open Door at Polytechnic allows the community to experience the kinesthetic and collaborative events that the aviation program provides its students.

“I hope it inspires someone to consider a career in aviation,” he said.

“I hope kids leave with a renewed curiosity for all things science, technology, engineering, arts and math,” Nagy said. “And parents leave with a better understanding of the learning and teaching that takes place at ASU and why it’s considered one of the most innovative universities in the nation.”

Follow the excitement on Twitter and Facebook, and share your best Open Door photos with #ASUopendoor.

For more information on dates, locations, free tickets and parking, visit

Top photo: Five-year-old Elizabeth Unrein, of Buckeye, Arizona, looks at cancer-fighting superbugs at the ASU Open Door on the Tempe campus on Feb. 23, 2019. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

ASU Library offers tools, support for faculty researchers

January 24, 2020

Looking to give your research a boost?

All ASU faculty are invited to an interactive open house on the third floor of the newly renovated Hayden Library to learn more about and get connected with the ASU Library’s Researcher Support resources. microscope ASU researchers are invited to get connected with ASU Library's Researcher Support, a suite of services aimed at supporting researchers across all phases of the research life cycle. Download Full Image

Researcher Support is part of the library's full suite of services aimed at supporting researchers across all phases of the research life cycle — everything from grant funding to data management and data storage. 

The open house slated for 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, is an opportunity to: 

• Join other researchers in learning about new and expanding resources to support research projects.

• Meet with a diverse group of experts who can help you identify research and funding opportunities.

• Experience hands-on demonstrations and information sessions. 

• Learn more about the ASU Library and Knowledge Enterprise Development partnership.

• Take a tour of the renovated Hayden Library, including its new units: Makerspace, the Map and Geospatial Hub and the Unit for Data Science and Analytics.

Refreshments will be provided, and registration is required.

Following a $90 million renovation, Hayden Library has been reinvented for 21st-century learning and research environments. Learn more about Hayden’s reinvention.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU to present 2020 Rhodes Lecture with Gen. James N. Mattis

Barrett, The Honors College event to be held Feb. 12 at Tempe Center for the Arts

January 24, 2020

Gen. James N. Mattis has been named the 2020 John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. As chair, he will deliver the Rhodes Lecture next month. 

The lecture, titled “Thwarting Threats and Nurturing Allies in Today’s Global Affairs,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Tickets, which are available at, are free but a small service charge will apply. James Mattis Gen. James N. Mattis, former U.S. secretary of defense. Photo courtesy of Washington Speakers Bureau Download Full Image

2020 marks the 22th anniversary of the Rhodes Lecture, named for the Honorable John J. Rhodes, who represented Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1952 to 1982. He served as the minority leader of the House from 1973 to 1981.

Congressman Rhodes exemplified the values of personal integrity, fiscal responsibility, respect for persons of all political beliefs and international foresight.

Upon his retirement, Rhodes’ family and many friends wanted to establish an enduring tribute to his leadership. John and his wife, Betty, had long been supporters of higher education, so the family established an endowment for the John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions and selected Barrett, The Honors College to be the chair’s “home.” An archive of John Rhodes’ congressional papers is in the Special Collections at the Hayden Library on the ASU Tempe campus.

The Rhodes Chair reflects Rhodes’ commitment to public service and higher education. People chosen to hold the Rhodes Chair must be dedicated to discussion and dialogue about the most challenging issues facing society, now and in the future. Holders of the Rhodes Chair embody Rhodes’ commitment to the betterment of our nation through inspired and fair-minded leadership and devotion to service.

About Gen. James N. Mattis

Mattis has spent nearly 50 years in service to his country. He served as the 26th U.S. secretary of defense for nearly two years in the Trump administration. As secretary of defense, he focused on making combat readiness one of his main priorities and served as primary author of a new American defense strategy whose central goal was to take on “revisionist” powers that “seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models.”

Viewed as the steady hand in tumultuous times, Mattis championed building a network of alliances and strategic partnerships around the world.

“Our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system or alliances and partnerships,” then-Secretary Mattis wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump. Without maintaining those alliances, he said, we cannot protect our interests or serve the role of an indispensable nation in the free world.

Mattis’ resolve to amass and maintain positive relations with key countries served as a premier example of professionalism and stability in a political landscape wrought with unpredictability.

During his 44 years in the U.S. Marines, Mattis rose from an 18-year-old reservist to the highest rank of four-star general. He capped off his military career as head of the U.S. Central Command, where he was in charge of all American forces serving in the Middle East and oversaw operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as parts of Syria, Iran and Yemen. He retired from the post in 2013. In 2017, he would answer the call to service again, as the first member of Trump’s cabinet cleared to take office.

A veteran of three wars, Mattis spent much of his career involved in overseas conflict. Described by colleagues and his staff as brave, honest and humble, Mattis proved to be an exceptional motivator of Marines and developed a leadership style that endeared him to his troops.

Mattis established the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning, an academy for Marine officers and senior enlisted personnel that provides cultural awareness and language skills training to ensure units can operate effectively in complex expeditionary environments.

Mattis is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” an account of Mattis's career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas — and short-sighted thinking — now facing our nation. 

Nicole Greason

Public relations and publicity manager , Barrett, The Honors College


News Co/Lab lands Facebook grant to boost media literacy ahead of elections

January 23, 2020

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication today announced it has received a grant from Facebook to help improve digital media literacy among adults ahead of the 2020 elections.

The award is part of Facebook’s $2 million initiative aimed at supporting projects that empower people to identify and seek out credible information to read and share.  News Co/Lab, Cronkite School, media literacy News Co/Lab managing director Kristy Roschke works with Cronkite student Caroline Veltman. Download Full Image

“We can all agree that we need to foster and support better information sources in this age of overwhelming supply, too much of which is misinformation,” said Dan Gillmor, co-founder of the News Co/Lab at the Cronkite School. “We also need to get better ourselves at sorting out what we can trust, and understanding our roles as part of a digital ecosystem in which we’re sharers and creators as well as consumers. Facebook's support for the project helps us do this at scale.”

The funding will support work already being conducted by the News Co/Lab, founded in 2017 and supported, in part, with seed funding from the Facebook Journalism Project to help the public better understand and engage with the news. 

“These are lifelong skills people need, but it is especially important as we head toward the divisive November 2020 election,” said Kristy Roschke, managing director of the News Co/Lab. “The civic health of our country depends on an informed public, which will be making important decisions about our future in the coming months and years. These types of initiatives can make a real impact.”

For this project, the News Co/Lab will create a series of educational videos in collaboration with Arizona PBS, which is owned and operated by the Cronkite School. The videos will help inform viewers about the evolving media landscape in an effort to boost media literacy, especially for young adults and seniors. The initiative also will include:

• A series of media literacy outreach events across the U.S. in partnership with local community organizations. The events will be designed to teach techniques for spotting misinformation and finding credible sources.

• Creation of a massive online open course, or MOOC, on digital media literacy through the Cronkite School, which will include tips for spotting misinformation, finding trustworthy sources and best practices for sharing and commenting on news and information, among other topics.

• Digital and social media content.

“As an institution that thrives on innovative practices, we are in perpetual pursuit of solutions that better our industry and, in turn, society,” Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan said. “The evolving landscape of digital journalism demands a new vigilance and a greater level of scrutiny. Our News Co/Lab is positioned at the leading edge of literacy and responsible media consumption.”

Facebook executive Katie Harbath said the platform embraces a similar sentiment with regard to misinformation.

"Helping to stop the spread of misinformation is an important part of our work to help protect elections but we know we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re partnering with organizations and experts in media literacy like the News Co/Lab out of Arizona State University to launch media literacy resources that will help empower people from senior citizens to first-time voters, on how to trust the information they see,” said Harbath, Facebook’s public policy director for global elections.

The new media literacy project launches just months after the News Co/Lab received a gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to support a project that will combat misinformation by improving the reach and effectiveness of media-issued corrections. 

Through that initiative, the News Co/Lab is partnering with researchers, technologists and journalists across three newsrooms owned by the McClatchy media company. The goal is to design and deploy a web-based tool that efficiently reaches consumers on social media platforms with corrected versions of stories they may have already shared. 

Assistant vice president, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

State Department renews Humphrey Fellowship Program at ASU Cronkite School

January 22, 2020

The U.S. Department of State has awarded Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication the opportunity to host the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in journalism for another five years. 

The program, in its 10th year at the Cronkite School, is a Fulbright exchange program that selects participants from emerging democracies to engage in academic, leadership and professional development experiences in the U.S.  Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, journalism, Cronkite School ASU's 2019-2020 Humphrey Fellows, photographed while visiting the U.S. State Department as part of the Global Leadership Forum. Download Full Image

The Cronkite School is the only institution in the nation to host Humphrey Fellows in journalism and mass communication. Over the past decade, the Cronkite School has welcomed 102 fellows from 58 countries. 

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with taxpayer funding allocated by Congress. Marie Royce, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, looks forward to the renewed partnership with ASU’s Cronkite School.

“Since 1979, the State Department’s Humphrey Fellowship Program has developed a network of 6,000 leaders around the world in partnership with outstanding U.S. university hosts,” Royce said. “Arizona State University’s renowned faculty, resources and networks have empowered Humphrey journalists and communication professionals to promote a strong and independent press.”

Assistant Dean Bill Silcock, who has curated the program at ASU for a decade, said the Humphrey program goes beyond a traditional exchange program.

“This program takes mid-career journalists and communication professionals and inspires them to master innovative strategies, hone their leadership skills and bring the knowledge of 10 months in America back to their home countries,” Silcock said. “Fellows interact with and impact our students, faculty and staff, and when they do, they bring the world to Arizona. We continue to learn there are so many global voices, and none of them are without significance.” 

Humphrey Fellows at ASU live in downtown Phoenix, participate in academic study, develop professional affiliations and friendships, receive mentoring from Cronkite faculty and experience a rich cultural immersion into American life. During the program, the fellows attend conferences, participate in roundtable discussions, engage in research projects and make valuable connections with industry peers.

Peter Moran, director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for the Institute of International Education (IIE), said the organization is pleased to continue working with the Cronkite School.

“ASU has advanced some creative innovations, such as supporting collaborative programming with other Humphrey campuses, that have enhanced the Humphrey Program structure and our fellows’ experiences,” Moran said. “ASU’s leadership in communications and journalism is well known, and its commitment to the Humphrey Fellowship Program is also very strong. We are glad to have Arizona State University as program partners — advancing leadership and professional development for our outstanding Humphrey Fellows.”

Recent fellows at Cronkite have reported on U.S. immigration, South American police brutality and Burmese beauty regimens. They’ve volunteered in the community, filmed documentaries and collaborated with students from other campuses. And, perhaps most valuable, they experienced a level of press freedom that their home countries may not afford them.

“We learn as much from our Humphrey Fellows as they do from us,” Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan said. “Our students gain immeasurably by getting to know and interact with journalists and professional communicators from around the world. Thanks to the leadership of IIE and the State Department, the world is brought to our students through the Humphrey program while we bring the values of American democracy and free press to the fellows. We are tremendously proud to host the program for another five years.”

The Cronkite School’s goals for the program include personal and professional growth for each of the fellows, preparing them for positions of leadership in their home countries, and providing them with opportunities to exchange information among peers, faculty, students, professionals and the local community. 

Fellows also have an opportunity to attend the Washington Global Leadership Forum, a four-day seminar in Washington, D.C., where attendees learn about federal agencies, international organizations and U.S. institutions.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, named in honor of the late vice president, began in 1978 to provide professional enrichment and nondegree studies at selected American universities for experienced professionals from around the world. Each year, the program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries to the U.S. for an intensive 10-month academic study and professional experience.

Assistant vice president, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

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.

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration


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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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