ASU, Arizona Science Center partnership aims to promote STEM education

October 23, 2012

Arizona Science Center and Arizona State University announce the formation of a new partnership to share dynamic science happenings with the Arizona community, and to motivate and inspire K-12 students to pursue post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

“ASU has been at the forefront in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “Through this partnership, we hope to expand our meaningful learning opportunities by sharing ASU's cutting-edge research and scientific developments.”  Arizona Science Center and Arizona State University announce partnership Download Full Image

ASU is advancing a new model for 21st century higher education – one that measures itself not by those it excludes, but by those it includes – and pursues leading edge research that contributes to the public good, assuming major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities it serves. Through this partnership with Arizona Science Center, ASU will more fully realize its vision as a New American University dedicated to excellence, access and impact. The Science Center serves more than 400,000 visitors annually, including 140,000 school children. Through the Center's audiences, ASU will be able to further its commitment to enhancing discovery within the Arizona community.

Arizona Science Center aims to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science. Interactive and informational exhibits at the Science Center make science and technology relevant and give children and adults alike the opportunity to put fun and hands-on exploration at the center of learning. Working with ASU will allow the Center to expand the depth and breadth of its offerings, while highlighting research and innovations happening in its own backyard.

"Educational partnerships that inspire innovation, enhance broad accessibility to knowledge, and generate new learning and discovery opportunities are integral to the future success of our state, region and nation,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “We are proud to establish such an alliance with the Arizona Science Center to benefit the communities we serve."

Through this partnership, ASU and the center will set the standard for a university and science center collaboration, both nationally and internationally. Together, they will plan joint exhibits, educational activities, lecture series, planetarium shows, demonstrations, and more. We envision a long-term partnership that provides a continuous flow of innovative research and educational activities, projects and exhibits for K-12 teachers, students and the general public.

"We are very excited to have this unique opportunity to collaborate with the Arizona Science Center and embed ASU within the community,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president with ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. “This is an important partnership that enables ASU to integrate the innovative and impactful ideas from our labs into an environment that will inspire and motivate future generations of talent."

Supporting this partnership, ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development is dedicated to advancing research, innovation, entrepreneurial activities and economic development efforts at ASU, in Arizona, and beyond.

A kickoff event to launch this strategic partnership is set for 5 p.m., Oct. 26, at Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix. Attendees will witness firsthand the potential of this collaboration and interact with ASU researchers and scientists and explore Arizona Science Center’s exhibits. Information about this partnership is available online at

ASU Homecoming brings community, NFL legends to campus

October 24, 2012

At Arizona State University we know a thing or two about celebrating tradition, community and Sun Devil football, especially in the form of Homecoming. And this year will not be any different.

“Sun Devil Homecoming: A Golden Decade” taking place on Oct. 27 will highlight the work the university has accomplished in the past 10 years. Download Full Image

“Homecoming is a fantastic celebration. In ASU style, not only is the entire ASU community, which includes faculty, staff, students and alumni, invited, but we include the community at large,” said Virgil Renzulli, ASU’s vice president of public affairs.

As a special treat to fans, the ASU Alumni Association, in partnership with the Sun Devil Club, will honor nearly 200 alums who have played professional football Oct. 26, at the “Legends Luncheon: Celebrating the NFL” event. ASU’s “honor roll” of former NFL players includes Jake Plummer, Mike Haynes, Ron Pritchard, Juan Roque, Danny White and J.D. Hill, all of whom are scheduled to attend the luncheon. The event will start at 11:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Sun Devil Homecoming officially commences with a 9 a.m. parade, beginning at McAllister Avenue and University Drive and continuing down to College Avenue. The parade features a variety of floats made by campus organizations and community groups.

This year’s grand marshal is Michael Crow, ASU’s president who has led the charge in boosting the university’s education and entrepreneurship space, enhanced global partnerships and provided educational opportunities for hundreds of students.

The annual block party from 9 a.m. to noon will include over 100 tents sponsored by ASU colleges, departments., student organizations and programs. The community will be treated to interactive displays, hands-on experiments, live music, games and crafts. Arizona PBS will also be sponsoring a very special “Nerd Walk” to unite those who share a love for all things intellectual and educational. NFL legends from ASU’s past will be on hand to sign autographs for fans at the Alumni Association booth.

The Kidz Zone, just east of Palo Verde West Residence Hall north of University Drive, is buzzing with fun for the little ones in your family. Enjoy stage performers and bounce houses, plant seeds to grow at home, get your photo taken with a police officer sitting on a police motorcycle, experience ERIC the City of Tempe educational recycling center and even enter for the chance to win one of five bicycles. PBS’s Maia and Miguel will also be in attendance for photos.

The fun and excitement will culminate with the Sun Devils taking on the UCLA Bruins in Sun Devil Stadium at noon. Tickets may be purchased in person or by calling the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000.

Parking lots and structures in the northern portion of campus (north of University Drive) are open five hours prior to kickoff for prepaid season ticket parking passes, and cash lots are open three hours before kickoff. For more information on parking, visit or

For details and a complete schedule of Homecoming events and activities, visit