ASU biologist chosen as 'Educator of the Year'

December 7, 2009

David E. Brown, a faculty associate in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, has been chosen to receive Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Commission Award for “Educator of the Year.”

The Commission awards were instituted in 1991, developed to “publically and formally recognize members of the community who are active in conservation of Arizona’s wildlife as volunteers, mentors and educators,” according to Marty Fabritz, executive staff assistant to the director of Arizona Game and Fish and ASU wildlife biology program alumnus, Larry Voyles. “The public is so involved with Arizona wildlife that we wanted to recognize that passion,” Fabritz says. Download Full Image

Fabritz notes that Brown’s name was submitted in not just one, but four of 13 award categories including Writer of the Year, Conservationist of the Year and Mentor of the Year.

Brown formally joined ASU in 1989, after he retired from a 27-year career at Arizona Game and Fish Department. He’s taught a range of courses including Techniques in Wildlife Conservation, Conservation Biology of Terrestrial Wildlife, Field Zoology and Biogeography. In an era when field biology courses routinely disappear from American universities, Brown has packed his bag and taken classes on the road, giving students a chance to learn field techniques – from mist netting bats to seining fish – in the field. Brown also team taught the graduate course Popular Science Writing with ASU professor emeritus John Alcock for nearly 15 years. Many of his students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have gone on to work for Arizona Fish and Game Department, as well as the U.S. Forest Service.

“Dave guides his students with real warmth, evoking appreciation for his company as well as his literary advice," Alcock says.

Brown has authored or edited more than 18 books. His books include an account of the grizzly bear’s extinction in the Southwest (“The Last Grizzly”), a review of the writings of the conservationist Aldo Leopold (“Aldo Leopold’s Southwest”) and a series on “Arizona Wildlife.” His most recent publication, “The Travails of Two Woodpeckers,” explains why two of the largest woodpeckers in the world went extinct in the 20th century.  In addition to professional journal articles about his research, Brown also has authored scores of articles for the public that have appeared in the Arizona Republic, Arizona Highways, Arizona Hunter and other local magazines and newsletters, including Pronghorn (published by the Arizona Wildlife Foundation) and Wildlife Views (published by the Arizona Game and Fish Department). He also helped launch a School of Life Sciences’ newsletter in 2005.

Brown is the president and director of the Arizona Antelope Foundation and an elected fellow of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences. In addition to being selected as “Educator of the Year,” he has been chosen as the “Wildlife Conservationist of the Year” by the Arizona Wildlife Federation and awarded a Maytag Professorship by ASU, the Thomas E. McCullough Award for a career of professional wildlife conservation achievement by the Arizona Wildlife Federation, and the W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award by the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. In 2002, Brown was inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.
The Arizona Game and Fish awards ceremony will be Jan. 16, in conjunction with the “Meet the Commission” gathering, a public town hall-style event at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Peoria, 2532 W. Peoria Ave. Arizona residents will have a chance to meet with the commissioners and the award winners. For more information, visit">">

Margaret Coulombe

Director, Executive Communications, Office of the University Provost


Baseball announces 2010 schedule

December 7, 2009

Arizona State Baseball will begin its quest for its sixth National Championship and 22nd trip to Omaha and the College World Series on February 19th when the Sun Devils host the Northern Illinois Huskies at Winkles Field- Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark in the 2010 Season Opener. Announced today by head coach Tim">">Tim Esmay, the 2010 schedule features 35 games at Packard Stadium, including two non-conference match-ups with in-state rival Arizona on April 20 and May 4.

The Sun Devils will play 10 games against teams that advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, including two at Cal State Fullerton, who advanced to the College World Series. The Devils and Titans will meet for the third consecutive regular season on March 16 and 17 at Goodwin Field in Fullerton. Download Full Image

Arizona State will play an exhibition game at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark on March 2, when they host Meiji University from Japan.

The rest of the non-conference slate features two straight four-game series to open the 2010 season. Northern Illinois opens the year in Tempe from Feb. 19-21, followed by Towson from Feb. 26-28. The SEC's Auburn Tigers will visit Tempe for a three-game set beginning March 12, and the Houston Cougars will play at Packard Stadium for three games starting March 19. Grand Canyon (March 9), San Diego (April 5-6), San Francisco (April 27-28) and BYU (May 10-11) will also visit Tempe.

The leader in West Coast attendance for the past five years, Arizona State will once again enjoy one of the nation's best home field advantages. Over 125,000 fans came through the turnstiles to watch the Devils play in 2009, as ASU averaged 3,207 fans per home game. Thanks to tremendous fan support that creates an unmatched atmosphere at home, the Sun Devils went 36-4 at home, winning their third consecutive Pac-10 championship and advancing to the College World Series for the third time in five years.

For the eighth straight year, Arizona State will travel to Surprise, Ariz., for the Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. The Devils will face 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Cal Poly, who played in the Tempe Regional, on March 4, Pac-10 rival Oregon State in a non-conference match-up on March 5, UC Riverside on March 6, then wrap up the weekend in Surprise against former ASU assistant coach and current Florida International head coach Turtle">">T... Thomas and the Golden Panthers on March 7.

In addition to an always difficult non-conference schedule, the three-time defending Pac-10 Champion Sun Devils will once again compete in one of the toughest conferences in all of college baseball. Conference adversaries visiting Tempe include Cal (March 26-28), USC (April 16-18), Washington (April 23-25) and 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Oregon State (May 21-23). The Sun Devils will travel to Eugene, Oregon for the first time in school history when they take on the Ducks for a three-game series beginning April 1. ASU will also travel to 2009 NCAA Tournament team Washington State (April 9-11), UCLA (April 30-May 2), in-state rival Arizona (May 15-17) and close out the regular season at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif. for three games with Stanford (May 27-29).

Arizona State will be seeking its 11th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, which will begin on June 4. Super Regionals will follow from June 11-14 with the college baseball season culminating in the College World Series, beginning June 19 at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska. 2010 marks the final season the College World Series will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium, as the annual championship tournament will move to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha beginning in 2011. Arizona State Sun Devil baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in town, as ASU begins its quest for its 22nd trip to the College World Series in Omaha and its sixth national championship. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 480-727-0000 or log on to