ASU forms Knowledge Enterprise Development

May 5, 2010

Research and Economic Affairs reorganizes to Knowledge Enterprise Development;
Shangraw appointed Senior Vice President and Panchanathan appointed Chief Research Officer

In response to ASU’s rapidly growing research enterprise across all fields and disciplines and the need for continued focus on innovative knowledge creation and transfer, ASU President Michael M. Crow announced the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Affairs is being reorganized and renamed the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. 

Crow also announced the appointment of R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr. as senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development and director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan will serve as deputy vice president and university chief research officer. Download Full Image

ASU’s major interdisciplinary research institutes and initiatives report to Shangraw. These include the Biodesign Institute, Global Institute of Sustainability, Flexible Display Center, LightWorks, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative and Decision Theater. With GIOS, Shangraw will serve as director of that universitywide initiative. 

“Dr. Shangraw and Dr. Panchanathan know the incredible talent of our broadly scoped research community as they’ve seen ASU propel from relative research newcomer to one of the top 20 research institutions in the nation without a medical school,” Crow said. “In this expanded capacity, Rick and Panch will continue to cultivate ASU’s knowledge enterprise within the global innovation ecosystem. They are the right type of leaders to keep at the helm as we continue to grow our enterprise and expand our impact.”

The evolution of the Office of Research and Economic Affairs to the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development ties those involved in research and discovery, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization in a way that more effectively advances knowledge generation, integration and utilization. 

Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi said that the strong performance of the faculty in research and scholarly activity has brought ASU to this new level.

Shangraw said he is “very grateful for this opportunity to serve in this broader capacity and looks forward to defining this new role to leverage all aspects of the university’s knowledge enterprise from the humanities to engineering and science.” 

“ASU is an interconnected lattice of faculty and staff who generate knowledge, disseminate knowledge and transform knowledge into new ideas, new theories and concepts, inventions, new processes and spinout companies," Shangraw said. "This expanded view of ASU as a knowledge enterprise better reflects all of the activities and outcomes of this great university.”

Panchanathan echoed the sentiment, saying he’s looking forward to helping to advance numerous strategic research initiatives, particularly in assisting faculty identify and compete for major research opportunities.

“Panch is the perfect choice as the university’s chief research officer,” Crow said. “He’s well-respected inside and outside of the institution and his research accomplishments are extensive and impressive. Rick and he make a strong team that is sure to further grow our knowledge enterprise.”

Before becoming the deputy vice president of Research and Economic Affairs, Panchanathan was the founding director of ASU’s School of Computing and Informatics and instrumental in founding the Biomedical Informatics Department at ASU. He also was the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. In addition, he was appointed as the Foundation Chair of Computing and Informatics.


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Four Sun Devils named to College World Series Legends Team

May 6, 2010

As part of the commemoration of the final Series in Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, the NCAA and College World Series, Inc., have announced the official College World Series Legends Team.

The 28 members of the Legends Team, pared down from an original list of 95 nominees, were selected after more than 100,000 votes were cast by college baseball fans, college baseball writers and Division I head baseball coaches. The members of the Legends Team are former student-athletes and coaches who had the best CWS performances throughout the 60 years the event has been played at Rosenblatt Stadium. Download Full Image

Voting for the team was based solely on the former student-athletes' performance when they were competing in the NCAA College World Series, and not for any regular season or post-collegiate performances.

Four Sun Devils were named to the team: Eddie Bane, Sal Bando, Barry Bonds and Bob Horner. Arizona State has made 21 appearances in the College World Series, winning five National Championships.

Bane played at Arizona State from 1971 to 1973, pitching in the College World Series in both 1972 and 1973. He is ASU's all-time strike out leader and is the only Sun Devil to throw a perfect game. He was a two-time All-American and had his number retired at ASU in 2000. Bane struck out 32 batters in three starts, two complete game victories, in his College World Series career, earning All-CWS honors in 1973.

Bando was a Sun Devil in 1964 and 1965, going to Omaha both years. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1965 College World Series when Arizona State won its first National Championship. Bando had his number retired at ASU in 1996.

Bonds played at ASU from 1983 to 1985 before going on to become Major League Baseball's Home Run King. He played in the College World Series in 1983 and 1984, setting a CWS record with a hit in seven consecutive at-bats. He earned All-College World Series Team honors both seasons. The seven-time National League Most Valuable Player had his number retired by Arizona State in 1993.

Horner played for the Devils from 1976 to 1978, winning the first ever Golden Spikes Award in 1978. Horner and the Sun Devils went to Omaha all three years he played, winning the 1977 National Title. Horner was named the Most Outstanding Player that year, and was named to the All-CWS team in 1978. His number was retired by ASU in 1996.

The 28 CWS Legends Team members will be invited to attend the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium as guests of the NCAA. The members will be formally honored on-field during the CWS Opening Ceremonies on June 18, and invited to attend the first day of CWS competition on June 19. Mock baseball cards of each member featuring their collegiate photos will be posted on