ASU hosts Fulbright Tatar language teacher


December 20, 2006

One of the five international Fulbright scholars ASU is hosting this academic year is foreign language teaching assistant Aygul Fatykhova from Kazan, Tatarstan, a sovereign area of Russia. With Tatar being the other, lesser-known official language of Russia, her language course offers a unique opportunity for the university and for Fatykhova, as ASU is the only institution in higher education to offer Tatar language instruction on a regular, annual basis.

“We are doubly fortunate to have her,” says Ariann Stern-Gottschalk of the Critical Languages Institute. “She is a wonderfully talented, creative teacher with great enthusiasm for Tatar language and culture, but also on a programmatic level in building our instructional capacity for Tatar language training.” Download Full Image

In addition to teaching beginning and intermediate Tatar language courses for the 2006-2007 academic year, Fatykhova led a well-attended lecture during International Education Week on the language and culture of Tatarstan. Her next lecture, “Teaching Tatar in Tatarstan: The Problem of National Language Policy in the Russian Federation,” will take place during the spring semester.

The Fulbright Scholar program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Department of State to build mutual understanding between the American people and those of other countries.

Crow joins 'Innovation America' initiative


December 20, 2006

In an effort to strengthen the United States ' capacity to compete as an innovator in the global economy, the National Governors Association (NGA) has launched a 17-member task force, appointing ASU President Michael Crow to the bipartisan group of governors, academic leaders and business members to help guide the “Innovation America” initiative.

Crow will be working with the task force to identify challenges to innovation and determine the most promising strategies, policies and programs for addressing them. The agenda includes discussions focused on the state innovation landscape, K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the role of postsecondary education as an engine of innovation. Download Full Image

Key gubernatorial staff members will learn about the resources being developed through the initiative and begin framing an action plan for creating an “innovation environment” in each state.

“America's economic dominance over the past 100 years has left it unable to remember what it means to have serious challengers for economic, industrial, and military pre-eminence in the world,” Crow says. “But, by some indicators other regions of the world are gaining on us rapidly, threatening one day to surpass the United States as the dominant scientific and technological power on Earth. Whether we realize it or not, we face unprecedented competition on a vast scale, and it is imperative that we gear up for this competition now.”

The task force, chaired by Gov. Janet Napolitano, has recruited some of the country's most popular innovators, including Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc., as it faces the unique challenge of developing ways to foster American ingenuity.

“To maximize our strengths in this increasingly global environment, governors must partner with the business and academic communities to ensure state policies complement and reinforce private sector innovation,” Napolitano says. “The ‘Innovation America' task force provides an outstanding forum for these groups to work together to enhance our economic competitiveness.”