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ASU hosts Reynolds Institute for high school teachers

June 18, 2012

Thirty high school journalism teachers from around the country will grow their skills at Arizona State University this summer in a training program funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and operated by the American Society of News Editors.

In its sixth year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the two-week institute immerses teachers in specialized skills such as writing, editing, reporting, multimedia, layout and photojournalism, and also is providing grounding in professional ethics, the First Amendment and scholastic press freedom. Download Full Image

Participants, many from underrepresented high schools, are supplied with housing, meals, continuing-education credit and instructional materials free of charge.

The boot-camp style workshop is taught by Steve Elliott, director of digital news for the Cronkite School’s professional reporting program Cronkite News Service.

"Teachers have consistently called this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire skills and establish professional connections that benefit countless students over the years," Elliott said. 

The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute will take place in the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art media complex in downtown Phoenix from June 17 to 29. The other Reynolds institutes will take place on the following campuses:

• University of Texas at Austin, June 17-29
• Kent State University, July 8-20
• University of Nevada, Reno, July 8-20
• University of Missouri, Columbia, July 15-27

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $100 million through its journalism initiative.

The American Society of News Editors is comprised of top editors at news organizations; deans, directors and endowed chairs at accredited journalism schools; and leaders of journalism foundations and training organizations.

2012 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute participants:

Bidjan Aminian, Dublin High School, Dublin, Calif.

Elaine Broussard, Belle Chasse High School, Belle Chasse, La.

Steve Caswell, Simi Valley High School, Simi Valley, Calif.

Rhonda Dickens, Chisolm Trail High School, Fort Worth, Texas

Debbie Glenn, Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park, Kan.

Sara Hennes, Cody Community Schools, Detroit, Mich.

Linda Hopson, Bellaire High School, Bellaire, Texas

Heather Jancoski, Desert Sands Middle School, Phoenix

Janice Johnson, Vista del Lago High School, Folsom, Calif.

Jackie Ludka, Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville, Pa.

Deann McBride, Page High School, Page, Ariz.

Sarah Noah, Goshen High School, Goshen, Ind.

Jamie Nusbaum, Sheboygan North High School, Sheboygan, Wis.

Donna Owen, McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Ga.

Bridget Parker, Seton-La Salle High School, Pittsburgh

Ryan Peacock, Tooele High School, Tooele, Utah

Stephanie Platter, King's High School, Seattle, Wash.

Denise Powell, Bok Edward W. Technical High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

Chad Renning, Sandra Day O'Connor High School, Phoenix

Cody Roberts, Charles H. Milby High School, Houston

Kelly Robinson, Bolton High School, Arlington, Tenn.

Hannah Sagaser, Mandan High School, Mandan, N.D.

Ben Sellers, North Stafford High School, Stafford, Va.

Marlo Spritzer, Southern Lehigh Senior High School, Center Valley, Pa.

Maya Suryaraman, Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara, Calif.

Larry Wayman, Wallace Rider Farrington High School, Honolulu

Stan West, Hales Franciscan High School, Chicago

Paula Wolfe, Dubuque High School, Dubuque, Iowa

Amelia Wright, West Morris Central High School, Chester, N.J.

Sarah Zerwin, Fairview High School, Boulder, Colo.

Reporter , ASU Now


Plans for Arizona Biomedical Corridor under way

June 19, 2012

In the coming months, the City of Phoenix, ASU and Mayo Clinic will jointly plan for the Arizona Biomedical Corridor, after a memorandum of understanding was approved April 3. The City of Phoenix, ASU and Mayo Clinic will focus on the development of the corridor to create jobs and educational opportunities in northeast Phoenix, which will serve as an international destination for renowned medical care at Desert Ridge.

Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Jim Waring worked together to get the process off the ground. microscope Download Full Image

“I am committed to our city’s future economic health and prosperity, which must include industries like bioscience that can weather the storms, create jobs and make Arizona competitive in the global marketplace,” Stanton said. “We have the opportunity to do that with Mayo Clinic and ASU, and now is the time to invest in Phoenix’s future and produce results.”

Stanton announced in his inaugural address that he would form the collaboration with ASU and Mayo Clinic to develop a major bioscience center in northeast Phoenix. The corridor will accommodate biotechnology companies and related research, clinical and academic uses and supporting commercial development.

ASU, Mayo Clinic and the City of Phoenix agreed in the MOU to establish a collaborative between the three and expand the bioscience industry by locating compatible companies in the corridor, located in northeast Phoenix at 56th Street and Mayo Boulevard, south of the Loop 101 freeway.

“We in District 2 are thrilled, not only for ourselves, but for the entire city of Phoenix,” Waring said. “Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic is a tremendous partnership that will benefit the citizens by improving the quality of health care in addition to bringing an economic engine to the region."

Communications Specialist, ASU Libraries