Chelsea Cassulo named National Athlete of the Week

March 26, 2013

The No. 8 Arizona State University women's track and field team reaped the rewards of an impressive performance at home this past weekend as senior Chelsea Cassulo has been the named the United States Track and Field And Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week, the USTFCCCA announced today.

Cassulo (Lompoc, Calif.) became the eighth-best all-time collegiate performer in the women's hammer throw over the weekend with a mark of 229-0 (69.80m) at the Arizona State Invitational. Download Full Image

Making her outdoor debut for the Sun Devils following a transfer from UNLV, Cassulo recorded her winning mark on her second attempt, followed by throws of 213-11 (65.20m), 201-7 (61.45m) and 225-1 (68.62m).

She won the event by 21 feet over the runner-up and 31 feet over the next-best collegian, and she currently holds a lead of more than 13½ feet over Ida Storm of UCLA on the 2013 collegiate performance list. 

Cassulo broke the Arizona State school record previously held by Jessica Pressley of 68.31m (224-01) that was set back in 2008.  Cassulo's mark, though an opener, was further than any student-athlete through in the entirety of the 2012 season.

Cassulo is riding a wave of momentum for the Sun Devils after earning indoor All-America honors in the weight throw a couple weeks ago with a fourth-place finish in the event, despite being one of the lowest-seeded individuals coming into the event. 

In its first year of being awarded, this USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honor is the first to be received by the Sun Devils, Cassulo, throws coach David Dumble and head coach Greg Kraft


Awarded to six collegiate track and field and cross country athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions) each Monday by the USTFCCCA office, the National Athlete of the Week Award will spotlight exceptional performances by student-athletes from around the nation.

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. 

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute


Origins Science Stories weekend adds 2 more events

March 26, 2013

The Origins Project has added two more events for this weekend’s Origins Stories festivities. One event will include virtual participation and the second is a free lecture.

The Origins Project at Arizona State University this weekend is hosting a celebration of creativity, science and the stories of science featuring the world’s foremost scientists and artists, March 29 and 30. The series of exciting events making up the Origins Stories weekend include a live broadcast of NPR’s Science Friday; a panel discussion and test screening of a new feature movie documentary; and a panel discussion on the stories of science and the science of storytelling. Download Full Image

The two new events are:

• Join controversial evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss in an interactive video chat as they answer your questions about their new documentary film, “The Unbelievers,” set for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., March 28.

The interactive discussion will be streamed live online by ONcam, and persons interested in the event are encouraged to join the conversation via their webcams at Those who wish to take part in the open forum can create an account at and then submit their questions via webcam or text chat, or can simply watch the discussion live on their computer. Please be logged in and ready to chat by 4:15 p.m. You can also submit questions prior to the event on

• Award-winning author Ian McEwan will give a public reading at 7:30 p.m., April 2, in Business Administration C-wing, room 216, Tempe campus. This Origins weekend culminating event will feature McEwan reading selections from his critically acclaimed novels. There will be a book signing immediately following the event. McEwan has been short listed numerous times for the Man Booker Award, winning it for "Amsterdam" in 1998. His novel "Atonement" received the WH Smith Literary Award, National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award, Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction, and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel. McEwan is the Origins Project Distinguished Visiting Professor and is in residence March and April 2013.

For more information on Origins Stories weekend, go to, or call 480-965-0053.

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications