Coach Graham to appear at Talking Rock Ranch

May 1, 2012

Todd Graham, first-year head football coach at Arizona State University, will appear in Prescott, Ariz. at Talking Rock Ranch, noon, May 7. The lunch and program, "Talking Victory," is presented by the ASU Sun Devil Club and the ASU Foundation President's Community Enrichment Programs.

Graham, who was named the head football coach of ASU in December, has vowed to be a visible and accessible force in the Arizona sports scene since his arrival in Tempe. From national, regional and local radio shows and television appearances tocampus tours and community events, he has placed a high priority on transparency and building greater exposure for the Sun Devil football program. Download Full Image

"I'm excited to get up to Prescott, meet some of our fans, make some new ones and share my enthusiasm for what I believe will be an outstanding season of Sun Devil football," said Graham, who is 49-29 in his six-year head coaching career and most recently was head coach at Pittsburgh in 2011. He is well-known for his four-year stay at Tulsa from 2007-10 when he led the Golden Hurricane to a 36-17 mark, which included three bowl wins and three seasons of 10-plus wins. The Golden Hurricane was one of just 11 schools to post back-to-back 10-win seasons in2007 and 2008.

"I am impressed with the spirit I have seen by our student-athletes this spring, and the team we field will have high character and discipline," Graham added. "The players recognize that how you do the little things will ultimately determine how big things happen.

"I'm looking forward to a very competitive season and to sharing my thoughts with our fans in Prescott."

A native of Mesquite, Texas, Graham had seasons at Tulsa which included records of 10-4 (2007), 11-3 (2008) and 10-3 (2010). In his final season the Golden Hurricane won games at Notre Dame and then topped No. 24 Hawaii 62-35 in its own bowl game. The Notre Dame win was dubbed the biggest upset of the 2010 college football season by ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit.

Tickets to "Speaking Victory" are $25 each. Because seating at Talking Rock is limited, registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and those who wish to attend should register early bycalling Sally Moore at 480-540-1462. The lunch and program with Coach Graham begins at noon.

About The Sun Devil Club: The Sun Devil Club is a 501(c)3charitable organization whose mission is to sustain a culture that promotes and protects Arizona State University through Sun Devil Athletics. The Sun Devil Club annually provides Sun Devil Athletics with financial assistance for operating expenses, scholarships, academic support, facility maintenance and more. Contributions to the Sun Devil Club are up to 80% tax-deductible.

About President's Club Community Enrichment Programs: President's Community Enrichment Programs (PCEP) are premier community outreach events that connect metropolitan Phoenix and other Arizona communities to ASU's visionary scholars and ideas through multi-week courses, single lectures and custom campus tours. PCEP showcases how ASU is creatingsolutions to the major challenges of our time and is a unique gateway to greater involvement with the university. What began as a grassroots engagement effort in 1998 has flourished into a successful program that connects more than 1,000 community members each year with the momentum and intellectual power of a New American University.

Information contact:
Sally Moore,
Director PCEP

Crow, faculty present ideas at American Innovation for Sustainability forum

May 1, 2012

Research universities – and notably their students – were singled out by administrators from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Environmental Protection Agency during an American Innovation for Sustainability forum that took place recently in the nation’s capital. Among the speakers at the forum were faculty members from Arizona State University, including ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“Students can increase the ability of research universities to organize research, coursework and experiential learning around the great challenges of the 21st century,” said Tom Kalil, deputy director for policy for the White House OSTP. ASU President Michael M. Crow Download Full Image

“This is important because universities conduct $55 billion in research every year," Kalil said. "They have strong ties to government, industry and philanthropists. They have expertise that spans science, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, business, policy and law. So if more of this intellectual horsepower can be focused on important problems at home and abroad, I think this would be a good thing.”

Sitting in the audience were hundreds of students from American colleges and universities who were participating in the EPA’s annual People, Prosperity and the Planet – P3 – competition at the National Sustainable Design Expo. The only student team from Arizona in the competition was from the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. The team is investigating how nutrient wastes from wastewater treatment plants can be used to create an inexpensive algae culture media for biofuel production.

“The environmental challenges today are more subtle, more complex than they used to be,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “To solve these problems, to ensure that we can meet the needs of today’s generation while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their needs, we must have innovation that occurs within a sustainable context.”

Since its launch eight years ago, more than 2,000 university and college students have been involved in the P3 program, Kadeli said. “New businesses have been started, new jobs have been created and innovative research ideas from these students have been supported by this unique learning experience that combines research and hands-on work to solve those complex environmental problems,” he said.

“But this program is just one piece to solve the puzzle of sustainable design. In January, President Obama said during the State of the Union address that the first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation,” Kadeli said. “Solving real problems will take government, industry and academia, working together to ensure a sustainable future.”

The goal of the American Innovation for Sustainability forum was “to facilitate a dialogue, share ideas, foster public and private relationships, to encourage the next generation to continue working on environmental innovations,” he said.

ASU’s President Crow noted that “much of our design world that we have constructed is, in fact, not sustainable.

“There is no dominant culture presently operating in the United State, no industrialized culture in the world, no industrialized nation on the planet that holds sustainability to be a core value,” Crow said. “And, there’s no science yet related to sustainability that holds sustainability as a value for the purpose of science.”

Crow suggested “that we are at a moment in time where we have the capability, the intellectual wherewithal, the enlightenment capability to create sustainability as a core value and sustainability as a value-driven science.”

Secondly, Crow spoke of a change in mindset to move “to innovate from and with nature as our guide, as opposed to innovating to exploit nature as our tool.

“Just that difference (in mindset) could produce tremendous differences in the kinds of scientific, technological and economic outcomes that we can produce,” he said. “We’ve got to turn to the next generation, those who understand that this concept is absolutely essential, this innovation for sustainability.”

Also speaking at the forum was Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, and Paul Anastas, director of Yale University’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

In presenting the concept of “design thinking,” Brown explained how to use design to create a movement that creates a social change.

“You have to create movements that people want to get involved in,” Brown said. It is viable to create value “but use less stuff to do it” by designing for behavioral change.

Anastas, who worked at the EPA for the past two years before returning to Yale, is widely known as the father of green chemistry. He remarked that “innovation without sustainability is undesirable and sustainability without innovation is impossible. Design is key.”

The concept of sustainable value creation through research, innovation and entrepreneurship was the topic of a panel discussion at the forum, which was moderated by Dan O’Neill, a lecturer and program chair at ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation. The dean of that college, Mitzi Montoya, was on the panel, along with Anthony Michaels, managing director of Proteus Environmental Technologies and chief scientist at Pegasus Capital Advisors. Michaels also is a member of the board of directors of ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, a research unit in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

The Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, and Andrew Winston, author of “Green to Gold” and “Green Recovery” and CEO of Winston Eco-Strategies, rounded out the panel.

The forum was presented by the EPA, ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability and American Public Media's Public Insight Network. In welcoming guests, Rob Melnick, executive dean at ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, noted that the evening's event was about innovation and sustainability.

"Both separately and together, these are core concepts at the university, genuine core values that permeate our teaching, leaning and discovery culture," Melnick said.