Obesity Solutions Challenge winners announced

April 24, 2013

Winners in the Obesity Solutions Challenge were officially announced April 1.

The funding challenge, which opened Feb. 1, offered entrepreneurs with ideas to combat obesity the chance to win up to $10,000 in seed funding for their venture, along with office space, mentoring and the opportunity to present their ideas to real-world investors through ASU’s Venture Catalyst Program.   Download Full Image

Four winners were announced from nine finalists chosen to present their ideas to the judging panel March 26. Entries were judged on the proposed solution’s potential impact on the obesity epidemic, the strength of the team, innovation, and the sustainability of the solution.

The winning teams demonstrated the passion and diversity of the larger ASU community, and included a staff-led team, a student team, a faculty team, and a team of high school students under the leadership of an ASU alum.

The winners of the challenge are:

• Alien Health Game

• Nutritional Health Awareness

• Newtrition

• Stand and Move

The Obesity Solutions Funding Challenge is a great example of ASU’s commitment to health and wellness, as well as its dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation within the community. 

“ASU is an institution that deeply values the entrepreneurial spirit, that lets people go and try something new – or to see if it works," says Alexis Brewis Slade, director of operations. "This funding challenge is about providing the support to see if that idea has wings."

For more information, visit obesitysolutions.asu.edu/challenge.

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director, ASU Library

ASU's Decker receives criminology award

April 24, 2013

Scott Decker, Foundation Professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, has received the Hans Mattick Award from the Center for Research in Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The award is given to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of criminology and criminal justice practice. The award is named in honor of Hans Mattick, the first director of the Center for Research in Law and Justice and a professor of criminal justice at UIC. Download Full Image

As the award recipient, Decker delivered the Hans W. Mattick Lecture. Titled "Hidden in Plain Sight: Walter Miller and the Legacy of the Gang Intervention in Boston," Decker's presentation was based on a follow-up research project he is leading on the nation's first gang intervention program conducted more than 50 years ago.

Decker previously spoke about the Walter Miller gang research project at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, last November, as the Beto Chair Lecturer.

Decker has served as director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice since 2006. He previously chaired the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. One of the foremost experts on gangs, Decker is the co-author of "Confronting Gangs: Crime and Community" (third edition), published in February 2013.

Considered the most comprehensive and current textbook on gang research, gang policy, and law enforcement and community responses to gangs, Decker's book offers an unbiased analysis of the characteristics of gang members and gang behavior.

The American Society of Criminology (ASC) honored Decker in November 2012 by bestowing the title of Fellow.The honorary title is given to ASC members who have distinguished themselves in the field of criminology. Decker also was made a Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2007.

Besides his study of gangs, Decker also specializes in the areas of criminal justice policy, violence and juvenile justice.

Paul Atkinson

assistant director, College of Public Service and Community Solutions