Pioneer of environmental science to receive honorary degree from ASU


March 13, 2014

Pamela Matson, professor of environmental science at Stanford University, will receive the Doctor of Science honorary degree from Arizona State University at the May 14 undergraduate commencement ceremony at Sun Devil Stadium.

Matson, a Hudson, Wis., native, is a pioneer in environmental science. Her research addresses issues such as: sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of people and places to climate change; and global change in nitrogen and carbon cycles. She has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while improving livelihoods and human well-being with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers and decision-makers. Pamela Matson Download Full Image

Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for Environment at Stanford University, Matson is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1995 for her trailblazing work.

In addition to serving on advisory boards for Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, she has been a part of numerous National Academies' committees, including the Board on Sustainable Development, the Board on Global Change and the Committee on America’s Climate Choices. She also served on the science steering committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program.

Matson was the founding chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability and founding editor for the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. She is a past president of the Ecological Society of America, serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund and the ClimateWorks Foundation and directs the Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University.

The most recent among her nearly 175 publications are “Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution” and the National Resarch Council volume, “Advancing the Science of Climate Change.”

Matson received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, her master’s in environmental science from Indiana University and her doctorate in forest ecology from Oregon State University.

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Act One Culture Pass available at all ASU Libraries


March 13, 2014

Phoenix-based Act One, which has provided educational field trips to the visual and performing arts for Arizona's underserved schools since 2011, has adopted the ever-popular Culture Pass Program. The Act One Culture Pass is available at 43 local libraries, and allows library-goers a free admission for two at participating arts and cultural institutions.

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Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are not renewable and “holds” cannot be placed on them, nor will library staff be able to pull them for you. The display for the Culture Pass Program is at the front of each library.

Library-goers find the destination in which they are interested, and take the card to the checkout desk. Staff give them a date-due slip admitting two people for a visit to the museum in the next seven days. Passes may be limited to general admission only. Special exhibitions may not be covered, and other restrictions may apply. One pass per family, two passes per month.

Linda “Mac” Perlich, a member of the Act One board of directors, says the founding mission of Act One is "to bring the arts to the school-age students in the Valley. To date, Act One has provided educational field trip experiences for more than 40,000 Valley and Tucson students, with a comprehensive educational plan that compliments the experience on stage.

"We know that arts education is vital, and this expansion into the visual arts, and expanding to include the family makes perfect sense. The Act One Culture Pass will bring families to the wonder-filled museums and attractions in the Valley," Perlich says.

“We are so excited that the programming is returning; patrons state how they've enjoyed checking out new places that they would not otherwise have thought of visiting,” says Teresa Becker from Mesa Public Library. “Because the Culture Pass Program requires users to own a library card, we've seen an increase in new card applications since the program's inception.”

Act One has also expanded the Culture Pass to include live performing arts.

Participating arts organizations include: Arcosanti-Cordes Junction, Arizona Historical Society, Museum at Papago Park, ASU Gammage, Ballet Arizona, Cave Creek Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Childsplay, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Zoo, Pueblo Grande Museum, Rossen House Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Superstition Mountain Museum.

Participating libraries include: Scottsdale Public, Phoenix Public, Peoria Public, Glendale Public, Chandler Public, Mesa Public, ASU, Cave Cree, Tempe, Buckeye and Apache Junction.

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director, ASU Library