Professor of sustainability wins international science award

January 5, 2007

ASU professor and ecologist Jianguo Wu is the winner of the 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award for International Scientific Cooperation." alt="" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="305" height="332" align="right" />Wu, a core member of ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and a professor in the School of Life Sciences and the School of Sustainability, is being recognized for his “pioneering efforts and contributions to sustainability science, career-long involvement with landscape ecological research in China, and training and mentoring of young scholars.” Download Full Image

Thinking in a global perspective has become second nature to Wu, who considers ecology an international field of research. He has been collaborating with Chinese researchers for more than two decades and has developed a network of relationships with colleagues in Australia, Canada, South Korea and several countries in Europe.

Wu credits his successes in the field of sustainability science with the initiatives of ASU on global engagement.

“I have been working closely with ASU’s Office of the President and the China Council, and have been encouraged in my efforts to work abroad,” Wu said. “This is not an award for an individual, but it really is a product of the encouragement I have received from ASU, particularly the Global Institute of Sustainability and School of Life Sciences.”

Some of Wu’s work on sustainability science has focused on the ecology and restoration of the vast Inner Mongolia grassland in the semi-arid region of China. He has also made significant contributions to the fields of landscape ecology and urban ecology, which have been partly incorporated into the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research project.

Wu will be presented the award Feb. 17 at the annual AAAS meeting in San Francisco. He will receive a monetary prize of $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Arizona Real Estate Center changes name to Realty Studies

January 8, 2007

MESA, AZ — Arizona State University’s Arizona Real Estate Center, affiliated with the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness at the Polytechnic campus, is changing its name to Realty Studies to better reflect the types of activities and services it provides for the real estate industry in Arizona.

“After consideration and advice from administrators, we have decided to use the name Realty Studies to reflect the basic activity in producing various studies such as the Phoenix Metro Housing Study and the Retail Study of Greater Phoenix,” said Jay Q. Butler, director of Realty Studies. “Further, it is a unique name that will provide some separation from similar activities on other ASU campuses.” Download Full Image

In line with the name change, the mission will better align the Realty Studies activities and services to the undergraduate real estate program.

“In addition to providing timely information for the industry to make informed real estate decisions, we also are committed to integrating creative classroom instruction and business-world application to prepare students for leadership roles in the rapidly changing real estate industry and environment,” said Butler.

“In the past, the real estate industry has provided support to the center through scholarships, internships, career opportunities and research issues, and we hope that we can maintain that relationship.”

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