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ASU President Michael Crow speaks in Australia on the many types of intelligence

Last week Dr. Crow spoke at the University of NSW during his visit to Australia.  Arizona State University, Kings College London, and University of NSW recently established the "PLuS" teaching and research alliance.  Dr. Crow outlined his vision for the "complex adaptive university", highlighting the importance of inclusion and limitless scale among his chief concerns.  

“Are we designing a university for everyone to get a degree? No. Are we designing a university where many people can get degrees? Yes. Are we designing a university where anyone who wants to connect in some way can benefit from learning? The answer is yes,” said Crow. Download Full Image

Australia is in the midst of a debate regarding university entry standards.  While Dr. Crow did not get into specifics regarding the debate, he did express disagreement with the assumption that some people just aren't cut out for college.  “I’m not suggesting there aren’t ranges of ability (but we've adopted) too narrow a model. The model is not reflective of humanity, it's reflective of what we think of as academic learning."

Crow also touched on our notion of learning and academic success being too antiquated.  He told the symposium that people learn in different ways.  These ways of learning can be shaped by culture, upbrining, or types--not levels--of intelligence.  “We have found the way to take a broad crosssection of society, using technology as our special friend, and alter the process by which learning is carried out and assessed.

“Once we figured all this out, a lot of things we thought of as facts turned out to be illusions — that one person is smarter than another person because they pick up linear algebra quicker. We’ve had faculty members share with us the deep emotional impact when they realised that for years and years they were teaching students they thought of as dumb.”
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Evaluating the power of Pokémon Go

James Gee of Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College tells Education Week the handheld phenomenon may be a Poké Ball to play and a way to "enchant the environment," but design flaws and the "freemium" profit model keep it from being truly great.

Read full article below. 

Article Source: Education Week

Copy writer, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College


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ASU professor, guest speaker featured on Al Jazeera debate

Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University physics professor and creator of ASU's Origins Project, was recently featured on the Al Jazeera news network as part of their Upfront episode, “Is religion to blame for violence?”

The program, hosted by Mehdi Hasan, also featured author Karen Armstrong as well as Harvard University’s humanist chaplain Greg Epstein. Armstrong spoke at ASU last October at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict to discuss her most recent book, “Fields of Blood: The Religion and History of Violence.” Her lecture was part of the center’s speaker series "Alternative Visions: Religion and Conflict.” ASU professor and Origins Project founder Lawrence Krauss (left) was featured on an Al Jazeera debate on religion with Harvard University humanist chaplain Greg Epstein (right), hosted by journalist Mehdi Hasan.
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Armstrong was first to speak on the program via satellite after Hasan asked for a response to the sentiment that religion has been behind many of the wars and violent conflicts of past and present.

“We never go to war for a single reason,” Armstrong said. “Military historians tell us there are always multiple factors involved.”

Following the Q&A with Hassan, the show turned to a 20-minute debate between Epstein and Krauss.

Article Source: Al Jazeera
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ASU Selects Grantees to Support Safety Net Health Care Reform Projects

Tempe, Arizona – June 27, 2016 – The National Safety Net Advancement Center (SNAC) at Arizona State University recently announced six safety net organizations that will receive a total of $500,000 in funding to carry out health care payment and care delivery reform implementation projects. SNAC, which is based out of the College of Health Solutions’ School for the Science of Health Care Delivery and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also recently selected 56 organizations to receive scholarships to participate in six virtual learning collaboratives that aim to improve the ability of safety net organizations to adapt to a changing health care payment and care delivery environment.

Safety net experts at Starling Advisors and OptumInsight are leading these learning collaboratives and seek to create valuable shared learning environments that will allow safety net organizations to collectively learn how to provide high quality care to underserved populations. In less than a year, SNAC has partnered with organizations in 31 states and continues to grow its network. Download Full Image

Here’s an overview of the exciting organizations and projects SNAC is funding:

AltaPointe Health Systems (Mobile, AL)

“Using Risk Stratification to Offer Coordinated Care Management in a Behavioral Health Organization”

As a risk-bearing member of a regional care organization, AltaPointe manages behavioral health services for Medicaid patients and is also invested in managing overall medical spend. In preparation for a shift in payment from Fee-For-Service Medicaid to managed care in October 2016, AltaPointe is redesigning aspects of care delivery for some patients. The technical assistance provided through this funding will help AltaPointe to create a system for risk stratification to optimize utilization of targeted interventions. The identification of effective strategies for data-driven, acuity-based patient activation is anticipated to bolster the nascent evidence-base in this area.

Chickasaw Nation (Ada, OK)

“Transforming the Care Team in an Integrated Primary Care Clinic”

Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, a leading tribal health center, will be utilizing new software for service data capture, forecasting, and analytics in order to support care delivery reforms. The new software will centralize multiple data sources to enable quality reporting, tracking and outcome forecasting, and sharing of data across internal systems. Technical assistance provided in the project will facilitate quality improvement efforts related to care delivery reforms possible with the new data capacities.

Guadalupe County Hospital (Santa Rosa, NM)

“Preserving Access to Rural Care – Clinical Integration Initiative”

Guadalupe County Hospital and project team will work with to integrate health care services across frontier hospitals in six New Mexico counties. Using state-wide Medicaid claims data, the project will identify system utilization patterns to enable data-driven clinical service integration. Armed with claims and service utilization data and a large collaborative team of stakeholders, the project will retain technical assistance expertise to develop alternative payment model and gain-sharing methodologies.

Hudson River Healthcare (Tarrytown, NY)

“Advancing Value-Based Care in NY’s Hudson Valley”

Hudson River Health Care co-founded the first IPA of safety net primary care and behavioral health providers in New York State. The IPA is currently developing its first value-based payment arrangement with a managed care organization. The goal of this project is to help build capacity for Hudson River Health Care to 1) establish the ability to identify high-cost/high-risk patients; 2) define an approach for coordinating their care; and 3) agree upon a methodology for allocating potential revenues and losses.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)

“Moving toward Value – Financial and Data Infrastructures Improvements”

In previous experiences with value-based contracting, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) was asked to propose a rate structure early in contract negotiations. The organization lacked necessary data and expertise to produce solid contract rate proposals based on organizational costs. Through this project, LSSI will obtain technical assistance consultation to solidify a value-based rate structure. The barriers and facilitators to contract rate development identified in this setting is anticipated to inform others transitioning to value-based payments.

 Primary Health Inc. (Urbandale, IA)

“Risk Stratification and Care Coordination in a Health Center Network”

Eleven of Iowa’s FQHCs have joined together to form an integrated primary care network known as IowaHealth+ (IH+). The move towards value-based contracting and IH+’s network-based approach necessitate that health centers standardize risk stratification and associated care coordination strategies across organizations. Technical assistance will be provided to align risk stratification and prioritization of populations across Iowa’s health home programs and IH+’s value based purchasing contracts. This will inform the development of the model care coordination strategy and identify potential barriers to successful implementation.


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Composer, Violinist and Artist-Entrepreneur Daniel Bernard Roumain joins ASU as Institute Professor

In joint appointment at Herberger Institute and ASU Gammage, Roumain will teach, practice and build cross-disciplinary artists’ lab with choreographer Liz Lerman and theatre director Michael Rohd

In 2005, Daniel Bernard Roumain joined Philip Glass in concert at Arizona State University’s performing arts venue ASU Gammage. Download Full Image

“Philip Glass and I will begin a conversation that I hope you might join,” he wrote, introducing their orchestral and cinematic collaboration that was produced in part during Roumain’s artist-in-residency at ASU that spring. “I wanted this concert to be about many things; film, the orchestra, etudes, hip-hop and dialogue. A town hall meeting for curiously strong mind and fresh, brave souls.”

That conversation will continue at ASU in the fall of 2016, when Roumain will join the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage as Institute Professor, where he will act as a professor of practice.

He is the third Institute Professor to be named, along with dance legend and MacArthur “genius” Liz Lerman and founding director of the Sojourn Theatre and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice Michael Rohd. Together, the multi-disciplinary artists will grow ASU’s Ensemble Lab, a think tank for artistic experimentation and community interventions where Institute professors are encouraged to work together to advance national initiatives and collectively redesign arts and design education so it is at the center of public life. The lab was started in the spring of 2016 by Lerman with the support of Herberger Institute Dean Steven Tepper.

“Daniel is a national leader in the arts who is known for collaborating across art forms, connecting to new audiences and demonstrating how an enterprising musician works in the 21st century,” said Tepper. “He will be an incredible mentor to students, an ambassador in the community and a thought leader for the Herberger Institute, ASU Gammage and the university.”

Like Lerman and Rohd, Roumain’s work frequently extends beyond the limits of genre. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, “DBR,” as he is often called, takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding musical composition for his work with ESPN, featured as keynote performer at technology conferences and has composed music for an array of solo performers, chamber ensembles, orchestras, dance works, television and film. 

Roumain made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra. He went on to compose works for the Boston Pops Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Stuttgart Symphony and myriad others. He holds a doctorate degree in music composition from the University of Michigan.

An avid arts industry leader, Roumain serves on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Creative Capital, the advisory committee of the Sphinx Organization and was co-chair of 2015 and 2016 APAP conferences.

Roumain is currently working on a new solo violin work for the acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and continues work on We Shall Not Be Moved, a chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and co-produced by the Apollo Theater.

At ASU, Roumain will teach courses that focus on translating personal accounts into creative expression and on the complex artistic, social and cultural impact of artist/activists. His classes will be open to musicians, artists, designers and other interested students. In his joint appointment with ASU Gammage, he will develop artistic projects that extend and expand his creative work and its connections with the community. He will also serve as an advisor to the dean of the Herberger Institute, including developing the Projecting All Voices initiative on how to align the nation’s largest comprehensive arts and design college with the experiences, aspirations and values of a new generation of Latino/a, indigenous and African American artists.

“I have been performing, creating, and collaborating with the ASU and surrounding communities for over 15 years. The relationships here have always been collaborative, deeply profound, and speak to the need and vitality of our performing arts within our daily lives. I look forward to becoming part of the ASU family of thinkers, teachers, makers, and creators," said Roumain.

As with many artists at the Herberger Institute and ASU Gammage, Roumain’s work will be about many things; if past performance is any indication of the future, it will be an allegorical town hall meeting for which he hopes you might join.


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ASU, White House to investigate mysteries of the microbiome

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced today a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems.

Helping lead the initiative is Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel, dean of natural sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and founding director of the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, which launched today in concert with OSTP’s new commitment. Download Full Image

The center will combine the expertise of researchers in computer science, life science, mathematical science, social science and other fields to identify the fundamental characterisics of microbiomes – that is, microbial communities numbering in the trillions that occupy virtually every ecologocial niche, including humans, animals, rivers, oceans, deserts and frozen tundras – and apply that knowledge to speed advances in how microorganisms affect health, the environment and food production.

“We have created a center that brings together some of the brightest minds in areas like big data, evolution and ecology – disciplines necessary for the Herculean task of understanding microbiomes, and the effect they have on concerns like antibiotic resistance and microbial degradation of soil,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost at ASU. “Until now, these experts didn’t have a place to come together to explore and advance this research, which has immediacy for everyday life. We are proud ASU has a leading role in this effort.”

It is becoming clear that microbiomes play a key role in human health and the health of the planet. However, so far there are more questions than answers.  

Researchers at ASU have been working in diverse areas such as fecal transplants as a way of easing digestive disorders and other symptoms for people with autism. Through a collaboration with Mayo Clinic researchers are exploring the role of microbiota in obesity Recently, researchers from the center discovered an answer to how a photosynthetic microbe is causing the erosion of coral reefs.

“This new center exemplifies ASU’s agility in addressing challenges through interdisciplinary inspirations, an entrepreneurial mindset and engaging with world-class strategic partners like the Mayo Clinic. Our researchers are uniquely positioned to create innovative solutions that require a deep understanding of the issues and to design new constructs like the microbiomics center,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, executive vice president of the knowledge enterprise and chief research and innovation officer at ASU. 

The Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics resides in the Biodesign Institute at ASU but draws on strengths across the university, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Fulton Schools of Engineering, and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the College of Health Solutions, as well as organizations beyond ASU. 

The new center’s state-of-the-art facilities include the Microbiome Analysis Laboratory, which operates in conjunction with the Biodesign Institute’s formidable sequencing capabilities, which include the DNASU Sequencing Core Facility within the Center For Personalized Diagnostics, offering next generation sequencing services.

For a video of Garcia-Pichel explaining microbes and why the time to study them is now, please visit

For media inquiries, please contact Richard Harth in Biodesign Communications at or 480.727.0378.


About the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University works to improve human health and quality of life through its translational research mission in health care, energy and the environment, global health and national security. Grounded on the premise that scientists can best solve complex problems by emulating nature, Biodesign serves as an innovation hub that fuses previously separate areas of knowledge to serve as a model for 21st century academic research. By fusing bioscience/biotechnology, nanoscale engineering and advanced computing, Biodesign’s research scientists and students take an entrepreneurial team approach to accelerating discoveries to market. They also educate future generations of scientists by providing hands-on laboratory research training in state-of-the-art facilities for ASU.

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Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.








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FOX 10 Phoenix showcases ASU Ditch the Dumpster efforts

Local television news affiliate FOX 10 Phoenix visited the ASU Tempe campus this week to feature Ditch the Dumpster activities facilitated by the Zero Waste team and ASU Housing. The annual recycling and donation period for ASU students kicks off every Earth Day and continues through the first week of May. 

Zero Waste Assistant Director Alana Levine was interviewed on camera along with Meg Myers, an ASU freshman, who participated in this year’s Ditch the Dumpster efforts.  students donating dorm items Download Full Image

ASU this year partnered with local organizations and nonprofits, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Epic Thrift and Goodwill. The groups distribute Ditch-the-Dumpster items to Arizona families in need.

Recyclable and reusable items collected last year during Ditch the Dumpster topped more than 157,580 pounds and included everything from hangers and lamps to electronics and unopened, nonperishable food.

Since Ditch the Dumpster began in 2009, ASU students have diverted nearly 942,100 pounds of landfill waste.

Article Source: Fox10 Phoenix
Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


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Waste 360 write-up includes ASU Ditch the Dumpster efforts

Waste 360 assessed sustainable practices at Arizona State University in its How Sustainable Practices at Three U.S. Universities are Reducing Waste write-up last week. The piece included sustainability practices at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and University of Colorado Boulder but led with ASU’s Ditch the Dumpster landfill diversion efforts. The annual recycling and donation period kicks off every Earth Day and continues through the first week of May.

ASU this year partnered with local organizations and nonprofits, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Epic Thrift and Goodwill. The groups distribute Ditch-the-Dumpster items to Arizona families in need. Cardboard recycling

Recyclable and reusable items collected last year during Ditch the Dumpster topped more than 157,580 pounds and included everything from hangers and lamps to electronics and unopened, nonperishable food.

Since Ditch the Dumpster began in 2009, ASU students have diverted nearly 942,100 pounds of landfill waste.

Article Source: Waste 360
Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


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Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon

Judy Keane

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Is Arizona on its way to a full economic recovery yet? We’ll look at the latest on unemployment, labor markets, the housing market, the state budget and other key issues at the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on Wednesday, May 11. Top economic experts will deliver their midyear forecasts for the U.S. and the state.

Hundreds of Valley business leaders and others gather for this Economic Club of Phoenix event every year. The club was founded by a group of prominent business executives called the Dean’s Council of 100, in conjunction with the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.



Wednesday, May 11

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

*Media availability with the speakers starts at 10 a.m.




JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Grand Saguaro East-West

5350 E. Marriott Drive

Phoenix, AZ 85054

Press Conference will be held in: Grand Sonoran I on the Main Ballroom level of the hotel.




  • Dennis Hoffman, economics professor and director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • Lee McPheters, research professor and director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • Elliott D. Pollack, chief executive officer, Elliott D. Pollack & Company and consulting economist, Arizona State University.





Media are asked to RSVP by calling (480) 965-3779.

Admission for non-media members is $85 per person. The public can learn more about the club or reserve seats by calling (480) 727-0596, by e-mailing or by visiting



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ASU Imagines the Future of Sports in 2040

KJZZ recently reported on Arizona State University’s focus on the future of sports.  The article highlighted Emerge: the Future of Sport 2040. Emerge is a year-long collaboration between artists and scientists which culminated in an event which fills Wells Fargo Arena, April 29th, 2016. The event seeks to illuminate for participants what we can expect to see in the future of sports, covering everything from athletic apparel to sports in outer space.  

Article Source: KJZZ