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ASU director cited in New York Times article about gender

professor's portraitRichard Fabes

The recent article, “How to Raise a Feminist Son”, published in the New York Times on June 1, 2017, takes a closer look at the stereotypes that still exist when it comes to raising boys and girls. The author, Claire Cain Miller, explains how "we’re more likely to tell our daughters they can be anything they want to be, but we don’t do the same for our sons."

For the article, Miller asked neuroscientists, economists, psychologists and others about the latest research and data we have about gender. Among those experts was Arizona State University's Richard Fabes, from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. Illustration by Agnes Lee
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Fabes said: "The more obvious it is that gender is being used to categorize groups or activities, the more likely it is that gender stereotypes and bias are reinforced.”

Article Source: New York Times
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Arizona State University’s photovoltaics program earns six Energy Department SunShot Awards

Tempe, AZ  -- Arizona State University has earned six prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Awards, totaling $4.3 million, ranking it first among recipients in the Photovoltaics Research category for 2017. 

This year’s awards, which come with grants totaling $20.5 million overall for 28 projects, supports the development of new commercial photovoltaics technologies that improve product performance, reliability and manufacturability. In this round, ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering placed ahead of other leading solar research centers -- the University of Central Florida ($3.18M), Stanford ($1.59M) and Colorado State ($1.28M) each earned two awards. Last year, ASU photovoltaics researchers also received the majority of SunShot PV awards, taking six of 19 and $3.75 million in funding. Download Full Image

SunShot was launched in 2011 with a goal of making solar cost-competitive with conventional energy sources by 2020; the program is now at 90 percent of its goal of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour and recently expanded its target to $0.03 per kilowatt-hour by 2030.

ASU’s Quantum Energy and Sustainable Technologies (QESST) NSF-DOE research center and testbed in Tempe has established ASU’s engineering program as a powerhouse in photovoltaics, playing a key role in SunShot objectives. QESST is the largest university solar research facility in the United States, drawing researchers from around the world in the mission to advance photovoltaic technologies. QESST will continue to play a major role in the photovoltaics industry as SunShot moves to double the amount of national electricity demand provided by solar.

“ASU receiving six DOE SunShot Initiative grants – many more than any academic institution on the awardee list – is a testimony to our faculty’s excellence in building innovative solutions that help power the future in a reliable and cost-effective way,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU.

“For the second year in a row, our faculty won more SunShot awards than any other institution in the country, reaffirming our leadership in the research, development and advancement of photovoltaic science and technology,” said Kyle Squires, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. “Photovoltaics are a key component of tomorrow’s energy solutions and this recognition from the Department of Energy highlights not only our faculty’s research excellence and the inherent value of their ideas, but also the breadth and depth of research in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.”

This year’s award recipients include:

Mariana Bertoni, assistant professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, was granted two awards.

Award One: Spalling, or the process of exfoliating a wafer from a silicon block, has shown promise as an efficient, waste-reducing production method for wafers. Bertoni’s first study is exploring a new spalling technique that relies on sound waves and low temperatures, to mitigate contamination of the wafers, while achieving industry relevant thickness and surface planarity.

“During our previous DOE award we have shown that the technique works; now we need to fine tune the parameters to evaluate the potential for upscaling, said Bertoni. “This could be a disruptive technology with applications well beyond silicon. ”

Award Two: Bertoni’s second project will be studying the correlation between electrical properties, structure and composition at the nanoscale in thin film modules of cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium selenide. The team will be designing a multimodal hard x-ray microscopy approach to probe non-destructively different regions of modules under operating conditions. Detailed characterization could lead the way to improved module efficiency, lower degradation rates and longer warranties.

“Understanding the origin of performance loses and how variations in illumination or temperature affect thin film modules will help us engineer high efficiency, long lasting devices,” Bertoni said.

Additionally, Bertoni is serving as co-PI on Assistant Professor Owen Hildreth’s award (see below) and on a fourth award with Assistant Professor David Fenning of the University of California San Diego to develop a way to detect water present in photovoltaic modules. Using this methodology, the pair hopes to model performance degradation from water exposure.

Stuart Bowden, associate research professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, is designing a novel photovoltaic cell architecture known as M-CELL. This structure is a single silicon wafer, which allows integration and interconnection of multiple cells in series to enable higher voltage and lower current than existing modules.

Owen Hildreth, assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, is researching ways to drastically reduce solar cell cost through the reduction of silver consumption. His project is investigating the how material and growth properties of reactive metal inks impact the reliability of solar cells metallized using these new inks. Hildreth’s work has potential for use both traditional silicon wafer technologies and next-generation heterojunction architectures, which currently employ costly metallization techniques due to temperature sensitivity.

“The solar cell industry currently spends more than $14 billion per year screen printing silver electrodes on the top of solar cells; this project aims to reduce those costs by a factor of 10 and reduce solar cell wafer production costs by 27 percent - making solar energy even more affordable to consumers,” said Hildreth.

Govindasamy Tamizhmani, associate research professor at the Polytechnic School, is investigating new methods for rapid and accurate characterization of photovoltaic modules in operation. Current methods are time consuming, costly and lack the ability to account for differences between lab and field conditions — a vital component to understand the physical causes of performance variation in the field.

“Obtaining string and module I-V curves simultaneously is of great importance to plant owners and service providers to identify the underperforming modules and to determine the degradation rates and module mismatch losses,” explained Tamizhamani.

Meng Tao, professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, is working on a two-layer aluminum electrode to replace its silver counterpart currently used in silicon photovoltaic cells. This could reduce processing expenses and improve device lifetime and reliability while maintaining high efficiency.


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ASU sponsoring students, events at NCLR annual conference

Announcement of chair, robotics display, student mentoring planned

Tempe, Ariz., July 6, 2017 – Arizona State University joins over a dozen corporate and non-profit organizations in sponsoring the 2017 National Council of La Raza annual conference to be held in the Phoenix Convention Center July 8 – 11. Download Full Image

ASU is sending 25 students to the “Lideres Summit” and will co-sponsor with the Si Se Puede Foundation a K - 12 robotics exhibition that will be on display during the conference’s three-day National Latino Family Expo, which is free and open to the public.

As a top national producer of Latino graduates and number one in the Pac-12 conference, ASU has focused intently on the state of Latino education.  Educating Latinos, the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S., is an economic imperative for Arizona and the nation.

ASU’s conference highlight will be the formal announcement of its establishment of the Raul Yzaguirre Chair in the School of Politics and Global Studies within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Academic chairs signify one of the highest honors given to a faculty member and are appointed to conduct designated scholarly work.

Yzaguirre, former president of NCLR, served as a Presidential Professor of Practice at ASU before being nominated by the White House in 2009 to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic.  Widely respected as a veteran civil rights activist for the Hispanic community, Yzaguirre implemented a number of outreach initiatives at ASU including the American Dream Academy, a program that provides low-income families with the knowledge and tools to make college education a reality.

Dr. Rodney Hero will be the first to serve in the Yzaguirre chair.  Hero is the former president of the American Political Science Association and a leader in the field of racial and ethnic diversity in U.S. politics.  The Yzaguirre chair will be announced during the conference’s opening evening reception on Saturday, July 8, in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel.    

ASU’s Office of Media Relations can facilitate interviews for news media representatives with any university-affiliated students or staff participating in the conference.  Contact Jerry Gonzalez,, (480) 727-7914, for assistance. 

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Adidas and Arizona State University Announce Global Partnership Aimed at Shaping the Future of Sport

New Global Sport Alliance will explore topics including diversity and race, sustainability and human potential through sport  

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PORTLAND, Ore. / TEMPE, Ariz., June 13, 2017 – adidas and Arizona State University today announced the adidas and Arizona State University Global Sport Alliance, a strategic partnership aimed at shaping the future of sport and amplifying sport’s positive impact on society. Bringing together education, athletics, research and innovation, the Global Sport Alliance will explore topics including diversity, race, sustainability and human potential, all through the lens of sport.

Going beyond a traditional athletic partnership, the Global Sport Alliance will harness resources across the entire university and leverage adidas’ global reach. This new, comprehensive partnership connects students, faculty, employees, researchers, engineers and a global network of thought leaders and partners to develop and exchange ideas, undertake joint inquiries and research, inspire people to act on key findings and transform ideas into reality in measurable ways.

“Few things in life bind people together more than passion for and participation in sport,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “adidas and Arizona State University have come together because we have a common commitment to having a real-time, positive impact on the world and we see the power of sport to influence human success. We both seek to empower people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action through teaching, learning and community engagement. ASU, energetically focused on innovation and creative problem-solving, is a ready-made action lab to help extend adidas’ ideas and creative energy.”

The partnership will explore topics including athlete potential, consumer behavior and insight, product materials and innovations, new educational opportunities and more. Investigating the role diversity and race plays in sport, the Global Sport Alliance provides a platform for exploration into fan behavior toward athletes, underrepresentation within coaching ranks and team ownership, bias issues related to officiating, and racial background and how it effects sport participation.

Sustainability is another key theme for the Alliance, which aims to explore the entire lifecycle of sport – where it’s made, played and sold. The Alliance will invite examination into topics such as sustainability education, traceability in product supply chain, the creation of sustainable materials and new recycling solutions.

In addition, the Alliance will investigate health in sports, looking at athletes holistically and exploring how to maximize human potential. One topic adidas and ASU will consider exploring is tailored programs that encompass nutrition, mindset, movement, recovery and product.

“adidas and ASU see the world as a place to be disrupted,” said adidas North America President Mark King. “When you combine the world-class resources of ASU with the global power of adidas, extraordinary things can happen. We’re coming together to test the boundaries of the universe and make quantum leaps in what our future looks like. We’re looking at the world through the lens of sport and exploring things like diversity, sustainability and human potential. Sport is so much bigger than the game. We believe through sport, we have the power to change lives. adidas and ASU have a shared passion for innovation and creativity, for leading change and finding what’s next. With the Global Sport Alliance, we’re on a quest to explore the unknown. We want the whole world to benefit from what we discover.”

A key component of the Global Sport Alliance is the Global Sport Institute (GSI), designed to connect people to the power of sport by translating and amplifying complex sports research to broad, global audiences. GSI will convene public events, engage leading sports figures and publish findings through reports, infographics, podcasts and social media. Kenneth L. Shropshire, an international expert at the intersection of sports, business, law and society, will lead GSI as CEO and join ASU as the Distinguished Professor in Global Sports, a position created by adidas.

“The Global Sport Institute will support collaborative inquiry and research that examines critical issues impacting sport and all those connected with sport,” Shropshire said. “GSI's purpose will be to transform the resulting findings into practical knowledge that is widely shared, educating and influencing audiences.”

The announcement of the Alliance rapidly advances the connection between adidas and ASU, two organizations that epitomize innovation and creativity. ASU was named the nation’s No. 1 most innovative university by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 and 2016, ahead of Stanford and MIT. adidas highlights open source innovation as a top strategic choice in its global business plan, working with partners around the world to increase creative capital, gain new perspectives and make new things. In 2014, the organizations announced a partnership for adidas to be the official brand of Sun Devil Athletics.   

For more information about the Global Sport Alliance, please visit



adidas is a global leader in the sporting goods industry. A designer and developer of athletic and lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories, adidas has the mission to be the best sports brand in the world. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany and Portland, Ore., adidas employs more than 60,000 people across the globe and generated sales of € 19 billion in 2016.


Arizona State University has pioneered 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. As the prototype for a New American University, 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.


Maria Culp, adidas                                           Bret Hovell, ASU                     

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Temperatures rising: The current heat spell is needed for the monsoon


Will this week’s high temperatures make it into the record book? Can we top 122 F? We don’t know yet, but as we move through this extreme heat spell, one thing is for certain, the unpredictability of the weather means records will continue to fall, says Randy Cerveny, an ASU President’s professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Download Full Image



Cerveny is the Rapporteur on Climate Extremes within the United Nations-affiliated World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He literally is the keeper of Earth’s weather extremes, recording and verifying (or repudiating) weather extremes as they are reported around the world.


Here, Cerveny talks about the current heat spell in the Valley and what it means for the rest of the summer.


Q: Why is it so dang hot right now?

Cerveny: We have a large upper-air ridge of high pressure centered over our area, in essence a large “heat dome.” Because air in a high-pressure ridge sinks and, as it sinks, warms, and is associated with clear skies, we have the opportunity for substantial warming.  Finally, moisture (humidity) in our atmosphere absorbs heat – that’s why places like Florida don’t get up into the 100s.  But presently the atmospheric moisture over Arizona is extremely limited, so the air and ground can heat up – in this case tremendously. 


Q: When and where is the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth?

Cerveny: Death Valley in California officially reached a temperature of 134 F on July 10, 1913.  The next hottest temperature was a temperature in northern Africa of 131 degrees Fahrenheit in 1931.  We are currently evaluating two temperatures of 129 F (in Kuwait last summer and in Pakistan last month) that, if verified, will be the 3rd hottest temperatures ever officially recorded on the planet.


Q: If we were to break the record temperature, does it tell us anything about the way the weather is trending right now?

Cerveny: This actually is the normal time of the year when we have our hottest temperatures — just before the onset of the wet phase of the monsoon. In fact, these hot temperatures are needed aspects for creating the shift in winds that allows moisture to flow up from the Gulf of California and Pacific Ocean. In other words, if it weren’t for these hot temperatures now, we wouldn’t have thunderstorms next month.


Q: Is this a sign of the times, temperatures rising and weather extremes becoming more regular?

Cerveny: Yes, we are consistently breaking more and more “high” temperatures and fewer and fewer “low” temperature records. That consistency in trend is something that has been going on consistently now for several decades.


Q: Is this a sign of global warming?

Cerveny: No, any individual heat wave is not a sign of global warming. But a growing consistency in the occurrence of heat waves (such as mentioned in the last question) is. In other words, as we continue to set new heat records next year and the year after, that is a sign of changing climate.


Q: Why are we fascinated by weather extremes?

Cerveny: I think that our culture has always tended to promote the biggest, the highest, the strongest, etc., and that interest has led to great interest in the extremes of weather. Books from organizations such as the Guinness Book of World Records have always captured the interest of the public. Having been fascinated by those type of books as I was growing up, I find it interesting — and a bit humbling — to now be one of the group of experts that Guinness now calls to verify its own weather records.


Q: Will we see more records fall in the future?

Cerveny: Absolutely. Our climate has changed, is changing and will continue to change, and as part of that, the extremes of climate also will continue to change. With the creation of the WMO’s Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes under the authority of the United Nations (and hosted through Arizona State University), we will continue to officially monitor and verify those extremes.


If you’d like to speak with Randy Cerveny, including through ASU’s in-house HDTV studio, please call or email Skip Derra, (480) 356-3712, or

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Amazon gives Agribusiness a boost


Agribusiness just got sexy with tech giant Amazon positioned to acquire organic darling Whole Foods for $13.7 billion dollars. Universities which offer degrees in agriculture and supply chain management could benefit from all the headlines.  Download Full Image

Mark Manfredo is the director of the Morrison School of Agribusiness at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. 

Some of the talking points Professor Manfredo can talk about:

What does this mean for industry structure: the integration of supply chain and growers?
Will this announcement boost interest in agriculture as a career? What can you do with an agribusiness degree?
What does this mean for prices and the way customers may shop?
Markets are reacting in a way no one expected, what does this mean for buying opportunities?
What are the chances additional suiters could come in and buy Whole Foods?

Please contact Rebecca Ferriter at or (310) 871-9041 to schedule an interview, or live broadcast from our high definition TV studio on campus. 

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ASU Academic Progress Rate rises to record high

Academic Progress Rates (APR) for all NCAA Division I sports were released Wednesday, and the announcement brought good news for Arizona State University.

The Sun Devils set a school record for their score of 991 out of 1,000 in the four-year period from 2012-16. It was also good enough for second place in the Pac-12, coming in just behind Stanford at No. 1. Sun Devil students cheer at a men's basketball game. Photo by John M. Quick/ASU
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“Since the institution of the APR program by the NCAA, we’ve seen continuous improvement culminating in our highest score to date,” said Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a direct result of the hard work of our Office of Student-Athlete Development as well as our coaches, staff, faculty and sport administrators."

APR is used by the NCAA to montior the acadmeic progress of each student athlete, with a focus on eligibility and graduation. The NCAA insitutued the process in 2004 as a method to improve poor graduation rates. 

In this four-year period, 11 ASU teams had their highest-ever scores and eight ranked first in the Pac-12.


Article Source: The Arizona Republic
Connor Pelton

Reporter, ASU Now

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ASU's Lerman receives Jacob's Pillow Dance Award

Arizona State University professor Liz Lerman is this year's recipient of the presitgious Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, according to the New York Times. 

"Since the 1970s, she (Lerman) has built bridges to other domains and expanded where dance lives in our society," said Pillow director Pamela Tatge in a statement last week. "She has paved the way for a whole generation of dance makers to discover the power of social change through community engagement and by, as she puts it, ‘rattling around in other people’s universes.'" Woman standing among dancers. Arizona State University professor Liz Lerman (credit: Lise Metzger).
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Lerman has devoted her career to community engagement through dance. In 2016, she was named the first institute professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where she is building a new ensemble lab focused on creative research.

Her $25,000 prize will be presented at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which runs from June 21 through Aug. 27 in Becket, Mass.

Article Source: New York Times
Connor Pelton

Reporter, ASU Now

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