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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.


Beth Giudicessi

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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.

About ASU

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.








ASU In the News

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


ASU In the News

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


Press Releases

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



ASU In the News

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
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ASU revolutionizes space exploration with tiny, inexpensive satellites

Arizona State University was recently featured in Smithsonian. The article highlighted ASU’s development of tiny, inexpensive satellites that can be launched into space cheaply.  The groundbreaking idea revolutionizes space exploration, making it more accessible to a much larger population than ever before.  These FemtoSats, are solar powered and could carry individual experiments, or contribute to larger missions.  

Article Source: Smithsonian
ASU In the News

ASU, GSV and Draper Associates Create Higher-Ed Accelerator

EdSurge reported that Arizona State University will be partnering with Silicon Valley firm Draper Associates to help startups build higher-ed products and services. The accelerator will conduct two programs a year, with five to seven startups.  Companies will have access to ASU’s on-campus network of faculty, staff, and students to test their tools and services.

Article Source: EdSurge
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Major research university, leading investors partner to pilot and certify new learning technology ventures

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SAN DIEGO, CA – For the first time, a comprehensive research university is joining leading venture capitalists and investment advisors to source, fund, pilot and credential higher education technology companies.

The ASU Draper GSV Accelerator will help the best learning technologies quickly enter the market by providing product validation and executive education focused on how to partner with universities. It will also provide the resources traditionally associated with an accelerator program: financial capital, mentorship and access to investors’ networks.

The project was announced at the ASU GSV Summit. It is being led by:

  • Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) -- the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization affiliated with Arizona State University (ASU), the top ranked university for innovation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Draper Associates -- the San Mateo, CA-based early stage venture capital firm founded and led by Tim Draper.  As a founding partner of investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (which has deployed more than $5 billion in 300+ companies), Draper invested in Cruise Automation, Twitch, Skype, Tesla, Hotmail and many other successful early and growth stage technology ventures. Draper was also an early investor in learning software company Instructure, which made its initial public offering in November 2015. Draper’s education experience includes founding Draper University, an innovative entrepreneurial boot camp in Silicon Valley for entrepreneurs. Draper University offers immersive residential, online and executive sessions, and will initially partner with the Accelerator on an executive training session in fall 2016.
  • Global Silicon Valley (GSV-- the principals of GSV have built and supported the establishment of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in education and talent technology for the last 20 years. Having published the first education sector investment white paper, The Dawn of The Age of Knowledge, in 1996, they have been sector thought leaders and have built a platform focused on scaled innovation driving a high return on education — increasing access, lowering costs and improving learning outcomes. GSV has invested $135 million in 64 learning and talent technology companies, including Knewton, Coursera, General Assembly, Pluralsight, 2U, Clever, HotChalk and Turnitin. They co-founded, along with Arizona State University, the ASU GSV Summit, an annual celebration of scaled innovation and innovators that has grown from 240 attendees in 2010 to 3,550 in 2016. Additionally, the group's Silicon Valley based incubator, GSVlabs, has over 60 ed-tech companies. 

Throughout their time in the program, accepted companies will be offered the opportunity to integrate their technology at ASU – known for its innovative partnerships and ability to successfully scale new approaches to learning -- and to have their services tested and validated by university faculty, staff and students. Upon a company’s successful completion of the highly selective program, it will be issued a certification of market-preparedness – signifying to colleges and universities that the product is immediately viable for adoption and use.

"Together with ASU and GSV, we are excited to find, invest in, and mentor the most promising young companies that can transform higher education," said Tim Draper.  "ASU is a true innovator -- ranked the number one innovator in the nation -- and an ideal partner to work with to help transform education. Along with ASU, GSV continues to impact education with their premiere ed-tech conference."

“There has never been a better time to catalyze change and scale innovation,” said GSV Advisors Founder and Managing Partner Deborah Quazzo, noting that combining the strengths of ASU, Draper and GSV offers unprecedented opportunity.

It was also announced today that CampusLogic, a venture-backed technology company that developed a personalized, cloud-based engagement tool to simplify the student financial aid process, will be the Accelerator’s first startup member. The Accelerator expects to accept four additional companies before August 1, 2016.

“We’re very excited to partner with ASU as we build our innovative products,” said Gregg Scoresby, chief executive officer at CampusLogic. “We’ve had early success with over 50 customer institutions across the nation. This partnership with ASU will accelerate our growth and give us access to additional resources as we vet the next generation of CampusLogic products.”

Though the ASU Draper GSV Accelerator is ideal for learning technology companies whose product is nearing commercialization, any venture that has received seed funding or beyond is qualified to apply for acceptance. The program will offer demo events, featured space at the annual ASU GSV Summit and, potentially, workspace in ASU’s SkySong innovation center in Scottsdale, AZ. There is no geographic restriction for where a company must be based, and relocation is not required.

“ASU is the world’s largest testbed for innovative approaches to delivering higher education,” said Rick Shangraw, chairman of the board of directors of AzTE and chief executive officer of its parent enterprise, the ASU Foundation. “The ASU Draper GSV Accelerator is exactly the kind of partnership that results when we think about the possibilities of innovation rather than the limits of tradition.”

To learn more about the ASU Draper GSV Accelerator, please visit Applications to join the program will be available on the site on May 1.

The relationship between ASU and Draper Associates, resulting in the ASU Draper GSV Accelerator, was initiated through AzTE’s entrepreneurial and intellectual property activities in California. AzTE maintains a presence at the ASU California Center in Santa Monica to foster connections between the Arizona and California innovation ecosystems. 

Media contact:
Beth Giudicessi
ASU Media Relations & Strategic Communications


ASU News

Sun Devil Campus Stores to hold ASU employee sale

Faculty and staff can enjoy 30 percent off ASU apparel, gifts; select technology on sale too

April 14, 2016

To thank all ASU staff and faculty members for a great year, the Sun Devil Campus Stores will be hosting a one-day sale exclusively for ASU employees on Friday, April 29. 

Employees can enjoy 30 percent off all ASU clothing and gift items on all campuses, as well as the newest store, the Sun Devil Marketplace located in the College Avenue Commons. Poster for faculty/staff sale at bookstores Download Full Image

There will also be a special technology one-day discount on select Dell laptops and Apple products.

The technology special is limited to in-stock items, so a reservation is recommended on desired models to assure stock levels (no deposit necessary). Apple reservations can be made at 480-965-1385 or