1995 alum Chris Jaap establishes $25,000 endowment for Barrett, The Honors College

November 20, 2018

Sustainability is a way of life for Barrett, The Honors College alumnus Chris Jaap. And he hopes to encourage that way of life in others, establishing a $25,000 endowment to provide scholarships for Arizona State University honors students with a passion for sustainability. 

Jaap divides his time between San Francisco and the Sea Ranch, a planned community that emphasizes an environmentally sensitive approach to development and “living lightly on the land.” The Sea Ranch stretches for about 10 miles along Highway 1 at the northern end of the Sonoma County coast north of San Francisco. The community spans 5,000 acres, approximately two-thirds of which is reserved open space with expansive meadows and hillsides covered by trees. Chris Jaap Chris Jaap, a 1995 ASU honors graduate, has supported Barrett, The Honors College as a member of its Alumni Council and by contributing to support programs associated with the Sustainability House at Barrett. Now, he has established an endowment for honors students committed to sustainability. Download Full Image

It is a place for anyone who loves the environment and who is committed to protecting it while living at the center of one of the most beautiful areas of California, said Jaap, who graduated from ASU with honors in 1995.

After serving on the community’s finance committee, he was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors in May 2018.

Jaap has a professional interest in the renewable- and smart-energy industry, having spent the majority of his 20-year career as a corporate attorney advising clients who design and manufacture renewable-energy products; develop, construct and operate power plants; and provide financing to the industry.

For years, Jaap has contributed to Barrett to support programs associated with the Sustainability House at Barrett (SHAB), a residence hall for students interested in living in an environmentally responsible way. SHAB is LEED-certified and has low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient appliances, low-energy-use lights and thermostats and a rooftop organic garden. Jaap also has been a member of the honors college’s Alumni Council, assisting with outreach to fellow alums and contributing to the growth and success of the college.

And now his endowment — part of Campaign ASU 2020, a university-wide fundraising effort — will further encourage a passion for sustainability among students.

Jaap said gifts from the endowment will be targeted toward “mission-driven Barrett students who intend to address specific sustainability challenges on a local, regional, national or global scale” with an emphasis on the so-called triple bottom line: people, planet, profit.

Students may use the funding for tuition, research and expenses related to their honors thesis, internships, study abroad, student and community engagement and other activities.

“I was motivated by the idea that the endowment will grow over time and provide ongoing support for Barrett students indefinitely,” Jaap said.

“The principle of investing in what we have today while protecting it for the future really speaks to me. My goal is to raise additional funds every year to grow the endowment over time, maximizing the investment in Barrett’s future,” he added.

Jaap, who was a Flinn Scholar, said he chose to attend ASU largely because of the honors college, so giving back is only natural.

“Barrett offers that small liberal arts college feel with large university resources. It really is the best of both worlds. While in Barrett, I had great professors and classmates. It piqued my intellectual curiosity, and I had a terrific time,” he said, citing his experience as a reason why he wanted to establish the endowment.

“I want the college to have freedom to do what’s needed to support students and help them achieve their dreams,” he said.

Barrett Dean Mark Jacobs said Jaap’s endowment is a significant and highly appreciated gift to the college.

“Chris is dedicated to environmental sustainability as well as to the success of his alma mater ASU and Barrett. He has been a great friend to Barrett as part of our alumni network, helping to grow its strength and value.”

Those who wish to donate to the Christopher Jaap Endowed Scholarship can do so on the Campaign ASU 2020 website.

Nicole Greason

Public relations and publicity manager , Barrett, The Honors College


ASU’s Cronkite School unveils online resource for Knight initiative to innovate local TV news

November 20, 2018

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University has launched a new digital resource to help local TV news professionals spark innovation at their stations.

The school on Monday unveiled Knight-Cronkite News Lab, a multiplatform online hub with content to help local TV news stations connect with a new generation of media consumers. Knight-Cronkite News Lab The Cronkite School launched Knight-Cronkite News Lab, an online hub to help local TV news stations connect with a new generation of media consumers. Download Full Image

Knight-Cronkite News Lab is led by former CBS News President Andrew Heyward, who joined the Cronkite School in May to direct the research arm of this unique three-part initiative to promote local TV news innovation through research, collaboration and experimentation. The initiative is supported by a $1.9 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“There are many local communities where television — and by 'television' we mean broadcast, digital and next-generation platforms — is the number one source of news for residents," said Karen Rundlet, a journalism director at Knight Foundation. “TV still has strong revenues. The question is, will their newsrooms innovate to stay relevant to digital audiences?”

Heyward said the project’s goal is to discover and share innovative experiments from local TV newsrooms across the country, with a steady influx of new case studies across a broad spectrum of stations, formats and themes. The Knight-Cronkite News Lab also will conduct its own experiments at Cronkite News, the student-produced, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS.

“Our goal at the lab is to inform, inspire and, we hope, entertain,” Heyward said. “Our reporting focuses on distinctive ideas and the human stories behind them — innovations that are transforming one of America’s most vital sources of news and information.”

The Knight-Cronkite News Lab focuses on five main areas of innovation: digital, broadcast, management, technology and “outside in” — ideas from outside local TV. It also will feature a weekly newsletter highlighting new content and valuable information that appears on the new hub.

Heyward said local TV newsrooms are experimenting widely on both broadcast and digital platforms, noting that the Knight-Cronkite News Lab will compile this information, making it easier for news professionals to see what’s going on in other markets.

Announced in February, the Knight Foundation initiative promotes innovation in local TV news that fosters informed and engaged communities. In October, the Cronkite School announced the hiring of Frank Mungeam, a top television news executive who led content transformation at TEGNA to head the collaboration and experimentation arms of the initiative.

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Communications manager, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


New scholarship supports graduate students in organ performance

November 19, 2018

For their entire lives, Laura Bartlett’s parents loved classical music, especially organ music.

“Music activities brought them together as young people,” Bartlett said. Photo of Laura Bartlett and her father Laura Bartlett with her father Douglas M. Bartlett. Courtesy photo. Download Full Image

And now their legacy will include the gift of music, thanks to a scholarship in their honor.

In memory of Douglas M. Bartlett, who died last year, and Susan B. Bartlett, who died in 2014, the Bartlett-Armstrong Family Scholarship was established to help talented graduate music students pursue their education and careers in organ performance in the School of Music in Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

The couple lived in Arizona for more than a decade. Susan Bartlett played the cello when she was younger, and Douglas Bartlett played the piano and the organ in their church. Few things brought them greater joy than attending symphonies, operas and concerts, according to their daughter.

“Creating a scholarship will allow my family to see firsthand how our philanthropy makes a difference as we will have the opportunity to develop relationships with the students and witness their growth and artistry both on campus and in community concerts," said Laura Bartlett.

She said she hopes the scholarship support will enhance world-renowned organist and School of Music Professor Kimberly Marshall’s ability to attract and retain the most talented students, many of whom remain in the Valley and add significantly to the cultural vitality of the region.

“This scholarship is a tribute to the fine work being done by ASU organists to enrich the cultural life of the Valley,” Marshall said. “Thanks to the Bartlett-Armstrong family for supporting the advanced studies of these gifted musicians.”

The scholarship will fund its first student in 2019. 

Learn more about supporting students in ASU’s Herberger Institute.

Sarah A. McCarty

Communications and marketing coordinator, School and Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute


Committed to public service: ASU Watts College alumni elected to public office

November 16, 2018

Graduates of Arizona State University's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions fared well in the November general election. One was elected to the U.S. Senate, two to statewide offices in Arizona and others to legislative and local offices. 

Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema won the race to replace U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who chose not to run for re-election. Senator-elect Sinema is an alumna and instructor at the ASU School of Social Work, one of four schools and two dozen research centers that make up the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions in downtown Phoenix. Sinema would fly back to Phoenix from Washington, D.C., to teach day-long graduate courses on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall and spring semesters.

“We're just really pleased and honored that she's a graduate of our school and she's had the opportunity to actually work with our students as an instructor while serving as a member of Congress,” said James Herbert Williams, director of the ASU School of Social Work. “She’s a wonderful role model of what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it and work hard.” Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema gave the keynote address at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions Convocation at Comerica Theater in December 2016 Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema delivering the keynote address at the December 2016 Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions Convocation at Comerica Theater. Sinema earned four graduate degrees from Arizona State University: a Master of Social Work, a Juris Doctor (law), a PhD in Justice Studies and an MBA. Download Full Image

Statewide office

Two other graduates of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions lead statewide races for public office.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee, who earned a Master of Public Administration from the ASU School of Public Affairs, was elected to be the state’s next treasurer. The position as Arizona’s chief banker and financial officer is currently held by another graduate of the School of Public Affairs, Eileen Klein, who was appointed earlier this year by Gov. Doug Ducey. Klein, who also earned an MPA, is the former president of the Arizona Board of Regents and a former chief of staff to Gov. Jan Brewer.

Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who earned her graduate degree from the ASU School of Social Work, emerged as the leading candidate in the race for Secretary of State. Hobbs is currently the state senate minority leader. Results in that contest have not yet been finalized.

“This is an unprecedented year for people stepping up to be part of the solution,” said Jonathan Koppell, dean of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. “Serving in elected office is one of the most important things we can do as citizens, and I’m proud to see so many of our graduates elected to office.”

Arizona Treasurer Eileen Klein and State Treasurer-elect Kimberly Ye
Arizona Treasurer Eileen Klein and Treasurer-elect Kimberly Yee. Both are graduates of the ASU School of Public Affairs. Photo courtesy of Office of State Treasurer

School of Public Affairs alumna Jennifer Jermaine won a District 18 seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, serving Ahwatukee and Chandler. The Democrat's election came two years after co-creating nonprofits Stronger Together Arizona and We the People Summit. Both efforts are aimed at getting people to collaborate in the hopes of more effectively influencing public policy.

"When I started the nonprofit, I never intended to run for office," Jermaine said.

As an advocate for public education, she says it was the passage of private school vouchers that compelled her to seek a legislative seat.

"The number one issue in District 18 is public education," Jermaine said. "I would really like to see us find a permanent funding stream for public education as our economy goes in cycles, and where we are at in the cycle is anyone's guess."

Jennifer Jermaine participates in a march at the state capitol earlier in this year.
Jennifer Jermaine participates in a march at the state capitol in January 2018. Jermaine is an alumna of the ASU School of Public Affairs. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jermaine

Jermaine says her education from the School of Public Affairs allowed her to hit the ground running. She credits retired professor Jerry Miller for giving her the knowledge to understand the state budgeting process. Creating a state budget is one of the most important functions of the state Legislature.

“We are enormously proud of the fact that people who have received our degrees are being elected, which means that voters are showing confidence in them to formulate public policies and implement them effectively," said Don Siegel, director of the ASU School of Public Affairs.

Local government

Phoenix Elementary School District voters elected Carmen Trujillo to the east Phoenix school board. The mother of three grew up in the school district. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. As president of the ASU Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, she helped the student group win an ASU Pitchfork Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization in 2014.

Carmen Trujillo, with her three children, was elected to the Phoenix Elementary School Board.
Carmen Trujillo, with her three children, was elected to the Phoenix Elementary School Board. Trujillo is an alumna of the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Photo courtesy of Carmen Trujillo

“Carmen is an outstanding leader and will serve her community well,” said Cassia Spohn, director of the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Earlier this fall, another graduate of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions was appointed by the Phoenix City Council to represent District 5 on an interim basis. The council selected Vania Guevara to fulfill the term of Daniel Valenzuela, who resigned from the council to run for mayor, until a special election is held March 12. A first-generation graduate, Guevara earned her Masters of Public Administration from the ASU School of Public Affairs. She also has a degree in political science from ASU and a law degree from Summit Law School.

“For anyone who is jaded by divisive politics, all you have to do is look at the quality of people running for office,” Koppell said. “No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, there is reason to believe in the future.”

Guevara serves with another graduate of the School of Public Affairs. District 2 Councilman and Vice Mayor Jim Waring earned both his MPA and PhD from the School of Public Affairs. Waring also served as an Arizona state senator.

Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams and District 5 Councilwoman Vania Guevara.
Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams and District 5 Councilwoman Vania Guevara. Guevara is an alumna of the ASU School of Public Affairs. Photo courtesy city of Phoenix

Alumni re-elected

Several alumni won re-election to the state Legislature. State Senator Rebecca Rios (D-Phoenix) earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the ASU School of Social Work. She faced no general election challenge as the incumbent state senator serving south Phoenix (District 27). Rios is one of the most experienced lawmakers in the Legislature with more than a decade of experience in both the House and Senate.

State Senator Martín Quezada (D-Phoenix), a graduate of the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, easily won his District 28 election. Like Rios, he faced no competition on the general election ballot. Quezada, who also earned his law degree from ASU, represents southwest Phoenix.

Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete (D-Phoenix), a graduate of the ASU School of Public Affairs, faced no competition as he won the state senate race for District 30 in west Phoenix. Navarrete, who earned his undergraduate degree in Urban and Metropolitan Studies, was previously elected to the House of Representatives in 2016.

Tony Rivero (R-Peoria), was elected to the House of Representatives from District 21. Rivero earned his Master of Public Administration from the ASU School of Public Affairs and has served the city of Peoria as a civil servant in a number of capacities.

Rebecca Rios, Martín Quezada, Tony Navarette and Tony Rivero
Rebecca Rios, Martín Quezada, Tony Navarette and Tony Rivero were re-elected to the Arizona Legislature. Rios is an alumna of the School of Social Work. Quezada is an alumnus of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Navarette and Rivero are alumni of the School of Public Affairs.

Out-of-state success story

One of the most distinguished graduates from the School of Community Resources and Development was re-elected to office in Minnesota. Voters in Maplewood, a town of 38,000 people, returned Nora Slawik to the mayor’s office. Slawik earned a degree in recreation administration with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations from ASU in 1984. Earlier this year, she was selected as the Certified Nonprofit Professional of the Year by the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

“Nora truly defines what it means to be a public servant,” said Robert Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development. “She is the greatest example I know of someone who blended her education in nonprofit leadership and management with a laser focus on impactful results to make positive outcomes happen.”

Nora Slawik
Nora Slawik receives the Certified Nonprofit Professional of the Year award from the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in January 2018. Voters in Maplewood, Minnesota re-elected Slawik as mayor in November 2018. She is an alumna of the School of Community Resources and Development.
Paul Atkinson

assistant director, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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4 at ASU honored with Regents' Professor title

November 15, 2018

Honorees are nationally and internationally recognized by their peers, with outstanding achievements in their fields

Regents’ Professors are the elite of the academic world. To be awarded the distinction, scholars must be full professors, with outstanding achievements in their fields, who are nationally and internationally recognized by their peers.

No more than 3 percent of all faculty at Arizona State University carry the distinction.

This year, four ASU faculty members are being recognized as Regents’ Professors.

One has revolutionized education through cognitive science. Another is one of the country’s foremost scholars in Native American history, pioneering the creation of a knowledge base of Indian oral traditions and Native perspectives. A third is lauded as being the most significant geographer of a generation. The fourth is the world’s top expert on drylands, work vital to global sustainability.

“These four new professors recognized by their peers as being at the very zenith of their fields represent the outstanding faculty we have here at Arizona State University,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “Their transformative scholarship has contributed to our understanding of the world, and this latest honor is extremely well deserved.”

Let’s meet them.

Michelene Chi

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Michelene Chi

Chi is the Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has designed and implemented best-practice forms of school instruction to enhance students’ learning at the K–16 level. She has published pioneering research on such topics as conceptual change, the nature of expertise, learning from being tutored, and learning strategies.

An internationally renowned cognitive scientist who has been awarded at the highest levels, her contributions for which she has been awarded are not only transformative, but founding. She is regarded as one of the founding figures of modern learning science and has published 120 papers that garnered 48,000 citations.

A nominator said, “She has repeatedly identified phenomena that present the critical test of competing theories. This is extremely rare and the mark of the very finest scholars. A single time makes a career, and she has done it at least three times. Modern cognitive science would not be in the advanced state it is without her work of the past 40 years.” 

Another said she has “five papers that are seminal. I wish there was a Google index for percent of papers in a field that cite a given work — I suspect it would be stunning.”   

Chi was thrilled at the news.

"I am most honored to be named a Regents' Professor,” she said. “Recognition from one’s own university is most heartening and appreciated."

Chi's current work focuses on three strands. One is devoted to how to assess different ways of engaging students cognitively, using students’ overt actions as a measure of cognitive engagement. A second strand of her research is devoted to enhancing students’ understanding of complex processes that are typically taught in science classes. The third studies new ways to deliver digitally enhanced instruction, incorporating ways that can optimize student learning. Her research has been used in ASU’s design of its blended adaptive-active learning courses for general education.

Donald Fixico

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Donald Fixico

Fixico is the Distinguished Foundation Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. He is among the foremost scholars in North American Indian history. Fixico’s scholarly achievements are remarked as monumental, including pioneering contributions to Native American ethno-history and oral history. Internationally recognized as an expert on indigenous studies, he has led national historical organizations. Further testimony to his preeminence, the Oxford University Press has selected Fixico for its major Indian history survey. His scholarly leadership achievements include the presidency of the Western Historical Association, one of the most prestigious appointments in historical studies.

Fixico created a knowledge base of the narratives that did not exist before his research. He has shown the importance of Indian oral traditions and Native perspectives in general as a necessary ingredient for the writing of not only Indian histories but American histories. His extensive research on the termination and relocation policies is regarded as the first place to begin any serious account of this critical period for American Indian peoples.

One reviewer wrote that “he is one of the three most prominent historians of Native America working in the academy today. ... Professor Fixico may in fact be the most accomplished of the three. … (He) has left an indelible mark not just on his own field but on American history as a whole.”

Fixico was pleasantly startled by the news.

"This was quite a surprise!” he said. “In fact, it was shocking news that made me feel honored that the Regents' Professor Committee, ASU administration and Regents recognized my work in the field of American Indian history and the West. I am grateful to the individuals who nominated me for this honor, and I still feel numb from the wonderful news of being named Regents' Professor."

One of his career goals has been to help people to gain a better understanding of American Indians from Native perspectives and U.S.-Indian treaties. 

“ASU has been very supportive of not only my work, but supportive of American Indian professors and Native students,” he said. “This year is a banner year. I served as the president of the Western History Association — the most important organization for my field — published my 15th book, and the WHA honored me with an annual book award: the Donald L. Fixico Award for the best book on presenting an indigenous perspective in the U.S. and Canada.”

Stewart Fotheringham

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Stewart Fotheringham

Fotheringham, a Foundation Professor of Computational Spatial Science in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, works at the triple junction of geographical information science, statistical analysis and spatial modeling. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, 36 book chapters and more than 100 research articles. In recognition of his contributions to science, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 and the UK Academy of Social Sciences. He also was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship (the U.K. equivalent of a Guggenheim).

His crowning achievement is the development of a tool called geographically weighted regression. This tool is at the essence of geographical thinking and has been widely embraced by geographers and incorporated into commercial Geographical Information Systems software packages.

Of his many achievements, one reviewer said, “The significance of his work cannot be overstated. For example, these approaches have been implemented in a series of software platforms which are used by hundreds of thousands of scholars and practioners.”

Another said, “Stewart Fotheringham is, without doubt, one of the most renowned quantitative geographers of his generation — perhaps the most renowned.”

Fotheringham was delighted to be named as a Regents' Professor.

“It is an especially great honor given the number of brilliant people here at ASU,” he said.

Osvaldo Sala

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Osvaldo Sala

Sala is the Julie A. Wrigley Professor and Foundation Professor in the School of Life Sciences, as well as founding director of the Global Drylands Center at ASU. He has explored several topics throughout his career from the response of arid ecosystems to climate and land‐use change to global biodiversity scenarios for the next 50 years. His work has been truly interdisciplinary, collaborating with geologists, social scientists, mathematicians and humanists and using a variety of tools from experimentation to simulation modeling. He is best known for his experimental manipulations of drylands. Sala's research has had a substantial local as well as global impact. He has carried out many experiments around the world from Patagonia to the Kalahari, from the Loess Plateau in China to the Chihuahuan Desert.

His publications are among the most cited in the fields of ecology, sustainability and biology. He has more than 200 publications and 40,000 citations.

One reviewer wrote, “Dr. Sala’s service to the scientific community is extraordinary. He is considered a world expert in biodiversity in global terrestrial ecosystems. ... He is a scientist who has been at the frontiers of knowledge in ecology his whole career.”

A second reviewer explains his pioneering contributions: “Osvaldo’s contributions to our understanding of the controls on primary production in grasslands are without equal. …. Osvaldo also developed an experimental approach for studying the consequences of drought in grasslands. The science community has broadly adopted this experimental infrastructure. Indeed, his ‘Sala Shelters’ are integral to climate change studies in a wide variety of ecosystems worldwide.”

Sala said he cherishes the honor.

“I feel honored and humbled to be among ASU’s Regents' Professors who encompass excellence in so many fields of study,” he said. “My day-to-day work focuses on drylands that range from deserts to grasslands and savannas. I use field experimentation together with mathematical models in my quest to provide the necessary knowledge to achieve drylands sustainability, which is essential to achieve global sustainability.”

Being named Regents’ Professor is a triple distinction, Executive Vice President and University Provost Mark Searle said.

“Being named Regents’ Professor is not only a recognition of excellence by the Arizona Board of Regents and the university, it is a recognition by their peers in the field,” Searle said. “Their pioneering research and scholarly achievements go beyond elevating only their own work, but also that of their respective fields. We celebrate their great achievement.”

Regents' Professor receives Otto Shott Research Award

November 15, 2018

Arizona State University School of Molecular Sciences Regents’ Professor of chemistry and biochemistry C. Austen Angell has received the Otto Schott Research Award and an endowment with a unanimous vote from the board of trustees for his impressive work on dynamics and processes in liquids.

“Professor Angell has managed to remain constantly active and visible as a researcher,” explained Kathleen Richardson, member of the board of trustees of the 15th Otto Schott Research Award. Professor C. Austen Angell of the School of Molecular Sciences. Download Full Image

In the areas of physical chemistry and glass science, Angell’s contributions are best represented in his more than 500 numerous publications, many of them single-author, that have now been cited a total of 60,000 timesGoogle Scholar citations., including 17,500 times in the last five years.

Within the glass community, Angell’s interpretive work on liquid viscosity and the glass transition has drawn much interest. Angell has also published on geochemical, biophysical and particularly on battery electrolyte problems. Energy storage and conversion challenges are at the core of Angell’s current efforts.

Angell, born in Canberra, Australia, received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Melbourne. He won the Armstrong medal from London University, Imperial College where he earned his PhD. From 1962-64, Angell taught at Melbourne University, completing postdoctoral research at Argonne National Laboratory in 1964-66. In 1966 he joined Purdue University, becoming full professor in 1981 and then moving to ASU in 1989, where he now serves as Regents’ Professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Between 1990 and 2010, five specialist societies have honored Angell with research awards. Angell has been a recipient of a Fulbright Award and Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award. In 1989 he was honored with a special edition of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, on whose editorial board he once served.

“The most important and enjoyable part of my work has been that dealing with glass-forming liquids and the glass transition, with a particular interest in why water is such a bad glass-former,” said Angell. “But finally I think I should try to do something useful with batteries and fuel cells and energy storage, which is one of society’s most urgent needs at this time.”

The Otto Schott Research Award is a multistage selection process among 16 nominees and 13 submissions, in which Angell’s distinguished career and relevance to glass science set him apart from the other nominees in the field.

“He has published many influential scientific papers as a first and even sole author,” said Tanguy Rouxel, board of trustees member.

The Otto Schott Research Award has been presented since 1990. It recognizes outstanding scientific and technological achievements in the field of “glass and glass-ceramics” in basic research and application.

This year’s award was presented at the 15th International Conference on the Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids in conjunction with the 14th European Society of Glass Conference in St. Malo, France, on July 9, 2018.

Communication specialist, School of Molecular Sciences

Pioneering work of ASU faculty member wins Harvard environmental health fellowship

November 15, 2018

As a new Arizona State University faculty member, Kirk Jalbert came armed with an array of multidisciplinary experiences and a zeal for exploring how local communities respond to environmental issues. After joining the faculty in June, he was poised to dive into an academic’s traditional quest for funding and support for his research — until opportunity came knocking.

News arrived that Jalbert was awarded a three-year JPB Environmental Health Fellowship from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The program is designed to foster a generation of leaders working on complex environmental health problems in vulnerable communities. Kirk Jalbert portrait Kirk Jalbert. Download Full Image

“I’m thrilled with the recognition by the JPB Environmental Health Fellows Program of Kirk’s pioneering work. He is expanding the boundaries of environmental health research,” said Dave Guston, director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Jalbert’s principal academic home. “His research with communities has opened up new frontiers in understanding the role of public activism in response to environmental threats.”

Jalbert is also appointed in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineeringpart of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. His cross-disciplinary experience includes forays not only into computer science and data analytics, but also into art, science communication, digital storytelling and social justice. Working at the intersection of science and society, Jalbert has been studying public responses to shale gas extraction. He has investigated how people are empowered through citizen science and other forms of data collection activities. In particular, his core question has been: “What does data do and not do for people when they become the producers of data?”

In his prior position at the nonprofit FracTracker Alliance, Jalbert also explored data practices in citizen activism. For example, he examined how data transparency and data mapping projects are used to drive changes in environmental oversight.

“Environmental social movements are now able to exist such that you have many pockets of active communities. These are often in very rural areas of America, yet they are mobilizing resources together. It’s fascinating to me how technology plays a role in that mobilization,” he said.

Bolstered by the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship, Jalbert anticipates expanding the range of environmental challenges in his research. He has recently turned his attention to studying movements that emerge around oil and gas pipeline projects.

“Pipelines are very interesting," he said. "You have an infrastructure that people perceive in various ways as producing risk (or not) that can run hundreds of miles across multiple states. You have concerned citizens from broad socioeconomic backgrounds that have common reason to come together. In responding, they bring different kinds of knowledge to the table.”

Jalbert is particularly interested in how advocacy groups have partnered with technical consultants to analyze data and produce their own impact assessments of pipeline projects. He believes these efforts are reshaping the dynamics of power among citizen groups, regulatory agencies and industry.

“The real questions in this are: How do people engage in complex scientific discussions? How do people engage in complex policymaking? And how do you insert local expertise, community values and people's sense of place into the ways in which decisions are made?”

Beyond the financial benefits of the fellowship, Jalbert is looking forward to expanding the boundaries of environmental health research and developing cross-disciplinary collaborations among his cohort of 15 fellows. These efforts will be facilitated by the fellowship program through workshops, mentoring and leadership training, project development assistance and in building relationships with vulnerable communities across the U.S.

Marissa Huth

communications specialist, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


New ASU active-shooter preparedness video unveiled

Students take two-year project across the finish line

November 14, 2018

Statistically the chance of someone being in an active-shooter event are small. Equally small is the chance of a being in a commercial plane crash, yet flight attendants still brief passengers on safety procedures before a flight to instill a survival mindset.

Arizona State University Police Chief Michael Thompson made that analogy after the unveiling of a student-produced active shooter video to university stakeholders Nov. 7 at the Tempe campus Memorial Union. Students Jacob Kaufman and June Hucko of ASU Student Creative Services review a shot during the filming of the active-shooter preparedness video as crew members, ASU Police Officer Becky Garcia and Rick Bauer of the ASU Environmental Health and Safety Office look on. Kaufman served as the video director and Hucko as director of photography. Garcia starred in the film, and Bauer was the project manager and executive director. Photo courtesy of ASU SCS Download Full Image

“They don’t anticipate the plane crashing, I hope, but they practice it and they talk about it because there is a chance,” Thompson said. “The same thing here, we just want to make sure that people are aware of their surroundings and what is going on.”

The new video emphasizes the “run, hide, fight” concept, but it also indirectly helps instill a higher sense of awareness to avert a crisis. Someone behaving in a peculiar way, such as walking around in the middle of summer wearing a trench coat, could be a sign, Thompson said. Past mass shootings in the U.S. were often preceded by warning signs noticed by people who came in contact with the shooter. 

“It is really important that if you know of something that might be percolating, say something,” Thompson said. “People don’t just snap; there is a buildup."

It is a grim subject and not an easy one to talk about, but active shootings have become a part of daily life, said Becky Garcia, ASU Police crime prevention officer. As shooting incidents become more prevalent, preparedness is key.

“That’s the message in this video,” Garcia said. “The messaging is not to scare people but to share the options, so that way we can all have the mindset and know the options, and have that survival mindset no matter where we are.” 

The video is brief and people may walk away with more questions than answers after watching it, Garcia said. That is why it is important for the ASU community to also sign up for the in-person, interactive classes offered on campus.

“It takes about an hour,” Garcia said. “We have the opportunity at that point to answer from the law enforcement perspective any questions that might arise.”

The idea of creating an ASU-specific video started two years ago, said Allen Clark, executive director of preparedness and security initiatives at ASU. It came about in part by seeing other universities create their own active-shooter safety videos, combined with faculty input on the best way to present this type of valuable safety information to students. 

Early on, the idea was to engage students to be part of the video, since they are more in tune with other students and understand their viewing habits. It was also cost-effective. 

“We went to Student Creative Services; we launched, and off we went,” Clark said. “I think we came up with an extremely good video.”

ASU Student Creative Services Director Dan Dickson guided the student team that managed the major production aspects of the video. Rick Bauer, workplace safety training manager with ASU’s Environmental Health and Safety Office, led the overall project, which entailed coordinating with university stakeholders and arranging support from many others, including outside agencies like the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department.

A project of this magnitude meant the students had to balance managing a large crew and cast while tackling other aspects of the video production, which ranged from working with parameters set forth by university leadership to the many rewrites that helped refine the script. 

“It was a huge challenge,” said student June Hucko, an ASU SCS media production associate who served as director of photography for the video. “But it was very rewarding because we still found a way to make it creative and keep people engaged and help them learn about what to do in this kind of situation.”

Jerry Gonzalez

Media Relations Officer, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

ASU men's basketball to play in 2019 Pac-12 China game

November 14, 2018

Arizona State University’s global footprint keeps expanding, including on the basketball court. The Pac-12 announced a 2019 men's basketball matchup between ASU and the University of Colorado Boulder, the fifth edition of the Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group.

The November 2019 game will be co-hosted by longtime Pac-12 partner Federation of University Sports of China, which operates under China’s Ministry of Education. (From left) ASU alum Chenxi Zhao, intern at AliSports; Jamie Zaninovich, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer at Pac-12 Conference; Danette Leighton, chief marketing officer at Pac-12 Conference; Wei Shen from the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business China Program; Joseph Tsai, executive vice chairman at Alibaba Group; Xue Yanqing, president of the Federation of University Sports of China; and Hui Wang from the W. P. Carey School of Business China Program. Download Full Image

“We are thrilled for the tremendous opportunity to showcase all the energy, investments and innovative ideas our campus has been working on and for a great educational experience for our student-athletes in China,” said Ray Anderson, ASU vice president for university athletics.

ASU is the top public university in the United States for international students, hosting more than 13,000 international scholars. More than 3,500 are Chinese students, representing the largest contingent of international students at the university.

“We already partner with many of the top Chinese universities, as well as the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Science and Technology, so being part of this event is a natural step and one ASU embraces,” Anderson said.

Next year’s matchup will not only allow the ASU basketball athletes to engage beyond the United States, but the university will continue to engage students, alumni and partners to connect with the university outside of the big game.

ASU is a leader of innovation in American higher education, expanding use-inspired research beyond Arizona and engaging with people and issues locally, nationally and internationally. Through relationships with China and the Chinese people, the university works to promote language, innovation, business and leadership on a global scale.

Over the last decade, ASU has pursued a deepening relationship with China and Chinese students and universities through multiple collaborations.

The W. P. Carey School, ranked one of the top 25 business schools nationally, is directly involved in the development of top leadership in China. In partnership with Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, W. P. Carey launched a Doctor of Business Administration in Global Financial Management program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University where senior executive leaders can tap into the expertise of distinguished international thought leaders.

Additionally, ASU opened its first permanent location in China last year. The building on the Hainan University campus is part of a partnership to offer degrees in tourism, the Hainan University-Arizona State University Joint International Tourism College.

ASU's work with China and with Chinese institutions prepares students for a future in a high-speed, technologically advanced, globally competitive economy. To date, ASU has more than 2,400 alumni in China, with the largest number of graduates from the W. P. Carey School of Business with more than 1,500 graduates.

The Pac-12 China Game is the flagship event of Pac-12 Global, designed to grow the global popularity of Pac-12 athletic programs and universities, fostering cultural exchange through sport and creating educational experiences for Pac-12 student athletes. The matchup between the Sun Devils and Buffaloes, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, and for national broadcast in both the U.S. and China, will not count as a conference contest. 

ASU professor recognized at Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

November 14, 2018

Arizona State University celebrates innovation every day. Once a year, the state of Arizona shines a light on those who do it best. This year, ASU researcher and Professor Ferran Garcia-Pichel and his lab were recognized as finalists for the Governor’s Innovator of the Year – Academia award.

The finalists were acknowledged at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Phoenix Convention Center. The award ceremony was held in partnership with the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority to encourage innovation and recognize Arizona’s leaders in technology and innovation. Ferran Ferran Garcia-Pichel’s lab is developing new technologies to restore the desert’s crust, exemplified by its microbial nurseries. Much like reforestation, these nurseries are growing microbiomes that can be planted in the soils. Download Full Image

“Our state is no longer content to rely upon traditional models focused on incremental growth,” Gov. Doug Ducey said. “In Arizona, we’ve pioneered transformation. We’ve become a state of disruptors, intent upon pursuing new ideas, and we’ve created the best environment in which to develop, test and scale cutting-edge technologies.” Ducey shared that 274,000 new jobs have been created in Arizona since 2015.

Garcia-Pichel is one of many in the state-wide effort to contribute to the scientific community. Recognizing their efforts is an important part of inspiring cutting-edge research across the state.

As a finalist for the Innovator of the Year Award in academia, Garcia-Pichel, a microbiology professor with ASU’s School of Life Sciences and director of the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, and his lab were recognized for their work in restoring the desert soil’s natural protective crusts through the use of what they call “microbial nurseries.”

Yasin Silva and Deborah Hall from ASU's West campus were also recognized as finalists for their BullyBlocker app, which employs predictive models and identification tools through social media to detect cyber bullying.

The winner in the academia category is Laurence Hurley, associate director of the BIO5 Collaborative Research Institute and co-director of the Molecular Therapeutics Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Hurley’s research focuses on targeting DNA on a molecular scale in order to inhibit its transcription, and he founded TetraGene, a biotech company that aims to control the expression of undruggable targets.  

“Shining a light on Arizona’s leading innovators inspires us all to do better,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise and chief research and innovation officer. “At Arizona State University, we are in constant pursuit of new ideas — especially ideas that make our world a better place. Professor Garcia-Pichel’s work in taming the desert dust through the development of microbial nurseries is an outstanding example of use-inspired research and our commitment to our fellow citizens of Arizona.”

This form of recognition serves as a testament to the importance of Garcia-Pichel’s research to Arizona’s environment.

“We are fortunate to count Dr. Garcia-Pichel among our team of dedicated researchers,” said Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute. “We commend Governor Ducey for recognizing the important work he and his team are doing to preserve our health and environment.”

Garcia-Pichel’s lab was nominated for the award by Bert Jacobs, an ASU virology professor and the director of the School of Life Sciences. Jacobs believes that Garcia-Pichel’s work could lead to important applications, and it represents a good model for sustainable solutions.

Garcia-Pichel’s lab is developing new technologies to restore the desert’s crust, exemplified by its microbial nurseries. Much like reforestation, these nurseries are growing microbiomes that can be planted in the soils.

The first large-scale trial of this technology will take place in New Mexico in spring 2019.

Garcia-Pichel believes this recognition is vital, especially in shedding light on his innovative strategies and in changing the public’s perception of what can be done.  

“Having local recognition for innovation is important to us. It makes us feel that our work is relevant,” he said. “Humans are creatures of habit, so when you are innovative, you may have to knock at the door recurrently because people tend to know just what they know. This recognition can be very important in reaching our long-term goals by giving us exposure.”

Other Innovator of the Year Awards announced include start-up company Black Bar Engineering, small company CampusLogic and large company Benchmark.

Gabrielle Hirneise

Assistant science writer , Biodesign Institute