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ASU named No. 1 in innovation for eighth straight year

For the eighth year in a row, Arizona State University is No. 1 in innovation in the newly released annual Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Over the past 20 years , ASU has grown from a regional desert university to a world-renowned public research institution of tremendous societal impact, an accomplishment reflected by its unchallenged designation as the most innovative university — ahead of MIT and Stanford — every year since the inception of the category. “For two decades, Arizona State University has been designing, building and reinventing itself as a leader in innovation,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “We have tested and implemented new ways to teach, learn, discover and serve at all levels of the institution — all with the goal of demonstrating our commitment to excellence, access and impact — and I am deeply thankful to all who have contributed to our...

ASU ranks 8th among worldwide universities granted US utility patents in 2021

Arizona State University rose three spots to No. 8 for U.S. utility patents issued to universities worldwide in 2021, continuing to help drive American technological evolution and success. This marks the second time that ASU ranked in the top 10 among universities worldwide and the fourth time that ASU ranked in the top 10 among U.S.-based universities in the annual ranking by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. ASU secured 153 U.S. patents in 2021, joining other universities in the top 10 including MIT, Stanford University, Purdue University and Harvard University. The 153 patents is an increase from 140 U.S. patents in the prior year. “This important recognition honors the collaboration, dedication and excellence of Arizona State University’s faculty,” said Sally C. Morton, executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise. “Our collective mindset — to inspire and support research that benefits the public — is...

Global Education Office offers record amount of scholarships for students to study abroad

The Global Education Office (GEO) at Arizona State University will be awarding $750,000 in scholarships to students on mobility global education programs for the 2023 calendar year. This is triple the amount awarded to students pre-pandemic. Aligning with the ASU Charter pillars of accessibility and inclusion, the new GEO Go Global Grant will help to lower the financial barrier, one of the most cited obstacles for students to study abroad, and will help to expand ASU’s global reach. “Coming into my first year of college, I dreamed of studying abroad and obtaining a global education that many continuously say is an experience every college student must take part in,” said Delcia Blancas Hernandez, a 2022 scholarship recipient. “Except this luxury only seemed to be reserved for students who actually could afford such a once-in-a-lifetime experience while students like myself, who are constantly labeled as low income, see a money barrier...

Arizona Board of Regents celebrates President Crow's first 20 years at ASU

A special celebration Thursday night honored the 20th anniversary of Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow’s leadership with touching moments, humor — and a new title. The Arizona Board of Regents recognized Crow’s contributions and service to the university, honoring him with the distinction of Regents Distinguished President. The distinction, conferred for the first time, was presented along with a unique medallion that can be worn as part of his official university regalia. Lyndel Manson, chair of the Board of Regents, said the medallion made of turquoise, silver and petrified wood represents the legacy, prosperity and transformation of Arizona, as well as Crow’s commitment and leadership in the continued success of the university and the state. “These materials are symbolic of your leadership,” she said. “Turquoise brings good fortune and represents the good you have brought to the university. Silver symbolizes your success and impact on the university. Silver...

ASU Prep Digital, Google partner to develop universally accessible streaming curriculum

ASU Prep Digital , an accredited, online K–12 school offered through Arizona State University, has partnered with Google Public Sector to make remote immersive learning technology more accessible to students across the United States and around the world. ASU Prep Learning Cloud is a streaming solution that empowers schools to deliver innovative and interactive 3D learning experiences to students using low-bandwidth devices. The technology was developed on and is powered by Google Cloud. This new platform invites students to solve challenges by immersing themselves in interactive settings made possible by technology. Students can watch geologic formations emerge through simulations rather than reading about it in a textbook, or explore human organs in 3D, brining topics like erosion, hydrolysis and human anatomy to life. To successfully complete a lesson, students must think critically about the concept, explore it and learn through discovery. Real-time, instructive feedback also helps contribute to a more...

Remembering ASU News reporter Scott Seckel

Scott Seckel, 56, a senior reporter for ASU News and an alumnus of Arizona State University, died May 11. Seckel, a former journalist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1990, covered a wide range of topics during his nearly seven years as a writer for the university’s news service, including engineering, sustainability and biology. “Scott was one of the most well-read writers I’ve worked with, and he was gifted at adding personality and historical context to stories that might have been dry in someone else’s hands. He was just so very interested in the world, and that made his writing richer,” said Penny Walker, director of ASU News. “He started here at a time when we were shifting ASU News to a more mainstream audience, and he was a key part of making that transition successful — in showing that a story about research could be engaging,...

A student’s journey toward the stars

Editor's note: ASU News reporter Marshall Terrill, photographer Charlie Leight and videographer Ken Fagan spent the past school year following Kiera Charley's journey through her first year at Arizona State University — from visiting her home in northern Arizona as she said goodbye to loved ones to making new friends. Along the way, we spoke with relatives, former classmates and teachers, ASU academics and staff members to gain more insight into Kiera's transition from the reservation to studying at a major university. This story is told with the Charley family's permission. It's dusk, and smoke from an oak wood fire wafts from a tipi and disappears into the stars over the reservation. Inside a house nearby, Kiera Charley is wearing a traditional Navajo blouse and silver and turquoise jewelry, preparing to walk out to the tipi where she will join her family and supporters. They are about to begin a...

ASU set to celebrate more than 18,000 students at spring commencement

Every semester Arizona State University revs up the excitement to send off the future of the workforce, but this spring, there’s so much more electricity in the air, according to Melissa Werner, executive director of the Office of University Ceremonies. “Commencement is really going to be alive during the week of ceremonies. The big 2022 installation has been out in front of Old Main since mid-April, and every day we see students in their caps and gowns, taking photos and getting ready to celebrate their achievements,” Werner said. Nearly 18,400 ASU students will graduate this spring — a 3% increase from spring 2021 — including nearly 6,000 ASU Online students. Of the overall student total, more than 12,700 are undergraduate and more than 5,000 are graduate students. A bout 9,552 of the new spring graduates are Arizona residents, a 2% increase. In addition, there’s an 8% increase in ASU Online...

Access, equality in education part of discussion at ASU+GSV Summit

The ASU+GSV Summit , a collaboration between Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley , kicked off its three-day conference Monday in San Diego. The annual event brings together educators, industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs to take on the challenge of ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the future. Many of this year's sessions covered learning and education, including panels on virtual reality and the future of teaching. Here's a look at some of the conference highlights. (Note: We will be adding updates to this page throughout the summit.) Monday, April 4 Using VR to educate about climate change Arizona State University’s new technology immersive experience Dreamscape Learn is important not only because it engages students with emotional storytelling, but also because the actions in the platform empower them to know that they can reverse climate change . ASU President Michael Crow discussed the new technology on...

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