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Future Tense: How a simple observation led to ASU's partnership with New America and Slate

Honored for a fifth consecutive year in 2019 as America’s most innovative university, one of Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s remarks was to explain it this way: “‘The tremendously creative minds and efforts of our students, faculty and staff elevate who we are.’” That’s not an accident. At ASU, ideation plays a major role in the university’s success, as demonstrated by a now decade-long partnership that began with a simple observation. In 2010, Joel Garreau joined ASU as a research professor, but he was also part of the fellowship program at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. He approached Andres Martinez, the program’s leader at the time, after recognizing that New America and ASU viewed innovation and technology similarly. Coincidentally, an opportunity for collaboration easily presented itself since New America was already in conversations with Slate magazine about a potential partnership. Eventually, a partnership between ASU,...

Two new President’s Professors named

Two Arizona State University faculty members have been named President’s Professors, adding to the growing list since 2006 — the first year the designation was given out. The new honorees are Michael Angilletta , a professor in the School of Life Sciences and the associate director of undergraduate programs, and Joni Adamson , professor of environmental humanities in the Department of English and director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability . The recognition is given to faculty who have made substantial contributions to undergraduate education, and to faculty who have the ability to inspire original, creative works in their fields. “We are proud of our colleagues’ outstanding work and dedication to achieve the vision of the New American University,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost. “The professors’ efforts have cultivated original thinkers who inspire beyond the classroom and contribute...

ASU alumni recognized for their vision, gifts to transform stadium

The vision and gifts of three Arizona State University alumni is coming to fruition after five years. Steve Butterfield, Bill Kent and Jack Furst spearheaded the reinvention of and fundraising for Sun Devil Stadium, transforming it into a year-round, multiuse complex called ASU 365 Community Union . During Saturday’s ASU football game the three men and their families were honored with the renaming of the student-athlete facility . The Butterfield, Kent, Furst Student-Athlete Facility, located on the north side of the stadium, houses the team locker room, medical facilities, coaches' offices, meeting space and a training table. Kent, along with his wife, Julie, and their son, Buck, and Furst and his wife, Debra, attended the game and naming ceremony. Butterfield, who passed away in 2017, was represented by his sons, Brooks and Steve Jr., Steve’s wife, Mary, and their children, Joey, George and Stevie. “The efforts and dedication by the...

ASU-inspired lake marks 20 years

The Salt River Valley has always revolved around two things: the sun above and the river below. Hohokam children played on the banks of the Salt and ate fish caught in weirs and corn and squash nourished by the water. Centuries later, settlers unearthed the native canals and irrigated their own crops. A ferry moved farmers, swindlers and gunfighters across the waters from Tempe to Phoenix. But the river proved to be too violent and unpredictable during the monsoon, whipping around the Valley floor like a snake in a shoebox. To count on it, it had to be brought under control with a dam. For almost 90 years, the waters ran into the canals. The riverbed dried. Cities turned their back on it, using it as a gravel pit and dump. Now the river is being embraced again. The cornerstone of that effort, Tempe Town Lake, celebrated its 20th anniversary...

More than just answers: ASU’s Department of Physics is teaming up for solutions

At one time or another, we were all scientists. There is a reason a child’s first questions include: “What is it?”, “Why?” and “How?” A physicist never loses that sense of wonder, that drive to understand something that, for now, might remain a mystery. Albert Einstein himself claimed that his real talent was not a superior intelligence, but a passionate and never-ending curiosity. The study of physics has always been about a quest for answers. But all the answers in the world wouldn’t do any good if they aren't shared. That is why the Department of Physics at Arizona State University capitalizes on every opportunity to collaborate for greater success — to look beyond answers to solutions. Through groundbreaking collaborations and new initiatives, the school's faculty are applying the core fundamentals of physics to challenging new problems and teaming up with researchers in other disciplines to tackle some of today’s...

ASU named No. 1 in innovation for 5th consecutive year

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . For the fifth year in a row, Arizona State University has been named the most innovative school in America. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed. The...

Record class hits the books as ASU bucks national trend of declining enrollment

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . When Tucson native Sadie Azersky started exploring colleges, she set her sights on attending a school that would challenge her. She found what she was looking for at Arizona State University: the opportunities of a large research university combined with...

Generosity to ASU climbs to new heights in 2019

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . Sun Devil supporters bolstered scholarships, medical advancements, professorships and research opportunities as part of a banner fundraising year for the ASU Foundation. Nikki Hinshaw is one of more than 7,400 students who benefited from private scholarship support through the foundation...

National, international awards recognize faculty innovation in ASU's School of Molecular Sciences

The Arizona State University charter describes a commitment to linking innovation with the advancement of research and discovery of public value. The establishment of the School of Molecular Sciences from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry embodies this commitment to research that directly addresses such major public and societal issues. Current School of Molecular Sciences research takes a molecular approach...

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