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Celebrating 15 years of Julie Ann Wrigley’s commitment to sustainability

Since 2004, Julie Ann Wrigley ’s impact on Arizona State University and its sustainability education and research endeavors has been profound. But for her, the important thing isn’t what has been done over the past 15 years — it’s what lies ahead. “I recognize the need to continuously engage to stay ahead of the game,” Wrigley said. “We need to continue to think outside the box. No one is in a position to start getting comfortable with the old — even with the accomplishments of the last 15 years.” But to illustrate Wrigley’s commitment, we need to rewind. Fifteen years ago, her world collided with ASU President Michael Crow’s. From this meeting of the minds came what’s now known as the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability — the hub of sustainability research and solutions at ASU, and the birthplace of the nation’s first comprehensive School of Sustainability ...

ASU’s Committee for Campus Inclusion honored with city of Tempe’s diversity award

On Jan. 17, Arizona State University’s Committee for Campus Inclusion will be honored for its commitment to diversity in the city of Tempe. The Tempe Human Relations Commission will award the committee the 2020 MLK Diversity Award in the category of educational organization. The annual recognition is given to individuals, businesses or community groups that help achieve the goal of making the city a better place. It’s the first time the committee will be receiving this award, after being nominated by a university employee. “It’s wonderful to be in an institution that knows that inclusion is important,” said Cassandra Aska , associate vice president and dean of students and university chair of the Committee for Campus Inclusion. “To see that there’s a role that we can play to support the university and the people in the university, and then to have that work that we do be recognized for an...

ASU students go to town on sustainability

Apache Junction, Arizona — a city of approximately 42,000 residents on the eastern outskirts of the metro Phoenix area — has a complicated relationship with its 125 mobile home and RV parks. These parks represent more than 60% of the city’s housing stock and are a highly affordable option for people living on low or fixed incomes. Many of these parks are attractive and well managed, but a large number of them are run-down and unsightly and don’t conform to contemporary city codes. Many of the city’s mobile home parks were built well before Apache Junction was incorporated in 1978, so their property owners hold “rights of lawful nonconformance.” These rights allow owners to operate the parks as-is, but bars them from redeveloping in any way that doesn’t comply with current city codes. Revamping the parks to comply is cost-prohibitive to most owners, so many parks have fallen into a...

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...

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