W W W. A S U . E D U / N E W S
Yzaguirre bolsters Prescott earns ASU’s ﬁrst Nobel Prize
civil rights efforts Edward Prescott, the W. P. Carey Chair lion) shared by we hope this is the beginning of many
in Economics at ASU, was named winner the two, a gold Nobel Prize winners coming out of this
Noted Hispanic leader Raul Yzaguirre of the 2004 Nobel Prize in economic sci- medal and a di- great institution. We are extremely excited
has joined ASU as Presidential Professor ences in October 2004. ploma, was pre- about the fact that he chose to join this
of Practice in Community Development Prescott is a professor in the department sented in De- university because of what we are attempt-
and Civil Rights. of economics at ASU’s W. P. Carey School cember, on the ing to achieve.”
Yzaguirre, former president and of Business and a senior monetary adviser anniversary of Prescott, known for his work on growth
chief executive ofﬁcer of the National at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapo- Nobel’s death theory and time inconsistency, is one of a
Council of La lis. He shares the prize with Finn E. Kyd- in 1896. small circle of scholars who have altered
Raza, will help land of Carnegie-Mellon University. “Edward the course of macroeconomic thinking
create a center, In its announcement, the Nobel Com- Prescott is in the past three decades. The span of his
to be located at mittee of the Royal Swedish Academy of most deserving research includes seminal work in busi-
ASU’s Downtown Sciences, Stockholm, lauded Prescott and of this highly ness cycles, economic development, gen-
Phoenix campus, Edward Prescott
Kydland “for their contributions to dy- prestigious eral equilibrium theory and ﬁnance, and
focusing on com- namic macroeconomics: the time consis- honor,” ASU President Michael Crow his work has addressed some of the most
munity develop- tency of economic policy and the driving says. “He is a man of great intellect, drive important questions in economics. His in-
ment, education forces behind business cycles.” and commitment, who always puts oth- sights have had profound implications for
for practitioners, The prize, including a check for 10 ers – particularly students – ﬁrst. We are the conduct of ﬁscal and monetary policy
and academic Raul Yzaguirre million Swedish kronor (about $1.36 mil- immensely proud to have Ed at ASU, and and even bank regulatory issues.
Yzaguirre is one of the most widely
recognized national leaders in the ASU, city of Phoenix work to
develop downtown campus
Hispanic community. His involvement
in many of the most critical legislative
and public policy issues of the last three
decades has made him a key national ASU and the city of Phoenix are developing key ele-
player on behalf of Hispanic Americans. ments for a proposed intergovernmental agreement to
develop a 15,000-student campus in the city’s downtown
area. The agreement must still be approved by the Phoenix
City Council and the Arizona Board of Regents.
ASU will move ﬁve schools to the new Downtown
Phoenix campus: the existing schools of Nursing, Journal-
ism, and Public Programs, and the new University College
and School of Global Health. KAET, the university’s PBS
The Decision Theater for the New Arizona will allow policy afﬁliate, also will move downtown.
makers to see the impact of their decisions using state of the The campus will com-
art imaging tools. prise an urban mix of aca- ASU’s Downtown
demic facilities, residential
Scott MacIntyre Jared Niska Decision Theater gives facilities, ground-level din-
ing and retail stores, park
• College of Nursing
ASU boasts two of power to decision-makers space and open pedestrian
• Cronkite School of
Journalism and Mass
top U.S. scholars ASU’s new Decision Theater played out before them. Using According to the pro-
posed agreement, the city
for the New Arizona will serve computer models and computer • College of Public
Continuing an amazing record of ac- as an advanced visualization tool visualization techniques, the will acquire about 20 acres
complishment, two more ASU students
that will enable policy makers Decision Theater will enable of land within the Down-
were named to USA Today’s All-USA
• University College
and others to see, in detailed researchers to test the outcomes town Redevelopment Area,
• School of Global
three-dimensional representation, of decisions made today on such bound by Van Buren Street,
ASU has had more students named
the environmental consequences topics as urban growth and water Fillmore Street, First Av-
top U.S. undergraduates by the news-
of their actions. usage, and the effects of policy enue and Third Street; de-
paper over the past 11 years than any The computer-driven visualiza- decisions on public health and on velop and ﬁnance academic
other public school. Only Harvard and tion tool was made possible by a a myriad of environmental and and academic support space through the renovation of
Yale have had more. $3 million gift from Valley busi- social challenges. existing buildings and new construction; and build any
Scott MacIntyre, a senior in piano nessman and philanthropist Ira A. The goal is to provide interac- necessary public infrastructure.
performance in the Herberger College Fulton. It is a central component tive forums that identify and ASU will operate and maintain all Downtown Phoenix
of Fine Arts, has been chosen one of of ASU’s newly created Decision assess probable outcomes of real- campus facilities. The university estimates an annual in-
the top 20 undergraduates in the United Center for a Desert City. world decisions, review the po- vestment of $40 million to $50 million.
States, named to the ﬁrst team. ASU’s Decision Theater for tential impacts of varying policy The university also will be responsible for the develop-
Jared Niska, who graduated in De- the New Arizona will feature decisions, and provide visualiza- ment of student housing and campus parking. On- and off-
cember with a degree in bioengineering an “immersive environment” tions of alternative scenarios and campus residential housing will be funded and constructed
from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engi- (a 270-degree screen) where re- scientiﬁc analyses produced by by the private sector.
neering, was named to the second team searchers will be able to see the complex and integrated com- According to city leaders, the Downtown Phoenix
of 20 students. effects of public policy decisions puter models. campus will be a major step in building a vital downtown
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H2 SUMMER 2005
ASU In The News New college deans offer dynamic leadership
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk and Debra alumni relations. She will join ASU before
National Media Friedman have joined ASU to serve as the the fall 2005 semester, replacing Anne Sch-
deans for the College of Nursing and the neider who retired in 2004.
Though diabetes is rampant among College of Public Programs, respectively. At Washington, Friedman also served as
Native Americans, the epidemic can Melnyk is former associate dean for re- associate provost for academic planning (1998
be blamed more on environmental search and director of the Center for Re- – 2003) and associate and assistant dean, of-
changes than genetics. “Focusing on search and Evidence-Based Practice at the ﬁce of undergraduate education (1994 – 97).
genetics is a mistake,” says Donald University of Rochester. She joined ASU in Since 1995, she has been afﬁliate associate
Warne, clinical professor of health July 2004, replacing Barbara Durand who professor of public affairs and sociology.
management and policy. “It’s a way to retired. “The college has a connection to urgent
disempower people, making it seem Bernadette Melnyk Debra Friedman
“I believe the education component of the social issues and has a rapidly expanding
fatalistic that you have to get a disease.
We have the power to prevent it.” college is very strong and we will build on body of transdisciplinary expertise in these
At Rochester since 1992, Melnyk founded
Forbes, Aug. 30, 2004. that foundation in creating new innovative areas,” she says. “Communities are also ad-
and led the Center for Research and Evi-
programs,” she says. “I will focus on bolster- vancing their knowledge and better articu-
dence-Based Practice, which focuses on re-
Post-colonial Africa has been ing the research enterprise of the college and lating their concerns. Public Programs has a
search and the implementation of research to
hobbled by illegitimate political take- bringing national and international visibility special responsibility to bring these concerns
overs, according to research by political
best nursing practices.
through a new Center for the Advancement and expertise together. The college’s new
scientist Patrick McGowan. He docu- Friedman, who has been at the Univer-
of Evidence-Based Practice, which will also location at the Downtown Phoenix campus
mented 80 successful coups, 108 failed sity of Washington since 1994, is currently
improve nursing practice and the quality of will help transform the relationship between
coups and 139 reported coup plots in director of special projects, development and
care in the community.” the university and community.”
sub-Saharan Africa between 1956 and
2001. But security experts say African
nations are starting to cooperate to
thwart the coups, and to be more as-
Hackett to serve as founding
sertive in the face of such action. Chris-
tian Science Monitor, Aug. 31, 2004. dean for University College
Researchers at ASU have developed Gail Hackett has been chosen as It will enable ASU to better serve
an impartial system to keep score of the founding dean for ASU’s new the growing population – about
political mudslinging. Business profes- University College. 2,000 undeclared freshmen each
sor Kevin Dooley and communication ASU is launching University year – of students who are explor-
professor Steven Corman are using a College as an interdisciplinary un- ing academic and career options,
computer to conduct daily analyses of dergraduate college for students plus students seeking a specialized, Peterson Zah presented the keynote address
language in news releases put out by at the National Indian Education Association
the Bush and Kerry campaigns. “Look-
pursuing specialized or new degree interdisciplinary degree, as well as
programs and those with no de- re-entry and transfer students. annual convention.
ing at the graphs for mud in August,
clared major. Overarching goals of University
you see that Bush seemed to pick
particular issues and hammer Kerry Students who have completed College are improving retention Zah receives high honor
on them,” said Corman. “Meanwhile,
Kerry was less focused and still catch-
the required high school course-
work and graduated in the top 50
and graduation rates of all students
and increasing the baccalaureate for work with students
ing up to Bush in mud-throwing.” New percent of their class are eligible for degree production as well as the ef-
York Times, Sept. 12, 2004. admission to University College. ﬁciency of degree production. Peterson Zah, who has promoted Native American
University College will function Hackett, a longtime adminis- education during his entire career and has helped double
For the ﬁrst three months of the on all university campuses and trator with ASU, also will remain the number of Native American students enrolled at
Mars Exploration Rover Mission, sci- ASU, has received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement
entists and engineers at the NASA Jet
sites, with headquarters at ASU’s in her role as a vice provost of the
downtown Phoenix campus. university. Award from the National Indian Education Association.
Propulsion Laboratory split into two Zah, former president of the Navajo Nation, has
shifts for round-the-clock work. Geolo-
gist Jim Rice worked all three months,
catching two hours’ sleep at each shift
Crow joins Council on Foreign Relations served ASU as adviser to the president on American
Indian Affairs since 1995, helping with recruitment and
change. “We’re the 21st-century Corps retention of American Indian students. Since that time
of Discovery,” he said, invoking the ASU President Michael Crow has students and interested citizens on the ASU Native American student population has in-
Lewis and Clark expedition. U.S. News been selected to join the prestigious the foreign policy choices facing creased from 672 to 1,276.
& World Report, Sept. 13, 2004. Council on Foreign Relations. the United States and other govern- Zah is considered to be one of the keys to the in-
Founded in 1921, the Council on ments. creased enrollment and retention, having helped create
“Arizona State University’s overarch- Foreign Relations is an independent The council has 4,000 members the Native American Achievement Program, a partner-
ing goal is to provide access to as many national membership organization equally divided among New York, ship with tribes which provides scholarships, mentoring
academically qualiﬁed students as pos- drawing together scholars, policy- Washington, D.C., and the rest of and advising to students.
sible, regardless of ﬁnancial need. … makers and experts in foreign rela- the nation. Student persistence and retention rates in the pro-
ASU will not rise to the level of world- tions. Membership includes leaders gram increased from 43 percent to 78 percent. These
class status without adequate funding.
Its primary goal is to offer a wide in government, business, ﬁnance, numbers are among the highest of any major college or
We can’t ignore any revenue sources,
including the investment students make range of nonpartisan ideas to help media, academia and a wide range university in the country.
in their portion of the cost of higher educate policymakers, journalists, of nonproﬁt organizations.
education,” says President Michael
Crow. USA Today, Sept. 15, 2004.
In the Spotlight
When researchers unveiled evidence
of an extinct race of dwarf humans Marketing’s Ostrom named American Association of Higher Educa- people who are visually impaired recognize
on a remote island recently, the ﬁnd- tion. text, people and environments. Sethura-
ing furthered the theory that several Arizona Professor of Year This award is given to leaders working man (Panch) Panchanathan, director of
different human species existed across Amy Ostrom, an associate professor of toward Latino education who have con- CUbiC and chairman of the Department
the entire arc of human history. “The marketing at ASU’s W. P. Carey School tributed signiﬁcantly to the understanding of Computer Science and Engineering, ac-
increased rate of discovery of fossils has
of Business, has been named Arizona of the Hispanic community and culture cepted the award on behalf of the iCARE
shown diversity,” says archaeologist
William Kimbel. “We had all accepted Professor of the Year by the Council for through literary arts, scholarship or pub- research team.
the notion that 30,000 years ago, mod- Advancement and Support of Education lications. The other two ﬁnalists were the Cen-
ern humans were essentially it.” Chris- (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for Candelaria has contributed to the His- ter for Applied NanoBioscience, led by
tian Science Monitor, Nov. 1, 2004. the Advancement of Teaching. panic community through various liter- Frederic Zenhausern, and the Center for
Award criteria included impact on and ary works, including publishing 15 books Single Molecule Biophysics, led by Stuart
The key to a lasting marriage may be involvement with undergraduate students; and serving as executive editor of the two Lindsay.
how a couple argues, researchers have scholarly approach to teaching and learn- volumes, Latino Encyclopedia of Popular
found. Marriage therapy has shifted ing; contributions to undergraduate edu-
toward helping spouses manage and
Culture. Innovative social work program
cation in the institution, community and
accept their discord, rather than resolv-
profession; and support from colleagues, as garners national praise
ing differences. Communication studies Governor’s awards single
well as current and former undergraduate Christina Risley-Curtiss, an associate
professors Douglas Kelley and Vince
students. out ASU innovators professor at ASU’s School of Social Work,
Waldron found that forgiveness is a
key factor in long-lasting marriages. Ostrom, who serves as faculty adviser The 2004 Governor’s Celebration of earned national acclaim from the Humane
Wall Street Journal, Nov. 4, 2004. to the Honors Marketing Association, was Innovation Awards highlighted ASU re- Society of the United States at its Sixth An-
nominated for being “an exceptional class- searchers as some of the top innovators in nual Animals and Society Course Awards.
Geographic information systems, or room educator.” the state. Risley-Curtiss developed a unique course
GIS, are helping archaeologists locate ASU’s Center for Cognitive Ubiqui- focused on the link between domestic vio-
clusters of tombs in Egypt via high-res-
olution satellite photos. In Jordan, satel- Candelaria claims Outstanding tous Computing (CUbiC) was named lence; animal, child and elder abuse; and
Innovator of the Year for Academia for its the healing and resiliency humans can gain
lite data has mapped the entire country Latina Cultural Award iCARE research project. The iCARE team through positive connections with animals.
for archaeologists, says archaeologist
Stephen Savage. GIS will broaden
Cordelia Candelaria, chair of ASU’s received the award over two other ﬁnalists, Her course was one of three national
the understanding of past cultures and Chicana and Chicano Studies Depart- both projects in the Biodesign Institute at winners selected by HSUS, which rec-
improve the sharing of data between ment, has been honored with the 2005 ASU. ognizes academic excellence in courses
scientists. USA Today, Nov. 8, 2004. Outstanding Latina Cultural Award in CUbiC’s ﬂagship project is iCARE, that teach about the relationships between
Literary Arts and Publications from the which is developing several projects to help people and animals.
SUMMER 2005 H3
Professor returns to Sri Lanka in quest for tsunami clues ASU In The News
H.J. Fernando recently returned home the tsunami. ing systems.
to Sri Lanka, but it wasn’t a heart-warm- Fernando, who Fernando’s group is one of two spon- National Media
ing trip spent only with family. does wave research sored by the U.S. National Science Foun-
The biographical movie about sex
Fernando, a professor of aerospace and and operates a wave dation and the Earthquake Research In- researcher Alfred Kinsey has generated
mechanical engineering in ASU’s Ira Ful- simulator at ASU, is stitute and sent to the region. controversy beyond the movie pages,
ton School of Engineering, ﬂew back to working back from For Fernando – who was born and but some say the ﬁlm can do good by
Sri Lanka in January with a team of re- that information raised in Sri Lanka and whose entire promoting frank talk about sex. “Re-
searchers focused on learning clues about to try and better family still lives there – the journey back gardless of how we might feel about
the devastating tsunami of December understand exactly to his native land included some valuable the controversial pioneer … it’s im-
2004. what happened. time to be with family after one of the portant to carry on, in both our public
Fernando and the others on his team That information H.J. Fernando greatest natural disasters of our time. and private lives, the conversation that
gathered measurements and evidence will allow the re- The trip has also given Fernando hope Kinsey initiated,” says media analyst
from the disaster including the maximum searchers to gain a better scientiﬁc under- that he can help provide technology that Mary-Lou Galician. Editor & Publisher,
wave height and the inundation area in standing of the waves and to improve the could prevent similiar tragedies like this Nov. 27, 2004.
ﬁve or six of the regions most affected by predictive capabilities of tsunami warn- in the future.
ASU researchers have found that
ﬁshermen toting store-bought salaman-
Fulton School’s Mahajan earns national academy honors ders as bait for ﬁsh may be unwittingly
transporting a lethal disease from pond
to pond. They found a virus killing sala-
Subhash Mahajan, professor and chair of ASU’s Department of manders is similar to one killing frogs at
Chemical and Materials Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton School far-ﬂung sites in Arizona and Canada.
of Engineering, has been elected to membership in the National “Salamanders being moved around as
Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious honors bait are functioning like Typhoid Mary,”
awarded to an engineer. says ecologist Jim Collins. Discover
An election to the NAE represents an individual’s “outstand- Magazine, December 2004.
ing contributions to engineering research, practice, or education.”
Mahajan was selected for this honor for advancing “understand- The United States’ budget deﬁcit is
ing of structure-property relationships in semiconductors, mag- manageable in light of the enormous
netic materials and materials for light-wave communication,” an size of the U.S. $11 trillion economy,
area in which he is internationally recognized. says Nobel Prize-winning economist
His work shows how growth and processing affect the intro- Edward Prescott. “I don’t see any
problems with the U.S. deﬁcit. … It’s
duction of defects in materials – and, ultimately, the performance
for political reasons that people are yell-
of devices employing those materials. ing and screaming about that.” Forbes,
Mahajan’s election gives the Fulton School eight NAE mem- Dec. 7, 2004, and Washington Times,
bers, an impressive accomplishment considering the rapid growth ASU engineering professor Subhash Majahan has been
honored with inclusion in the National Academy of Dec. 9, 2004.
it represents. In one year’s time, the Fulton School has increased
its faculty NAE membership by ﬁve members. This increase was Engineering.
Problems with painkillers Vioxx and
possible because of the investment in engineering education made Mahajan’s research focuses on developing fundamental knowl- Celebrex have led to calls for reform
by Fulton and the subsequent strategic initiatives that arose for edge on the integration of dissimilar materials and the develop- within the Food and Drug Administra-
the school. ment of efﬁcient systems incorporating these principles. tion. “One group is responsible for
the approval of products, and they
look at whatever safety information
Architecture faculty selected
Leading American Indian
is gathered,” says Biodesign Institute
researcher David Feigal, “then the pro-
as ﬁnalist for 9/11 memorial cess is handed off to a completely dif-
ferent group. And when that same drug
scholar joins ASU program Terry Surjan, a visiting assistant professor of architec-
ture in ASU’s College of Architecture and Environmental
comes back for new uses, it goes back
to the ﬁrst group. There’s relatively little
Eddie F. Brown, noted re- Design (CAED), is part of a team that has been chosen as communication.” Wall Street Journal,
searcher and administrator who Dec. 20, 2004.
a ﬁnalist in the Flight 93 National Memorial competition
has helped create American to design a permanent memorial for the people who died
Indian policy at the highest American universities face intense
Sept. 11, 2001, in rural Pennsylvania. competition abroad for students and
levels, has joined ASU as direc- Surjan and team member Laurel McSherry comprise top faculty, as higher education un-
tor of American Indian Studies. one of ﬁve teams to enter Stage II of the competition cho- dergoes rapid globalization. China and
Brown is a former assistant sec- sen out of 1,011 design entries. Their competition entry is the European Union are drawing top
retary for Indian Affairs at the titled “Fields, Forests, Fences.” scholars. “Baseball’s World Series in-
U.S. Department of Interior. McSherry was a member of the CAED landscape archi- cludes only American teams,” says ASU
Previously, Brown served tecture faculty until 2003, when she was named director President Michael Crow. “But higher
as director of the Kathryn M. of the School of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio education is truly a world series now,
Buder Center for American because we’re competing for students
Indian Studies, George Warren and faculty against universities all over
A second ﬁnalist team with ties to ASU is headed by the world.” New York Times, Dec. 21,
Brown School of Social Work Frederick Steiner, past director of the School of Plan-
at Washington University in 2004.
ning, who is the dean of the School of Architecture at the
St. Louis. An Arizona native,
University of Texas-Austin. His team member, E. Lynn Black actors may ﬁnd a contradic-
he also has held positions as ex-
Miller, is a past adjunct faculty in landscape architecture tion between using their cultural back-
ecutive director of the depart- ground to play a part and searching for
Eddie F. Brown at ASU.
ment of human services for the a universality that makes us all share
The ﬁnal decision on the winning concept will be
Tohono O’odham Nation and was approved by the Arizona common and recognizable traits, says
announced in September, and the winning team will be
director of the Arizona Depart- Board of Regents in the Spring theater professor Gus Edwards in a
ment of Economic Security. invited to negotiate a contract with the National Park
of 2001. Twenty students have conversation with playwright Douglas
The ﬂedgling ASU Ameri- Service for design of the new memorial.
graduated. The program also is Turner Ward. Colorblind casting may
can Indian Studies program al- The Pentagon 9/11 Memorial design competition was add to the dilemma. American Theatre,
home to Wicazo Sa Review, a
ready enrolls 70 majors, exceed- won by ASU CAED architecture graduate Keith Kase- January 2005.
respected journal of American
ing expectations when it man. The Pentagon Memorial Fund is raising $30 million
to build and maintain the memorial. Leaders of charitable organizations
must cultivate public relations and fund-
American Academy of Nursing selects Malloch, Mattson raising skills if they are to do an effective
job. “You’ve got to be out there,” says
Nursing professors Susan Mattson and Robert Ashcraft, director of ASU’s
particularly addressing the topic of domes-
Center for Nonproﬁt Leadership and
Kathy Malloch have been selected for tic violence across cultures. Management. “The best directors are
fellowship in the American Academy of Malloch, a faculty associate at the Col- those who put themselves into positions
Nursing (AAN). lege of Nursing, is president of Kathy to meet people and tell their stories.”
Since its establishment in 1973, there Malloch Associates, a national health care Chronicle of Philanthropy, Jan. 26.
have been 1,500 inductions into the Acad- consulting ﬁrm. Malloch has been a regis-
emy, with 63 new Fellows being inducted tered nurse for 30 years and is a nationally An exploding star in our solar
this year. known writer and speaker. system’s infancy may have saved Earth
The criteria for selection requires evi- Mattson and Malloch join six other from extinction, damaging a planet-
dence of outstanding and broad contribu- ASU nursing professors in the academy. forming disk of dust orbiting the Sun
tions to nursing and health care, as well as Susan Mattson Kathy Malloch The AAN comprises 1,500 qualiﬁed and keeping Earth from colliding with
evidence of strong potential for continuing and savvy nurse leaders who are at the top Jupiter and Saturn. “Something very
inﬂuence on nursing practice and health of their profession, having accomplished bad happened to our solar system’s
in 1996 and was promoted to full professor
disk in its early years,” says astronomer
policy aimed at improving the health of in 2001, also is president-elect of ASU’s extraordinary milestones in their nursing
Steve Desch. USA Today, Jan. 26.
the American people. Faculty Senate. She received a Ph.D. from careers. AAN members have been iden-
Mattson, who joined the faculty in the Claremont Graduate University in 1987. tiﬁed by their peers to be the best and
College of Nursing in 1993, earned tenure Her research focuses on women’s health, brightest in their nursing discipline.
H4 SUMMER 2005
Researchers aim to take
ASU In The News
a closer look at George
Washington – nose and
all – in a first-of-its-
National Media kind project that will
forensically “de-age” our
melds art, technology
In Latino families, usually it is women nation's first president by Technology’s inﬂuence on everyday life is profound.
who take charge of passing down their computer modeling. The Its reach extends into the arts, where computers and elec-
culture, from mother to daughter. “If it tronics have reshaped music
research team includes
were not for the women, native tradi- making and how images are
tions and languages would be extinct,” Anshuman Razdan,
composed and made.
says Miguel Aguilera, an expert in director of the Partnership
Mayan religion. Latina Magazine, Feb- for Research and Spatial Now dance is heading
ruary 2005. Modeling (PRISM).
into a digital revolution. The
ﬁrst public performance for
motione took place April 9
A new study has found that states
that have high-stakes exit exams have
lower graduation rates and college
Nation’s ﬁrst president gets at ASU’s Galvin Playhouse
on the Tempe campus. It
entrance exam scores than states that
don’t have them. “There does seem to ‘virtual makeover’ in study marked the ﬁrst time motion
analysis has been used in
be a danger that you could narrow the Most people glance daily at in April, 1789, at the age of 57. choreography.
curriculum and hurt achievement on
broader tests like the SAT that measure
the familiar drab green and gray Relying on a grant from the By melding dance with
critical thinking skills,” says education countenance of George Washing- Mount Vernon Foundation, imagery and sound and
professor David Berliner. Education ton found on the U.S. dollar bill Razdan has assembled a team that then tying the three together
Week, Feb. 2. without giving a second thought includes Gerald Farin, professor through real-time electronics
to the true portrait of the man of computer science in the Ira feedback, motione attempts
A hepatitis B vaccine grown in ge- behind the image. A. Fulton School of Engineering, to take dance to a new level,
netically engineered potatoes seemed Now, Anshuman Razdan, ASU professor of intermedia Dan where the dancer inﬂuences By melding dance with
to protect most people who ate them, director of the Partnership for Collins, and forensic anthropolo- the visuals and sound pro- imagery and sound
ASU researchers reported. They hope duced, and the sound and vi- and then tying the
to develop the vaccine into something Research and Spatial Modeling gist Jeffery Schwarz of the Univer-
(PRISM) and professor in the sity of Pittsburgh. suals affect the performance three together through
that could be used in developing na-
tions. Scientist Charles Arntzen said Department of Computer Science The research team will rely on a of the dancer. The result is real-time electronics
he was pleased with the success of the and Engineering at ASU, will give variety of three-dimensional laser a dance performance that is feedback, motione
trial, and pleasantly surprised that the Washington a “virtual makeover” scans of artifacts to create the vir- ever-changing, reﬂecting the attempts to take dance
vaccine withstood the stomach’s acids using the science of three-dimen- tual composite used to make the dynamics of the performance to a new level.
and enzymes. ABC News, New Scien- sional computer modeling. ﬁnal ﬁgures. and of the performer.
tist, and National Geographic News, The end result of the proj- Included are miscellaneous ar- Using an elaborate system of sensors, cameras and
ect will be three new life-size tifacts such as a life mask housed computers, motione captures and analyzes dance choreog-
ﬁgures of Washington that will at the Morgan Library in New raphy in real time. Visual artists and musicians manipu-
New mineralogical information from
Mars indicates that while some of the be displayed in a new $85 mil- York, his bust at Mount Vernon late the resulting information to form unique visuals and
planet was wet at one time, most of lion Education Center expansion by French sculptor Jean-Antoine sound that immediately respond to the choreography.
the surface has been cold and dry. underway at his home in Mount Houdon and a life-size statue in At the core of motione is motion capture technology
“There should be clays everywhere if Vernon, Va. the Virginia capitol rotunda, along that allows the movement of dancers to be integrated in
Mars truly was warm and wet,” says The ages of the life-size mod- with several sets of Washington’s real time with digital graphics and sound environments
planetary scientist Phil Christensen, to create a powerful, physical digital experience. As each
els will capture Washington as a dentures, eyeglasses, clothing and
but there aren’t. Instead, Mars seems dancer moves, the motion capture-and-analysis system
to have been “incredibly dry and un- strapping Virginian frontiersman shoes.
of 19, commander of the Conti- The project is believed to be the uses those movements to select accompanying sounds and
weathered” for billions of years. Sci-
nental Army during the Revolu- ﬁrst of its kind that will forensi- images. In this way, dancers’ movements are dictating the
ence Magazine, Feb. 18.
tionary war at 45, and when he cally “de-age” an individual by images and the sounds that the audience sees.
Comedy is popular in Afghanistan, became our nation’s ﬁrst president computer modeling.
a country stung by successive violent
regimes. Once used as a way to cope,
it now is part of a healing mechanism.
“Humor is especially important in
Mission donates collection of historic images to ASU
conﬂict and post-conﬂict countries, More than 100 years ago, a Franciscan St. Michaels Mission and the Very Rev. Larry
because it is a way of transcending or brother living at St. Michaels Mission on the Dunham, provincial of Curia Juan Diego, the
disengaging from the difﬁculties,” says Navajo reservation close to Window Rock, Franciscan administrative district for St. Mi-
English professor Don Nilsen. “Humor Ariz., began experimenting with the mission’s chaels, signed for the mission.
is a way of inverting the power sys- oversized camera, exposing images from north- The glass negatives, state of the art in the
tem.” Christian Science Monitor, Feb. ern Arizona and New Mexico on 5-by-7-inch early 1900s, had been kept in reasonable – but
23. glass plates. Brother Simeon Schwemberger, not ideal – conditions at St. Michaels Mission.
Business reporters rarely understand
born George Charles Schwemberger in Cincin- The Franciscans at St. Michaels, recognizing
corporate ﬁnance, and ﬁnance ofﬁcers nati in 1867, traveled the Navajo reservation, the necessity for a more permanent way of
have to be terriﬁc communicators be- nearby Hopi mesas and the ancient pueblos of preserving this photographic legacy, began dis-
cause they are expected to explain it. New Mexico for seven years, producing about cussions several years ago with experts at ASU’s
W. P. Carey School dean Robert Mit- 1,750 exquisite images of Native American life New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sci-
telstaedt says he has chided journalists and landscapes. ences to develop a plan for storing and studying
for not making an effort to understand The complete collection of photographic the negatives.
compensation practices. Stock op- glass plate negatives that Schwemberger pro- A plan was developed by which ASU would
tions are very different from salary, for duced have been deeded to ASU for archiving, take possession of the glass negatives, perform
instance, but they are “reported as in-
come, because that’s what the formula scholarly research and digital reproduction. A careful, high-resolution scans of each one, cata-
says.” CFO Magazine, March 2005. signing ceremony was held Feb. 17 at ASU’s log the collection and store the one-of-a-kind
Hayden Library. plates in the university’s state-of-the-art archival
Indian tribes seeking federal recogni- Images such as this one are part of the Sherrie Schmidt, university librarian and storage facility, according to Robert Taylor, asso-
tion are expected to provide detailed historic collection from St. Michaels dean, signed the deed of gift agreement for ciate professor and department chair in the New
genealogical records from 1870 to Mission that was deeded to ASU Feb. 17. ASU. The Rev. Meldon Hickey, president of College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
1930, an unrealistic task considering
that Indians were told to assimilate,
says law professor Kevin Gover. In the Spotlight
“Some adopted a strategy of anonym-
ity, believing it better not to be no-
ticed than to come to the attention of ‘Mars Science Laboratory’ project Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM), an integrated Research Center.
suite consisting of a gas chromatograph mass
authorities. Small wonder, then, that sports deﬁnite ASU inﬂuence spectrometer and a tunable laser spectrometer
documentary evidence of some tribes ‘Time machine’ aims to re-create
in this period is sparse.” Indian Country A number of ASU scientists are lined up to built by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Today, March 14. play key roles again in NASA’s planned return Leshin is a sub-team leader on the latter, in past to map possible futures
to Mars. The mission, called the “Mars Science charge of light element chemistry. A new, multidisciplinary research project at
Visionary dancer and choreographer Laboratory,” is scheduled for launch in 2009. It Michelle Minitti, a faculty associate at the ASU aims to use input from the distant past to
Trisha Brown has pushed boldly into will have even greater capabilities than the very Center for Meteorite Studies, is on the science look far into the future.
technological experimentation, explor- successful Mars Exploration Rovers, which con- team for the Mars Handlens Imager (MAHLI) The project, funded by a ﬁve-year, $1.5 mil-
ing the latest wrinkles in “motion cap- tinue to operate nearly a year after their arrival. a powerful microscopic imager built by Malin lion grant from the National Science Founda-
ture technology” in collaboration with
ASU for the motion-e performance.
Four of the eight instruments selected for the Space Science Systems, and directed by ASU tion, aims to create a set of computer models
Thanassis Rikakis says the dance mission have ASU faculty on their teams. alumnus Kenneth Edgett. for socioecology – the long-term interaction of
works and their motion-analysis system Laurie Leshin, the Dee and John Whiteman Jack Farmer, director of ASU’s astrobiology human land use and ecology – based on areas
cost $1.8 million to develop over three Dean’s Distinguished Professor and director program and a professor of geological sciences, that have been occupied by humans for millen-
years. New York Times, April 10 and of ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies, was is a member of the science team for CheMin, nia in the eastern and western Mediterranean.
April 13. selected to be on two of the science teams – the which is described as “an X-ray Diffraction/X- The project aims to create a model that
Alpha-Particle-X-ray-Spectrometer (APXS) pro- ray Fluorescence instrument for deﬁnitive min- captures the complex interplay between speciﬁc
vided by the Canadian Space Agency, and the eralogical analysis,” being built by NASA’s Ames human actions and landscape changes.
SUMMER 2005 H5
University targets humanities, social science ASU In The News
ASU is developing a pair of new institutes become more accessible to the community. world-class research activity in the humani-
designed to develop world-class research in One of the goals of the institute is to ties and to create active research connections International Media
the social sciences and humanities. The serve as an umbrella organization, along between humanities scholarship and schol-
university has launched the Institute for the lines of the “small business incubator” The ancient city of Teotihuacan in
arship and research in other disciplines. Mexico was long thought a relatively
Social Science Research and the Institute model, for a number of promising research The IHR will increase the proﬁle and in-
for Humanities Research in the College of projects and centers. The institute provides gentle place. But a tomb excavation has
volvement of humanities research through a uncovered the bones of 12 adult males,
Liberal Arts and Sciences. these projects with initial organizational 10 of them decapitated – and all ap-
The Institute for Social Science Research support, start up space, funding and as- range of newly funded programs. Prominent
among these is the IHR Fellows Program, parently offered up to the gods. “There
(ISSR) is designed to facilitate leading-edge sistance in ﬁnding appropriate funding may be still some people who cling to
thinking by the faculty and to foster new sources. which is designed to support collaborative the vision of Teotihuacan as a peace-
transdisciplinary collaborations. It also will The Institute for Humanities Research research among scholars, both at ASU and ful place, but I think the evidence now
help ASU’s social science research expertise (IHR) is designed to support and develop around the world. is overwhelming,” says archaeologist
George Cowgill. The Guardian, UK,
ASU researcher ﬁnds why parrots’ heads are red Dec. 6, 2004.
The world has seen a sharp increase
Parrots, long a favorite pet animal, are attractive to owners in natural disasters such as earthquakes,
because of their vibrant colors. But those colors may mean more ﬂoods and volcanic eruptions. But the
to parrots than what meets the eye. calamities are becoming greater be-
cause of where and how people live,
For more than a century, biochemists have known that parrots says Daniel Sarewitz, professor of
use an unusual set of pigments to produce their rainbow of plum- science and society. Because of new
age colors, but their biochemical identity has remained elusive. technology and poverty, people are liv-
Now, an ASU researcher has uncovered the chemistry behind the ing in ﬂood plains and deserts, on steep
colors of parrots, describing on a molecular level what is respon- slopes and fault lines. International Her-
ald Tribune, Jan. 3.
sible for their bright red feathers.
The work casts a new light on what is chemically responsible North American manufacturing is not
for the colors of birds, and the ﬁndings defy previous assumptions doomed, as many have predicted, but
and explanations for color variations in parrots, says Kevin Mc- can prosper by becoming more efﬁcient
Graw, an assistant professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences. and focusing on value-added production.
The researchers used a chemical analysis technique to survey “I see manufacturing jobs coming back
to the United States and Canada,” says
the pigments present in red parrot feathers. The researchers col- Dan Shunk, director of the MBA techni-
lected and analyzed samples from 44 parrot species that have cal program. “Raw materials can only
red feathers. They found a suite of ﬁve molecules, called polyenal take you so far.” Toronto Star, Feb. 8.
lipochromes (or psittacofulvins), that color parrot plumage red in
all of the species studied. Valentine’s Day, despite its market-
Details of ASU assistant professor Kevin McGraw’s work are in a ing as a romantic holiday, might bring
“We’ve uncovered a system where all red parrots use the same paper, “Distribution of unique red feather pigments in parrots,” about the demise of romantic relation-
set of molecules to color themselves,” McGraw says. “It is a unique by McGraw and Mary Nogare, a parrot fancier from Snoqualmie, ships, an ASU study found. Couples
pigment found nowhere else in the world. We are fascinated at Wash. Their findings were published in the Feb. 16 issue of the were ﬁve-and-a-half times more likely
how parrots are able to do this.” journal Biology Letters. to break up close to Valentine’s Day
than in September, November or April.
Scientists track birth “Valentine’s Day may be less beneﬁcial
Education projects reap of ‘designer ecosystem’
to relationships than those who market
cards, ﬂowers, chocolates and jewelry
would have one believe,” says psycholo-
$33 million in funding grants amid Phoenix growth gist Steven Neuberg. Daily Mail, UK,
When ASU’s Central Arizona-Phoenix The world may run out of effective
ASU accumulated $33 million in education research Long Term Ecological Research Project (CAP antibiotics by the end of this decade
funding during the fall semester. LTER) was funded by the National Science and faces a gap of at least ﬁve years
The grants exemplify a deep spirit of cooperation in Foundation in 1997, more than 50 scientists before new drugs can be developed
Arizona’s education community, as they involve active signed on to do the multidisciplinary research, to combat superbugs. “Most govern-
partnerships and intense collaboration between ASU knowing they were embarking on something ments are asleep at the switch,” says
and other state educational institutions. The projects unusual: the ﬁrst long-term ecological study George Poste. “We are facing a relent-
also point to ASU’s commitment to improve quality of less increase in antibiotic resistance. If
of “a human-dominated ecosystem” – in other we think we have problems today, the
life in Arizona. words, a city.
The grants include: problems at the end of the decade will
Seven years later, the ﬁrst phase of the be that much more dramatic.” The Tele-
• $12.5 million from the National Science Foun- research has been completed, and the NSF graph, UK, March 2.
dation (NSF) for a pilot program to improve math has renewed the project with a second grant
and science teaching skills by delivering tuition-free of $4.9 million for six more years of study, Eastern Media
Marilyn Carlson, right,
advanced teacher training. indicating the agency’s satisfaction with the
director of the Center for
• $4.4 million from the NSF to bolster the recruit- researchers’ accomplishments. Though psychologists counsel the
Research on Education
ment, preparation and retention of teachers in science, The project scientists increasingly are con- beneﬁts of forgiveness, law professor
in Science, Mathematics,
technology, engineering and mathematics. Jeffrie Murphy says it’s not for every-
Engineering and vinced that they are looking at a new kind one. “It’s valid to want the person who
• $1.4 million from the NSF for a three-year project of ecosystem – one that is radically different
Technology (CRESMET), wronged you to suffer punishment.
to better understand what is involved in children learn- from the native desert that surrounds it and
will lead two teacher Very often, all it takes is for a person
ing math. driven in part by forces unlike those usually
education projects with to be properly punished by a court of
• $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education studied by ecologists. law.” Delaware News Journal, Sept. 15,
$17 million in funding.
to create a Professional Development School to recruit, “It’s not what people generally think. They 2004.
train and place new teachers in high-poverty urban and remote rural school districts.
think there’s either nature or there are cities,”
• $2.5 million from the DOE to develop a program to encourage early reading by The city of Boston changed the route
says Charles Redman, director of ASU’s Cen-
preschool children. of the victory parade for the World
ter for Environmental Studies and one of the
• $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health for research to ﬁnd factors Series champion Red Sox after police
project’s principal investigators. “That’s what and crowd control specialists predicted
predicting early education success.
this is all about – there is nature in the city. 3.6 million people would show up to
The city is part of nature.” greet the team. Such estimates are
notoriously inaccurate, fueled by poor
Sacriﬁcial burial deepens Teotihuacan mystery methodology and wishful thinking, says
journalism professor Stephen Doig,
A spectacular new discovery from an ongo- new ﬁnd strongly suggests that the Pyramid The Pyramid of the Moon is one of the site’s who has analyzed crowd-counting
ing excavation at Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the of the Moon was signiﬁcant to the Teotihua- techniques. “It seems extraordinarily
oldest structures, and has long been suspected to unlikely, generous to a fault.” Boston
Moon has revealed a grisly sacriﬁcial burial from cano people as a site for celebrating state power be its ceremonial center. Globe, Oct. 30, 2004.
a period when the ancient metropolis was at its through ceremony and sacriﬁce. Contrary to In the continuing excavation of the pyramid,
peak, with artwork unlike any seen before in some past interpretation, militarism apparently led by Saburo Sugiyama, professor at Aichi Exercise has an immediate and long-
Mesoamerica. was central to the city’s culture. Prefectural University in Japan and research pro- term effect in reducing anxiety, says
Though archaeologists hope that discoveries Teotihuacan, the 2,000-year-old, master- fessor at ASU, and Ruben Cabrera of Mexico’s kinesiologist Dan Landers. It has been
at the pyramid located outside of Mexico City planned metropolis that was the ﬁrst great city found to be just as effective in reduc-
National Institute of Anthropology and History, ing panic attacks as selective serotonin
will answer lingering questions about the dis- of the Western Hemisphere, has long perplexed
tinctive culture that built the great city, the new Mesoamerican archaeologists. Located 25 miles the team has found a ﬁfth tomb, this time at the reuptake inhibitor drugs. There also is
ﬁnd deepens the mystery, with clear cultural north of Mexico City, this ancient civilization center of the ﬁfth of the pyramid’s seven stages evidence that exercise increases levels of
connections to other burials found at the site left behind signs of a unique culture amid the of construction. This phase of the excavation a brain chemical that enhances mood
has been supported by the Japan Society for the and intellectual functioning. Boston
– but with some markedly new elements. ruins of a city grid covering eight square miles. Globe, Jan. 11 and Baltimore Sun, Jan.
With the excavation of the pyramid nearly But even the Aztecs, who gave the city its present Promotion of Science and the National Geo-
complete, one important conclusion is emerg- name, did not know who built it. They called graphic Society. ASU manages an archaeological
ing: combined with past burials at the site, the the monumental ruins “the City of the Gods.” research center at the site.
H6 SUMMER 2005
ASU In The News Institute vaults ASU into sustainability elite
ASU has created the Inter- The Institute is being gram. into a degree-granting school
Eastern Media national Institute for Sustain- launched with a founding gift Expected to quickly join within two years. It would
ability to deal with global and of $15 million from Julie Ann Harvard, Columbia, Stanford make ASU the ﬁrst university
ASU scientists in the Goldwater lab regional ecological, economic Wrigley, a philanthropist and and a handful of other institu- in the world with a school fully
are looking at ways to trap greenhouse and societal issues in an effort member of the ASU Founda- tions around the world as a dedicated to research, educa-
gases to reduce global warming. “What to ensure that humans main- tion board of directors and leader in the important and tion and solutions to real-world
we’re trying to do is take what nature tain a sustainable quality of life co-chair of the Foundation’s emerging ﬁeld of sustainability, problems in sustaining life on
does over 100,000 years and do it in on Earth. Women and Philanthropy pro- the institute is slated to develop Earth.
less than an hour,” says Michael
McKelvy. “A lot will depend on
the next few years,” says Andrew College engages
Chizmeshya. Washington Post, Feb. 22.
emeritus faculty ASU, Army building a ﬂexible future
The desert in northwestern Arizona
could become America’s next great In a major effort to revolu- ernment to develop what in power. The center will ac-
bedroom community, as Las Vegas ASU is forming the Emeritus tionize on-ﬁeld command and essence will be revolutionary celerate research, develop-
development spills over its borders. College, an organization that will information exchange that will information portals – devices ment and the manufacture of
“Thirty years ago, if you had said there provide a home and focus for the also lead to unlimited that are small, lightweight, ﬂexible display technologies,
will be this huge growth out here, continued intellectual, creative and consumer applications, rugged and consume very which will speed commercial-
people would have laughed their heads social engagement of more than the U.S. Army and little ization. The Army will use
off,” says policy researcher Rob Mel- 800 retired or soon-to-retire faculty ASU have established the technology devel-
nick. Washington Post, March 26. members. the Flexible Display oped in the center to
The college will be a generous Center. accelerate the pace
South/Southeastern volunteer effort on behalf of ASU’s The FDC, of Army trans-
Despite the arguments that year- emeritus faculty. Emeritus College based at the formation,
round schools promote academic excel- faculty will serve in a number of ASU Research which cannot
lence, 41 percent of the schools that ways, including mentoring students Park in Tempe, be achieved
have tried it abandoned it. “These ar- and junior faculty; providing ad- brings together with existing
guments often rely on data drawn from ditional teaching resources; oversee- academia, in- gla ss-ba sed
lab experiments, where subjects memo- ing collections and archives; offering dustry and gov- displays.
rize nonsense syllables or perform other public lectures and performances;
non-meaningful tasks,” education pro- and providing an organized source
College offers ﬁrst biotech law degree
fessor Gene Glass says. Atlanta Jour- of expert consultants.
nal-Constitution, Sept. 7, 2004.
Many of the college’s functions
Economists say U.S. economic re- will be offered by centers designed
to bring together faculty from di- The ASU College of Law will offer the legal issues arising from the increasing use of
covery will take time and depend on
several factors: the November election, verse academic backgrounds who nation’s ﬁrst advanced legal degree in biotech- genetics in legal contexts, which range from
the war in Iraq, oil prices and interest have common interests in issues, nology and genomics starting in the fall of forensic criminal investigations to new gene-
rates. “There’s a whole bunch of uncer- research or creative activity. These 2005 as part of the school’s plan to develop a based medical therapy to genetically modiﬁed
tainties, and uncertainty is very bad for centers include the Center for Men- number of advanced degrees for lawyers and foods.
economic growth,” said research econ- toring, the Center for Issues in K-12 non-lawyers. The new program is headed by Professor
omist Dawn McLaren. Miami Herald, Education, the Center for Innova- The college will award a Master of Laws, Gary Marchant, executive director of the
Sept. 14, 2004. tion in Teaching, the Center for or LLM, in biotechnology and genomics to College’s Center for Law, Science and Tech-
ASU History and Tradition, and the lawyers who complete a new course of study nology, the oldest such center in the United
Some of the biggest advocates of in the ﬁeld. The curriculum will address States.
anti-immigrant ballot propositions Center for Emeritus Writing.
cropping up in several states are those
Biodesign Institute brings world-class labs to ASU
whose family members crossed the bor-
der most recently. “They don’t realize
their own past,” says sociologist Cecilia
Menjivar. “They think that their an-
cestors worked hard but that current hen the Biodesign Institute opened the doors
immigrants don’t.” Houston Chronicle, of its ﬁrst new building in December 2004,
Nov. 23, 2004. it marked a signiﬁcant milestone for ASU. By
adding some of the most advanced research laboratories in the
Midwestern Media nation, it signiﬁed a major step toward fulﬁlling President
Big campaign spending doesn’t Michael Crow’s vision for ASU becoming a New American
translate to victory on moral issues. University.
“When you get an overpowering The 170,000-square-foot building, the ﬁrst of four that
kind of interest and juxtapose that will make up the Biodesign Institute, is now home to 285
with something people inherently feel researchers and eight of the institute’s initial 10 centers. The
strongly about, money can’t overpower building itself is sleek-looking, and the labs incorporate the
that when it’s really gut issues,” says latest innovations in design and functionality to promote sci-
Ruth Jones, political scientist. Kansas entiﬁc inquiry and collaboration.
City Star, Aug. 16, 2004. The institute serves as a major draw for some of the world’s
top researchers. Among the newest additions to ASU: The new Biodesign Institute building brings world-class
Online ticket reselling has ﬂourished
• Bruce Rittmann, a professor of civil and environmental research labs to ASU.
in the past ﬁve years, as fans turned
from scalpers and looked for an easier engineering and a fellow of the National Academy of Science, recruited to head a new Center for Innovations in Medicine
and safer way to buy tickets. “There’s joined the university and the institute to build the new Center within the Biodesign Institute at ASU.
a lot more reselling of tickets today for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute. World renowned researcher George Poste, director of the in-
than ever,” says economist Stephen • Roy Curtiss, also a National Academy member joined stitute, has also received multiple accolades since joining ASU.
Happel, who studies the ticket market ASU to co-direct the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vac- In October 2004, Poste was named Scientist of the Year by
and estimates that 30 percent of tickets cinology. R & D Magazine, a national research publication.
bought the traditional way are resold • Stephen Johnston, a pre-eminent scientist whose work This spring, Poste was named Bioscience Leader of the Year
online. Chicago Tribune, Oct. 11, 2004. spans a broad range of genetic and medical research, has been by the Arizona BioIndustry Association.
Nearly 4 billion-year-old rocks from
Greenland may hold the earliest evidence Research to develop new time-released applications. belongs to a group of molecules that
of life on Earth, scientists say. Geologist biochemists believe to be capable of
Ariel Anbar says the ﬁnding of sediment HIV/AIDS prevention drugs being molecular switches but that have
boosts the argument there are signs of Biodesign Institute researchers have Scientists develop failed to exhibit those properties in
microbial life. The results seem to show
the rocks were at the bottom of an
been tapped to lead development of biomolecular ‘roadmap’ conductance experiments.
ocean rather than formed from lava, and plant-derived topical medications that
A team of scientists led by biophysi-
they contain relatively high oxygen levels. would prevent HIV/AIDS and other Water fuels hydrogen
cist Stuart Lindsay has created the ﬁrst
Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 17, 2004. sexually-transmitted diseases. A $7.4
million grant from the National Insti-
reproducible single molecule negative energy research
differential resistor – and in the pro-
When the CIA wanted cutting-edge tutes of Health will fund a collabora- Biodesign Institute researchers have
technology to sort maps, printed mate- cess has developed a groundbreaking
tive research center headed by Charles received a $1.5 million grant from the
rial and handwritten notes, it turned to experimental technique that provides
Arntzen, who co-directs the Biodesign U.S. Department of Energy to explore
computer scientist Anshuman Razdan a “roadmap” for designing single-mol-
Institute’s Center for Infectious Dis- innovative methods for generating hy-
and his graduate students. The group ecule devices based on biochemistry.
eases and Vaccinology. drogen.
developed a way of separating out Lindsay’s team reports achieving an
print-only documents by using three-di- The research will focus on develop- Neal Woodbury, director of the
experimental result that physicists have
mensional technology. “The fundamen- ing microbicides, medications that Center for BioOptical Nanotechnol-
been trying to detect for a long time:
tal problem has been that 80 percent would kill or block sexually-transmit- ogy at the Biodesign Institute, says the
negative differential resistance in a
of documents are of mixed quality,” ted viruses at the point of contact and research will explore new ways to efﬁ-
single molecule attached to electrodes.
Razdan says. “Rarely do you get nice, could be formulated as gels, creams or ciently convert water into hydrogen.
The speciﬁcally designed molecule
clean printed documents.” Cincinnati
Enquirer, Feb. 16.
SUMMER 2005 H7
ASU enrollment surges past 58,000 mark ASU In The News
Enrollment at ASU continued to rise in 49,171, just 270 more than last fall. This re-
Freshman 2004 class boasts the fall of 2004, reaching a record 58,156 at ﬂects ASU’s focus on managing growth by Midwestern Media
all campuses, more than 600 students over attracting students to the other campuses,
record number of scholars last year’s 57,543 enrollment. Researchers are beginning to mea-
concentrating on maintaining quality and
ASU’s largest freshman class in his- As planned, the growth primarily oc- sure how money problems can make
services on all ASU campuses. people sick, leading to headaches,
tory – 7,719 ﬁrst-time freshmen – also curred at the East and West campuses, with More students than ever before are en- nausea and inability to concentrate.
included a record number of scholars. the Tempe campus remaining relatively rolled full time, continuing a trend toward The consequences also can devastate
There were 69 National Hispanic stable. full-time enrollment that has grown for families. “Economic distress in the fam-
Scholars in the fall 2004 incoming class, Programs at ASU’s East campus, with its ily does impact children’s health and
an impressive 72 percent increase over last polytechnic focus, are in high demand. The well-being,” says psychologist Irwin
Though the university established earlier Sandler. “Parents are stressed, demor-
fall. The National Merit and National campus registered a 12 percent increase in
priority application deadlines and tuition alized and depressed, and this leads
Hispanic scholarship winners represent enrollment, for a total of 3,983 students.
approximately the top one-half of 1 per- ASU’s West campus also is experiencing increased over last year, the student body is to difﬁculty in parenting.” Chicago Tri-
larger than ever before and the demand for bune, Feb. 20.
cent of the year’s graduating high school record growth, with enrollment increasing
seniors. 3.4 percent to 7,348 students. Formerly an a higher education continues to rise.
ASU researchers have found that
The incoming class of 2004 had 162 upper-division campus, the northwestern “The demand for an ASU degree contin- vitamin C can help ease allergy and
freshman National Merit Scholars, and a Valley location began enrolling freshmen ues, and we are managing the growth in a asthma symptoms and boost energy.
record 482 National Merit Scholars were three years ago and now has 1,383 freshmen manner that ensures the highest standards Nutritionist Carol Johnston has con-
enrolled at the university overall. and sophomores. of quality,” says James Rund, vice president ducted studies showing that the vitamin
The Tempe campus grew slightly to for university undergraduate initiatives. can lower levels of histamines in our
blood, and that a vitamin C deﬁciency
From left, can lower levels of a substance that
football helps burn fat for energy. Women exer-
players cisers on treadmill tests “felt better and
were more energetic” after taking extra
Randy Hill, vitamin C. Chicago Tribune, March 9.
Lamar Baker claim Goldwater, Western Media
The Internet has given consumers
and Kyle a huge voice in product marketing,
Caldwell allowing customers to start fanzines
were part of ASU continues to cut a wide swath in the world of that whip up public buzz but also al-
the Scholar prestigious national scholarships, with the news that two lowing them to bash a product they
are unhappy with. “It’s the ﬁrst time
Ballers students won a Goldwater Schol- mass media has been accessible to the
program. arship and a Udall Scholarship. average consumer,” said marketing pro-
TIM TRUMBLE PHOTO
Jason Rugolo of Scottsdale, fessor James Ward. Seattle Post-Intel-
a junior in physics who is doing ligencer, Sept. 7, 2004.
Football team program research on nanoporous metals
in a mechanical engineering lab, Fueled by workplace pressures and
garnered a Goldwater Scholarship, technology, more people are trying to
the nation’s highest award for do multiple tasks at once, but research
undergraduates who are planning shows our brains aren’t equipped for
When the ASU Sun Devils began the 2004 football season, 29 student- careers in scientiﬁc research. The this much activity. “Hypertasking is ex-
athletes took to the gridiron wearing a special logo signifying their commit- cessiveness,” says Patricia Arredondo,
$7,500 award is given on aca- Jason Rugolo professor of psychology in education.
ment to victory in a not-so-readily recognized game: academics. demic merit and the extent and “It’s overload in the sense of having
The players are part of the “Scholar Baller” program, designed to reward sophistication of the student’s undergraduate research. your brain trying to respond to a num-
football players for strong academic efforts in the classroom. Among the Taylor Jackson, a junior in biology and society who ber of stimuli at the same time, and
rewards, players who achieved a 3.0 grade point average in the previous aca- came to ASU as a National Merit that can really start to cost you.” The
demic year will wear a Scholar Baller patch on their jerseys. The “Thinkman” Scholar from Hattiesburg, Miss., Olympian, Oct. 10, 2004.
logo will be highly visible on the left front of the jersey from the stands, or by has been named a Udall Scholar
the audience at home during televised games. for his service and research in the Global warming probably is becom-
“There are lots of ways by which athletes are recognized for their athletic area of environmental policy. ing the leading cause of huge wildﬁres,
accomplishments, but there are very few that recognize academics,” says Jean Jackson, the founder of Stu- says ﬁre expert Stephen Pyne. Instead
Boyd, assistant athletic director for student-athlete development. “To my of debating over thinning forests and
dents for Environmental Action at suppressing ﬁres, forest managers
knowledge, there has not been an institution that has recognized academic ASU, will receive a $5,000 award. should deal with the health of the en-
achievement on a jersey. The players are really excited about it.” An impressive 28 ASU stu- tire globe. “We can’t cut our way out
The Scholar Baller paradigm is a mentality – and an incentive program dents have won Goldwater Schol- of the problem, we can’t burn our way
to support the university’s regular academic efforts. All incoming football arships over the past 12 years, put- out. We can’t suppress and we can’t
players are screened academically and monitored throughout the semester. ting ASU in the top 20 universi- walk away.” Seattle Times and Salt Lake
There are mandatory tutoring sessions for some, and study halls and regular ties in the nation. ASU also is in the top 10 universities Tribune, Nov. 19, 2004.
meetings with academic advisers for all. Those considered at-risk are placed for Udall Scholarships. ASU students have won 15 Udalls
in additional programs to aid them academically. since the award was established in 1995. Arizona biologists are checking the
Scholar Baller builds on conventional efforts, creating an atmosphere of Rugolo and Jackson are enrolled in the Barrett Hon- diversity of ﬁsh in the Lower Salt River
success, positive peer pressure and academic competition. Boyd says every and reservoir lakes, because changes in
ors College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. the proliferation of nonnative species
member on the team understands the concept of a “baller” – an urban or Two students also received honorable mentions: Kayvon could threaten the future survival of na-
hip-hop term for a top performer or outstanding athlete. Boyd has challenged Daie of Fountain Hills for the Goldwater and Aaron tive Salt River ﬁsh. “We have to ﬁgure
the team with the idea of being more than just a baller, but a Scholar Baller, Begay of San Carlos, Ariz., for the Udall. out a balance,” says ichthyologist Paul
or a top academic performer. Marsh. “There’s a very clear conﬂict
between sport ﬁsh and native ﬁsh, and
it’s not yet resolved.” Los Angeles Times
In the Spotlight and Newsday, Jan. 11.
Rather than importing foreign scien-
Grant paves path to investigate ASU ranks No. 4 in universities Graduate student heads to U.N. tists and engineers, the U.S. should do
more to grow their own. “No matter
doctoral degree completion rate for freshman Merit Scholars to work on global warming study how much foreign talent we import, for
ASU’s Division of Graduate Studies (DGS) ASU is again one of the top universities This spring, ASU graduate student Tracy our country’s health and well-being we
was awarded a grant to study how to increase in the nation for the number of freshman Johns began working for the United Nations need a large number of U.S. nationals
to get involved in the mathematical sci-
doctoral degree completion rates, including National Merit Scholars enrolled this year. in implementing the Kyoto Protocol, in es- ences,” says mathematician Carlos Cas-
those of minorities and women in ﬁelds where ASU ranks fourth among public universi- sence, getting the opportunity to help develop tillo-Chavez. San Francisco Chronicle,
they have been traditionally underrepresented ties and 12th overall, according to a report international policy to curb global warming. Jan. 16.
or experience disproportionately high attrition. just released. ASU enrolled 162 National Johns, a master’s student in biology in the
The university is one of 21 institutions Merit Scholars in the fall 2004 freshman School of Life Sciences (SoLS), was awarded Well-located affordable housing does
selected from a highly competitive pool to class. a six-month internship at the United Nations more than provide a way for people to
participate as a research partner in the Ph.D. The annual report by the National Merit Framework Convention on Climate Change live close to where they work, it also
provides economic beneﬁts to cities,
Completion Project led by the Council of Scholarship Corp. listed 375 public and pri- (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, which is says architect Michael Pyatok, direc-
Graduate Schools, the only national associa- vate institutions that enrolled 8,258 schol- the organization that administers the Kyoto tor of ASU’s Stardust Center. “For the
tion dedicated to representing and advancing ars last fall. Protocol. The 1997 treaty sets guidelines Phoenix area, an estimate said if renters
graduate education. The three-year project, National Merit Scholars represent the for industrial nations to reduce emissions pay 35 percent of their income on rent
supported by funding from Pﬁzer Inc. and the top one-half of 1 percent of all high school of greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the instead of 30 percent, that 5 percent
Ford Foundation, is designed to address attri- students who take the Preliminary SAT. earth’s atmosphere. According to some in the difference equates to $150 million not
tion issues in the areas of the sciences, engineer- For the past ﬁve years, ASU has ranked scientiﬁc community, the gases have caused being spent elsewhere in the economy.”
Rocky Mountain News, Feb. 9.
ing, and mathematics, as well as the humanities among the top 20 universities in the coun- temperatures to rise and eventually will lead to
and social science disciplines. try. more frequent extreme weather events.
H8 SUMMER 2005
Financial aid program boosts access to ASU for needy Arizonans
To help build a university of the highest academic rank require repayment, ASU will cover the annual cost of tuition, amount of gift aid ASU has ever offered to Arizona residents.
that also is accessible, ASU has launched a series of new ini- fees, books, room and board for eight semesters of full-time In 2003 – 04, nearly 11,600 Arizona undergraduates received
tiatives called “Access ASU.” enrollment. ASU ofﬁcials believe this program is the only more than $34 million in ASU grant and scholarship aid;
The cornerstone of the ﬁrst initiative is a new ﬁnancial aid one of its kind in the West. nearly $24 million was awarded to students who demon-
program for low-income Arizona high school seniors, which While ASU Advantage is targeted at students who have strated ﬁnancial need.
covers all costs directly related to obtaining an undergradu- signiﬁcant ﬁnancial need, the university is committed to sup- This year, eligible Arizona undergraduate students with
ate degree. porting Arizona families from a wide range of income levels. an annual family income of $20,000 to $50,000 received,
The program, “ASU Advantage,” is targeted to Arizona ASU has increased institutional grant aid by 157 percent on average, $2,200 in grant support.
families whose total annual family income is $18,850 or less. since 2002. This additional aid, combined with ASU’s tradi- For more details, visit the Web site (www.asu.edu/fa/ad-
Through a combination of ﬁnancial aid resources that do not tion of generous scholarship support, resulted in the highest vantage).
ASU, Mayo Clinic Report shows
educational ties public funds for
ASU and Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz., science beneﬁt
have joined forces on several new and excit-
ing collaborations in medical research and
The new collaborations include the po-
tential development of joint education pro- University-based research activities in
grams involving law, business and nursing; biodesign, nanotechnology, information sci-
setting up a joint seed-fund program to pur- ence, materials science and advanced man-
sue cutting-edge research and technology; ufacturing beneﬁted Arizona’s knowledge
collaborative research in bioinformatics and economy from 2002 through 2004, according
bioengineering; and shared ofﬁce space on to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public
each campus. Policy, a unit of ASU.
The collaborations draw from the major The Morrison Institute’s 19-page report,
strengths of each organization — ASU’s “New Returns on Investment in the Knowl-
Presidential Debate draws
recognized leadership in basic research and edge Economy: Proposition 301 at Arizona
its advanced programs in biodesign and State University; Three-Year Aggregate Re-
biotechnology, and Mayo’s extensive clini- port, FY 2002 – FY 2004,” analyzes results
cal experience, medical education programs
and its integration of research spanning
global spotlight to ASU from ASU’s three years of science and tech-
nology research under voter-approved Propo-
basic science, laboratory based clinical in- sition 301 funding. It shows that the research
vestigation, clinical trials and population More than 2,500 local, national, tions. All of the lottery-winning activities attracted new federal and private
sciences. and international media left ASU students ended up getting a ticket to funding, in addition to producing highly
One of the major manifestations of the with a positive and lasting impression the event. In all, about 1,000 seats skilled workers, new products and spinoff
partnership is an agreement to collaborate following their experience covering opened up following the ﬁnal secu- companies.
on a new joint nursing program based at the ﬁnal 2004 presidential debate rity walk through of Gammage. Among ASU’s Proposition 301 accomplish-
Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoe- Oct. 13 at Gammage Auditorium. The 32,000-sq.-ft. Media Filing ments for the three years are: a $47.7 million
nix. “This opportunity has shown the Center, which was constructed on increase in external funding attracted by re-
Nursing students will receive their didac- world that ASU is a competitive uni- the Gammage parking lot, was a search projects; $3.7 million in revenue from
tic and clinical training using the College versity of the highest caliber,” said ASU veritable who’s who of celebrity jour- newly developed products and new company
of Nursing curriculum taught by faculty President Michael Crow. nalists and pundits. Some sightings startups; 26 new courses developed in bio-
composed of master’s level registered nurses Seats for the debate were limited, included the Reverend Jesse Jackson, technology, nanotechnology and information
from Mayo Clinic in classroom and labora- but attending in person became an Michael J. Fox, Walter Cronkite, science; 100 newly degreed graduate students
tory learning space at Mayo Clinic Hospi- unexpected reality for many. About Andrea Mitchell, Tom Brokaw, Brian and 43 post-doctoral students trained in sci-
tal. 250 lucky ASU students had their Williams, Candy Crowley, Greta ence and technology added to the work force;
The ASU – Mayo Clinic campus is names drawn in a lottery that at- Van Susteren, Judy Woodruff, Sean 46 new patents approved, 10 new companies
scheduled to begin classes with 20 student tracted more than 15,000 applica- Hannity and Alan Colmes. launched and 13 new products in the market-
nurses in August 2005. place; 64 new tenure track and research fac-
ulty recruited; 41 new research collaborations
initiated with industry partners and national
Cottage becomes home to writer’s house labs; and an internationally recognized re-
search, development and business leader hired
After nearly a hundred years of history, the former “Presi- lounge chairs, and a writers’ library. In addition to key reference to direct the Biodesign Institute.
dent’s Cottage” has a new and exciting role to play as the Vir- materials for writers, the facility will house the area’s largest col- The ﬂagship for ASU’s Proposition 301-
ginia G. Piper Writer’s House. lection of contemporary literary magazines – a critical resource supported research investments is the Biode-
The building, built in 1907 and listed on the National Reg- for writers interested in publishing. sign Institute at ASU, which oversees inter-
ister of Historic Places, has been restored to serve as a home The Piper Writer’s House also will serve as the headquar- disciplinary biomedical research centers that
once again – this time to ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for ters for Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the investigate new ideas for improving human
Creative Writing. myriad of programs the Center sponsors in the community. health and quality of life. The Biodesign
The renovated two-story structure contains a host of facili- The center’s activities will continue to extend well beyond Institute also links ASU to other biomedical
ties for ASU and community writers, including classrooms; a the Piper Writer’s House, with a wide range of educational and research facilities in the Phoenix area, includ-
traditional “writers workshop” seminar room; an “outdoor outreach activities being planned at a variety of other venues in ing the Translational Genomics Research In-
classroom” built into the garden landscaping design behind the collaboration with other Valley education and cultural institu- stitute (TGen), Barrow Neurological Institute
facility; a large reading room with a ﬁreplace and comfortable tions. and Mayo Clinic.
Retooled Americas Gallery breaks
traditional art barriers
For years, the ASU Art Museum’s gallery of was time for us to begin the discussion of art and art
American artwork was just like that of many other history in light of the conﬂuence of two cultures,”
museums. Audiences liked the permanent exhibi- says Marilyn Zeitlin, museum director and chief
tion of relevant American artists and movements, curator.
but they wanted works presented in a more dy- The Americas Gallery features artwork from
namic way. North America, Central America and South Amer-
Now, the ASU Art Museum has broken down ica, grouped by three themes: faces, work and
the barriers between the United States and Latin space/place. This shift replaces the standard chron-
America and reinstalled its former American Gal- ological installation with topics addressed in works
lery as the new Americas Gallery. In November, from all of the Americas.
the Arizona Republic named the museum “the best The diversity of art forms creates interactions
home to Latin-American art.” among works of art, suggesting new afﬁnities
The Americas Gallery features artwork from North America, “Given the importance of Arizona’s geographic between contemporary and historic; painting and
Central America and South America, grouped by three position on the border and the growing presence of video; Latin-American and North American art-
themes: faces, work and space/place. people of Latin-American heritage in this area, it ists.