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ASU's year in review 2019

New degrees, groundbreaking research, expanded partnerships and continued top rankings characterized 2019 for Sun Devils

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December 12, 2019

Arizona State University took great strides forward in 2019, cementing partnerships to further student access and success, facilitating groundbreaking scientific research and earning prestigious awards and grant funding. The university also earned its fifth-straight "No. 1 in Innovation" title.

And above all, Sun Devil students, faculty and staff remained committed to serving their community. Here's a look back at the top stories of 2019.


ASU scientists were hard at work this year, looking for solutions to issues such as autism treatment, cancer vaccines and cellular longevity.

Arizona Impact

Amid updates on the progress of Mirabella, the Novus Innovation Corridor and a new facility in downtown Mesa, ASU Now also shared rattlesnake safety tips and stories celebrating the Grand Canyon.

ASU News

A new name for an arena, a generous gift to promote scholarship on dementia and caregiving and a fifth consecutive No.1 in innovation title were among the year's top headlines.

Sun Devil Life 

Goodbye CLAS; hello, The College. Nice to meet you, Echo from the Buttes. And welcome, welcome to the largest and most diverse first-year student class in history.


This year in problem-solving, a first-of-its-kind laser lab gets off to a great start, mechanical trees head to market and a new tool aims to show the true cost of our food.

Global Engagement

From Fulbright scholars and online learning for refugees to new Thunderbird degrees, ASU remained committed to a global worldview in 2019.


The Roden Crater partnership made a splash early in the year, and Sun Devils continued to flex their creativity in a multitude of ways all year long.


Multiple generations of Sun Devils make their family business a success, hundreds of entrepreneurs pitch their solutions to earn funding and students dive into the business of beer: The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at ASU. 

More Sun Devil community


Woman speaking into a microphone at the front of a classroom full of students.

Psychology professor named president-elect of international research association

Engaging in and strengthening psychology research at Arizona State University and globally is a priority for Ashley K. Randall. In recognition of that commitment, Randall, an associate professor in…

President Barack Obama speaks at Arizona State University's 2009 spring commencement.

Obama Scholars Program celebrates 15 years of championing accessible education

Arizona State University has played host to many highly regarded commencement speakers throughout the years, but none quite as prestigious as that for the class of 2009, when graduates were joined by…

Portrait of Benjamin Taylor.

Providing access to justice

When Benjamin Taylor completed a financial internship with a major Phoenix corporation in the early 2000s, he realized he was in the wrong field. “One day, I was in my cubicle crunching numbers and…