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ASU Magazine highlights Mayo Clinic collaborations, power of imagination in latest issue

ASU Magazine December 2012
December 03, 2012

The December 2012 edition of ASU Magazine features a cover story on the collaborations between Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic, and provides an overview of the university’s efforts to close America’s science and technology education gap.

The cover story, “A Healing Partnership,” provides details on how ASU and Mayo have grown to be trusted collaborative partners in a number of areas, including biomedical research, basic science, technology, business, law, even the arts and humanities. The story describes why leaders at both ASU and Mayo believe that each organization is benefiting from the relationship, and how the partnership may impact health care delivery at the national level.

The second feature section, entitled “STEMming the Tide,” reports on what ASU faculty members are doing to address challenges to American science and technology education. The university is home to many innovative programs aimed at increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects among primary and secondary school students, and it has become a national leader in developing and instituting programs to address this national problem.

A third feature, “Future Forward,” discusses the Emerge initiative at ASU, which earlier this year brought thinkers and dreamers of all stripes – including filmmakers, engineers, science fiction authors, musicians, bioscientists, historians, game designers, computer scientists and students – together to let their imaginations run wild and reflect on the future at a three-day conference. The story recaps conference highlights and discusses ongoing projects, such as the newly formed Center for Science and the Imagination, that will carry forward research on the use of imagination to resolve real-world technological and ethical dilemmas.

In addition to these three features, the December edition includes a sports story on what drives ASU’s passionate “super fans;” an arts story showcasing professor Mark Klett’s use of “rephotography” to explore the intersection of culture, landscape and time; updates on ASU’s sports teams; news and photos from alumni chapters across the country; and a full complement of alumni-focused news reports in the Class Notes section.

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