ASU psychology student named 2014 Tillman Military Scholar

June 2, 2014

An Arizona State University student veteran pursuing her online degree in psychology has been named a 2014 Tillman Military Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation in recognition of her service, leadership and academic excellence. Diana Kramer joins a class of 59 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen to receive $1.4 million in scholarships from the six-year-old program.

Kramer currently serves with the U.S. Air Force at Eielson Air Force Base, near the town of North Pole, Alaska. Since graduating from Naval School in Explosive Ordinance Disposal in 2003, she has deployed five times – twice each to Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing PTSD symptoms in her own life after her tours, Kramer is studying for her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She also plans to pursue advanced psychology degrees in order to counsel fellow veterans. Diana Kramer Download Full Image

The number of ASU student veterans applying to become Tillman Military Scholars has consistently increased each year, according to Christian Rauschenbach, program manager at ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center.

“This year we had 120 applicants for the Tillman Military Scholarships,” he said. “A committee of ASU staff members from Veteran Services, Veteran’s Upward Bound and Career Services had the tough job of choosing only 12 semi-finalists, which were then forwarded to the Pat Tillman Foundation for final selection.

“We are very excited that Diana was chosen – I know she will be an outstanding representative for ASU.”


In 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program to support educational opportunities for service members and military families by bridging the financial gaps that students often face, even though they may be using educational benefits. The scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and a living stipend. In providing this support, the Pat Tillman Foundation aims to remove obstacles that would otherwise prohibit academic and career success.


“The Tillman Military Scholarship is not a gift; it is an investment in excellence and potential,” said Marie Tillman, president and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “Pat lived his life with a passion for learning and action – he didn’t sit on the sidelines.

“The Tillman Military Scholars selected embody the same ideals that he lived by every day. Through our mission, we are proud to support and empower these outstanding leaders as they pursue their educational goals and strive to impact significant, positive change for our country and communities after their military service.”

ASU continues to work closely with the Pat Tillman Foundation through several programs, as well as hosting Pat’s Run annually. “I’m glad to see that Pat’s Run has now expanded well beyond the annual Tempe event to shadow runs across the country, because it all goes towards helping the Tillman Military Scholars,” Rauschenbach said.

To date, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested over $10 million in educational support and scholarships, benefiting 350 Tillman Military Scholars at more than 98 academic institutions nationwide.

ASU expert speaks at Chinese university on country's role in global innovation

June 2, 2014

As part of Arizona State University’s efforts to deepen as well as expand its footprint in China, Denis Simon, senior adviser on China and global affairs to ASU President Michael Crow, delivered a lecture on the Asian giant’s evolving role in the global innovation system at China's National Defense Science and Technology University (NDTU) – a premier military institution for developing and nurturing high level scientific and engineering talent in the country.

Simon's lecture focused on the changing patterns of competition and cooperation in the innovation sphere, noting that cross border, cross functional collaborative networks have become the new primary mechanism for knowledge discovery and commercialization. Download Full Image

"China has depended heavily on a top-down innovation model that derived from successes in developing its first advanced weapons and satellite systems in the 1960s,” said Simon. “With the onset of globalization and the growing interface between the military and civilian sectors in the innovation space, China's defense sector will need to open itself up to new ways of thinking about its research and development system if it is to keep up with the accelerated pace of innovation across the globe.”

The lecture was followed by discussion, particularly on the role of small and medium enterprises and the contributions of venture capital for supporting new start-up enterprises. The exchange also touched upon the role of patents, and patent mining and blocking – both of which have been employed by Chinese companies looking to create greater leverage in the negotiation of patent licensing fees.

“Despite persistent concerns, much progress has been made across China with regard to both creating a legal system for protection of intellectual property rights and enforcement of existing laws," said Simon. “According to Thompson-Reuters, China has become one of the world's leading generators of new patents. Unfortunately, the bulk of these patents have yet to yield any tangible commercial value.”

Simon was invited to deliver the lecture by NDTU professor Weidong Bao, who completed a year of stay at ASU, working with various faculty members to grasp research trends regarding the application and utilization of technology in the field of information systems management.

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