American Indian Policy Institute executive director named to Diverse magazine’s list of 25 Top Women in Higher Education in 2021

March 17, 2021

American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) Executive Director Traci Morris (Chickasaw Nation) is one of 25 Top Women in Higher Education in 2021, an annual honor bestowed by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

The list is part of Diverse’s celebration of March as Women’s History Month. Coverage of the list of honored women is in the Fairfax, Virginia-based magazine’s March 4 edition, which marks its “10th anniversary of highlighting women who have made a difference in the academy by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills and making a positive difference in their respective communities.” portrait of Traci Morris executive director of ASU's American Indian Policy Institute Traci Morris (Chickasaw Nation) is executive director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

The list of honorees includes educators from Brandeis, George Washington, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers and Yale universities.

Morris said she is impressed by the other members of the list and is honored to join them.

"I look forward to continuing my role in mentoring up the next generation of diverse women in higher education," she said.

From the magazine’s citation of Morris: “Under her leadership, the American Indian Policy Institute has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via a memorandum of understanding formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association. She also has led AIPI in forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in areas including tribal economic governance and financial management, access to entrepreneurship training and tribal business support.”

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions-based AIPI conducts public policy analysis and research about issues that empower Native nations and support tribal sovereignty. The AIPI has significant expertise in broadband, telecommunications and digital inclusion, and it is the only Indigenous-led organization doing research in these areas in the nation. Working with a tribal-led advisory board, AIPI fulfills its mission of “leading the discourse for tribally driven, informed policymaking.”

AIPI joined Watts College in downtown Phoenix in September 2019 after 13 years on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Mark J. Scarp

Media Relations Officer, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


ASU researcher Gary Moore exemplifies scientific leadership through energy research

March 17, 2021

Arizona State University Associate Professor Gary Moore and his research team seek to understand and advance the science of molecular materials for applications in transducing solar energy. The biological process of photosynthesis, which converts sunlight into chemical energy stored as molecular bonds, provides inspiration and design guidance for Moore and his research team.

“The materials developed in my group’s laboratories resemble components of biological systems that carry out analogous chemical processes,” said Moore, who is part of the School of Molecular Sciences. Associate Professor Gary Moore Download Full Image

Moore brings extensive research experience to ASU. Before being hired as an assistant professor at ASU, he performed research as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with the Obama-era Department of Energy Innovation Hub for Artificial Photosynthesis, the nation’s largest-ever research program dedicated to developing artificial solar-fuels generation.

At the School of Molecular Sciences, Moore is building on a rich history of research and accomplishment in the areas of natural and artificial photosynthesis and photochemistry. His work contributes to the efforts of the ASU Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (formerly the Center for Study of Early Events in Photosynthesis) and more recently, the Center for Applied Structural Discovery.

“We seek to demonstrate innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology,” Moore said. “To deliver scientific discoveries and important scientific tools that will transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic and national security of the United States.”

Moore has earned national recognition as an emerging leader in the field of energy materials science. He is a Department of Energy Early Career Awardee, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, a National Science Foundation CAREER Awardee, and was recognized as an “outstanding chemist with Native American heritage” by the National Science Foundation during the 2020 Celebration of Native American Heritage Month. He was also selected to give emerging junior faculty research talks at the 2018 Electron Donor Acceptor Gordon Research conference, the 2017 Photochemistry Gordon Research Conference, and the second International Solar Fuels Conference.  More recently, Moore co-organized the 2021 Western Photosynthesis Conference and the 2020 Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) Conference.

“Gary is emerging as a real leader and a force in the field of photocatalysis for real-world applications,” said Ian Gould, School of Molecular Sciences interim director. “He is building hybrid, multifunctional nanoscale materials that combine multiple functions in most imaginative ways. He is extending the boundaries in several scientific areas critical to advancing technology, including interfacial chemistry, energy conversion chemistry and the catalysis of industrially important fuels and basic materials for energy and manufacturing.”

James Klemaszewski

Science writer, School of Molecular Sciences