ASU announces new research initiative

July 14, 2008

George Poste appointed to lead effort

Arizona State University President Michael Crow has announced a major new initiative that will revolutionize academic research through the innovative convergence of science, engineering, social sciences and computing. The effort will build on intellectual principles of success pioneered by ASU’s Biodesign Institute.

The director of the Biodesign Institute, Dr. George Poste, has been appointed to head the new effort. In just five years since its founding, the Biodesign Institute, under Poste’s leadership, has generated $199 million in research funding, disclosed 212 inventions and filed 46 patents. In this new role, Poste will serve as a meta-planning catalyst, working with deans and other leaders across the university to identify opportunities where the fusion of diverse capabilities can produce a transformative impact on society.

“Dr. Poste’s extensive experience and broad-based scientific acumen has enabled the Biodesign Institute to align large, interdisciplinary teams against critical societal challenges, producing substantial progress on new approaches to personalized medicine, alternative energy, improved diagnostic devices and new vaccine technologies. I have asked him to help me expand this successful model to other university research programs,” said Crow.

The new effort will be called the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, with Poste serving as Chief Scientist. Poste will retain his role with the Biodesign Institute while an international search for a successor is sought. To ensure adequate support and enable him to establish the initial framework for the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Neal Woodbury, PhD, is being appointed Deputy Director for the Biodesign Institute. Woodbury will also retain his current position as the director of the Center for BioOptical Nanotechnology in the Biodesign Institute.

The immediate goals of this new integration effort are to increase research competitiveness in three of the most exciting emerging fields of science: synthetic biology; sensor technologies; and health care informatics. “ASU has many distinctive capabilities in these areas. Alignment of these strengths represents a tremendous opportunity for ASU to demonstrate world class leadership,” said Poste.

“The complex problems facing our world today in health care, environmental sustainability, pandemic disease and national security, among others, require large cross-functional teams with bold ambitions,” said Crow. “ASU has made impressive progress toward being a top-tier research university. Launching this new endeavor will enhance our competitiveness and economic development in Arizona.” Download Full Image

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UFC Fight Night to feature Sun Devils Velasquez, Dollaway

July 15, 2008

When the UFC Silvia vs. Irvin show is aired live in Spike TV this Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fight card will feature a pair of former All-American wrestlers from Arizona State University as both C.B">">C.B. Dollaway and Cain">">... Velasquez are scheduled to fight in the Octagon inside the Palms in Las Vegas, Nev. Both former Sun Devils, which carry a strong background in amateur wrestling, will each face former collegiate wrestlers in the program that will be aired live starting at 6 p.m. PST.

Velasquez (3-0-0), a two-time All-American and two-time Pac-10 Champion at heavyweight, will face former Purdue heavyweight Jake O'Brien (10-2-0) while Dollaway (7-1-0), a former All-American and Pac-10 Champion at 184 pounds, will face a fellow member of the cast of the Ultimate Fighter 7 in Jesse Taylor (7-2-0).

Velasquez is one of several former Sun Devils excelling in mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting and will put his undefeated record on the line against O'Brien. The fight, which will be held at The Pearl inside The Palms in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be shown live at 6 p.m. Pacific on Spike TV, will pit a pair of collegiate wrestlers against one another as O'Brien (10-1) wrestled for Purdue. Velasquez and O'Brien have met once before, fittingly enough in Las Vegas, as the two collegiate heavyweights faced one another in the consolation semifinal at the 2005 Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational. Velasquez, who was the third-seed in the tournament, defeated ninth-seeded O'Brien, 8-4, before winning his next bout (12-10 over eighth-seeded Eric Smith of Boise State) to finish third in the tournament. Download Full Image

Dollaway and Taylor also will not be facing off for the first time either as Dollaway defeated Taylor, who wrestled for Pac-10 foe CS Fullerton, on three occasions. Dollaway won a pair of duals in the 2005 season with a victory by fall at 3:17 in a home dual before again pinning Taylor, this time in 3:41, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Championships. Then, in 2006, the two met in a dual in Fullerton, Calif., with Dollaway taking an 11-3 major decision victory. Both men, who wrestled at 184 pounds, were All-Americans for their respective teams.

The fight for Velasquez, who fights out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., will mark his second in the UFC after he scored a first-round knock out of Brad Morris at UFC 83 (April) in Montreal, Canada. The fight for Dollaway will be his second in the UFC after he was submitted in the final of the Ultimate Fighter 7 finale in Las Vegas last month. Dollaway continues to train and fight out of Arizona Combat Sports in Tempe, the same gym that his former college teammate and two-time All-American Ryan `Darth' Bader fights.