ASU receives $1M more to expand public-health law network

June 1, 2015

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has received an additional $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The additional funds enable the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, hosted by ASU Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, to continue in its scholarly and applied efforts focused on the role of law as a key driver for improving public health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided key support for this initiative, contributing more than $3.5 million since its inception. portrait of James G. Hodge Jr. James G. Hodge Jr. is the director of the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, as well as ASU Law's Public Health Law and Policy Program. Download Full Image

“We are grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its generous funding for our office, consistent with its support designed to create a culture of health,” said James G. Hodge Jr., director of the Western Region Office and ASU Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program. “Law is a critical tool for driving systemic change to improve health in our communities.”

Since its launch in 2010, the Western Region Office has responded to more than 1,500 inquiries from public-health practitioners and officials, health-care providers, lawyers, researchers, academics, policymakers, students and media in 11 Western states and nationally. Network experts provide guidance on an array of public-health law topics such as obesity prevention, vaccinations and health-information privacy.

Most recently, experts were instrumental during the Ebola epidemic and measles outbreak. Prompted by numerous requests from public-health officials at the forefront of the 2014 Ebola response, Hodge and other Western Region colleagues created an Ebola Primer highlighting real-time legal issues, policies and approaches. They also responded to numerous media inquiries, delivered multiple lectures and penned more than a dozen scholarly publications on Ebola legal preparedness.

To learn more about ASU Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, as well as the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, visit

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Colorado School of Mines names ASU's Paul Johnson as 17th president

June 1, 2015

Paul C. Johnson, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, has been named as the 17th president of the Colorado School of Mines.

“During his years at the helm of the Fulton schools, Paul demonstrated the creativity, insight and global perspective, not just to accomplish the schools’ mission, but to accelerate and expand it, meeting the demands of the future,” said ASU Provost Robert E. Page Jr. “The leaders at the School of Mines made a smart choice, and Paul will be missed.” portrait of ASU dean Paul Johnson Paul Johnson, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, has been named the 17th president of the Colorado School of Mines. Under his leadership, the Fulton Schools have experienced increased enrollment and student success. Photo by: Jessica Hochreiter Download Full Image

Under Johnson’s leadership, the Fulton Schools established the “Fulton Difference,” which promotes learning beyond traditional coursework, nurtures entrepreneurs and relies on a strong peer-mentoring culture. It emphasizes the philosophy that students are to experience engineering from day one. The result has been increased enrollment and student success, which fueled growth of the faculty. The impact and number of students engaged in research and development activities also grew. In 2014 the Fulton Schools attracted $96 million in research grants and contracts and tripled its generation of inventions and start-ups over four years.

“It is an honor to be selected president of the Colorado School of Mines,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to have this opportunity and look forward to working with the Mines faculty, staff and students to create a student experience and environment for innovation that is unique to Mines, and to achieve its aspiration of being the nation’s premier engineering and applied-science university.”

Johnson became dean of Fulton Engineering in January 2011 after serving as executive dean for five years. He has earned praise for his wisdom, vision and drive as he has helped to elevate the stature of ASU’s nationally ranked engineering programs and grow Fulton Engineering into one of the nation’s largest engineering schools.

The School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado, is a highly selective public research university of 5,700 students, recognized for its education and research programs focused on stewardship of the earth and its resources, addressing society’s energy challenges, and fostering environmentally sound and sustainable solutions

“Paul Johnson brings a distinguished track record of teaching, research, public service and leadership,” said Jim Spaanstra, chair of the School of Mines board of trustees. “Throughout the search process it was clear that he understood Mines, its rich history, unique role and mission, and opportunities for enhancing its global distinction. We are confident the university will be in great hands to guide it as we seek to achieve our strategic aspirations.”

Johnson has been a member of the faculty at ASU since 1994, where he has also served as ASU’s associate vice president for research and the Fulton Schools’ associate dean for research. Before joining ASU he was a senior research engineer at the Shell Oil/Shell Chemical Westhollow Technology Center. 

Johnson is internationally recognized for his expertise in soil and groundwater remediation and risk assessment. Teaching, though, remains his passion. Johnson has received numerous outstanding educator awards and was twice selected the top teacher in the Fulton Schools. Colorado School of Mines’ emphasis on both teaching and research was a key attraction for him.

“Every institution that I have chosen to be a part of has emphasized the importance of both teaching and research,” Johnson said. “I have taught almost every semester during my 21 years as a university faculty member and administrator and will continue that at Mines.”

Johnson is the co-author of 12 U.S. patents and has received awards recognizing the impact of his research and contributions to the groundwater profession, including the National Ground Water Association’s Keith E. Anderson Award (2010) and the Lifetime Award in Remediation sponsored by Brown and Caldwell (2014). His research group has received Project of the Year Awards from both the Environmental Security Technology Certification and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Programs, which are given by the U.S. Department of Defense in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California-Davis, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Penny Walker

News director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications