ASU strengthens its partnerships in Mexico


June 9, 2014

Arizona State University President Michael Crow led an ASU delegation on a mission to Mexico City, May 19-21, to continue developing strategic relations with Mexican higher education institutions, federal agencies and international agencies.

Accompanying Crow were Greg Patterson, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents; ASU senior vice presidents Jim O'Brien, Jose Cardenas and Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan; Rafael Rangel Sostmann, ASU special advisor to the president; and other ASU officials who work with Mexico. higher education and government leaders having a discussion Download Full Image

During the trip, Crow, Patterson and Sostmann attended the official launch of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research, headed by U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and by Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade and Secretary of Education Emilio Chuayffet.

The ASU delegation met with Yoloxóchitl Bustamante, general director of the National Polytechnic Institute. The two institutions explored collaboration in topics such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation.

ASU and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) signed a memorandum of understanding that provides the legal framework for collaboration to conduct joint research projects and facilitate exchange of students, researchers and professors, among other activities. The initial themes of mutual interest to collaborate include research on solar energy and biodesign.

ASU representatives visited Tec de Monterrey, an internationally renowned Mexican Higher Education Institution with which ASU has had a fruitful partnership for more than a decade. Topics of collaboration with Tec included a Decision Theater facility in Mexico City established after the ASU model. This facility will help expand the use of state-of-the-art modeling and visualizations to support the decision-making processes for complex societal issues. Tec de Monterrey’s new Decision Theater will be connected to the branch in Tempe, adding one more member to ASU’s Decision Theater Global Network.

President Crow met with Hazel Blackmore, executive director of Fulbright-Garcia Robles COMEXUS Scholarships Program, and with representatives of the Ministry of Education. ASU reiterated its commitment to supporting the 100,000 Strong in the Americas presidential initiative, and to developing programs that facilitate student exchange between the United States and Mexico.

Crow and the delegation held discussions with Jose Luis Fernandez Zayas, executive director of Mexico’s Electrical Research Institute, and with Jorge Soto, adjunct general director of Civic Innovation, at Mexico’s Office of the President.

The ASU delegation also met with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, USAID Mexico Mission director Richard Goughnour, IDB Mexico and World Bank Mexico representatives and other bilateral officials.

This trip was part of ASU’s strategy to engage globally and leverage the capabilities of ASU and those of the Mexican partners to expand the benefits of education, research and solutions to improve our local and global communities.

Written by Paola Garcia, Paola.Garciahicks@asu.edu

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ASU alum honored with Lambda award for gay poetry


June 9, 2014

Arizona State University alum Rigoberto González was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for gay poetry for his 2013 book, “Unpeopled Eden.”

González is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of English, and currently is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Rigoberto González Download Full Image

The Lambda Literary Awards, also known as the Lammys, identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBT stories are part of the literature of the world. The awards ceremony has consistently drawn an audience representing every facet of publishing. The prizes are sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation, a legacy of the Washington, D.C.-based Lambda Rising Bookstore, which closed its doors in 2010.

“Winning a Lambda Literary Award was an incredible recognition since this organization has worked so hard to connect LGBT literature to the reading public at large,” González said. “This award means that I’m doing two things right: writing work that sheds light on the LGBT experience in America, and writing work that will matter many years from now.”

“Unpeopled Eden” (Four Way Books, $15.95) opens in Mictlan, the region of the dead in Aztec mythology, which invites readers into a world of where “the men are never coming home” and “rows of ghosts come forth to sing.” Haunted by border crosses and forgotten deportees, lost brothers and sons, González unearths the beautiful and musical amid the grotesque. These mournful, mystical poems are themselves artifacts, a cry for remembrance “for those who patron saints are longing and despair.”

The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony was held on June 2 in New York City and brought together over 450 attendees, sponsors and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature, making it the most glamorous and prestigious LGBT literary event in the world.

González is the author of four books of poetry and a contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. His nine books of prose include two bilingual children's books, the two young adult novels in “The Mariposa Club” series, the story collection “Men Without Bliss,” the novel “Crossing Vines” and three books of nonfiction: “Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa,” “Red-Inked Retablos” and “Autobiography of My Hungers.”

González is also the recipient of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, as well as Guggenheim and National Endowment of the Arts fellowships.

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