ASU welcomes new Regents' Professors

January 29, 2007

Four exceptional professors have been named to the university's most prestigious ranks as ASU Regents' Professors for 2007. The selection was ratified Jan. 23 by the Arizona Board of Regents.

The honorees are: Download Full Image

• Laurie Chassin, professor of psychology.

• Robert Denhardt, director of the School of Public Affairs.

• Subhash Mahajan, director of the School of Materials.

• Richard Rogerson, Rondthaler chair of economics.

Regents' Professors stand out for their accomplishments in many areas, including excellence in teaching, exceptional achievements in research or other creative activities, and national and international distinction in their fields. They serve as advisers to the university president and take on a broader role as consultants and teachers throughout the university.

“The four individuals chosen this year to be Regents' Professors exemplify the university's ideal for professors,” says Elizabeth D. Capaldi, ASU's executive vice president and university provost. “They are superb scholars, excellent teachers, and university and discipline citizens who build programs and work with students while changing the world through their own research. We are very happy they are here, and that we can recognize their achievements.”

Nominations for Regents' Professorships are made by faculty members and are submitted to a nominating committee in the fall. The prestigious honor includes an increase of $5,000 to the faculty member's base salary, as well as an annual grant of $5,000 to support their scholarly endeavors.

Below is a brief description of the honorees' accomplishments:

• Chassin's research in child clinical psychology has earned her a multitude of leadership positions in the field, as well as continuous funding from the National Institute of Health. As a principal investigator of a prevention-training grant and author of more than 140 publications, Chassin has been a leader in developing and conducting longitudinal studies of children and families at risk for substance abuse and associated mental health disorders.

• Denhardt, an author of 17 books and more than 60 journal articles, has earned national acclaim for his research and developments in organizational studies. He is a winner of the American Society of Public Administration's lifetime achievement award, and he has produced research in phenomenology and critical theory that helped redefine the field of public administration.

• Mahajan, a leader in electronic materials, has been recognized for his international contributions to materials science. His extensive publishing career as editor of a leading journal in the field and an author of an undergraduate textbook, coupled with his pioneering work on semiconductors, led to his being elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005.

• Rogerson's macroeconomic research and well-published work have made him a leading expert in labor economics and an important consultant to four Federal Reserve banks. His transformative papers on such issues as labor supply have appeared in the renowned economic journals Review of Economic Dynamics and the American Economic Review , for which he serves as co-editor.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Tang receives Servant Leadership Award

January 29, 2007" alt="Pearl Tang" title="Pearl Tang" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="252" height="378" align="right" />Pearl Tang, whose service to public health helped improve the survival rate for infants in low-income Arizona families, will receive the 2007 Servant Leadership Award from ASU at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast celebration at 7 a.m., Jan. 30.

ASU President Michael Crow will play host to the annual event at the Tempe campus Memorial Union, inviting about 600 campus and community leaders and more than 30 schoolchildren who won ASU's annual MLK poster-essay contest. Download Full Image

As the first Asian woman doctor in Arizona in the 1950s – and one of a handful of female physicians – Tang developed an immunization program for all children in Maricopa County schools and started prenatal care clinics in rural areas. After she became chief of the Maricopa County Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, it primarily was through her leadership that the infant mortality rate in the county decreased by more than 67 percent from 1960 to 1984.

She also developed a screening program for breast and cervical cancer in county clinics, worked with the Phoenix Union High School to develop health care and education for pregnant adolescents, and helped establish medical and dental services for preschool children in Head Start centers.

Alix Hornyan of Chandler, an ASU junior who sets an example for other students with her optimism, determination and passion for service, will receive the Student Servant Leadership Award. She is co-chair of the student Community Service Coalition and has organized and recruited students for many service events.

ASU instituted an annual tribute to King 22 years ago, before the state recognized an MLK holiday to commemorate the slain civil rights leader. In 1995, the university made a breakfast celebration part of the tradition, and in 1999 ASU began giving an annual Servant Leadership Award to outstanding community members and students who demonstrate leadership through service.

The MLK poster-essay contest has grown in scope each year, with about 1,200 schoolchildren from all across Arizona describing people they know who lead through service. Twenty-four winners have been invited to the breakfast along with their parents, teachers and principals. Their work is on display in the Memorial Union student lounge in Tempe, at ASU Polytechnic campus and on the Web at (">">

ASU's Polytechnic campus has a “Prayer for Peace” luncheon Feb. 12. An art display with images that reflect the legacy of King will be at the Downtown Phoenix campus from Jan. 16 to Feb. 2, in the University Center lobby. The Phoenix campus also will have a “Stand for Something” roundtable dialogue from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 24, in the Residential Commons Plaza Room.

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