Cronkite professor named to Defense Information School Hall of Fame

February 22, 2013

Stephen Doig, the Knight Chair in Journalism in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was recently selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) Hall of Fame in Fort Meade, Md.

The school will recognize Doig along with six other alumni at its induction ceremony on March 14. The program will recognize DINFOS graduates for their significant contributions to the nation. Download Full Image

For Doig, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, the award is much more than a symbolic gesture.

“I’m pleased because I really owe my career to the service,” Doig said. “My first few years of college were spotty and I was sort of adrift. The Army gave me strong direction and ultimately my career.”

Doig said he was recruited to play football at Dartmouth College when a leg injury ended his sports days. He said after the injury he lost his identity as a jock and was rudderless in college. He finally dropped out of Dartmouth and promptly was drafted by the United States Army in 1970. After a 10-week course at DINFOS, Doig served as a combat correspondent during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. After Vietnam, he served as an instructor at DINFOS for 18 months before returning to Dartmouth to graduate.

Doig’s distinguished military service carried over into his civilian life. He joined the Arizona State University faculty in 1996 after a 23-year career as a newspaper journalist, including 19 years at the Miami Herald. There, he served as a research editor, pollster, science editor, columnist, federal courts reporter, state capital bureau chief, education reporter and aviation writer. In 1993 he shared a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a newspaper series called “What Went Wrong” – a study of the damage patterns from Hurricane Andrew that exposed how weakened building codes and poor construction patterns contributed to the extent of the disaster.

He currently teaches graduate courses in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication professional master’s program, including the print reporting portion of the Journalism Skills (MCO 502) bootcamp as well as Media Research Methods (MCO 510). Doig also actively consults with print and broadcast news media outlets around the world on computer-assisted reporting problems.

In addition to Doig, the 2012 DINFOS honorees will include Walter Mondale, former vice president, senator and ambassador; Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune columnist, author and Pulitzer Prize winner; LouAnne Johnson, author; Jim Bryant, photographer and author; John Camp, best-selling author; John Camp, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner; and Les Payne, journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner and a National Association of Black Journalists founder.

Reporter , ASU News


ASU's newest research building achieves LEED Gold certification

February 22, 2013

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Arizona State University’s newest research center, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), with LEED certification at the Gold level – making it ASU’s largest LEED certified research building.

The 298,000-square-foot structure houses ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, Security and Defense System Initiative and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. ISTB 4 LEED Download Full Image

HDR, as executive architect, collaborated with architectural design firm Ehrlich Architects, on this uniquely sustainable research and laboratory building.

Formally opened in September 2012, ISTB 4 joins several other ASU buildings that currently participate in the council's LEED rating systems. Since July 2006, ASU has completed 18 certified LEED projects which are comprised of 36 buildings plus the second floor of the Memorial Union. To become LEED Gold certified, the buildings had to meet exacting standards for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporate a variety of sustainable strategies.

The $110 million, seven-story ISTB 4 building achieved 46 total points under the LEED for New Construction version 2.2 rating system. In order to earn LEED Gold, a project must achieve between 39 and 50 points.

“The entire project team worked together throughout design and construction to make ISTB 4 a high-performance building that met its sustainability goals," said sustainable designer Matthew Cunha-Rigby. "The building had a complex, energy intensive program; and to be able to reduce expected energy use by almost half is a testament to the work of everyone involved in the project. This reaffirms that we have the ability to make well-designed, energy efficient buildings without significant impacts to the project. ISTB 4 demonstrates ASU’s leadership in campus sustainability and its commitment to a better future.”

One of the major project goals for the building was to reduce energy as much as possible. When fully occupied, it is estimated that ISTB 4’s energy use will be nearly one-half that of a typical laboratory building.

Some of the green design and construction features implemented in the building include:

• Optimal building orientation based on local climate conditions and a high performance façade with vertical sunshades to reduce heat gain and incorporate passive cooling strategies.

• Efficient Building Systems. The design optimized the building envelope and integrated extremely efficient mechanical systems to reduce energy use by 40.7 percent below a typical laboratory building.

• On-site renewable energy. ASU allocated energy produced by the photovoltaic array on the parking structure adjacent to ISTB 4, supplying an additional 11.6 percent of its energy use beyond the savings achieved by the building design. The renewable energy reduced the building’s energy costs by over 16 percent, because the peak energy load is also reduced.

• Minimized resource use. Local building materials, extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, exceeded 44 percent of the material cost under MRc5, Regional Materials. ISTB 4 earned an additional LEED credit for exemplary performance by achieving this threshold.

• Daylighting. The building envelope and the interior space are designed to admit natural light into as many spaces as possible, and a central atrium brings daylight deep into the building interior.

ASU has the largest number of LEED-certified buildings throughout Arizona and claims the top spot for achieving the state’s first-ever LEED platinum certification in July 2007 with the Tempe campus’ Biodesign Building B.

Nikki Cassis

marketing and communications director, School of Earth and Space Exploration