'Time' names Crow a top university president to watch

November 12, 2009

Arizona State University President Michael Crow has been named by Time magazine as one of the top U.S. university presidents to watch. The November 23, 2009 issue of Time includes a feature on the 10 best college presidents, which includes Michael Crow.

The part of the story that highlights Crow talks about his goal of transforming ASU into the New American University that aims to improve rankings, performance and access all at the same time, going against the grain of most top universities. It also provides a report card. Download Full Image

“During his tenure, the university has more than doubled its yearly research spending, boosted its roster of National Merit Scholars 61 percent, and claimed a spot on three separate rankings of America’s best colleges,” the article states. “Meanwhile the number of low-income Arizona freshman enrolling each year has grown nearly nine-fold and the population of minority students has jumped 62 percent.”

Crow described the goals of ASU as aiming to meet the needs of the people.

“We’re done with trying to raise money for putting brass buttons on the back of our chairs,” Crow said. “What people really want from their university is, ‘Help us with these things that are most important to us.’”

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16 graduate students earn dissertation fellowships

November 12, 2009

The Graduate College has awarded 16 dissertation fellowships to outstanding graduate students who are in the final stages of post-candidacy doctoral work. Fellowships are awarded across five areas: arts, humanities and social sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; engineering; professional programs and education; and interdisciplinary research. 

The fellows' varied research includes justice issues in deaf education, improvements in fuel cell efficiency, vaccine development, connections between literature and cinema in Latin America, and the relationship between climate and human behavior in prehistoric Arizona.  Download Full Image

"We had some of the best students from across the university nominated for this year's dissertation fellowships," says Andrew Webber, associate vice provost. "These students have made strong contributions to advancing their fields of study. They should feel very proud of their accomplishments so far, and for their potential as future leaders in their chosen professions." 

The sixteen dissertation fellowships were awarded to:

• Neslihan Cevik, School of Social and Family Dynamics 

• Laura Dougherty, School of Theatre and Film

• Daniel Farrell, Department of Physics

• John Finn, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

• Dorothy Griffin, Environmental Design & Planning

• Thomas Horejes, School of Social Transformation

• Scott Ingram, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

• Assen Kokalov, School of International Letters and Cultures

• Rucheeta Vedant Kulkarni, Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

• Nicholas LaRowe, School of Politics and Global Studies

• Alberto Perez Pereiro, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

• Amy Rector, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

• Jeffery Thomson, Materials Science Engineering

• Emel Topal, School of Life Sciences/Biodesign Institute 

• Andre Valdez, Department of Psychology

• Johanna Wagner, Department of English

Editor Associate, University Provost