Year in Pictures: 2011
Beakers of cyanobacteria grow in Wim Vermaas’s lab. Researchers at Arizona State University continue to develop a program that uses bacteria and sunlight to generate hydrogen – a clean fuel that produces no greenhouse gases.Tom Story
The Fourth Annual Frontiers in Life Sciences Conference Series, Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, took place on the Tempe campus. Experts discussed human activities that are estimated to have increased bio-available phosphorus (P) by 400 percent, which has lead to severe environmental consequences. The demand for P however continues to increase while phosphate reserves, the only viable source of P, are on the decline.
ASU’s Daniel Childers (left) moderated the Phosphorus Primer panel discussion as Dana Cordell (center) from the University of Technology in Sydney makes a point. Listening is Phil Haygarth, professor of soil and water science at Lancaster Environment Centre.
ASU President Michael Crow answered questions during a press conference to announce that Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University had signed a pact to deepen their ties in health care, medical research and education. The agreement includes the relocation of ASU's biomedical informatics program from downtown Phoenix to Mayo's Scottsdale campus. At left is Victor Trastek, vice president of Mayo Clinic, CEO, of Mayo Clinic in Arizona and John Noseworthy (center), president and CEO, Mayo Clinic.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” stopped by ASU – where it was met by an enthusiastic gathering – to tape a segment for the show and thank ASU students for their support.Tom Story
Lawrence Krauss, left, director of the ASU Origins Project, welcomed a panel of distinguished scientists, including two Nobel laureates, to the “Great Debate: What is Life?” at ASU Gammage, Feb. 12. Richard Dawkins, Sidney Altman, Leland “Lee” H. Hartwell, Roger Bingham, Chris McKay, Paul Davies and J. Craig Venter joined the discussion.Tom Story
Temple Grandin spoke with fans, including parents and students, as she signed copies of her books, including “Thinking in Pictures” and “Animals Make Us Human.” Grandin, who graduated from ASU in 1975 with a master’s degree in animal science, was on campus, March 1, to deliver this year’s Institute for Humanities Research Distinguished Lecture, which was titled “What Makes Us Human? Visual Thinking and Different Kinds of Minds.”Tom Story
“Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray,” was presented at ASU's Gammage Auditorium by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company. The performance began a three-year relationship with ASU.Tom Story
Thomas Walsh, a graduate student in ASU’s Public History Program, read Theodore Roosevelt’s speech during a ceremony on March 21. The event was planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the speech and foreshadow next year’s Arizona centennial. Walsh located the speech in the archives in a published account by the Tempe Normal student newspaper.Tom Story
A ribbon cutting ceremony concluded the launch of ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. The Honorable Ed Pastor delivered the keynote address at the ceremony at Coor Hall, March 21. From left to right: Lasana Hotep; graduate assistant; professor Matthew Whitaker, the center’s founding director; Mark von Hagen, professor of history and director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies; congressman Ed Pastor; academic associate Jill Schiefelbein; Neal Lester, dean of Humanities; and Victoria Jackson, graduate assistant.Tom Story
Julie Wrigley delivered her remarks during a ceremony, March 21, in which the Global Institute of Sustainability headquarters building on ASU’s Tempe campus was renamed in honor of her. In attendance to honor the Institute’s founding benefactor were: ASU President Michael Crow; Rob Walton, chairman of the board of Walmart and co-chair of the Board of Trustees for Sustainability at ASU; a crowd of community and business leaders; and the ASU community.Tim Trumble
In a midday gathering, ASU honored NCAA Wrestling National Champions Bubba Jenkins and Anthony Robles. Coach Shawn Charles thanked the Sun Devil fans for their support of ASU wrestling.Tom Story
Laurel Gray, a sophomore global health major, harvests chard from the rooftop garden, on the fourth floor of Sage Hall South at Barrett, the Honors College. The garden is part of The Sustainability House At Barrett (SHAB) – a living and learning community devoted to sustainable living concepts. The community also features a gray water reuse system, energy and water use monitoring capabilities, an experimental green roof, roof top solar panels, cost saving dual flush toilets and individual thermostat control.Tom Story
Novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley signed books and greeted fans after delivering the 2011 A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations. The lecture was created to perpetuate the work of A. Wade Smith, a former professor and chair of sociology at ASU.Tom Story
From left to right: Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist at ASU who also chairs the SETI Post-Detection Science and Technology task group, Cambridge professor and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Lawrence Krauss, director of the ASU Origins Projects, participated in a question and answer period following an award ceremony for the “Dear Aliens” intergalactic-focused writing contest.Tom Story
Ileana Orlich, (right) received congratulations from a friend after she was named the 2011 Professor of the Yearby the ASU Parents Association. At left is Leona Aiken, who received the award in 2010.Tom Story
Students at the Herberger Academy cut the ribbon at a launch event at ASU’s West campus. The school is designed to meet the unique educational needs of gifted middle school students.Tom Story
Thousands of people took to the streets of Tempe, April 16, to honor the legacy of ASU alumnus Pat Tillman, who died serving his country in Afghanistan.Tom Story
ASU President Michael Crow and professor Arthur Ellis, acting President of the City University of Hong Kong, shake hands following a signing ceremony to celebrate a new partnership between ASU and the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), which promises to open up opportunities for students, scientists and entrepreneurs alike. The two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony, April 21 at CityU. Through this partnership, the universities will develop collaborations that could lead to establishment of joint research centers around topics of mutual interest including flexible systems, digital media and sustainability
This year’s 2011 Spring Undergraduate Commencement was held at Sun Devil Stadium and featured almost 8,000 graduates.Jeanne Schaser
Students sing the fight song during Sun Devil Welcome, an event held at the beginning of the fall semester to welcome freshmen to ASU.Tom Story
With a freshly painted “A” in the background, students filled ASU's malls and classrooms for the start of the fall semester.Tom Story
ASU President Michael Crow (left) addresses the audience prior to the start of a discussion on the future of water during the “Changing Planet” town hall, held at the Galvin Playhouse Aug. 25.Tom Story
Students arrived early to the first football game of the season, to greet the team.Tom Story
Stephen Bradley, an Army ROTC cadet and history major, was one of more than 250 volunteers that helped place 2977 flags, as part of the 2011 Healing Field held at Tempe Beach Park. The 8th annual event honored those lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.Tom Story
Members of the ABC production crew filmed ASU students who braved early morning hours to be part of Good Morning America’s “Your Three Words” segment that featured approximately 20 live hits around the world – from Afghanistan to New York City’s Times Square. Participants displayed inspirational three-word messages as the band OneRepublic sang their hit, “Good Life,” live from the Good Morning America studio.Julie Newberg
Donald Johanson (left), the founding director of the Institute of Human Origins and William Kimbel, the institute’s director, cut the ribbon at the opening of the “Becoming Human – 30 years of Research and Discovery” exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology at ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
The exhibit told the story of the institute's 30-year impact on anthropology and understanding the human career – from the discovery of "Lucy" by Donald Johanson in 1974, to today's engaging research into how the human race may have survived in very small numbers in caves at the tip of South Africa.
ASU, “America’s Solar University,” puts the SUN in Sun Devils as its four campuses now generate over 10 megawatts of electricity by solar power.Tom Story
Last year’s returning champions, the Gold team from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, defended their title to win the Academic Bowl for the second year.Tom Story
Tempe's ASU Health Services opened a new section that houses primary care, women’s health care, acute care and wellness care such as dietary counseling, acupuncture, massage and chiropractic services. Students also have access to laboratory, X-ray and pharmacy services in the new building. When renovations are complete, wellness care and administrative services will move into the renovated section of the building.Tom Story
ASU participated in the Arizona Humanities Festival, Oct. 22, at Civic Space Park, across the street from the Downtown Phoenix campus.Tom Story
2011 Homecoming activities kicked off at ASU’s West campus with the inaugural Sparky's 5K Twilight Dash, a 3.1 mile event. Participants stretched for KTVK television and Crystal Cruz, who did a live broadcast from the West campus prior to the start of the race.Tom Story
The “A” on Tempe Butte is outlined in lights as participants in the Lantern Walk gather on the mountain during Homecoming at ASU.Tom Story
Prior to this year's Homecoming parade, the W. P. Carey School of Business held a ceremony to break ground for a new building east of their current location. From left to right: Steve Evans, Jane Edmunds, Ardie Evans, John Graham, Geoff Edmunds, Sharon McCord, President Michael Crow and dean Robert Mittelstaedt.Tom Story
Christiane Amanpour, anchor of ABC News' "This Week" and former chief international correspondent at CNN, listens to a question from Alex Reese during a visit to the set of Cronkite NewsWatch. Amanpour is the recipient of the 2011 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.Tom Story
On ASU’s West campus, construction is under way on Casa del Oro, a new 93,000-square-foot living-learning community that will open for freshman and sophomore students in fall 2012. The 365-bed residence hall will feature one- and two-bedroom, suite-style units for two or four residents, and will double the current number of on-campus options for resident students. Part of the complex will include a new 37,000-square-foot dining facility.Tom Story
More than 5,000 students graduated from ASU during fall commencement, Dec. 14-15.Tom Story