ASU Orchestras announces 2022–23 season of imagination, inclusion, collaboration

September 29, 2022

The 2022–23 ASU Orchestras season shows what a contemporary symphony orchestra can include within its programming aesthetic, said Jeffery Meyer, director of orchestras and associate professor in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.

“Our season is full of breadth, imagination, inclusion and collaboration with our guest artists,” Meyer said. Orchestra playing on a stage. ASU Symphony Orchestra Download Full Image

The ASU Orchestras include the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra and Studio Orchestra.

Meyer said each season’s guest artists are chosen on a variety of levels, from highlighting the school’s music faculty to upcoming and well-known guest artists and composers.

Highlights of this season include an October collaboration with the Symphony Orchestra and ASU piano faculty Cathal Breslin performing the epic Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No. 2" and Stravinsky’s “The Rites of Spring.” Later in the month, the symphony will perform “The Rites of Spring” in a concert with composer and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Vijay Iyer as soloist on his own piano piece called “Radhe Radhe.”

Meyer said that “Radhe Radhe,” which was called “a surprising burst of visual and aural color — a romantically wrapped love letter to a people and their traditions” by Downbeat Magazine, is a stunning companion for “The Rites of Spring” and features the interplay of live music and film documenting the Hindu ritual of Holi. Themes of rebirth and celebration, of love and life, emerge in both concerts commemorating "The Rites of Spring."

In November, the symphony will collaborate with the Sun Devil Marching Band, the ASU Gospel Choir and ASU Gammage in a show featuring Gus Farwell, the former ASU quarterback-turned-tenor who received international recognition for singing from the balcony of his home in Barcelona while the world battled a global pandemic.

Next is a collaboration between the ASU Symphony Orchestra and ASU Philharmonia performing works by Bernstein and Brahms and featuring two world premieres by emerging young composers.

Following is a concert with the Chamber Orchestra highlighting graduate student emerging artists Tzu-I Yang on bass and Leon Jin on bassoon and three DMA conducting students.

In spring, a Black History Month collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra and Associate Professor and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s DBR lab features music alumna and popular music faculty Yophi Adia Bost along with theater and dance students.

In the first large-scale collaboration with the Visiting String Quartet Residency Program, the symphony performs with this year’s resident artists Brooklyn Rider for a concert centered around musical selections exploring major issues facing a global, interconnected society on a warming planet. As featured soloists, Brooklyn Rider will perform a powerful piece called “Contested Eden,” about the recent and historic forest fires in California.

The season closes with the ASU Choirs and music voice faculty performing one of the masterpieces of Western art music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and a new commissioned piece, “Fate Now Conquers,” by composer Carlos Simon, which was written as a companion piece for the Beethoven symphony. Simon, past winner of the ASU Gammage and former ASU School of Music Composition Competition, is a frequent commissioned composer for previous concerts, including “Towards a More Perfect Union” and “Graffiti.”

The ASU Philharmonia’s eclectic concert season, conducted by music director Julie Desbordes, aims to expand its audience with its diverse and exciting repertoire. It opens with honoring the string sections of the orchestra and a collaboration with the Tempe High School String Ensemble, with pieces from classical standards to those inspired by folk and even heavy metal. Next is a collaboration between the Philharmonia and the ASU Symphony Orchestra followed by a collaboration with the ASU Maroon and Gold Band. The final concert features the Phoenix Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, 2021–22 ASU composition competition winner Deanna Rusnock and ASU piano faculty and Professor Andrew Campbell.

“This season, Philharmonia students and community members will grow a depth of knowledge about a wide range of repertoire and musical inspirations while celebrating teamwork and collaborative efforts,” Desbordes said.

“My goal with the orchestras is to always reach our fingers into as many different pools of repertoire and composers as possible and also keep reinvigorating the canonical works and put them in new contexts and new lights,” Meyer said.

2022–23 Orchestras Season

ASU Philharmonia
7 p.m., Sept. 30
Tempe High School

ASU Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s "Rites of Spring"
3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theatre       
Tickets: $12 and $20. Purchase tickets.   

ASU Symphony Orchestra with Vijay Iyer
"Radhe Radhe" and Stravinsky’s "Rites of Spring"
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15
ASU Gammage
Tickets $12. Purchase tickets.       

ASU Studio Orchestra
Mozart Symphony No. 40 and other masterworks
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26
Katzin Concert Hall 
Free admission

Gridiron to ASU Gammage: A Musical Celebration of the Sun Devil Spirit featuring Gus Farwell
7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4
ASU Gammage 
Free admission. Reserve tickets.

ASU Symphony Orchestra and ASU Philharmonia
"The Power of Youth"
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10
ASU Gammage
Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets.

ASU Chamber Orchestra
Concerto Competition Prize Winners
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1
ASU Gammage
Tickets $12. Purchase tickets.

ASU Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Boulanger
3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13
ASU Gammage. Purchase tickets.
Tickets $12 

ASU Maroon & Gold Band and Philharmonia
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14
ASU Gammage
Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets.

ASU Chamber Orchestra Strings
"Reflections of Hope and Home” in collaboration with DBR Lab
7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27
Organ Hall
Free admission

ASU Symphony Orchestra and Brooklyn Rider
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5
ASU Gammage 
Tickets $12. Purchase tickets

ASU Studio Orchestra
Petrushka and Pagliacci
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20
Katzin Concert Hall
Free admission        

ASU Philharmonia: "Blossom"
7:30 p.m., Monday, April 24
ASU Gammage
Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets.

ASU Symphony Orchestra and ASU Choirs
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
7:30 p.m., Friday, April 28
ASU Gammage
Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets.

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Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music


Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove to speak at ASU lecture

September 28, 2022

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will host the annual Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series with Rita Dove, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist who is currently a Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The lecture, “An evening with Rita Dove,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, on ASU’s Tempe campus in Roskind Great Hall. Portrait of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and essayist Rita Dove. Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist. Download Full Image

The lecture will be the signature event of The College’s second annual Humanities Week — a collection of special events from Oct. 17–21 that highlight the ways in which students and faculty are exploring the human adventure across time, culture and place. 

Dove is the author of "Thomas and Beulah," a collection of 44 connected, narrative poems that won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her Collected Poems 1974–2004,” released in 2016, includes three decades of her work and multiple books of poetry, showcasing the diversity in her work. Her most recent book of poetry, "Playlist for the Apocalypse," was published by W. W. Norton in 2021.

In addition to poetry, Dove has published a book of short stories, the novel "Through the Ivory Gate" and numerous essays. She also edited "The Best American Poetry 2000," "The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry" and The New York Times Magazine’s weekly poetry column from 2018 to 2019.

From 1993 to 1995, Dove served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She was the youngest person and the first African American to have been appointed to this position since it was created by an act of Congress in 1986.

Dove’s numerous honors include Lifetime Achievement Medals from the Library of Virginia and the Fulbright Association, the 2014 Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, the 2019 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2021 Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as the 16th (and third female and first African American) poet in the Medal’s 110-year history.

She also received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton in 1997 and, in 2011, the National Medal of Arts from President Obama — making her the only poet ever to receive both medals.

Dove has attended Miami University of Ohio, Universität Tübingen in Germany and the University of Iowa, where she earned her creative writing MFA. From 1981 to 1989, Dove taught creative writing in the Department of English at ASU.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in several lots and parking garages near the venue. Learn more and RSVP at

About the Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series

The Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series brings nationally-known scholars concerned with promoting culture through the humanities and a better understanding of the problems of democracy to ASU. This annual free public lecture is funded with a gift from Jonathan and Maxine Marshall.

Alek Bustamante Valdez

Marketing assistant, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

ASU, Golden West College partnership allows student to pursue dream of business degree

MyPath2ASU collaboration makes for smooth, successful transfer process

September 21, 2022

Ever since participating in a business competition in high school, Cameron Prohaska knew he wanted a career in the field. He also knew that he would need to pursue higher education to meet that goal, but didn’t feel quite ready for college straight out of high school.

After taking some time off to develop his interests and launch a small business selling clothes, Prohaska enrolled in Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, where he focused on economics and completed his associate’s degree. Collage of ASU logo and Golden West College logo. Download Full Image

Around that time, he learned of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan at Arizona State University, which provides 100% tuition coverage for eligible U.S. partnersStarbucks refers to its employees as partners.. That was all Prohaska needed to convince him ASU was the place to pursue his bachelor’s degree.

The icing on the cake was learning that Golden West College had formed an alliance with ASU to provide students a seamless transfer experience through the MyPath2ASU program.

MyPath2ASU is a set of customized tools available to transfer students from accredited, U.S. regional institutions. These tools ensure a smooth transition to ASU after earning credits or an associate degree from a U.S. community college or university, and also shorten the time to degree completion.

“The ASU pathway program helped me through seeing what tasks I needed to get done next. I was able to remain organized and focused by staying on track and being in contact with my ASU counselor on a semi-weekly basis,” Prohaska said.

Through the MyPath2ASU partnership, students have access to personalized benefits to help them navigate the transfer experience, including:

  • End-to-end learner navigation through 400 course-by-course guided pathways into on-campus, local and ASU Online degree programs.
  • Insurance of course applicability through assistance with selecting courses that apply to their associate and ASU bachelor’s degree.
  • Guaranteed general admission to ASU and admission into MyPath2ASU major choice if all requirements are satisfied. (Some majors have additional or higher admission requirements.)
  • Self-service, degree progress tracking through My Transfer Guide to minimize loss of credit.
  • Connected experience through personalized ASU communications to prepare academically and build a connection to ASU.

“At Golden West College, we care about our students not only while they take classes with us, but also when they move on to transfer institutions,” said Meridith Randall, vice president of instruction. “Our partnership with ASU is an integral step in ensuring a seamless transition for students to the next step in their higher education journey.”

Here, Prohaska shares more about his journey from community college to the accountancy BS program in the W. P. Carey School of Business, as well as some advice for other transfer students.

Portrait of ASU transfer student .

Cameron Prohaska

Question: Why did you choose ASU?

Answer: I chose ASU because of the professors and classes. I have friends that are ASU alumni and they have always told me great things about how smooth the courses run each session. Working at Starbucks and being aware of the ASU SCAPStarbucks College Achievement Plan program, I began to act on transferring to the university as soon as I became eligible.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your ASU experience so far?

A: I have really enjoyed the classes. Each class online is very structured and organized, which makes it easier as a student to follow and keep up with. One of my strengths is following instruction, and I like that the classes are set up to help me stay on task by keeping up to date with my calendar for deadlines and due dates.

Q: What are your plans after you graduate with your bachelor's degree?

A: My plan is to work for a company where I can do accounting, but I also want to get my master's and find more information on earning that so I can strengthen my experience and resume.

Q: What do you do in your spare time to advance your goals?

A: I enjoy buying and selling clothes in my spare time when I can afford to. Learning about the market for secondhand clothes as well as brand new clothing items to sell for profit actually got me interested in accounting. I was able to learn a lot more about gross profit and how I wanted to grow in the future if I want to start up my own business someday.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to a new transfer student?

A: One piece of advice I would give to a new transfer student is to find out the school's student support number. This helped me get in contact with an ASU success coach and made my transfer process way easier on me. I was able to quickly set up an appointment easily, and they were available pretty quickly. The success coach also answered all of my questions that I needed help answering and finding solutions to.

Watch Prohaska share his story below:

The Biodesign Institute expands its scientific reach with 5 new faculty

September 21, 2022

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University welcomes five new faculty members, beginning this fall. The incoming researchers, all outstanding scientists in their respective fields, will further extend the already broad reach of the institute’s portfolio, which encompasses human health, national security and environmental sustainability.

Joshua Hihath will be the new director of the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors. He will replace N.J. Tao,  whose innovative work had raised the center to one of international prominence in the field of nanotechnology. Exterior of a Biodesign Institute building on Arizona State University's Tempe campus. The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University welcomes new faculty members to its Centers for Bioelectronics and Biosensors; Mechanisms of Evolution; Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics; Health Through Microbiomes; and Biocomputing, Security and Society. Download Full Image

Portrait of

Joshua Hihath

In addition to his appointment at the Biodesign Institute, Hihath is a professor with the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at ASU. Previously, he was a professor and vice chair for undergraduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California Davis, having earned his PhD in electrical engineering from ASU in 2008.

Hihath has pursued research at the intersection of engineering, chemistry, biology and physics, and focuses on understanding the electrical and mechanical properties of nanoscale and molecular systems for applications in electronics, sensing and health care.

“I'm excited to return to the Biodesign Institute. ASU has an expansive, dynamic and highly interdisciplinary research environment that spans engineering and the physical, chemical and health sciences,” Hihath says.

“I look forward to a variety of new collaborations aimed at harnessing the unique electronic properties of molecules for new applications in electronics, diagnostics, sensing and health care.”

Navish Wadhwa has joined the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution. He was trained as an engineer and physicist but has long been preoccupied with biological problems as well. His eclectic academic background includes an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (IIT Delhi), MS in engineering mechanics (Virginia Tech), and a PhD in physics (Technical University of Denmark).

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Navish Wadhwa

His postdoctoral research brought him to Harvard’s Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, where his love for biophysics was solidified.

His work has focused in part on how physical interactions enable or constrain the ways biological organisms move and interact with each other and their surroundings. His research into bacterial motility, guided by tiny rotary motors composed of distinct protein components, is one example.

“I was attracted to Biodesign due to its emphasis on interdisciplinary research and an exceptional group of people, both in scientific and research support roles,” Wadhwa says. “Altogether, Biodesign has created a fantastic environment to do science and I look forward to taking advantage of everything it has to offer as I launch my independent research career.”

Nsa Dada begins her new research position with the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics

She is the founder and lead of the Mosquito Microbiome Consortium, a collaborative initiative for the advancement of mosquito microbiome research. She is also a global health research consultant for institutions like the World Health Organization and Pan-African Mosquito Control Association. She is also the first black faculty member appointed to ASU's School of Life Sciences, where she is assistant professor. 

Working within the global health sphere, she has led or been involved in research at the intersection of the biology, evolution, ecology/microbial ecology, and control of parasites and disease vectors at leading research and public health institutions around the world, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she was a resident American Society for Microbiology Postdoctoral Fellow, and subsequent research fellow.

Portrait of

Nsa Dada

Her research efforts are now largely concentrated on how mosquito-microbe interactions shape mosquito biology and evolutionary responses to changes in their habitats. She currently leads a pioneering and award-winning research program that is aimed at understanding how microbes may contribute to the development of insecticide resistance in mosquito vector populations. She is a strong proponent of equitable 'Global North-South' research collaborations, and as such fosters several collaborative and research exchange initiatives between different institutions around the world.

Dada earned her BSc degree in zoology from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and her MSc degree in biology and control of parasites and disease vectors from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, England. She pursued a multidisciplinary doctoral research program at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway, and earned a PhD degree in microbiology — focusing on mosquito-microbe interactions.

"I joined Biodesign for its focus on finding solutions to global health challenges through research; an essence that encompasses what I do as a scientist. Being a part of Biodesign will allow me to explore an intersection of different life science disciplines (vector biology, molecular biology, and microbial ecology) that are usually explored independently. It especially provides an adequate platform for answering questions about the biology and behavior of disease vectors from the perspective of their association with microbes. It is also important for me to be in a community of scientists with similar research interests, and I look forward to interacting and collaborating with ASU colleagues."

The newly established Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes, under the direction of Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, welcomes its first new hire. Taichi Suzuki is an evolutionary biologist interested in the role of the microbiome in the health and fitness of animals, including humans.

“My research aims to build a comprehensive picture of host-microbial coevolution in animals that harbor complex microbial communities, ranging from genes to organismal biology to macro-evolutionary patterns,” Suzuki says. 

Suzuki comes to ASU via the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany, where he has been a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Microbiome Sciences since 2018. His research involves the identification of common genes that mediate host-microbial interactions across populations and species of mammals. Despite an existing body of research on the human gut microbiome, the microbial composition of such communities within wild, non-human populations remains a largely blank slate.

Using populations of wild house mice, Suzuki has explored the complex roles of symbiotic microbial communities in shaping host ecology and evolution. Research into the beneficial effects of the mammalian microbiome in natural populations has deep implications for the study of human health.

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Taichi Suzuki

Joshua Daymude joins the Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society and shares an appointment with ASU’s School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence. He completed his PhD in 2021 at the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE) at ASU. Prior to his professorship, he was a Mistletoe Research Fellow at the Momental Foundation, a three-time ARCS Foundation Johnston Endowment Scholar and a CIDSE Dean's Fellow.

Portrait of

Joshua Daymude

Daymude’s wide-ranging research connects distributed computing theory to collective and emergent behavior. His work involves areas of computer science such as distributed computing, stochastic processes, swarm intelligence and bio-inspired algorithms. His interdisciplinary approach encompasses theoretical immunology, microbiomic ecology, active matter physics, dynamic networks and programmable matter systems.

The research will explore the potential of distributed computing theory to “help solve unanswered questions about distributed systems in biology and society,” Daymude says.

“The Biodesign Institute offers a perfect interdisciplinary environment to pursue this research, where I can learn from and lend my expertise to biological and social research areas outside of computer science."

Richard Harth

Science writer, Biodesign Institute at ASU


ASU Online students, alumni network in DC

Current, past students of Master of Arts in global security gathered for reception in nation's capital

September 20, 2022

In September, the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University hosted its first Washington, D.C., reception for current students, alumni and faculty of the ASU Online Master of Arts in global security program.

"From day one, our MA in global security has emphasized networking and creating new career opportunities not just for our students, but also for our alums,” said Magda Hinojosa, professor and director of the School of Politics and Global Studies. ASU Online students and alumni mingle at a networking event. Peter Bergen (far left), ASU professor of practice, talking with students and alumni of the global security master's program. Download Full Image

“I was humbled to be in the room with individuals who had incredible life stories,” said Michael Lapadot, a current global security student and service member in the U.S. Army. “I had never met anyone at the reception in person before, but as soon as I arrived, I felt that I was meeting with teammates.”

This event, which took place at ASU's Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center, is part of a broader effort to connect students, alumni and faculty of the online program based on areas around the world they are located.

“Washington, D.C., is the center of activity in global security and home to our largest concentration of alumni outside Arizona, so there are tremendous opportunities in the area for our students to network, learn and advance their careers,” said Thomas Just, a lecturer with the School of Politics and Global Studies.

The reception took place the night before the Future Security Forum, which is jointly hosted by New America and ASU's Center on the Future of War, among others. Attendees were able to meet and engage with Peter Bergen, who is the vice president of global studies and fellows at New America, the co-director of the Center on the Future of War and a professor of practice with the School of Politics and Global Studies.

“We have the privilege of working with an amazing group of graduate students from diverse backgrounds,” said Daniel Rothenberg, professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies, co-director of the Center on the Future of War and co-director of the grad program.

“It is exciting to stay in touch with our students after they graduate as part of our commitment to creating and sustaining a vibrant intellectual and professional community focused on addressing pressing global security challenges.”

Lapadot shared that the graduate program has helped him identify mentors and professional career goals. He hopes to continue to stay connected because of the diverse group of alumni.

“D.C. is full of people who are at the cutting edge of national security policy, intelligence and/or commercial technology,” Lapadot said. “This reception connected people from all of these backgrounds. Given the university's relationship with New America, the McCain Institute, etc., I think ASU can really establish a footprint in D.C.”

Jennifer Abdulla, who graduated in 2021 with her master’s degree in global security and works in the intelligence field (nuclear security), attended the reception as well, noting networking as an “important part of exploring career opportunities.”

She looks forward to more events like this that provide opportunities for mentorship between students and alumni of the program.

“It was good to be able to provide insights to new students,” Abdulla said. “It was also great to meet a couple of my former professors.”

Chris Conte, another global security alum in attendance, has credited the program in helping him navigate his career path over the last few years. He has been pleasantly surprised with how engaging the faculty and fellow students have been.

“I believe one of the best things a person can do to set themselves up for success professionally is to surround themselves with high-level individuals and build a strong network of quality people around them,” said Conte. “The program is filled with outstanding people in both the faculty and student base, and staying connected with this community certainly has put me in a better position to tap into the well of connections that expand from the MAGS program.”

He credits the leadership of the program for building a community within the student and alumni base.

“While often times online education can feel artificial and distant, the MAGS program does a great job at overcoming some of these challenges,” said Conte. “Seeing as many faces as I did at the reception just shows how many other MAGS members feel the connection to community within the program and how strong the potential is for this network to continue to grow.”

The event brought together members of the global security MA community who work for a number of employers such as the FBI, Voice of America, Verizon and the Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security.

The School of Politics and Global Studies plans to offer more engagement opportunities in the future as the number of students and alumni continue to grow from the MA in global security, its cybersecurity concentration and global security and competitive statecraft graduate certificate.

ASU students and alumni pose for group photo at networking event.

Peter Bergen (far left), ASU professor of practice, met with students and alumni of the global security master's program in Washington, D.C.

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies


Theater professor named 2022 Victoria Foundation award recipient

September 19, 2022

Arizona State University Professor Micha Espinosa has been named the 2022 recipient of the Professor Alberto Ríos Outstanding Literary/Arts Award by the Victoria Foundation. A longstanding member of the Screen Actors Guild, Espinosa is known as a national and international presence and a leading voice for social justice in the classroom. 

Espinosa is a full professor in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre with affiliate appointments in The Sidney Poitier New American Film School and the School of Transborder Studies. She said she is honored to be acknowledged for her work by the Victoria Foundation. Professor Espinosa with her son at the awards ceremony on Sept. 14. Photo courtesy MIcha Espinosa. ASU Professor Micha Espinosa is pictured with her son at the Higher Education Awards Reception on Sept. 14 at the Helios Education Foundation in Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Micha Espinosa Download Full Image

“The work of the Victoria Foundation inspires me,” said Espinosa. “It is a great honor to receive recognition from an organization that shares my values of strengthening educational opportunities for the LatinxThe gender-neutral term for a person from, or whose ancestors were from, a Spanish-speaking land or culture or from Latin America. communities of Arizona.”

Espinosa has been working on a book co-edited with Cynthia Santos DeCure that addresses the systemic invisibility of Latino actors in the industry and develops culturally conscious pathways to career success. She is also working on a project with ASU Barrett College Fellows Marcus Cruz, Chelsea Hernandez Martinez and Jaime Orozco Velasquez to improve opportunities and perceptions of careers in the performing arts.

“My creative and academic writings have focused on the urgent need to address the inequities that Latinx students face in the field,” said Espinosa. “I hope that receiving this award sheds light on these two projects dear to my heart.”

Espinosa was honored at the Higher Education Awards Reception on Sept. 14 at the Helios Education Foundation in Phoenix.

Lacy Chaffee

Media and communications coordinator, School of Music, Dance and Theatre


Sherine Gabriel appointed to facilitate health outcomes at ASU

Gabriel named a University Professor of the Future of Health Outcomes and Medicine, and chair of the ASU Health Outcomes Design Council

September 19, 2022

Arizona State University has announced the appointment of Dr. Sherine Gabriel to the position of University Professor of the Future of Health Outcomes and Medicine, and chair of the ASU Health Outcomes Design Council.

Reporting to ASU President Michael Crow, Gabriel will be responsible for facilitating the continuing evolution of a unified health and health outcomes focus at ASU. Portrait of Sherine Gabriel Sherine Gabriel Download Full Image

She will partner with faculty and staff across the university’s complete health care portfolio, leveraging existing assets to design new, transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and forming collaborations to tackle some of the most complex medical education challenges and opportunities facing our society today.

Gabriel has dedicated her career to advancing innovative education training and equitable health outcomes as an epidemiologist and rheumatologist. She worked closely with teams and in collaboration with academic partners to conduct research, and to design and implement new education models to better prepare future health scientists and health care providers to advance health equity and improve health.

She completed her medical training at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, where she was named a 2022 recipient of the USask Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the university. She completed her residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in internal medicine and completed fellowships in rheumatology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. She received a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

Gabriel's resume includes an extensive list of leadership positions in medicine and academia, including: numerous professorial appointments within the Mayo Medical School, culminating with being awarded the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Endowed Professor and serving as dean; professor, dean, Distinguished University Professor and CEO appointments at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Medical Group; and most recently the James A. Campbell, MD Distinguished Professor and President of Rush University, as well as Chief Academic Officer of the Rush University System for Health. Rush University is a nationally ranked academic medical center in Chicago and includes a medical college, college of nursing, college of health sciences and a graduate college. One hallmark of Gabriel's time at Rush was establishing the Rush BMO Institute for Health Equity, which now coordinates Rush’s health equity initiatives across all system hospitals.

Among her long history of service to professional associations and on government and non-government boards and committees, Gabriel is a former President of the American College of Rheumatology, the world’s leading professional organization of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals dedicated to advancing research and training to improve health outcomes for individuals with rheumatic diseases. She has also served on many national committees, most significantly as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, as chair of the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee and as founding chair of the Methodology Committee of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, an institute created through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, the society of leading physician-scientists in the U.S.

Notably, Gabriel comes to ASU with a history of building strong working relationships within the university. During her tenure as dean at Mayo Clinic, she worked closely with the College of Health Solutions and EdPlus to develop and launch the new Mayo Medical School in Arizona and to incorporate the MS/certificate and MD/MS programs in the science of health care delivery. These innovative programs introduce Mayo medical students to health systems design and engineering principles, as well as health economics, leadership and management, with the goal of optimizing health care delivery and health outcomes for all.

ASU faculty member to focus on Día de los Muertos research as part of fellowship

Mathew Sandoval, from Barrett, The Honors College, awarded Faculty Fellowship with ASU’s Social Transformation Lab

September 19, 2022

Mathew Sandoval, Honors Faculty Fellow in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, recently was awarded a Faculty Fellowship with ASU’s Social Transformation Lab.

Sandoval is among the lab’s faculty fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year, which also includes Angie Bautista-Chavez, Ersula J. Ore and Jerome Clark. Portrait of ASU faculty member Mathew Sandoval. Mathew Sandoval, Honors Faculty Fellow in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

“I’m incredibly honored to be one of the lab’s 2022-2023 cohort of fellows,” Sandoval said. “This is a golden opportunity to work with a dope group of scholar-artist-activists to translate our ideas and expertise into solutions for transforming our community, our university and society more generally.”

The Social Transformation Lab is an ASU Office of the President initiative overseen by Mako Ward, assistant professor of African American studies and women and gender studies at the School of Social Transformation, and Bryan Brayboy, President’s Professor in the School of Social Transformation and vice president of social advancement.

According to Ward, director of ASU’s Social Transformation Lab, Sandoval was selected because, “his research, teaching and creative work embody the spirit of the university’s strivings toward inclusive scholarship of public value. This contributes to innovative knowledge production while advancing the university’s charter.”

Sandoval has spent the last several years using his teaching and service to address issues of racism. He organizes and facilitates the honors college's annual Juneteenth dialogue, and teaches the honors seminars “Race and Performance” and “Race and Identity in U.S. Cinema.” 

He also organizes the “Race & Revolution” film series for the Majestic movie theaters as a way to lead community dialogues about race and social change. Sandoval previously served as the Faculty Fellow for ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

“Social change isn’t a side hustle for me. Working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what I do and who I am,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval recently was recognized for his work in this area with the 2022 Sangre de Arte award from the ASU Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies “passion for creatively affecting their community through the arts, mentorship of Chicano/Latino students and leadership within ASU or the community.”

Sandoval plans to use his Social Transformation Lab fellowship to continue work on his research of the cultural history of Día de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated mostly in Mexico to remember and honor loved ones who have died.  

“My intention is to finish writing the final chapter of my book, which is about how Day of the Dead has developed into a global pop culture phenomenon over the past decade,” Sandoval said. 

“Social media and the pandemic have really transformed Day of the Dead in profound ways in the past few years. I’m trying to make sense of what all these transformations mean for the holiday, what they mean for the individuals and communities that celebrate Day of the Dead, and what they mean for Chicano/Latino culture more generally.” 

Sandoval and the other fellows will present their work in a university symposium at the end of the academic year.

Nicole Greason

Director of Marketing and Public Relations , Barrett, The Honors College


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ASU updates name, image or likeness efforts for student-athletes

September 16, 2022

Group licensing, digital platforms among the ways student-athletes can be compensated

It is a new era for college athletics, as student-athletes can now be compensated for the use of their name, image or likeness.

Endorsing a business on social media, appearances and autograph sessions, or camps are just some of the ways for student-athletes around the nation to be compensated, and Arizona State University has updated its name, image or likeness, or NIL, efforts.

“As we continue to evolve with the rapidly changing realities of college sports in 2022, ASU has developed a balanced, forward-looking approach to help our student-athletes identify, assess and implement NIL opportunities,” said Ray Anderson, vice president for University Athletics. “These are opportunities that can benefit them now as student-athletes, and also benefit them in the years ahead. 

“We have taken a hard look at what is needed to compete today, and we are taking important steps in that direction.” 

Here is a closer look:

  • ASU has established a group licensing program that covers all 26 of its varsity sports. The new program will support the pooled use of student-athletes’ NIL in licensing and marketing, creating opportunities without limiting their individual NIL rights. ASU is working with Florida-based the Brandr Group, which works with universities including Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon State, Florida and LSU on group licensing. The move gives student-athletes a path for inclusion in retail opportunities, including co-branded jerseys, apparel, trading cards, NFTs and the EA Sports College Football video game.
  • ASU is now working with Altius Sports Partners, sports business and education leaders who will collaborate with Sun Devil Athletics to support and advance NIL programs at the university.
  • ASU is working with Opendorse to provide each of its 650 student-athletes with a digital platform designed to help them maximize their individual brands. Opendorse also provides access to 150 on-demand courses that cover best practices in NIL on everything from branding and marketing to managing time and tax withholdings. Opendorse works with universities including Texas, Nebraska and Clemson.
  • Adidas unveiled a sweeping NIL network, and every eligible student-athlete at Adidas DI partner schools can become a paid affiliate brand ambassador. ASU is among the first universities to roll out this unique NIL opportunity this fall.
  • Additionally, ASU developed a multi-part NIL educational series that helps student-athletes learn about NIL storytelling, monetizing their social media, creating marketing strategies and financial literacy.

“As college athletics continues to evolve, a critical component of the experience is a formidable NIL program that educates and empowers student-athletes,” said Jean Boyd, ASU deputy athletics director and a former ASU football player. “Providing guidance to student-athletes to understand personal brands, seek out legitimate opportunities for engagement, and being aware of fiscal responsibility while educating Sun Devil Athletic supporters of appropriate means to connect with them are all foundational components of a strong NIL program.”  

Anderson notes that Sun Devil student-athletes already have extensively utilized the NIL space.

“Twenty-three of our 26 sports have at least one NIL deal, and nearly 200 businesses are already involved in NIL deals with Sun Devils,” he said. “But these steps will help us to be competitive in this quickly changing landscape.”

Top image: ASU gymnast Izzy Redmond. Photo courtesy Sun Devil Athletics.

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Materials matter

September 15, 2022

ASU celebrates opening of Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe with presentations, lab tour

In the world of Alexandra Navrotsky, it’s all about materials. 

Materials both seen and invisible to the naked eye. Materials on the Earth’s surface and deep within its mantle. Materials mined from the moon and from other planets in the solar system. Even materials from galaxies far beyond our own.  

The study of materials continues to change lives — from making cars more efficient, to reducing the greenhouse effect, to allowing rockets to soar in a safer way. And maybe one day, it will help us find another planet to inhabit. 

Ongoing materials research is essential for advancing technology. 

This is what excites Navrotsky, a professor in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences and School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. So much so that she leads the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe and has invested $10 million to support the future of materials science at ASU. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the center had its pandemic-delayed grand opening, with deans, colleagues and students from a range of disciplines gathered on the Tempe campus to mark the occasion. The event featured an overview of the center's achievements and plans, tours of lab spaces where work is being conducted, and lectures on a range of topics by researchersHongwu Xu is a professor in the School of Molecular Sciences; Qi-Jun Hong, assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy; Jie Xu, associate professor at the School of Molecular Sciences; Dan Shim, professor at School of Earth and Space Exploration; and Candace K. Chan, associate professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy Hongwu Xu, Qijun Hong, Jie Xu, Dan Shim and Candace Chan, among other speakers. Shim and Chan are the first-ever Navrotsky Professors of Materials Research, and Hongwu Xu and Jie Xu (not related) are newly hired for the Center for the Materials of the Universe.

It was a chance for event goers to learn more about the center and peek inside its work.

How it began

In 1969, ASU hired Navrotsky at a time when it was difficult for women working in the sciences to get faculty positions. After ASU, she worked at Princeton University and the University of California, Davis. Over time, she was recognized as a world-renowned geochemist and received countless honors, medals and awards, including the prestigious V.M. Goldschmidt Award. 

But in the end, Navrotsky wanted to come back to ASU, a place she calls home. With her return in 2019 came some soul-searching.

“I asked myself a question,” Navrotsky said Tuesday as she kicked off the celebration. “What can ASU do now that would be as exciting as those early days?”

The answer to that question became the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe.

And what does “materials of the universe” mean? Everything, Navrotsky said.

“It's an all-encompassing term, but really in a way, the Center for Materials of the Universe effectively has several parts to it,” she said.

“The idea of materials of the universe is that there's a natural confluence of materials science and geological and planetary science. Planets, after all, are made of materials. So in order to understand the variety of planets that one has in the universe, one has to have a great knowledge of the materials that they might be made of. 

“... So setting up an interdisciplinary collaboration, the strength of this materials problem and its application to planets, was one of the goals of of MotU, Materials of the Universe. The second goal of course, is you need better material. If you're going to do space exploration, you need to go to space. You need to have resources. You need to build things in space. ... So basically MotU explores this commonality between materials science and earth and space science.”

Collaboration has been key for the center, Navrotsky said, and it will continue to be so.

“We want to be inclusive, not exclusive.” 

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Alexandra Navrotsky, director of the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe, speaks during the center's grand opening celebration on Sept. 13. Photo by Samantha Chow/ASU

Present successes and future plans

The celebration included a showcase of some of the center’s successes since its opening, as well as future plans. Among those speaking was Qijun Hong, assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

Hong talked about his database and models for melting-temperature prediction, which are the culmination of 10 years of research. The models allow scientists to rapidly screen, design and discover new materials that will survive extremely high temperatures and high-pressure conditions, with such applications as protective barriers for gas turbines and heat shields on aircrafts. The future of his work will focus on creating a model that can determine the physical properties of any combination of elements in just three seconds. 

The center has also received funds from the National Science Foundation for a new lab that is “unlike any in the Western Hemisphere,” said Kurt Leinenweber, associate research professional in the School of Molecular Sciences. 

The lab, called FORCE — Facility for Open Research in a Compressed Environment — will be a one-of-a-kind, high-pressure facility where researchers can observe the impact of extreme pressures and discover new materials. Expected to draw scientists from around the world, the facility is scheduled to be completed by 2023 thanks to a $13.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation. 

After the morning presentations at the Biodesign Auditorium, attendees had the opportunity to tour the center’s lab facilities, and the celebration wrapped up with a reception at ASU’s ISTB4 building featuring university leaders including Chief Science and Technology Officer Neal Woodbury and Sally C. Morton, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise. President Michael M. Crow, who spoke via video, praised the work being done at the center.

“I think the exciting thing here is that Alex has brought together scientists and engineers and conceptualizers,'' Crow said. “And, in my mind … dreamers.”

He said that the work being done by the center is at the heart of where we are as a species.

“We've gotten to this point where our understanding of the universe, our understanding of the chemistry and of the physics, our understanding of the matter-energy relationships are such that we're just leaping ahead in gaining a fundamental understanding of who we are, where we are, why we're here, how things work now and how they will work in the future.” 

Top photo: Pieces of cubic boron nitride, the world’s second-hardest material, sit on a table at the Physical Sciences Building B on the Tempe campus during a lab tour, part of the Sept. 13 grand opening celebration of ASU’s Center for Materials of the Universe. Photo by Samantha Chow/Arizona State University

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