ASU's W. P. Carey School inducts newest Alumni Hall of Fame class

5 business leaders from diverse organizations join list of honored school alumni

October 31, 2022

A social responsibility officer, a renewable energy executive, an investment partner, a real estate executive and a logistics CEO are the newest W. P. Carey Alumni Hall of Fame inductees honored by Arizona State University. Previous inductees come from such diverse organizations as Papa John's, Cisco, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the Big Ten Conference.

The 45th induction ceremony for the new class will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 17, in the McCord Hall Plaza on the Tempe campus. All W. P. Carey School alumni and friends of the school are welcome to attend the ceremony and reception. Registration is available here. Awards fashioned out of gold wire in the shape of the ASU pitchfork against a black backdrop.

"The Alumni Hall of Fame is a wonderful opportunity for the school to celebrate our accomplished alumni as examples of excellence and innovation in our community," said Ohad Kadan, dean of the W. P. Carey School.

"Our students can see these alumni’s wonderful examples of ‘doing good while doing well’ through contributions to their professions, their communities and the W. P. Carey School of Business. We are honored to celebrate their accomplishments as they are inducted into the school’s illustrious hall of fame," he said.

The 2022 W. P. Carey Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are:

  • Michelle Cirocco (MBA '08) is the chief social responsibility officer of Televerde and executive director of the Televerde Foundation. Cirocco joined Televerde in 1999, where she has held several leadership positions, including chief marketing officer. She was recently named one of the World-Changing Women in Conscious Business by Conscious Company Magazine, and Most Admired Leader by Phoenix Business Journal. Cirocco serves on the W. P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council and is active in several areas of justice reform, which included hosting the first TEDx to look behind the curtain of incarceration and show the potential that exists in providing second chances.
  • Paul Cutler (BS finance '81) is treasurer for NextEra Energy Inc., one of America’s largest capital investors in infrastructure and the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. He is also treasurer for NextEra Energy Partners LP, which acquires, manages and owns contracted clean energy projects. In addition to his degree from ASU, Cutler has a master’s in business administration and in computer information systems from the University of Miami. He currently serves on multiple education-related boards and councils.
  • Harvey Jabara (BS accountancy '88) serves as managing member of Olive Management LLC, which provides investment allocation and portfolio management guidance related to a comprehensive range of assets, with emphasis on private equity and real estate. Jabara began his career in the Kansas City office of Arthur Young and Co. He has served on the W. P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council, Helping Hands for the Homeless Advisory Board, and other community and higher ed organizations. In 2009, Jabara, his wife, Missy, and sons Jaxon and Jensen acquired a minority interest in the San Diego Padres Baseball Club (MLB), as well as the Lincoln City Football Club in 2021.
  • Craig Krumwiede (BS accountancy '77, juris doctor '80) is the president and CEO of Harvard Investments, a real estate development firm that specializes in master-planned residential communities, as well as office and multifamily developments. Krumwiede is a governor in the Urban Land Institute, past president of the ASU Council for Design Excellence and a former member of the Dean’s Council at the W. P. Carey School of Business and the ASU Real Estate Advisory Board. He is a founder of the Tonto Creek Camp, which annually serves 12,000 youth, and a founding member of Social Venture Partners Arizona, and is also involved in the C4 Foundation (which supports Navy SEAL families).
  • Lorron James (BS marketing '05) played football (2001–03) for ASU, and upon graduation served as community affairs coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team for three seasons. In late 2006, he moved home to learn the family business, James Group Inc. Today, as CEO, James oversees the encapsulated entities of Renaissance Global Logistics (which runs the global consolidation export operation for Ford Motor Company and logistics services for other companies), Five Crowns Trucking and Magnolia Automotive Services (which runs tire and wheel assembly for Toyota). He is a member of the Dean’s Council at W. P. Carey and involved in numerous philanthropic, sport and community-related initiatives both in Arizona and in Michigan.
Emily Beach

Communications Manager, W. P. Carey School of Business

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A 'giant' on the supply chain academic front

W. P. Carey professor receives Academic ‘Giant’ Award for lifetime impact on supply chain management

October 27, 2022

Dale Rogers describes himself as many things on his Twitter profile: an "old, slow, basketball player," a father of five, a grandfather, a husband, a professor of logistics and supply chain management at Arizona State University and an alum of both Everett High School in Lansing, Michigan, and Michigan State University.

He can now add “giant on the academic front.” Portrait of ASU Professor Dale Rogers. Dale Rogers, ON Semiconductor Professor of Business in the Department of Supply Chain Management at ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business Download Full Image

Rogers was honored for his lifetime impact on supply chain management as an academic at the 2022 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Academic Research Symposium (ARS) in September. He’s the fifth to receive the Academic “Giant” Award.

“I’m very grateful to have been picked for this award,” said Rogers. “It is a real honor to receive it from my peers in supply chain academia.”

With more than 180 companies in attendance, the CSCMP symposium was where industry professionals went to meet with respected individuals working across the field and build connections designed to help their businesses come out ahead. Attendants rubbed elbows with some of the supply chain industry’s most influential leaders, including Rogers, the ON Semiconductor Professor of Business in the Department of Supply Chain Management at ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business.

The CSCMP symposium uniquely focuses on education. Beyond its numerous educational sessions, spread out over the course of its three-and-a-half-day period, the academic research-focused Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium is where Rogers was presented with the Academic “Giant” Award. The symposium has been taking place since the 1990s and invites doctoral students from across the globe to submit their research on all topics related to supply chain management, logistics, transportation, marketing and much more.

AVNET Professor of Supply Chain Management Elliot Rabinovich, Professor of supply chain management and Bob Herberger Arizona Heritage Chair Scott Webster and Professor and Morrison Chair of Agribusiness Tim Richards received an award at the Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium for being on Lina Wang’s dissertation committee. Wang, who earned her PhD at W. P. Carey, won the Best Dissertation Award. She’s an assistant professor of supply chain management at the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University.

Assistant Professor of supply chain management Mikaella Polyviou, along with former ASU PhD students Anibal Sodero and Zac Rogers, won the Journal of Business Logistics Best Reviewer Award.

“This is such a great time to be in supply chain academia,” Rogers told the doctoral students at the Academic Research Symposium. “You are coming into this field at a time when people know what it is. They know it’s hard to do and that it’s an important economic variable. That gives you a lot of opportunities to do a lot of different things.”

Significant achievements in the logistics and supply chain industry

In 2021, Rogers was the recipient of the CSCMP 2021 Distinguished Service Award, which is bestowed upon an individual for significant achievements in the logistics and supply chain management industry. Presented annually, the award was instituted in 1965 as a tribute to logistics pioneer John Drury Sheahan.

“This award means a lot to me,” Rogers said. “It was great recognition for our department and the work that is being done here. Previous award winners include leading practitioners and academics. I’m the first Sun Devil to ever win this award and I hope there are several more.”

Rogers, who came from Rutgers University as a professor of logistics and supply chain management, is the director of the Frontier Economies Logistics Lab and the co-director of the Internet Edge Supply Chain Lab at ASU’s W. P. Carey School. He is the principal investigator of the $15 million CARISCA Project — hence his @CariscaProf Twitter handle — and director of Global Projects for ILOS - Instituto de Logística e Supply Chain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2012, he became the first academic to receive the International Warehouse and Logistics Association Distinguished Service Award in its 130-year history. He is a board advisor to Flexe, Enterra Solutions and Droneventory, is a founding board member of the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council and Reverse Logistics and Sustainability Council, and serves on the board of directors for the Organización Mundial de Ciudades y Plataformas Logísticas. 

He is published in the leading journals of the supply chain and logistics fields and has been the principal investigator on research grants from numerous organizations. He is also a senior editor at the Rutgers Business Journal, an area editor at Annals of Management Science, and an associate editor of the Journal of Business Logistics and the Journal of Supply Chain Management. 

Rogers has made more than 300 presentations to professional organizations and has been a faculty member in numerous executive education programs at universities in the United States, Africa, China, Europe and South America, as well as at major corporations and professional organizations. He has been a consultant to several companies and is the author of several books, including a new book about supply chain financing co-written with Rudi Leuschner at Rutgers Business School and Tom Choi at the W. P. Carey School.

Follow Rogers' Twitter for ASU and supply chain news, as well as the occasional basketball video.

And don’t let Rogers’ Twitter profile reference to his age and "slowness" fool you; he’s leading the creation and innovation of supply chain management and has a lot more to contribute to the industry.

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business


Rewarding service and entrepreneurship

Jennifer Blain Christen wins the 2022 Joseph C. Palais Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

October 27, 2022

Jennifer Blain Christen is an associate professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, where she teaches students about circuits and oversees electrical engineering research. Along with her many ASU faculty duties, she maintains involvement in professional organizations and runs a startup venture focused on rapid, low-cost medical diagnostics.

Blain Christen’s accomplishments in teaching, research and volunteering her time to better society through engineering and technical professional groups made her a natural fit to win the Joseph C. Palais Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award for the 2022–23 academic year. Portrait of ASU Associate Professor Jennifer Blain Christen, posing with an award. Jennifer Blain Christen, an associate professor of electrical engineering, won the 2022 Joseph C. Palais Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Named after electrical engineering Professor Emeritus Joseph Palais, the recipient is chosen annually from among Arizona State University’s electrical engineering faculty for outstanding work in research, teaching and community service. Photo by Erika Gronek/ASU Download Full Image

“I was very shocked and honored to be selected,” she says.

The Palais Award, established in 2016 by its namesake, electrical engineering Professor Emeritus Joseph Palais, celebrates School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering faculty who demonstrate all-around excellence in research, teaching and community service.

“Jennifer is an inspiration with her microelectronics research on devices that can save lives and better the health of society,” says Stephen Phillips, the school’s director. “She is a great example of how our faculty can create a brighter future for individuals around the world.”

Improving health through electrical engineering research

Blain Christen started at ASU in 2008 as an assistant professor. She directs ASU’s BioElectrical Systems and Technology Group, which conducts research in bioelectronics development to improve human health.

The group is currently working to adapt portable point-of-care diagnostic systems to detect new diseases, such as viruses, when they are discovered. Another device the team created monitors infants within their first hours of life to improve the detection of neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy. The goal is to use this early detection to improve medical care for infants born with these neurological conditions, giving them a better quality of life.

“Having had three very different and complex births and a cousin very close to my age with cerebral palsy, I feel gifted with opportunities to work on projects that mean so much to me,” Blain Christen says.

She also co-directs both the Research Experience for Undergraduates and Research Experience for Teachers programs in ASU’s Sensor Signal and Information Processing Center, or SenSIP. The programs give students and teachers experience in cutting-edge research in machine learning as well as sensors and signal processing, which involves the processing of data like medical images and physiological measurements.

Blain Christen also volunteers her time to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE. She is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems and serves as a chair for groups within the IEEE: Women in Circuits and Systems, which supports career development for those early in their electrical engineering careers, especially women and minorities, and the Biomedical and Life Science Circuits and Systems Technical Committee, which encourages advancements in biomedical electronics.

Engineering a better future for humanity

Michael Kozicki, a professor of electrical engineering at ASU who nominated Blain Christen for the Palais Award, says she deserves the recognition for her contributions to electrical engineering and her caring treatment of people.

“She’s not only an accomplished researcher, a superb teacher, a leader, entrepreneur and a consummate professional who serves the community with fervor and diligence, but she also cares about people in a way that very few individuals do,” Kozicki says. “She is so generous with her time and effort, going well out of her way to help.”

Even as a child, Blain Christen wanted to help others in her career. But while public service occupations like teaching, nursing or first responders might be the first to come to mind as ways to serve society, Blain Christen was inclined toward electronics and computers. Combining her desire to help others with a passion for electronics led to her career in engineering electrical technology with a focus on improving health care.

“It was a journey to figure out how those two things could come together, but I feel like I have found that answer,” she says. “I feel very privileged to have had the opportunities that allowed me to follow my goals.”

An entrepreneurial electrical engineer

Outside of her work at ASU, Blain Christen co-founded FlexBioTech, a startup developing low-cost portable diagnostics for cancer and infectious diseases such as COVID-19 using DNA and RNA biomarkers in saliva. Blain Christen and the startup won the People’s Choice Award in the MedTech category at Washington University in St. Louis’ 2022 Equalize business pitch competition, which seeks to increase entrepreneurship among women in academia.

The goal for the diagnostic devices is to efficiently replace resource-intensive and expensive medical tests, such as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR — tests like those used to accurately diagnose COVID-19. These portable diagnostics aim to help people in communities without access to well-developed health care infrastructure.

Over the course of her career, Blain Christen’s achievements have also earned a Flinn Foundation Translational Research Seed Grants award and a Fulton Entrepreneurial Professors award.

Encouraging electrical engineering’s next generation 

In addition to Blain Christen’s awards, professional organization service and research leadership, students also enjoy learning from her. Vi Nguyen, a biomedical engineering doctoral student conducting research with Blain Christen on medical diagnostic devices, appreciates her style of teaching.

“As a mentor, Dr. Blain Christen is easygoing and listens to every student’s ideas and concerns,” Nguyen says. “She is kind, humble, caring and truly the epitome of a good professor.”

Blain Christen also enjoys mentoring and teaching students about opportunities available to them, encouraging them to do what they believe is impossible.

“One of my best moments as an educator was seeing a comment from a young Black woman stating that she had always thought that she would have to choose between a PhD and becoming a mother,” Blain Christen says. “She said that after seeing me bring my kids along to the social events for the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and how I was able to lead a research team, she no longer felt that she had to choose.”

TJ Triolo

Communications Specialist, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ABC News visits ASU Cronkite School to broadcast popular shows, work with students

October 26, 2022

ABC News visited Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication last week to host its popular news shows “GMA3” and “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” from the Cronkite School’s roof. 

The show flew producers in from Washington, D.C., New York and elsewhere. The network’s production team said they relished the opportunity to broadcast from Phoenix and interview politicians and public figures, especially since Arizona is considered a battleground state in the upcoming election. However, the crew’s interaction with the students served as one of the highlights of their trip. GMA3 Download Full Image

“As journalists, we always feel like it’s important to reach back,” said Catherine McKenzie, executive producer of “GMA3.”

“So if we can work with a school that has a great program like you guys have, we thought it would be great to work with you guys so your students could see how we work and so we could learn from them, and see what they’re doing and what they’re interested in,” she said.

“GMA3” broadcast Friday from the Cronkite School’s roof, and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” aired Sunday morning from the same location.

Prior to their visit, the show’s staff emailed students to request runners to help the GMA crew throughout the weekend. 

On Thursday, three students arrived at the Cronkite building before 5:30 a.m. The sun wasn’t up, but they were. 

ABC News producer Dawn Piros got students on the roof and in headsets as often as possible as the crew rehearsed. The team wired their ears and said, “You’re Amy,” referring to “GMA3” anchor Amy Robach, or “You’re the guest” and had them look into the corresponding cameras as the students modeled for the best camera angles. 

“The producers and team at Good Morning America were so encouraging and welcomed us interns with open arms,” said Cronkite School senior and student runner Roxanne De La Rosa. “It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. Just being able to be in the vicinity of amazing people who are dedicated to telling stories and who care about their work was truly inspiring to see.”

Perita Carpenter, a production manager at ABC News, said she was impressed with the Cronkite News set and all that is available to students at the school. 

“GMA3” continued its visit Friday morning with a Q&A session with students in the sixth-floor Cronkite News studios.

Robach and fellow anchor T.J. Holmes answered questions from students during the 30-minute session, sharing industry advice and describing how they overcame obstacles in their careers.

They discussed challenges related to their early years in the industry, work/life balance and health issues, when to say “yes” or “no” to an opportunity, encounters with racism and discrimination, and how past experiences shaped them for their current roles.

Robach said there wasn’t a big moment that led her and Holmes to “GMA3,” but rather a number of smaller opportunities that prepared her for the show.

“It’s each one of those little moments that led us to where we are,” she said. “I would never be able to point to one moment and say that was the big moment in my career.”

Holmes also said all of the opportunities he received, both positive and negative, created a path for him to reach his current position.

“The greatest opportunity was the one I wanted. It was the one I didn’t want. It’s the one I accepted. It’s the one I turned down,” he said.

Students said they gained valuable lessons from not only the Q&A but also through volunteering to work with the production crews.

“I think the biggest lesson that I learned is if you exude positivity, good things happen,” said Cronkite School first-year student Ian McKinney, who worked with other students to assist the “GMA3” production crew. “Even when they were having issues with a couple of little technical things in the broadcast, they all stayed really positive. They were like, ‘OK, we can fix this’ and weren’t overly stuck on the problem.”  

For Ashley Madrigal, a Cronkite School senior who’s expecting to graduate next spring, assisting the production crew and attending the Q&A provided insight into the possibilities that exist within the broadcast journalism industry and helped soothe her concerns about pursuing a career after graduation.

“I used my time to ask a question and asked about one of their biggest struggles that they face post-graduation,” Madrigal said. “They explained their hardest times but also emphasized that you can get through it, and that really made me feel more comfortable and content that I’m where I need to be and everything happens for a reason.”

Written by ChristyAnn Hanzuk and Jamar Younger.

Jamar Younger

Associate Editor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Math professor named 2023 M. Gweneth Humphreys Award recipient

October 26, 2022

Arizona State University Professor Erika Tatiana Camacho has been named the recipient of the 2023 M. Gweneth Humphreys Award by the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Camacho will be recognized for her impactful and multidimensional mentoring activities that have enabled the success of generations of talented scientists and mathematicians — regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, family educational history or gender. Erika Tatiana Camacho has been named the recipient of the 2023 M. Gweneth Humphreys Award. Download Full Image

Camacho is a full professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Institut de la Vision-Sorbonne Université, where she is researching photoreceptor degeneration.

In July, she ended a three-year rotation at the National Science Foundation as co-lead of the HSI Program and program officer of ADVANCE and Racial Equity in STEM Education, where she created and contributed to impactful initiatives dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion. She has a PhD in applied mathematics from Cornell University and is an accomplished researcher in the field of mathematical biology.

She feels honored and validated for the intentional mentoring she has received and given over the years.

“I would like to thank the mentors who have influenced my career path and the hundreds of students and mentees that I have had over the years who have allowed me to be part of their journey,” Camacho said. “It has been a true pleasure to get to know my mentees, affect their lives and see them rise to become great scientists. In the process of mentoring, I have transformed the lives of many of them, but they all have also greatly transformed my life as I have learned so much from them.”

Camacho has a long history of effective mentorship. She co-directed two undergraduate summer research programs: from 2005 to 2007, the Applied Mathematical Sciences Summer Institute, which she also co-founded, and from 2011 to 2013, the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute.

Her efforts with both institutes contributed to over 80 alumni earning their doctorates, the majority from underrepresented groups. She has refereed publications with 15 undergraduate co-authors, and spends countless hours mentoring students and faculty one-on-one. Her reach does not end at the university level, as she also finds time to speak to middle school and high school students about their education.

She has also facilitated changes to the mathematical profession to promote inclusion. As a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Diversity Committee, she co-founded the Workshop Celebrating Diversity that has been held at the society's annual conference each year since 2008. She has also served as a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Math Task Force and board of directors, as well as the Applied Mathematical Sciences council and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis advisory board. Her efforts have led to significant grant support for students, women, early career faculty and mentees to further their mathematical aspirations.

“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Camacho for being selected as a recipient of the M. Gweneth Humphreys Award,” said Kenro Kusumi, dean of natural sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This well-deserved award will enable Dr. Camacho to continue inspiring future generations of talented scientists from all backgrounds to transform the mathematical sciences."

For Camacho, mentoring is personal. Although a benefactor, she feels she did not have good mentoring at many steps along her career path.

“There have been so many times that I was ready to walk away, and I would have done it if it wasn’t for the very few mentors and friends that encouraged me to stay," Camacho said. "I went through a prolonged period where a supposed key mentor selfishly mentored me in ways that would promote him at the expense of my success and advancement. It was over these painful years that I realized the importance of selfless mentoring and that not all mentors do this. When I started to mentor, it was because I wanted to be the mentor at critical stages of an individual’s academic path where I, myself, didn’t have a good mentor and felt lost and powerless.

“Mentoring is invisible work that often goes unnoticed. Building the scientific capacity to advance science requires developing the human capital and workforce to carry the scientific enterprise as much as the intellectual aspect. Many times, we forget the need to develop scientists to move forward theories, and instead we focus only on the science innovation part. We need a substantial number of scientists ready to undertake complex problems. Most importantly, we need to have all the different perspectives and experiences at the table to be able to tackle complex problems from every angle and arrive at optimal solutions.”

The award is named for M. Gweneth Humphreys (1911–2006), who earned her master’s degree from Smith College and her PhD at age 23 from the University of Chicago in 1935. She taught mathematics to women for her entire career, at Mount St. Scholastica College, Sophie Newcomb College, and finally for over 30 years at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. This award, funded by contributions from her former students and colleagues at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, recognizes her commitment to and her profound influence on undergraduate students of mathematics.

Camacho will be honored by the Association for Women in Mathematics at the Joint Mathematical Meetings, scheduled for Jan. 4–7, 2023, in Boston.

“I really thank the AWM for recognizing the important work of individuals that work tirelessly and selflessly to mentor,” Camacho said. “Only through efforts that recognize excellent mentoring are we going to make mentoring and the creation of scientists a key aspect of advancing science.”

Rhonda Olson

Manager of Marketing and Communication, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences


Celebration of Health gala caps College of Health Solutions' 10th anniversary festivities

October 25, 2022

The College of Health Solutions recognized its 10th anniversary Oct. 19 with the inaugural Celebration of Health gala.

The event took place at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and raised more than $60,000 for scholarships. Amy Van Dyken-Rouen speaking to an audience at the ASU College of Health Solutions Celebration of Health event. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Celebration of Health event on Oct. 19 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The event was part of 10th anniversary festivities for the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

Celebration of Health recognized health leaders from across the Valley for their impact in the community. The inaugural Celebration of Health Awards honorees were:

  • Community Impact Award: Circle the City.
  • Health Equity Award: Arizona Burn Center - Valleywise Health.
  • Health Innovation Award: Terros Health Cafe 27 Youth Center.
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award: Denee Bex, Tumbleweed Nutrition.

The event included an interactive showcase with exhibitions of College of Health Solutions research in addition to entertainment from the Devil Clefs acapella singers.

Inspiring words from Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

Perhaps the highlight of the evening was an inspiring keynote speech from six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen. In Atlanta in 1996, Van Dyken-Rouen became the first American female athlete to earn four gold medals in a single instance of Olympic Games.

She spoke of the challenges she encountered leading up to her Olympic success, but also of the life-changing obstacles she faced after being paralyzed in an ATV accident in 2014.

On June 6 of that year, on her way home from dinner in Show Low, Arizona, Van Dyken-Rouen’s ATV hit a curb. She fell over a six-foot dropoff and broke her back. At the hospital, the surgeon told her he wasn’t confident she would survive the operation and that she should say goodbye to her husband.

“I came out of that operation and I was so happy,” Van Dyken-Rouen said. “I died several times in that incident. I’m not supposed to be here.”

That experience changed her. She decided she was going to be a better person and “live every moment for what it is.”

Since then, she has competed in CrossFit and rock climbing and has tried skydiving.

“I love everything that I am doing, but there are those days when you wake up and the nerve pain is out of control,” she said. “The nerve pain tells me I’m alive.”

College of Health Solutions Dean Deborah Helitzer presented Van Dyken-Rouen with a certificate naming her an honorary alumna of the college.

In addition to Van Dyken Rouen’s speech, the event featured remarks from students Christian Leo and Renuka Vemuri, alumna Kayla Koren and Helitzer.

Weldon B. Johnson

Communications Specialist, College of Health Solutions

David Tirrell to deliver distinguished Eyring Lecture Series at ASU

October 24, 2022

Leading American chemist David A. Tirrell will be the featured School of Molecular Sciences’ Eyring Lecture Series speaker Nov. 3–4 at Arizona State University's Tempe campus.

The general lecture on Nov. 3, titled “Genetic Engineering of Macromolecular and Cellular Materials,” will be presented at 6 p.m. in the Marston Theater in ISTB4, and will also be available via Zoom. An outdoor reception on the ISTB4 patio will follow from 5 to 5:40 p.m. Portrait of leading American chemist David A. Tirrell. David A. Tirrell is a leading American chemist and the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Download Full Image

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences with many international awards, Tirrell is the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology.

Tirrell was educated at MIT and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie‐Mellon University in 1978, returned to Amherst in 1984 and served as director of the Materials Research Laboratory at UMass before moving to Pasadena, California, in 1998. At Caltech, he has served as chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (1999–2009), director of the Beckman Institute (2011–2018) and provost (2017–present).

Tirrell’s research interests lie in macromolecular chemistry and in the use of non‐canonical amino acids to engineer and probe protein behavior. His contributions to these fields have been recognized by his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and all three branches (sciences, engineering and medicine) of the U.S. National Academies.

The Eyring Lectures are part of an interdisciplinary distinguished lecture series dedicated to stimulating discussion by renowned scientists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Each series consists of a leadoff presentation to help communicate the excitement and the challenge of science to the university and community. Past lecturers have included Nobel laureates Ahmed Zewail, Jean-Marie Lehn, Harry Gray, Richard Smalley, Yuan T. Lee, Richard Schrock, John Goodenough, Mario Capecchi and, most recently awarded, Carolyn Bertozzi.

The technical lecture “Selective Proteomic Analysis of Cellular Sub-Populations in Complex Biological Systems” will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 in room 166 of the Physical Sciences Center F-Wing. It will also be available via Zoom.

This lecture will describe the use of non‐canonical amino acids (ncAAs) as selective probes of protein synthesis in complex biological systems. Pulse‐labeling with ncAA probes provides time‐resolution, while controlled expression of mutant aminoacyl‐tRNA synthetases allows the investigator to restrict analysis to cell types or cell states of interest. The methods are applicable to studies of microbial systems, mammalian cell culture and a variety of animal models.The scope and limitations of the approach, and some recent results, will be discussed.

The Eyring Lecture Series is named in honor of the late Leroy Eyring, an ASU Regents Professor of chemistry and former department chair, whose instructional and research accomplishments and professional leadership at ASU helped to bring the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry into international prominence. The Eyring Materials Center and the Navrotsky Eyring Center for Materials of the Universe at ASU are named in his honor.

Jenny Green

Clinical associate professor, School of Molecular Sciences


Psychology faculty member receives lifetime achievement award

ASU President’s Professor Douglas Kenrick recognized for contributions to evolutionary psychology

October 24, 2022

The Human Behavior and Evolution Society recently announced that ASU President’s Professor Douglas Kenrick is the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions.

Kenrick was previously the president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in 2018 and is the author of "Solving Modern Problems with a Stone-Age Brain." Portrait of ASU President's Professor Douglas Kenrick. ASU President’s Professor Douglas Kenrick is the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the field of evolutionary psychology. Download Full Image

The Human Behavior and Evolution Society is an interdisciplinary society of those studying human behavior from an evolutionary perspective and includes scientists from the anthropological, psychological and biological sciences. Previous winners of the Lifetime Career Award include Randy Nesse, professor and founder of the ASU Center for Evolutionary Medicine; Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University; Martin Daly, emeritus professor of psychology at McMaster University; Leda Cosmides, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and David Buss, professor at the University of Texas, Austin. The award is considered one of the highest honors an evolutionary psychologist can receive.

“The HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution is awarded to HBES members who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in evolution and human behavior,” Kenrick said. “It is an honor to be considered among the greats in our field. To be given this award is about as good as I could do in my life.”

Kenrick, an evolutionary social psychologist, investigates how human social behavior and thought might reflect biological adaptations that influenced our ancestors’ survival and reproductive success.

He is the co-director of the Evolutionary Social Cognition Lab with Foundation Professor Steven Neuberg and D. Vaughn Becker, associate professor in the ASU Human Systems Engineering Program. Over the course of his research career, Kenrick and his team have mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students.

The lab combines theoretical and conceptual frameworks to answer questions about how social goals can influence people’s perceptions, beliefs and decisions. 

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In 2010, Kenrick published a new model of human motivation together with Neuberg and two ASU alums, Vladas Griskevicius and Mark Schaller. This model is an adaptation of Maslow’s hierarchy and places kin care at the top of the pyramid of needs. 

“We focus, in particular, on the ways in which self-protection, mating, status-striving, social affiliation, disease avoidance and kin care goals selectively facilitate who we pay attention to, who we remember and how we choose to behave toward other people,” Kenrick said.

Although evolutionary psychology has often been seen as the study of “selfish genes,” and been misconstrued to imply that selfish genes translate into selfish people, Kenrick suggests that the best evidence from psychology, anthropology and human biology suggests that our ancestors, who needed their group members to survive and reproduce, were selected for cooperation rather than individual selfishness.

“We're designed to live in groups. We're designed for our genes to do better when we are nice, not when we're nasty. Your genes might be selfish, but if you're a selfish person, you're going to be socially isolated,” Kenrick said. “People don't want to deal with you if you're nasty, whether you are a group member or a leader. Some people have presumed that if you're a domineering, pushy, nasty person, you can get somewhere in life; but if you slip up when you use that strategy, the other group members are going to want to remove you.

"If you're a nice leader, on the other hand — somebody who cares about the group and who shares information — people will like you and want to keep you on as a leader. And there’s a side benefit: Research demonstrates not only that other people like you more if you are cooperative and supportive, you are also likely to feel better about yourself. We seem to be naturally inclined to feel good when we make others feel good.

“So the bottom line seems to be: The best thing you can do for yourself is to be unselfish."

Robert Ewing

Marketing and Communications Manager, Department of Psychology


ASU College of Health Solutions to host Translational Science Conference

October 20, 2022

The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University continues on its mission to bring people together to improve the health of the community with its second annual Translational Science Conference.

The conference, taking place Oct. 2728, brings people from multiple disciplines to explore innovative approaches in translational research and collaboration. Silhouettes of people standing and sitting in a group overlaid with a digital illustration of lines and dots of various colors. ASU's College of Health Solutions is hosting its second annual Translational Science Conference Oct. 27–28. Download Full Image

This year’s conference, happening virtually on Thursday, Oct. 27, and virtually and in-person on Friday, Oct. 28, examines actionable strategies for enhancing team effectiveness, adaptability and longevity.

Deborah Williams is the director of affinity networks and translational teams in addition to being a clinical assistant professor at the College of Health Solutions. Williams said the conference brings together leading scientists in the field to provide insight into new and enhanced translational research approaches.

“The problems facing our world are so complex and multidimensional that we need to expand our thinking in order to address them,” Williams said. “That means working together in diverse, transdisciplinary teams and using more systems-oriented approaches.

“This conference provides an opportunity to explore new methods, research and perspectives that can promote innovation and hopefully produce results that directly benefit human health.”

Conference to feature leading voices in translational science

“We have a great panel of speakers addressing a range of pertinent issues that impact much of the work we do daily from projects, programs, research and funding,” Williams said.

Key topics include dealing with barriers that prohibit productivity, better ways to lasting, co-created coalitions and future directions.

Featured speakers for this year’s conference are:

  • David Chambers, deputy director for implementation science, National Cancer Institute.
  • Teresa Aseret-Manygoats, bureau chief, chronic disease and health promotion, Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Ann Verhey-Henke, strategic director, Center for Socially Engaged Design, University of Michigan.
  • Michael Welsh, interim executive director, Phoenix VA Health Care System.
  • Cady Berkel and Corrie Whisner, co-directors of the Maternal Child Health Translational Team, ASU College of Health Solutions.

Chambers, Thursday's keynote speaker, will offer a separate session on Friday to allow participants an opportunity to ask questions in an informal session.

Berkel and Whisner will present what should be an impactful session on knowledge sharing among the maternal child care workforce on Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the speakers, the conference includes interactive sessions and workshops. The Friday, Oct. 28, workshops and sessions will be both in person and virtual.

2022 Translational Science Conference

Designing Adaptable Teams for Longevity and Success

Virtual session: 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27

Virtual and in-person sessions: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. In-person sessions take place at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the Health North building, 550 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.

For more information and to register, visit

Weldon B. Johnson

Communications Specialist, College of Health Solutions

A record 10 ASU students, alumni nominated for Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarships

October 18, 2022

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement has announced that a record 10 Arizona State University students and alumni have been nominated for the Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarships, three of the most prestigious international fellowships in existence.

The Marshall Scholarship provides full support for two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom, while the Rhodes Scholarship provides full funding for two years of post-graduate study at Oxford University. The Mitchell Scholarship provides full funding for a one-year master’s degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Silhouettes of a group of people in front of a sunset holding their hands in the air in the shape of an ASU pitchfork. Download Full Image

Together, these three scholarships are considered among the most prestigious academic awards available for American students. Famous Marshall Scholars include Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch, MacArthur Fellowship-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth and Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn. Notable American Rhodes Scholars include President Bill Clinton, MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow, former National Security advisor Susan Rice and current Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

The ASU nominees include graduating fourth-year students Fiona Flaherty, John Luce, Katie Sue Pascavis, Anusha Natarajan, Joseph Pitts, Nathaniel Ross, Emma Strouse and Julie Kaplan. Additionally, recent ASU graduates Saiarchana Darira and Tahiry Langrand received nominations.

“While this cohort of applicants is the largest that ASU has ever seen, I daresay that it is also one of the most intellectually diverse,” said Kyle Mox, associate dean of national scholarship advisement. “As a group, they illustrate the wide range of scholarly and experiential opportunities available at ASU.”

As the director of ONSA, Mox serves as the designated ASU liaison for the Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarship programs and oversees the campus nomination process for the awards, which are among the most selective fellowships in the world, with selection rates typically below 5%.

To apply, candidates nationwide must be nominated by their undergraduate institution. The selection of ASU nominees is done by a faculty committee that considers a range of factors, including the applicants’ academic records, leadership and service activities, previous awards and honors, and letters of recommendation.

“All of the students who seek nomination are among the top 5% of ASU students, academically speaking,” Mox said. “But what makes this group of nominees stand apart is their clear sense of purpose. To be successful, a candidate needs to be able to articulate a clear career objective that will provide a benefit to society or attempt to solve a major global issue.”

Given the rigor of the competitions, applicants typically spend weeks or even months preparing their materials, which include several essays and up to eight letters of recommendation.

“It isn’t unusual for a candidate to spend over 100 hours on a Marshall or Rhodes application,” Mox said.

Each of the awards requires a substantial amount of writing, including summaries of proposed graduate study, motivation for studying in the United Kingdom or Ireland, and descriptions of leadership accomplishments. A substantial personal statement summarizing the applicant’s personal background, academic and professional preparation, core values and future goals is the centerpiece.

“Many applicants find this process emotionally taxing,” Mox said. “They’ve never had to do this sort of writing before, and it can be hard to find the right strategy.”

Between April and September, applicants engage in pre-writing and brainstorming activities, craft outlines and compose multiple drafts of the application essays, all under the guidance of ONSA advisors and their own faculty mentors.

Despite the difficulty of the application process, most nominees find the process rewarding, regardless of the final outcome.

“So seldom do we get the opportunity to set down in words our own goals and vision for the future,” Mox said. “It can be a challenging task, but once complete, it makes you a better leader.”             

Once the students are officially nominated, their applications are forwarded to the national selection committees for each fellowship. If selected as finalists, the nominees will be invited to interviews by regional selection panels. The Marshall Scholarship selects approximately 40 scholars per year, while the Rhodes Scholarship selects 32 American recipients per year, two per district. Up to 12 Mitchell Scholarships are awarded per year.

Each program provides similar, significant benefits. In addition to full financial support for travel, tuition and living expenses, the Marshall, Rhodes and Mitchell scholarship provide leadership development and cross-cultural engagement opportunities, along with the advantage of a world-class peer network.

The programs differ in terms of mission, however. Named in honor of the Marshall Plan, the Marshall Scholarship seeks to maintain the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K., and therefore closely evaluates the potential of each candidate to be an effective ambassador. The Marshall Scholarship program also encourages its recipients to engage deeply with British culture and society during their history.

Similarly, the Mitchell Scholarship honors U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell’s contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and is intended to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland.

The Rhodes Scholarship, named for Cecil Rhodes, has a more global focus. In addition to the 32 American students, it also invites 78 other scholars from around the world to the cohort, including students from several African countries, the Caribbean, Germany, China and Australia. The hope is that this international cohort will, over their careers, collaborate to address global issues.

In recent years, ASU has seen significant success in the Rhodes and Marshall scholarship competitions. In the 2021 cycle, Alexander Sojourney was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and is currently studying at Oxford, after having completed a master’s degree in politics, development and the global south at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was preceded by Frank Smith in 2018 and Erin Schulte in 2017. In total, 19 ASU graduates have won Marshall Scholarships since the program’s inception in 1954.

In the past five years, ASU has produced two Rhodes Scholars, Ngoni Mugwisi in 2017 and Shantel Marekera in 2019. Both are from Zimbabwe and were Mastercard Foundation Scholars at ASU. Historically, ASU has produced five American Rhodes Scholars, with the most recent being Phillip Ryan Mann in 2001.

Meet the nominees:

• Senior journalism and mass communications major and Barrett, The Honors College student Fiona Flaherty has been nominated for the Marshall Scholarship. Flaherty is originally from Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Yorktown High School. She has served as a sustainability reporter for Arizona PBS and as a science communications and news intern for NASA. If awarded the Marshall Scholarship, she will attend Oxford University and pursue a master’s degree in environmental change and management.

• A native of Hermosa Beach, California, and graduate of Redondo Union High School, senior Barrett Honors College student John Luce will graduate from ASU in May 2023 with bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry, economics and global health. Luce serves in leadership for the Refugee Education and Clinic Team (REACT) and is a mission team leader for the Next Generation Service Corps. If awarded the Marshall Scholarship, he will pursue a master’s degree in health economics at York University.

• Katie Sue Pascavis is originally from Bloomington, Illinois, and graduated from Basha High School. A dual major in mechanical engineering and global health, she will graduate in May 2023 with honors from Barrett. A Goldwater Scholar and a Udall Scholar, she is president of the ASU chapter of Engineers Without Borders, founder of the GlobalResolve Club and the North American representative to the Global 4-H Youth Committee. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, she will attend University of Cambridge and pursue an Master of Philosophy in engineering for sustainable development.

• Saiarchana Darira has been nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. She graduated from ASU with honors from Barrett in August 2022, with degrees in peace studies, psychology and global management. Originally from Prescott, Arizona, Darira graduated from Tri-City College Prep High School. She has served as a research assistant in the Global Mental Health lab at Pitzer College and is an assistant producer for Turn it Around! Flashcards for Education Futures, a learning tool developed by ASU Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and supported by UNESCO. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship or a Rhodes Scholarship, she will attend Oxford and pursue a master’s degree in environmental change and management.

• A May 2022 ASU graduate, Tahiry Langrand has been nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. A Udall Scholar and Fulbright alternate, he completed a bachelor’s degree in sustainability, with a Spanish minor with honors from Barrett. A native of Reston, Virginia, he attended South Lakes High School. During his time at ASU, he co-founded Constellation, which coordinates sustainability student projects between the three Arizona universities. He was also president of the ASU chapter of the National Audubon Society and served as a student ambassador for the ASU School of Sustainability. If awarded either fellowship, he will attend the University of Oxford and pursue a master’s degree in biodiversity, conservation and management.

• Nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships, Barrett senior Anusha Natarajan will graduate in May 2023 with bachelor’s degrees in sociology, history, political science and applied quantitative science with honors from Barrett. A native of Gilbert, Arizona, she graduated from Hamilton High School. At ASU, she founded the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Digital Humanities Journal and works as a reporter and is the chief diversity officer for the State Press. Among her many civic activities, she is a fellow for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Presently, Natarajan is studying at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, as a Killam Fellow. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, she will attend the London School of Economics and Political Science and pursue a master’s degree in applied social data science. If awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, she will pursue a master’s degree in social science of the internet at Oxford.

• Barrett senior Joseph “Joe” Pitts has been nominated for both the Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships. Hailing from Anthem, Arizona, he graduated from Boulder Creek High School and will receive bachelor’s degrees in management and civic and economic thought and leadership in May 2023. Pitts, who was a Truman Scholarship finalist in 2022, has served as a program director for the Arizona Chamber Foundation, developing opportunities for students to be civically engaged. He has volunteered for numerous political campaigns, including for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the late Sen. John McCain. He is active in campus politics as well, serving in leadership for the Arizona Federation of College Republicans. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, he will attend King’s College London and pursue a master’s degree in politics and contemporary history. If selected for the Rhodes Scholarship, he will study political theory at Oxford.

• Nathaniel Ross, from Mesa, Arizona, has been nominated for the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. He will graduate ASU with honors from Barrett in May 2023, with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences, political science, applied quantitative science and history. A Udall Scholar and a Truman Scholarship finalist, Ross is a committed disability rights activist, having founded EosFighter Connection, a nationwide support network for youth with eosinophilic and other disorders. He is also politically active and interned with progressive lobbying firm Creosote Partners. Recently, he launched a bid for a seat on the Mesa City Council and became the youngest candidate to ever make the ballot. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, he will study technology policy at Cambridge University, and if awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, he will study comparative social policy at Oxford.

• Barrett senior Emma Strouse has been nominated for the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. A Cave Creek, Arizona, native, she attended Cactus Shadows High School and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language at ASU. Strouse is currently completing her Chinese Language Flagship Program capstone year in Taiwan as a Boren Scholar. During her time at ASU, she has served as a mission team leader for the Next Generation Service Corps and interned with Project Humanities. If awarded a Marshall Scholarship, she will attend the School of Oriental and African Studies and pursue a master’s degree in Taiwan studies. If awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, she will study international relations at Oxford.

• Julie Kaplan, from Los Angeles, has been nominated for the Mitchell Scholarship. In May 2023, she will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in global politics and finance with honors from Barrett. She is a mission team leader for the Next Generation Service Corps and also has served in leadership for Arizona Microcredit Initiative, a nonprofit that provides microloans and consulting for underserved entrepreneurs. Kaplan is currently studying at the University of Prince Edward Island as a Killam Fellow. If awarded a Mitchell Scholarship, she will study international development practice at the University of Galway.

Story provided by the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement.