Summer institute to prepare recent graduates for media sales careers

December 7, 2015

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting an all-expenses-paid workshop this summer for recent college graduates interested in launching careers in media sales.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Media Sales Institute is coming to the Cronkite School June 5-16, 2016. The 10-day training program brings graduates of diverse background to the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus to prepare them for media sales careers in the broadcast industry. NABEF Media Sales Institute National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation President Marcellus Alexander (center) meets with recent college graduates at last year's Media Sales Institute at the Cronkite School. Download Full Image

Up to 30 fellows will be accepted and receive NABEF Media Sales Certification as well as transportation, housing and meals at no cost. Recent and soon-to-be college graduates can apply here.

The institute provides sales training seminars and mentorship and networking opportunities with more than 40 leading industry professionals, as well as a job fair with more than 20 local and national media outlets. Past media companies included CBS Radio, FOX, iHeartMedia, Meredith, Raycom Media, Scripps, TEGNA and Univision.

“The Media Sales Institute gave me the opportunity to have the career I have today,” said MSI graduate Vanessa Maines, who now works as an integrated media account executive at ABC15 in Phoenix. “MSI opened my world to a plethora of networking opportunities and gave me the chance to work with some of the top media professionals in the country. I was able to develop relationships that ultimately led to job opportunities.”

This marks the third year the Cronkite School is hosting the Media Sales Institute, which features sessions with seasoned media sales executives such as Margie Albert, a 30-year award-winning media professional who co-directs the program with Cronkite Assistant Dean Mark Lodato.

Lodato, who also serves as the associate general manager for design and innovation at Arizona PBS, said the institute offers the rare opportunity for recent journalism, business and marketing graduates to receive world-class training and interview with some of the nation’s top broadcast companies.

“Past MSI graduates have gone on to work for some of the country’s largest broadcasters, including Cox Media, Hearst, iHeartMedia, Meredith, Scripps and TEGNA,” Lodato said. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to offer this amazing opportunity to students.”

ASU is one of a few select institutions to host this event. Florida A&M University, Howard University and Ohio University are the other universities holding Media Sales Institutes in 2016.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reinforcing the future of broadcasting through a commitment to education and to advancing excellence in the diversity and community service efforts in broadcasting. In addition to the Media Sales Institute, the foundation offers a number of professional development programs, including the Broadcast Leadership Training Program and the Leadership Development Institute.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Arizona State University for another stellar Media Sales Institute,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “The intensive training and knowledge this unique program provides not only benefits its graduates, but continues to set the industry standard for developing future successful leaders in media sales.”

The deadline for priority registration for early admittance into the institute is Jan. 29, 2016. The final deadline is March 31, 2016. For questions, contact Denise Sparks at

Univision partners with ASU's PIN Bureau at Cronkite for election outreach project

December 4, 2015

Arizona State University students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are collaborating with Univision Arizona KTVW-TV and Univision Los Angeles KMEX-TV to broaden the television stations’ coverage for next year’s presidential elections.

Univision and students in the Cronkite School’s Public Insight Network Bureau are reaching out to the community to find individuals who want to share their views on the 2016 election. The initiative aims to uncover important issues and a diverse range of news sources, especially among Millennials. Liliana Soto, Univision Univision Arizona reporter and ASU alumna Liliana Soto is working with the Cronkite School's Public Insight Network Bureau to find individuals who want to share their views on the 2016 election. Download Full Image

The PIN Bureau utilizes American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, a database of more than 223,000 people who have signed up to share their knowledge and insights with journalists. Students work under the direction of PIN Bureau Chief Rebecca Blatt, a former senior editor for special projects at WAMU 88.5, to provide a variety of services to professional news organizations to make their reporting more personal and engage with diverse audiences in new ways. The PIN Bureau is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and American Public Media.

Univision has collaborated with the PIN Bureau and the Cronkite Public Relations Lab to create promotional videos and graphics, featuring Univision Arizona reporter and Cronkite alumna Liliana Soto and Univision Los Angeles reporter Stephanie Bradford. The promotion encourages community members to become part of the Public Insight Network and share their views with Univision.

“We firmly believe that the future and success of the next generation relies on their interest to make a difference in all aspects of life, not only through education and information but also promoting civic engagement and participation in our political system,” said Marco Flores, vice president of News for Los Angeles and Regional News director West Coast.

Between January and October 2016, the PIN Bureau will launch monthly queries to those who joined the network about various election topics. The bureau will monitor responses and share with Univision reporting staff unique and exclusive content for multi-part segments on the 2016 election coverage.

As part of the initiative, PIN Bureau students also will attend Univision events and other community gatherings to sign up new sources and answer questions.

Following the 2016 November elections, the PIN Bureau will ask sources their thoughts on the election results, which will help Univision with future news coverage.

“This partnership is a tremendous learning opportunity for our outstanding students to partner with Univision while providing a real public service by uncovering important community issues and giving voice to people often left out of the election conversation,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan.

ASU center releases new style guide on disabilities

December 3, 2015

The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) at Arizona State University has released a one-of-a-kind style guide for journalists and professionals who report or write about people living with disabilities.

The guide offers information and advice on nearly 70 commonly used words or terms — from “able-bodied” to “confined to a wheelchair.” It is being released to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, Dec. 3. The day of observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. NCDJ Style Guide The National Center on Disability and Journalism at ASU has released a style guide for journalists and professionals who report or write about people living with disabilities. Download Full Image

Headquartered at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the NCDJ is a national organization that provides support and guidance to journalists and communicators as they cover people with disabilities.

The new style guide greatly expands on one developed by the NCDJ in 2010, said Kristin Gilger, the center’s director and associate dean of the Cronkite School.

“The language of disability keeps changing, and there are so many different opinions about what words and phrases should be used that there’s a real need for an authoritative, neutral source of guidance and information,” she said.

Gilger said disability can be a difficult topic to cover for journalists, many of whom are unfamiliar with current debates over language choices and what might be considered offensive. For example, many in the disability community object to the use of disabled as an adjective. They prefer “a person with a disability” as opposed to “a disabled person.”

“That distinction may seem subtle until you understand that people naturally want to be people first,” Gilger said. “Being disabled is only part of their identity.”

The style guide strives to balance the need for sensitivity and accuracy against the journalistic mandate for language that is clear and easily understood by a general audience, Gilger said.

In addition to offering recommendations on language choices, the guide provides a brief background on each word or term and touches on instances in which disability organizations disagree on usage. It also notes whether the word or term is addressed in the Associated Press Stylebook, widely used by journalists around the world as a guide to writing. Two-thirds of the entries in the NCDJ guide are not covered in the AP Stylebook.

Along with the guide, the NCDJ also has created a companion piece, “Terms to Avoid When Writing About Disability.” The article offers advice to communicators on why they should avoid using terms such as “epileptic fit” or “senile” and directs them to more neutral language.

Tim McGuire, Cronkite’s Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism who is the author of a memoir on living with a physical disability and raising a child with Down syndrome, said he thinks the guide is incredibly valuable for journalists and writers.

“Nobody else can provide this same kind of comprehensiveness on disability language,” said McGuire, who is the former longtime editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and serves as an NCDJ advisory board member.

The NCDJ was founded in 1998 in San Francisco as the Disability Media Project to raise awareness of how the news media cover people with disabilities. The organization was renamed in 2000 and moved to the Cronkite School in 2009.

NCDJ’s disability style guide is available on the organization’s website or as a printable PDF.

Former SLA President Wong joins ASU Law’s popular Sports Law & Business program

December 3, 2015

One of the nation’s top sports law educators and past president of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) has joined the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Glenn Wong will serve as Distinguished Professor of Practice Sports Law in the school’s Sports Law & Business program starting in January 2016.

Prior to joining ASU Law, Wong was a professor at the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he is a professor emeritus. During his 36 years there, he served as interim athletics director and taught a wide variety of courses pertaining to sports law. Beyond his academic work, Wong has served as a lawyer, consultant and arbitrator for a number of organizations within the sports industry, including Major League Baseball, the PGA of America, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sports Illustrated, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He continues to serve as an SLA Board member. Portrait of ASU Distinguished Professor of Practice Glenn Wong. Download Full Image

“When I was thinking of who I would most like to add to the program, Professor Wong came immediately to mind,” said Rodney Smith, director of ASU Law’s Sports Law & Business program. “It is an honor to have him with us, and his presence will help us continue our efforts to develop a unique program that melds law, business and athletics as we prepare graduates to serve in the sports industry.”

Through ASU Law’s Sports Law & Business program, students can earn a Master of Sports Law & Business (MSLB) degree — the only graduate program in the United States that expressly combines sports law, business and athletics. ASU Law offers the MSLB in partnership with the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Arizona State University Department of Athletics. Students in ASU Law’s JD, LLM and MLS programs are also eligible to take sports law & business related courses.

ASU Law is a top law school ranked No. 26 nationally by U.S. News & World Report and is a leading provider of comprehensive and personalized legal education. For more information, visit Connect with professor Wong on Twitter at @WongSportsLaw.

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


Calling all ASU student writers, designers

Tempe community members also invited to enter contest

December 2, 2015

Does the holiday season put you in a reflective mood? Will winter break give you some unstructured time to jot your ideas and stories down? Is “become a published author” on your bucket list?

If so, there’s a writing and design contest coming up with your name on it. teen writing ASU students, Tempe high school students and adult residents, and Tempe Public Library cardholders are invited to enter the second annual Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest, co-sponsored by ASU and the Tempe Public Library. Submissions will be accepted between Jan. 11-Feb. 15, and winners published in volume two of "The Tempe Writer's Forum." Photo by Andy DeLisle/ASU Download Full Image

ASU students and Tempe community writers and graphic designers looking for an outlet to publish their creative work have two-and-a-half months to get their submissions in shape for the second annual Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest.

The contest, which will accept entries from Jan. 11-Feb. 15, was launched a year ago as a collaboration between Arizona State University’s College of Letters and Sciences, the writing programs in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Tempe Public Library.

“We had a fantastic response for the first contest, receiving 190 writing submissions — many from ASU students,” said Tempe Public Library adult-services librarian Jill Brenner, who teamed up with Jeanne Hanrahan, faculty associate and liaison for ASU Academic Success Programs, to organize the contest.

Last year’s winning contributions included imaginative, expressive poetry; fiction that ran the continuum from funny to fear-inducing; and memoir writing that took readers into some of life’s most fragile emotional spaces — from nurturing premature babies to health, to helping hospice patients die with grace.

This year’s contest is again open to all ASU students, Tempe residents and Tempe Library cardholders.

Writers may submit one work of their choosing in either poetry, short fiction or creative nonfiction (including essays and memoir). Entries are read anonymously, and an award winner will be chosen in each genre for the three entry categories: high school student, college student (undergraduate or graduate) and community adult.  

Designers are invited to prepare one 9.5- by 6.5-inch vertical color design for the resulting spiral-bound publication.

In addition to having their work published in volume two of the printed Tempe Writer’s Forum and on the library’s website, the winners will be celebrated at a reception event at Tempe Public Library on April 13, 2016.

The following weekend, ASU and the Tempe Public Library are partnering to co-host the first-ever Tempe Book Festival, bringing together local authors, booksellers and others for a day of panel discussions, book signings and fun activities for all ages.

“We hope that whole families will come out to celebrate books and the joy of reading,” said Brenner, who anticipates that the festival will also become an annual event.

To organize the festival, she and Hanrahan have joined forces with ASU interdisciplinary studies faculty member and poet Kelly Nelson, who served as a consultant and judge for last year’s community writing contest.

“Nether Jill nor I knew anything at all about writing contests when this project began,” Hanrahan said. “We received excellent advice and guidance from Kelly throughout the process as well as from Trish Murphy, founding editor of Superstition Review

“We emphasize at ASU the importance of being socially embedded and the wonderful momentum that builds when we engage with a spirit of community and collaboration,” she continued. “Working with the library staff and my ASU colleagues on this project has been a beautiful example of that in action and truly gratifying.”

“Last year’s contest celebration at the library was a great community event,” noted Duane Roen, dean of the College of Letters and Sciences and vice provost for ASU’s Polytechnic campus. “Award winners read from their works, with family members and friends to cheer them on, and many of the ASU faculty and staff members who enthusiastically served as reviewers were in the audience as well.”

Roen enjoys offering a series of community workshops at Tempe Public Library throughout the year to inspire family-history writing, part of the outreach work of ASU’s Project for Writing and Recording Family History based on the Polytechnic campus.

“I hope faculty and staff across ASU take time to encourage their students to submit a piece of writing or a cover design,” he said. “Whether they win or not, students benefit from sharing their stories and creative work.”

The Tempe Book Festival will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Tempe Public Library. Additional details and full submission guidelines for the writing and cover design contest can be found at the City of Tempe website

Maureen Roen

Director of Communications, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


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ASU, Tempe Police join forces for holiday shop event

December 2, 2015

Fraternity and Sorority Life pitch in; ASU police also holding food and toy drive on all campuses through Dec. 18

The Arizona State University and Tempe police departments will join forces with ASU Fraternity and Sorority Life on Saturday, Dec. 12, to help local children in need with their holiday shopping.

Kids + Cops Holiday Shop is a unique holiday experience that aims to create positive relationships between law-enforcement officials and children. Police officers volunteer their time and pair up with a child from the ASU and Tempe communities for a catered breakfast and a shopping trip to a Tempe Walmart. Each child, ages 7–16, receives a $150 gift card to spend on his or her family.

ASU Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, the Tempe Police Foundation and the Walmart Foundation contributed funds for the event. ASU Fraternity & Sorority Life also assembled complimentary toiletry kits for children to take home.

“The Interfraternity Council and its members are embedded in the Tempe community, and we are excited to partner with the ASU and Tempe Police Departments to make local children’s wishes come true this holiday season,” said Michael “Scotty” Nickerson, vice president of finance for the Interfraternity Council, the governing body for ASU fraternities.

ASU police officers take kids holiday shopping

The ASU and Tempe Police Departments are partnering with ASU Fraternity and Sorority Life for the Kids + Cops Holiday Shop event benefiting children in need. The Dec. 12 event will pair law-enforcement personnel with local children for a shopping trip to a Tempe Walmart; the group from last year is shown here.

On the day of the event, the children and their parent or guardian will be treated to breakfast provided by Special Moments Catering and Events. Attendees can mingle with Santa, Sparky and K-9 officer Disney, the ASU Police explosives-detection canine. Tempe Police S.W.A.T. vehicles also will be on-site for children to explore.

A special police procession then escorts the children to a Walmart, where the shopping begins.

ASU Police also is holding its annual holiday food and toy drive. Officers are collecting non-perishable, holiday food items and new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes across ASU campuses through Dec. 18. Police officers will wrap the toys and deliver the food to local families in need before Dec. 25. 

“Programs such as these allow ASU Police to create positive, impactful relationships with members of our neighboring communities, especially children, by letting them know we’re here for them,” said ASU Chief of Police Michael Thompson. “One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is being able to give back to the communities we serve.”

Visit the ASU Police holiday drive webpage for more details about the food and toy drive. 

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ASU, President Crow honored by Science Foundation Arizona

Science Foundation Arizona honors ASU President Michael M. Crow.
STEM education key to developing visionary, critical thinking, ASU's Crow said.
ASU President Crow the clear choice for SFAz lecture and dinner.
December 1, 2015

Almost as soon as he’d been given a list of university presidents for consideration to give the keynote address at this year’s Science Foundation Arizona Erich Bloch Lecture and Dinner, William Harris received word from the namesake and technology magnate himself to disregard it.

“[Erich] called me and said, ‘Throw that list away. The only person who should speak is Crow,’ ” said Harris, president and CEO of the foundation.

Bloch was referring to Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow (pictured above right), who has overseen the decade-plus transformation of the university into a model for the New American University — an institution committed to access, excellence and impact, where research and discovery of public value is a top priority.

“Michael Crow is a person who shares many of Erich’s attributes as a strategic thinker and visionary,” Harris said during his opening remarks at the second annual event, this year dubbed “Advancing the Building Blocks of a Modern High-Tech Economy,” which took place Tuesday night on ASU’s Tempe campus and included Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey among its attendees.

Both Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and former board member Bloch — creator of the IBM System/360, oft-considered one of the top technological accomplishments of all time — emphasize the increased potential for advancement when universities and industry work together. So after last year’s inaugural event featured a keynote address from industry leader John E. Kelly III, senior vice president for IBM, Bloch wanted this year’s speaker to come from the most innovative of the nation’s academic vanguard.

In a prerecorded video message played at the event, Bloch called Crow the “clear choice.”

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ASU President Michael M. Crow (center) and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey discuss the need for cross-sector responsibility and collaboration in a talk moderated by former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan. Photos by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Both Crow and the university — recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the most innovative university in the country, ahead of Stanford and MIT — were honored at the event with an award from SFAz, a public-private partnership committed to making connections between the sciences, business and education in Arizona.

Since its establishment in 2006, SFAz has played a critical role in building and diversifying the future of the state’s economy by providing grants that accelerate the discovery of knowledge and reaching out to the community to inspire a love of science among local youth.

During his talk Tuesday night, Crow addressed the crowd on the importance of supporting STEM education, not only for the purpose of producing a skilled professional workforce, but because it fosters a society of individuals capable of the kind of critical thinking required to develop creative “moonshot” ideas for the future.

“There is nothing, no rhetoric that you should be listening to that says that we cannot [improve STEM education], and at ASU we’re working vigorously to make that happen,” he said. “We have a new culture, and the culture is that we’re here to be a world-class research institution that is wildly successful and wildly inclusive of all kinds of students.”

He then shared a brief overview of how ASU is working to meet this need through growing enrollment in STEM-related disciplines and STEM-related degrees awarded, highlighting the university’s engineering education efforts in particular.

Crow’s talk was followed by a discussion with Gov. Ducey, moderated by former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan.

Crow and Ducey spoke about the need for cross-sector responsibility and collaboration in order to create a better, more prosperous future for Arizona, with the governor remarking, “I believe in our state and this vision of opportunity for all. ... Education is a state responsibility. We have to work hard on it, and we’ll never check the box and say we’re done.”

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Editor , ASU News

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ProPublica reporter accepts Schneider disability journalism award at ASU

December 1, 2015

ProPublica reporter Heather Vogell shared how she exposed the shocking ways children with intellectual disabilities are physically disciplined in schools as she accepted top honors on Monday in the nation’s only journalism contest dedicated to disability coverage.

Vogell received first place in the Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability contest administered by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Heather Vogell ProPublica reporter Heather Vogell (right) accepts the 2015 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability from Katherine Schneider. Download Full Image

She accepted the award and a $5,000 cash prize on behalf of ProPublica at the Cronkite School, where she discussed her winning story “Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids Are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will.”

Vogell’s story profiled Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, who sustained broken bones after educators grabbed him and tried to force him into a “scream room.” Her in-depth reporting and data analysis uncovered that children across the country faced similar harm at least 267,000 times in 2012.

“Every story from every family is just heartbreaking,” said Vogell, who discussed her piece with Tim McGuire, the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Cronkite School. “I’m a parent with two kids, and some of these parents didn’t even know these things were happening.”

“Violent and Legal” underscored the common practice of educators secluding and physically restraining uncooperative children, sometimes with straps, handcuffs, bungee cords and even duct tape, documenting hundreds of thousands of cases a year. The piece was one of more than a dozen stories produced by Vogell and Annie Waldman that examined seclusion and restraint practices in schools.

The Schneider Award contest also had second-place and honorable-mention winners. Josh Kovner, a reporter at the Hartford Courant in Connecticut, took second for “Saving Evan: A Mother and Son Navigate the Challenges of Treating Autism.” Radio producer Eric Mennel received an honorable mention for a North Carolina public radio story, “Why Some NC Sterilization Victims Won't Get Share of $10 Million Fund.”

The annual journalism contest was created under a grant from Schneider, a retired clinical psychologist who has been blind since birth and who also supports the national Schneider Family Book Awards.

“This is the (award contest’s) third year and all of the stories have been exceptional,” said Schneider, who presented Vogell with her first-place award.

Past winners have included Dan Barry of The New York Times and Ryan Gabrielson of California Watch, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting. In the past three years, the contest has received more than 200 entries from leading journalism organizations across the country, said Kristin Gilger, Cronkite associate dean and director of the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

“Too often disability coverage can be superficial,” Gilger said. “Too often it can be inaccurate or offensive. The Schneider Award seeks to change all of that by recognizing the reporters who get it right and call attention to their work.”

The National Center on Disability and Journalism has been at the Cronkite School on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus since 2009. It is led by an advisory board consisting of award-winning media professionals and disability experts. The organization works to provide support and guidance to journalists as they cover people with disabilities.

ASU, Mayo Clinic collaborate to advance medicine through joint research

2016 seed-grant recipients announced

November 30, 2015

Arizona State University, in partnership with Mayo Clinic in Arizona, has announced the recipients of the 2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program. The program funds critical joint research projects in the health field led by scientists from both ASU and Mayo Clinic. The awardees this year are making innovative strides in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart failure and infectious diseases, as well as advancing nanobody technology and health-care practices.

Sethuraman Panchanathan, ASU’s senior vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development said, “These grants are awarded to interdisciplinary researchers collaborating in a partnership of the utmost importance; they are making important and groundbreaking strides in the medical field which will benefit our community both locally and globally.”   Download Full Image

The intent of the seed-grant program is to give new research projects a kick-start and allow them to attract additional funding from external sources. The program has resulted in 71 successful collaborations since 2004, supporting interdisciplinary and translational joint research projects between Mayo Clinic Arizona and ASU. Teams receive $50,000 for a one-year project that must achieve clear milestones to be considered successful.

The collaborations draw from the major strengths of each organization — ASU's recognized leadership in research and its advanced programs in engineering, health-care delivery, and biotechnology, and Mayo's extensive clinical experience, medical education programs and its vertical integration of research spanning basic science, laboratory-based clinical investigation, clinical trials and population sciences.

2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant projects and principal investigators

Understanding the mechanisms that cause Alzheimer’s disease:
David Brafman, assistant professor, ASU School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering; Richard Caselli, Mayo Clinic professor of neurology, Consultant Department of Neurology

Improving rehabilitative medicine for heart failure patients:
Jared Dickinson, assistant professor, ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion's Exercise and Health Program; Farouk Mookadam, Mayo Clinic professor of medicine, Consultant Department of Cardiovascular Diseases

Developing monitoring methods to assess risk of infection using duodenoscopes:
Joshua LaBaer, director, Center for Personalized Diagnostics, ASU professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Biodesign Institute; Rahul Pannala, Mayo Clinic assistant professor, Consultant Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Improving the accuracy of breast cancer screening:
Teresa Wu, professor of industrial engineering, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems; Bhavika K. Patel, Mayo Clinic assistant professor of radiology, Division of Breast Imaging, Department of Radiology

Understanding synaptic dysfunction’s role in Parkinson’s disease:
Lih-Fen Lue, research professor, ASU Biodesign NDRC; John Caviness, Mayo Clinic professor of neurology, Consultant Department of Neurology

Developing a diamond junction device to improve monitoring of cancer therapy:
Robert Nemanich, professor, ASU Department of Physics; Martin Bues, Mayo Clinic assistant professor of radiation oncology, SAC – Radiation Oncology

Generating selective nanobodies that effect human A2A adenosine receptor (A2AAR) structure and function:
Wei Liu, assistant professor, ASU chemistry and biochemistry; James R. Thompson, Mayo Clinic assistant professor of biophysics, Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering

Transform US health-care delivery using behavioral economics:
Ellen Green, assistant professor, ASU College of Health Solutions; David Etzioni, Mayo Clinic associate professor of surgery, Department of Colon Rectal Surgery

Learn more about past seed grant recipients.

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Double-decker buses join ASU intercampus shuttle routes

November 30, 2015

More seats on every route, enhanced Wi-Fi, first-class amenities and a panoramic view are in store for intercampus shuttle passengers this spring semester. A new shuttle fleet that includes double-decker buses debuts Jan. 11 on the Gold and Maroon routes. Students, faculty and staff who take the shuttles to travel between the four ASU campuses will sit in newly renovated buses equipped with a USB charging port and standard electrical outlet at every seat.

The recently signed contract with Divine Transportation maintains current intercampus shuttle service levels and offers more capacity and amenities at significant cost savings. Intercampus shuttle service is funded entirely by ASU Parking and Transit Services (PTS) revenue. As a self-funded auxiliary department, PTS does not receive any tuition dollars, student fees or state money. Image of double-decker bus Double-decker buses join the Gold and Maroon intercampus shuttle fleet this spring. More than 21,000 passengers board the shuttles each week to travel between the four ASU campuses. Download Full Image

“Each bus will transport more students per trip, which aligns with the university’s carbon-neutrality goals,” said JC Porter, PTS assistant director for commuter services. “The savings from the new contract preserves the viability of the shuttle program to meet the demand for more capacity as ASU’s enrollment continues to grow.”

Eight of the 13 shuttles on the Maroon and Gold routes will be double-decker buses with a maximum occupancy of 101 passengers. These new buses accommodate more seated passengers than current buses on the routes offer for seated and standing passengers combined. Two doors on each bus will facilitate quicker loading and unloading for the more than 21,000 Sun Devils who ride the shuttles each week.

“I am proud of the PTS staff and student committee who participated in the bid process,” said PTS director Melinda Alonzo. “They recommended a provider that is committed to meeting ASU’s service requirements and to improving amenities that allow students to remain productive while commuting between campuses.”

Sun Devils who want a sneak peek at the double-decker shuttle are invited to tour the bus this week at the following times:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 1, Tempe campus, Orange Street
  • 2 – 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Downtown Phoenix campus, McKinley Lot
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Dec. 2, Polytechnic campus, north side of Lot 37
  • Noon – 1 p.m. Dec. 2, West campus, University Way North east of 49th Avenue

Learn more about ASU intercampus shuttles and follow @asu2asuShuttles on Twitter.

Communications specialist, ASU Parking and Transit Services