Winners of the 16th annual Barlett & Steele Awards announced

American Public Media, Salt Lake Tribune, KUER public radio and StarTribune take home top prizes


October 10, 2022

A podcast series on abuse at Utah’s homes for troubled teens produced by a multiple-media team of journalists and the Minnesota StarTribune’s revelations of court-aided exploitation of accident victims have taken top honors in the 16th Annual Barlett & Steele Awards for the Best in Investigative Business Journalism.

The Barlett & Steele Awards are administered by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The awards are named for the illustrious investigative business journalist team of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, who have worked together for more than four decades, receiving two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine awards and a long list of other journalism awards. Awards made of glass and metal on a table in front of a sign that reads "Donald W. Reynolds National Cente for Business Journalism." The Barlett & Steele Awards have been given annually for the best in investigative business journalism since 2007. Download Full Image

“This year’s winners are in the finest tradition of what these awards have come to represent — great reporting, fine writing and expert data analysis,” Steele said. “The winners are a testament to the value of in-depth reporting and how it benefits the public.”

The inaugural award for Outstanding Young Journalist was claimed by Neil Bedi of ProPublica for an investigation into faulty mechanical heart pumps.

In addition to the first-ever Young Journalist award, this year marks the first time the Barlett & Steele Awards have recognized publications across two categories — Global/National and Regional/Local — to honor more of the outstanding business journalism being produced throughout the U.S.

Each category features a gold, silver and bronze award. These awards come with cash prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The Young Journalist award features a cash prize of $3,000.

The cold award in the Global/National category was won by a collaboration among American Public Media, Salt Lake Tribune and KUER public radio, for their investigative work into the Utah government’s lackluster oversight of facilities housing troubled teenagers, resulting in widespread abuse. Their work resulted in a seven-part podcast series titled “Sent Away.”

Rounding out the Global/National category, the silver award went to the Wall Street Journal for its investigation into federal judges’ hidden conflicts of interest. The bronze was awarded to a team of reporters from Bloomberg for their revelations about questionable practices at a telemedicine startup.

In the Regional/Local category, the StarTribune won the gold award for documenting how accident victims in several states were convinced to transfer their court-ordered compensation to other parties for a fraction of its value. In one case, the StarTribune said, a mentally impaired car accident victim sold more than half a million dollars in future payments for $12,001.

The silver award in the Regional/Local category went to a duo from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a series on dangerous dwellings, while a team of reporters from the Palm Beach Post and ProPublica won the bronze award for documenting harmful pollution by the sugar industry.

“This addition of more awards this year has allowed us to recognize more groundbreaking investigative business journalism in the U.S.," said Jeffrey Timmermans, director of the Reynolds Center. "While the industry continues to face many challenges, the fact that there is so much outstanding work being done at news organizations throughout the country — from Utah to Florida — is cause for optimism.”

View more about the winners at businessjournalism.org.

The Reynolds Center will spotlight the recipients of the top prizes at an event at 6 p.m., Arizona time, on Nov. 9 in the First Amendment Forum at the Cronkite School in Downtown Phoenix. Check out the Reynolds Center event page for updates on the live event.

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Communications Specialist, Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology

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McCain Institute executive director discusses character-driven leadership with ASU students


October 7, 2022

Evelyn Farkas, a trailblazer for national security and foreign policy in the U.S., has spent the past three decades standing up for democracy. 

“Democracy to me means freedom,” Farkas said. “The freedom to express yourself politically, the freedom to express yourself economically, and it was something that my parents didn’t have when they were born.”  Woman standing at the front of a classroom speaking to people seated at tables. Evelyn Farkas, executive director at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, speaking at the “Leading Now” event, where she discussed the idea of what character-driven leadership means with ASU students. Download Full Image

Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies recently hosted Farkas, executive director at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at ASU, for the event “Leading Now,” to discuss the idea of what character-driven leadership means in collaboration with running for office.

Not only did Farkas’ qualifications lead her to run to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District in the House of Representatives in 2020, but also her upbringing.

Farkas’ parents fled Hungary in 1956 while it was under the influence of the Communist system and the Soviet Union in hopes of finding the freedom to achieve. She said that even as a child, she felt strongly about being in America as opposed to anywhere else. 

“That has motivated me throughout my entire life and probably also determined the fact that I would get involved in international affairs, foreign policy and work for the U.S. government,” Farkas said.

During the 2020 election cycle, Farkas was moved to get involved politically. 

A month later, long-term U.S. Rep Nita Lowey announced her resignation and Farkas went headfirst into campaigning. She would ultimately earn 15.6% of the electoral vote, coming in third during the Democratic primaries. 

Reflecting on her campaign, Farkas shared a few lessons that she learned with students and faculty. 

Farkas revealed that running for office was unlike any other job that you interview for or try to obtain. She emphasized the importance of being organized, raising money and having someone on the campaign who has your back. 

“Campaigning and politics can be really draining, and you don’t oftentimes know who’s giving you good advice, and you need someone to confide in, someone to pick you up,” Farkas said. 

For the remainder of the event, Gina Woodall, principal lecturer at ASU, moderated a discussion and questions from the audience. 

Woodall and Farkas discussed various topics, such as gender stereotypes or double standards during her time campaigning. According to Farkas, she had an easier time as a female candidate because of her prior experience working in male-dominated fields. She acknowledged that she was encouraged by male community leaders to run for office. 

“Bottom line is if you stick to your values, you're always going to feel good, even if you’re losing,” Farkas said. 

Even if her efforts ended in a congressional defeat, Farkas revealed that character-driven leadership while running for such a position was one way to stick up for democracy. 

“I knew that there are many ways to contribute to society and I had already done a lot of them,” Farkas said. “I’d already had lots of jobs, so I knew, ‘Look, if I don’t win, it’s going to be okay. I’ll find some other way to defend democracy.’”

Farkas advised students that to have an attitude of being OK if one thing doesn’t work out and being motivated to do something else is a helpful way to approach life. 

The floor was then opened for participants to engage in conversation with Farkas. 

Students in the audience would ask Farkas questions ranging from how overturning Roe v. Wade might impact midterms to her thoughts on identity politics.

As the event came to a close, Farkas reflected on how the lessons she learned running for office helped form her experience at the McCain Institute.

“I learned to be true to myself when I was running for Congress. In campaigns, you learn about having empathy and leading by example. I think that you learn through your experiences, but you get strengthened by the good decisions you make,” she said.

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Former UN high commissioner for human rights to be honored with 2022 O'Connor Justice Prize


October 6, 2022

The Honorable Louise Arbour, former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and high commissioner for human rights for the United Nations, has been named the eighth recipient of the O'Connor Justice Prize.

The award, administered by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, was established in 2014 to honor the legacy of the school’s namesake, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. It recognizes those who have made extraordinary efforts to advance rule of law, justice and human rights. Portrait of Louise Arbour. The Honorable Louise Arbour, recipient of the 2022 O'Connor Justice Prize Download Full Image

“I'm extremely honored to receive this accolade. I think there's nothing like recognition by your peers,” Arbour said. “I think it's very significant, and the association with one of the greatest jurists in the United States, a woman for whom I have a lot of admiration. I feel very humbled and very honored.”

Arbour was appointed by the security council of the U.N. as chief prosecutor for the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda in 1996. In this role, she secured the first conviction for genocide — in response to the 1994 Rwandan Civil War — since the 1948 Genocide Convention and the first indictment for war crimes by a sitting European head of state, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

“Since the Nuremberg trials, there had never been any other effort or opportunity to set up an international criminal mechanism of accountability for heads of states or military-political leaders involved in severe violations of international humanitarian law, the laws of war, genocide, crimes against humanity,” Arbour said.

In 1999, she resigned to take up the prestigious appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, serving until 2004 when she was asked to return to the U.N. as the high commissioner for human rights.

During her service for the U.N., Arbour has worked to expand the understanding and application of international criminal law, human rights and accountability.

Most notably under her leadership, the Commission on Human Rights transformed into the Human Rights Council, creating a mechanism for accountability called Universal Periodic Review, which places each member state of the U.N. under scrutiny for its actions.

Arbour will be presented with the O’Connor Justice Prize in a ceremony in early 2023.

Previous recipients of the O’Connor Justice Prize include:

  • Inaugural recipient Navanethem Pillay of South Africa, the former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, honored for her fight against apartheid, as well as her championing of international human rights.
  • Ana Palacio, honored as the first woman to serve as the foreign affairs minister of Spain, member of the Council of State of Spain and former senior vice president and general counsel of the World Bank Group.
  • Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, honored for his humanitarian work since leaving office. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to find peaceful solutions to conflicts, to advance democracy and to promote economic and social development.
  • Anson Chan, the former chief secretary of Hong Kong, known as “Hong Kong’s conscience,” honored for her decades of devotion to social justice and democracy. She helped oversee Hong Kong’s transition from British control in 1997.
  • Frederik Willem de Klerk, the former South African president, honored for leading the effort to dismantle that country’s apartheid system and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993.
  • Nadia Murad, the acclaimed Yazidi human rights activist, honored for founding a global initiative to advocate for survivors of violence and genocide, becoming the first Iraqi and Yazidi to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which she received in 2018.
  • Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito, president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, honored for her work in creating the modern framework for international justice and decades of teaching, research and leadership around international human rights and, more specifically, women’s rights.

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Students can create their own path with new ASU Online biology degree


October 6, 2022

This fall, more students will have the opportunity to advance their science degree.

ASU Online launched a Master of Science in biology, offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, expanding its roster of graduate online biology classes for those seeking an alternative to on-campus education.  A hand holding a textbook open to a page with highlighted text. Download Full Image

The new degree offering enables students to deepen their knowledge about the life sciences and encompasses a broad range of applications, from addressing public health challenges to climate change.

The flexibility the program offers, both in pace and content, meets learners where they are geographically and in their professional careers. 

“This degree is applicable to a broad audience,” said Stephen Pratt, professor in the School of Life Sciences. “Courses in this program do not focus on laboratory skills or techniques, but instead on building strong conceptual foundations in frontier areas of modern biology.”

Students are prepared to fill roles in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, as well as pursue teaching roles at various levels, and the program equips students with problem-solving and critical thinking skills, transferable to any profession. 

“Secondary school teachers reaching for a higher level of education, biotechnicians who want to add conceptual depth or analytical abilities to their laboratory skills, or writers who want to expand their scientific expertise — all can elevate their expertise with this degree,” he said.

Interdisciplinary in nature, students can tailor their biology degree, exploring the intersection of their interest areas and creating a unique educational experience. The program offers students a variety of courses for many biological science passion areas, including evolutionary medicine, genetics and genomics, and biotechnology. 

“Students can craft a course sequence that meets their particular educational needs. The program has only a handful of core classes, with the rest of the curriculum free for the student to assemble from available courses,” he said. 

Students can complete the degree in one to two years, as it was designed with working professionals in mind. Students can study at a pace that fits their lifestyle and their personal and professional responsibilities.

“We are delighted to offer (the school's) strengths in graduate training to a broader audience,” Pratt said. “Our charter is about who we include and how they succeed, and this program is a great step in continuing to support student success and enabling them to advance their career at any stage of their life.”

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Public Relations Manager, ASU Online

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


September 29, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2022–23 Orchestras Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For ASU Gammage ticketed events, tickets are available for $12 at the ASU Gammage Box Office or can be purchased online at Ticketmaster (fees apply). All students with ASU, college or school ID receive one complimentary ticket and all HIDA faculty and staff receive two complimentary tickets. Complimentary tickets can be picked up at the box office prior to the event and during all normal business hours.

All Herberger Institute students, faculty and staff and Mirabella residents are eligible for complimentary tickets to most events ticketed through the Herberger Institute box office. Click buy tickets to obtain your complimentary tickets using your 10-digit ASU ID as the promo code.

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communications specialist, School of Music

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


September 28, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in several lots and parking garages near the venue. Learn more and RSVP at thecollege.asu.edu/marshall-lecture.

About the Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series

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

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Marketing assistant, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Workshop series exposes students to personal finance concepts


September 28, 2022

“We’re lifelong learners” is a saying that Arizona State University students are used to hearing. It is three simple words that the university abides by, but it is also a quote from Kim Kiyosaki, one of the featured speakers at a speaker series event hosted by the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development in Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. The seminar, the first in a five-session series, featured special guests and Barrett supporters Robert and Kim Kiyosaki. There will be four more sessions of the series, each focusing on various topics relating to finance and financial education.

Robert Kiyosaki was born and raised in Hawaii. After graduating college in New York, he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam as an officer and helicopter gunship pilot. Now, he is an American businessman, entrepreneur and author of more than 26 books, including the No. 1 personal finance book "Rich Dad Poor Dad." Portrait of Robert and Kim Kiyosaki. Robert and Kim Kiyosaki shared their knowledge of personal finance with students through a seminar series presented by the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

Kim Kiyosaki is a successful real estate investor, entrepreneur, speaker and author who is passionate about financial education. She has built her brand upon the international success of her books "Rich Woman" and "It’s Rising Time."

In 1996, the Kiyosakis created and launched the CASHFLOW board game, which was made to teach people about money, real estate and investing, as well as building a business and challenging perceptions of how to generate and sustain wealth, in a way that was fun and entertaining. Robert Kiyosaki said the purpose the board game was to change one’s internal dialogue, explaining, “If you don’t change your internal dialogue, your life doesn’t change.”

In 1997, they founded The Rich Dad Company with the mission “to elevate the financial well-being of humanity,” Robert said. It is centered on providing a financial education based on thinking like the rich.

The same year that the Kiyosakis started their company, Robert wrote his book "Rich Dad Poor Dad."

“'Rich Dad Poor Dad' started when I was 9 years old,” Robert said. “When I was 9, I asked my teacher when we would learn about money and she was shocked.” His teacher responded to his question by telling him to ask his father.

Robert’s father, whom he alluded to as "poor dad," was brilliant and had a successful career. His father worked his entire life, set money aside for retirement, but never accumulated any wealth. After speaking to his father about money, Robert said his father told him to “ask my rich friend’s dad; he’s an entrepreneur.”

The friend’s dad, whom Robert called "rich dad," understood the difference between an asset and a liability, and that assets put money in your pocket. Robert’s "rich dad" taught him how to become financially free by taking risks, using debt, buying assets and creating cash flow.

These two very different ways of thinking inspired Robert to write "Rich Dad Poor Dad" to teach financial education that is necessary in order to think like "rich dad." Robert and Kim aimed to impart some of these lessons to Barrett students who were present at the speaker series, in hopes of teaching financial education to the next generation.

Ann Atkinson, executive director of the T.W. Lewis Center, said one of her favorite takeaways from the seminar is Robert’s coin flip concept, in which he explained there is no such thing as a two-sided coin, and it’s the reason why there will always be disagreements. “All coins have three sides: Heads, tails and the edge,” he explained. “Intelligence is standing on the edge; not taking a side.”

Katie Alcaraz Reyes, a Barrett Honors College junior majoring in forensic psychology, said she attended the seminar to learn more about finance.

"I am not interested in working a 9-to-5 job after college, but I still want to make money,” she said.

The lesson from the Kiyosakis’ presentation that most stood out to Reyes was “if you don’t change your internal thinking, your life won’t change.”

“I feel like a lot of people struggle with that,” Reyes said.

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Students in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University play the CASHFLOW board game to learn financial concepts during a workshop with Robert and Kim Kiyosaki, presented recently by the T.W. Lewis Center. Photo courtesy the T.W. Lewis Center

Isabella Meadows, a Barrett Honors College junior majoring in accounting and finance with a minor in real estate, said she attended this workshop series because she has looked up to Robert her whole life.

“He has been one of my biggest role models,” she said. “I admire his mindset and I want to be surrounded by and soak in his mentality, the mentality that sees the good in life and the abundance in life and the power to shape your reality through learning and mindset changes,” Meadows said.

“My experience from the lecture part of the workshop gave me the chills. Chills of inspiration, of empowerment, of life,” added Meadows, who has read Robert’s books and played the CASHFLOW board game as a kid.

“To hear Mr. Kiyosaki speak words of life and of truth right in front of me... (it) stirred something in my soul,” she said. “If I had to describe my experience in one word, I would say ‘magic.’”

Following the Kiyosakis’ presentation, students played the CASHFLOW board game, with the winner of each game receiving the board game as a prize.

“Playing CASHFLOW, I learned that sometimes you need to have patience and not take the first deal that comes your way,” Meadows said. “When you say ‘yes’ immediately to something, you are saying ‘no’ to something else, and that ‘no’ might actually have been 10 times more valuable than the fastest option to present itself.”

Shivani Naik, a Barrett Honors College sophomore majoring in finance and human systems, called the first seminar session a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the keys to achieving financial freedom.”

“I learned something that I could immediately apply to my daily life. I learned that there is no such thing as a rich person or a poor person. Rather, there are people with a rich mindset and those with a poor mindset, and that mindset determines the ultimate financial situation of their lives,” she said

“I had an incredible experience throughout the first session of the Cash Flow Workshop Program,” Naik added. “The lessons I learned are such valuable lessons that I will never forget and that I am sure will provide endless benefits for me in the future.”

Along with the continuation of this speaker series, the T.W. Lewis Center will have many more events like this throughout this academic year.

“If there’s anything I recommend in this world, it is that students attend the T.W. Lewis Center programs,” Shivani said. “There is infinite value in the T.W. Lewis Center’s mission of personal development, and no matter what type of student attends the center’s events, every single person benefits in some way.”

Story by Barrett Honors College student Alex Marie Solomon.

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

MyPath2ASU collaboration makes for smooth, successful transfer process


September 21, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cameron Prohaska

Question: Why did you choose ASU?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch Prohaska share his story below:

The Biodesign Institute expands its scientific reach with 5 new faculty


September 21, 2022

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

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

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Joshua Hihath

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

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

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

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

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

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Navish Wadhwa

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

His work has focused in part on how physical interactions enable or constrain the ways biological organisms move and interact with each other and their surroundings. His research into bacterial motility, guided by tiny rotary motors composed of distinct protein components, is one example. He also holds a position as assistant professor with ASU's Department of Physics and Center for Biological Physics. 

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

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

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

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

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Nsa Dada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taichi Suzuki

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

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Joshua Daymude

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

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

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

Richard Harth

Science writer, Biodesign Institute at ASU

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ASU Online students, alumni network in DC

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


September 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Oxford

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

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