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On campus - ASU News - Arizona State University

2 O c t O b e r 2, 2009

2 O c t O b e r 2, 2009 New School of Social Transformation poised to address complexities By Carol Hughes The ASU community is invited to a series of events Oct. 7 to officially launch the new School of Social Transformation in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Our focus is on the creation of transformational knowledge that will allow us to envision the future and achieve change that is democratic, inclusive and just,” says Mary Margaret Fonow, a professor and founding director of the school. ASU President Michael Crow will be among the speakers at the launch ceremony and reception, which begins at 11 a.m., Oct 7, in the Old Main Carson Ballroom on ASU’s Tempe campus. Other speakers include Fonow; Quentin Wheeler, ASU’s vice president and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Linda Lederman, the dean of social sciences in the college. A panel discussion will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the topics of gender, race and justice. It will be held in the Old Main Carson Ballroom with distinguished guest speakers Mark Anthony Neal and Celine Parreñas Shimizu. Neal is a professor of black popular culture in the Department of African and African-American studies at Duke University. He has written four books including the recent “New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity.” Shimizu is a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara, and this year, a visiting faculty fellow at Stanford University. She is a filmmaker and film scholar in Asian- American film and media studies, as well as feminist studies. Shimizu has recently completed “Birthright,” her fifth experimental ethnographic film, about mothering across difference. The School of Social Transformation was established last year through action by the Arizona Board of Regents. It combines four previous academic units: African and African-American studies, Asian-Pacific American studies, the School of Justice and Social Inquiry, and women and gender studies. The new school is poised to tackle complex issues related to diversity, justice and social transformation, according to Fonow. “It provides a platform for novel collaborative forms of teaching and knowledge creation that will enhance our ability to make new discoveries, to create social innovations and to engage with others in changing the world,” she says. Within the school are 42 faculty representing a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities and various interdisciplinary fields. They are organized into four faculties, each with a faculty head: Stanlie James (African and African-American studies), Kathryn Nakagawa (Asian- Pacific American studies), Marjorie Zatz (justice and social inquiry) and Fonow (women and gender studies). Other events to celebrate the new school are planned throughout the year, including the Feldt/Barbanell Women of the World Lecture Oct. 13 and the Seeking Justice in Arizona Lecture Oct. 14. Additional information about those events, the launch ceremony and the new School of Social Transformation is available online at http://sst.clas.asu.edu or by calling (480) 965-2358. Hughes, with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, can be reached at (480) 965-6375 or carol.hughes@asu.edu. The Engrained Café at ASU, operated by Sun Devil Dining and ARAMARK, received an Award of Merit recognition from the Valley Forward Association as a unique leader in environmental stewardship. The café was recognized at the 29th annual Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) program Sept. 12. The new Cronkite building in downtown Phoenix and SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, also were recognized with Awards of Merit. The merit awards are in addition to the three top awards ASU took for ASU Polytechnic Academic Campus, the ASU Campus Solarization project and Taylor Place, the residence hall on the Downtown Phoenix campus. The Engrained Café is an environmen- Research to focus on ethics of technology By Janie Magruder The National Science Foundation has awarded a large grant to a transdisciplinary team of faculty at Arizona State University to continue research on the growing lag between emerging technologies and the policies and ethics that govern them, and to recommend solutions for improving the timeliness and flexibility of these regulatory processes. The $266,296 grant will fund the Adapting Law to Rapid Technological Change project as a continuation of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics’ Pacing Project. The project will be directed by Gary Marchant, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Law, Science & Technology at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Andrew Askland, the center’s director; Braden Allenby, the ASU Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; and Joseph Herkert, the ASU Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology in the School of Letters and Sciences. “As technology advances ever more quickly, the legal system’s ability to act responsively to it is slowing down,” says Marchant, the grant’s principal investigator. “The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that there is a problem and to find new mechanisms for more tally conscious restaurant, dedicated to sustainable dining and features locally grown and harvested food prepared to order, including organic produce, Fair- Trade coffee, cage-free eggs and chicken, free-range beef and sustainable seafood. Many of the restaurants’ furnishings are made from local resources, such as walls made from Arizona sandstone and bamboo, and chairs made from recycled seat belts and wood from sustainable-managed forests. The award was in the category of historic preservation. “Engrained provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the larger Tempe community to engage in sustainable dining though a living-learning restaurant committed to locally grown food and environmentally friendly practices,” dynamic and responsive oversight.” Peter French, the director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and the Lincoln Chair in Ethics, says the federal grant will carry on the multiyear project the center funded to produce innovative solutions for bringing law and ethics into pace with the issues being raised by the emerging technologies. “The Pacing Project that we funded as a launching pad for the current study focused on the inability of existing public policy and ethical and legal tools to keep pace with developments in areas such as genetics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, cognitive sciences and enhancement technology,” French says. “Brad, Joe and Gary have taken the lead internationally in trying to develop systematic approaches to what clearly are and will continue to be among the most important issues confronting the global society.” Many examples exist of the law not keeping pace with technology, Marchant says, such as genetic testing that is rapidly being deployed in many medical applications, but there is little, if any, regulatory approval or oversight of these tests. “Another is nanotechnology,” he says. “We have this technology going forward in enormously unprecedented ways, and the regula- says Bonny Bentzin, ASU’s manager of university sustainability practices. “This is an excellent example of how the living laboratory concept at ASU is creating innovation and promoting sustainability in everyday activities.” At the Engrained Café, located on the second floor in the Memorial Union building, patrons learn about the farms from which their food was harvested, and they receive tips on ways they can change their day-to-day behavior and make a positive impact on the environment. They also are able to watch chefs prepare meals in a hearth oven. An educational thread runs throughout the restaurant featuring eco-friendly products and eco-saving techniques for your daily lives. tory systems have not been able to keep up.” This is both dangerous for public health and safety, and is a roadblock to investors in the technology community. “The accelerating rate of technological evolution in areas such as robotics, biotechnology and neurotechnology has created a serious need to better understand how global technology systems of unprecedented complexity and power can be better regulated,” Allenby says. The pacing project received initial funding of $80,000 from the Lincoln Center, which has helped the researchers determine the seriousness of the gap between law and technology, Herkert says. “But we have a lot of work to do, and with this funding from the NSF, we will be able to tackle the problem head-on and develop models that may enable policymakers, courts and regulators to respond more quickly,” he says. The project will involve several case studies, workshops and one or more books during the three-year term of the grant, Marchant says. Magruder, with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, can be reached at (480) 727-9052 or jane.magruder@ asu.edu. Mahajan to help steer ambitious agenda By Joe Kullman ASU’s Subhash Mahajan has been appointed Technical Fellow in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The new role, created by ASU President Michael Crow, is reserved for faculty members demonstrating both significant technical achievements and leadership. In the position, Mahajan will provide expertise to help advance an ambitious agenda for progress in research and faculty development, says Deirdre Meldrum, the dean of the engineering schools. Mahajan will help build research teams and work to strengthen relationships with government funding agencies. He also will develop a strong junior engineering faculty through mentoring efforts. Mahajan is a Regents’ Professor – the Subhash Mahajan highest title given to faculty at any Arizona state university – and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He also serves on several of the academy’s committees. ASU’s Engrained Café receives environmental merit award Valley Forward recognizes dining venue as a ‘green’ leader He has received some of the most distinctive national and international awards for pioneering research in materials science and as an educator in the field. He is internationally recognized for his studies on structure-property relations in functional materials and deformation behavior of solids and has published extensively on these topics. He is the coordinating editor for three leading journals in materials science and engineering. His writing includes the undergraduate textbook, “Principles of Growth and Processing of Semiconductors.” Mahajan joined ASU in 1997 and was chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering from 2000 to 2006 and then founding director of the School of Materials through June 2009. Many of the junior engineering faculty he hired during those years later earned the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for young faculty members. Kullman, with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, can be reached at (480) 965-8122 or joe.kullman@asu.edu. ASU Insight is published by Media Relations, a department within the Office of Public affairs. 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O c t O b e r 2, 2009 3 Group of scholars brings focus to growing dialogue International team aims to bridge the gap between Judaism and sciences By Carol Hughes An international group of natural and social scientists, philosophers, historians, physicians, rabbis, theologians and educators is working together to promote and facilitate a close relationship between the Jewish religion, its cultures and values, and the sciences, for the mutual benefit of all. The Judaism, Science and Medicine Group was established and organized by the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Today there is a growing gulf between Judaism and the sciences,” says Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, the director of the center and ASU’s Jewish studies program. “Although many scientists are Jews by birth, they do not consider Judaism relevant to their scientific work. “Conversely, religious Jews are either uninformed about or uninterested in recent developments in the sciences that have significant implications for their Jewish world view,” Tirosh-Samuelson says. “The Judaism, Science and Medicine Group considers this state of affairs to be detrimental to the intellectual well-being of Judaism in the 21st century and wishes to bridge the gap between Judaism and the sciences.” To achieve their mission, the group will create forums for dialogue among scientists, health care professionals and scholars of Judaism, while fostering interdisciplinary collaborative research projects and developing educational materials. “Through these activities, the Judaism, Science and Medicine Group will help shape academic and public discourses about the relationship between Judaism and science within the broader field of the dialogue between religion and science,” Tirosh-Samuelson says. The Center for Jewish Studies at ASU administers the activities of the group, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (center), an ASU professor, was one of 30 representatives of major faith traditions who signed the Uppsala Manifesto last November to create a new framework for discussion about climate change after the Kyoto agreement expires in 2012. She is pictured with others who attended the Interfaith Climate Summit in Uppsala, Sweden. which include an annual, interdisciplinary conference, collaborative research projects, teacher workshops and academic seminars. According to Tirosh-Samuelson, there is no other group of this kind in the United States or Israel. “There are organizations of Jewish academics who study the bioethical problems that arise from modern technology and there is an organization of Orthodox Jewish scientists,” she says. “However, these organizations lack the interdisciplinary scope, the diverse makeup of the group, and the pluralistic understanding of Judaism exemplified by the Judaism, Science and Medicine Group.” By hosting the group, the Center for Jewish Studies actualizes the intellectual goals of ASU – interdisciplinarity, global engagement and social embeddedness, according to Tirosh-Samuelson. “The Judaism, Science and Medicine Group will help the Center for Jewish Studies to serve as an agent of cultural change as well as an intellectual resource locally, nationally and internationally,” she says. Additional information about the international Judaism, Science and Medicine Group is available online at http://jewishstudies.clas.asu.edu/science, or by contacting Tirosh-Samuelson at (480) 956-7767 or hava.samuelson@asu.edu. Hughes, with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, can be reached at (480) 965-6375 or carol.hughes@asu.edu. Annual award honors top Arizona business enterprises By Debbie Freeman Even the worst recession since the Great Depression couldn’t stop many businesses in Arizona from boosting the state’s economy and giving back to the community over the past year. Today, five of the best companies in the state were honored with Spirit of Enterprise awards for their contributions. The awards are given out each year by the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University to recognize firms that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. “This year’s finalists were distinctly divided into two groups,” By Karen Engler “Workplace Excellence,” “Leadership Development,” “Going Green in the Office” and “Eldercare” are just a few of the many offerings of the second annual CSW/USC Professional Development Conference organized by the ASU Commission on the Status of Women and the University Staff Council (USC). The conference will take place Oct. 21 at all four campuses. Each campus will offer individual one-hour sessions on a variety of topics. The conference is for all ASU staff, faculty and students – and there is something for everyone. The conference is free of charge. Attendees can come for one session or stay for the entire day. Last year, nearly 400 people across the four campuses attended the conference. The CSW and USC indicated that they anticipate a much larger audience for this year’s conference, and have planned accordingly by offering more sessions. says Gary Naumann, the director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “One group had survived the last major economic downturn by learning to reinvent themselves and thrive, and the other had emerged since the beginning of this decade by carving out new businesses and seizing new opportunities, even in the down economy.” About 800 Valley business and community leaders were on hand for the awards luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix when the winners were announced. The 13th annual Spirit of Enterprise award winners included Answer 1 Communications, Caliente Construction, Inc., D. P. Electric, Inc., Express Digital Solutions and Terralever. The other Spirit of Enterprise finalists this year are Elontec, Green Ideas, JSL Management, Orchard Medical Consulting and Scott Business Group, LLC. These awards are just one focus of the Spirit of Enterprise Center, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies the chance to recruit and meet with student talent, while also allowing students to get hands-on business experience. Through the center, businesses can access short, nondegree programs for busy execu- The CSW and USC were able to organize the conference thanks to the contributions and widespread university support of more than 19 academic units, offices, organizations and workshop presenters. The goal of the conference is to provide readily accessible information, resources and strategies to faculty, staff and students to help them succeed in their current position and in their long-term career. The conference also provides workshops on issues and needs that are timely to ASU’s evolution as the New American University. Accordingly, the design of nearly all of the workshops correspond to the newly developed “University’s Core Expectations for ASU Staff.” Some of the workshops the groups plan to offer this year include “Legal Issues in the Workplace,” “Generational Diversity in the Workplace,” “Effective E-mail Communication,” “Leadership Development for Non- Managers” and “Negotiations.” (INTERfAITh SUmmIT/mAgNUS ARoNSoN) tives and create connections to other ASU business resources. Teams of W. P. Carey School of Business students also conduct research to help Valley companies. The center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers. More information about the center is available online at spiritofenterprise.org. To read the full story, visit the ASU News site: http://asunews. asu.edu/20090924_business_ spiritwinners. Freeman, with the W. P. Carey School of Business, can be reached at (480) 965-9271 or debbie.freeman@asu.edu. Commission provides on-campus professional development In support of ASU’s commitment to sustainability and the new “core expectation” for staff regarding sustainability, each campus will offer at least one or two workshop sessions related to sustainability. All conference attendees will also receive a special eco-friendly ASU grocery tote provided by the ASU Bookstores and the ASU Sustainability Practices Network, under the direction of Ray Jensen, a sustainability officer. The conference plans to offer a variety of work-life workshops as well. “Financial Survival” and “Recession-Proofing Your Personal Relationships” are some of the workshops addressing the current economic climate. Anyone interested in the conference is encouraged to register soon. To learn more about the conference and register for workshop sessions, visit the Commission Web site asu.edu/csw. Engler, with the Commission on the Status of Women, can be reached at (480) 965-2958 or karen.engler@asu.edu. In THE NEWS ASU experts frequently are called upon by the local and national news media to provide insight and opinion on current events and issues of public interest. Following are excerpts of recent news articles featuring ASU representatives. A new Energy Frontier Research Center at ASU will pursue advanced scientific research on solar energy conversion based on the principles of photosynthesis. “Our goal is to produce fuel using the energy from the sun,” says Devens Gust, a chemistry and biochemistry professor. “We will strive to take the essence of photosynthesis and apply it to human needs.” TechConnect, Fall 2009. Ever since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, teachers and schools have grappled with talking to kids about the impact and significance of that day in American life. “When something like this happens, people react very emotionally at first, an effect called ‘rallying round the flag,’” says Steve Corman, a professor of communication, terrorism and national security. “Over time, though, that emotion fades, as does the tendency to commemorate the event with big public memorials and school events.” Arizona Republic, Sept. 11. In the search for extraterrestrial life, some scientists say we’re focusing too much on finding signs of existence as we know it, and may be missing forms of life that don’t rely on water or carbon metabolism. According to Ariel Anbar, a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the idea dates back to at least 1954, when J.B.S. Haldane speculated that ammonia might be able to sustain life at a symposium on the origin of life. “The notion of alternative solvents is certainly plausible, though entirely unproven,” says Anbar. But because life as we don’t know it is so hard to study, he says the topic has received less attention than it deserves. Wired, Sept. 22. Mathematics-education experts are urging the government to get more involved in recruiting underrepresented minority students to science, math and engineering majors. “For the first time in history, we are experiencing the brain drain that other countries have experienced,” says Carlos Castillo- Chavez, a mathematical biology professor. “Reverse immigration” of Chinese and Indian scientists and mathematicians who studied and worked in the United States, but are now returning to their home countries, will heighten the need for developing talent among U.S. citizens, he says. Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 22. Researchers from NASA recently tested a new moon buggy near Flagstaff, Ariz., to prepare for man’s return to the moon. Kip Hodges, the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, says the rover will allow astronauts to explore more efficiently than by walking on the moon. “The probability of you getting seriously injured or killed goes way up when you’re in a suit, so if there was a way that you could do geology without having to get out of a confined, protected environment then you certainly would prefer to do that,” Hodges says. Arizona Capitol Times, Sept. 25.

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