Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

A message from Panch

Learn about recent honors, gifts and opportunities on the horizon.

I hope you all had a wonderful semester. Before we face the triple digit temperatures here in Arizona, I wanted to share some resources, events and congratulations with everyone.

ASU founded a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in 2017 to highlight university-generated technology and innovation, increase intellectual property disclosure, and speed the inventions to market that benefit society as a whole. I’m happy to report that since its inception our ranks have steadily grown. We’ve added 22 new members in 2019 alone, bringing our total members to 66. Our chapter also includes four NAI senior members and nine NAI fellows.

If you’re an inventor with at least one patent from the USPTO and interested in joining our chapter, please contact Adriana Kuiper for more information.

Last month ASU was honored with a $50 million gift from Charlene and J. Orin Edson to support dementia research and advance education and training for nurses and caregivers. The donation is slated to be split evenly between the Biodesign Institute and the newly renamed Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Such a large gift is a testament to the hard work of our faculty. The steady stream of creativity, discovery and innovation from our researchers enables us to attract significant investment and advance our efforts. Thank you for all the work you do.


Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan
Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
Chief Research and Innovation Officer

August/September 2019 TEC Talks

ASU Core Research Facilities is continuing its series of TECTalks, lectures and workshops hosted by ASU faculty and guests focused on a range of science and technology topics.

The 411 of Instrument Design & Fabrication will provide an overview of glassblowing, electronics and machining services offered by the expert staff at Instrument Design and Fabrication Core Facility. Project capabilities range from advanced mechanical assembly design to prototyping to simple repairs, modifications or complex fabrication. These resources support faculty, students and staff researchers along with ASU affiliates and industry partners and serve to help accomplish your project goals.

Date: Tuesday, August 27
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Biodesign B Room AL1-10/14

The upcoming talk, Mass Spec in Biological Research and Clinical Applications, will introduce the various methods that have been established for protein and peptide analysis in the Mass Spectrometry Facility. The methods include lab-free quantitative proteomics, labeled (TMT, iTraQ and SILAC) quantitative proteomics, protein identification and customized method development. The event will include discussion of case studies which employ mass spectrometry in early disease diagnosis.

Date: Tuesday, September 17
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Biodesign B Room AL1-10/14

Tools and training
Researcher Support Series: Researcher Support 101

The Researcher Support Series assists with faculty endeavors to advance research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. The events are focused on assisting faculty throughout the entire research life-cycle: from locating funding opportunities to commercializing new technologies. Novice and tenured research faculty can learn about the assistance and experience available.

Researcher Support 101

9-10 a.m.: Working with Federal Sponsors
ASU’s Executive Director of National Research Initiatives, Rachel Levinson advances the University’s research agenda and connects faculty with appropriate federal agencies. Prior to coming to ASU, Levinson was the assistant director for life sciences in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

10-11 a.m.: Landscape Analysis
Keith Aspinall and Jamie Welch, management research analysts discuss tips and tricks to understanding the research landscape

11 a.m. to noon: Researcher Support Showcase
Many resources for ASU researchers will be in attendance ready to introduce you to their services and answer any questions you may have. Everything you need to take your next step in research in one place.

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Memorial Union, Mohave 236

If you're not able to attend the entire event, feel free to drop in and meet some of the Researcher Support teams. Registration helps us track interest and send follow up materials. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tools and training
TECTalk: High Performance Computing on ASU’s Agave Cluster

ASU Core Research Facilities continues TECTalks, a series of lectures and workshops hosted by ASU faculty and guests surrounding science and technology topics.

Through faculty investment, GPU partitions have augmented Agave's computational resources, more than doubling its computational power. This talk will describe these partitions, how they are accessed and the applications that run there.

Date: Tuesday, July 9
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Biodesign B Room AL1-10/14


Tools and training
Nature conference: Functional dynamics - visualizing molecules in action

For the first time ever, ASU has been selected to host a Nature conference. Here, the editors will identify the up-and-coming topics and research institutes who are on the cutting edge. 

The topic is functional dynamics - visualizing molecules in action. Function is intimately linked to structural and electronic changes. While long inferred from indirect observations, ongoing technical developments are now opening up opportunities for the direct visualization of such functionally important molecular changes with temporal and spatial resolutions that would be unthinkable a decade ago. This conference will explore the methods that make it possible to watch molecules in action, and illustrate the adage of "seeing is believing" by showcasing how these cutting-edge methods are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge in areas that range from biology and chemistry to physics and materials science. Anticipated to be the first-of-its-kind in the world, you'll also have the opportunity to visit the laboratory where scientists will be making final preparations for "first light" — the initial activation of ASU's compact X-ray free electron laser (CXFEL). 

Register early at a discounted price until July 12. 

Date: Nov. 6-8, 2019
Location: Arizona State University, Tempe campus
Abstract submission deadline: Aug. 12, 6:00 p.m

Tools and training
I-Corps training for your lab members

The National Science Foundation, along with the other federal research sponsors, are seeking participants in upcoming Innovation Corps — or I-Corps — trainings.

I-Corps boot camps focus on assumption/hypothesis testing and customer-focused discovery process to gather important insights needed to maximize the impact of researcher innovations. Training takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on two consecutive Fridays. The first session will be on May 11 and the next session will be on May 17, 2019. The boot camp workshops will be held at ASU SkySong.

Register for a boot camp session.

After training, selected teams will advance to a three-week next stage invitational with the chance to win a $2,000 I-Corps Site Grant. High-performing teams may be accepted into the National I-Corps Program, which provides $50,000 grants for continued customer discovery efforts. The Invitational takes place Friday, May 31, Friday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 12. The next stage invitational will be held at ASU SkySong.

Register for the I-Corps three-week next stage invitational.

Tools and training