Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

A message from Panch

Learn about upcoming opportunities for collaboration, ASU's climb in HERD rankings and the new slate of ASU KEDtalks®.

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Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful holiday season. As we begin another year at the university, I have a few resources, opportunities and pieces of useful information to share with you.
I’m often asked by my peers at other universities how ASU continues to improve, innovate and grow year after year. In response, I point to our faculty’s transdisciplinary approach to research and pan-university partnerships as important facets of our success. A great way to continue our tradition of teamwork and collaboration is to attend the annual Faculty Workshop on Feb. 1. The event is an opportunity to network, find your next collaborator and learn about resources and services available through the Knowledge Enterprise. Read on below for more information.
Such partnerships and collaborations continue to yield impressive results for ASU, as evidenced by the recently released Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD) rankings. Your hard work and dedication have proved fruitful, improving our standing in a variety of areas. For example, we have moved up to No. 8 for total research expenditures among universities without a medical school, and we remain No. 1 for anthropology expenditures. You can see more of our rankings here.

If you are interested in learning more about the ideas your colleagues are exploring, be sure to watch our upcoming season of ASU KEDtalks®. Stay tuned at or revisit some previous talks in podcast form. Starting later this month, the podcast will be moving to an interview format, offering further exploration into the topics covered in the KEDtalks videos.


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

February 2019 TECTalks

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

High Performance Computing on ASU’s Agave Cluster

This talk will cover the Agave cluster configuration, batch and interactive access, and available software packages. A sample of applications run on the system will demonstrate the variety of computational research Agave supports.

Date: Monday, Feb. 11
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: MU 242

Fundamentals of Biostatistics: Hypothesis Testing, Errors, P-values, and Power

In this seminar, fundamental concepts in biostatistics will be discussed: How are hypothesis tests formed within the framework of an experimental design? How is uncertainty (such as error) treated? How are decisions made within hypothesis testing frameworks? How can we present our results as novel scientific findings?

Date: Monday, Feb. 18
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Biodesign Institute AL1-1014

Check back for March 2019 TECTalks.

Tools and training
Skysong Innovations launches competition to support faculty entrepreneurship

In 2018, Skysong Innovations, formerly AzTE, launched a new accelerator and competition for ASU startups. The winners of the inaugural competition were announced in December.

Dr. Hanqing Jiang, creator of Vantronics, won the grand prize of $50,000. Vantronics develops vanishing electronics for biological monitoring and treatment. The other finalists, Dr. Ashfaque Shafique and Dr. Josh LaBaer, each received $25,000. Dr. Shafique's company, GreyDyne, develops systems for seizure detection and prediction. Dr. LaBaer's company, Ordinatrix, provides customers with screening of the complete human proteome (comprised of 15,000 unique proteins), or selected target proteins of their choosing. The judging panel comprised four Skysong Innovations board members.

All founders who went through the program continue to receive ongoing support through ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation's Venture Devils and the ASU Startup Mill, a collection of experienced entrepreneurs and executives who provide mentoring and go-to-market, executive-level leadership.

The 2019 contest is open now!

Every ASU startup with a completed license agreement before June 30, 2019 (also the application deadline) is eligible to apply. Up to six winners may be selected for seed investments from a total prize pool of up to $150,000.

This is an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurial faculty and postdocs. ASU’s track record of successful startups now extends more than a decade. These startups, and their sublicensees, have attracted more than $720 million in venture capital and other funding.

Apply to the faculty startup competition

For more information, please contact Charlie Lewis at

Tools and training
I-Corps boot camps and invitational

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 Jan. 25, and Feb. 1, 2019 and the next on March 23 and 29, 2019.

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 from 9 to 11 a.m. for three consecutive Fridays. The first Invitational will be held February 15, 22 and March 1, 2019 and the second will be held April 12, 19 and 26, 2019.

Tools and training
XSEDE HPC monthly workshop: Open MP

ASU Research Computing is hosting another free, hands-on XSEDE Open MP workshop for faculty, staff and students working in high-performance computing.


Date: Wednesday, Jan.16

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Centerpoint 310-10

Tools and training
January 2019 TECTalks

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

CHREM Winter School

The Winter School introduces the theory and practice of high-resolution electron microscopy to scientists currently using transmission electron microscopes for materials science studies.

Date: Monday, Jan. 7 to Friday Jan. 11
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Tempe campus

4D Materials Science

Learn about time-resolved X-ray microtomography and focused ion beam characterization techniques.

Date: Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: ISTB4 240

Tools and training