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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

Over the course of three days, the ASU Research Computing clusters, data arrays and network will be shut down for required updates to maintain stability and improve performance and security.

The planned shutdown is scheduled to run from Dec. 18, 12:01 a.m. to Dec. 20, 11:59 p.m.

Biofs Shares may be unavailable for a short periods of time while ASU Research Computing systems shut down to undergo required and critical updates. This outage will not impact access to file shares or e-mail services.

Contact Richard Gould or Ian Shaeffer with feedback or concerns.

Registration for Grants Research and Sponsored Projects 2019 is open.

ASU faculty are invited to join the research support teams for a day of innovation and collaboration. Connect to ASU's resources for researchers and sponsored projects, and attend breakout sessions applicable to novice and tenured researchers. Reach out and find the right opportunities to advance your work.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LocationMemorial Union

Join the City of Mesa, Creative Catalysts and Entrepreneurship + Innovation for a panel of local experts and creative entrepreneurs as they share thoughts regarding their entrepreneurial journeys, the development of a creative economy, forming value around their work, and narratives surrounding how we think about art.

This event will highlight creative entrepreneur champions, provide learning and engagement opportunities, and promote connectivity and community through the creative economy.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Location: Mesa Arts Center,1 East Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201

ASU Research Computing is hosting a free, hands-on XSEDE big data workshop for faculty, staff and students who work in high-performance computing.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 5
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Biodesign Auditorium B105

Cynthia Sagers will join Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development in September as vice president of research. With a personal mission of advancing equity, accessibility and excellence in research, she will work to grow and secure research development.

Sagers comes from Oregon State University where she served as the vice president of research. She previously held research leadership roles within University of Arkansas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.

“Cynthia Sagers is a proven leader who has advanced cutting-edge research and scholarship during her roles at Oregon State University, the National Science Foundation and the University of Arkansas,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU. “We look forward to the energy, leadership and initiative she is sure to contribute as ASU’s knowledge enterprise continues to scale rapidly and expand our impact globally.”

Sagers will also be a professor within ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.