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I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable 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.

First, the National Science Foundation HERD rankings for fiscal year 2018 have arrived, and I am proud to note that ASU continues to demonstrate excellence in research expenditures nationally. In fact, ASU has risen to #7 for total research expenditures among institutions without a medical school. Other notable rankings include:

  • #1 for geological and earth sciences, ahead of MIT, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech.
  • #1 for anthropology, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and University of Michigan.
  • #2 for transdisciplinary research, ahead of MIT, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern.
  • #4 for social sciences, ahead of Berkeley, UCLA and Cornell.
  • #5 for political science and government, ahead of Duke, Tufts and Penn State.
  • #5 for humanities, ahead of Harvard, Yale and Wisconsin.
  • #5 for NASA-funded expenditures, ahead of Stanford, UCLA and University of Washington.
  • #7 for HHS (including NIH)–funded expenditures among universities without a medical school, ahead of Princeton, Carnegie Mellon and Georgia Tech.
  • #8 for electrical, electronic and communications engineering, ahead of MIT, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.

You can read this story for more information about ASU’s latest rankings.

In addition, if you haven’t already, I invite you to watch the new ASU Impact video for some highlights of how our research is making a difference in our local and global community.


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

OpenACC GPU programming workshop

ASU Research Computing is co-hosting an OpenACC GPU programming workshop with XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. This workshop will be useful for engineering, math, physics and chemistry majors and others with a technical background.

OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. This workshop assumes knowledge of either C or Fortran programming. It will have a hands-on component using the Bridges computing platform at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Biodesign AL 1-10/14

ASU Faculty Startup Challenge seeking applicants for 2020 competition

Are you interested in turning your ideas and creations into new products and services? Through staff expertise and training, connections to vital resources and institutional expertise, the ASU Faculty Startup Challenge can help speed the commercialization of your research. 

In 2018, Skysong Innovations, ASU’s technology transfer organization, launched the ASU Faculty Startup Challenge, a startup accelerator designed to form, incubate and launch new spinout companies founded on intellectual property created at ASU.

The startup challenge is open to faculty, researchers and postdoctoral students. 

Up to six startups will be selected by a panel of judges for seed investments from a $125,000 prize pool. To qualify for the competition, inventors must complete a license agreement by June 30.

Sustainability takes center stage in February

The Sustainability Solutions Festival will convene the planet’s top sustainability events and organizations for the month of February to discover and explore how we can individually and collectively reimagine our lives and our planet. Check out the schedule of events to find information on the activities happening throughout the month, including conferences, community gatherings and film screenings.

Competitive Intelligence Working Group

If you are working in competitive intelligence (CI) activities or interested in learning more about this growing area in research development, the Competitive Intelligence Working Group wants you! The CI Working Group seeks to create a network of academic professionals engaged in the field and looks to define how CI works and is perceived in our environment. This group will be connecting with colleagues from other universities to expand our understanding of how research development professionals are working with CI and to share common issues and interests.

Learn more in our upcoming online workshops:

Using Tools Strategically
Jan. 16

Landscape and Capacity Analysis
Feb. 18

Core Competency Analysis
April 21

Introducing ORCID

ASU Knowledge Enterprise is collaborating with the independent non-profit organization ORCID to launch to ORCID service for ASU faculty and researchers. 

ORCID provides a persistent identifier – an ORCID iD – that distinguishes you from other researchers and creates a mechanism for linking your research outputs and activities to your iD. ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions and other research-related services. Registering for an ORCID and affiliating it with ASU is an excellent way for faculty and researchers to uniquely identify their research contributions.

Sign up for your ORCID iD below or contact Phil Tarrant for more information.