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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

Planned Fall 2019 ASU Research Computing outage

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.

GRASP 2019

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

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019

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

XSEDE HPC monthly workshop: Big data

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 to join ASU as new vice president of research

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.