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Dr Panch

A message from Panch

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

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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

TEC Talks: Supercharge your imaging with ImageJ

A beautiful image of cellular phenomena is interesting and informative, but how do you extract quantitative data? This TEC Talk will focus on the effective use of ImageJ, a set of open source tools for analysis of micrographs. Examples will include bright-field, fluorescent, and live cell images. This will be an interactive workshop so attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and questions. Datasets will be available for download. To participate in real time, please download FIJI from: before the seminar. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: August 21, 2018
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: Biodesign, lower level AL1-10/14
Sponsoring Core: ASU Bioimaging
Presenter: Jordan Yaron, PhD, expert imaging consultant, Biodesign Imaging Core

TEC Talks is a seminar and workshop series presented by ASU Core Research Facilities.

Free Agave computer cluster workshop

This short workshop is an introductory overview of the Agave cluster, a high-performance computing resource that can be used to accelerate and/or scale computational research. This will also serve as a how-to session. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and preregister for accounts on Agave. Attendees can suggest use cases employing specific software packages. Additional computing resources will also be discussed.

Date: Monday, Aug. 27
Time: noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Biodesign  A L1-10/14

This workshop is sponsored by ASU Research Computing.

Free OpenMP workshop Aug. 7

ASU Research Computing is hosting a free, hands-on OpenMP workshop conducted by Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Aug. 7 at Biodesign Institute Building B, room 105 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty, staff and students who work in this field of research are welcome to attend. 

The OpenMP Application Program Interface provides a portable, scalable model for developers of shared memory parallel applications. This workshop will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom training platform and is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP.  

Biodesign C opens in September

Biodesign Institute C building will open officially on Monday, Sept. 17. The $120-million expansion of Biodesign represents the third building in the now 540,000 square-foot research complex. The expansion fuels ASU’s capacity for research growth.

In addition to housing what promises to be the largest basic research team focused on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, the five-story building also will include a crown jewel: the world’s first compact X-ray free electron laser. This device will let scientists peer deep into molecular structures at a fraction of the cost of a typical free electron laser.

Come see the new facility for yourself at our open house on Sept. 17 from noon–3 p.m.

Sangre Por Salud Biobank: A resource for health research

Are you pursuing research involving underserved populations?

The Sangre Por Salud Biobank was created to extend precision medicine research to the Latino population. The biobank is a unique collaboration between Mayo Clinic, Mountain Park Health Center in Phoenix, Arizona State University and the Latino community in Arizona. Healthy, self-identified Latino patients from Mountain Park Health Center consented to a collection of blood, serum and DNA, and completed a thorough health-related questionnaire. In addition to biospecimen and survey data, deidentified electronic medical records may also be available to researchers.

What’s available?

  • Biospecimens and data from over 3,500 participants.
  • Samples including DNA, serum, plasma and white blood cells.
  • Data including past, present and future electronic health records; self-reported data, genetic data and more.

For more information on how to integrate this resource into your research program, contact Dr. Elena De Filippis, Sangre Por Salud principal investigator, or Giovanna Moreno Garzon, Sangre Por Salud program coordinator.