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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

Core Research Facilities expansions

ASU is investing more than $4 million in new instruments for Core Research Facilities that will enhance and enable new faculty research. This will include a new 500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer in the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (contact Samrat Amin for more information). Additionally, we have launched a new flow-cytometry facility and will soon add stem cell capabilities (contact David Brafman for more information).

The BNI-ASU Center for Preclinical Imaging has also been renewed. The center, a partnership between ASU and Barrow Neurological Institute, provides state-of-the-art imaging technology and expertise for researchers in the Phoenix area.

Research Development by the numbers

ASU Research Development offers a variety of services and resources to help you identify and successfully compete for research funding. We provide a transparent and equitable system for selecting the most competitive proposals for limited submissions opportunities, create competitive intelligence reports to give you actionable insights for your proposal strategies, host dozens of events every year to discuss and plan for opportunities, circulate special funding opportunities, and more. Check out our "Research Development by the numbers" report to see how much we accomplished in 2017. Download our one-pagers to learn more about our limited submissions and internal competition process, and visit to learn more about how we can help you.

Verde Solutions: ASU’s first corporate Practice Lab™

Practice Labs™ at ASU are an exciting new concept, providing valuable hands-on experience for students and real solutions for industry partners. Our Practice Labs create co-located workgroups of ASU students, faculty and interns focused on developing real-time solutions to a company’s most pressing business problems. Verde Solutions, a full-service energy efficiency consulting firm, recently invested in creating ASU’s first corporate Practice Lab. Their investment will support three top student employees from various disciplines, supervised by Mark Naufel in the Luminosity Lab, working to produce a geographic information system-based analytical approach for renewable development site evaluation.