ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) was pleased to host the National Science Foundation (NSF) on December 5, 2013.
ASU began as a teacher’s college. Since the turn of the century, we have evolved to become a leading institution of research and discovery. In fiscal year 2013, over 11 hundred ASU investigators submitted proposals requesting $1.25B in funds. In that same year, almost a thousand investigators received $321.5M in award obligations. And last fiscal year our research expenditures reached $405M, up from $343M the year before. While these are impressive numbers, it has always been our local and global impact that matters most.
ASU faculty and their research are regularly featured in leading peer reviewed journals; our students are nationally recognized for their innovation and entrepreneurship and academic achievements; and ASU is internationally ranked for the quality of our education. We connect with teachers and students across the state in order to find ways to improve education and experience in the classroom. At the same time, we send highly sensitive instruments to the moon and Mars to characterize its atmosphere and geology. As you know, this is not possible without continued federal funding, and in particular, funding from the NSF.
Two of these presenters are returning to ASU. Dr. George Gilchrist credits an introductory zoology course taught by Dr. Ronald Rutowski as his inspiration for pursuing a career in biology. Dr. Marjorie Zatz has continued ASU’s comittment to public service, joining NSF in 2012. While at ASU, she held many leadership positions, but was noted for her dedication to students and researchers in the School of Social Transformation.
We also welcomed Dr. Pat Knezek, a leader among astronomy professionals; Dr. Russ Kelz, who has worked tirelessly for many years at NSF to improve earth sciences instrumentation and facilities; Dr. Beth Mitchneck, a ADVANCE program advocate and faculty member from our neighbor down south; and Dr. Weisong Shi, a rising star in computer science and a very recent addition to NSF.
Preparations began several months earlier, after a call from George Wilson, Legislative Specialist at the NSF, to Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Senior Vice President of OKED. They culminated in delivery of 300 folders to an empty ballroom:
Which was then filled with over 250 attendees from across Arizona’s educational landscape:
It was a great success and dovetails with our next event, the NSF Proposal Clinic on January 9, 2014, where investigators will learn crucial tips and tricks for their NSF proposals from a very experienced grants writer.