Softball to host NCAA Regional | ASU News

Softball to host NCAA Regional | ASU News.

With the announcement of the 2012 NCAA Softball postseason schedule on May 13, fans can enjoy the Arizona State softball team at Farrington Stadium starting with the NCAA Regionals on May 18.

Arizona State finished the 2012 regular season with a 46-7 overall records and went 18-4 in Pac-12 action. At home, the Sun Devils are 37-2 inside the friendly confines of Farrington Stadium.

America’s Knowledge Enterprise – From Tight Budgets, Primitive Myths, and the Shadow of Albert Einstein (May 21, 2012)

This event will be webcast live at  – Arizona State University, the New America Foundation , and Slate present “How to Save America’s Knowledge Enterprise …From Tight Budgets, Primitive Myths, and the Shadow of Albert Einstein“. This program will air on Monday, May 21st at 9am PDT (12 noon EDT). ASUtv will bring you this 5 1/2-hour event live from Washington D.C., with a closing presentation from ASU President Dr. Michael M. Crow.

(From the New America Foundation): Science and technology in America have been guided by the same set of ideas for the past 60 years. In particular, more money, and more scientists, was always the prescription for getting S&T to deliver more benefits to society. In the face of the global economic downturn, political disarray at the national level, and protracted challenges to the nation’s public health, environmental quality, industrial base, and energy system, this simple formula no longer makes sense. These challenges demand new ways of thinking about science and technology, and the government’s role in advancing them. And it turns out that the problem isn’t money, or the number of scientists, but the way we do science.

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This special event will feature the following topics and guest speakers (subject to change):

1. How we got here, and why it’s hard to change
Dan Sarewitz – Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University; Professor of Science and Society, Arizona State University

2. What do the failures look like, and what are the consequences?
Stephen Trachtenberg – President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service, George Washington University
George Poste – Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University; Founder and former Director, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University
Andy Revkin – Senior Fellow, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University; “Dot Earth” Writer, The New York Times

Moderator: Deborah Blum Author, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York; Winner of 1992 Pulitzer Prize for “The Monkey Wars” series in the Sacramento Bee

3. What do we need from the R&D system?
Michael Lind – Policy Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation

4. How can national labs bring the change we need to see?
Eric Isaacs – Director, Argonne National Laboratory

5. What will it take to get new jobs and industries from the R&D system?
Erica R.H. FuchsAssistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Jon Gertner Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine; Author, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Eric Isaacs – Director, Argonne National Laboratory

ModeratorMichael Lind – Policy Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation

6. Biomedical research and the public’s health
Ron Deprez – Director, Center for Community and Public Health, University of New England
Ben Heywood – President and Director, Patients Like Me

Moderator:  Sheri Fink – Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation; Winner of 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting on Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans

7.  Sweden solved its nuclear waste problem, so why can’t we?
Daniel Metlay – Senior Staff Member, Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

Moderator:  Lisa Margonelli – Director, Energy Policy Initiative, New America Foundation

8. Environment and energy: Innovating in the belly of the beast
Margaret Davidson – Director, Coastal Services Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Michael Holland – Senior Advisor and Staff Director, Office of the Undersecretary for Science, Department of Energy
Jeff Marqusee – Executive Director, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Department of Defense; Director, Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, Department of Defense

Moderator: Lisa Margonelli – Director, Energy Policy Initiative, New America Foundation

9. Redesigning the Cold War University
Michael Crow – President, Arizona State University; Author, End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation


Construction Graduation Luncheon – Thursday, May 3, 2012

Convocation for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is this Thursday, May 3rd.  The Del E. Webb School of Construction Programs will have a reception for all CM graduates in the Urban Systems Engineering (USE) building beginning at 1:30 PM.
The USE is located at  651 E University Dr., Tempe AZ 85287.  Traffic can get really congested, so plan on coming early to find parking.  More information about convocation can be found at

If you are thinking that graduation looks a little early this spring, you are right.  The academic calendar was modified this academic year with a two week winter break.  As a result we now have two six-week summer sessions.  The good news is that it gives our students a little more time to complete their internships.    If you think you might have an internship opportunity send me a note at or come and see me at the graduation reception.