Night of the Open Door will cast spotlight on sources of creativity, innovation at Biodesign and ASU

Night owls rejoice!

February 24, 2012

It’s fitting that a glow-in-the-dark owl will adorn the shirts of volunteers at Arizona State University’s Night of the Open Door – because the March 3 nighttime event will shine a light on more than 165 activities celebrating the sciences, arts, humanities and engineering on the university’s Tempe campus.

Presented in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, Night of the Open Door will offer hands-on demonstration, tours of research facilities, book readings, and access to museums and world-class plant collections.

Study the stars. Build your own rollercoaster. Explore the Biodesign Institute or “Reptile Row.”

Participate in a trebuchet demonstration, a Math Art Walk, an embodied gaming experience, or visit the cartoon voting booth.

Solve a cipher or giant word game created by ASU poet Alberto Rios. Talk to scientists, designers and teachers about volcanoes, border issues and quantum physics, or listen to the music of a laptop orchestra

Among the highlights:

Biodesign Institute

Learn about research demonstrations tackling grand societal challenges such as the future of biomedicine and health outcomes, disease prevention, and sustainability.

Explore the largest LEED-certified “green” bioscience facility in Arizona, try out cool hands-on activities in the Kids Zone, meet scientists and see key discoveries that are improving human health and the health of the planet.

Digital Culture Festival and Emerge

The Digital Culture Fest showcases the collaboration of artists, engineers, scientists and designers in developing innovative uses of interactive technologies, video games, animation, three-dimensional and computer-generated imaging, real-time graphics and “sound engines.” 

 • Emerge revolves around the premiere of an interactive light performance on the Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, complete with entertainment, music and food carts. Visit for more information.

Film Screening & Book Signings

Professor Bert Hoelldobler is the subject of the documentary film that won the 2005 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festivals Special Jury Prize. A film showing, book signing and Q & A with Hoelldobler will be 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m., Life Sciences Building A, room. 191.

The Virginia Piper House offers two readings, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with Conrad Storad, award-winning children's author, editor, and science writer, who will read his book “Rattlesnake Rules.” Stephen Pyne, MacArthur Fellow, historian and author of engaging books about exploration and fire, will read from his book “Voyager.” 

Engineering and Exploration

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering students in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program demonstrate their cutting-edge projects. Held on the Engineering Patio.

Scientists and engineers working in ASU’s Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technology center are exploring the potential of harnessing solar power to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. At the lab’s booth students, families and teachers will be able to put their engineering skills to the test to design and analyze solar-power collection technologies. Held at the Engineering Research Center, room 187.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration offers activities for kids, including digging for meteorites, exploring the Meteorite Museum, panning for gold and making your own earthquake.

ASU’s Night of the Open Door is presented by ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the university’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Biodesign Institute.

The first 1,000 people to arrive receive a goodie- bag filled with things to make your heart – and your mind – glow.  

To register, and for more information, visit the Night of the Open Door website at:


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Media Contacts:

Joseph Caspermeyer, Associate Director, Communications, Biodesign Institute,, (480) 727-0369,

Margaret Coulombe, Director, Academic Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, 480.727-8934,,

Joe Kullman,, Media Relations Officer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, (480) 965-8122 office, (480) 773-1364 mobile,


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