Biodesign faculty and staff recognized for ASU achievements

Biodesign faculty and staff recognized for ASU achievements

April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

ASU faculty and staff have re-imagined their roles and developed creative and inspiring programs that advance innovation, sustainability and social embeddedness to help ASU and Arizona communities and schools in a big way.

Faculty achievements

ASU President Michael M. Crow joined Executive Vice President and University Provost Elizabeth D. Phillips, along with other university leaders, academic deans and the Sun Devil Family Association, April 16, in the Ventana Ballroom of the Tempe campus Memorial Union, to honor the outstanding achievements of faculty across Arizona State University.

The 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards included such honors as the Diversity Achievement Awards, the Faculty Achievement Awards, 2013 Professor of the Year, and President's Professors.

  • Among the honorees, Biodesign researcher Roy Curtiss was honored for his outstanding achievements and service to ASU with the Defining Edge Research and Creative Work – Natural Sciences/Math. Roy Curtiss’s recent work at ASU has concentrated on developing strategies to create vaccines safe and effective in newborns and individuals who are malnourished, immunodeficient or pregnant. His group’s latest accomplishment has been the development of a vaccine against the influenza virus, involving induction of cross-protective immunity to shared influenza antigens and strain-specific immunity using a newly perfected means to successfully deliver a DNA vaccine. These vaccines can be preserved in a stable, freeze-dried form and reconstituted at time of use for oral, needle-free delivery.
  • The School of Life Science also announced Biodesign researcher and SoLS associate professor Shelley Haydel as the first recipient of the SoLS Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award. "Shelley’s MIC 381 course, Pathogenic Microbes, is a fine example of how one can transform a standard lecture course into an active learning experience with impressive learning outcomes," said SoLS Professor Miles Orchinik. "She sets the bar high, and her students, primarily juniors, develop grant proposals that are as sophisticated as anything we’d expect to see from young grad students." Haydel will receive the prize during the SoLS awards ceremony on May 10.
  • Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences and Biodesign Institute researcher Brenda Hogue was the recipient of the Commission on the Status of Women's Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award. Hogue's leadership with the  Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), in particular, has made major strides toward improving the status of women and other underrepresented groups, as well as spurring their interest in pursuing scientific research careers.

Campus Innovators

In recognition of their achievements, ASU President Michael Crow also hosted a reception April 18 to present the President’s Award for Innovation, the President’s Award for Sustainability, the President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness, and the Top Multiple Sun Award recipients for Individual Excellence.

President's Award for Sustainability

Sustainability is a balance of environmental, social and economic concerns. ASU staff and faculty are advancing sustainability by demonstrating exemplary practices, leading by example, and sharing solutions to catalyze change. This award recognizes ASU teams that have demonstrated excellence in fostering the successful development, implementation, and promotion of sustainability principles, solutions, programs, and services in the teaching, learning, research and business missions of the university.

Facilities Management Grounds Services – Grounds for Grounds
In February 2012, Facilities Management Grounds Services in conjunction with Aramark, the Facilities Management Recycling Program, and ASU's Biodesign Institute introduced the “Grounds for Grounds” program to ASU. Biodesign staff members Harl Alley and Kathleen Stinchfield were instrumental in implementing the program at Biodesign. The program diverts Tempe campus’ used espresso and coffee grounds from the landfill and puts them to use as a natural fertilizer and soil amendment.

The Office of Human Resources coordinated the event.