ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

DISCOVERY

SOCIETY’S GRAND CHALLENGES ARE INTERDISCIPLINARY IN NATURE. THEY WILL NOT BE SOLVED BY RESEARCHERS SILOED IN THEIR DISCIPLINES.

Recognizing this, ASU has designed a truly transdisciplinary knowledge enterprise where researchers are as likely to find an opportunity for collaboration across campus as they are across the hall. Not only does this create a research and teaching environment unlike any other, but it also allows discoveries and breakthroughs not possible anywhere else.

This year our faculty and researchers advanced ASU’s knowledge enterprise by making significant discoveries and scholarly contributions. For example, Dr. Amy Boddy and colleagues discovered the presence of fetal microchimerism—the occurrence of fetal cells in maternal tissue—in humans. Dr. Cun-Zheng Ning and colleagues created a novel nanosheet enabling the world’s first white laser. And Dr. Craig Hargrove and colleagues were selected by NASA to build a shoebox-sized spacecraft and lead a mission to survey the moon for water. The Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper will produce the most detailed map to date of the moon’s water deposits and is the first of two ASU-led NASA missions (the second is the Psyche Discovery mission).

ASU’s embeddedness within Valley communities is a core strength of the university. ASU elevates the region by serving as a hub of knowledge and economic activity. Citizens and businesses have access to experts and outstanding resources throughout the year. These include: numerous free lectures where members of the public can engage with ASU scientists and visiting scholars; outreach including K-12 education; resources for community entrepreneurs; and family events such as Night of the Open Door. In 2016, more than 30,000 community members took part in Night of the Open Door at the Tempe, Downtown, West, Thunderbird and Polytechnic campuses. And thousands of people have engaged online with ASU KEDtalks videos, which launched this year. In these videos, ASU researchers share their passion, ideas and solutions beyond the lecture hall.