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American Indian Policy Institute

The American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is the first program in the United States to effectively address policy and leadership challenges in Indian country.

Traci Morris

Arizona Cancer Evolution Center

The mission of the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center is to advance our fundamental understanding of cancer and its clinical management through the development and application of evolutionary and ecological models to cancer biology.

Athena Aktipis

Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors

The primary aim of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors is to create powerful, sensitive, and selective sensors - ranging from embedded systems to handheld devices - that can detect the presence of specific chemicals in the environment, or biomarkers in the body. The Center's research can be divided up into several key themes. Some of the technologies are focused on the detection of harmful chemicals that are a threat to the environment and human health. Others look inside the body for markers or presence of disease. Still others focus on the detection of human-made threats.

Nongjian Tao

Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy

The Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy (B-CIVV) is focused on exploiting cutting edge advances in microbiology and immunology, as well as the design and use of novel therapeutics based on vaccinology, virotherapy and immunotherapy to combat infectious diseases and cancer. These include development of biological therapeutics that enhance immune responses to pathogens and tumors. The Center is devising new and effective ways of producing advanced vaccines, virotherapies and immunotherapeutics for this purpose.

Athena Aktipis

Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine

The Center for Innovations in Medicine attempts to transform our understanding of disease, putting aside what we think we know and approaching problems in ways that have never before been attempted. Research efforts focus on the improvement of medical diagnostics and treatment and the prevention of disease, with the ultimate goal of saving lives and improving quality of life.

Neal Woodbury

Biodesign Institute

The Biodesign Institute plays a critical role in advancing the research mission of Arizona State University, a comprehensive metropolitan university that is the second largest in the U.S. The Biodesign Institute embodies the guiding principles of the New American University, as defined by Arizona State University President Michael Crow, specifically, to conduct use-inspired research, fuse intellectual disciplines and value entrepreneurship.

Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

The Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology manages microbial communities that provide services to society. Most of the services make our society more environmentally sustainable: e.g., generating renewable energy, and making polluted water and soil clean. The microbial services also make humans healthier – directly and indirectly.

Bruce Rittmann Cesar Torres

Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment

The Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, housed in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change is a multidisciplinary endeavor to improve our understanding of how different types of institutions-defined as the norms and rules people use to govern common resources and provide public goods-perform within different social-ecological systems.

Marco Janssen Rimjhim Aggarwal Marty Anderies Hanna Breetz Shauna BurnSilver Erik Johnston Michael Schoon

Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics

The NSF-funded Engineering Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) focuses on ecologically friendly, cost-effective solutions, inspired by nature, for development and rehabilitation of resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. It serves as a nexus for two transformative trends in engineering: biologically-based design and sustainability.

Paola Bandini Jason Dejong J. David Frost Edward Kavazanjian Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes draws on Arizona State University’s (ASU) strengths in natural and social sciences as a mechanism to increase capacity to tackle complex biodiversity sustainability challenges.

Leah Gerber Anita Hagy Ferguson Ariel Anbar Michael Brown Minu Ipe Rob Melnick Charles Perrings Osvaldo Sala Daniel Sarewitz Andrew Smith Billie Turner II

Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis

The center carries out frontier multidisciplinary scientific research designed to use biological and biologically-based artificial systems to address societal energy needs in a sustainable manner, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and bioinspired energy transformation to meet human needs, and investigates other aspects of photosynthesis that affect society and the environment.

Ariel Anbar Thomas Day Roberto Gaxiola Devens Gust Hilairy Hartnett Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown Peter Lammers Stuart Lindsay Ana Moore Gary Moore Tom Moore Bruce Rittmann Ellen Stechel Cesar Torres Willem Vermaas Andrew Webber Paul Westerhoff Neal Woodbury Jianguo Wu

Center for Biology and Society

The Center for Biology and Society promotes exploration of conceptual foundations and historical development of the biosciences and their diverse interactions with society. We engage in activities across multiple disciplines that allow opportunities for intellectual ferment and increased impact by creating research and educational collaborations and communication. Research programs in the Center focus around Bioethics, Policy, and Law and History and Philosophy of Science, as well as Responsible Conduct in Research. Specific current projects include the Carnap Project, Embryo Project, History and Philosophy of Systematics, and Neuroscience and Philosophy Project.

Jane Maienschein Charles Perrings Michael Angilletta James Collins Leah Gerber Ann Kinzig Manfred Laubichler Gary Marchant Ben Minteer Stephen Pyne Andrew Smith

Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems

The Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems engages the industry's critical stakeholders - vehicle manufacturers, component and system suppliers, fleet operators, ground transportation industry infrastructure providers, and state and local governments - in identifying important efficiency/sustainability related problems, and formulating a research program that develops innovative solutions.

Hongbin Yu Raja Ayyanar Hanqing Jiang

Center for Law, Science and Innovation

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation is the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law and science. The Center bridges law and science by fostering the development of legal frameworks for new technologies and advancing the informed use of science in legal decision making. The Center facilitates transdisciplinary study and dialogue among policy-makers, academics, students, professionals and industry. It is committed to principles of balance, innovation, competitiveness and sustainability.

Gary Marchant

Center for Negative Carbon Emissions

The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) is advancing carbon management technologies that can capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air in an outdoor operating environment.

Klaus Lackner Allen Wright

Center for Policy Informatics

Policy informatics is the transdisciplinary study of how computation and communication technology leverages information to better understand and address complex public policy and administration problems and realize innovations in governance processes and institutions. The Center addresses complex public policy and administration problems by leveraging cutting-edge computation and communication technology to meaningfully connect people, harness knowledge, and facilitate informed and empowered deliberation, solution-generation, and action.

Erik Johnston Marty Anderies Elizabeth Corley John Harlow Eric Hekler David Hondula Marco Janssen Yushim Kim Karen Mossberger R Shangraw, Jr.

Center for Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Studies

The Center for Science, Technology, and Environment Policy Studies (CSTEPS) serves as an international focal point for interaction among faculty, researchers, students, and practitioners on ideas, problems and promises at the nexus of science, technology, and the environment.

Eric Welch Elizabeth Corley Nicole Darnall Christopher Hayter Lily Hsueh Karen Mossberger

Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity

The Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity leverages the emerging field of complex systems to foster interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions of social life. The Center brings together scientists from such diverse fields as anthropology, biology, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sociology to collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams.

Michael Barton Shauna BurnSilver Marco Janssen Douglas Kenrick Manfred Laubichler José Lobo Steven Neuberg Michael Schoon Shade Shutters Sander van der Leeuw

Center for Sustainable Tourism

The Center for Sustainable Tourism seeks to examine the role and contribution of tourism in the social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being of communities.

Christine Vogt Kathleen Andereck Megha Budruk Christine Buzinde Deepak Chhabra Gyan Nyaupane Dallen Timothy

Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University promotes interdisciplinary research and education on the dynamics of religion and conflict with the aim of advancing knowledge, seeking solutions and informing policy. By serving as a research hub that fosters exchange and collaboration across the university as well as with its broader publics-local, national, and global-the Center fosters innovative and engaged thinking on matters of enormous importance to us all.

Braden Allenby David Androff Steven Corman Hasan Davulcu David Guston LaDawn Haglund Chad Haines Douglas Kenrick Sally Kitch Sonja Klinsky Elizabeth Larson Wenwen Li Gary Marchant Joan McGregor Clark Miller Steven Neuberg Mary Jane Parmentier Daniel Sarewitz Hava Tirosh-Samuelson Jameson Wetmore

Center for Urban Innovation

The Center for Urban Innovation is the focal point for research on urban affairs in the School of Public Affairs and the College of Public Service & Community Solutions.

Nicole Darnall Brian Gerber Lily Hsueh Jonathan Koppell Joanna Lucio Karen Mossberger

Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes

The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society's pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life. The Consortium creates knowledge and methods, cultivates public discourse, and fosters policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future.

David Guston Daniel Sarewitz

Eyring Materials Center

The Eyring Materials Center provides a productive environment for interdisciplinary materials research. We are proud to make our advanced facilities user-friendly and available to the entire ASU research community, as well as government and industrial researchers.

Healthy Lifestyles Research Center

The Healthy Lifestyles Research Center (HLRC) at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions is a center of excellence for the study and promotion of healthy lifestyles in an effort to reduce the burden of chronic diseases of today.

Marc Adams Barbara Ainsworth Meg Bruening Eric Hekler Steven Hooker Punam Ohri-Vachaspati Christopher Wharton

Institute for Humanities Research

The Institute for Humanities Research supports scholarship exploring human thought, expression and experience, and addressing many of the central challenges facing all of us. ASU humanities scholars of culture, language, literature, the arts, film, media, history, philosophy and religion work within their disciplines and in collaboration with scientists, social scientists, artists and others to advance research that makes a difference in the world.

Institute for Social Science Research

The Institute for Social Science Research facilitates transdisciplinary research and innovation. The Institute offers objective, relevant survey research and analysis; research technology support, and geographic information system (GIS) services to funded research projects within the university as well as community groups and organizations desiring professional research assistance.

Elizabeth Wentz Robert Atkinson Michael Barton Alexandra Brewis Slade Steven Corman David Guston Trisalyn Nelson Michael Simeone Sander van der Leeuw

Institute of Human Origins

A research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Human Origins pursues an integrative strategy for research and discovery central to its over 30-year-old founding mission, bridging social, earth, and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning the course, causes, and timing of events in the human career over deep time. IHO fosters public awareness of human origins and its relevance to contemporary society through innovative outreach programs that create timely, accurate information for both education and lay communities. The Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University is the leading research organization in the United States devoted to the science of human origins. Embedded within ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change, IHO pursues a transdisciplinary strategy for field and analytical paleoanthropological research central to its approximately 30-year-old founding mission-integrating social, earth, and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning the course, timing, and causes of human evolutionary change over deep time. IHO links to its research activities innovative public outreach programs that create timely, accurate information for education and lay communities.

L. William Seidman Research Institute

Based on the vision of former Dean L. William Seidman, the Seidman Research Institute today serves as an essential link between the local, national and international business communities and the intellectual and creative resources of Arizona State University's nationally ranked school of business. From collecting and disseminating essential information about local economies to benchmarking industry practices to identifying emerging business research issues, the Seidman Research Institute's member centers have gained the recognition and respect of business practitioners and academics the world over.

Timothy James

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics advances teaching, research and community engagement efforts that explore how best to live together as a human community, so that we all may achieve purposeful, productive and prosperous lives.

Joni Adamson Athena Aktipis Braden Allenby Julie Anand David Androff Michael Angilletta Ira Bennett Elizabeth Brake Ronald Broglio Candice Carr Kelman James Collins Tyler DesRoches Rolf Halden Christopher Jones Jane Maienschein Gary Marchant Joan McGregor Ben Minteer John Parker Daniel Sarewitz Thomas Seager Jameson Wetmore

Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering

The Metis Center seeks to provide the basis for understanding, designing, and managing the complex integrated built/human/natural systems that increasingly characterize our planet in the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. To this end, we combine research, teaching, outreach and public service in an effort to learn how engineered and built systems are integrated with natural and human systems.

Braden Allenby Mikhail Chester Mounir El Asmar Margaret Garcia Nathan Johnson Giuseppe Mascaro Thad Miller

Morrison Institute for Public Policy

Driven by a mission to conduct timely, applied analysis that informs, advises, and assists Arizona's state and community leaders, Morrison Institute researches public policies that impact greater Phoenix, the State of Arizona, and the nation. Through publications and forums, Morrison Institute's research serves the public officials, private sector leaders, and community members who shape public policy.

National Center of Excellence on SMART Materials for Urban Climate and Energy at ASU

The National Center of Excellence (NCE) on SMART Innovations provides climate and energy system solutions based on sound science and engineering to governments and industries around the globe.

Shane Underwood Kamil Kaloush Patrick Phelan Mounir El Asmar Zhihua Wang

PLuS Alliance

The PLuS (Phoenix-London-Sydney) Alliance creates, enables and deploys innovative research and education linkages across three globally-focused universities to contribute to a sustainable future by collaborating in the areas of sustainability, global health, social justice, technology and innovation.

Joni Adamson Rimjhim Aggarwal Gary Dirks George Adamson Mike Hulme Thom van Dooren Cameron Holley Matthew Kearnes Michael Crow Brian Gerber Stephen Goodnick David Guston Michael Hanemann Mark Henderson Christiana Honsberg Andrew Maynard Sethuraman Panchanathan Bruce Rittmann Osvaldo Sala Kerry Smith Billie Turner II Dragica Vasileska Enrique Vivoni Elizabeth Wentz Paul Westerhoff Dave White Amber Wutich

Power Systems Engineering Research Center

The multidisciplinary expertise of PSERC's researchers includes power systems, applied mathematics, complex systems, computing, control theory, power electronics, operations research, non-linear systems, economics, industrial organization and public policy. In addition a strength of the research work in this area also relates to market tools and policy issues that will enable the integration of the new energy sources into power system operation and planning.

Vijay Vittal

QESST: NSF Engineering Research Center for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies

A major societal challenge is to generate terawatts (TWs) of electricity with minimal environmental impact. The Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center will transform the existing electricity generation system towards a sustainable and ubiquitous one by developing photovoltaic (PV) technologies with higher efficiency and novel functionality.

Christiana Honsberg Braden Allenby Matthew Fraser Stephen Goodnick Harry Atwater Tonio Buonassisi Luke Lester Robert Opila

Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center

The Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center vision includes: bridging the gap between the biological, environmental, and social sciences and the mathematical sciences; promotion and support of cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research that relies on state of the art computational, modeling and quantitative approaches; and the training of a new generation of computational mathematical, and theoretical scientists whose research is driven by the application of computational, mathematical, modeling and simulation approaches to the solution of problems that will improve the human condition.

Carlos Castillo-Chavez

Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center

The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) is an Exploratory Center of Excellence conducting transdisciplinary minority health and health disparities research, training and community outreach.

Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family

Through research, educational outreach, advocacy and design innovation, the ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family supports organizations, neighborhoods, and professionals in their efforts to improve the growth of quality affordable homes and sustainable communities.

The Global KAITEKI Center

In order to be competitive in an uncertain future, and to fulfill their responsibilities to society, businesses must become much better at creating social value in addition to economic value. While KAITEKI – with its focus on health, well-being and sustainability – provides a vision for social value, no formalized process, methods or toolkit exist to assist Mitsubishi Chemical or other businesses in making strategic choices about product research and development with this vision in mind.

George Basile Haruhiko Kusaka Hideki Murayama George Stephanopoulos Neal Woodbury

Urban Climate Research Center

The Urban Climate Research Center employs a collaborative social/physical science framework to address critical issues in the urban atmospheric environment. Our core mission is to advance fundamental knowledge of processes in the urban atmosphere, and related interactions among urban systems by supporting and facilitating interdisciplinary research activities of our faculty affiliates.

David Sailor Paul Coseo Hallie Eakin Matei Georgescu David Hondula Ariane Middel Mohamed Moustaoui Nancy Selover Jennifer Vanos Zhihua Wang

Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics is developing new diagnostic tools to pinpoint the molecular manifestations of disease based on individual patient profiles. The Center brings together multiple disciplines - biology, biochemistry, cell biology, engineering, molecular biology, bioinformatics, software development, and database management - to aid in the evaluation of human proteins according to their specific role(s) in living systems. Discovering and validating molecular biomarkers will lead to earlier diagnoses and patient-specific therapies.

Water and Environmental Technology Center

In Phase II operation, the Water and Environmental Technology (WET) I/UCRC intends to minimize any adverse effects of emerging contaminants (EC) on human health and/or the environment.

Rominder Suri Morteza Abbaszadegan Ian Pepper

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