Phoenix Arizona


TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University’s research expenditures grew to $218.5 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. This represents a growth of $15 million or 7.4 percent over last year’s total of $203.5 million.

“We experienced decent growth in our research expenditures this year, considering that there was a change in leadership in Congress that resulted in some delays in finalizing the Federal budget,” said R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, ASU’s vice president for research and economic affairs. “Right now, our proposal activity is up so I am optimistic about continued growth in our research portfolio.”

Shangraw added that at these levels of research expenditures, ASU ranks in the top tier of universities without a medical school and without an agricultural school.

The $218.5 million total research dollars for FY07 comes from a variety of sources. ASU spent $173.3 million in funds received from the federal government and industry, $39.1 million in state funds (including Technology & Research Initiative Funds from state sales tax revenue), $4.3 million in funds received by the ASU Foundation specifically for research projects and $1.8 million from local governments.

There was a wide variety of projects that brought in major funds in FY07, said Stephen Goodnick, ASU associate vice president for research. Those projects included the Flexible Display Initiative Center, which was funded at more than $9 million by the U.S. Army; the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera project got $3.85 million from NASA; a Department of Education grant of $2.35 million went to a program at ASU’s Speech and Hearing Science Department to maximize learning opportunities for young children with disabilities, and $2.35 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was provided to the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology for a project on “opening routes to math and science success for all students.”

The National Institutes of Health awarded $1.44 million for a project to explore plant-made microbiocides and mucosal vaccines; ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City received $1.4 million from the NSF; and ASU’s Nanotechnology in Society Center received $1.4 million from NSF.

Fiscal year 2006 was the first time research expenditures at ASU topped the $200 million level, and it marked a doubling of research expenditures in a period of six years. This is a remarkable growth rate for a relatively young major research university, Shangraw said.

He adds that ASU is poised to earn more in research as it continues to bring on line new world class research facilities and ramps up its science expertise. Shangraw sees a maturing of ASU research efforts, which should result in securing larger grants for the university in the future.

“We have reached a point where a number of investigators are interested in and able to compete for much larger research projects,” he explained. “Our ability to match up against the more mature and better funded research institutions is a sign that we are moving into an elite tier of U.S. research universities. This is an exciting time for ASU research.”

Retirement transition talk at Tempe Public Library by azhttp

Tempe, Ariz. – Retirement can be more than golfing, traveling and sitting

around the house. Participate in an informal panel discussion of the

challenges and opportunities of post-career life.

If you’ve recently retired or are thinking about retirement, sign up for the

Retirement Transition Talk, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Tempe

Connections Café at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd.

The panel includes successful professionals who have made the leap and are

enjoying active lifestyles full of fun and fulfillment. They will share

their personal experiences, tips and techniques for maintaining social

connections, engaging in the community and finding purpose and meaning in a

post-career life.

Ask questions, share ideas, and meet new people who are committed to

reinvention and renewal in the second half of life. Speakers include: Ken

Bond, a retired Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer; Doug Cullinane, a

retired civil/environmental engineer; and Ilene Dode, retired President/CEO

of Empact Suicide Prevention Center.

The session is $5 per person and includes coffee and dessert. For

registration, send an email to or call


Tempe Connections is a nonprofit community service program and café based at

the Tempe Public Library. The proceeds from the full-service coffee bar

support programming and community involvement activities for older adults.

Tempe Center for the Arts by azhttp
September 15, 2007, 5:57 am
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April 21

Tempe Center for the Arts (Theater), 700 E. Rio Salado Parkway


“Overature to ‘Colas Breugnon’ ” by Dmitri Kabalevsky; “La Fiesta Mexicana”

by Herbert Owen Reed; and “Concerto for Piano, No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18” by

Sergei Rachmaninoff with Steinway Artist Walter Cosand, piano.

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra is a program of the city of Tempe Cultural

Services Division and is supported by the Arizona State University School of


Tickets for events at the Tempe Center for the Arts will be available at the

door, or patrons may call the TCA Box Office at 480-350-2822 to reserve a


Information: 480/350-5287 or visit

ASU Gammage by azhttp

Nov. 26

ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave. (northeast corner of Apache Boulevard and

Mill Avenue)


“Triple Concerto (Mvts. 2 & 3)” by Ludwig Van Beethoven with Katherine

McLin, violin, Thomas Landschoot, cello, and Andrew Campbell, piano; “Suite

from the Opera, ‘Merry Mount’ ” by Howard Hanson; “Crown Imperial March” by

William Walton with Kimberly Marshall, organ; and “Mass in G Major” by Franz

Schubert with vocalists Carole FitzPatrick, soprano, Glenn Bennett, tenor,

Robert Barefield, baritone, and the Deseret Chorale (Michael Willson,

Conductor); Red Mountain Community College A Capella Choir; Sun Valley

Chorale (Glenn Bennett, Conductor).

“Volunteering 101” session scheduled at Tempe Library by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. -Do you want to help your community, but just don’t know how?

Tempe will host a “Volunteering 101” session will show you how and where you

can help your community, and how volunteering can help you reach your goals.

The free session will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10-11 a.m., in the

Connections Café on the main floor of the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S.

Rural Rd. Registration is required by calling 480-350-5190 by Sept. 14.

Tempe Center for the Arts by azhttp

Oct. 15

Tempe Center for the Arts (Theater), 700 E. Rio Salado Parkway


“Prelude to the Third Act of ‘Lohengrin’ ” by Richard Wagner; “Concerto for

Cello & Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 85” by Edward Elgar with Brinton Smith,

cello soloist; “Symphonic Dances, Op.45 (Mvt.1)” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; and

“Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland with Mayor Hugh Hallman, narrator.

Tempe Symphony Orchestra announces 2007-08 schedule by azhttp
September 11, 2007, 5:41 pm
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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Tempe Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of

conductor Dr. Richard E. Strange, will celebrate its 33rd concert season

with four free shows in Tempe.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Program is subject to change.

Artists show “restraint” in new exhibition by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. – An exhibition exploring a number of themes and media

surrounding artists’ personal interpretations of “Containment” will be on

display from Sept. 6 to Nov. 2 in the Lower Level Library, 3500 S.

Rural Road.

The exhibition features work by artists Sandra Luehrsen of Tempe; Denise

Currier of Mesa; Leandro Soto, Kate Timmerman and Denise Yaghmourian, all of

Phoenix; and Hyun Jee Suh of Chandler.

“A container or vessel can take almost any shape and function that a person

can imagine,” Exhibition Coordinator Michelle Dock said.

‘Containers can be as inexpressive as a cardboard box, zip-lock bag or

plastic cup. But in the hands of an artist, containers can be embellished

with meaning and value.”

Containers in this exhibition become intimate vessels for precious objects

and memories like a locket, jewelry box or scrapbook.

Containment also is reflected in two- and three-dimensional objects and

ideas such as confinement, restraint or protection.

For some artists, the theme refers to an object such a teapot, box or bowl.

Some of these objects are functional while others are more decorative. For

other artists, the theme refers to a communication of feelings and

expression of ideas.

Lower Library Gallery hours

9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday

Noon to 5:30 p.m., Sunday

(Closed on city-observed holidays)

Tickets go on sale for “Seussical” and “A Thousand Cranes” by azhttp
September 5, 2007, 6:39 pm
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, Entertainment, Family, Tempe, Tempe Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tickets for Childsplay’s performances of “Seussical” and “A

Thousand Cranes” will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 7 through the Tempe

Center for the Arts Box Office.

“A Thousand Cranes” is a drama about Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl

and her dream that continues to inspire children around the world to work

for peace. Sadako’s courage and determination in the face of personal

adversity has added meaning in a post-9/11 world. Performances are scheduled

for 1 and 4 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays from Oct. 27-Nov.


“Seussical” is the immensely popular and energetic Broadway musical,

featuring Horton the Elephant and the Whos of Whoville. This musical works

brilliantly for little ones who know and love the Dr. Seuss stories and for

the rest of us who’ll delight in the sheer spectacle of the show.

Performances are scheduled for 1 and 4 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays from Dec.


To purchase tickets, visit or call 480-350-2TCA (2822).

Six treated for carbon monoxide poisoning by azhttp
August 31, 2007, 6:43 pm
Filed under: Tempe, Tempe Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. – Last night at 11 p.m., the Tempe Fire Department responded to

a call at a single-story condominium complex in the 3000 block of South

Rural Road. Firefighters found that a generator had been running inside one

of the units for several hours. Hazardous Materials technicians took

readings for carbon monoxide (CO), and found high concentrations in several

units. The resident reporting the problem said her carbon monoxide detector

had gone off and she felt ill. A total of 10 homes were affected –

firefighters ventilated the units and monitored each unit prior to allowing

residents back into their homes.

Six individuals were treated on scene and three of them – females ages 20,

25 and 46 – were transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital-Osborn.

The three treated on scene were 18- and 19-year-old males and a 21-year-old


Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas.

According to the National Safety Council, 200 to 300 deaths each year are

attributed to unintentional carbon monoxide poisonings. The generator in

this incident was used by a restoration contractor to power 10 portable fans

and two de-humidifiers in an attempt to dry wet carpeting after a plumbing

pipe had broken.

An investigation of this incident is ongoing, and no names of victims or

investigative leads will be released. Fact sheets on carbon monoxide

(CO) and generator safety are available from the Tempe Fire Department or

the United States Fire Administration Web site at

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