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Archive for November, 2010

November 24th, 2010

Check out this funding opportunity to help bring your innovative and sustainable business solution to realization. Prize amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000.  WHAT: Funding opportunity of up to $20,000. The Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge is an open forum for student teams to present at the local, regional and national level. Students present a [...]

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November 15th, 2010

Arizona State University’s rich embrace of innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit come full circle next week as the University and community partners dive into a worldwide initiative to inspire the next generation of great thinkers and doers during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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November 15th, 2010
Posted by: Nikki in Projects / Comments (1)

Before the panel discussion with Jeb Bush last week, Ross DeVol from the Milken Institute presented material from Charting a Course for Arizona’s Technology-Based Economic Development. His presentation detailed Arizona’s position as it relates to science and technology-based economic growth. Compared to other states, Arizona ranks: 13th in the R&D composite, but 26th in academic R&D [...]

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November 10th, 2010
Posted by: Dawn Castle in Cool People / Comments (0)

Arizona State University, Science Foundation Arizona and VIVA, an organization committed to statewide renewal co-hosted an important discussion with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush  on Monday, November 8, 2010, at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. As governor of Florida for eight years, Governor Bush made notable investments to improve the state’s future.  In the [...]

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November 9th, 2010
Posted by: Dawn Castle in Projects / Comments (0)

The Southwest Energy Innovation Forum was the last of three Energy Innovation events that developed from discussion and recommendations made at the Energy Innovation Conference held at the White House in May 2010. This regional forum was part of a national effort to drive clean energy innovation and propel economic development and job creation in [...]

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November 3rd, 2010
Posted by: Jacqueline Smith in Projects, Uncategorized / Comments (4)

ASU Changemaker Campus on the Light Rail We are proud of our commitment to tackling local and global challenges and our designation as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus. So proud that we’re spreading the word on the light rail that runs between Tempe and Phoenix. Ashoka’s Changemakers.com wrote a blog post about our efforts that received [...]

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November 3rd, 2010
Posted by: barendt in Cool People, Thinking / Comments (0)

Claudia Dreifus is a writer for The New York Times and an adjunct associate professor of international affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  On Tuesday, September 28, she gave a public lecture titled, “What is wrong with American higher education, and what ASU is doing right.”  Her recently published book, Higher [...]

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November 1st, 2010
Posted by: rduran4 in Cool People / Comments (0)

Across the U.S., every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school.  In Arizona, according to The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, only 44.8% of students graduate from high school and attend college. Our state ranks last in the nation. For ASU alumna Trisha Gonzalez, these staggering statistics play a significant role [...]

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