School of Molecular Sciences professor retires after stellar ASU career

September 28, 2020

Arizona State University senior Jennifer Duenas is wrapping up her last year studying pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience with an eye on medical school after graduation. Her time as a Sun Devil has been rich with professional development, community service and club involvement, and she credits a program geared toward first-generation, low-income students like her for helping set the stage for such a rich academic experience.

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Duenas’ family moved to Arizona when she was young. After attending a first-year readiness camp through TRIO before starting at ASU, she made fast friends and applied for the program. She said TRIO provided her with books, free printing, tutors, lab materials, mentoring, workshops, networking opportunities within her field and much more. 
A group of ASU students in Devils in Disguise shirtsJennifer Duenas (far left in maroon) leading a group of students at the Devils in Disguise day of service at CREATE at the Arizona Science

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Blockchain could help colleges like ASU provide better, more secure online education

Online education was gaining significant momentum with colleges and universities, even before the coronavirus pandemic. But as dozens and dozens of schools, like USC, Harvard, Rutgers, George Washington University, and UNC at Chapel Hill, take all or some of their Fall 2020 semester online in response to COVID-19, technology is playing an increasingly important role in higher education, both in term of the classroom and student administration. Tasks that were once conducted face-to-face, now have to be accomplished remotely. Blockchain could help schools perform some of these administrative tasks with more security and transparency.

At Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2019 conference, I had a chance to speak with Donna Kidwell, CTO at EdPlus at Arizona State University, about the institution’s plans for blockchain. Kidwell explained that ASU has a goal of supporting 100,000 online learners by 2025. They are already have 55,000 students. Blockchain will play a key role in helping them

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New ASU Initiative to Accelerate Innovations in Higher Education that Expand Access and Empower Learners

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With a shifting landscape facing learners of all kinds, Arizona State University (ASU) today announced a new initiative that will accelerate the university’s efforts to redesign American higher education. The initiative is supported by the Stand Together community through financial commitments by the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF), the Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF), Michael and Beth Kasser, Ambassador Frank and Kathy Baxter, Mike and Cindy Watts, the O’Neil Family Foundation, and Gary and Claudia Phillips.

“The work advanced through this partnership will drive a culture change and the commitment to redesign and restructure higher education that we embrace at ASU and that is critical to the success of students across the country,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow, who outlines his vision for higher education in his new book, The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education. “The public health pandemic that

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