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When Donor Driven Programs Work

Next week the White House will host the first Africa Leaders' Summit. The summit will focus on expanding U.S. support for Africa's democratic development and solidify America's commitment to the African people. The summit is a good opportunity for U.S. government aid agencies like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to integrate new innovative solutions to water, energy, transportation and livelihood issues into their foreign aid programs. view here

ATP3 workshops highlighted

The Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3) was recently highlighted in an Algae Industry Magazine article for their series of specialized industry workshops. The ATP3 workshops welcome professionals, students and other interested individuals to learn about an array of algae-related topics by hands-on activities that links theory to practice. The workshops are organized to provide educational, training, and networking opportunities to push the algae industry forward. view here

Dennis McGinn to keynote Algae Biomass Summit

Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), will be the keynote speaker at the the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit—the largest algae conference in the world, being held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in San Diego, California. In May, McGinn visited the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) and announced support for ASU's algae-based biofuels. view here

ASU prof. calls for celebration of engineers

Gregg Zachary, professor of practice at ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, wrote a profile piece for IEEE Spectrum magazine that examines the history of breakthrough engineers and their impact on humanity. Zachary explores the criterion of what makes an “engineering hero” and encourages society to seek and celebrate the visionary leaders of our times. view here

New ASU program aims to expand solar energy expertise

A new three-week ASU Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization certificate program is aimed at increasing solar energy expertise around the world. The program is geared for professionals in the solar energy industries and focuses on emerging technologies involved in the field, as well as the production and applications of solar energy. view here

Heliae partners with Japan-­based Sincere Corp.

ASU spin-out company Heliae announced a partnership with Sincere Corporation, a Japan-based waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a commercial algae production facility in Saga City, Japan. This joint venture will progress Heliae’s proprietary
algae production technology to supply natural astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant with broad health benefits. view here

LW’s Elisabeth Graffy published in the Energy Law Journal

Elisabeth Graffy, Arizona State University professor and ASU LightWorks co-director of energy policy, law and governance co-wrote an Energy Law Journal article about the impact of solar installations to energy markets and electric utilities. The article, “Does Disruptive Competition Mean a Death Spiral for Electric Utilities,” was an effort of Graffy and Steven Kihm, director of market research and policy for the Energy Center of Wisconsin. view here

ASU, NGA partner to address risks of climate change

Arizona State University was awarded a $20 million grant by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to launch a research partnership aimed to explore approaches for anticipating and mitigating national security risks associated with climate change. The initiative aims to provide tools, techniques, and environments for decision-making and increased global sustainability and resilience.

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