Bond between public and universities could brighten America’s future

Water and mountain landscape with sunrise on backgroundA recent Associated Press article highlights the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes as an example of innovative partnerships born within universities with the potential of solving society’s most unsettling problems. In the article, A new bond between the public and universities could brighten America’s future, Dean Amber Miller writes, “These kinds of partnerships do exist inside universities, such as the Johns Hopkins Community Health Partnership, Arizona State University’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, the USC Dornsife Southern California Earthquake Center, and elsewhere,” states Miller. “But they are often forged by individual centers and institutes and exist as isolated efforts within their home institutions.” Miller emphasizes the instrumental role university leadership plays in supporting internal initiatives that produce independent-minded research and educated leaders capable of actively contributing to the good of society.