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School of Life Sciences Centers

Our award-winning faculty members are deeply involved in numerous, cutting-edge research centers throughout Arizona State University. These interdisciplinary and collaborative centers provide exciting opportunities for educational enrichment, side-by-side research with faculty members, and learning at the forefront of the life sciences.

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Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

The ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes tackles complex biodiversity and sustainability challenges by drawing on Arizona State University’s strengths in natural and social sciences.

As a collaboration between ASU’s School of Life Sciences and The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the center is working to meet today’s biodiversity challenges. This requires innovative research, education, communication and policy strategies capable of responding to a rapidly changing biophysical, institutional and cultural landscape.

School of Life Sciences plays an essential role in biology and ecology at ASU. The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability supports sustainability science across ASU’s campuses, while the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes models a successful boundary organization. 

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes serves as a new model of 21stcentury sustainability science that brings together insights offered by biology, ecology, and economics, as well as the social and political sciences, to tackle the greatest environmental threats of our time.

ASU faculty members have been instrumental in developing this paradigm, and our center provides institutional capacity that allows faculty to work together to produce powerful results.

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Center for Biology and Society

The ASU Center for Biology and Society is a dynamic center that promotes research and education related to study of the life sciences and their interconnections with society. The center reaches across traditional academic boundaries and stimulates intellectual growth through innovative collaborations.

Founded in 2003 by School of Life Sciences University Professor Jane Maienschein, the center supports collaborative research projects that provide challenging research, education, and outreach opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.

Projects include the Carnap Project, Computational History and Philosophy of Science, Ecoservices, Fire and History, Environmental Ethics, Evidence-Based Education, Embryo Project, Big Data & Modeling Biology, Neuroscience and Philosophy, and Life Science Ethics (with SOLS). The Center also collaborates with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on an annual History of Biology Seminar and the MBL History Project.

Graduate programs in the Center focus around Bioscience Ethics, Policy, and Law; History and Philosophy of Science; and Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment.

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