ASU’s Science Hub to bridge disciplines, solve real-world problems

The Science Hub (SciHub) is a new Arizona State University initiative, led by Nobel Prize winner Professor Frank Wilczek and Lamonte H. Lawrence Professor Nathan Newman.

Wilczek said that “this program will build on President Crow’s vision of the New American University, by combining high-quality, interdisciplinary research and teaching with outreach to a broad community in Arizona.”

Kenneth Polasko, Skysong Innovations director who manages ASU’s intellectual property and technology transfer, called SciHub an innovative approach.

"I foresee it having a significant impact on the development of new products coming from ASU," he said.

SciHub will feature an innovation space, crafted in the style of a generator lab, which will bring top-level individuals and teams from scientific, engineering, design and art disciplines to work together in an integrated, entrepreneurial environment. 

“The teams, which will involve both students and professionals, will carry out disciplined processes that can turn visionary ideas into real-world results,” Newman said.

The same teams will partner with the Clubes de Ciencia program to reach out to underserved communities in Arizona, putting high school students and teachers in contact with world-leading researchers. Clubes de Ciencia was founded in 2014 by Harvard and MIT graduate students and postdocs as a volunteer effort to teach intense, one-week, hands-on courses for upper-level high-schoolers and early-year college students in Mexico. Since then, it has expanded into 20 cities across six countries in Latin America, and has sponsored nearly 200 programs.

ASU’s SciHub will provide materials for Clubes-inspired programs, which focus strongly on teamwork and active learning. AccessASU will administer and manage these outreach activities, in collaboration with the existing Clubes de Ciencia Hubs at Harvard and MIT.