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Announcement – Associate Vice President for Research, Dr. Diane Pataki

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to announce that Dr. Diane Pataki has accepted a new position as the Director of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Pataki will be transitioning her duties over the coming months and officially stepping down in her current role as Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) effective September 30, 2021.

Dr. Pataki joined the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) in April 2019 and has been instrumental in overseeing the Office of Sponsored Projects, Environmental Health and Safety, Pre-Award Office, Research Education, and Rio Mesa Bonderman Station. Her leadership has advanced many research initiatives, including the research grant pipeline (grant education and pre-award support), internal college seed grant programs, equitable F&A policies, research equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) programs, and more. Dr. Pataki’s steadfast leadership has also been essential in keeping the U campus safe, especially throughout the pandemic where many of her COVID-19 initiatives continue to protect the health and safety of our research community today.

Throughout Dr. Pataki’s service in the VPR Office, U research has grown substantially, and funding has increased each year since 2019. During Dr. Pataki’s tenure, the U hit a historic record of $603M in research funding (FY20) and gained many notable recognitions including joining the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) as a top-tier research university (2019) and receiving the Innovation and Economic Prosperity from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU). 

In addition to her AVPR role, Dr. Pataki’s transdisciplinary research work has advanced urban ecology and sustainability solutions at the U. Her research has spanned the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, coupled human-natural processes related to urban CO2 emissions, and the role of urban landscaping and forestry in the socioecology of cities. Her lab has also studied human-environment interactions related to urban biodiversity, resource use, and landscape design, and she continues to collaborate with social scientists, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, and local stakeholders to understand the ecological and social consequences of urban landscape change. Dr. Pataki’s wealth of knowledge and extensive research will continue to advance ASU’s sustainability initiatives.

It has been a great honor and privilege to partner with Dr. Pataki to elevate research at the U. Please join me in thanking Dr. Pataki for her exceptional service and congratulate her on this wonderful opportunity with ASU. We look forward to seeing Dr. Pataki’s future accomplishments, and send best wishes for her exciting new endeavors. Thank you, Diane!


Andy Weyrich, Vice President for Research

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Last Updated: 7/19/21