News & Events

Dr. Lee Hartwell Addresses 2017 Sage Assembly

May 4, 2017

The 2017 Sage Assembly is the seventh in a series of Open Innovation events held by Sage Bionetworks. The assembly focused on the ubiquity of and the knowledge to be gained from personal sensors, and how this form of open learning can be applied to address issues of real concern. 2017 recipients of the Hartwell Award for Open Innovation were  recognized: Michelle Obama, who has used her platform as first lady to advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity and healthy...

Nobel prize ASU professor earns Research!America national honor

March 9, 2017

Leland H. Hartwell, Nobel Laureate and director of the Pathfinder Center at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine, will receive Research!America’s Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for his leadership and determination in building an outstanding scientific research organization as president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) from 1997 to 2010. The Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award...

How can teachers compete with cell phones, social media and other distractions?

June 22, 2016

Teachers at every level struggle at times with keeping students engaged. But starting a lesson with a current event and questions to consider might better engage both students and educators. Consider Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. The contamination of Flint’s water supply can be explored from a variety of perspectives — interpreting data, exploring cause-and-effect relationships or even discussing the long-term impact of using bottled water to replace tap water. Questions on the issue...

Drawing the brightest minds to ASU

May 13, 2016

Nobel laureate Edward Prescott got The Phone Call at 4 a.m., an hour typically not a harbinger of good tidings. His house in Paradise Valley was being remodeled, and he was living in the guest suite. He had some inkling he was in the running, due to British bookies. (People in the United Kingdom bet on the Nobel Prizes.) “I had seen the betting odds and I had thought that if I were to get it, it would be precisely for what they gave the award for,” said Prescott, who shared the 2004...

Transformative gathering illuminates the future of health

October 13, 2015

Improving health and renovating America’s troubled system of care are urgent issues at the top of the national agenda. Arizona State University, (an institution recently named most innovative school in the country) and Mayo Clinic, (a hospital system frequently ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report), are using their comprehensive strategic partnership to examine the healthcare landscape in new ways. From Wednesday, September 30 through Friday, October 2nd, a diverse collective...

Consumer wearables: Biosensors and health care

July 18, 2015

The market of wearable health sensors is anticipated to grow to more than $11 billion by 2020, according to the July 2015 Consumer Market Research Reports, and companies such as Apple are investigating embedded health sensors into product logos. What do bioscientists, technologists and health care experts say about opportunities for sensors in health? ASU Biodesign experts Michael Birt and Leland Hartwell shared their insights at a recent 2015 Symposium on Innovation in the Health Sector,...

ASU programs help teachers develop next generation of engaged citizens

May 7, 2015

Two Arizona State University programs at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College have recently won multiple awards for their groundbreaking work impacting sustainability education and community engagement. These programs take a proactive approach to ensure that future teachers are prepared not only in traditional subjects like reading and math, but also in areas that will help them become more aware and engaged citizens locally and globally. The Sustainability Science Education project has been...

ASU scientists named as inaugural fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research

April 3, 2013

Arizona State University’s Nobel laureate Leland “Lee” Hartwell and physician-scientist Raymond “Ray” DuBois are among an elite group of scientists to be selected into the first class of Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research. “Our Board of Directors made the decision to establish the AACR Academy as a mechanism for recognizing scientists whose contributions to the cancer field have had an extraordinary impact. Membership in the Fellows of the AACR Academy will...

The Swasthya Slate: Changing Healthcare Access for the Poor

March 18, 2013

On an apartment rooftop in a working class neighborhood in South Delhi, India, a group of about a dozen men gather around a new piece of medical technology that has the potential to change the way they access healthcare. The men are urban migrant workers and range in age from their mid-20s to perhaps mid-60s. All speak of their experiences in an overburdened healthcare system. “When I went for an ECG test, first I had to wait in a queue at a government hospital. Finally my ECG happened but...

Achieving sustainability one classroom at a time

October 18, 2012

New this fall, educators-in-training can be equipped with a wide breadth of knowledge pertaining to all facets of sustainability. Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Biodesign Institute, and School of Sustainability have partnered together to create a course called Sustainability Science for Teachers. Lee Hartwell, a distinguished sustainability scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine,...