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Climate change is conspicuously absent from college textbooks

May 15, 2018 | Blog

ASU graduate student Rachel Yoho was recently featured on the NexusMedia story "Climate Change Is Conspicuously Absent From College Textbooks." Yoho was concerned about the apparent absence of information about climate change in college textbooks. So, while pursuing her doctorate at ASU, she decided to look into the matter. Yoho and her collaborator, Bruce Rittmann, director of ASU’s Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, examined introductory textbooks in physics,...

Phosphorus forum tackles how to feed a future world of 10 billion while protecting water resources

March 23, 2018 | Blog

When it comes to the essential element phosphorus, our relationship is both on a personal and global scale. “We each carry about three pounds of phosphorus in our bodies and in our bones, and yet, we are fully dependent upon it to feed a future world of 10 billion people by 2050,” said professor Jim Elser. Elser, a long-time ASU professor now at Montana State, initiated the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance a decade ago. The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance is a unique partnership made...

Korean documentary spotlights ASU autism research

February 12, 2018 | Blog

A recently broadcast multipart Korean television documentary that explores new treatments for people with autism and gastrointestinal problems includes reports on research led by three Arizona State University faculty members. James Adams, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and Dae-Wook Kang collaborated on the research projects whose results are featured in the documentary. Together they co-authored the study “Treating gastrointestinal disorders in children with autism using microbiota transplant...

Hear about the latest in breast cancer research

September 11, 2017 | Blog

Biodesign Institute researcher and Mayo Clinic oncologist Dr. Karen Anderson was recently featured on "BCRF Conversations," the official podcast of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Anderson has had a long interest in breast cancer vaccine development, with a long-range goal to deliver vaccines to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence after surgery. Her research focuses on how the immune system can be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development.  In the podcast, she...

Collaborative Gene and its impact on Life Science Ecosystem Development: An Arizona Business Case

June 5, 2017 | Blog

On May 12, 2017, Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona’s $9.8 billion 2018-2019 Budget which provides bonding authority for $1 billion for investments in University Research Infrastructure.    This investment continues a collaboration between the State of Arizona, Industry Leaders, Philanthropists, and Arizona’s Universities that is driving Arizona towards its goal of becoming a top-tier bioscience state. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization in partnership with TEConomy...

One Billion Reasons Why University Research Has a Brighter Future in Arizona

May 9, 2017 | Blog

At 11:01 p.m. on Thursday May 4, 2017, the Arizona Senate passed HB 2547: university infrastructure capital financing; appropriations paving the way for up to $1 Billion in bonds to expand and maintain university research infrastructure at Arizona’s public universities. HB2547 is part of a set of budget bills that make up Arizona’s $9.8 Billion Budget for the fiscal year the begins on July 1, 2017. The bill’s primary sponsor was Representative Paul Boyer (LD-20)....

A Fast Company guide to the emerging $13.4B biodesign field

March 17, 2017 | Blog

In the latest issue of Fast Company, Meg Miller highlights the important "need to know" efforts of the $13.4 Billion Biodesign Industry.  Biodesign "will rely on designers as much as scientists," she writes.  While the definition of biodesign is still being shaped because it's a new field, she equates it with synthetic biology, or bioengineering. From the Fast Company article:  WHAT IS BIODESIGN? Put simply, biodesign is the intersection between biology and design: It’s...

Zika test among ASU research highlights for 2016

January 3, 2017 | Blog

A roundup of some of the university’s top stories of 2016 It was a year of big headlines for both the nation and Arizona State University. As the world has been faced with new challenges — and opportunities for new solutions — ASU has found innovative ways to help the communities it serves. The university’s faculty, staff and students have made advancements in health, space exploration, robotics and more, all while expanding access to education and extending compassion to...

Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

September 29, 2016 | Blog

This article originally appeared on NPR.org Researchers trying to understand diseases and find new ways to treat them are running into a serious problem in their labs: One of the most commonly used tools often produces spurious results. More than 100 influential scientists met in California this week and agreed on a strategy to address the troubling issue. The tool in this case is a process — the use of custom-built antibodies. Like the antibodies in your body that help fight off...

The Lab Aquatic

August 30, 2016 | Blog

If you have been around the third floor of wing A in Biodesign lately, you have probably noticed the new 100-gallon saltwater aquarium. This may bring some welcome stress relief to the workplace as the new school year gets underway. The real purpose of the aquarium though, is purely scientific. Associate professor Carlo Maley of the Biodesign Institute Center for Personalized Diagnostics recently had the aquarium set up in his new lab space with snails, shrimp and crabs, followed later by...