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Girl Power in New Orleans: Conquering the ASM2015 Meeting

June 25, 2015 | Blog

It was that time of the year again:  thousands of microbiologists and microbiology enthusiasts packed their suitcases and traveled to the 115th American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting. This year, the destination was NOLA! New Orleans had lots to offer to first-time visitors like us:  from local fresh seafood dishes to swamps with alligators.  Unlike last year, this year ladies only contingent (Sofia Esquivel, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and I)...

Fostering the sustainability movement

May 21, 2015 | Blog

Omaya Ahmad is completing her Ph.D. in the School of Sustainability at ASU. She has spent the past decade thriving in her academic career at ASU, most recently with the Biodesign Institute Center for Sustainable Health’s Sustainability Science Education project. The Sustainability Science Education project was awarded ASU’s 2015 President's Award for Sustainability for the development and success of a new innovative course, SCN 400 Sustainability Science for Teachers. 

Green: The color of life

April 22, 2015 | Blog

On this Earth day, we thought it would be appropriate to excerpt a new article by the New York Times' Natalie Angier, which pays tribute to the dazzling chemistry of plants, and the importance of being green to life.    She writes:   "Scientists, too, appreciate green’s many charms and for manifold reasons, starting with one best grasped through a walk in a newly spring-sanctioned park. Chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plants green, lies at the heart of...

What are you going to do about it?

March 12, 2015 | Blog

“You folks are doing fabulous, world-changing work here.” -Jude LaCava   Guest blogger and local Fox10 sportscaster Jude LaCava shares with us his personal story of how he became involved in supporting game-changing Biodesign cancer research.    by Jude LaCava I live in a world of games as a sports reporter.  Covering athletic contests is like covering the toy department of life. But my passion is what really matters in life and that is life...

Can marine plastic pollution end up on our dinner plate?

February 3, 2015 | Blog

When you hear the phrase, 'What's for dinner?,' the furthest answer from anyone's mind would be toxic plastics. Yet investigators are researching whether consumption of plastic debris by marine organisms translates back into our food chain as toxic exposures for people who eat seafood.   In a feature article in the NIEHS' flagship publication, Environmental Health Perspectives, Nate Seltenrich examined the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean, tracing the path from plastic pollution,...

I'm flipped

January 27, 2015 | Blog

When I heard that Flip the Clinic was hitting the road for a series of regional meetings, I was thrilled. Though my residential address is not technically in the Bay Area, my ethos has a local zip code – so away I went!   As a Flip the Clinic Ally, Project HoneyBee has been fortunate to witness Flip the Clinic’s evolution from a conversation (enabled by a really cool website) to a real-world open experiment. That being said, I still didn’t know what to expect from the Lab...

Mission update on NASA's Spacestation Live

January 27, 2015 | Blog

One of the new investigations delivered to the International Space Station by the recentSpaceX Dragon cargo ship is designed to improve our understanding of the risks of infections that long-duration space travelers face, and it uses roundworms to do the work. Recently NASA's Brandi Dean received an update from Cheryl Nickerson, a professor of life sciences with the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, who is the principal investigator of the experiment known as...

A positive spin on cancer

December 16, 2014 | Blog

It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer, a disease that kills millions and costs billions to treat. It is a global health threat, affecting the citizens of developed and developing countries alike. Ask an oncologist about the best way to beat the disease, and her response will likely be, “start treatment as early as possible.” But first, you need to diagnose it. That’s often...

Orchestrating big science

December 15, 2014 | Blog

ASU graduate student Hansa Done has found that her passion for playing violin and pursuit of scientific research have many commonalities. In each case, hours of study, honing technique and the ability to master an instrument are propelling her to make an impact as part of a larger ensemble. To learn more of Hansa Done’s aquaculture research project, go to:biodesign.asu.edu/news/fish-tale-new-study-evaluates-antibiotic-content-in-farm-raised-fish

ASU researchers produce devices for early, low-cost cancer diagnosis

December 14, 2014 | Blog

It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer, a disease that kills millions and costs billions to treat. It is a global health threat, affecting the citizens of developed and developing countries alike. Ask an oncologist about the best way to beat the disease, and her response will likely be, “Start treatment as early as possible.” But first, you need to diagnose it. That’s often...