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Deirdre Meldrum steps into Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering dean’s post

January 10, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Brings cutting-edge research to ASU with Center for EcoGenomics Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering began 2007 by opening a new chapter in its 50-year history with the arrival of new dean Deirdre Meldrum. She takes on a role as a prime catalyst in the realization of ASU President Michael Crow’s vision for a “New American...

Evolution in the Air: Studies zoom in on interplay between environment, species, and building blocks of life

December 19, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Claudia Acquisti, a postdoctoral researcher who recently joined the Center for Evolutionary Functional Genomics at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, is providing new perspectives on environmental nutrient availability and the evolution of life. She joins the group led by ASU professors Sudhir Kumar and James Elser, who are using methods to zoom deep within the...

Biodesign Institute's Bert Jacobs Named Academia Winner at 2006 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards Event

December 5, 2006 | News

Biodesign Institute virologist Bert Jacobs was named the recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award for Academia at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards, held before a packed house at the Point South Mountain Resort on December 5, 2006. “I’m a professor and am usually not at a loss for words, but this is pretty amazing,” said Jacobs, upon accepting the award. Jacobs dedicated the honor to his two daughters, who were present at the event, for “putting up with the weird...

Science, tech hold key to economic balance

November 28, 2006 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu By Rob Melnick (The Arizona Republic on November 26, 2006) The metro Phoenix economy needs to balance its portfolio. Achieving this will require bold thinking, big investments and, most of all, patience. Unless we create opportunities for all types of workers, we run the risk of forever being known as a place that’s utterly dependent on the "growth engine" and that lacks...

ASU researchers test antibacterial effects of healing clays

October 31, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu National Institutes of Health fund humanitarian response TEMPE, Ariz. – Clay is most commonly associated with the sublime experience of the European spa where visitors have been masked, soaked and basted with this touted curative since the Romans ruled. If ASU geochemist Lynda Williams and microbiologist Shelley Haydel’s research on the antibacterial properties of clays...

Biodesign Institute's Bert Jacobs Finalist for Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards

October 21, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   Researcher Bert Jacobs has been named a finalist for the Innovator of the Year Award for Academia by the Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Commerce. Jacobs is one of the world’s foremost experts on a poxvirus called vaccinia, a cousin of the smallpox virus. Vaccinia virus, or coxpox, was first used to wipe out the deadly scourge of...

ASU embarks on $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant for Nanotechnology Solar Energy Initiative

October 16, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu ASU scientists Rudy Diaz and Stuart Lindsay will lead a research group on a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for an innovative project designed to break through the current technological hurdles of solar energy. Today’s solar panels, made up of thousands of individual solar cells, are extremely inefficient and costly to produce, limiting Sunbelt...

ASU Discovery May Aid Counter-Terrorism Efforts

October 15, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu New analytical tool developed for liquid explosives detection The thwarted 2006 London airline bomb plot not only heightened summer travel fears and created new passenger screening inconveniences, but also greatly underscored the urgent need for improved national security measures. Now, professor Joe Wang, director of the Center for Biosensors and Bioelectronics at the Biodesign Institute...

Statewide Bioscience Group Awarded NIH Planning Grant

October 11, 2006 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu Grant lays groundwork for a statewide application for a multi-million dollar Clinical and Translational Science Award Phoenix, AZ, October 12, 2006—Arizona has received a planning grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support a statewide program to increase patient access to new medical breakthroughs via innovative, multi-institutional partnerships. If the...

Tiny fuel cell could power laptop computers, portable music players

September 11, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu If you’re frustrated by frequently losing battery power in your laptop computers, digital cameras or portable music players, then take heart: A better source of “juice” is in the works. Chemists at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, have created a tiny hydrogen-gas generator that they say can be developed into a compact fuel cell package. This could then...