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Getting personal: Alzheimer’s research across ASU is fueled by knowledge and life experience

January 13, 2020 | News

“My mother was driving to work one morning and was alarmed to see an older man riding a bicycle against traffic,” says Diego Mastroeni. To her surprise, that man was his grandfather, Giuseppe Abramo. For Mastroeni, now an assistant research professor and neuroscientist at Arizona State University’s ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, dementia struck close to home, with painful immediacy. Mastroeni has warm memories of teaching his grandfather to speak English and...

Just follow the ‘butterfly’

January 9, 2020 | News

Have you ever wondered what Earth was like in its distant past? It was indeed very different from today. For one, the atmosphere contained no oxygen, so none of us would have survived it. This all changed when cyanobacteria arose – microbes that release oxygen from photosynthesis. Over an incredibly long period of time, the cyanobacteria continued to release oxygen, and little by little, it changed the Earth’s chemistry. They first oxidized the Earth’s minerals, and oceans -- and, then...

Cliques, binges and bullies: What animals tell us about teen behavior

December 20, 2019 | News

It’s not easy being teen. Negative images of adolescents populate the media. Words like moody, selfish, impulsive, disrespectful and even dangerous come to mind.  Suicide rates among teens and young adults have reached their highest point in nearly two decades. Adolescence is a particularly malleable time for mental and social development. Gaining a better understanding of the teenage brain and behavior can make this time an opportunity, rather than a calamity. In their recently...

Democracy 2.0: Returning power to the people

December 18, 2019 | News

It’s no secret that the United States is growing more and more politically polarized. A recent report from the Pew Research Center indicates that “public opinion remains more divided along partisan lines than along the lines of race, religion, age gender or educational background.” Americans are deeply divided on controversial issues like immigration, health care, gun control and women’s rights – a division that impedes social progress on nonpartisan issues. The number of Americans...

The sky is no longer the limit

December 17, 2019 | News

Hundreds of spaceflight research experts, biological scientists, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts gathered in September at Arizona State University (ASU) to add fuel to the exploding market of space life sciences research. “Developing the Commercial Spaceflight Research Marketplace: Challenges, Solutions and Benefits,” held this fall, and sponsored by ASU’s Biodesign Institute and NewSpace Initiative, drew not only a cross-section of Arizona’s university-based space life sciences and...

Biodesign researchers among world’s most influential researchers

December 16, 2019 | News

Web of Science has named Marc Messerschmidt, an associate research professor in the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and the School of Molecular Sciences; Uwe Weierstall, associate faculty in the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and research professor in the Department of Physics; Hao Yan, the Milton D. Glick Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics; and Wei...

Don’t put all your bananas in one basket

December 11, 2019 | News

Stephanie Forrest, director of the Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society, has long been interested in how nature can inform computer science. In fact, that’s the primary focus of her work at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. Forrest’s research team translates insights between computer science and biology, with a focus on understanding and mitigating malicious behavior in complex systems. Forrest is also a professor at ASU’s School of Computing....

Spence named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

December 9, 2019 | News

Professor John C. H. Spence, a Richard Snell Professor of Physics at ASU, jointly appointed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif. and a faculty member of the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have...

New ASU courses offer tools for engaging others in science

December 9, 2019 | News

Roaring twenties-era physicist Ernest Rutherford is purported to have said, “It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid,” which is said to be the antecedent to Einstein’s later proclamation: “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Clearly, the art of effectively sharing scientific knowledge has been a concern for generations. Heck, even television series star, Alan Alda thought this so important that he...

Hao Yan and 6 other ASU researchers honored as AAAS Fellows

December 4, 2019 | News

Biodesign researcher Hao Yan, along with six other outstanding faculty members from Arizona State University have been named as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Yan, (chemistry), is recognized for pioneering work and distinguished contributions in structural DNA nanotechnology and molecular self-assembly. His overarching research goal is to achieve programmed design and assembly of biologically inspired nanomaterials and to explore its...