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Philanthropy: It’s not ‘all about the ‘Benjamins’

February 25, 2020 | News

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 14. My mom and dad sat me down at the kitchen table and said, “Look, this is going to be a challenge. Your mother has terminal cancer.” It was a stunner. My mom was 44 years old. Suddenly, the carefree days of riding my bike, playing non-stop basketball and hanging out at the gym were over. Now I spent my time trying to comprehend cancer, monitoring my mom’s illness and taking turns with my dad and my sister, flying mom from Allentown,...

2 ASU professors named senior members of National Academy of Inventors

February 25, 2020 | News

The National Academy of Inventors has named Arizona State University professors Neal Woodbury and Sarma Vrudhula to the February 2020 class of NAI senior members. Senior members are active faculty, scientists and administrators who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing and commercialization. “Both Dr. Woodbury and...

To toss or not? Knowing when ‘expired’ really means expired

February 20, 2020 | News

According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, Americans toss out approximately 25% of the food we buy. Carelessness, confusion over label dates and food spoilage are the three main reasons food is wasted. The problem has become so significant that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the ambitious goal of reducing food waste by 50% by the year 2030.  Devin Bowes, a nutritional epidemiologist at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, is dedicated to helping...

ASU study finds microplastics create new homes for microbes in the Caribbean

February 19, 2020 | News

With 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans, the dynamics of marine environments are shifting in ways that are yet to be discovered. Over time, discarded plastics such as sandwich bags and flip-flops have degraded into small particles, called microplastics, which are less than 5 millimeters long. Kassandra Dudek, doctoral student at Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences and former Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) fellow, looked at how...

​12 leading medical centers unite to form brain tumor research collaborative

February 19, 2020 | News

Researchers at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University will join a 12-institution consortium to combine forces to develop new treatments that will improve the quality of life and long-term survival for patients fighting malignant brain tumors. The “ReMission Alliance Against Brain Tumors” partnership will be led by UF Health (University of Florida Health). “We are proud to lead the ReMission Alliance and are emboldened by the strength of our institutions as a united...

The Art of Letting Go: Researchers track progress of separations field in spearheading diagnostics

February 14, 2020 | News

Just as a cotton gin separates cotton fibers from seeds, separation methods for complex biological samples are often required to ferret out targets of interest for researchers and physicians. Diagnostic tests may require the separation of certain classes of cells from blood and specific proteins or DNA markers for disease from plasma. This field has come a long way, and there are a wide variety of methods employed to separate biomarkers or bioanalytes from a sample. Part art, part science,...

New study sheds far-red light on the mysteries of photosynthesis

February 5, 2020 | News

Some three billion years ago, tiny organisms known as cyanobacteria helped create an oxygen-rich atmosphere on Earth. Their activities, which continue to the present day, provide an essential ingredient for all advanced life. Such organisms convert radiant sunlight into useable energy through photosynthesis, yet scientists are still sketchy on the details of this vital process. In a new study, Penn State joins colleagues from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. Their...

Mother-baby microbiome rush at birth can have lifelong health impact for the infant

January 29, 2020 | News

Every mother wants to give their newborn the very best start. During the nine months of gestation, women understand that eating right, breathing fresh air, exercising and maintaining a positive mindset during pregnancy are important to giving birth to a healthy baby. But many do not know just how important the very moment of birth is in shaping the infant’s long-term well-being. This is a pivotal time when a massive amount of the mother’s microbes are being actively transferred to the...

Science at the interface: Bioinspired materials reveal useful properties

January 27, 2020 | News

The design of sophisticated new materials is undergoing brisk technological advancement. Innovations in material science promise transformative improvements in industries ranging from energy to manufacturing. In a new study, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute and their colleagues explore new materials with physical properties that can be custom-tailored to suit particular needs. The work is inspired by mechanisms in nature, where the complex three-dimensional structure of surrounding...

China is dealing with a new and deadly virus

January 23, 2020 | News

A new coronavirus that emerged last month in China and has claimed the lives of 17 people and infected approximately 540 others has the country on high alert. The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened its emergency committee to determine measures that need to be taken to deal with this outbreak. A cure is nowhere in sight but health officials are scrambling to develop a vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that one American has already been...