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Neuroscience Scholars’ experience ‘opens new doors’ for college students

August 1, 2018 | News

While many college students relish summer time off from their classes, 11 budding scientists honed their research skills under the mentorship of talented researchers and scientists during an intensive eight-week Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars training program, held at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and the Biodesign Institute.  The Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars is a paid program open to top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate...

Smaller, faster, harder: Crystallography with XFELs

July 30, 2018 | News

Richard Feynman knew a thing or two about biology. He is reported to have said, “Everything that living things do can be understood in terms of the jigglings and wigglings of atoms.” That is undoubtedly true, but until very recently almost everything we knew about biological processes at the molecular scale was derived from static images. Now, however, the new crystallography technique of X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) spectroscopy is enabling structural biologists to take snapshots of...

'Science Exposed' featured on Innovation Happens podcasts

July 25, 2018 | News

The Biodesign Institute’s "Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life through the Arts," a yearly creative performance that features artistic collaborations between artists and scientists, is featured in two episodes on the Innovation Happens podcast. Innovation Happens is a student-led podcast from the ASU Office of the Knowledge Enterprise Architect that explores how innovation happens among students at the nation’s top-ranked university for innovation. In Part 1, hear the story of...

Plants produce ‘green vaccine’ against norovirus

July 25, 2018 | News

Each year, close to 700 million people are stricken with a viral infection that causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. While the majority will recover in a few days, some 200,000 infected patients will die. The culprit is known as norovirus—often referred to as 'the cruise ship illness'. Currently, no recommended treatments or vaccines are available.  In a new study, Andrew G. Diamos and Hugh S. Mason of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy describe a...

Arizona’s school science ‘ambassadors’ seek inspiration, ideas at Biodesign

July 24, 2018 | News

Elected by their peers to help make science in their schools come alive, about 70 middle- and high-school students recently engaged in a virtual exercise with a Nobel Laureate and visited a steel and concrete-encased vault that soon will house the world’s most powerful laser at the Biodesign Institute. The students are Arizona’s Chief Science Officers – students elected by their peers to help make science engaging and meaningful to students, teachers and parents. The Chief Science...

Single-celled architects inspire new nanotechnology

July 16, 2018 | Press Release

Diatoms are tiny, unicellular creatures, inhabiting oceans, lakes, rivers and soils. Through their respiration, they produce close to a quarter of the oxygen on earth, nearly as much as the world’s tropical forests. In addition to their ecological success across the planet, they have a number of remarkable properties. Diatoms live in glasslike homes of their own design, visible under magnification in an astonishing and aesthetically beautiful range of forms. Researchers have found...

Useful in a pinch: nanoscale tweezers are triggered by light

July 16, 2018 | News

Using segments of DNA, researchers at ASU have constructed a pair of tweezers, measuring 100,000 times tinier than the width of a human hair. A brief burst of ultraviolet light causes the jaws of the tweezers to switch from their closed to open position in seconds—about 65 times faster than similar devices. The new light-activated tweezers are the latest innovation in the fast-moving world of nanotechnology. Devices of this kind, which can directly interact with and influence biological...

Students explore mysteries of the brain in 2018 Neuroscience Scholars program

July 10, 2018 | News

Students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona and universities across the U.S. are spending eight weeks working side by side with some of the world’s most talented scientists, clinicians and researchers in an environment devoted to neuroscientific biomedical research and clinical care. The Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars is a paid, eight-week training program open to top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate science students. Scholars work full time on a research...

Continental microbes helped seed ancient seas with nitrogen

June 28, 2018 | News

Like our oceans, today’s continents are brimming with life. Yet billions of years ago, before the advent of plants, continents would have appeared barren. These apparently vacant land forms were believed to play no role in the early biochemical clockwork known as the nitrogen cycle, which most living things depend on for survival. Now, ASU researcher Ferran Garcia-Pichel, along with Christophe Thomazo, from the Laboratoire Biogéosciences in Dijon, France,  and Estelle Couradeau, a...

ASU students travel to New York City to compete in Biodesign Challenge Summit

June 26, 2018 | News

Each year, more than 32 million millennials, hipsters and music aficionados attend music festivals in the U.S., camping, clapping and dancing. Just imagine the energy. That’s exactly what a team of students from Stacey Kuznetsov’s Interactive Materials class did when challenged to envision future applications of biotechnology.  This is the second year that an Arizona State University team has participated in the Biodesign Challenge, a competition that attracts creative biology,...