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ASU Embarks on Innovative Fuel Cell Project

February 12, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Fuel Cells designed to meet large power needs Roller coaster gas prices and rising energy costs for the home have created uneasiness about the future of our fossil-fuel based economy. One near-term solution being pursued by researchers at the Biodesign Institute at ASU is a new fuel cell technology for renewable energy and the fledgling hydrogen economy. Don Gervasio, associate research...

Biodesign Institute takes part in $14.4 million NIH Chemical Defense Grant

February 8, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.eduFebruary 9, 2007 Researcher Tsafrir Mor advancing plant-based production of new antidotes against nerve agents The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has been awarded one of six research projects as part of a $14.4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) effort to develop improved antidotes for civilian populations vulnerable to chemical agent poisoning by a terrorist...

The Biodesign Institute at ASU Offers Paid Summer Internships to High School Students

February 5, 2007 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu Applications available for six-week laboratory training program High school students interested in bioscience and biotech research can now apply for a six-week paid internship program at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Applications are available on the Institute’s Web site at /outreach/internship. Now in its second year, the Biodesign Institute internship...

Cross-Country Cyclist with Rare Neuromuscular Disorder Makes Stop at ASU’s Biodesign Institute

January 30, 2007 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu   Kyle Bryant, who has a rare neuromuscular disorder called Friedreich’s ataxia, is cycling 2,800 miles to raise awareness and research funds to help find a cure for the disorder. He made a stop January 31 at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, which recently launched a center to fight mitochondrial diseases such as Friedreich’s ataxia. He was met by...

NIH funds next generation of DNA sequencing projects at ASU

January 29, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Faster, low cost sequencing technologies needed to drive era of personalized medicine DNA testing is transforming health care and medicine, but current technologies only give a snapshot of an individual’s genetic makeup. Any patient wanting a complete picture of their inherited DNA, or genome, would drop their jaw at the sight of the bill - to the current tune of $10 million or more...

Grant fuels grad student research

January 24, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu ASU will receive $1.85 million from the Science Foundation of Arizona (SFAz) as part of the foundation’s Graduate Student Fellowship program. In all, SFAz is giving out $4 million in the Graduate Student Fellowship program, which is geared toward challenging the leadership of Arizona ’s research performing institutions to set quality standards for key graduate programs, and to...

ASU Law Center Sponsors Conference on Personalized Medicine

January 21, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu The legal landscape of personalized medicine, which uses an individual’s genetic and molecular data to more accurately predict, diagnose and treat health problems, will be navigated by top experts in law, science, ethics and business at an upcoming conference at Arizona State University. The Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology at the Sandra Day O’Connor...

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...