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Researchers look to toxins in the environment for answers to Alzheimer’s

November 25, 2019

Can insecticides, industrial and commercial pollutants, antimicrobials, heavy metals and air pollutants contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s? As our population ages at a break-neck pace, visions of a society overwhelmed by the sorrows of the “silver tsunami’ strike fear and concern, but answers remain elusive. Researchers across the world continue to search valiantly for answers to Alzheimer’s. With no clear answers, people are asking, should I take vitamins or supplements? Are...

Environmental entrepreneurs receive national recognition

November 14, 2019

Identified as “a powerful new model for the environmental field,” Professor Rolf Halden’s One Water One Health, an environmental justice organization, launched at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University , has been selected by The J.M. Kaplan Fund to receive an award of $175,000 over the course of three years. Halden’s organization is one of three environment-focused awardees and seven additional social innovation awardees, chosen from a field of 1,354 entries from all 50...

Biodesign receives $1.5 million to develop early warning system for flu outbreaks

July 24, 2019

As winter draws near, the microbial world of viruses is poised to attack. Viral, non-living entities have the ability to infect you and spread to others, jumping from host to host to host. Unchecked, viral infections can spread through families and communities like wildfire. With $1.53 million in support from the National Library of Medicine, three research teams from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute are bringing their distinct areas of expertise to answer the question,...

ASU research propels awareness for contact lens recycling movement

November 15, 2018

Microplastics are a growing area of concern for researchers and the public, with much of the focus on plastics in our oceans. Until recently, the environmental impact of the plastic we put in our eyes has been largely overlooked. Now manufacturers and researchers are teaming up to raise awareness that disposing lenses down the toilet or the drain adds to the planet’s plastic pollution – and that recycling or disposing lenses with recyclable solid waste are eco-friendly options. Every...

ASU brings home two Emmys

October 3, 2018

“By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Without the ocean, we wouldn’t have life.” It’s a powerful opening statement, delivered by Charles Rolsky in the initial sequence of the award-winning commercial “Oceans.” The minute-long segment was produced for Arizona State University and directed by Josh Soskin. At the 2018 regional Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, held Sept. 22, it won the category of “Commercial - Single Spot.” A second Emmy went to the...

First nationwide study shows the environmental costs of contact lenses

August 19, 2018

BOSTON, August 19, 2018 – Every year, about 45 million Americans rely on contact lenses to see the world more clearly. This $2.7 billion U.S. market has made contact lenses more comfortable and disposable.  Every day, these plastic lenses are tossed away by consumers in various ways, perhaps without much thought to their ultimate environmental fate. Now, Arizona State University scientists are reporting the first nationwide study that shows consumers, by discarding used...

Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes Awards New ASU Seed Grants

June 5, 2018

ASU sustainability research efforts will receive a welcome boost to explore new avenues of research through The Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO), a non-profit international network of universities working with implementers to deploy and scale solutions to sustainability challenges.   The GCSO recently announced the winners of its second round of seed grant awards. Five ASU teams, including sustainability experts from 10 GCSO member universities, will each...

Finding passion in research that makes an impact

May 10, 2018

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 commencement.  The opioid epidemic is affecting millions across the country. But for Adam Gushgari, who is graduating with his PhD in civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, that impact hit closer to home. After two close friends died from overdoses, Gushgari was inspired to pursue a course of study that would help stem such tragedies and have a positive impact on the world. Today, he is testing...

An ocean of possibility

January 9, 2018

ASU researcher Rolf Halden gives Charlie Rolsky a chance to make a difference — and he pays it forward, helps others find their way Charlie Rolsky seems to be everywhere you look on campus. Tossing carne asada on a fire on a desert camping trip with biology students. Participating in an interpretive dance performance in the Biodesign Institute. Selling biology-inspired T-shirts for charity. With tattooed sleeves, the beard of a Sumerian general and a passion for the now, he tends to...

Biodesign Town Hall/After Hours

January 4, 2018

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 3–4 p.m. meeting, 4–6 p.m. mixer Join Biodesign Institute Executive Director Josh LaBaer and colleagues for the Biodesign Town Hall meeting. Attend to hear institute updates, learn about a fellow scientist’s research and celebrate co-worker accomplishments. Adjourn to the After Hours mixer where you can enjoy music performed by Rolf Halden’s American string band Dusty Tuffet while you catch up with colleagues. Come early! Space is limited. Overflow room: B Lobby,...