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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,...

When your major is just the starting point

September 1, 2017

3 ASU faculty aren't doing what they originally set out to — and their lives are better, and more interesting, for it Education is what’s left after you’ve forgotten what you learned in school, Albert Einstein said. Curiosity and learning how to learn — what some call being a master learner — are far more powerful indicators of success than a choice of major. A specific field of study might just be a stepping stone to something else. Only 51 percent of college graduates...

ASU scientist scores major victory with FDA

August 28, 2017

Upcoming ban on personal-care products containing prominent antimicrobials a direct result of Rolf Halden's research. Arizona State University scientist Rolf Halden jokes that his real job is to scare the public, but in the course of his work he has made the public healthier. Starting at the beginning of September, the Food and Drug Administration will prohibit the sale of personal-care products containing prominent antimicrobials, including triclosan and triclocarban — prized for their...

Banned Hand Soap? Facebook Live Q&A

August 24, 2017

Get answers from Rolf Halden, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering!  ASU scientist Rolf Halden and his team persisted for 14 years to prove that antibacterial chemicals triclosan and triclocarban were causing more harm than good. His research helped inform the FDA ban on these and 17 other chemicals that goes into effect Sept. 2.  Post your questions about the ban and these toxic chemicals on the Arizona State University Facebook page...