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Environmental sustainability work earns NSF award

January 21, 2011

Promising research that could help provide a source of clean energy and improve environmental safety has earned an Arizona State University engineer support from the National Science Foundation. The NSF has given a CAREEER Award to Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The award will provide more than $430,000 over five years to help fund research Krajmalnik-Brown...

Our Microbes, Ourselves: Comparison of microbial communities in average, obese, gastric bypass subjects offers clues to body weight differences

January 19, 2009

In terms of diversity and sheer numbers, the microbes occupying the human gut easily dwarf the billions of people inhabiting the Earth. Numbering in the tens of trillions and representing many thousands of distinct genetic families, this microbiome, as it’s called, helps the body perform a variety of regulatory and digestive functions, many still poorly understood. How this microbial mélange may be linked to body weight changes associated with morbid obesity is a relevant and important...

Study examines link between gut bacteria, obesity

June 13, 2008

Obesity is more than a cosmetic concern, because it increases a person’s risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes and many other serious health problems. It’s well-understood that consuming more calories than you expend through exercise and daily activities causes weight gain. But with about one in every three American adults now considered obese, researchers are attempting to identify additional factors that affect a person’s tendency to gain and retain excess weight. In the...