New this week on Full Circle

Kleim gains new support for stroke rehab research
Jeffrey Kleim, associate professor and chair of the undergraduate biomedical engineering program in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, will expand his work to improve stroke rehabilitation therapies through a partnership with Dart Neuroscience, a major medical research company. Kleim’s research focuses on neural plasticity, also called brain plasticity, which explores changes in the brain’s synapses and neural pathways resulting from learning, environmental factors and injury. Read online

Algae tour and research demonstrations a bonus at Innovation Showcase
Visitors to the upcoming Innovation Showcase at the College of Technology and Innovation have a bonus opportunity to see a special algae research project undertaken by all three state universities and to tour the labs and the green algae test-bed fields at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation on Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. Read online

Innovation Showcase: Use-inspired design from Polytechnic students
The Innovation Showcase at ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation highlights student research projects from first creative ventures to complex solutions for provoking problems. The more than 160 projects on display this year range from a high school project that holds a child’s arm out of the way during pediatric surgery to new concepts for pest control, school funding and recycling, to a laptop pad that expands lecture hall desk space and an alarm clock that reads your mind and wakes you up at the optimum time. Read online

Engineers help make advances in virtual artificial heart implantation
An ASU research group and medical professionals have performed what they believe is the first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart, and an implantation of that artificial heart in an undersized adolescent patient. Read more

Innovation Showcase: Use-inspired design from Polytechnic students
The Innovation Showcase, taking place May 1 at ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation, highlights student research projects from first creative ventures to complex solutions for provoking problems. Read more

Energized by spirit of social entrepreneurship
More than 40 students from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering participated in the recent Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference at ASU. The selected participants represented student projects with goals of finding solutions to the world’s challenges in education, public health, poverty alleviation, human rights and environmental sustainability. A weekend of workshops, presentations and discussions about how to launch and propel the projects was led by Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, former president Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Read more

Former president impressed by students’ solar house
Several students involved in the 2013 international Solar Decathlon competitions were able to meet and talk to former President Bill Clinton and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as they toured the solar-powered house during the Day of Action event, part of the international Clinton Global Initiative University conference. Read more

Brain control: Taking human-technology interaction to the next level
Panagiotis Artemiadis was recently awarded a grant of $360,000 from the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program, which seeks to put younger scientists and engineers to work helping the Air Force solve its technological challenges. His project serves the growing needs of the U.S. Air Force for more advanced “mixed human-machine decision making,” as described by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Read more

Robots scout rooms people can’t enter
Firefighters, police officers and military personnel are often required to enter rooms with little information about what dangers they might find behind the door. That’s why a group of engineering students have developed a laser sensor attached to a motor that can sweep its way around a room to help alleviate some of that uncertainty. Read more

ASU delivers workshop on wind energy in Fiji
A two-day workshop for policymakers, focused on small wind energy systems, was recently held in Fiji by Arizona State University’s Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy program. The workshop covered the energy market, resource assessment, turbine technology, economics and policies, and environmental considerations for siting wind energy projects. Read more

Devils Connect: Student startup for study groups and collaboration
Transfer student Yash Lalwani, a construction engineering senior, and finance senior Devesh Tuteja created Devils Connect, an academic portal that integrates social networking features. Through Devils Connect, students can meet and work with others in their classes, leading hopefully to greater retention rates. Read more

In the news

Networking site Devils Connect helps students form study groups, stay in school (The State Press)
Transfer students Yash Lalwani, a construction engineering senior, and finance senior Devesh Tuteja realized that finding other students to study with was difficult at a large university, but necessary to their academic success. They decided to solve this problem by launching Devils Connect, an academic portal that integrates social networking features.

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