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Haynes makes case to Congress for sustaining synthetic biology research
ASU synthetic biologist Karmella Haynes helped deliver a message to Congress about the critical need to support biomedical engineering. Read more

Innovative medical device modeling software sparks tech startup
A new business venture based on technology developed by ASU biomedical engineers has earned support from Arizona’s economic development agency and other entrepreneurship backers. Read more

Work on contaminant removal methods earns research paper awards
An ASU engineering postdoctoral research associate and a doctoral student won best research paper awards at a major environmental engineering conference. Read more

Giving engineering teachers measure for success in classroom
A report on studies to measure the effectiveness of approaches to teaching engineering in the classroom earned a best research paper award for ASU engineering professor Stephen Krause and three colleagues. Read more

Chemical engineering student chosen for prestigious research fellowship
Mirand Ngan is spending her summer doing a research in Colorado with support from a prestigious fellowship award. Read more

ACE Academy brings young students to ASU’s aviation program
The aviation program at ASU’s Polytechnic campus hosted young students enrolled in the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy, sponsored by the Archer Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Read more

McKenna featured in I-Corps for Learning video
Ann McKenna, director of the Polytechnic School, talks in a video about the impact of the I-Corps program on changing engineering education. Read more

Arizona FIRST LEGO League teams inspired by international competitions
The Arizona FIRST LEGO League, managed by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, was well represented at recent international student robotics and STEM competitions. Read more

Professor’s dedication remembered in scholarship
Ted Allen became known for his commitment to teaching during his 23 years as a professor of mechanical engineering at Arizona State University. Read more

Hospital’s cardiac care boosted by ASU biomedical engineers
A new grant enables ASU biomedical engineers to expand their work to help a local hospital improve its cardiac care. Read more

In the news

ASU engineering alum interviewed on ‘The Colbert Report’
Oscar Vasquez, who graduated from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, was one of four members of a team of Phoenix high school students that in 2004 won a national underwater robotics competition over several teams of college students. The team’s story is told in the new documentary film “Underwater Dreams.” Vasquez and the film’s director, Mary Mazzio, will be interviewed about the young students’ surprising victory on tonight’s (July 23) broadcast of the nationally popular show “The Colbert Report.” Read more and see a recording of the program.

Ask Well: Nanoparticles in sunscreens (New York Times)
Nanoparticles that are increasingly used in consumer products have raised questions about potential health risks from regular or prolonged exposure to these materials. One such question – about titanium dioxide nanoparticles used in sunscreens – was the focus of a New York Times health blog. The writer turned to Paul Westerhoff, a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. He leads research to study what impacts nanomaterials may have on human health and the environment. In the article, Westerhoff explains what is known and yet unknown about any effects of using sunscreen with titanium dioxide. Read more

Lessons learned from geo-legends (Geo-Strata magazine)
ASU engineering professor Edward Kavazanjian is featured in a recent issue of Geo-Strata, the magazine of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In each edition, the magazine includes an interview with a prominent geotechnical engineer the editors consider a “Geo-Legend” based on the engineer’s significant contributions to the field. Kavaznajian, a faculty member in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, has a record of achievement that has earned him membership in the National Academy of Engineering. In the interview, he gives his perspectives on technological advances, research, education, career opportunities and industry issues related to the geotechnical engineering field. Read more

Research suggests gut microbes impact autism (Voice of America – Health News)
ASU engineers James Adams and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown are among experts spotlighted in a report on new research indicating a connection between a less diverse population of microbes in the human gut and children with autism. Adams is a professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy and director of ASU’s Autism/Aspergers Research Program. Krajmalnik-Brown is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, who does research at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at ASU. They discuss how autism may not be only a disorder of the brain but also of the gut. Watch the video and read the text

Arizona Technology and Innovation: ASU EcoCAR 3 (Horizon)
Polytechnic School assistant professor Abdel Mayyas was interviewed on the KAET-Channel 8 public affairs program “Horizon” about the ASU student team participating in the EcoCar 3 competition. The team of automotive engineering students is at work transforming a Chevrolet Camaro to run on alternative fuels. Mayyas is the team lead faculty advisor. The ASU squad is among teams from 16 universities chosen out of 100 applicants to be in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition EcoCar 3 program. Watch the interview

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