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Applying medical imaging expertise to battles against kidney disease, nervous system disorder
Promising efforts to improve detection of early-stage kidney disease and treat children with neurofibromatosis have earned grants for Arizona State University research projects from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Kevin Bennett, assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, is playing a leading role in both projects.

Haynes brings expertise in synthetic biology to ASU’s biomedical engineering program
Haynes, who joined Arizona State University last year as an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, was recently elected for a two-year term as a councilor for the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE).

Zapata taking larger role in advising on nation’s transportation challenges
Claudia Zapata, assistant professor in the School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, will soon begin a three-year term as chair of the national Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Engineering Behavior of Unsaturated Soils.

ASU students look to harness power of technology to reduce food waste, help the hungry (College Times)
EPICS students Steven Hernandez, computer science, Katelyn Keberle, materials science and engineering, Eric Lehnhardt, biomedical engineering, Loni Amundson, sustainability and Jake Irvin, marketing, are designing an app that would help reduce food waste.

Field of dreams: upstart undergraduate inventors are learning to navigate the marketplace—often with university help (Prism Magazine, published by the American Society for Engineering Education)
Trends in entrepreneurship courses and activities on U.S. campuses, including a profile of EPICS team G3Box.

Innovators in their fields: the 2011 Regents’ Professors
Awarding its highest faculty honors, Arizona State University named seven outstanding faculty members as Regents’ Professors last November. The awardees – Luc Anselin, Paul Davies, Colleen Keller, Jerry Y.S. Lin, Gary Marchant, Simon Ortiz and Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez – were honored Feb. 16 at an induction ceremony in the Galvin Playhouse, on the Tempe campus.
Profile of Jerry Y.S. Lin, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Following a trail of blood: New diagnostic tool comes of age
Blood tests have been a mainstay of diagnostic medicine since the late 19th century, offering a wealth of information concerning health and disease. Nevertheless, blood derived from the human umbilical cord has yet to be fully mined for its vital health information, according to Rolf Halden. Halden is the associate director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute and Co-Director of the Center for Health Information and Research. He holds a professorship in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

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