Tao wins prestigious award for innovations in microscopy

Oct. 31, 2013—Nongjian (NJ) Tao is a winner of the Fourth Annual Innovation Award from Microscopy Today. Each year, just 10 recipients are selected for the prize, which recognizes investigators whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the field. This year, the Innovation Award honored critical advances in light microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy and microanalysis. Tao is director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at the Biodesign Institute, a professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, and senior sustainability scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability. Read on Full Circle 

Tech toolkit project promises to help foster healthy lifestyle choices

Oct. 31, 2013—Combining expertise in human-computer interaction and behavioral science, Winslow Burleson and Eric Hekler want to give individuals an easy way to devise their own strategies for healthy living. Burleson is an assistant professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Hekler is a clinical health psychologist and an assistant professor of nutrition in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. Read on Full Circle

Training center teaching industries how to provide safer workplaces

Nov. 1, 2013—In 2012, ASU was selected to open the Western Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute Education Center as one of a network of such centers established by the U.S. Department of Labor. The nonprofit center now offers courses and seminars on a wide variety of workplace safety and health topics. It’s housed in the Del E. Webb School of Construction Programs, a part of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Read on Full Circle

Sullivan wins international group’s educator award

Nov. 4, 2013—The International Facilities Management Association gave its 2013 Educator Award to Kenneth Sullivan, associate professor in the Del E. Webb School of Construction Programs in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the facilities management profession through excellence in developing curriculum and instructing students in subjects related to facility management at a college, university or institute. Sullivan created the Del E. Webb School’s Facilities Asset and Project Management master’s degree program and won Fulton Schools of Engineering teaching awards in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Read on Full Circle

Vasileska will lead SunShot project to make solar cells more durable

Nov. 5. 2013—Through its SunShot Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a grant of $1.8 million over three years to a research team headed by Dragica Vasileska, a professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. The project is one of several research efforts supported by the SunShot Initiative to develop ways to produce stronger components that provide more dependable performance from solar energy technology. Read on Full Circle

ASU-led national project aims at solar cell advances

Nov. 5, 2013—A national project promising a significant advance in the technology for converting sunlight into electricity will be led by a team of Arizona State University engineers. With support of a $3.5 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the team will develop new ultra-thin silicon solar cells designed to increase the amount of electricity that can be produced through direct conversion of sunlight. Read on Full Circle

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