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ASU engineering professor Dahm to lead Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
ASU professor Werner Dahm has been appointed chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Air Force. He will preside over a group of leading scientists and engineers that helps to guide decision-makers on matters of research and technology development to support the Air Force’s mission. Dahm is on the faculty of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. Read more.

Muthuswamy helping to unlock mysteries of the brain
ASU biomedical engineer Jit Muthuswamy and his research collaborators are gaining deeper knowledge about the workings of the human brain. Work with scientists and engineers at Sandia National Laboratories is showing promise for improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. Read on Full Circle

ASU student satellite group keeping busy with competitions, projects
Students in the ASU Sun Devil Satellite Laboratory are involved in astronautics competitions and education outreach, and looking to add team members. Next up, the group will compete to participate in planning for a proposed unmanned Mars exploration mission. Read on Full Circle

In the news

ASU synthetic biology project has potential to speed up search (TechConnect magazine)
The magazine produced by the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority featured an article on a project led by Karmella Haynes, an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. She is creating an “open-science crowd-sourcing platform” designed to enable scientists and engineers throughout the world to widely share new findings from their synthetic biology research. Read the article. The link takes you to a webpage with the cover of the magazine on it. Click on the cover to get to the digital edition of the publication and go to page 18.

Pregnant? Avoid contact with antibacterial compounds, study says (New York Daily News)
ASU engineer Rolf Halden has conducted research showing that some chemicals used in common household products marketed as antibacterial or antimicrobial could pose health risks to unborn fetuses and might cause developmental and reproductive problems. The Daily News reports on the findings made in the ASU Biodesign Intsitute’s Center for Environmental Security. Halden is director of the center and a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Read more.

3-D printer puts heart into doctor’s hands (Channel 12 news – Phoenix)
A collaboration of Arizona State University biomedical engineers and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital  is providing custom-made 3-D models of human hearts to help physicians better map strategies for heart surgeries. ASU’s contribution to the innovative work is led by David Frakes, an associate professor in the School of Biological Engineering and the Built Environment and he School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, and by Justin Ryan, a biomedical engineering doctoral student. Watch the video.

Watching neurons fire from a front-row seat (Sandia National Laboratories News)
Jit Muthswamy’s Neural Microsystems lab at ASU has for years been leading research that is revealing more about the functioning of the human brain and nervous system. Muthuswamy is an associate professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. A long-term project his lab is involved in with Sandia National Laboratories is producing results promising to enable better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain malfunction. Several prominent science, medical and technology news websites have reported on the research findings, including Science Dailye! scienceMedicalXpressmedGadgetMedical Design Technology, and AZoRobotics.

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