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U.S. News ranks Fulton Schools 14th in the nation for online graduate education
Arizona State University’s online graduate engineering program is among the best in the nation, ranking 14th out of more than 75 leading online programs listed in the 2015 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Read the article.
Emerging technology would improve diagnosis, treatment of eye disorders
An ASU biomedical engineer is working with a medical products company to make it easier to detect eye problems. Read the article.
Collaborations with industry aim to boost solar energy technology
As part of a U.S. Department of Energy program, two ASU engineers will help the solar energy industry develop advanced manufacturing technologies and processes. Read the article.
Arizona FIRST LEGO League tournament unleashes youngsters’ creative drive
The largest education outreach program managed by the Fulton Schools of Engineering continues to excite more young students about engineering, science and technology. Read the article.
Setting the stage for fact-based fight against Ebola
An ASU research team will provide data analysis and mathematical modeling to help guide development of strategies for controlling Ebola outbreaks. Read the article.
In the news
Autism’s gut-brain connection (National Geographic)
Recent research is revealing a possible link between bacteria in the gut and the occurrence of autism. Arizona State University researchers have contributed to work that is showing the variety of bacteria in the intestines of children with the brain development disorder is different than in children who are not autistic. Analysis that found children with autism had fewer types of gut bacteria was led by Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, who helps lead research in the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. Her work is cited in the National Geographic report. Read the article.
There’s no place like home – science, information and politics in the Anthropocene (Slate.com)
Brad Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz write that old formulas for developing solutions to society’s big challenges – such as climate change – will be ineffective in an age when the unprecedented rate of social and cultural change in the world is brewing “radical destabilization of the core human ideas and institutions.” Allenby is a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and Lincoln Professor of engineering and ethics. Sarewitz is a professor of science and society, and co-directs the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at ASU. Their commentary was written for Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation and ASU, in advance of an event in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15 titled “How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?” Read the article.