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Released: 30-Mar-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Study Takes Aim at Mitigating the Human Impact on the Central Valley
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

As more people move to different regions of the country it will require planners to use as many tools as they can to develop urban areas that satisfy population demands and not over burden the environment. A new study from Arizona State University (ASU) details some of the dynamics at play as one region of the country, the Central Valley of California, braces for substantial population growth and all it entails.

18-Feb-2015 7:00 AM EST
New Biomimicry Center Puts ASU at the Forefront of Emerging Discipline
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A new cooperative venture at Arizona State University aims to make ASU a key academic hub for the emerging discipline of biomimicry.

Newswise: ASU, Santa Fe Institute Launch Center for Biosocial Complex Systems
8-Jan-2015 3:55 PM EST
ASU, Santa Fe Institute Launch Center for Biosocial Complex Systems
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will officially launch a research and educational collaboration to advance understanding of problems that stretch across complex biological and social systems.

Newswise: How Lizards Regenerate Their Tails: Researchers Discover Genetic ‘Recipe’
Released: 20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
How Lizards Regenerate Their Tails: Researchers Discover Genetic ‘Recipe’
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers from Arizona State University is one step closer to solving that mystery. The scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.

Newswise: NASA Chooses ASU to Design and Operate Camera System for Mars 2020 Mission
Released: 31-Jul-2014 1:05 PM EDT
NASA Chooses ASU to Design and Operate Camera System for Mars 2020 Mission
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University has been selected by NASA to design, deliver and oversee the Mastcam-Z imaging investigation, a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras, on the next rover mission to be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020. Jim Bell, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be the principal investigator overseeing the investigation.

Newswise: ASU Researcher Shows How Stress Hormones Promote Brain’s Building of Negative Memories
Released: 23-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT
ASU Researcher Shows How Stress Hormones Promote Brain’s Building of Negative Memories
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A team from ASU and UC Irvine has discovered a key component to better understanding how traumatic memories may be strengthened in women. Their study's findings suggest that developing clinical treatments that could lower norepinephrine levels immediately following a traumatic event might offer a way to prevent this memory-enhancing mechanism from occurring.

Newswise: Study Yields First Snapshots of Water Splitting in Photosynthesis
Released: 9-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Study Yields First Snapshots of Water Splitting in Photosynthesis
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

An international team, led by Arizona State University scientists, has published today in Nature a groundbreaking study that shows the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into protons, electrons and oxygen, the process that maintains Earth’s oxygen atmosphere.

Newswise: Political Scientist Patrick Kenney Appointed ASU Vice Provost, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Released: 1-Jul-2014 4:10 PM EDT
Political Scientist Patrick Kenney Appointed ASU Vice Provost, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Patrick Kenney, a professor of political science, founding director of the School of Politics and Global Studies and director of The Institute for Social Science Research, has been appointed university vice provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Newswise: ASU Scientist Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
30-Jun-2014 10:00 AM EDT
ASU Scientist Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Biogeochemist Ariel Anbar has been selected as Arizona State University’s first Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor. This distinguished honor recognizes Anbar’s pioneering research and teaching.

Newswise: Policy to the Public Through Narrative Nonfiction
Released: 12-Jun-2014 6:00 PM EDT
Policy to the Public Through Narrative Nonfiction
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Creative Nonfiction Magazine launches a free interactive special issue in partnership with Arizona State University.

Newswise: ASU Researcher Leads National Effort to Transform Undergraduate Biology Education
Released: 2-Jun-2014 12:05 PM EDT
ASU Researcher Leads National Effort to Transform Undergraduate Biology Education
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Working with a team from the University of Washington to collect feedback from more than 240 biologists nationwide, Arizona State University assistant professor Sara Brownell has developed a new, detailed core concept template called BioCore Guide. The guide is intended to provide an updated blueprint for educators to help them clarify the learning outcomes for undergraduate students majoring in general biology.

Newswise: ASU Family Scholar Receives Early Career Researcher Award
Released: 29-Apr-2014 7:00 PM EDT
ASU Family Scholar Receives Early Career Researcher Award
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University assistant professor Rebecca M. B. White has been named a William T. Grant Scholar, one of five early career researchers in the nation.

Newswise: Linday Elkins-Tanton Named Director of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration
Released: 23-Apr-2014 6:05 PM EDT
Linday Elkins-Tanton Named Director of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, an expert in planet formation and evolution, has been named director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Newswise: ASU Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation
Released: 23-Apr-2014 6:00 PM EDT
ASU Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

An ASU team has performed the first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart, led by engineer David Frakes, with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Newswise: Asteroids Made Easy
Released: 23-Apr-2014 5:55 PM EDT
Asteroids Made Easy
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A team at Arizona State University is looking to mitigate risk involved in landing on an asteroid by building its own "patch of asteroid" inside of a small, spinning satellite

Newswise: Lawrence Krauss Honored at International Festival of Science Documentaries
Released: 21-Apr-2014 7:45 PM EDT
Lawrence Krauss Honored at International Festival of Science Documentaries
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University professor Lawrence Krauss was honored at the Academia Film Olomouc, near Prague, for his contributions to public understanding of science, and for his work in increasing awareness of science in society.

Newswise: On the Brink of Extinction: ASU Researchers Urge Alternative Identification Methods for Threatened Species
16-Apr-2014 4:10 PM EDT
On the Brink of Extinction: ASU Researchers Urge Alternative Identification Methods for Threatened Species
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Researchers at Arizona State University and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom want to change the way biologists think about the “gold standard” of collecting a “voucher” specimen for species identification. They suggest that current specimen collection practices may actually pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations already on the brink of extinction.

Newswise: Arizona State University Professor Chosen for Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship
Released: 15-Apr-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Arizona State University Professor Chosen for Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2014 Guggenheim Fellow Cecilia Menjívar to write book that sheds light on strategies immigrants adopt to deal with the fear and risk of deportation and how their tenuous legal status experiences have transformative effects in their lives.

Newswise: New Journal on Responsible Innovation Launched
Released: 15-Apr-2014 3:35 PM EDT
New Journal on Responsible Innovation Launched
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

David Guston, director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU, is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Responsible Innovation

Newswise: Bioarchaeologists Link Climate Instability to Human Mobility in Ancient Sahara
Released: 15-Apr-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Bioarchaeologists Link Climate Instability to Human Mobility in Ancient Sahara
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Studies by researchers at Arizona State University and University of Chicago uncovered clues to how past peoples moved across their landscape as the once lush environment deteriorated.

Newswise: Amino Acid Fingerprints Revealed in New Study
Released: 11-Apr-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Amino Acid Fingerprints Revealed in New Study
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Stuart Lindsay and his colleagues at Arizona State University have taken a major step in demonstrating the accurate identification of amino acids by briefly pinning each in a narrow junction between a pair of flanking electrodes and measuring a characteristic chain of current spikes passing through successive amino acid molecules.

Newswise: Gusev Crater Once Held a Lake After All, Says ASU Mars Scientist
Released: 9-Apr-2014 7:10 PM EDT
Gusev Crater Once Held a Lake After All, Says ASU Mars Scientist
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

If desert mirages occur on Mars, "Lake Gusev" belongs among them. This come-and-go body of ancient water has come and gone more than once, at least in the eyes of Mars scientists.

Newswise: China Looks to Science and Technology to Fuel Its Plans for Innovation-Based Economy
Released: 9-Apr-2014 6:00 PM EDT
China Looks to Science and Technology to Fuel Its Plans for Innovation-Based Economy
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

One of the world’s leading experts on science, technology and innovation in China, Denis Simon recently hosted an ASU conference that focused on the evolving role of science and technology in China’s international relations.

Newswise: Science at Play: NSF Funds ASU Research on Nanotechnology Ethics, Education
Released: 9-Apr-2014 6:00 PM EDT
Science at Play: NSF Funds ASU Research on Nanotechnology Ethics, Education
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

ASU undergraduates have the opportunity to enroll in a challenging course this fall, designed to re-introduce the act of play as a problem-solving technique. The course is offered as part of the larger project, Cross-disciplinary Education in Social and Ethical Aspects of Nanotechnology funded by NSF.

Newswise: Earth’s Dynamic Interior
28-Mar-2014 4:30 PM EDT
Earth’s Dynamic Interior
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A team of Arizona State University researchers developed new simulations that depict the dynamics of deep Earth, which could be used to explain the complex geochemistry of lava from hotspots such as Hawaii.

Newswise: Using Tobacco to Thwart West Nile Virus
Released: 28-Mar-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Using Tobacco to Thwart West Nile Virus
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

An international research group led by Arizona State University professor Qiang "Shawn" Chen has developed a new generation of potentially safer and more cost-effective therapeutics against West Nile virus and other pathogens.

Newswise: Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Lead Frankenstein Bicentennial Workshop
Released: 28-Mar-2014 3:00 PM EDT
Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Lead Frankenstein Bicentennial Workshop
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Three Arizona State University researchers have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a workshop to build a global, multi-institutional network of collaborators to celebrate the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus."

Newswise: ASU Scientist Roy Curtiss Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Society for Microbiology
Released: 25-Mar-2014 7:00 PM EDT
ASU Scientist Roy Curtiss Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Society for Microbiology
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his trailblazing investigations into the genetic basis of bacterial infection, Roy Curtiss III is recognized as one of the world’s outstanding figures in the field of vaccinology. His dramatic career began at an early age - at the Albany Flower Show.

Newswise: Edson Scholars Innovate the Future in Medicine, Public Health
Released: 19-Mar-2014 12:45 PM EDT
Edson Scholars Innovate the Future in Medicine, Public Health
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Two teams from Arizona State University are making scientific breakthroughs, developing ways to prevent fogging on surgical lenses and producing a tablet that will immediately test for contaminated water.

Newswise: Climate Change Will Reduce Crop Yields Sooner
Released: 19-Mar-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Climate Change Will Reduce Crop Yields Sooner
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Results from a new study co-authored by Netra Chhetri, a faculty member at the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University, show global warming of only two degrees Celsius will be detrimental to three essential food crops in temperate and tropical regions. And beginning in the 2030s, yields from those crops will start to decline significantly.

Newswise: Artificial Leaf Jumps Developmental Hurdle
Released: 18-Feb-2014 11:00 AM EST
Artificial Leaf Jumps Developmental Hurdle
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

​In a recent early online edition of Nature Chemistry, ASU scientists, along with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, report advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf.

Newswise: Presence of Humans and Urban Landscapes Increase Illness in Songbirds, Researchers Discover
Released: 5-Feb-2014 11:00 AM EST
Presence of Humans and Urban Landscapes Increase Illness in Songbirds, Researchers Discover
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Humans living in densely populated urban areas have a profound impact not only on their physical environment, but also on the health and fitness of native wildlife. For the first time, scientists have found a direct link between the degree of urbanization and the prevalence and severity of two distinct parasites in wild house finches.

Newswise: Molecular Evolution of Genetic Sex-Determination Switch in Honeybees
Released: 30-Dec-2013 2:00 PM EST
Molecular Evolution of Genetic Sex-Determination Switch in Honeybees
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

It’s taken nearly 200 years, but scientists in Arizona and Europe have teased out how the molecular switch for sex gradually and adaptively evolved in the honeybee.

Newswise: App Breaks New Ground in Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences at ASU
Released: 17-Dec-2013 6:00 PM EST
App Breaks New Ground in Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences at ASU
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Technological innovation drives the development of research, state-of-the art learning laboratories, “Green” buildings. Now breaking new ground in virtual communications, Arizona State University has launched its first interactive, multimedia magazine app.

Newswise: ASU Launches New Partnership with San Diego Zoo in Conservation Research
Released: 17-Dec-2013 1:00 PM EST
ASU Launches New Partnership with San Diego Zoo in Conservation Research
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research at Arizona State University has launched a collaborative partnership with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research centered on advancing understanding of individual animal's well-being, behavior, reproductive cycles and health.

Newswise: Ho Hum Holidays? Ten Tips to Make the Season Joyful
Released: 11-Dec-2013 3:30 PM EST
Ho Hum Holidays? Ten Tips to Make the Season Joyful
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University Associate Professor and family therapist Larry Dumka offers insight into making the most of the season by focusing on things that really matter to you and those you love.

Newswise: Chameleons Use Colorful Language to Communicate
Released: 11-Dec-2013 1:45 PM EST
Chameleons Use Colorful Language to Communicate
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

To protect themselves, some animals rapidly change color when their environments change, but chameleons change colors in unusual ways when they interact with other chameleons. Arizona State University researchers have discovered that these color changes don’t happen “out-of-the-blue” — instead, they convey different types of information during important social interactions.

Newswise: AAAS Forum Targets Ariz., Colorado River Shortages and Solutions
Released: 5-Dec-2013 4:00 PM EST
AAAS Forum Targets Ariz., Colorado River Shortages and Solutions
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

It is hard to image the Colorado River, whose headlands start in the Rocky Mountains and serve more than 36 million users in the U.S., running dry. However, by the time the remaining nine percent of the original flow meets the Morelos Dam in Mexico, 90 percent of the riparian areas have vanished. "We've got at least a year, maybe two years before we start seeing [water] shortages in Arizona," said Michael Cohen, one of eight experts who presented at the "Adapting to a water-stressed West" water forum at ASU.

Newswise: Arizona State University Study Aims to Reduce Stress in High-Risk, High-Poverty Schools
Released: 5-Dec-2013 3:50 PM EST
Arizona State University Study Aims to Reduce Stress in High-Risk, High-Poverty Schools
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University and Johns Hopkins University researchers will launch a pilot study to test the effects of an intervention targeted to reduce school-wide stress with funding from CityBridge Foundation and The Ludwig Family Foundation.

Newswise: Sorting Good Germs From Bad, in the Bacterial World
Released: 3-Dec-2013 10:00 AM EST
Sorting Good Germs From Bad, in the Bacterial World
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University scientists have developed a microfluidic chip that can sort good germs from bad. The team, led by professor Mark A. Hayes, hopes to create handheld, battery-operated devices that could deliver clinical answers in minutes, instead of days.

Newswise: Scientists Discover That Ants, Like Humans, Can Change Their Priorities
Released: 6-Nov-2013 6:00 PM EST
Scientists Discover That Ants, Like Humans, Can Change Their Priorities
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

For the first time, Arizona State University researchers have discovered that at least in ants, animals can change their decision-making strategies based on experience. They can also use that experience to weigh different options.

Newswise: Researchers Discover New Path to Address Genetic Muscular Diseases
Released: 5-Nov-2013 5:00 PM EST
Researchers Discover New Path to Address Genetic Muscular Diseases
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

For decades, scientists have searched for treatments for myopathies — genetic muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy and ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Arizona State and Stanford Universities, and the University of Arizona, has discovered a new avenue to search for treatment possibilities.

Newswise: ASU, Georgia Tech Create Breakthrough for Solar Cell Efficiency
Released: 25-Oct-2013 2:00 PM EDT
ASU, Georgia Tech Create Breakthrough for Solar Cell Efficiency
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

In an article recently published in the journal Applied Physics Letters, Arizona State University researchers, in collaboration with a scientific team led by Professor Alan Doolittle at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have just revealed the fundamental aspect of a new approach to growing InGaN crystals for diodes, which promises to move photovoltaic solar cell technology toward record-breaking efficiencies.

Newswise: Novel Biomarker in Spit Linked to Stress, Resilience
Released: 1-Oct-2013 5:45 PM EDT
Novel Biomarker in Spit Linked to Stress, Resilience
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Spit conjures a variety of sayings and images for most people, but for Granger and colleagues spit is also serious business. In a recent study, scientists with Arizona State University and the University of Oregon tracked the release of nerve growth factor in saliva (sNGF), finding for the first time that this protein typically linked to the survival, development or function of neurons may be an important player in understanding the body’s response to stress.

Newswise: ASU Researchers Developing Sustainable Ways to Manage Locust Outbreaks Worldwide
Released: 30-Sep-2013 5:00 PM EDT
ASU Researchers Developing Sustainable Ways to Manage Locust Outbreaks Worldwide
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Locust swarms may seem like a distant chapter from history, but these devastating insects still present a major threat in today’s world. A team of scientists from Arizona State, Colorado State, McGill and Yale universities are launching a new collaborative project to learn how human behavior, market forces and ecological systems interact over time to affect the outcomes of locust swarms.

Newswise: Scientists Strike Scientific Gold with Sutter's Mill Meteorite
Released: 11-Sep-2013 11:00 AM EDT
Scientists Strike Scientific Gold with Sutter's Mill Meteorite
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

An important discovery has been made concerning the possible inventory of molecules available to the early Earth. Scientists led by Sandra Pizzarello, a research professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, found that the Sutter’s Mill meteorite, which exploded in a blazing fireball over California last year, contains organic molecules not previously found in any meteorites.

Newswise: Carbon Under Pressure Exhibits Some Interesting Traits
Released: 7-Aug-2013 4:45 PM EDT
Carbon Under Pressure Exhibits Some Interesting Traits
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

High pressures and temperatures cause materials to exhibit unusual properties, some of which can be special. Understanding such new properties is important for developing new materials for desired industrial uses and also for understanding the interior of Earth, where everything is hot and squeezed.

Newswise: American Simon J. Ortiz  and Syrian Poet Adonis to Receive 2013 Golden Tibetan Antelope International Prize for Poetry
Released: 7-Aug-2013 11:00 AM EDT
American Simon J. Ortiz and Syrian Poet Adonis to Receive 2013 Golden Tibetan Antelope International Prize for Poetry
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Simon Ortiz, a Regents’ Professor of English and American Indian Studies with Arizona State University, has been selected to receive the 2013 Golden Tibetan Antelope International Prize for 2013. He will be honored along with Syrian poet Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Esber) at the Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival.

Newswise: Researchers Discover Global Warming May Affect Microbe Survival
25-Jun-2013 11:00 AM EDT
Researchers Discover Global Warming May Affect Microbe Survival
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University researchers have discovered for the first time that temperature determines where key soil microbes can thrive — microbes that are critical to forming topsoil crusts in arid lands. And of concern, the scientists predict that in as little as 50 years, global warming may push some of these microbes out of their present stronghold with unknown consequences to soil fertility and erosion.

Newswise: Reforestation Study Shows Trade-Offs Between Water, Carbon and Timbe
Released: 23-May-2013 2:00 PM EDT
Reforestation Study Shows Trade-Offs Between Water, Carbon and Timbe
Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

More than 13,000 ships per year transit the Panama Canal each year. Each time a ship passes through, more than 55 million gallons of water are used. The advent of large “super” cargo ships has demanded expansion of the canal, leaving the authority to consider how meet increased demand for water. One proposed measure is the reforestation of the watershed, which has been studied by ASU scientists Silvio Simonit and Charles Perrings to aid planners.


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