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Fulton Schools dean honored for environmental engineering achievements
Paul Johnson, dean of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is recognized for work to protect human health from impacts of soil and water contaminants. Read more

Haynes makes case to Congress for sustaining synthetic biology research
ASU synthetic biologist Karmella Haynes helped deliver a message to Congress about the critical need to support biomedical engineering. Read more

Innovative medical device modeling software sparks tech startup
A new business venture based on technology developed by ASU biomedical engineers has earned support from Arizona’s economic development agency and other entrepreneurship backers. Read more

Work on contaminant removal methods earns research paper awards
An ASU engineering postdoctoral research associate and a doctoral student won best research paper awards at a major environmental engineering conference. Read more

In the news

3-D heart model library grows at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (KJZZ radio news)
The 3-D Cardiac Print Lab is aiding Phoenix Children’s Hospital in effectively treating congenital heart defects. The lab is producing 3-D models that provide anatomically precise depictions of patient’s hearts, which help physicians map various surgical strategies based on each individual’s specific condition. The lab’s capabilities are the result of processes developed by Arizona State University bioengineers David Frakes and Justin Ryan. Frakes is an associate professor in the School of Biological and Heath Systems Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Ryan is a biomedical engineering doctoral student. KJZZ, a National Public Radio affiliate, reported on the potential their work has to significantly improve cardiac care. Listen to the broadcast report (transcript available)

ASU engineering alum interviewed on “The Colbert Report”
Oscar Vasquez, who graduated from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, was one of four members of a team of Phoenix high school students that in 2004 won a national underwater robotics competition over several teams of college students. The team’s story is told in the new documentary film “Underwater Dreams.” Vasquez and the film’s director, Mary Mazzio, will be interviewed about the young students’ surprising victory on tonight’s (July 23) broadcast of the nationally popular show “The Colbert Report.” Read more and watch a recording of the program

Ask Well: Nanoparticles in sunscreens (New York Times)
Nanoparticles that are increasingly used in consumer products have raised questions about potential health risks from regular or prolonged exposure to these materials. One such question — about titanium dioxide nanoparticles used in sunscreens — was the focus of a New York Times health blog post. The writer turned to Paul Westerhoff, a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. He leads research to study what impacts nanomaterials may have on human health and the environment. In the article, Westerhoff explains what is known and yet unknown about any effects of using sunscreen with titanium dioxide. Read more

Lessons learned from geo-legends (Geo-Strata magazine)
ASU engineering professor Edward Kavazanjian is featured in a recent issue of Geo-Strata, the magazine of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In each edition, the magazine includes an interview with a prominent geotechnical engineer the editors consider a “Geo-Legend” based on the engineer’s significant contributions to the field. Kavaznajian, a faculty member in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, has a record of achievement that has earned him membership in the National Academy of Engineering. In the interview, he gives his perspectives on technological advances, research, education, career opportunities and industry issues related to the geotechnical engineering field. Read more

Research suggests gut microbes impact autism (Voice of America – Health News)
ASU engineers James Adams and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown are among experts spotlighted in a report on new research indicating a connection between a less diverse population of microbes in the human gut and children with autism. Adams is a professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy and director of ASU’s Autism/Aspergers Research Program. Krajmalnik-Brown is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, who does research at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at ASU. They discuss how autism may not be  only a disorder of the brain but also of the gut. Watch the video and read the text

Arizona Technology and Innovation: ASU EcoCAR 3 (Horizon)
Polytechnic School assistant professor Abdel Mayyas was interviewed on the KAET-Channel 8 public affairs program “Horizon” about the ASU student team participating in the EcoCar 3 competition. The team of automotive engineering students is at work transforming a Chevrolet Camaro to run on alternative fuels. Mayyas is the team lead faculty advisor. The ASU squad is among teams from 16 universities chosen out of 100 applicants to be in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition EcoCar 3 program. Watch the interview