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2018

May

Arizona State University is a school of master learners — those capable of learning and thriving in anything they set out to accomplish.

As an Arizona State University graduate student, Rachel Yoho wanted to push the boundaries of renewable energy research.

April

Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects 7 million to 10 million people worldwide and is the leading movement-related disorder, causing progressive symptoms of rigidity and tremor.

As another academic year winds down, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is awarding faculty members who have gone far beyond expectations to facilitate scholarly

When Robert Page walks through the 4 million honey bees housed at Arizona State University, he sees the potential to better understand how to survive tough living conditions.

Nik Dave has worked in Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute since he was a sophomore in high school.

Sophia Fasani was born prematurely, weighing in at 4 pounds and without a heartbeat.

Charity Bhebhe had about a 1.5 percent probability of winning one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships.

It was enough.

Arizona State University juniors Humza Zubair and Meilin Zhu have won Goldwater Scholarships, the most prestigious national award for undergraduates in math, science and engineering.

Do reindeer have red noses?

Of course they don’t. (Sorry, but they don’t fly, either.)

If you believe it, you can achieve it. You’ve probably heard this motivational phrase more than once.

On Tuesday, May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities

For the second year, scientists from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts have partnered for one-night-only performances o

March

The global decline of amphibians over the past three decades is alarming, with as many as 200 amphibian species going extinct since the late 1980s.

Benjamin Blonder's frame of reference for heirloom foods goes far beyond Berkshire pork or San Marzano tomatoes.

Custard apples. Sapodilla fruit. Brazil plums. Cacao.

In front of a sold-out crowd, the 2018 Founders’ Day Awards program honored members of the ASU community for the impact and excellence of their work March 21 in Tempe.

Osvaldo Sala, a professor at Arizona State University and a drylands expert, has been elected president of the Ecological Society of America

Proteins are central players in life processes and are among the most versatile and essential biomolecules.

Gemneo Bioscience, a genomics technology company seeking to revolutionize diagnosis and treatment for cancer and other diseases, was named last week as one of six Arizona bioscience startup firms t

The Earth and the life living on it must change together.

February

Arizona State University's Open Door held its finale at the Tempe campus on Saturday, where visitors learned from ASU experts on a veritable smorgasbord of c

Lizards have special superpowers. While birds can regrow feathers and mammals can regrow skin, lizards can regenerate entire structures such as their tails.

African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral infection affecting pigs. It has devastated domestic herds in many regions and brought economic hardship.

Ants, like humans, deal with disease. To deal with the bacteria that cause some of these diseases, some ants produce their own antibiotics.

The very rare animals that reproduce asexually — only about one in a thousand of all vertebrate species — are thought to be at an extreme fitness and ecological disadvantage compared with their sex

January

With the hope that someday scientists will advance regenerative therapy in humans, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Arizona State University and two other institutions has discovered i

In a new study, a team of Arizona State University researchers have examined the effects of Alzheimer’s disease to rob brain cells of their primary energy source — decades before symptoms fir

Silicon Valley: the place that invented the Juicero, PetChatz and countless apps to solve problems you never knew you had. And now comes the idea of drinking water from a puddle.

You’re at your front door, engaged in the universal human pastime of judging the neighbors.

Evolution is the creative force shaping all earthly life. It is also the reason why all multicellular life is susceptible to cancer.

Charlie Rolsky seems to be everywhere you look on campus. Tossing carne asada on a fire on a desert camping trip with biology students.

To make the iconic, twisted double helix that accounts for the diversity of life, DNA rules specify that G always pairs with C, and A with T.

The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a multi-year grant of $6,421,402 to Stephen Albert Johnston at Arizona State University to support the largest interventional canine clinical trial ever conduc

Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they also could be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model t

2017

December

A research project, personal experience or academic course often drives students into a particular field of study.

It’s the kind of thing you might lose sleep over.

With hospitals more often reaching for antibiotics of last resort to fight infections and recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks crossing borders like never before, the worldwide scientific community has

Stephen Albert Johnston and Deirdre R.

The Mekong River is an economic engine for fishermen and a food source for millions of people worldwide. Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along tributaries off the river’s 2,

On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n

Every entrepreneur wants to make money, but essentially what they’re working to create is a better life for humanity.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

November

Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowsh

Native Americans have distinct health-care needs.

Thanksgiving brings us closer together, but our conversations across generations in a family can sometimes drive us farther apart.

Last year, pancreatic cancer overtook breast cancer as the third leading cause of cancer deaths. With a five-year survival rate of just 8 percent, it is one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

Seven members of Arizona State University are among the 396 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious international scientific soc

For more than three decades, atmospheric scientists have been issuing warnings that carbon emissions and man-made pollution have punctured a hole in the ozone layer, the natural atmospheric layer t

Professionals whose college days are behind them still need to learn new skills to stay at the top of their game, and Arizona State University has launched a new way to do that.

It’s biology’s version of the whisper game.

In Silicon Valley, investors flock to back potentially disruptive new technology and apps — even if they are still in development.

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Arizona State University and the University of Arizona — infamous rivals on the playing field — joined forces for a special joint conference on virology.

From his roots as a fair-haired Minnesota farm boy to climbing the ladder of success in big pharma, to blazing a translational academic research path into life-saving therapies, Charles Arntzen has

Following a five-year National Science Foundation grant, the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance continues to grow to take on the phosphorus problem in the

October

The saguaro cactus, a towering, charismatic icon of the Southwest, is one of the most recognized and beloved of all cacti.

“What does not kill me, makes me stronger.”

Arizona State University student Andrea Smolsey went swimming with the frogs — or rather smelling with the frogs — this summer during a six-week internship at the Construction Engineering Research

A little sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. That is all it takes to keep cyanobacteria — the miniature versions of plants — happy.

Human populations feature a broad palette of skin tones.

Exploration. Creative observation. Removing the limits of conventional thinking.

Four esteemed individuals are being recognized for bringing honor to their alma mater at Arizona State University.

A new NASA study, with support from an Arizona State University atmospheric scientist, provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in

Infectious-disease researchers at Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University are working on a new test to detect valley fever more quickly and efficiently than currently available tests.

Arizona State University’s water initiative announced a sweeping new strategic plan this week.

September

Alzheimer’s, a mysterious disease of cognitive decline, was first recognized a century ago.

In August 2015, the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber and

At the beginning of the year, Arizona State University publicly launched

Arizona State University is a key player in a new health research initiative designed to harness the expertise of scientists across the state to treat diseases like cancer and address such problems

“Life likes to live,” Kevin Haight said after viewing a photo of reddish-brown swirls in a floodwater eddy in southeast Texas.

August

One of the greatest difficulties plaguing efforts to find effective treatments for Alzheimer’s is the enormous lag between the disease’s inception and the appearance of clinical symptoms, according

Education is what’s left after you’ve forgotten what you learned in school, Albert Einstein said.

Hurricane Harvey, still stalled in the Gulf Coast region, has poured more than 20 inches of rain over the Houston area since Aug. 25.

We all know the type. The project co-worker who doesn’t really work on the project, but shows up for the group photo. The dinner companion who develops alligator arms when the check appears.

A research collaboration led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has for the first time created a three-dimensional movie showing a virus preparing to infect a healthy cell.

Going to college is all about making connections — to professors, mentors and new friends.

Ants genetically engineered to lack their “sense of smell” became unable to communicate, forage or compete to be a queen, as their antennae and brain circuits failed to fully develop.

The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas.

Scientists have for the first time edited genes in human embryos to fix a disease-causing mutation, according to a paper published (ironically) in the journal Nature.

July

Nancy Grimm, a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, has been named a Fellow of

Alzheimer’s disease tragically ravages the brains, memories and, ultimately, personalities of its victims.

Imagine working for the harshest corporation in the world.

Sometimes Arizona State University’s mission is carried out far beyond the boundaries of campus.

Arizona State University alumnus Matt Shindell found a way to bring all his interests together in a career many would rank high on their list of dream jobs: curating a collection at the Smithsonian

As of July 1, 2017, manufacturers must phase out plastic m

June

Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors.

Evolution is a propulsive force, working incessantly to reshape life on earth, from the lowliest single-celled organisms to the planet’s vast forests, insect and bird populations, oceanic life and

Biomimicry is an approach to problem-solving that looks at how nature has already done it.

While millions of travelers will frolic on the beach during their summer vacations, most are blissfully unaware of the billions of microscopic plants making ocean life — and our lives — possible.

When community college transfer students start taking courses at a larger, more complex university setting, they face a variety of challenges.

May

Slow and steady wins the race.

Phoenix Comicon will celebrate all things geek this weekend, including science fiction, comic books, superheroes, cosplay and fantasy.

As an electrical engineer, Associate Professor Jennifer Blain Christen has spent a good portion of her career dabbling in different fields.

Editor's note: Milton Sommerfeld, a professor at Arizona State University's Department of Applied Biological Sciences at the Polytechnic School, died on May 16. He was 76.

Bees. Again.

As a way to highlight student achievement and inspire future outreach, Arizona State University's ASASU Council of Presidents sponsored the first-ever Students Shine contest this spring. 

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

As the academic year comes to a close, Arizona State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional faculty members who have gone above and beyond to help the next generat

On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th

Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care has chosen eight Alliance Fellows to be part of the inaugural Faculty in Residence program.

Why do animals that live in caves become blind? This question has long intrigued scientists and been the subject of hot debate.

Cities are slowing the pace of life for birds — and maybe humans.

For the past 17 years, Roberto Gaxiola has been in an exclusive relationship. But it has nothing to do with his social life.

March

Artist vs. scientist. Right vs. left brain. Creativity vs. stark logic. When the seemingly separate worlds of art and science collide, will they produce chaos or a masterwork?

Proteins help account for the complexity and astonishing diversity among humans (and other living forms).

Evolution and religion often evoke strong emotional responses that can seem undeniably incompatible. 

By some estimates, there are about 10 million species of insects on the planet, but only about a tenth have been named.

After Charlie and Lois O’Brien first met in an entomology class, she wanted to go collect insects with him but he turned her down.

Environmental news can be all too depressing, with headlines punctuated by the drumbeat of extinction and destruction.

The stomach of a house finch might hold secrets to how humans absorb nutrients, age and deal with the omniprescence of nighttime light pollution.

For International Women’s Day on March 8, a range of female professors at ASU shared names of women they consider to be influential and inspiring.  

February

The license plate on Matt Chew’s Toyota Tacoma reads “Tamarix.”

It’s a silent, sunny day on the farthest corner of Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus.

For five evenings over the course of February, the public was invited onto Arizona State University's campuses for Night of the Open Door to see what each ha

Gemneo Bioscience, the 100th company to spin out from the ideas of ASU faculty and staff, will provide physicians with more optimal cancer treatments and immunotherapies to help improve cancer outc

Arizona State University alumnus Daniel Kolk has merged his creative instincts with his education in molecular biology and virology to reimagine the future of molecular diagnostics and diagnostic m

Microscopy. Big data. Seismology.

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives.

If you want to know the future, study the past. Confucius said it. Anne Stone embodies it.

A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases.

Leah Gerber, founding director of Arizona State University’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, has been named a Fellow of the

Your car won’t start, so you take it to a mechanic. They check the ignition, starter, timing belt, spark plugs, anything that might give a clue why the car won’t start.

There’s an entire world of microbes invisible to the human eye. Countless microbial communities live everywhere from in the soil to human skin to the stomachs of animals.

What if your smartphone could tell you that a potential disease or illness is lurking in your immune system?

January

Searching for new ideas and unique experiences with the family in 2017?

Meet the tiny, hair-lined ciliate, Tetrahymena thermophila.

Tomatoes, prized for their delicious taste and high nutritional content, are one of the most important crops grown around the world.

Hundreds of billions of molecules with odors exist.

2016

December

In 1826, the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt gave Charles X a young female giraffe as a gift.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

The world faces an uncertain future when it comes to one of its most precious resources, water.

As the floor plan of the living world, DNA guides the composition of animals ranging from unicellular organisms to humans.

November

A cheap and radical tool that enables geneticists and researchers to edit genomes easily by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence is causing a stir among scientists.

Pura vida!

October

Editor's note: In the spirit of Halloween, we offer a roundup of the engrossing research happening around ASU with creatures that are often relegated to spooky decorations.

About two years ago, when the full force of California’s drought came to bear, green lawns turned faces red as “drought shaming” became a social media pastime.

The scientist was deep into his lecture. He spoke quickly, using a stream of long words. He disparaged people he didn't agree with. He had an imposing beard.

Melissa Wilson Sayres thinks that people need to interact with scientists more often in their daily lives.

Arizona State University’s newest research building will be packed with the most advanced construction and technological gear of today.

Driven by a desire to succeed and make a difference in the lives of others, three distinguished alumni from Arizona State University have persevered to overcome obstacles and accomplish personal an

When Spenser Babb-Biernacki began her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, she thought she wanted to get lost in a world of books.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

With an estimated 600,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. this year alone and a looming crisis in antibiotic resistance, there is an urgent societal need to develop novel solutions. 

The word “mutation” conjures many images, virtually all of them negative.

Stories about species becoming extinct are all too common in the news.

This isn’t one of those stories.

September

Quick — without thinking about it, name an endangered animal. Name two, three or even four. Easy?

Now, name an endangered plant. Two? Three? For many people, that’s not as easy.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration continues its fall semester New Discoveries Lecture Series with "Dry, drier, driest: H

The energy in the room was high when Arizona Gov.

Summer is often a time to take a break from academic studies.

Arizona is the one of the best places in the U.S. to study ants.

The Arizona Bioindustry Association has selected ASU scientists George Poste and Stephen Albert Johnston for significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of biolo

Current models used to predict the survival of species in a warming world might be off target, according to new research that enlisted the help of dozens of spiny lizards in the New Mexico desert.

Arizona State University furthers commitment to translate knowledge into action on sustainability challenges through three new international partnerships:

August

Starting out as a college freshman can be hard.

Students are leaving home for the first time, meeting the demands of a rigorous college education and trying to make new friends.

There is a lot of scientific knowledge in the world, but very little of that knowledge is readily available to people who make decisions about things like water use, farming practices or waste disp

Three remarkable undergraduates at Arizona State University have persevered in the face of adversity – breaking cultural barriers, overcoming learning deficiencies and resolving financial difficult

For more than 20 years, microbiologist Shelley Haydel has been interested in antibacterial and antibiotic discovery.

July

After he arrives in the desert with his students, everyone pitches camp. The students yell and falter at setting up their tents.

The path from roundworm genes to curing cancer isn’t an easy one.

The path from roundworm genes to curing cancer isn’t an easy one.

June

A record high of 65.3 million people were asylum seekers, internally displaced people or refugees in 2015, according to a recent report by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 

Federal data on power-plant carbon dioxide emissions is significantly flawed, according to a study by Arizona State University scientists published this month.

Once inside the human body, infectious microbes like Salmonella face a fluid situation.

Imagine eradicating a disease-transmitting mosquito or removing an invasive plant species with a precise, relatively easy-to-apply technology.

The potential of a gene drive to do good is great. For example, it could be used to eliminate infectious diseases such as malaria or the Zika virus.

From manufacturing in the aerospace industry to managing environmental services for the Navy, Arizona State University alumnus Paul Crecelius had a range of careers throughout his working life.

Arizona State University has no shortage of high-achieving Sun Devils making their mark on the world — and being recognized for it.

Male students in undergraduate introductory biology courses are outperforming females at test time, but it may be due to how exams are designed rather than academic ability.

May

Last week the Department of Defense issued a report detailing the case of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who had a rare E.

As scientists explore the potential applications of biotechnology, some are focusing on cyanobacteria — an easy-to-grow bacterium that needs only sunlight and carbon dioxide to survive.

Evolution can be an emotionally charged topic in education, given a wide range of perspectives on it.

Two Arizona State University biofuel projects are among six nationwide receiving $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore innovative solutions in bioenergy.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today a new N

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today a new N

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Any kid who pulls on a lizard tail knows it can drop off to avoid capture, but how they regrow a new tail remains a mystery.

Sidney Altman, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989, is joining the faculty of Arizona State University.

Anne C. Stone is something of a renaissance woman when it comes to anthropology.

Coral reefs and hard-shelled sea creatures such as oysters and mussels are constantly being threatened, not only by the detrimental effects of stressors such as climate change and habitat loss, but

April

On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t

As the academic year comes to a close, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional faculty members who have gone above and beyond to educate the next generation of scholars.  

The largest-ever study of global genetic variation in the human Y chromosome has uncovered the hidde

Monday is National DNA Day, and researchers from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences have invited the public to come learn about DNA with an int

In many animal species, physical battles and other aggressive acts determine a certain “pecking order.” In the world

Maggie Zheng performed her first surgical procedure when she was just a preschooler.

Granted, it was on one of her stuffed animals.

Ever since Bela Lugosi appeared in 1930s horror film “White Zombie,” members of the living dead have fascinated audiences.

It was her very first encounter with a strangely beautiful orange and black beaded Arizona native, the Gila monster — one of only two venomous lizards in the world — that convinced

The world’s total human population has jumped to more than 7.4 billion just this year.

When a super cyclone slammed into the northeast coast of India in October 1999, winds with top speeds of 160 miles per hour and tidal surges of 26 feet battered the coast, killing almost 10,000 peo

“Welcome to the Big Horn Mountains!” says conservation biologist Andrew Smith.

March

The Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation board of directors has awarded Robert E.

Keeping honeybees healthy is critical to the world’s food supply.

Inspecting the teeth of a drugged Siberian tiger. Darting a tracking device in a whale from the deck of a pitching boat. Waking up in a tent to sunrise over the Tibetan steppe.

During pregnancy, the rapidly developing fetus is enshrouded by a remarkable structure: the placenta.

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a

It turns out that the rigid “line in the sand” between the human sex chromosomes — the Y and X — is a bit blurrier than previously thought.

Downtown Phoenix’s newest high-rise residents don’t take the elevator when they come home.

Filling a new leadership position tailored to advance research and educational innovation, Kenro Kusumi has been named as the associate dean of research and graduate initiatives for the College of

Claire Cambron wanted a way to open her mind and her heart before she learns to heal.

Arizona State University today announced a five-year initiative, FutureH2O, to flip the global conversation about water on its head and focus on the abundance of water and how to create it instead

The best thing about the Fulbright grant won by Matt Ykema is that it allows him to be immersed in his research.

Chase Fitzgerald wanted to do something meaningful before he started medical school and he knew that a Fulbright grant would be one of the best ways to do that — because his brother also had done i

Editor’s note: HealthTell recently completed a

Like endangered species themselves, funding to save them is scarce.

Update: Voting has ended. See the winners here — did your favorite win?

Methane and nitrous oxide gas emissions, caused by human activities like farming, overwhelm earthly carbon dioxide absorption and should be tackled to fight climate change, according to a study

February

The benefits of letting students conduct real research in the classroom have been examined multiple times during the past decade, but 

The Zika virus has brought us endless footage of masked men spraying insecticide in Brazilian slums and reports of babies with tiny heads — a rare condition called microcephaly — along with dire in

Coinciding with Charles Darwin’s birthday weekend, ASU’s evolutionary medicine leadership was prominently showcased at the world’s largest general scientific meeting, the 2016 American Association

From effective team science to drones on the range, Arizona State University faculty and students played a big role in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Pathologist, a magazine that covers stories on the forefront of health care, has named Arizona State University’s Carolyn Compton to its 2015 Pathology Power List of the 100 most influential pa

While growing up in Gambia, Africa, Balanding Manneh experienced hunger intimately — losing childhood friends to starvation and malnutrition-related illnesses.

The hottest technology in bioscience will soon bring a new coolness factor to world-class Arizona State University research.

Robert Page has ascended to the top of his field and earned the highest faculty honor in the state.

Not bad for a man who started his academic career without a plan.

January

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas, and countries and health organizations are on full alert with emergency meetings taking

If you haven’t already noticed, Arizona is a popular hangout for hummingbirds.

Students and faculty at ASU have been digging out their hats, scarves and boots this year as Arizona experienced a colder-than-usual winter.

Sustainability looks good for corporations these days.

Deserts are often thought of as barren places that are left exposed to the extremes of heat and cold and where not much is afoot.

Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions has announced the 2016 winners of its seed funding competition.

Humans for centuries have been trying to “engineer” better societies, but with widespread use of digital technology and social media we may actually be on the cusp of doing just that, suggests Manf

Since prehistoric times, clays have been used by people for medicinal purposes.

2015

December

Arizona State University Regents’ Professor and research scientist Charles Arntzen, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

International trade and travel has literally opened up new vistas for humans, ranging from travel to exotic places to enjoying the products and services of those distant lands.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Tucked away on the far western end of Haiti’s southern peninsula lies the remote Massif de la Hotte mountain range. It's where you’ll find the last stands of Haiti’s cloud forest.

November

On paper, Candance Lewis seems to have it all — including a Bisgrove fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship.

We all want to be on top.

And in the online realm of search-engine optimization (SEO), that means crowning a topic field on the world’s most popular search engine.

The actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday that he is HIV positive. He said in an interiew on NBC News that he was diagnosed four years ago.

This year, tens of thousands of people around the globe — including about 12,000 in the U.S.

Humans have depended on each other for thousands of years — gathering food, building shelters and fending off enemies.

Cells have traditionally been categorized based on location within an organism, their structure, function or even developmental history.

October

Biological diversity is the variety of life on Earth, ranging from the microverse of crabs, barnacles and mussels ne

Editor's note: Leading up to Homecoming, we'll be running several stories a week on ASU alumni.

Cockroaches, crickets and caterpillars can do more than make your skin crawl. They just might be a tasty and nutritious addition to your next meal. 

This summer President Barack Obama became the first sitting president of the United States to visit a federal prison

Theranos, a startup offering low-cost tests that require just a few drops of blood and screen for everything from cholesterol to cancer, has drawn national attention and is now valued at $9 billion

Graduate student Jessica Guo is passionate about science education. And she has lots of experience teaching coding and big data.

When you think about fossils, dinosaurs or other ancient animals may come to mind.

But for paleobotanist Kathleen Pigg, plants were always far more interesting.

The American Society for Microbiology has selected Jessica Spring, a microbiology senior with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, as a recipient of its Undergraduate Research Fellow

With signs for flu shots festooning grocery stores, clinics and HR departments, the onset of flu season is heralded with as much fervor — if less enthusiasm — than Christmas.

Black-market collectors willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for rare cactuses are putting more than 30 percent of the species at risk for extinction, according to a paper released Monda

Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected way

September

Road-tripping across the American West is a beloved tradition — blacktop snaking across badlands, roadside tourist traps and great diners.

What do an Arizona State University-Starbucks business student in Washington state, a sustainability research collaboration in Germany, and seven English classrooms on the ASU Tempe campus have in

A team of researchers from Arizona State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has discovered that thousands of bacteria living in soil are connected by a complex metabolic relationship.

Locusts have been around since, well, Biblical times and have wreaked havoc on Earth and humans’ food production.

Like most animals, we rely on our sense of smell for survival. It’s critical to our health and an important factor in our quality of life.

As one of its core missions, Arizona State University strives to define itself not by who it excludes, but by who it includes.

Is it time to cut a deal with Japan on whaling?  

The Amazon rainforest — it conjures up images of broad expanses of leafy canopies and tropical species of every shape and color.

The International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology has given its top award, the David L.

The Arizona Bioindustry Association has named Wayne D. Frasch, a professor with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, the 2015 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year.

For cities trying to shrink their carbon footprint, researchers at Arizona State University and a number of other institutions say one solution is to look at the emissions of individual buildings a

For pioneering the development of an experimental drug to combat the Ebola virus, Arizona State University’s Charles Arntzen has been named the winner of the Judges Award for the Governor’s Celebra

For incoming freshmen, the college experience often starts with moving into the dorms or moving through the first day of classes.

August

With the largest fire in Washington state history raging and the sixth-worst fire season on record in the U.S.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

The expected impact of climate change on North American lizards is much worse than first thought.

Arizona State University strives to have a faculty representative of the diversity of the state and nation, and its incoming cohort is the latest example of that.

July

In an article for Slate magazine’s “Future Tense” section, Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Regents’ Professor Stephen Pyne discusses how a century of fighting wildfires with differ

According to a Smithsonian Magazine feature titled “Human Sex Chromosomes Are

Arizona State University and Arizona Christian University (ACU) have announced a new partnership to expand ACU’s academic offerings by allowing students to take courses at the private, accredited C

Arizona State University and Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany are blazing a path in international academic cooperation.

June

When you meet Jorge Ramos, the first things you’ll notice are his easy smile and genuine interest in others.

Along an isolated stretch of road in northern Mexico, craggy limestone mountains suddenly appear, jutting up from th

May

According to the World Health Organization, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) currently affects more than 64 million people worldwide and is poised to become the third leading cause of m

Researchers from Arizona State University, along with more than 40 other scientists, engineers, technical experts and policy makers from around the world, are convening in Washington, D.C., on May

In an effort to better understand the role humanity plays in the future preservation of nature, School of Life Sciences professors Ben Minteer and Stephen Pyne brought distinguished environmental w

Four students from Barrett, The Honors College won recognition for their research posters presented at the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Jose, Californi

The era of human evolution is inseparable from the evolution of fire, according to Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Regents’ Professor Stephen Pyne.

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researcher Charles Arntzen has been chosen as the No.

Anika Larson never knew she would spend time inside a state prison during her stellar career at Arizona State University.

The number of STEM students enrolled at Arizona State University has dramatically increased in the past 12 years, as has the number of students graduating in STEM fields.

The Arizona State University Graduate and Professional Student Association has awarded Wendi Simonson, a School of Life Sciences graduate program coordinator, with the Annette Jecker Outstanding St

With just a sniff, our noses can detect smells that trigger specific memories, tell us food has gone bad, or even connect us to a potential mate.

April

A new Arizona State University research study has revealed the fine details of how an experimental drug works to regulate blood pressure, paving the way to the development of better drugs.

Led by researchers from Arizona State University, geneticists have discovered a “bottleneck,” or decrease in genetic diversity in the male lineage about 4,000 to 8,000 years ago.

The advent of new technology that enables genetic engineering – modifications to the human genome that can be passed on to future generations – is raising serious concern with biologists and ethici

The Arizona State University Faculty Women’s Association presented School of Life Sciences professor Jon Harrison with its Outstanding Facul

Three professors at Arizona State University have been selected to receive the 2014-2015 Centennial Professorship Award.

Springtime in Arizona is a great time to be outdoors – while the weather is still mild, the desert flowers in bloom and the wildlife out in full.

All living things evolve over time, and cancer cells are no exception – subject to the two overarching mechanisms described by Charles Darwin: chance mutation and natural selection.

March

Four College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students will represent Arizona State University March 20 at a national debate tournament.

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series about sustainable cities.

Gailyn Monroe was intrigued by the idea of attending a large university – even if that meant leaving her friends who were staying back in Colorado.

In a study led by scientists from Arizona State University, the University of Cambridge, University of Tartu and Estonian Biocentre, researchers discovered a dramatic decline in genetic diversity i

This year, ovarian cancer will claim over 125,000 lives worldwide. The deadly disease remains the fifth leading cause of cancer-related mortality in U.S. women, killing about 15,000 per year.

Arizona State University’s Alumni Association has presented School of Life Sciences Regents’ and Parents Association Professor James Elser wi

February

Humankind’s ability to understand, and often drive, species extinction may be harnessed in the battle against cancer, according to a new study.

From feeding the world to analyzing innovation, Arizona State University faculty and students played a big role in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA

Launch symposium March 3 to feature Janine Benyus, ASU President Michael Crow

January

Would you be just as comfortable nibbling on a cricket or cockroach as you would be eating a crab?

Arizona State University’s neuroscience community has such diverse research areas that it does not often come together as a group.

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

Mark Winston, a nationally renowned scientist, educator and author, is coming to Arizona State University Jan. 28-29 to host two special events for the public.

For more than 50 years, authorities in China have tried to eliminate a mouse-like creature called the “pika,” believing the animal damages grasslands.

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December

Alan Rawls, associate professor of genomics, evolution and bioinformatics in ASU's School of Life Sciences, has been named to the position of vice provost, from a

Unlike other drug addictions, there are no pharmacological treatments for cocaine dependence.

Five of Arizona State University’s faculty members were appointed University Professors in a ceremony hosted by ASU President Michael M. Crow and Provost Robert E.

Antimicrobial peptides are a distinctive class of potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics produced by the body’s innate immune system – the first line of defense against disease-causing microbes.

The United Nations Climate Conference is underway in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, activities around the globe are aimed at raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.

An international team, including scientists from Arizona State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Germany’s Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), have caught a light sen

As scientists develop emerging technologies that allow for the cloning of animals, some researchers believe that efforts should be made to bring back long-extinct species.

Charis Royal may be an undergraduate, but she is already conducting research that could lead to improvements in disease detection and emergency response to pandemics.

November

Illustrating that physical location can be a beneficial – rather than inconvenient – aspect of international collaboration, ASU’s School of Sustain

What do pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, Iron Man and flu vaccines all have in common?

Toddlers and tweens have very different needs, which influence how parents provide for them.

Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050.

Finding the right kind of academic support during college, especially when pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), is said to be an important strategy for success.

October

Looking forward in science often requires looking back, evaluating trends to extrapolate future outcomes.

Martin J. (“Jack”) Fouquette, Jr., a devoted teacher and accomplished scholar, who published one of the only thorough documentations of reproductive character displacement in amphibians, died Aug.

Antibiotics – one of modernity’s great success stories – are charms that come with a curse.

Across the country, billions of dollars and millions of hours are spent on studying the inner workings of the brain as scientists search for ways to treat debilitating diseases and injuries such as

A new four-year, multi-million dollar award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will be used to develop the technology necessary to synthesize, screen and sequence artificial

A new partnership between Arizona State University and the U.S.

September

Remodeled facility offers greater access to researchers, students and the public
 

Arizona State University is on a mission to empower its students to enact powerful and positive social change.

More than any faculty member at Arizona State University, Michael Angilletta, associate director of undergraduate programs in the School of Life Sciences, can claim to have the best sense of humor

The best medical therapies won’t do much good if the public abstains from using them.

World leaders face multiple barriers in their efforts to reach agreement on greenhouse gas emission policies.

The Arizona Bioindustry Association has selected Miles Orchinik, an associate professor with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, as the recipient of the 2014 Michael A.

John Sabo is an ecologist and water resources specialist at Arizona State University.

Home to more than 300 members and bridging nearly every discipline, the Sustainability Scientists and Scholars prog

August

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are traditionally heavily dominated by males, which is of great concern to universities as they try to improve student retention and a

Editor's Note: Growing up, ASU student Erin Barton and her brother often accompanied their archaeologist parents on research excursions.

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.

Half of the Earth’s land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate.

Charlie Arntzen has worked tirelessly on new platforms to deliver drugs.

July

Through study abroad programs, students experience new cultures, languages and people as they complete their coursework.

This September, environmentalists will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the piece of federal legislation that created the

On July 5, 2011, a massive wall of dust blanketed Phoenix, creating an awesome spectacle – or stubborn nuisance, depending on your perspective.

What if we had the technology to eradicate malaria and other insect-borne diseases, save native species of plants and animals by controlling invasive populations, and reverse the development of pes

June

What’s your favorite animal that currently lives in your country?

Before widespread urbanization and poor agricultural practices, grasslands covered North America.

When scientists are discovering and identifying previously-unknown species in the wild, should they always take a specimen back with them to the lab for further study?

When biology and reproduction become political issues, we need to be sure that we understand the underlying science, argues Jane Maienschein

During the past few decades, the field of biology has dramatically expanded, incorporating many diverse sub-disciplines and specialty areas, such as microbiology and evolutionary biology.

May

Disease-causing bacteria possess elaborate defensive arsenals used to withstand the body’s best efforts to annihilate them.

In early April, a group of Arizona State University graduate students descended upon Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to engage with current energy leaders and interact with n

Scientists have long been researching how insect colonies function – particularly how their complicated system of living together works.

Transitions are often a part of professional life as a scientist.

Climate change is here, and how we adapt to it will go a long way in determining our future on Earth.

Armed with undergraduate degrees in molecular biosciences and biotechnology, political science and international studies from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, Nisarg Patel i

April

Social insects are studied at length in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has launched a new initiative designed to reward outstanding doctoral and masters students recognized nationally or internationally during academic year 201

Professors Bert Hölldobler and Stephen Pratt with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences were recently featured in an article published in Quanta Magazine about a new breakthrough in an

Regents’ Professor Jane Maienschein was recently featured in an article from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) about her journey through life and the research she condu

In a time of global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of countless endangered species, there is a heightened sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals

With wildlife teeming around them, dozens of adults and children explored a diverse Arizona ecosystem with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences faculty during the school’s annual SOLS

Some three billion base pairs make up the human genome – the floorplan of life.

Research addresses big unknown of global warming

Thanks to an undergraduate career full of research and success, biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology junior Ryan Muller has been awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, a national award for s

Although many studies have associated the demise of complex societies with deteriorating climate, few have investigated the connection between an ameliorating environment, surplus resources, energy

March

ASU asked several graduates who are now practicing physicians to describe their preparation for medical school and their careers since graduation.

Jessica Burns had many demands on her time as an undergraduate at Arizona State University.

Roy Curtiss III, a scientist at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Microbio

A quarter of the students who entered Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences last year were, for one reason or another, not prepared for college, according to Miles Orchinik, the school

Enjoy a beautiful morning hike and join Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences (SOLS) on April 5 for its 9th annual “SOLS Takes a Hike” event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Two teams from ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are making scientific breakthroughs by developing ways to prevent fogging on surgical lenses and producing a tablet that will immediately t

The Origins Project at Arizona State University is hosting a weekend celebration of its fifth anniversary by focusing on the future of humanity in “Transcending our Origins: Violence, Humanity and

February

When a Valley middle school teacher asked Pat McGurrin to teach children about the human brain during a school “science day,” he jumped at the chance to share his passion.

Several Arizona State University faculty played a big role in exploring the future of science and research at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) he

Looking at historical biological and cultural studies, author Jon Mooallem aims to better understand why and how people sympathize with some animals rather than others.

An innovative vaccine technology makes use of reengineered salmonella to deliver protective immunity.

Arizona State University’s largest and most successful open-house event of the year – Night of the Open Door – expands to four campuses, with even more to exp

Editor's Note: The 2013 ASU Regents' Professors will be honored at a special induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 6, in the Galvin Playhouse on the Tempe campus.

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.

January

Classroom walls have come down throughout Arizona State University, as biology students discuss sustainability with classmates in Germany, art students share artworks with peers in Taiwan and a gen

Six months after 19 firefighters lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire near Prescott, Ariz., The Weather Channel investigated the larger problem of U.S. wildfires.

Modern, professionally managed zoos frequently serve as global conservation agents – working to save species, educate the public about species loss and recovery, practice conservation breeding and

Thousands of chemicals serving a variety of human needs flood into sewage treatment plants once their use life has ended.

Conservation market could help manage, protect whale populations

The modern agriculture system that feeds most of the world’s population relies in large part on phosphorus, a chemical element that is mined fr

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December

In a recent Slate article, ASU professors Jim Elser and Bruce Rittman presented two vastly different scenarios of the future.

A group of researchers from Arizona State University is part of a larger team reporting a major advance in the study of human proteins that could open up new avenues for more effective drugs of the

ASU ranks 4th in world among universities without medical school

Technological innovation drives the development of research, state-of-the art learning laboratories and “green” buildings.

At Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, Cheryl Nickerson and her team have been investigating the intriguing effects of spaceflight on microbial pathogens.

The 17 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students selected as Dean’s medalists will walk across the commencement stage Dec.

The Origins Project at Arizona State University is kicking off a celebration of five years of its existence with a top-level discussion of our existence. On Saturday, Feb.

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.

Heat-cracked mud plaques crisscross a vast, dry riverbed in Mexico where the Colorado River once churned.

November

Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences welcomes three new faculty members this academic year, with each conducting research they hope will enrich both the university and their respectiv

Capturing the public’s interest is a key component for “New Space,” where commercial companies are filling in some of the roles that had been traditionally played by NASA, and education has an impo

All animals have to make decisions every day. Where will they live and what will they eat? How will they protect themselves?

Humans have long dreamed of going to Mars, but the only hope for doing so in the foreseeable future is on a one-way mission.

The coming century will bring many changes for natural systems and for the human societies that depend on them, as changing climate conditions ripple outward to changing rainfall patterns, soil nut

For decades, scientists have searched for treatments for myopathies – genetic muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy and ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

October

Dozens of volunteers from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences are using brushes to make a beautiful mark on their community – paintbrushes, that is.

To say that science and technology play an important role in our lives is a bit of an understatement.

Carlson to lead two-part lecture on biological technologies

Clay is often used as a beauty treatment for skin, but in the future, we may be able to use it to fight skin infections.

Politics doesn’t typically come to mind when you think about water; neither does water come to mind when you consider economics.

Bacterial cells use an impressive range of strategies to grow, develop and sustain themselves. Despite their tiny size, these specialized machines interact with one another in intricate ways.

September

Locust swarms may seem like a distant chapter from history, but these devastating insects still present a major threat in today’s world.

While many classrooms sat quietly over the summer, there was a lab in the Life Sciences building at Arizona State University where students were busy engaging in research projects.

Freelance writer Jennifer Weeks takes a closer look at fire – its history, our relationship with it and our responsibility to manage its effects – in an article for Stanford Alumni Magazine.

As another school year kicks off, Arizona State University faculty and students are joined by a group of scholars from all over the world who visit our campuses to conduct research and share ideas.

Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan discusses nature-inspired research in his latest column in The Arizona Republic.

August

Concealed within the vastness of the human genome, (comprised of some 3 billion base pairs), mutations are commonplace.

A feature article in Scientific American magazine examines the national shift to data-driven, personalized learning practices.

What does it take to be among only a handful of people who have ever reported spotting one of the most elusive, well-camouflaged and endangered big cats in the world – a snow leopard?

President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Kenneth L.

July

An Arizona State University behavioral ecologist’s research became national news this week when Los Angeles Times writer Melissa Pandika covered the findings of Stephen Pratt’s latest study.

In a recent opinion piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, titled "Our misbegotten war on fire," Stephen J.

Phosphorus is an element that is as essential to life as the food we eat.

In a Co.EXIST article by Stan Alcorn, Arizona State University researcher Kevin Gurney discusses his tool, the Ventus Project, an online

Human migrations – from the prehistoric epoch to the present day – have extended cultures across the globe.

Paralytic drugs like succinylcholine are often used during surgery or when critically ill patients require endotracheal intubation.

Bacterial flora inhabiting the human gut have become one of the hottest topics in biological research.

Tweezers are a handy instrument when it comes to removing a splinter or plucking an eyebrow.

June

Editor’s note: June was PTSD Awareness Month. Learn more here.

Arizona State University researchers have discovered that temperature determines where key soil microbes can thrive – microbes that are critical to forming topsoil crusts in arid lands.

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

Earth is home to an incredible array of living organisms. Mainly out of the public eye, taxonomists document thousands of new species – an average of 18,000 new species are discovered each year.

Each year, between the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of old-growth forests, humans put about 10 petagrams of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.

Because of their central importance to biology, proteins have been the focus of intense research, particularly the manner in which they are produced from genetically coded templates – a process com

The Ecological Society of America has named Osvaldo Sala, Arizona State University's Julie A. Wrigley Professor of Life Sciences and Sustainability, as a 2013 Fellow.

Arizona State University alumnus Joe Graham is unlocking the secrets behind the brain at the Blue Brain Project in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Each spring and summer, Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences receives inquiries from the media and the public about bee swarms.

Science magazine is highlighting the efforts of national science organizations working with their local chapters to improve access to STEM fields for minorities, women and people with disabilities.

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University has announced its annual list of top 10 new species.

Many of the critical processes underlying cancer formation and eventual metastasis to other organs remain mysterious.

May

More than 40 percent of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions come from power plants that burn fossil fuels.

According to Ann Hoffman, a doctoral student in psychology at Arizona State University, stressful life events may predispose some individuals to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Ryan Bastle says that to have an impact in the field of addiction research, it is important to learn more about the factors that lead to addiction and the ones that prevent it.

An amazing glow-in-the-dark cockroach, a harp-shaped carnivorous sponge and the smallest vertebrate on Earth are just three of the newly discovered top 10 species selected by the Interna

More than 13,000 ships carrying more than 284 million tons of cargo transit the Panama Canal each year, generating roughly $1.8 billion in toll fees for the Panama Canal Authority.

In the race to protect society from infectious microbes, the bugs are outrunning us.

In a blog post on Discover Magazine, writer Keith Kloor explores the science and media run-around that pains the current debate over climate change.

Climate science researchers from Arizona State University are launching a first-of-its-kind online “game” to better understand the sources of global warming gases.

In a recent Nature news article, Sustainability Scientist Kevin Gurney discusses his team's work on mapping g

Need inspiration for teaching middle school science?

Imagine holding a shark in your hands while doing research in the Bahamas. Or, picture trekking along the Sierra Nevada mountain range to study the American pika.

Growing up in rural Israel, Inbar Maayan observed great diversity in the natural world and found nothing more fascinating.

April

By the time Rebecca Morgan was 13, she had started down the tumultuous path of drug addiction. First, she tried marijuana, followed by cocaine, then methamphetamines.

Dean’s Medals will adorn 20 of the nearly 3,000 ASU seniors graduating with degrees in natural sciences, humanities and social sciences this spring – an honor bestowed by the College of Liberal Art

An Arizona State University biologist and her team have found that the Asian subspecies of great bustard, one of the heaviest birds capable of flight, covers migratory routes of more than 2,000 mil

Arizona State University biologist Gro Amdam’s research on honeybees was the focus of a recent Popular Science article.

Filling a new position tailored to advance graduate research and educational innovation, Kenro Kusumi has joined the leadership in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as the new associate dean

Giant insects are something that would terrify most rational human beings. Fortunately, such things only exist in the realms of science fiction and horror, right? Actually, no.

Holding a real brain might seem a bit out of the ordinary, but for middle school students participating in a free Arizona State University after-school science program, it’s all part of the fun.

Moments before the first Origins event this past weekend, the stars and guests of the events met at a pre-event reception at Gammage Auditorum.

Put on your hiking shoes and join Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences (SOLS) for its 8th annual SOLS Takes a Hike event from 9 a.m.-noon, April 20.

March

Scientists from Arizona State University and the United Kingdom have made an interesting discovery  ̶  honeybees that feed on caffeine have improved memory.

March is Women’s History Month, and the National Women’s History Project declared this year’s theme: “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” a celebration of women’s extraordinary contrib

You may need a cup of coffee to kick-start the day, but it seems honey bees also get their buzz from drinking flower nectar containing caffeine.

The Origins Project at Arizona State University is hosting a weekend celebration of creativity, science and the stories of science featuring the world’s foremost scientists and artists on March 29

February

Arizona State University welcomes Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman on March 4 for part two of a new Distinguished Lecture Series on evolutionary medicine.

John Sabo, an associate professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences and director of Research Development at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, has been named a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow.

Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and Complex Adaptive Systems@ASU are presenting a new Distinguished Lecture Series on evolutionary medicine.

By Margaret Coulombe, Skip Derra, Richard Harth, Daniel Hooker, Ross McBeath and Jennifer Snyder

Performing sensitive biological experiments is always a delicate affair.

Chickens are vulnerable to a range of infectious diseases similar to those affecting humans.

It has been more than 50 years since Rachel Carson published her groundbreaking book "Silent Spring." Regarded as a hero by some and a villain by others, Carson helped revolutionize the wa

Researchers today more than ever focus their work on real-world problems, often times making their research relevant to the public locally, regionally and sometimes nationally.

A research team led by ASU senior sustainability scientist Ann Kinzig argues for a novel approach to climate change alleviation: target public values and behavior.

You may want to ramp up your romance this year by sharing a candlelight dinner, a walk on the beach, or even the scent of a perfume, but will that help you find your perfect mate?

Arizona State University’s STARR Noyce Scholarship Program is teaming up with the Arizona Science Center to offer paid internships to students 18 years and older who are interested in teaching scie

When the sun sets over the Phoenix area on March 2, a spotlight will shine on Arizona State University and the launch of the Night of the Open Door, a signatu

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for life. It is added to fields to help farmers boost their crops and feed the growing number of humans on Earth.

What patterns exist in the evolutionary design of living things? What particular processes produced these patterns?

January

ASU researchers have developed a new software system capable of estimating greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, all the way down to roads and individual buildings.

Jason Scott Robert presents series on moral limits of technology, discovery

Being an effective communicator does not come naturally to everyone, especially when speaking about topics such as science or math, or, when negotiating with your boss for a higher salar

Undergraduate and graduate students at Arizona State University interested in biomedical and behavioral research now have comprehensive support from a new program aimed at helping them reach their

William Thomas Northey Jr., emeritus professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences, passed away peacefully Dec. 27 in Scottsdale, Ariz., surrounded by his family.

The Valley and other parts of Arizona are experiencing an increasing number of massive dust storms – also called haboobs.

ASU scientists have been lauded by the journal Science, which cited their groundbreaking research on protein structures as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of 2012.

As Arizona State University’s spring semester begins, students studying life sciences will learn about subjects such as evolution, neurobiology, and genetics in a new, high-tech classroom designed

ASU’s School of Life Sciences presents its first Distinguished Scientist Seminar of 2013 as part of a program to highlight top scientists from around the world. The school welcomes Gerald R.

The Biodesign Institute announced that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the

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December

In a technical report to be included in the Third U.S.

Honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their academic achievements, Dean’s Medals will adorn 18 of the 1,471 ASU seniors graduating with degrees in natural sciences, humanities and

Plant and animal species are shifting their geographic ranges and the timing of their life events – such as flowering, laying eggs or migrating – at faster rates than researchers documented just a

Sustainability scientist and professor Ann Kinzig says, while we do measure the bounty that nature provides, we fail to measure the intrinsic wealth that’s found in natural goods.

Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences honored Max Nickerson, an ASU alumnus, with the Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize a lifetime of achievements in vertebrate

In an article published on Dec.

November

Your yard in the Valley of the Sun may have many commonalities with a yard in wintry Minnesota.

Paul Spudis, senior staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, will give two talks on discovering lunar volatiles and developing a sustainable space program.

The Arizona Technology Council has named Arizona State University professor Wayne Frasch as the 2012 Innovator of the Year in academia.

What started out as a project to teach undergraduate students about network analysis, turned into an in-depth study of whether it was possible to analyze a National Basketball Association (NBA) bas

The Arizona Technology Council has named Arizona State University professor Wayne Frasch as a finalist for a Governor’s Celebration of Innovation award.

New and increasingly sophisticated vaccines are taking aim at a broad range of disease-causing pathogens, targeting them with greater effectiveness at lower cost and with improved measures to ensur

October

Imagine a situation in which a parent ignores the yells for help of a drowning child because the parent had been genetically “enhanced” as an embryo to be highly task-focused – a sort of permanent

As a doctoral student in History and Philosophy of Science at Arizona State University, Lydia Pyne ended up sharing an office with her father Steve Pyne, a professor of environmental history in the

A team of Arizona State University undergraduates earned a gold medal and a spot in the international championship event for one of the world’s premiere student engineering and science competitions

Arizona State University research that shows the regenerated tail of a lizard is quite different from the original is featured in a new Slate video.

A team of nine Arizona State University students is participating in the premiere student competition in synthetic biology.

Arizona State University researchers have developed a new software system capable of estimating greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, all the way down to roads and individual bui

Little white lies, sleight of hand, con games, hornswoggling.

Just because a lizard can grow back its tail, doesn’t mean it will be exactly the same.

During the fall months, high school seniors face a big decision: whether to pursue a higher education, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where careers

September

Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that ants utilize a strategy to handle “information overload.” Temnothorax rugatulus ants, commonly found living in rock crevices in

The idea that drinking red wine may provide health benefits – or possibly even extend your life – is an appealing thought for many people. Now, there may be added attraction.

It’s called mile-a-minute weed or “forest killer.” Mikania micrantha is an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environm

Scientists at Arizona State University, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Johns Hopkins University report what is believed to be the first evidence that complex, reversible behavioral

As population in the Sunbelt grows, water supplies are spread thin. How does this affect native species? And how does this affect the people who move here?

Diarrheal disease is the second-leading cause of death in children under five years old – killing as many as 1.5 million children worldwide every year.

August

The expertise of Pierre Deviche, a professor in the School of Life Sciences, within ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be featured in the upcoming Arboretum Dragonfly Walk, at the Boy

CH2M HILL’s WaterMatch, a grassroots, goodwill initiative that promotes the reuse of municipal effluent for industrial and agricultural use, is expanding through collaborations with companies and u

While Ashleigh Gonzales is a typical, 20-year old ASU senior, she is not your average student.

Arizona State University is kicking off a pilot program aimed at improving access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Talking with BBC Nature reporter Matt Bardo about the possibility of a new species of swimming cave cricket recently discovered in a remote Venezu

When ordering seafood, the options are many and so are some of the things you might consider in what you order. Is your fish healthy? Is it safe? Is it harvested responsibly?

July

Elser elected president of global aquatic sciences organization

Cheating figures in our daily lives, whether it is cheating on our diets or high-profile public sports figures facing accusations of doping, like Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds.
 

Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that older honey bees effectively reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees.

June

Arizona State University, in coordination with Leuphana University in Germany, has launched an educational pilot project that will lay the groundwork for an intensive institutional collaboration in

Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that honey bees may teach us about basic connections between taste perception and metabolic disorders in humans.

The Earth’s grasslands and savannas are experiencing a major transformation as woody plants, such as trees and shrubs, have begun to dominate arid lands around the globe.

Arizona State University has been awarded a four-year contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S.

Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 17 prominent ecologists are calling for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which is compromising nature’s

May

An international team, led by the U.S.

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and a committee of scientists from around the world announced their picks for the top 10 new species described in 201

When Tara Crawford saw a fishing net wrapped around a young California sea lion’s neck, cutting into its flesh and causing an infection, it reinforced her motivation to help these animals through h

The American West has a drinking problem. On farms and in cities, we are guzzling water at an alarming rate.

Arizona State University’s insect collection is going high-tech and will soon be available for viewing as a virtual museum.

While working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, Arianne Cease witnessed a locust invasion that devastated the local farmers.

April

"I’ve always been around poverty,” says ASU senior Maisoon Chowdhury. “My parents grew up in Bangladesh so my family travels back and forth a lot.

STEM after-school program expands to all Kyrene middle schools

Designing a model of an artificial heart comes naturally to sixth-grader Emma Baier.

Making decisions about life-changing or life-ending situations can create conflict among families, patients and health care professionals.

For Lauren Coffey and Whitney Clem, the opportunity to travel to Panama and spend a week learning about rainforest ecosystems was too tempting to pass up.

Russell LoBrutto, a senior research scientist at ASU’s School of Life Sciences, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, died peacefully, March 25, surrounded by his family.

Long-term ecological findings reported today in a special section of the journal BioScience show as temperatures increase in snowy ecosystems, more water is lost to the atmosphere than first predic

Scientists have made a landmark discovery that could help women minimize or even avoid the risk of having a baby born with congenital birth defects.

Scientists say worldwide collections, existing experts and technology make charting 10 million species in less than 50 years achievable; a necessary step to sustain planet’s biodiversity

March

“Family,” is how Payal Shah, an ASU freshman, describes her experience last fall as a mentee in the School of Life Sciences mentoring program.

Sooner than we think, we will have access to our own genetic codes. Are we ready to join the DNA generation?

John Sabo, an expert in ecohydrology and water resource management, has been named director of research development for the Global Institute of Sus

Valley residents are invited to take a close-in, close-up look at nature when the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences sponsors its annual SOLS Takes a Hike from 9 a.m.

Middle school students from San Carlos, Calif., embarked on a “virtual field trip” to the Arizona State University laboratory of Quentin Wheeler last month, part of preparation for expansion of the

February

By Margaret Coulombe, Skip Derra, Jenny Green, Richard Harth and Carol Hughes

Editor's Note: Arizona State University basketball will take on the University of California, Los Angeles, on Feb. 23.

Editor's Note: This professor profile is part of a series that looks at the achievements of seven outstanding f

Editor's Note: Arizona State University basketball will take on Washington State University on Feb. 18.

This Super Bowl Sunday, while the New England Patriots go head-to-head with the New York Giants, cut your eyes away briefly to the sidelines to consider the cheerleaders.

January

Arizona State University has recruited computational and evolutionary geneticist Reed Cartwright to expand its capabilities to conduct next-generation DNA sequence analysis.

While residents of the United States and much of Europe think of locust plagues as biblical references, locust swarms still have devastating effects on agriculture today, especially in developing c

Ever since life first formed on Earth, there has been competition for its resources. This competition helped push life forms, including humans, into forming groups.

Visualize this ASU classroom: a dark green Panamanian tropical jungle. Light filters through a dense thicket of leaves.

Every year, a group of anti-whaling nonprofit organizations, including Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd and the World Wildlife Fund, spend – by conservative estimates – some $25 million on a variety of act

2011

December

A new study co-authored by Arizona State University and University of Florida researchers on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander is the first to detail its skin microbes, the bacteria

Humans are having an effect on Earth’s ecosystems but it’s not just the depletion of resources and the warming of the planet we are causing.

Susan Holechek, a native of Peru, was part of the response team at the Peruvian National Institute of Health as she witnessed the country’s first major dengue fever outbreak.

Move over Kermit, there’s a native frog rising in the West.

Jargon is one of the biggest challenges for scientists trying to communicate important scientific information to the public and policy-makers.

November

In celebration of NBC Universal’s “Green Is Universal” week, The Weather Channel announced that it will now air “Changing Planet: Adapting to Our Water Future” at 6 p.m. (ET), 4 p.m.

A honey bee becomes a royal queen or a common worker as a result of the food she receives as a larva.

October

Over the past 50 years, 60 percent of all ecosystem services have declined as a direct result of the conversion of land to the production of foods, fuels and fibers.

Arizona State University (ASU) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will help produce the next generation of experts trained in the skills and equipped with the tools to assist peopl

A posse of newcomers is riding into town to take over from a lawless assassin.

When the crew showed up to paint Floyd Seaton’s house in 2007, the 83-year-old retired Navy nurse had no idea that some of the workers were a bit overqualified for the job.

Should the periodic table bear a warning label in the 21st century or be revised with a lesson about elemental supply and demand?

Monsters are springing up online all over the Phoenix metro area – possibly 16,000 of them – real Halloween horrors: furred, fanged, feathered and altogether fun.

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina honored Arizona State University Foundation Professor Bert Hölldobler and two others with Cothenius Medals as part of the opening ceremonies of th

September

Arizona State University’s Cheryl Nickerson has been selected as one of four finalists for the Arizona BioIndustry Association’s Award for Research Excellence.

An ASU scientist, who has developed high-impact computer software to help identify the genetic roots of pathogens and launched the field of PhyloMedicine of genetic mutations in humans, has been se

How do you lead an academic unit ranked 21st in the world in biological sciences? With pleasure, says Brian H.

A key ingredient in fertilizer, phosphorus is becoming more rare and more expensive and stimulating some innovative ways to find more, reports Jeff Horwich for NPR’s Marketplace program

Do you know how your limited freshwater resources are used? The answers may surprise you. 

August

Water – its scarcity and adapting to its future – took center stage in the thirsty Southwest at Arizona State University, Aug.

‘Changing Planet’ town hall is 3rd in series; National Science Foundation and Discover magazine join NBC Learn and ASU to host dynamic discussion Aug. 25

The future of water in the American Southwest and around the world will be the topic of a town hall discussion at Arizona State University hosted by

June

For 2011 Fulbright awardee James Elser, Argentina’s soaring, glacier-laden peaks, ancient cultures, and criollo horses offer a spectacular backdrop for this region’s biggest draw: access to the “la

Gordon Lawrence Bender, a professor of zoology at Arizona State University for 28 years, died June 14 in Waupaca, Wis. He was 92.

Research by Arizona State University scientist Michael Butler was highlighted in Discover Magazine on June 9, w

The recent field of invasion biology faces a new challenge as 19 eminent ecologists issue a call to “end the bias against non-native species” in the journal Nature.

Empowered by a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Arizona State University scientist Wayne Frasch is deciphering how one of the world’s smallest molecular motors works

May

What happens when you integrate a class of biology and design majors?

April

The way that California seals are regarded by the public, and environmental law in Mexico, could change based on studies by scientists like Arizona State University’s Leah Gerber and Utah State Uni

ASU junior Gabriel Zilnik is among scores of ASU undergraduate students who are supplementing their classroom education with hands-on research experience in laboratories and field sites across the

“Tipping points,” qualitative changes in an ecosystem that often result in reduced ecosystem health and are often difficult and costly to reverse, are of increasing concern for environmental scient

March

When influenza pandemics arrive, the specter of disease spread through person-to-person contact can mean that schools close, hand sanitizer sales rise, and travellers stay home.

An article in the New York Times by reporter Henry Fountain examines the impact of Japan’s nuclear plight and the potential impacts of the release of radioactivity into the atmosphere.

“Bees can become mentally young again with just a few simple alternations to their otherwise fixed routines,” reports the blog io9 and the online journal Science Daily, based on s

Naming marks anniversary of former president’s speech at ASU

Every April, graduate students and scientists from the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences (SOLS) lead a series of guided tours in a nature area or preserve in the Phoenix metro area.

This article is part of a series that looks at ASU's 2010 Regents' Professors and President's Professors.

February

Arizona State University’s James Collins, a Virginia M.

Scientific advice on the consequences of specific policy options confronting government decision makers is key to managing global biodiversity change.

As far as scientific accomplishments go, receiving a tangible award is a measure of hard work and dedication, but impacting others along the way can sometimes be a far greater reward.

Attendees of ASU Sustainable Phosphorus Summit take heart, point to economic opportunities, new industry solutions to ‘wicked problem’

What if there were no more fish in the oceans and rivers of the world? Would people starve to death by the millions?

Described as “one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India,” author and playwright Kiran Nagarkar brings insight, humor and storytelling excellence to two events at Arizona State Unive

The Chinese New Year heralds the “Year of the Rabbit” on Thursday, Feb. 3; a year that holds particular significance for Arizona State University professor Andrew Smith.

January

Whether you walk, slither or fly, there is no job in the world like parenting.

ASU Sustainability contest inspires paintings, sculpture and multimedia

There’s a common misconception that prior to European contact in the 15th century, the Americas were a pristine, untouched wilderness, inhabited by people who lived in complete harmony with their e

In the natural world, all species play a role in their environment. However, not all species are created equal.

2010

December

It should come as no surprise that ASU senior Jordan Roberts is “fearless.” After all, he played both ways as a lineman on the Lakeside (AZ) Blue Ridge High School state championship football team

What element is commonly found in every living creature on Earth yet may become scarce in our lifetimes?

A recent article in the Green Valley News gives Arizona residents something to think about when they reach for their umbrellas next monsoon season.

Winter graduation deadlines have spurred a flurry of doctoral thesis defenses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

November

ASU's Charles Kazilek honored for innovative science education tool 

Geo-microbiologists from Arizona State University have solved a long-standing conundrum about how some photosynthetic microorganisms, endolithic cyanobacteria, bore their way into limestone, sand g

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named ASU scientist Jane Maienschein the 2010 Arizona Professor of the Year.

A passion for family medicine, kindled by undergraduate studies in the School of Life Sciences and service as a Spanish translator, created a journey toward success for ASU alumna Sarah Louie Lusk.

Barbara Wold’s first glimpse at her future as a scientist with California Institute of Technology (Caltech) came in the form of salamanders and frogs.

Faculty from ASU’s School of Life Sciences and the Department of Psychology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will host a "National Question and Answer Day" today at Mesa Community Coll

Julie Luft, a professor of science education in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, is part of a delegation of prominent U.S.

"High oxygen levels spawn monster dragonflies," Wired reporter Dave Mosher's headline stated.

ASU limnologist James Elser, a Regents' and Parents Association Professor in the School of Life Sciences in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is concerned; so concerned, that he is one of

For ASU alumna Michelle McCrackin, her Fulbright-funded field work started with a flight to a research station at Ny Ålesund in Norway’s arctic archipelago of Svalbard (Spitsbergen).

‘Ugly Bug’ contenders boast on ‘Bugbook’ page 

October

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened.

A study published Oct. 19 in the open access journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE, shows that not just human memories fade.

The structure of the university in the 21st century is changing rapidly after its evolution into a multiversity in the 20th century.

The ASU online children’s science portal, “Ask A Biologist,” provides the backdrop for an editor’s pick in the Oct. 12 online edition of Public Library of Science (PLoS).

While not an outright failure, a 2010 goal set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for staunching the loss of the world’s species fell far short of expectations for “The International Y

What does it take to save a species in the 21st century?

People overlook that fact that biodiversity may have been one of the earliest features of single cell organisms some four billion years ago.

September

ASU scientist William Tyler and his team's research with “transcranial pulsed ultrasound,” which stimulates brain circuits "from the outside in," has captured the attention of the Pentagon and Wire

This year’s crop of plant biology students will use more than their brains to learn, if Arizona State University professor Jeffrey Klopatek has a hand in it.

Editor's note: This article by contributing writer Christopher Vaughan is the cover story of the recent edition of ASU Magazine

As you set forth by air, land and sea this Labor Day holiday, consider the impulse to explore that which guides your feet and captures your attention.

August

Two Arizona State University scientists are among those taking an audacious approach to studying the role of epigenetics in aging and behavior – using the genome of ants.

Metabolic rate is a measure of the "fire of life" burning within an organism – the spark that enables it to breathe, run, reproduce and live fully.

Should someone be allowed to sell a kidney to a stranger who needs a transplant? Who should be allowed to decide who gets available hearts, kidneys, lungs, hands – and even faces?

EDITOR'S NOTE: What motivates a scientist? How does research today affect the universe tomorrow?

July

One Arizonan who recognized the value of the Southwest’s native wildlife was Wendell Lee Minckley, an ASU emeritus professor of biology.

When Jason Schooley graduated from Arizona State’s School of Life Sciences in May 2010, he left behind tools to make the Southwest a better place for its native fishes – one pond at a time.

What motivates a scientist? How does research today affect the universe tomorrow? These are the questions that keep the students of Triple Helix awake at night.

An article published in the Sierra Vista Herald by Associated Press reporter Dana Cole examines research being done by ASU School of Life Sciences scientists and their students based out o

What makes a bee grow up to be a queen? Scientists have long pondered this mystery.

June

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was chosen as one of ASU's highlights from 2010.

The Seattle Times reported June 22 that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had halted the release of the saltcedar leaf beetle, Diorhahda spp., as a biological con

Ecologist James Elser was interviewed by Catherine Clabby for her article "Does Peak Phosphorus Loom?,” which examines the global scientific community's concerns about phosphorus, its use and quest

The ability to diagnose and treat brain dysfunction without surgery may rely on a new method of non-invasive brain stimulation using pulsed ultrasound developed by a team of scientists, led by Will

This is spelunking with a twist. This is academic spelunking that is uncovering answers to questions. It is cave exploration that is helping sharpen the skills of tomorrow’s microbiologists.

May

Minnow with fangs, golden orb spider and carnivorous sponge make the 2010 list

Tirupalavanam Ganesh, an assistant professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, was featured in the Awatukee Foothills News for his work with Kyrene Centenn

Kate Ihle came to ASU to pursue a doctoral degree in the School of Life Sciences, co-advised by Gro Amdam.

April

When Ben Strauber chose to attend ASU five years ago as a Flinn Scholar, he was drawn by the chance to do research with top flight scientists as an undergraduate, and by the Barrett Honors College.

A car accident 20 years ago set Adrienne Azurdia on the path toward medical school, though she was only three years old at the time.

March

Ew! Gross! Cool!

Ever wonder if a Mourning Dove is really mournful? Or what kind of squirrels dig in the desert?

Every April, graduate students and scientists in the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences (SOLS) lead a series of guided tours in a nature area or preserve in the Phoenix metro area.

Alternative approaches to medicine are stock-in-trade in the ASU laboratory of microbiologist Shelley Haydel. 

Turning the pages of her weekly planner, long dark hair framing her face, Ellen Dupont flips backward from one ink-covered page to the next – the past scripted, with no white space left.

February

A balanced diet, exercise and reduced stress not only can lead to a longer life, but also better reproduction, according to a new study by a team of researchers, including one from Arizona State Un

Social insects and their extraordinary social networks were touted in a leading German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, on Jan.

A Feb. 10 article posted by Miller-McCune Magazine online draws attention to the unregulated use of phosphate rock and evidence for dwindling world supplies.

A report in Discovery News, published on Jan.

Arizona State University and the Smithsonian Institute partnerships will catalyze scientific study and global impact for both institutions. Looking to benefit are students such as doctoral student

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has joined Arizona State University in an innovative education and science partnership aimed at sustaining a biodiverse planet. On Feb.

Stories are powerful things. This one starts like this: Andrew Smith’s biology class, in one week, changed Maxwell Wilson’s life – forever. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is the second of a two-part series about ASU's 2009 President's Professors.

On Feb. 8, Dennis Lambert interviewed ASU's Prasad Boradkar about biomimicry on KJZZ’s Morning Edition.

January

“My research could potentially lead to drugs that could be used to combat heart disease.”
Zachary Hernandez, ASU New College student researcher

Arizona State University has become the newest member of the Biomimicry Affiliate Program of the Montana-based Biomimicry Institute. ASU is the only U.S.

Raymond Mendez, the “original insect wrangler” who has tamed 25,000 roaches, and trained moths to attack on command for the movie “Silence of the Lambs,” headlines the Southwest’s first Social Inse

2009

December

While most school children understand that green plants photosynthesize, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, few people consider the profound global-scale effects that photosynthesis has had

An Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower cost, renewable biofuels.

Pulitzer-Prize winner and Arizona State University professor Bert Hölldobler and Edward O.

Colorado air-quality regulators face pressure regarding renewal of a pollution permit for Denver's biggest coal-fired power plant – just as new studies from ASU show nitrogen- oxide emissions

Phermones can shorten life span, according to a study by ASU biologist Gro Amdam and colleagues in Norway.

November

A baby's sleep position is the best predictor of a misshapen skull condition known as deformational plagiocephaly – or the development of flat spots on an infant's head – according to findings repo

Researchers from Arizona State University have discovered that several species of microbes (cyanobacteria), at least one found prominently in the deserts of the Southwest, have evolved the trait of

The impact of airborne nitrogen released from the burning of fossil fuels and widespread use of fertilizers in agriculture is much greater than previously recognized and even extends to remote alpi

October

A paper wasp whose sting can cause anaphylactic shock and a scorpion that crushes its prey with pincers and injects them with a neurotoxic venom, are just two of the 10 contenders in this year's Ug

Arizona State University has topped $300 million in research expenditures for the first time in its school history.

ASU alumnus Spencer Silver, who in 1968 discovered a formula for the slightly tacky adhesive on the back of those ubiquitous Post-it® Notes, is this year's recipient of the

Two Arizona State University researchers, Robert Page and Gro Amdam, are the subject of a feature article in the Oct.

Editor’s Note: This profile is one in a series that highlights Arizona State University’s 2008 and 2009 Regents’ Professors.

Two ASU entities – the College of Technology and Innovation on the Polytechnic campus and the School of Life Sciences on the Tempe campus – are finalists for the 2009 Innovator of

Kyoto winners to speak at ASU Darwinfest

The Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has unveiled a schedule of four events that will be fe

September

Arizona State University researchers to date have received more than $39 million in stimulus package research grants.