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While growing up in Gambia, Africa, Balanding Manneh experienced starvation intimately — losing childhood friends to malnutrition-related illnesses. Now an undergraduate at Arizona State University, those painful events have propelled him to work on ending hunger around the world. Since beginning his college career, he has researched ways to eradicate food insecurity in his native continent, as well as started...
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. Page, an expert in honeybee genetics and the founding director of the School of Life Sciences and the former provost at Arizona State University, will be inducted as...
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 place to prepare to halt the spread of the Zika virus. WHO officials estimate that 1 million people are already infected in South America, and 4 million to 5 million more...
If you haven’t already noticed, Arizona is a popular hangout for hummingbirds. In an interview with KJZZ radio in Phoenix, Arizona State University research professor David Pearson explained that habitats in Arizona attract the most hummingbird species in the U.S. As an ornithologist with the School of Life Sciences, Pearson is familiar with more than 300 hummingbird species and where...
Students and faculty at ASU have been digging out their hats, scarves and boots this year as Arizona experienced a colder-than-usual winter. But for Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, ASU’s senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development, this winter has felt positively balmy after a recent trip to Antarctica. Panchanathan was invited to visit Antarctica with the National Science Foundation (NSF) as...
Sustainability looks good for corporations these days. Starbucks, Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola all tout their contributions to combating climate change, saving wildlife and replenishing water sources. But corporations sometimes need help becoming sustainable. A revolutionary new tool developed at Arizona State University can help corporations apply analytics to how they use water, simultaneously helping water conservation, habitat restoration and...
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. But that view is being altered as new research reveals the intricate ecological dynamics of deserts as they change in response to the elements. New research from Arizona State University shows how microbes can significantly...
Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions has announced the 2016 winners of its seed funding competition. The seed funding program supports obesity-related pilot studies that will develop new collaborative teams or push forward highly innovative ideas with potential to receive significant external funding in the future. “The array of innovative proposals we received speaks to the breadth and depth of obesity research...
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 Manfred Laubichler, an Arizona State University President’s Professor and Jessica Flack of the Santa Fe Institute. They recently published “Engineered Societies” in the Christian Science Monitor that discusses...
Since prehistoric times, clays have been used by people for medicinal purposes. Whether by eating it, soaking in a mud bath, or using it to stop bleeding from wounds, clay has long been part of keeping humans healthy. Certain clays have also been found with germ-killing abilities, but how these work has remained unclear. A new discovery by Arizona State...
Arizona State University Regents’ Professor and research scientist Charles Arntzen, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Arntzen is a pioneer in plant biotechnology and the development of plant-based vaccines and therapeutics for human and animal disease prevention. Referred to as “the godfather of pharming,” Arntzen is best known for playing a key role...
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. But according to an ASU researcher, along with international trade and travel comes the risk of spreading infectious diseases, a growing problem in today’s global economy. “The recent Ebola outbreak made us...

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