In the newest issue of the journal Nature, a Career Feature article titled Illustration: get your research the attention it deserves (A. Tay, Nature 586 (2020), 157–158); ASU Post Doc Dr. Fiona Naughton explains her approach to communicating her science: Use analogies and metaphors (preferably involving cats) to demonstrate the structural properties of 3D protein molecules and how they function.
Scialog – Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have named Banu Ozkan and Steve Presse, physics professors at Arizona State University, as outstanding Scialog fellows. Scialog invests high-risk and highly-impactful discovery research on untested ideas with the ultimate goal of providing fundamental principles that make a collection of molecules within a cell produce behaviors associated with life.
2020 Goldwater Scholarship Winners - Tal Sneh
Three ASU students were among the recipients of this year's Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Scholarship awards. Tal Sneh, a Physics undergraduate student Rizal Hariadi's lab, noted his career goals as earning a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and to apply nanotechnology as a professor at a university to develop affordable tools that address diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in the field. Other winners from ASU include Delondrae Carter, Undergraduate Student, Earth and Space Exploration (Astrophysics) and Alexis Hocken, Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering.
BPS 2020 Art Contest Winner : Fiona Naughton
Fiona Naughton, post-doctoral scholar working with Dr. Oliver Beckstein, won first place in the Art of Science Image Contest at this year's annual BPS (BioPhysical Society) meeting with her illustration, “If Proteins Were Cats.” The Art of Science Image Contest is a feature every year, with approximately 10 finalists chosen to display their work in an open exhibit. Winners are determined by the vote of the conference attendees. “Often, the entries are more directly obtained in the course of research, and I was a bit worried people might find a cat sketch too silly or irrelevant — so I was happy to know that people had liked it and really excited to win first place!” Naughton said. “It was great to see the effort I'd put into it pay off.”
AAAS Poster Presentation
Tal Sneh, a Physics undergraduate student Rizal Hariadi's lab, is one of the winners of the 2020 AAAS Student E-Poster Competition at the 2020 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Annual meeting in Seattle, Washington where he received an Honorable Mention in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology category. Tal will be recognized in the upcoming issue of Science and is also nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship Award. https://www.sciencemag.org/ https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/
ASU Advanced computing center awards computing time
Varda Faghir Hagh has been awarded computing time from ASU's Advanced Computing Center. Varda is a PhD student at Prof. Michael Thorpe’s research group and she works on percolation theory. Recently ASU Advanced Computing Center (A2C2) has generously extended a grant of 70,000 core hours to her to pursue research on rigidity percolation in jammed systems. They have also featured her research in the A2C2 Quarterly newsletter.
The biophysics program at Arizona State University mirrors the field itself in both its interdisciplinary breadth and its youth. Biology, under one historical name or another, dates back to the beginning of science, at least as far back as Aristotle’s work in physiology and his categorization of plant and animal species. Physics has an equally long history; coincidentally, Aristotle was also the first to call the study of motion “physics,” thereby giving the field the name that has lasted in English to modern times.
New study brings medicine closer to non-addictive painkillers
Powerful opiate drugs are a mainstay in modern medicine, alleviating pain in both acute and chronic forms. These charms however, bear a curse. Users quickly develop tolerance to their effects, requiring ever-increasing doses of the drug. Further, such opioid compounds lead to drug dependence, owing to their notoriously addictive qualities.