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Arizona State University students will work with Barrow Neurological Institute researchers to obtain legal protection for medical innovations

The State Press | March 10, 2016

The Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law announced the creation of a Barrow innovation center that will work with the law college clinic focusing on patent law.

New species of bacteria eats plastic

The Wall Street Journal | March 10, 2016

Rolf Halden, a professor and director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, said a more likely application for the bacteria would be in reducing industrial waste during plastics manufacturing. He also suggested it would be difficult to apply the microbes to the large percentage of plastics now scattered throughout the environment.

Betting on cancer: Phoenix aims to become oncology destination as more cities look to biotech for growth

International Business Times | March 09, 2016

The partnership between Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University to open the Mayo Medical School in 2017 is one of the many innovative efforts in the realm of oncology in the Phoenix metro area.

Are mass shootings contagious? Some scientists who study how viruses spread say yes.

The Washington Post | March 09, 2016

Last year, Arizona State University physicist Sherry Towers published a study using mathematical models to examine whether mass shootings, like viruses, are contagious. She identified a 13-day period after high-profile mass shootings when the chance of another spikes. Her findings are confirmed more frequently than she would like.

It might be impossible to turn back the clock on altered ecosystems

Smithsonian Magazine | March 08, 2016

In this examintation of why returning an altered ecosystem to its original state maybe ineffective or harmful, Arizona State University researcher Adam Lampert offers the example of Invasive Spartina Project. The project sought the removal of the invasive grass species called cordgrass but was ultimately put on hold after scientists realized that the federally endangered shorebird California clapper rail had started nesting in it.

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