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Sound researcher receives highest honor for decades of work in hearing science

July 18, 2018

We learn the basics of hearing — sound waves, ear parts, and the effects of pitch and volume — sometime around third grade, but there are still mysteries to unravel, including how we process where sounds are located, especially if there are a lot of different sounds at one time, or how we handle sounds that are moving. William Yost...

Effective teaching course a game changer for College of Health Solutions faculty

July 18, 2018

Smartphones, apps, social media and other technology innovations have forever changed our lives, and that includes higher education. The current university learning environment is vastly different from even a few years ago. Today’s students expect their classroom experience to be as fast-paced, personal and responsive as the electronic devices they use, challenging faculty to revisit teaching methods and work to...

Athleat Field Lab hydration research benefits nutrition students and athletes

July 12, 2018

Arizona State University embraces the heat of the Sonoran Desert it calls home. Its influence is everywhere, from the aptly named “ Inferno ” student section at sporting events to the university’s iconic Sun Devil mascot. Research has even shown that athletes who train in the heat show improved performance in all temperatures. However, ensuring enough fluid intake in those...

ASU team seeks collaboration with Kenyan universities

July 6, 2018

In late May, Professor Nina Berman of the School of International Letters and Cultures, Professor Beth Blue Swadener of the School of Social Transformation and Lecturer Paul Quinn, director of the American Sign Language program in the College of Health Solutions, met with representatives of Kenyan universities to explore various areas of collaboration. Flora Farago, a PhD alumni from the...

Investigating gun violence from many angles

July 5, 2018

Guns — few issues evoke as much passion and raw emotion from almost all corners of society. No matter what your opinion of them is, they are a defining part of what it means to be an American. Whether you view guns as a public-safety issue, a constitutionally protected right or both, their place in our society provokes strong reaction...

Mass shootings and mental health: What can be done?

July 5, 2018

Editor's note: This is part of a series investigating gun violence from many angles . It has become routine. Reports come in on another mass shooting. This time it’s at a school. A church. A newsroom. Politicians express their deepest sympathies and the grieving public offers their thoughts and prayers. Then the questions begin. What was the perpetrator’s motive? Should...

Can parenting skills prevent childhood obesity?

June 29, 2018

Researchers in Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology received a five-year grant for just under $2.5 million from the USDA to implement an intervention program that targets childhood obesity in a novel way: by teaching parenting skills. In the United States, approximately 9 percent of children ages 2–5 years and 17 percent of children ages 6–11 years are obese. Childhood...

ASU study aims to develop a risk model to pinpoint future bird flu outbreaks

June 26, 2018

Matthew Scotch, associate professor of biomedical informatics at Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions and assistant director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, has received a $75,000 PLuS Alliance Accelerator Award to study how avian flu mutates and spreads. Scotch and his team will work to develop a risk model that enhances global security against future outbreaks...

Aging with autism

June 20, 2018

In 1980, “infantile autism” was recognized as its own condition by the medical community. Around the country, schools, parents and doctors began to identify children with what would later be called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and the number of diagnoses skyrocketed. Cut to nearly 40 years later, and those first children diagnosed with autism have grown up. They’re adults now,...

Arizona named an anti-vaccine hot spot

June 18, 2018

A recent study named Arizona one of several “hot spots” in the nation for higher-than-average rates of nonmedical vaccination exemptions. According to the study , published in the journal PLOS Medicine, Arizona has seen an increase in the number of parents seeking vaccination exemptions for their children for religious or philosophical reasons. According to the study, for the 2016-17 school...

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