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Kathleen Merrigan appointed executive director of Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

August 20, 2018

Kathleen Merrigan, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and a leader in sustainable food systems, is the first executive director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. Merrigan also holds the position of the Kelly and Brian Swette Professor of Practice in Sustainable Food Systems with appointments in the School of Sustainability, College of Health...

Partnership to focus on better health outcomes for some of Maricopa County’s most vulnerable

August 17, 2018

A multidisciplinary group of Arizona State University faculty will spend the next two years researching and implementing new ways to improve services and reduce costs for some of Maricopa County’s most vulnerable populations as part of a $1 million translational research grant. Led by College of Health Solutions researcher William Riley , professor of health care delivery, the group will...

New approach may offer better ways to help stroke patients communicate

August 17, 2018

Often it’s not what you say, it’s what you understand that makes you a successful communicator. With that premise in mind, speech and language researchers at Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions are testing an innovative way to help people who struggle with communication following a stroke. Rather than focusing on a patient’s ability to speak, they will instead...

'Fooducate' yourself on the merits of mustard

August 3, 2018

Stand aside, ketchup. Saturday, Aug. 4, is National Mustard Day . Besides being a popular and versatile condiment, mustard is one of the world’s most ancient flavors. It's made from the ground seeds of the mustard plant, water and vinegar. It’s also full of nutrients, can lower blood pressure and has anti-inflammatory properties. Who knew? Carol Johnston, a professor and...

What $10 in public health spending can actually buy

July 27, 2018

With public health expenditure on the decline in the United States, Mac McCullough, an assistant professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, set out to determine just where our taxpayer dollars are going and how effective spending on public health systems really is. In an analysis sponsored by AcademyHealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, McCullough,...

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...

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...

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...

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