ASU hosts debates on Propositions 204, 121 in Tempe, Mesa

October 16, 2012

Learn more about the pros and cons of two significant propositions on this year’s Arizona ballot. Several debates between a supporter and an opponent of Propositions 204 and 121 will be held at Arizona State University’s Tempe and Mesa campuses next week.

Oct. 22
Prop 204 – Quality Education and Jobs
6-7:30 p.m., MU Alumni Room (room 202), Tempe campus
Ann-Eve Pedersen, chair, Quality Education and Jobs Committee and President, Arizona Education Parent Network; Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; moderated by Leezie Kim, partners, Quarles and Brady Download Full Image

Oct. 23
Prop 204 – Quality Education and Jobs

6-7:30 p.m., Cooley Ballroom, Polytechnic campus
Ann-Eve Pedersen, Chair, Quality Education and Jobs Committee and president, Arizona Education Parent Network;
Doug Ducey, Arizona state treasurer, chair of Vote No on 204; moderator TBD

Oct. 25
Prop 121 – Open Elections/Open Government

6-7:30 p.m., MU Mohave Room (room 236) Tempe campus
Paul Johnson, chair, Arizona Open Government Coalition, former City of Phoenix mayor; Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney; moderated by Jennifer Holsman Tetreault, legal counsel, Rural/Metro Corporation.

The debates are free and open to the public.

For the Tempe campus debates, park in the visitor lot north of Apache Boulevard. Walk north to the Memorial Union (MU). Both rooms are located on the second floor. See the Tempe campus interactive map for more information on getting to ASU Tempe:

For the Polytechnic campus debate, parking is available in Lot 10. For directions to ASU’s Polytechnic campus, visit The Cooley Ballroom is in the building titled “UNION.”

Sharon Keeler

Promise of stem cell research focus of Arizona Science Center talk

October 16, 2012

One of the next big leaps in biomedical science and engineering is likely to come when more secrets are revealed about the workings of stem cells.

New discoveries could enable repair of severe damage to the body through the abilities of stem cells to multiply and develop, says Karmella Haynes, an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Karmella Haynes Synthetic Biology Lab Download Full Image

Haynes, whose work focuses on synthetic biology, will talk about what advances in stem cell research promise for the future at 7 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Arizona Science Center.

“Most of us have observed how our bodies heal themselves from minor wounds, such as scrapes and cuts, by growing new skin. Some animals such as starfish, geckos and aquarium zebra fish can grow whole limbs and even vital organs by keeping a supply of stem cells on reserve throughout their lives,” Haynes explains.

“We may someday be able to use stem cells to repair, or even re-grow, lost organs or limbs for humans,” she says.

Before coming to ASU, Haynes spent three years conducting biological research at Harvard University. She earned a doctoral degree in molecular genetics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her interest in genetics was sparked during a summer research internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during her undergraduate years. That interest would later lead to a post-doctoral position in synthetic biology at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Among a range of research pursuits, Haynes’s work at ASU includes development of a synthetic protein that is able to control gene expression and slow the growth of cancer cells.

The Arizona Science Center is at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix. Haynes will speak as part of activities during the center’s monthly Adults Night Out.  

Admission to Haynes’ talk is free, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering