Founders' Day honoree: Karen Bruhn


February 24, 2012

Karen Bruhn is being honored with the Faculty Achievement Teaching Award for her work as an Honors Faculty Fellow and principal lecturer at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU.

Bruhn, who joined the honors college faculty in 1998, has been recognized by students, faculty and administrators alike as an excellent teacher, an active and engaged scholar, and an exceptionally able administrator. Download Full Image

The Human Event, a yearlong reading and writing intensive interdisciplinary seminar that challenges students to think deeply about the complexities of existence, is one of Bruhn’s primary teaching assignments. Her students have praised her enthusiasm, her expertise and her availability outside the classroom. She regularly receives course evaluations with 95 percent of students expressing satisfaction with her classes. She is one of only a few members of the honors faculty who has ever received semester scores of “A” from all her students in all her courses.

She also teaches a number of upper-division seminars, both on ASU’s Tempe campus and in the Barrett Summer Study Abroad program. She is on the graduate faculty for both the History and the Religious Studies departments, and she is an affiliate faculty for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Bruhn currently chairs the Barrett faculty and previously served as chair of the college’s curriculum committee in 2009-2010. She contributes regularly to the honor college’s faculty mentoring program. She has led a “World Religions for Teens” class at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, and also has led seminars for the ASU Foundation Presidents’ Community Enrichment Program, which connects metropolitan Phoenix and other Arizona communities to ASU’s visionary scholars.
 

Media contact:
Tracy Scott, tracy.scott@asu.edu
480-965-8150
Alumni Association

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Founders' Day honoree: Wayne Frasch


February 24, 2012

Wayne Frasch, a professor in ASU's School of Life Sciences, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is being with the Faculty Achievement Research Award for his research, which resides at the interface between basic research and innovative mission-driven investigation into the inner workings of cells, molecules and DNA. His work into biosensing has ramifications that stretch into medicine and anti-terrorism activities, as the tools he has developed have the potential to detect contaminants in the human body or the environment at a level far more sensitive than existing technologies.

The core of Frasch’s basic research focuses on how molecular “motors” use cellular energy to drive the rotary motion of protein complexes. To accomplish this, he has developed novel approaches to view and measure the rotation of single molecules of these motors by microscopy. Through his detailed study of the rotational mechanism of the F1-ATPase enzyme, Frasch conceived of a way to take the biological motor and couple it with science applications outside of the human body. A recent extension of his research has led him into the transdisciplinary field of DNA computing, a field that uses the hereditary material present in most forms of life as a model for computation.This approach has the potential to revolutionize the field of massive parallel computing, as it opens the door to solve problems that have proven vexing for standard silicon-based computers. 
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Frasch has published more than 70 papers and has obtained five patents related to his work, with another five patents pending. In the past 10 years, he has been principal investigator on projects that have obtained more than $8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He is president and CEO of Attometrics, a business developed to commercialize several of his biosensing applications.

His papers have been cited more than 1,000 times by other researchers, and he is asked frequently to speak on his research at seminars and research workshops. Frasch serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, has participated in numerous grant review panels, and serves as a leader for the School of Life Sciences faculty in the areas of biomedicine and biotechnology.
 

Media contact:
Tracy Scott, tracy.scott@asu.edu
480-965-8150
Alumni Association

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library