Students earn raves for diabetes research presentation

December 16, 2011

Two Arizona State University biomedical engineering students have drawn praise for their research presentation at a recent international medical conference.

Senior Teagan Adamson and junior Zachary Decke presented their work at the 2nd World Congress on Diabetes & Metabolism in Philadelphia in early December. Diabetes Research Presentation Download Full Image

Adamson and Decke are part the Multiplexed Diabetes Management team, which is pursuing technological advances to produce a next-generation electrochemical diabetes monitoring meter and test strip.

The team of six students is working in the lab of Jeffrey Labelle, an assistant research professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Collaborating with Curtiss Cook, an endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, they are developing techniques to enable the monitoring devices to simultaneously detect signs of the various health problems for which people with diabetes are at increased risk, including cardiovascular problems.

Adamson’s and Decke’s presentation on the project “was raved about” and drew invitations to speak at other medical research conferences, LaBelle says.

“Typically, it is faculty members or grad students who are presenting at such high-level conferences,” he says. “It’s almost unheard of for undergraduates to present. They did an excellent job that reflects on the quality of work ASU engineering undergrads are doing.”

Other members of the research team are electrical engineering junior Diane Wu, junior computer science and engineering major Chris McBride, along with senior Anabel Murrillo and sophomore Francis Eusebio, who are biomedical engineering majors.

Adamson, Decke and some of the other team members are involved in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, which enables ASU engineering undergrads to participate in advanced university research.

The Multiplexed Diabetes Management team has earned support for its endeavor through the ASU Innovation Challenge. The entrepreneurship program gives students opportunities to submit business proposals to compete for funding awards.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ASU math mentor meets Obama in Oval Office

December 16, 2011

Carlos Castillo-Chavez, a mathematical epidemiologist at Arizona State University, was among a small group of mentors honored by President Obama in a White House ceremony Dec. 12 as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Castillo-Chavez, an ASU Regents’ Professor, is the founding director of the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute, which was recognized for the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering – particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. Castillo-Chavez also is a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and a faculty member in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of Sustainability. line of people in Oval Office with President Obama Download Full Image

The Presidential Award is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which noted that by offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow's innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States. Recipients of the recognition receive awards of $25,000 from NSF to advance their mentoring efforts.

"Through their commitment to education and innovation, these individuals and organizations are playing a crucial role in the development of our 21st century workforce," President Obama said when he first announced the awardees. "Our nation owes them a debt of gratitude for helping ensure that America remains the global leader in science and engineering for years to come."

More information about the award is on the NSF website.