Student's summer filled with nanobiotechnology

July 20, 2009

Stephanie Naufel, a senior majoring in bioengineering in ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, is in Baltimore this summer to participate in the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

Naufel is one of only 12 students from universities throughout the country selected for the highly competitive program taking place from June 1 through August 7 at Johns Hopkins University. Download Full Image

More than 300 applicants vied for a spot in the program, which consists of a 10-week nanobiotechnology research experiments program and culminates in a university-wide poster session for students to present their work.

“This program has been a great immersion into the life of a graduate student,” Naufel says.

“We have been experiencing the trials and triumphs of research, and have been able to take advantage of the resources Hopkins has to offer.”

Launched in 2006 and funded by the National Science Foundation, the program supports students with an allowance for travel and housing, and a $4000 stipend, to provide them specialized training in the growing field of nanobiotechnology.

“Sitting in lecture gives a good introduction to new material, but you truly get an understanding of concepts from problem solving in the lab,” Naufel says.

“I have picked up new skills and refined old ones, which will help my research at ASU and beyond.”TThe program isn’t just about research. Students attend social events, professional development seminars, laboratory tours and other outings.   

“It has definitely been great for networking and meeting students who share my interests,” Naufel says.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Leake named National Pitcher of the Year

July 20, 2009

Arizona State University junior right hander Mike">">Mike Leake has been named the National Pitcher of the Year by, the website announced today. Leake was also named to the First Team of the CBI All-American Team, where he was joined by teammate Jason">">Jason Kipnis. LHP Josh">">Josh Spence was named to the Second Team.

Leake (Fallbrook, Calif.) finished the 2009 season with a 16-1 record, the most wins of any pitcher in the nation. He struck out 162 batters in 142 innings, recording an ERA of 1.71 and throwing seven complete games. He was named the National Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was a Unanimous First Team All-American. He turned in one of the greatest careers in Sun Devil baseball history, with a 40-6 lifetime record. The 40 wins is tied for the most ever by a three-year player at ASU and is tied for third most in school history. Leake was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year in each of the last two seasons, the first ever back-to-back winner. He was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Howser Award and Pitcher of the Year award and was the 8th overall selection by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. Download Full Image

Kipnis (Northbrook, Ill.) was also a Unanimous First Team All-American after being named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. He was a second round choice of the Cleveland Indians. Spence (Victoria, Australia) was named the National Newcomer of the Year by, was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection and was awarded Third Team All-American honors by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.