Arizona Bioscience News: Barrow Neurological treats UA student with Guillain-Barre syndrome; UA developing improved biopsy tool; Mesa teacher earns national STEM award

July 12, 2018

By brianpowell

From modeling to real world experience: New Arizona program teaches STEM to blind students / KJZZ

Project POEM, a new University of Arizona program that aims to teach science to middle- and high-school students who are blind or visually impaired, kicked off last month with a week-long camp on Mount Lemmon, where a dozen students handled insects, analyzed soil and tested water quality.

UA researchers developing better biopsy tool / Arizona Daily Star

Researchers at the University of Arizona and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson have developed a new kind of biopsy needle—a common way to test for cancer—that can gather seven times more tissue with essentially the same minimally invasive procedure.

Mesa teacher gets national award for STEM teaching / East Valley Tribune

Erik Von Burg, department specialist for Mesa Public Schools’ Gifted and Talented Program, who is in his 18th year in education, is among 140 recipients nationally of the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

It takes a nation to reach STEM’s potential / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes about attending the STEM Education Summit hosted by the White House to offer insights in developing the federal five-year STEM Education Strategic Plan to develop the future American workforce.

UA student recounts sudden paralysis during trip to Spain / Arizona Republic

University of Arizona Flinn Scholar Kara Dunn talks at Barrow Neurological Institute about her recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease that paralyzed her while in Spain.

Flinn Foundation names VP to oversee bioscience programs / Phoenix Business Journal

Mary O’Reilly has been named Vice President, Bioscience Research Programs at the Flinn Foundation, where she will start on Aug. 13 after serving as a senior executive at Science Foundation Arizona.

ASU, Mayo build on partnership with wellness courses / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic—which already partner on a medical school in Phoenix—will launch a Mind and Body course, the first of many wellness programs they plan to develop together.

Creighton University forms alliance with Phoenix hospitals to train future doctors / Phoenix Business Journal

Creighton University School of Medicine has formed an alliance with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Maricopa Integrated Health System to train graduate medical education residents.