Arizona Bioscience News: SARRC study improves autism detection age; 19 AZ students win awards at Intel ISEF; ASU, Phoenix Children’s team up for pediatric nursing

May 23, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona autism study significantly improves average age of detection / KTAR 
A five-year study from Arizona’s Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center has helped improve autism detection in children with an age of detection of 22 months, well below the state average of 55 months. 

ASU and Phoenix Children’s Hospital team up to provide pediatric nursing opportunities to students / Chamber Business News 
Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation have partnered to develop pre-licensure and graduate-level programs to enhance the preparation of pediatric nurses. 

Young scientists awarded more than $5 million at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair / Chamber Business News 
More than 1,800 young scientists participated in the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, at the Phoenix Convention Center including 34 Arizona students, with 19 of them winning awards, prizes, and scholarships valued at more than $500,000. Read more: Irish student to have asteroid named after him after winning a top award at international science fair 

New Banner hospital tower open for business / Arizona Public Media 
Banner-University Medical Center Tucson celebrated the end of a four-year, $446 million construction project by opening a new nine-story, 672,000-square-foot patient tower with enough room for 228 new private patient rooms and two dozen new operating rooms for surgeons. Read more: McCarthy breaks ground on new Banner Boswell ER, patient tower 

UB engineering dean Liesl Folks leaving for job at University of Arizona / Buffalo Business Journal 
Liesl Folks, an internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology and magnetism and current dean at the University of Buffalo, has been named the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Arizona.   

Arizona’s alarming doctor shortage and what we’re doing to fix it / AZ Big Media 
Arizona is hoping to solve its physician shortage, which ranks 44th out of 50 states in total active primary care physicians per capita and facing a growing and aging population. 

What at-home DNA tests can tell you about your health / 12News 

At-home DNA test kits have been a popular way to find out about your ancestry and link lost relatives, but more people are using these tests to learn about their health and obtain reports on genetic health risk, carrier status, wellness and physical traits.  

Arizona exec named chair of tech industry advisory board / Phoenix Business Journal 

Carlos “Art” Nevarez, who was named chairman for the Industry Advisory Board for the U.S. National Science Foundation Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing, wants his new position to be a catalyst for health care technology projects across Arizona.

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