Biozona Weekly: STEM grants awarded; Bioscience Roadmap developments; Teaching health literacy in high schools

April 11, 2013

By hammersmith

UA faculty follows Obama’s lead on BRAIN initiative
4/11/13 | Daily Wildcat | Kayla Samoy

Fernando Martinez, a physician-scientist and head of the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute who was at the White House last week for the unveiling of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, says Arizona could have a major role.
Mayo Clinic using smartphones to treat stroke patients
4/9/13 | KTAR | Christine Estes

Smartphones and tablets are helping doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix save lives across rural Arizona by assessing stroke patients accurately using smartphones.

Yuma District 1 awarded STEM grant
4/8/13 | Yuma Sun | Sarah Womer

Yuma Elementary School District 1, which was selected along with six other districts for the Helios STEM School Pilot grant program, received a $421,888 award–the largest in the state.
Sports injuries feature STEM lessons
4/8/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The Chamberlain College of Nursing educated the community about concussion symptoms and the importance of prevention during the Arizona SciTech Festival event, “The Science of Hockey,” where residents could shoot pucks on the ice and tour the Phoenix Coyotes training and locker rooms.
Roadmap: UA Cancer Center breaks ground in Phoenix
4/5/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Submitted by Flinn Foundation

Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, commissioned and coordinated by the Flinn Foundation since 2002, calls on the state to focus on four strategies to develop a globally competitive bioscience hub. The strategies are listed here along with major developments since June 2012.
UA College of Medicine professors teach health literacy in Arizona high schools
4/2/13 | Daily Wildcat | Shelby Thomas

UA professors are offering medical courses in Arizona secondary schools to combat the problem of low health literacy, which is linked to a higher risk of death and more emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona invention takes them to MIT
3/29/13 | | Staff Report

The Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona, the only all-girls public high school in the state, has been selected as one of only 16 schools in the United States (and the only school in Arizona) to receive the prestigious 2013 Lemelson-MIT Program InvenTeam grant, enabling the STEM class to develop the prototype for a unique drowning prevention T-shirt for toddlers called the “WataWescue.”

Flag company works to control NYC subway rodents

3/20/13 | Arizona Daily Sun | Cyndy Cole

Flagstaff-based SenesTech Inc. is deploying an infertility drug in New York City’s subways to reduce rodent populations infesting trash rooms and tracks as part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.