Alumni Association to host Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate at MAACO Bowl

December 16, 2011

The ASU Alumni Association will celebrate the Sun Devil football team's participation in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22, with a special pre-bowl Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate.

The tailgate, co-hosted by the Alumni Association and the Sun Devil Club, will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. (PST), Dec. 22, at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 E. Russell Road, Las Vegas. It will be headlined by special guest speakers that include ASU President Michael Crow and former Sun Devil football player Jeff van Raaphorst, a quarterback who was the Most Valuable Player in ASU’s 1987 Rose Bowl victory. ASU is bowl bound Download Full Image

The event will also feature appearances by the ASU marching band, Spirit Squad and Sparky the Sun Devil. Included in the entry price is a meal with barbeque chicken and beef brisket as entrées, as well as a no-host bar. Members of the ASU Alumni Association receive a special gift at the tailgate if they show their alumni card.

The tailgate is one of several special events preceding the bowl game. On Dec. 21, marching bands from ASU and Boise State will battle it out at a Fremont Street Experience Pep Rally, scheduled to be held at 425 Freemont Street from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The rally is free and open to the public.

Tickets to the tailgate are $40 when purchased online and $45 at the door; a comprehensive bowl package, which includes the tailgate, a ticket to the game and round-trip shuttle service from Mandalay Bay Resort to the tailgate, is available online for $115.

For more information on the pre-bowl tailgate, or to order game/tailgate ticket packages, visit

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