Arizona State University secures defense contract

June 18, 2012

Arizona State University has been awarded a four-year contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a novel diagnostic technology called immunosignaturing for rapid detection of exposure to infectious disease agents before symptoms occur. This contract, with a cumulative value of $30,718,054, consists of a base period with 12 months of performance, valued at $9,057,732; and one option period with 36 months of performance, valued at $21,660,322.

Early detection saves lives by allowing rapid deployment of treatment and implementation of infection control measures to limit further spread, according to George Poste, chief scientist of the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at ASU. 3 researchers at Arizona State University Download Full Image

Stephen Albert Johnston, co-director of the Center for Innovations in Medicine at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, will lead the project. Johnston with co-principal investigators Poste and Neal Woodbury, co-director of the Center for Innovations in Medicine, will direct the effort to develop a silicon-chip based technology capable of detecting a broad range of infectious organisms based on their triggering the body to produce highly specific antibodies that are unique to each different infectious disease (the immunosignature).

Although this project seeks to develop a sophisticated and highly sensitive detection system to protect military personnel against bioterrorism, it is anticipated that immunosignature profiling will be equally valuable in creating a major advance in rapid detection of infectious and other disease in conventional medical settings.

Poste, a Regents' Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation, founded the Biodesign Institute at ASU before moving to establish the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, a research focus of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

Johnston is a professor in the ASU School of Life Sciences and with Woodbury co-directs the Center for Innovations in Medicine, which is bringing together the multidisciplinary scientific teams to develop the immunosignature diagnostic technology as well as a prophylactic cancer vaccine and new classes of therapeutics and anti-infectives.

Woodbury is a professor in ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a senior scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability. In addition to co-directing the Center for Innovations in Medicine, he leads research efforts to develop molecular devices and nanoscale hybrid electronics as miniaturized sensors for use in national security, medicine, environmental monitoring and remediation, and agriculture.

“Our success in securing this federal contract, one of the largest in ASU’s history, is a compelling validation of the strength of our research faculty and our growing track record in innovation and technology,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

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Jackie Moore named women's basketball assistant coach

June 18, 2012

Arizona State University head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne today announced the appointment of Jackie Moore as assistant coach at ASU.

Moore, who has previously coached at UMass, Boston College, Miami (Fla.) and Nevada, will be bringing 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Sun Devil staff. Download Full Image

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to work with one of the nation's top programs," said Moore, who will serve as ASU's recruiting coordinator. "Since my first conversation with Charli, I knew she was someone who I wanted to work with. She is a very sincere and honest person, who cares deeply about her players and staff.

"Everything you need to achieve a high level of success is in place here - outstanding leadership and support staff, top-notch facilities and a group of people who are committed to doing their best every day."

"Our program definitely got better today with the addition of Jackie Moore to our coaching staff," said Turner Thorne. "Jackie is a great teacher on the floor, who brings a diverse background of experience that will take our recruiting efforts to the next level. While her proven track record speaks for itself, what really stands out about Jackie is her incredible character and enthusiasm and the passion she has for developing student-athletes not only on the basketball court, but in the classroom and in the community. "

Moore will be returning to the coaching ranks after spending the last three years as a member of Walmart's store operations management team.

"I really missed being around the players and in the gym during my time away from coaching," said Moore. "I missed the relationships and the development of turning student-athletes into future leaders. I had other offers to return to coaching the last few years, but getting to work with a program like ASU's is what I had been waiting for and I'm extremely grateful and humbled for this opportunity. I am thrilled to be able to work with Charli and [ASU associate head coaches] Meg Sanders and Amanda Levens."

Moore's most recent coaching stop was at the University of Nevada, where she was an assistant coach for three seasons (2005-08). During her time at Nevada, where she served as recruiting coordinator, the Wolf Pack had unprecedented success as it made its first postseason appearance in school history in 2006-07.

Prior to joining Nevada, Moore spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Miami (Fla.) where she served as the co-recruiting coordinator, organized scouting and developed perimeter players in helping the Hurricanes reach the NCAA Tournament in 2004.

In 2002-03, Moore served on a coaching staff that helped guide Boston College to its first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history as it finished the season with a 22-9 record.

Prior to her stint at BC, Moore spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts. With the Minutewomen, she was responsible for the team's recruitment of prospective student-athletes, scheduling and scouting opponents and supervision of the team's pre- and post-season conditioning programs.

For six seasons (1993-99), Moore was the head coach at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla.

Moore began her coaching career at her alma mater, Armstrong State College in Savannah, Ga., where she was an assistant for two seasons.

A four-year starter at guard - two years at Santa Fe CC and two years at Armstrong State - Moore earned her B.A. in Psychology from Armstrong State in 1991. The Panama City, Fla., native added a master's degree in Health Science from Georgia Southern University in 1993.

Moore's hire is pending additional paperwork completed by the ASU Human Resources Department.