ASU plays role in new Mayo Clinic cancer fighting facility

November 19, 2010

Mayo Clinic is bringing a powerful new tool to the fight on cancer with the help of Arizona State University. ASU will provide a steady stream of physicists who will have the opportunity to work with Mayo doctors at a national, three-site cancer center in Arizona, Minnesota and Florida. The national center will feature modulated proton therapy, an advanced cancer treatment method.

As part of the Proton Beam Therapy Program, Mayo is spending $370 million on building two new facilities – one in Arizona and one in Minnesota – employing this form of proton beam therapy. Artist's rendering shows the exterior of the new Mayo Clinic facility Download Full Image

Modulated proton therapy, based on pencil-beam scanning, is a more precise form of therapy treatment of cancer that allows for greater control over radiation doses, shorter treatment times and fewer side effects. Of the existing U.S. proton therapy centers, few exclusively use pencil-beam scanning.

Pencil-beam scanning uses a narrower beam than a traditional proton beam. Both of the new Mayo facilities will feature the advanced technology.

Plans in Arizona call for building a 100,000 square foot facility to house the proton beam therapy equipment needed for four treatment rooms. The equipment includes a cyclotron and a 100-ton, three-story motorized gantry. Mayo anticipates that the center will employ about 130 staff members, including 13 physicians and nine physicists.

“This adds another important dimension to our comprehensive partnership and collaboration with the Mayo Clinic,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, ASU’s chief research officer. “We expect that the new facilities will allow us to advance research in the broad areas of healthcare, sciences and engineering, especially in particle physics and oncology.”

Panchanathan said that the physicists, engineers and technologists trained at ASU will have the opportunity of working at the world-class facility at the Mayo Clinic. He expects these individuals to become fully integrated with the operation, which in Arizona will be located at Mayo’s Specialty Building on its Phoenix campus. As such, they will advance pencil-beam scanning in the fight against cancer and explore additional uses of the technology.

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Wrestling falls to Oklahoma in home opener

November 19, 2010

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The No. 18 Arizona State University wrestling team opened its home dual schedule in front of 807 fans on Thursday night inside Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe and gave the fans some things to cheer about, but, in the end, the visiting No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners won the close matches and left Tempe with a 32-7 victory. The loss dropped the Sun Devils to 2-1 on the year while the Sooners improved to 3-0. Download Full Image

The dual opened at 174 pounds where Eric">">Eric Starks looked to knock-off No. 6 Tyler Caldwell. Despite hanging tough and forcing the action, Starks gave up points on an escape and riding time to fall, 2-0, to Caldwell. One match later, Jake">">Jake Meredith tried to upset a nationally ranked foe in No. 10 Erich Schmidtke and held a 4-1 lead through one period, but was unable to maintain that lead and, just as Starks did, fell by two points in an 8-6 decision. The Sooners’ lead rose to 9-0 through the 197 pound match as Keldrick Hall scored a 9-3 decision over Luke"> Macchiaroli and extended the lead to 15-0 with No. 13 Nathan Fernandez’ pin of Levi">">Levi Cooper in 1:13.

The Sun Devils got onto the board for the first time at 125 pounds as No. 3 Anthony">">... Robles won the first of three battles between Top 20-ranked wrestlers. Robles faced No. 9 Jarrod Patterson and built an 8-1 lead through the first period before extending that lead to 11-1 through two. Starting in neutral, Robles scored a takedown and then closed the match with a three-point near-fall to score a 16-1 technical fall victory. Robles is 3-0 on the year with one technical fall and two wins by fall.

Despite the momentum gained by Robles’ win, the Sooners bounced back and won the next three matches to extend their lead to 26-5. Jordan Keller downed ASU’s Ben">">Ben Ashmore, 2-0, in the 133 match before No. 1 Zack Bailey recorded a 20-3 technical fall over Kalin">">... Goodsite at 141. The third win came at 149 as Seth Vernon downed Luke">">Luke Ashmore, 6-1.

With two matches remaining, the Sun Devils looked to close out with two wins and got the first victory at 157 as No. 6 Bubba">">B... Jenkins downed No. 13 Matt Lester, 7-5. Jenkins used a lightning-fast duck-under to score a pair of takedowns in the first period and led, 4-2, through one. Leading 4-3 heading into the final period, Jenkins escaped to make it 5-3, but Lester tied the score with a takedown with 1:09 remaining. Jenkins, however, escaped and added a riding time point for the 7-5 win. The final match of the night came at 165 where No. 19 Chase Nelson pinned No. 16 Te">">Te Edwards in 4:22. Edwards was docked one team point at the end of his match to bring the final to 32-7.

Most of the Sun Devils on the roster will travel to Fullerton, Calif., and compete in the Fullerton Open on Saturday inside Titan Gym on the CS Fullerton campus. Robles and Jenkins will compete in the 45th NWCA All-Star Classic presented by The Marines on Sunday in Fresno, Calif.

#8 Oklahoma (3-0) def. #18 Arizona State (2-1), 32-7
Thursday, November 18, 2010 • Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe)
174 - #6 Tyler Caldwell (OU) dec. Eric">">Eric Starks, 2-0
184 - #10 Erich Schmidtke (OU) dec. Jake">">Jake Meredith, 8-6
197 - Keldrick Hall (OU) dec. Luke"> Macchiaroli, 9-3
285 - #13 Nathan Fernandez (OU) pinned Levi">">Levi Cooper, 1:13
125 - #3 Anthony">">... Robles (AS) tech fall #9 Jarrod Patterson, 16-1 (6:55)
133 - Jordan Keller (OU) dec. Ben">">Ben Ashmore, 2-0
141 - #1 Zack Bailey (OU) tech fall Kalin">">... Goodsite, 20-3 (4:41)
149 - Seth Vernon (OU) dec. Luke">">Luke Ashmore, 6-1
157 - #6 Bubba">">B... Jenkins (AS) dec. #13 Matt Lester, 7-5
165 - #19 Chase Nelson (OU) pinned #16 Te">">Te Edwards, 4:22
Attendance: 807 • Official: Pat Fitzgerald