For Devils on the go, ASU Mobile gets you there

August 11, 2011

The official iPhone mobile app of Arizona State University has gone live – giving the ASU community easy and enjoyable mobile access to the university.

The ASU iPhone app can be downloaded for free in the iTunes App Store. Just in time for the start of the new semester, the app offers campus tours, integrated GPS maps and parking information. The app also offers ASU polls, new and events, social networking and access to My ASU and critical ASU student services. Download Full Image

Straxis Technology developed the app for ASU in collaboration with the university. They also are the developers of ASU’s new private social network, Devil2Devil. 

"We realize how mobile devices are changing the way students want to access university info," said Matt Rapp, ASU web application lead developer. "Our mobile website and mobile apps put that info right in the palm of their hands – wherever they are."

The iPhone app is the latest in mobile offerings from ASU. Earlier this year, the university released a free ASU Android app and ASU Mobile, a mobile version of ASU’s most popular webpages.  All of the mobile interfaces create immediate access to such information as admissions, financial assistance, library and directories.

"Like many universities, our mobile app lets you view maps, news and events," Rapp said. "But, we've taken it a step further and let our students log in to access their personalized info, such as their class schedule, book list, class announcements … and the list keeps growing."

Users are encouraged to provide feedback on the mobile applications, so university developers know how the app might be improved. Feedback buttons are included in each interface.

For more information, visit ASU Mobile at

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Law professor's article published in 'Personalized Medicine'

August 11, 2011

An article by Gary Marchant, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, about the increasing vulnerability to liability that doctors are being exposed to from personalized medicine, has been published in the journal Personalized Medicine.

The article, “Physician liability: the next big thing for personalized medicine?” was co-authored by Douglas E. Campos-Outcalt, a clinical professor at the University of Arizona, and Rachel Lindor (Class of 2011), a student in the College of Law’s MD/JD program with Mayo Medical School. Gary Marchant Download Full Image

The authors predict that liability is likely to be a major driver for the future direction and implementation of personalized medicine, which is defined as the prevention, detection and treatment of disease that takes into account a person’s unique genetic profile. They assert it will spur the adoption of genetic tests and other pharmacogenomic technologies, in some cases appropriately, and in other cases prematurely or as inefficient defensive medicine.

Physicians, they write, will be at the greatest risk due to their lack of defenses, limited experience in dealing with genetics and the growing disparities within the profession in implementing new medical technologies. Their liability often will be unpredictable and influential in changing medical practice, say the authors, emphasizing the importance of anticipating and attempting to prevent liability risks to minimize their disruptive impact.

Marchant is the Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the College of Law. His research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. Marchant teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. He is a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, Associate Director of the ASU Origins Initiative and a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

Janie Magruder,
Office of Communications, College of Law