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Bacteria 'blasts off'


Ashley Lowery / THE STATE PRESS
Inside the Biodesign Institute Thursday, Dr. Cheryl Nickerson demonstrates how to use a chamber to culture cells in the lab which simulate aspects of space flight.
ASU Professor Cheryl Nickerson points to a photo of a discolored patch on an otherwise white wall of the International Space Station.

"You can see it looks dingy, a little dirty right there," she says. "That's mold."

Nickerson, a professor in the Biodesign Institute Center for Infectious Diseases, is studying the effect of spaceflight on bacteria and disease-causing microorganisms.

Her most recent experiment blasted off in September onboard NASA's Atlantis space shuttle.

Nickerson sent two types of disease-causing bacteria and a common fungus called Candida albicans on the mission.

"This study is the first of its kind," said James Wilson, an ASU professor on Nickerson's team. "It helps us to get some critical information as to crew health safety on flights."

Now, more than three weeks after Atlantis touched down in Florida, Nickerson is excited about the results she's observed so far.

We're No. 2: Tempe-campus enrollment rank drops

After a year at the top, the ASU Tempe campus has fallen from its perch. The campus is no longer the nation's largest.

Ohio State University's Columbus campus has now claimed the top spot with 51,818 students.

'Desperate' star honored at luncheon

Eva Longoria sat quietly, spoke powerfully and excited thousands - impressing accounting and Spanish junior Yesenia Barraza and 19 other ASU students Friday.

"She is the opposite of a regular celebrity," said Barraza, who attended the 21st annual National Hispanic Women's Conference with Longoria.
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Late comeback not enough for Devils


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
The Sun Devils head for the locker room after a disappointing 28-21 loss to USC Saturday.
Rudy Carpenter joked last week that he had found himself while on a bye week trip to California.

Yet ASU's sophomore quarterback and the rest of the Sun Devil football team were unable to find a win Saturday in California, losing to USC 28-21.

"USC is a tough team and we stood toe-to-toe with them for four quarters," Carpenter said. "Our guys fought hard. We competed and we had a lot of heart this week. I am very proud of our guys for that."
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USC pulls out win despite lapses

LOS ANGELES - It wasn't an easy road to victory for the USC football team as it hosted ASU Saturday.

But after a roller-coaster 28-21 win, the unbeaten Trojans head into their bye week bruised but not broken.
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On the Cover: Generation M


Jeremiah Armenta / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
We watched the clock tick down to midnight on the eve of the new millennium. We were old enough to understand the significance of the Twin Towers falling, but we were clueless about the Berlin Wall. We're a new generation - the millennial generation - and now the rest of the country is watching us.

You are being watched.

Researchers know who you are. They've seen what sites you visit on the Internet and how frequently you visit them. They monitor your text messaging, blogging and podcasting. They're aware of your attitudes toward minorities, your feelings about politics and your constant need to multitask.

And what they don't know, they'll soon find out.

At least, that's what experts hope. Researchers both nationwide and at ASU are devoting large portions of their time to learning more about our generation - the millennial generation.
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Metaphysical gardens on display at ASU

The ASU Art Museum is giving Brazilian-born artist Oscar Oiwa his first U.S. exhibition

Friday marked the beginning of this exhibit titled, "Gardening with Oscar Oiwa."

Oiwa, who is of Japanese descent, is a big-market painter in South America, said curator Marilyn Zeitlin.
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