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Research Roundup: Dogs, teenage love and cigarettes

ASU's research and State Press reports from the last week

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Illustration published on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.     

This week in ASU Research

Summer loving, good for mental health?

ASU Professor Thao Ha, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is researching how adolescent romances can affect teenagers psychologically, including their physical health and their engagement in school. The study asks teenagers multiple questions about their romantic relationships, like “How do you feel today? How jealous are you today? How much love do you feel today?” and others. The surveys are sent about twice a week over a three-month period, and many participants are highly responsive. 

It’s a doggy dog world

ASU Researchers are studying the psychology of humanity’s best friend, with multiple studies this year on the topic of shelter dogs. ASU psychology doctoral candidate Lisa Gunter has shown in two previous studies that dogs benefit from short term fostering. Dogs spent the night with a foster owner, and the dogs’ cortisol levels were measured at different points in the night and next day. Gunter has submitted a recent study for review in an open-access journal PlosOne. The study analyzed the DNA of nearly 1,000 dogs in shelters, to determine how a dog’s breed affects its adoption.  

The last week form the Science and Technology desk

Science Exposed showcase blends ASU research with art

ASU students perform at the event "Science Exposed" at the ASU Biodesign Institute in Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Relevant quote: "The purpose of this work is to add ideas to the world. To add ideas that have not been thought or expressed before, and to recognize that when ... we really commit to that sense of inquiry, that we will advance ideas that we could not have predicted before." — Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Dean Steven Tepper.

ASU announces new network to connect startups with potential investors

An artist's rendering displays the Thunderbird School of Global Management's new building located near ASU's downtown Phoenix campus. The Thunderbird School will be home to the Thunderbird Investor Network.

Relevant quote: "There hasn’t been as much to help alumni in their ventures after they left campus. The main role where I feel this network will fit in is by providing support for alumni who have gone out into the world and have creative ideas and are trying to gather funding to take that to the next level.” – Jeff Mindlin, vice president of investments for the ASU Enterprise Partners.

ASU researchers examine how reduced potency of nicotine affects user demand

"Learn more about nicotine through AAAS award winning research." Illustration published on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Relevant quote: "I think there's more questions we could answer, particularly about the effects that reducing nicotine will have on addictive properties," — Gregory Powell, postdoctorate researcher.

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