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Research Roundup: Climate change models, magic of proteins and more

ASU research from the last week

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Illustration published on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.     

This week in ASU research news:

Climate change and urban center models

ASU researchers have created sophisticated, detailed models that replicate climate change effects on urban areas in the U.S. 

These models show that some climate change solutions that have been developed for the real world will only offer a very limited amount of protection from projected rising temperatures. 

Their conclusions were drawn from examining daily urban expansion, climate change and more in the U.S. throughout the 21st century, focusing on megapolitan areas with an increasing population. 

ASU professor awarded grants for electron research 

Dmitry Matyushov, a researcher and professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, was awarded two grants from the NSF and DOE for his research on electrons energetics and structural dynamics. 

His research looks at how electrons make their way through protein molecules. His research has the ability to help people understand how principles of catalysis by proteins can improve many human-made catalysts.

The grants are to further his study to understand the true complexity and magic of proteins. 

This week from the science and technology desk:

Don't believe everything you see: ASU Initiative encourages photo verification

"Photo manipulation is effective in spreading false narratives." Illustration published on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Last month, ASU's Weaponized Narrative Initiative began a partnership with tech company Truepic. The goal of this collaboration is to help students understand the importance of video and picture authentication.

"There is very real life utility attached to this. This is a tool that helps everyday students, and they should start using it now, in addition to fighting fake news," Mounir Ibrahim, vice president of strategic initiatives for Truepic, said. 

New data collection by NSF could change the perception of LGBT+ in STEM

"The perception of LGBT members may be changing in the STEM community." Illustration published on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.

The NSF is working on potentially developing a survey where LGBT+ individuals working in STEM fields can document their identity in order to help understand what LGBT+ representation looks like in STEM.

"There has been some research about the experience of LGBTQ+ people in science, recognizing that it can be a hostile and chilly environment for LGBTQ+ people in particular. But what was not available was how are LGBTQ+ students experiencing college level science classrooms?” Katelyn Cooper, ASU researcher and Learning, Entering, Advising and Producing scholarship program manager, said.  

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