Anna Sher (Biological Sciences) presents at TEDxMileHigh (8/3/16)
What can invasive plants can teach us about leadership? Anna Sher's TEDx talk has the answer.
What can invasive plants can teach us about leadership? Anna Sher's TEDx talk has the answer.
The faculty-student team aims to demonstrate simple and inexpensive ways to generate and measure twisted light. Read more: Physics With a Twist (DU Newsroom)
Taylor Firman, who's earning a PhD in the Molecular & Cellular Biophysics Program, examines randomness in gene networks in order to shed light on previously unexplored areas of research in quantitative biology. Read more: Graduate Citings: Tales from the Field – Taylor Firman
A new collaboration between DU and the University of Lund will allow biology students to spend their first three years at DU, followed by two years at LU. In the process, they'll earn a bachelor's degree from DU and master's from LU. Learn more: DU Partners With One of the World’s Oldest Universities (DU Newsroom)
Sixteen middle school girls from Denver Public Schools are on campus catching insects, building circuits, writing computer code and making new friends. Read more: Science and Fun: DU hosts summer camp for middle school girls (DU Newsroom)
Grenis, who recently earned her doctorate studying the impact of light pollution on moths, is helping Tri-County Health monitor mosquito populations in order to protect Denver metro residents from West Nile virus. Read more: From Moths to Mosquitos: Biology alumna tackles environmental health in the Denver metro area (DU Newsroom)
Lehto has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, making her the first student in Biological Sciences to receive the award. She'll now be able to take her three-spined stickleback fish research to the next level. Read more: Like Father, Like Daughter: Doctoral researcher looks at stickleback fish epigenetics (DU Newsroom)
Laurel Cepero is studying the influence of wildfire disturbance on food chains, zeroing in on how insect communities are impacted by both the severity of a fire and the length of time since the burn. Read more: Impact of Wildfires After the Flames: Biology researcher looks at wildfire impact on insect communities (DU Newsroom)
"If it turns out Jupiter is denser than lead, that would be a surprise. If it turns out Jupiter is the consistency of a Hostess Twinkie cake, that would be a surprise.” Read more about Bob Stencel's take on the Juno space probe in NASA’s Juno Space Probe Makes It to Jupiter's Orbit (DU Newsroom)
Learn more about Martin Margittai's research on protein build-ups in the brain that are related to Alzheimer's disease: Fight Against Alzheimer’s Comes to a DU Lab (DU Newsroom)
Learn more about the Environmental Science major offered by the Department of Geography & the Environment in this new video from Undergraduate Admissions: Environmental Science at DU (YouTube)
On June 7, more than 100 researchers from the Front Range and beyond gathered in Olin Hall for the 2016 Front Range Cytoskeleton Meeting, organized by Todd Blankenship in Biological Sciences. The event, which included a keynote address by Bruce Goode of Brandeis University, featured speakers and a poster session. The meeting covered the roles that actin and microtubule cytoskeletons play in cell physiology and human disease processes.
Schuyler van Engelenburg has been awarded a $235,000 Boettcher Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award. He is the first University of Denver researcher to receive this honor, which was granted to only 10 Colorado scientists this year. Read more in Biology professor named one of 10 Boettcher Investigators (DU Magazine).
Barbekka Hurtt is using virtual reality technology in her human anatomy courses. Learn more: Beyond 3-D: DU biology professor introduces virtual reality to anatomy course (DU Newsroom)
Anna Sher is co-author of the newly-released "An Introduction to Conservation Biology," first edition, published in April 2016 by Sinauer Associates Press. She joined Richard Primack in authoring this new textbook that combines the readability of Primack's "A Primer of Conservation Biology" with the depth and coverage of his larger textbook, "Essentials of Conservation Biology." The text, which will replace both of these best-selling series, is suited for a wide range of undergraduate courses, as both a primary text for conservation biology courses and as a supplement for ecological and environmental science courses. For the new book, Anna added hundreds of new examples, citations, and figures, balancing foundational literature with the most current scientific findings and technologies for data collection.
Keith Miller is part of an interdisciplinary team collaborating with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to study 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummies. Read more: Secrets From The Tomb (DU Newsroom)
NSM honored its 2016 Graduate Student Award Winners at the Annual Spring Picnic on May 25.
Excellence in Research Award Nominees: Nitika Dewan (Chemistry), Thomas French (Math), Lukas Sawle (Physics), Diego Pons (Geography), Whitley Lehto (Biology)
Winner: Diego Pons
Excellence in Teaching Award Nominees: Ginelle Rahman (Chemistry), Wesley Fussner (Math), Rachel Bennet (Physics), Joe Quintana (Geography), Emily Wilkinson (Biology)
Winner: Wesley Fussner
Excellence in Service Award Nominees: John Haynes (Chemistry), Drew Ash (Math), Tristan Wolfe (Physics), Grace Kellner (Geography), Elizabeth Barnes (Biology)
Winner: Elizabeth Barnes
A number of NSM faculty and students were honored at the 2016 Pioneer Awards, held May 19 at the Cable Center.
William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award
Faculty Advisor of the Year
Inclusive Excellence – Respect for Difference Award
American Chemical Society Outstanding Organic Chemist
James Balafas Award in Organic Chemistry
Outstanding Freshman in General Chemistry
Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Major Award
Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major
Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
Eleanor L. Campbell Memorial Award in Mathematics
Herbert J. Greenberg Award in Mathematics
Outstanding Students in Mathematics Award
Outstanding Senior in Physics & Astronomy
Thomas M. Stephen Memorial Award
Outstanding Student Award
Cameron Hickert Faculty
Faculty Pioneer Award
Jim Fogleman was profiled in the spring 2016 issue of the MFJS Reporter, produced by DU journalism students. Read about Jim's twin passions in "From biology to scuba diving, Jim Fogleman is all about the ocean."
Read about how majoring in ecology has allowed senior Angus Kitchell to combine his interests in the outdoors, research and travel in Countdown to Commencement: Ecology degree provides the antidote to a desk job.
Andy Goetz, co-author of the book "Denver International Airport: Lessons Learned," was featured in a video on the DU website explaining the significance of RTD's new train to DIA. Watch A Line & DU on YouTube.
Phil Danielson delivered a talk, titled "Personalizing Medicine: What YOUR Genes Can Tell Your Doctor," to a meeting of the Mile High Club of Denver on May 16. Speaking before an audience of about 150 attendees, he presented advances in genome technology that are transforming medicine and enabling doctors to practice medicine in a manner that is customized and targeted to the unique genetics of each patient. Since its founding in 1902, the Mile High Club has brought together many of Colorado’s most accomplished individuals and thought leaders to help shape and contribute to a better society for Colorado.
Excellence in Research Faculty Award: Phil Danielson, Biological Sciences
Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award: Verl Mururgaverl, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Outstanding Faculty Service Award: Rebecca Powell, Geography & the Environment
Outstanding Junior Faculty Award: Mark Siemens, Physics & Astronomy
Outstanding Staff Service Award: Barbara Stephen
Excellence in Teaching Award: Stephen Moss, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Excellence in Research Award: Laurel Cepero, Biological Sciences
Excellence in Service Award: Mollie Doerner, Geography & the Environment
The Graduate Student Government selects two graduate students to receive the Distinguished Graduate Community Leader Award (DGCLA) each month. These students display exemplary leadership skills and are actively engaged with the community (whether here on campus or outside of DU). They demonstrate excellent work ethic as well as dedication to their research and role as a graduate student. Finally, they also exhibit good character, hard work and inclusivity. DGCLA winners are selected through a peer-nomination process. To nominate a colleague, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a 250-500 word statement describing why the nominee deserves to be an DGCLA winner. We will interview the winners and publish feature stories on the DU website and an email blast. We will also celebrate the award winners at different events throughout the school year.
The Dean's Office just wanted to thank those who helped make the Denver Public School science fair a success. There were over 380 posters and 1000 people who attended the science fair at Gates Fieldhouse. The families loved being on a college campus and said it made the event seem more official. We will be looking into hosting it again next year but wanted to thank those involved this year. Thank you to our Faculty: Jack Kinnamon, Barbekka Hurtt, Keith Miller, Nancy Sasaki, and Michelle Moran-Taylor. Thank you to our Graduate Students: Nathan Duval, Jennyfer Mitchell, Brent Horowitz, Emily Wilkinson, Whitley Lehto, Ginelle Rahman, Chris Aretz. Also a huge thanks to the Society of Physics Student and the Chemistry Student Organization for hosting tables with activities to keep the little ones engaged while waiting for results. These tables had more folks at them then they could handle and they did a fabulous job. Thank you all for giving your time and your expertise, you made a difference in a young scientist's world! See pictures.
"This is going to revolutionize crime fighting": In his presentation about forensic science, biology professor Phil Danielson opened by talking about the cases of Timothy Masters and Clarence Moses-EL, two Colorado men released from prison after new forensic evidence showed they did not commit the crimes of which they were convicted. “Not only were their convictions based on incomplete or inaccurate science,” he said, “but the actual perpetrators remained free and continued to commit crimes.” Danielson talked about the difficulties forensic scientists face — specifically unreliable DNA results from bullet casings and potential false positives in body-fluid analysis — and the work that he and his students are doing to develop better crime-scene technology. A project funded by the U.S. Army, he said, will greatly improve the reliability of rape kits, and will extend the time necessary to collect fluid samples from two or three days to eight. Using human genome sequencing technology, Danielson said, he and his students also are adapting existing DNA sensor technology to create mobile crime scene analysis that by 2017 will allow investigators to obtain DNA results from 70 percent of bullet casings as opposed to nearly zero percent today. “This is going to revolutionize crime fighting,” he said. “If we had this technology years ago, there’s a good chance the jury could never have reached a conviction [in the Clarence Moses-EL trial].”
The award, notes Andrei Kutateladze, dean of DU’s Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is one of the most prestigious “in the field of sustainability, clean air and climate change.” This award is named for Arie J. Haagen-Smit, a former biochemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology and the first chairman of the CARB. Known to many as the father of air pollution control, Haagen-Smit conducted research that demonstrated that California’s smog and ozone problems mostly resulted from previously unknown photochemistry. Learn more about Don Stedman's award and work.
Dr. Hoffman gave an interesting talk about supernova explosions for the Space Place program at University of Wisconsin: "SUPERNOVA EXPLOSIONS ARE WEIRDER THAN YOU THINK"
The title of the article is "The evolutionary loss of a badge of status alters male competition in three-spine stickleback".
Ms. Biesiada will be working with Dr. Alex Huffman, see more.
You can read her article at Beetle vs. Bird: Expert Panel Weighs in on Biocontrol of Invasive Tamarisk Trees.
Debbie Callahan is a group leader for Inertial Confinement Fusion Target Design at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). She was elected fellow for her innovative design and modeling of hohlraums for Inertial Confinement Fusion and leadership in the execution of hohlraum experiments on the National Ignition Facility.
Among other awards that she has received is the 2012 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. If you want to know more about Debbie click here.
NSM’s Physics & Astronomy Professor Emeritus Aharon Goldman is recognized in the Reuters’ Thomson Reuters’ “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” list, which is populated by scientists from top research institutions worldwide, including many Nobel Prize laureates.
This kind of treatment offers fewer side effects and less damage to healthy tissues and organs than traditional radiation therapy. This makes it particularly suitable for treating areas in brain, neck, and pancreas.
You can find this story at Colorado Public Radio.
The Dean's Fellowship was established in 2010 and has been funding doctoral students from all of our disciplines, domestic and international. The students are nominated by their departments. This fellowship funds students for one year.
She did research dives into the reef, conducting interviews with fishermen and government officials to find solutions to create more sustainable fishing habits on the island. The main focus of her study was the negative effects of overfishing on the reefs and fish populations. Read more about her research here.
His research project will track historical patterns of the effects of bark beetles on Norway spruce trees in hopes of determining the key environmental cues affecting vulnerability to attack. Here is a link to the full article.
Chosen for her exemplary dedication and contributions to, and on behalf of, the University. Recipients of the faculty Pioneer Award exemplify dedication to the University above and beyond expectations.
To receive this award a student must exemplify outstanding integrity both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Greenway Foundation, Denver Parks + Recreation, and the City and County of Denver hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking in conjunction with Spring RiverSweep as part of the improvement projects to be completed in and along the South Platte River over the next two years. Students volunteer helping with numerous projects including trash removal, crusher-fine based trail construction, painting, graffiti removal, tree protection, willow harvesting or relocation and more.
See pictures here.
The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS) and the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics organized this first event series. This event featured a panel of community STEM professionals:
"I realized I wanted to work with population health, which is public health. I would rather focus on the needs of populations than the needs of individuals," she says. In summer 2013, Jacqueline Smith journeyed to Dehradun, India, to work at Bella Health, a nongovernmental organization that empowers women to make informed family-planning and reproductive health choices. Read her story here.
"Altitudinal changes in malaria incidence in highlands of Ethiopia and Colombia." Authors: Siraj. A.S. , Santos-Vega. M, Bouma. M. J, Yadeta D., Ruiz Carrascal D., Pascual. M. The study, based on an analysis of records from highland regions of Ethiopia and Colombia, suggests that future climate warming will result in a significant increase in malaria cases in densely populated regions of Africa and South America, unless disease monitoring and control efforts are boosted and sustained. Science, March 7, 2014 (Vol. 343 no. 6175 pp. 1154-1158). Read full text here.
This award is presented to early career faculty who are committed to excel at both research and teaching. Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Interim President Jack Pladziewicz, notes, "It may well be that not all research faculty can do this simultaneously and early in their careers, but the very best can."
Mike has just received a research scholarship to study in the Czech Republic next year as part of his planned sabbatical. Mike will be conducting his research while based at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague on the topic of "Soils, sediments, and the legacy of medieval agriculture in Czech pluzina landscapes."
A new article published in the journal Science, co-authored by a United Nations University researcher, provides compelling evidence that flows of drugs through the Americas are directly related to deforestation rates in North America's most biodiverse and biosensitive region. The article, "Drug Policy as Conservation Policy: Narco-Deforestation" is the result of collaboration between researchers at the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and four US universities: Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Denver and University of Idaho.
The article spotlights forest loss in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC), a cross-border initiative established in 1998 to link ecosystems and bio-conservation efforts in Mexico and Central America while promoting sustainable social and economic development. But the stakeholders and policy mechanisms that support these efforts are increasingly in conflict with drug trafficking organizations.
Remote forests, such as those of the MBC, are prized conservation areas — but they are also the golden spike in the drug trade, providing ideal transit hub locations for clandestine airplane landing strips and hidden roads. The researchers note that "by infusing already weakly governed frontiers with unprecedented amounts of cash and weapons", drug trafficking is able to "narco-capitalize" other resident stakeholders in these remote forests, such as ranchers and oil palm growers.
The result is a "militarization" of forests where drug profits can be laundered through land purchases and agricultural conversion of protected forest areas. Much of the social burden from this corruption and violence falls on indigenous groups and smallholder farmers.
The article is available on the Science website here.
Join this series of cross-‐curricular dialogues about sustainability-‐focused research and teaching at University of Denver. This session will feature a panel with representatives from units across campus whose research and teaching ranges focuses on sustainability issues in the Front Range and across Colorado. Click here for details.
The Department of Geography and the Environment used Weather Balloon Data Collection Equipment to collect real data which is used as part of their weather lab. Supported by NSM Technology Enhancement Grant. Watch video here.
This is Rachael's first PI proposal "Co-latitudinal Radial Veloctiy Profile Confirmation Via Differential Proper Motion of the Bipolar", and was successful. Her preliminary research work has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal with Dr. Ueta and Dr. Ferguson as authors as well.
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a cooperative program of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to operate a space-based observatory for the benefit of the international astronomical community.
The Telescope Allocation Committee (TAC), organized by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), reviews and evaluates the submitted proposals for HST Observing, Archival & Theoretical Research. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.
The William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award is given annually to a faculty or staff member for excellence in teaching and/or mentoring inside and/or outside of the classroom.
This award is given to an individual whose dedication to our University and its students is beyond measure. The faculty is chosen for his exemplary dedication and contributions to, and on behalf of, the University.
This award recognizes advisors who have made outstanding contribution to the organization they work with.
Dr. Gonzalez was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship (268,555 Euros =approx $350,000) with Dr. Sher to develop models to describe and predict patterns of riparian restoration success in the US and Europe. Dr. Gonzalez received his PhD from the University of Alcala in Madrid in 2010 and has had post doctoral appointments in Toulouse and Quebec. He has 18 publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of riparian ecology.
Experiences included soldering, making mini succulent planters out of bottle corks, watching robots made by kids battle each other (under water!), racing CO2-powered cars, learning about anatomy by layering clay to create realistic models, simultaneously deepening your knowledge of chemistry and tempting your tastebuds with Colorado culinary inventions – and so much more! The Division of Natural Sciences & Math participated and Drs. Keith Miller, Nancy Sasaki, Julie Morris, and Alvaro Arias had some fun demonstrations for the kids. More than 4,000 people stopped by the Magness Arena, Hamilton Gymnasium and all over the bridge.
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Dr. Lithgow's presentation was one of the lecture series organized by the Departments of Biological Sciences & Chemistry & Biochemistry. At the Buck Institute, world-class scientists work in a uniquely collaborative environment to understand how normal aging contributes to the development of conditions specifically associated with getting older such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Dr. Bozeman met with Dr. Andrei Kutateladze, NSM Dean, Drs. Sandra & Gareth Eaton, Chancellor Emeritus Dwight Smith.
Masters Program serves as a way to connect alumni directly with current DU students. Successful alumni professionals are nominated and selected by their divisions to be "master scholars." These alumni are then invited to participate in lectures or teach courses during a regular day in the academic schedule of their department. Through direct contact with faculty and student groups, alumni
share their expertise and insights on various career fields. The scholars also serve on one of two University-wide panels where they present information about their career paths to alumni and students from a variety of departments. Masters Program allows students to learn about the different ways a University of Denver education can be applied in the years after college, and offers alumni an
opportunity for lifelong learning.
Professor David Patterson, Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and graduate student Nathan Duval are collaborating on a handful of projects that could improve what Duval calls "the health-span" in people contending with an array of genetic diseases and disorders. See full story here.
Dr. Anna Sher and Fran Simon received the Queerific Activist Award from the DU LGBTIQ & Ally communities in honor of their contributions to furthering Inclusive Excellence at and beyond the University of Denver. This award recognizes leadership in raising awareness and making positive change at DU. Click here for pictures.
Dr. Taylor receives Public Good funds for his proposal "Creating a Public Web-Based Geographic Information System to Support Communal Decision Making along Nicaragua's Pacific Coast, in the amount of $9,000.
"With 44 of the world's top Tamarisk researchers, Drs. Anna Sher and Martin Quigley have assembled the first comprehensive book on this important woody genus in the western United States. This tremendously valuable book is a must have for all who study or manage Tamarix." -- Mike Dombeck, Chief Emeritus, U.S. Forest Service. Congratulations!
NSM hosted a session at the 18th Annual Women's Conference entitled "Lipstick to Lab Coats". The successful session included testimonials from various female faculty and graduate students about how their interests in STEM began and what factors contributed to their decision to remain in the STEM area. Thanks to everyone who participated!
The University of Denver has won the 2012-2013 Campus of Integrity Award from the prestigious International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI). This award acknowledges a campus-wide (or larger) effort to promote and/or maintain the values of academic integrity and is the highest award presented annually during the ICAI's international conference. DU was recognized because of the three-year efforts of the University's Honor Code Advisory Council (HCAC) to promote academic integrity across campus. HCAC co-chairs Dr. Michael Kerwin (Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment) and Kristin Olson, (Director, Student Conduct), along with undergraduate student Lauren Johnson (B.S. Candidate in International Business) accepted the award on February 27, 2013 at the annual ICAI conference in San Antonio, TX. Congratulations!
Sean Shaheen received this award for the amount of $25,000 to support his project titled "Supramolecular Non-Fullerene Electron Acceptors for Organic PVs - Pathway Towards 20% Efficient Cells at a Cost less than $0.5/W". Congratulations!
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The winner of this year's Colorado Geographic Bee was Pranit Nanda from Aurora Quest, K-8. In second and third places were Sanat Mehta, Littleton Academy Charter School, and Vinu Harir, Nevin Platt Middle School. Congratulations!
The University of Denver's spectroscopic motor vehicle emissions remote sensing system FEAT (Fuel Efficiency Automobile Test) has been monitoring emissions around the USA since the early 1990s. Average emissions have gone down remarkably while the fractional contribution of the few grossest emitters has gone up. With this program, supported by the Coordinating Research Council, we will return to sites in Chicago, Tulsa and Denver where we will obtain an even longer history of these measurements. For our previous publications on this subject see the FEAT web site www.feat.biochem.du.edu. Also view article on the DU Magazine regarding Dr. Stedman's work on emissions' tools detection at this link.
On October 17, DU honored Dr. Robert Dores, Biological Sciences, with the Faculty Service Award. This award is given to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding service to the university, the community, or the profession.
Check the observatory disaster recovery blog at http://mysite.du.edu/~rstencel/MtEvans/RepairBlog.txt
Several faculty and staff members from the Department of Geography attended the annual ESRI User Conference and Academic Education Fair in San Diego during the week of July 23-27. ESRI is the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software, and this year there were over 16,000 attendees at the conference, up by 23% over last year. The Department of Geography and University College co-sponsored a booth in the exhibit hall to market our on-campus and online masters degree and certificate programs in geographic information science. Nearly 600 attendees stopped by the DU table for information, and over 200 expressed an interest in applying to our programs. The Department of Geography also hosted an Alumni & Friends reception at the conference that was attended by nearly 200 people.
A vicious windstorm swept over Mount Evans in January, tearing a 700-pound door off the Meyer-Womble Observatory and leaving the telescope exposed to the winter elements. See more here.
Geography Professor Matthew Taylor conducts research investigating climate change and droughts in Guatemala with DU students. His research there with his colleagues from Columbia University and Universidad del Valle, Guatemala, Dr. Kevin Anchukaitis and Dr. Edwin Castellanos, was recently highlighted in the New York Times Science Blog. To read the updates please visit http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/atop-a-volcano-the-ages-of-red-pines/
Physics and Astronomy professor Sean Shaheen has been named a Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) in support of his research proposal "Energy Pooling as a Novel Thermodynamic Mechanism for Organic Photovoltaics." Learn more about Scialog Fellows here.
Biological Sciences professor Todd Blankenship shares his research on the biology of shape in his TEDxDU presentation "Why We're Long: The Biology of Shape."
Betty Knoebel, widow of Denver food services pioneer Ferdinand "Fritz" Knoebel, has given the University of Denver (DU) $17.5 million, among the largest gifts in its history. DU will use the gift to establish the Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging and to support the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) in the Daniels College of Business. Read more on DU Today.
Armed with grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Biological Sciences professor Dan Linseman has devoted the last three years to unraveling the mysteries of Lou Gehrig's disease. Read more.