Recent Research Highlights on Pancreatic Cancer

Neeley Remmers Immune cell infiltration as an indicator of the immune microenvironment of pancreatic cancer: This paper investigates the types of inflammatory immune cells present in the tumor bed of tissue samples from patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The results of this paper show that immune cells can be used for prognostic measures (meaning they …

The WTF Star: Alien Mega Structure or Mega Version of Jupiter System?

  JoEllen McBride, PhD   The Kepler telescope, despite technical issues, has observed over 100,000 stars in our galaxy. Its database is full of stars that show the tell-tale sign of an orbiting planet– a periodic and repeatable dimming of the starlight. But one stellar dimming sequence doesn’t follow the expected protocol and it has …

Halos on Mars

By JoEllen McBride, PhD Curiosity Discovery Suggests Early Mars Environment Suitable for Life Longer Than Previously Thought.   We have been searching desperately for evidence of life on Mars since the first Viking lander touched down in 1976. So far we’ve come up empty-handed but a recent finding from the Curiosity rover has refueled scientists’ …

On Science and Values

  By Rebecca Delker, PhD   In 1972 nuclear physicist Alvin Weinberg defined ‘trans-science’ as distinct from science (references here, here). Trans-science – a phenomenon that arises most frequently at the interface of science and society – includes questions that, as the name suggests, transcend science. They are questions, he says, “which can be asked of …

Forging a Connection Between “Doing” and “Feeling”: How Behavioral Activation Therapy Can Alleviate Depression

  By Lauren Tanabe, PhD   A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a short description of a recent study published in The Lancet out of the University of Exeter: researchers found that behavioral activation (BA) therapy works as well as cognitive behavioral therapy as therapeutic intervention for depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been …