Monthly Archives: February 2016

S&T Breast Cancer Screening Tool Receives Widespread Commercialization

By Heather Pribil, News Writer 

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Cancer screening techniques first began development in the 1920s with the discovery of the Pap test. Once this test achieved widespread usage in the early 1960s, the death rate due to cervical cancer fell by 70 percent. Modern mammography methods were first developed in the 1960s and brought to widespread attention by the 1970s. It is the most common form of screening for breast cancer as many other techniques can be invasive or slow. Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Research and External Relations in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been researching biomarkers for early cancer detection for years.

The product of this research, the “P-Scan,” is a new breast cancer screening method which uses urinalysis to diagnose the presence and severity of breast cancer in a patient. The device is a noninvasive, rapid, point-of-care test for early screening of cancer which monitors levels of pteridine biomarkers in urine. The P-Scan works by passing the collected urine through a small capillary and detecting the fluorescence given off by the pteridine biomarkers. One advantage of this technique is that it delivers sensitivity without costly instrumentation. Once the method was developed, Dr. Ma expanded his research in 2013 to hundreds of patients at Mercy Breast Center in Springfield, Missouri to determine its effectiveness and make this method of pre-screening available in clinics around the United States. The study has been concluded, and the device will be receiving a patent and wide spread commercialization, meaning that it may replace the mammogram as the most common form of breast cancer screening.

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S&T Student Council

By Steve Rusakiewicz, News Writer 

The term “Student Council” elicits many preconceptions to the individuals who hear it spoken or see it written.  Some of those notions are true, such as student governance and the importance of participation in policies under development by the university.  Others are less accurate, like the idea that council meetings are akin to slogging through the Bog of Eternal Stench. (See “Labyrinth” with David Bowie)

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Digging Deeper: Miners for Recovery

By Steve Rusakiewicz, News Writer 

When a miner is in trouble underground, the best team to render aid is another team of miners.  No one else knows the struggle of survival underground, or the hidden dangers lurking deep within the rock like they do.  They are the ones who are given a terrible situation and trusted not to exacerbate it.  Professional miners depend on the bonds of this informal fellowship each and every time they descend into the earth.  The need for this sort of fellowship goes far beyond the circle of mining professionals, and the stakes are often times just as significant as any mining emergency.

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Lack of Diversity in Oscar Nominations Results in Controversy

By Heather Pribil, News Writer 

The Academy Awards is the oldest entertainment awards ceremony in the world, first presented in 1929. It began to garner an annual audience in 1953 when it was first televised, and now, more than sixty years later, its viewership has grown to the tens of millions. While many things have changed about the Academy Awards, the recently announced nominations for the acting categories may indicate that some things remain woefully stagnant.

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Missouri S&T Continues Evolution of Public Image

By Steve Rusakiewicz, News Writer

The first school founded in 1870 west of the Mississippi river was the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, which has enjoyed a distinguished reputation as one of the finest engineering schools in its class.  As 1964 progressed, those making decisions regarding the future of the school agreed to update its image to reflect not only the many diverse study courses added since the 1920s but also to recognize the school’s expanded role within the newly-organized University of Missouri System.  Three major changes to the campus came with this name change.  Along with an expansion of the curricula to include the entire range of engineering and scientific disciplines, liberal arts degree programs were added and the graduate studies were strengthened.  For the next 44 years, the campus was known as the University of Missouri – Rolla, more informally referred to as UMR.  Most recently, in 2008, the campus became “Missouri University of Science and Technology” (Missouri S&T) to better represent itself as one of the nation’s top technological research institutions.

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Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

In his eighth directorial feature, the talented Quentin Tarantino tries his hand at just his second western with “The Hateful Eight”. Contrary to “Django Unchained”, this film feels more about the spectacle surrounding it than the story itself. Similarly to “Django”, a theme centering on revenge, loads of witty and humorous dialogue, and more blood than you can handle are present throughout. The best part about Tarantino’s

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films is the fact that he’s essentially created his own personal “Tarantino” genre. Tarantino takes the concept of dark comedies to a much more specific level, one that is adaptable to the western, crime, and heist genres. The film stars actors who have worked with Tarantino previously: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen, just to name a few.

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College Basketball: Most Upsets in 67 Years

By Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

It is only the first week of February, but it is already shaping up to be a wild year in March Madness.

This past week in college basketball saw multiple top teams go down and powerhouse teams like Duke and Kentucky struggle to stay in the top 25. The chaos is just beginning.

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Music Review: Megadeth

By Spenser Webb, Entertainment Writer 

Heavy metal legends Megadeth recently released their fifteenth studio album “Dystopia”. The album features eleven new tracks and a Spotify exclusive cover of Welsh rockers Budgie’s “Melt the Ice Away”. The album also features some personal changes for Megadeth, with Lamb of God’s Chris Addler on drums and Angra’s Kiko Loureiro on guitar. These new additions to Megadeth’s line up are somewhat noticeable, however Megadeth retains the intense heavy metal feel they’ve always been known for.

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Spurs Face Off Against NBA’s Best

By Tyler Zaring, Sports Writer 

Last week the San Antonio Spurs saw games against; Golden State, top team in the Western Conference, Cleveland, the top team in the Eastern Conference, and a struggling but always dangerous James Harden led Houston Rockets.

The Spurs were missing Tim Duncan who has a hurt knee for all three games.

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What’s Up With Butts? An Examination of the Human Posterior in Modern Pop Culture

By Grace Deitzler, Editorial Writer 

In the series premiere of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the title character excitedly exclaims “Dancing is about butts now!” You’re right, Kimmy. Dancing is about butts now, but then again, a lot of American attention is focused on the majestic Gluteus Maximus. But when did butts rise to power? In my research, I found a Gawker article titled “For the first time, big butts are popular,” but it’s from 2010. It seems like butts have been glorified for much longer than six years.

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