Physicians to debate mammography guidelines at ASU

February 10, 2010

A radiologist with the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and a former vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will discuss the intricacies of breast cancer screening and debate the implications of recent revised guidelines at Arizona State University on Feb. 11.

“Breast Cancer Screening: When to Start, When to Stop,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the C-Wing of the Business Administration building, Room 116, on ASU's Tempe Campus. The event, hosted by the BEYOND">">BEYOND Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science in ASU’s College">">College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public. Download Full Image

The evening’s discussion will build off of the November 2009 revised breast cancer screening guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which increased the recommended age and lowered the frequency for mammography screening. Specifically, the task force recommended that most women start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, rather than at age 40, and that women ages 50 to 74 have mammograms every two years, rather than every year.

Debating the facets of the new recommendations will be Dr. Roxanne Lorans, a radiologist with the Mayo Clinic in Arizona who specialized in breast imaging at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and Dr. Diana Petitti, a professor of biomedical informatics at ASU and a professor of basic medical sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University. Petitti recently completed service of a six-year term as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

"Scientific advances are enabling ever more refined and sensitive screening to be carried out for a variety of cancers. However, more isn't necessarily better when it comes to screening,” says Paul Davies, director of the BEYOND Center, whose mission includes bringing hot topics in science to the public.

“Cost-benefit and risk-reward factors can be very subtle when applied to overall clinical outcomes. This debate will help inform the public about the issues behind the headlines and the choices that must be made," he says.

Davies, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist is heading up a new cancer research initiative at ASU. Established by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, the Center">">Center for Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology at ASU, is committed to using insights from the physical sciences and engineering to bring a radical new approach to cancer research with the goal of developing new methods of arresting tumor growth and combating metastasis.

The research is complemented by an outreach program under the direction of Pauline Davies, a professor of practice in ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. She will moderate the breast cancer screening debate.

While the event is free, RSVPs are requested. To register or to obtain more information, visit">"> For online maps of the Tempe campus and parking facilities visit">">

Written by Daniel Moore ("> for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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ASU Gammage gallery to feature diverse artworks

February 10, 2010

Visitors to ASU Gammage March 5 through April 1 will be greeted with a wide variety of artworks in the Cecelia and David Scoular Gallery. Everything from metal, porcelain paining, photography, watercolors, oil and finely detailed pencil drawings will be featured.

The artwork on display comes from Ready for Soho, a group of nine women artists with varying backgrounds; and Herman Zelig Neuberger, who is known professionally as Zelig. Download Full Image

Members of Ready for Soho are Kathy McClure, Bernadette Franklin, Denise Landis, Kathleen Maley, Sandy Tracey, Danis Garman, Loralee Stickel-Harris, Sharon Sieben and DJ Berard.

Kathy McClure has been a photographer since the age of 8. She travels the world with three cameras around her neck, and she shoots 35mm film, both color and black and white.

Bernadette Franklin lived on an island in the middle of the Niagara River until she moved to Arizona in 2005. She started painting porcelain art in her 20s and though she has studied other media, she enjoys painting portraits on porcelain.

Denise Landis was introduced to Pointillism in her first painting class, and today, her technique ranges from dots to dabs as she creates impressionistic work. Landscapes are her primary subjects, with Arizona as her muse.

Kathleen Maley began painting in 2002 because of her love of color. She paints still-lifes and flowers, with roses her favorite floral subject. “I feel I could paint the rest of my life on this most beautiful gift from God,” she said.

Sandy Tracey moved to Arizona in 1976 and began painting “the wonderful images that we see every day.” Her series include “Cactus of a Different Color” and vintage cars and trucks, sometimes placed along Route 66.

Danis Garman became addicted to art with the gift of her first color crayons. Her art teacher in high school, who was a graduate of the Chicago Institute of Art, opened new worlds to her. Today, Garman is still endeavoring to turn out that “perfect” oil painting.

Loralee Stickel-Harris failed art in grade school and stayed away from the subject for many years. When she picked up a welding torch, she knew she had found her medium. Today, she works with steel and copper to create landscapes and abstract pieces.

Sharon Sieben thought about painting for many years, but the time was never right. Then the time came and she began painting in acrylics and watercolor. She recently has done nearly 30 works with a “Day of the Dead” theme.

DJ Berard moved to Arizona from St. Louis five years ago and has had an “interesting time” adjusting to the different landscape here, and the colors of the desert mountains. Since her move, her work has become more abstract and simplified.

Zelig is an accomplished multimedia artist who has practiced art and architecture for more than 50 years. He moved from Illinois to Arizona in 1977 and began creating metal and clay sculptures, watercolor paintings, ink sketches and pencil drawings.

Zelig’s extremely detailed pencil drawings convey nostalgic subject matter, such as a locomotive, subway scene, diners in a bistro, and a jukebox and car from the 1950s.

Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are 1 to 4 p.m., Mondays or by appointment. Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

Visitor parking is available at meters around the perimeter of ASU Gammage, and entrance is through the east lobby doors at the box office.

For more information, contact Brad Myers at (480) 965-6912.