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BY Mary Ann Hellinghausen

Kristine Ferrone has survived Mars – or a simulation of the Red Planet, anyway.

During the summer of 2009, Kristine Ferrone and five other volunteers lived for a month in a cramped habitat built on the edge of a 39-million-year-old crater carved out by a meteorite. The barren Canadian island site was about as close as you can get to a Mars-like environment on Earth.

The simulation was an opportunity to conduct geophysical...

Graduate student Kristine Ferrone in her space exploration gear while researching radiation shielding and its benefits for cancer treatment

BY Mary Ann Hellinghausen

Suzanne Phillips enjoyed 26 years working for Dow Chemical Co., much of that time as a researcher in product development. It was a thrill...

BY Mary Ann Hellinghausen

Nimble robotic digits smaller than a finger that can excise cancerous tissue from the throat without cracking the patient’s jaw. Patient-physician...

BY Mary Ann Hellinghausen

Elizabeth Mittendorf’s first year in medical school didn’t bode well for a career as a doctor. During one of her early encounters with a patient, she fainted. And it wasn’t due to blood or gore.

It was the pain of a patient with a broken wrist.

“My face hit the counter, and I became the patient,’’ says Mittendorf, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Breast Surgical Oncology.

At the time, Mittendorf had been questioning...

Cancerwise Blog Post: Elizabeth Mittendorf, M.D., Ph.D.