ME 489 Contemporary Issues Guidelines and Grading Rubric
Select an article, write a paragraph summarizing the article and a paragraph giving your
comments about it. CI #1 must be from the New York Times. CI #2 must be from
www.asme.org. CI #3, #4, and #5 may be from any reputable news source.
Easily readable font – single spaced – uploaded to Blackboard as a Word document
Font size – 11pt to 14 pt font
Article title at the top
200 – 400 words
Bibliographic citation at the end using APA style
Appropriate Article – 20 pts
This is essentially a yes/no grade
Logical and Coherent – 25 pts
Is the writing clear and understandable?
Formatted Properly and Professional Looking – 25 pts
Subtract 5 pts for each error
Carefully Proofread and Edited – 30 pts
Subtract 3 pts for each error
A New Ally Against Skin Cancer
James Tunnell, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of
Texas, is spearheading a project designing a small portable device that will detect
melanoma and help reduce the amount of CT scans given to patients. The article
discusses the prototype of the concept. The new detecting method comes in two
pieces. One piece is a handheld probe that makes contact with the skin and shines a
variety of colors of light that will detect skin cancer. The other is a box that is
wheeled around which holds the light detectors. The device works by utilizing
several types of spectroscopy that results in a yes or no answer as opposed to
having to take biopsies. The device is currently in a clinical study with 250 patients
to test its accuracy.
I think that this device has great potential and will one-day help advance skin
cancer detection methods. However, I do not believe that this device is
sophisticated enough to detect skin cancer with a high level of accuracy at this time.
Within the article on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website,
Professor Tunnell himself seems to be reluctant if the probe can consistently detect
melanomas. Another issue I see with this device is the amount of time it would take
if you were trying to detect melanoma before it is visible on the skin. Since the
probe is small, the technician or doctor would have to do each area of concern one at
a time as opposed to a CT scan, which can get a clear picture of the entire body at
one time if needed. I believe with a few improvements this device can be used to
detect melanoma spots that are cancerous without taking a biopsy, but not as an
early detection device.
Reference: Butterman, E. (2016, May). A New Ally Against Skin Cancer.
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