The following is an ongoing list of assessments of scientific papers written by Professor Stacy A. Trasancos and students of the “Reading Science in the Light of Faith” course series.

Biochemical

  • Scientific Paper: England, Jeremy L., “Statistical physics of self-replication.” The Journal of Chemical Physics 139, 121923 (2013). [Link]
  • Example of Assessment: Trasancos, Stacy A., “The Appropriate Reaction to a Physical Theory of Life.” Strange Notions (2015). [Link]
  • Scientific Paper: O’Halloran, Thomas V., Woodruff, Teresa K. et. al., “The zinc spark is an inorganic signature of human egg activation.” (2016). [Link]
  • Example of Assessment: Trasancos, Stacy A., “Contrary to Reports, There is No Flash of Light at Conception.” National Catholic Register (2016). [Link]

Evolutionary Biology

  • Scientific Paper: Villmoare, Brian, et. al. “Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Afar, Ethiopia.” Science 347 no. 6228 pp. 1352-1355 (March 20, 2015). [Link]
  • Scientific Paper: DiMaggio, Erin N. “Late Pliocene fossiliferous sedimentary record and the environmental context of early Homo from Afar, Ethiopia.” Science 347 no. 6228 pp. 1355-1359 (March 20, 2015). [Link]
  • Scientific Summary: Gibbons, Ann. “Fossil pushes back human origins 400,000 years.” ScienceMag, News, Archaeology (March 4, 2015). [Link]
  • Example of Assessment: Trasancos, Stacy A. “’First Human’ Discovered in Ethiopia: What It Means For Catholics.” The Integrated Catholic Life (March 11, 2015). [Link]

Metabolism

  • Scientific Paper: Gaull, Gerald. “Development of Mammalian Sulfur Metabolism:Absence of Cystathionase in Human Fetal Tissues” Pediatric Research 6: 538-547 (1972). [Link]
  • Example of Assessment: Trasancos, Stacy A. “Experiments on Intact Whole Live Fetuses and the Connection to Infant Formula.” Catholic Stand (August 5, 2015). [Link]

Genetics/Neuroscience

  • Scientific Paper: Florio, Marta. “Human-specific gene ARHGAP11B promotes basal progenitor amplification and neocortex expansion.” Science Vol. 347 no. 6229 pp. 1465-1470 (March 27, 2015). [Link]
  • Example of Assessment: Trasancos, Stacy A. “The Trail of Fetal Body Parts in Scientific Papers.” Catholic Stand (July 24, 2015). [Link]