True/False Film Review: Of Men and War

By Rachel Zamzow Peering deep into the toll taken by post-traumatic stress disorder, Of Men and War offers an intense, heartbreaking and healing experience. The film, screened Sunday during the True/False Film Festival, follows a group of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans as they undergo group therapy for PTSD. Though it takes place primarily in the hospital-like halls and…

Neuroscientists image brain in new ways to explore disease beginnings

By Rachel Zamzow SAN JOSE — New improvements in brain imaging technology will allow neuroscientists to explore the mechanisms behind diseases affecting the nervous system. In some cases, this may facilitate intervention before things go wrong. This is “absolute cutting-edge science,” said University of Southern California neuroscientist Pat Levitt, who introduced a panel of brain…

Science writers define their voice amidst controversy

By Rachel Zamzow SAN JOSE — What is the job of science journalists? Are we cheerleaders for science, detached translators or bold truth-tellers? And how does this role shift in the face of polarizing controversy? Science writers covering the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science debated these roles Friday…