Archives for February, 2011

Co-authored with Dr. Norma Bowe and originally published on Truthout.org. Science and the news media sometimes occupy different worlds. Journalists rely on scientists for the latest findings, but can be drawn to controversy and provocation because it increases readership, sometimes looking for disparities to make a point. Scientists want nothing of it; their conclusions are…

Mouse Brain Fantastic Voyage

If you’ve ever wondered how a single neuron fits into the incredibly complex structure of a living brain, I highly recommend this three minute video. Be prepared to be awestruck.

Healing a Lizard On a Nail

© Reza Deghati courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards Source. This evening, I had the pleasure and honor to meet photographer Reza Deghati at one of his exhibits {The Human Rights Institute at Kean University}, “One World, One Tribe.” His images convey a compelling story of the unity of the human race.

Avian Cleopatra: Lady Gaga at The Emmy Awards

Source. Remember the “Goody-Gaga” effect per Prof. Boguski at Harvard? Well, here’s an example of compelling art as a statement. What is art? What is the message? Maybe that’s the point.

Exponential Collective Intelligence?

Anyone who has thought about teaching and learning amidst the explosive growth of emedia and online social networking should take a look at this video by Prof. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University.

Let’s face it. Communicating about science and medicine is hard. First, you have to grab attention – an incredible challenge in a 24 hour news cycle with provocative often meaningless sound bites and advertisements, all fine-tuned towards the psychology of the human animal. Messages directed to our appetites for food or sex, gossip, fear, loathing…

Mubarek Stepping Down Friday? Yes!

Breaking news of the potential end to Egypt’s President Mubarek’s time in office indicates that the “transition” may well become a resolution very soon, perhaps tomorrow, Friday, February 11. Will this date mark a new chapter of Egyptian history? I sincerely hope that this crisis ends quickly and peacefully. This is, fundamentally, a human rights…

“Who Are You?” Thread

Dear readers, With “Dean’s Corner” in its third month, I would like to learn about you. Inspired by Ed Yong’s thread, I ask that you tell me about yourself, your interest in science and how you got here. I’m intrigued that readers of this blog are spread far and wide. Here’s a snapshot from yesterday’s…

Huffington Post, Bad Science and AOL

Tonight, I saw this Twitter message from Carl Zimmer, a science writer journalist and reporter for whom I have great respect: MT @BadAstronomer: Media FAIL *again*. This time, it’s HuffPo and Apophis.. http://is.gd/OwyJxk CZ: That’s $315 million of AOL FAIL now! While I remain a dedicated HuffPost blogger, I’m the first to recognize that giant…

Source. Actor George Clooney is recognized for more than his roles in television and film. He has worked diligently to support human rights issues in regions in crisis such as the Sudan. In The New York Times blog “On the Ground,” reporter Nicholas Kristof joins Mr. Clooney to address readers’ questions about malaria. What role…