Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for July, 2006

I’m blogging again from the lovely Vienna Cafe in West Lafayette, Indiana, at the end of Day 2 of the BCCE. I gave my own talk this afternoon as part of symposium session on incorporating ethics in the chemistry curriculum (along with 5 other very interesting talks). I think it went well, but I always…

Nature study at home.

How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan. Illustrated by Loretta Krupinski. This is a nifty science book for little kids. Our favorite thing about this book is that it’s all about getting empirical.

Famous chemist trivia.

Greetings from the BCCE! Well, actually from a cafe down the street from the BCCE, since the wireless accounts that were supposed to be set up for conference goers are not currently functional. (The lengths to which I’m willing to go to satisfy my readers!) The immediate result of this situation is it will take…

Judging from some of the comments on my latest post about the Tonegawa/Karpova kerfuffle, it’s clear that there is not consensus about precisely what relationship a scientist should pursue (or avoid pursuing) with another scientist working on similar research. Part of the disagreement may come down to a difference of opinion about how important it…

It’s hard to know the best way to blog a dinner (especially when you have agreed, with your dinner companions, that each of you should blog it to discover whether the result is a Rashoman-like situation wherein each description might as well have been of a different event). Also, I was up late packing and…

Elder offspring: You’re going to have to put up a post on your blog saying that there will be no Friday Sprog Blogging next week. Dr. Free-Ride: Why do I have to do that? Elder offspring: You’ll be at your conference and we’ll be on vacation, so we won’t be able to talk about science…

Three Bulls is on top of this, but I want to add a few comments of my own (as is my habit). The story about Susumu Tonegawa sinking MIT’s attempt to hire Alla Karpova is not over yet. Sure, the Boston Globe (and the MIT News Office) report that MIT has formed a committee to…

The Book Meme

Duane Smith at Abnormal Interests tagged me, and I loves me some books, so who am I to refuse to be mimetic?

On the eve of the elder Free-Ride offspring’s birthday, we ate at a restaurant where the kids’ entrees were served with Dino Tots. Hilarity ensued. Elder offspring: Please pass the ketchup. I’m going to make a tar-pit on my plate.

Bitch Ph.D. links an interesting op-ed piece in the Washington Post about the challenges of being a single parent and paying for grad school. Given the academia/parenting discussion we’ve been having here, I figured this was another relevant issue to consider. I’ve mentioned before that the standard practice in science Ph.D. programs in the U.S.…