Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for September, 2006

I want to commend to you a pair of posts that strike me as calls to action. Both relate to the oft-discussed “pipeline problem” in the sciences. And, I take it that both authors are interested in making science (and especially academic science) a less hostile environment not just for women, but for others who…

The elder Free-Ride offspring has been learning about forces (“pushes and pulls”) in second grade science class. Meanwhile, at home both the sprogs found a new favorite film, The Way Things Go. It’s about 30 minutes of nearly continuous Rube Goldberg machinery. There are a few visible cuts in the film, which seem to be…

Elder offspring: Hey, that’s a cool chili pepper necklace. Dr. Free-Ride: Do you know that I’ve had this necklace for about ten years and you are the first person who didn’t think it was a carrot? Elder offspring: A carrot? That doesn’t look like a carrot! Dr. Free-Ride: I didn’t think so, either. But I’m…

I want a spinach salad.

I can’t remember a time I have had a more severe jones for a spinach salad than the last few days. The perfect balance of crisp and earthy and creamy, whose eating would be not merely a mechanical refueling of my body, but a transcendant experience — is that too much to ask? Well, during…

In a comment on the last post, zwa asks: I’m curious about your vegetarianism (as one myself) and whether your kids are. If yes, did they choose it, if no did you try to convince them? My kids are vegetarians, and have been since birth — so they didn’t choose it. I have imposed it…

Younger offspring padded in and climbed into bed with us at 5:58 this morning. In a rare show of solidarity (or alertness), younger offspring was the one to hit the “snooze” button when the alarm went off at 6:00. Dr. Free-Ride: Good morning. Younger offspring: Why do you say it’s morning? Dr. Free-Ride: (drowsily) Huh?…

In Tripoli, Libya, five nurses and a physician are in danger of being executed by firing squad if the international scientific community doesn’t raise its voice. As reported by Nature: The six are charged with deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV at the al-Fateh Hospital in Benghazi in 1998, so far causing the…

Avast, it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and we’ve seized this blog from that landlubber Stemwedel! We’ve run up a new flag (designed by that pirate’s pirate Pough), and Cap’n Free-Ride is drivin’ this ship now. But, me hearties, ye know that there’s honor among pirates, don’t ye?

Alternatives to faculty jobs.

I’m revisiting a topic I posted about half a year ago: once you have a Ph.D., what are your job options beyond a faculty job or a research position? The last post was more about what one could do with a science major or masters degree. It didn’t necessarily exclude non-standard things to do with…

And the nerdiest is …

The entries have been gathered, the aspects of geekiness quantified, and the composite scores calculated. While computer-love made a positive contribution in the nerd index, the development of knowledge in other venues (and frequently, in multiple areas for the same nerd) was factored in as well. After all, the thing about nerds that made those…