Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for November, 2006

Karpova-Tonegawa update.

Just a little more follow-up on the Karpova-Tonegawa dust-up at MIT: First, the report from the Ad Hoc Committee at MIT was posted on November 2 … but apparently has been removed:

Wooing venture capitalists.

This morning, younger offspring asked me what “hyperbolic” meant. (Yeah, I’ll admit that this is because I used it in conversation with younger offspring. It was not a conversation about conic sections or trigonometry, though, so cut me some slack.) Anyway, long story short, I now have a product I totally need to market, even…

There are some days I run into a piece of writing that just floors me. For instance this piece from The Cornell American, whose author, a freshman, proclaims: I’ve got it made. As an attractive, professional female chemical engineer attempting to graduate a year early from Cornell, I find it hard to believe I couldn’t…

A conversation this morning: Dr. Free-Ride: Hey, do you have any pictures you’d like me to scan in for today’s sprog blog? Younger offspring: No. Dr. Free-Ride: You mean to tell me you haven’t made any drawings at all this week? Younger offspring: I’ve made drawings, but I don’t want to scan any of them…

If you’re ready to admit that we’re almost done with 2006 and that it might be OK to start making plans for 2007, check your calendar and think about coming to the 2007 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference, a “free, open and public event for scientists, educators, students, journalists, bloggers and anyone interested in discussing…

The liquid in question, of course, is breastmilk. As reported by the Burlington Free Press:

Apparently John Murtha lost his bid to be the new Majority Leader in the House of Representatives to Rep. Steny Hoyer. In the run up to this decision, Murtha was reported as saying the House ethics reforms being proposed by Nancy Pelosi were “total crap”. As you can imagine, that got my attention. Below the…

On the way home, I heard a story on NPR about a study done at UC Berkeley about the “performance gap” between black kids and white kids in the public schools. I can’t say much about the details of the report — it comes out tomorrow — but one of the people interviewed for the…

Making repairs, staying afloat.

Like sailors we are, who must rebuild their ship upon the open sea, never able to dismantle it in dry dock or to reconstruct it there from the best materials. Otto Neurath, “Protocol Sentences” * * * * * The Neurath quotation above was offered to explain something about scientific theories and scientific knowledge, but…

I don’t usually blog about baseball, but today I’m riled. I’m not a hard core baseball fan, but I’m not an enemy of the game either. Beside watching my brothers play little league (and even acting as scorekeeper for their games on multiple occasions), I quite enjoyed the handful of Major League baseball games I’ve…