Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for January, 2007

While I’m readjusting to my own time zone (just in time for the start of spring semester — whee!), I thought I’d share some pictures from the Science Blogging Conference. Here, for example, is intrepid conference organizer Bora Zivkovic. He could have sat back and just enjoyed his pre-conference dinner, but instead he stayed busy…

In a post about curricular issues in genetics and biochemistry courses, Larry Moran raises some good questions: It’s almost a requirement these days that introductory genetics courses include a section on genetically modified crops. This invariably leads to tutorials, or labs, or essays, about whether GM-foods are a good thing or not. These discussions are…

The wifi at the hotel is a little tentative, so I’ll save detailed posting about the Science Blogging Conference until I’m back on the west coast. In the meantime, I wanted to note some of the questions raised in various sessions during the conference:

I promised the folks who were listening to my talk at the Science Blogging Conference that I’d post the links to the various blog posts whose screenshots I used to illustrate my points. Here they are:

Bora just said, “There are twenty bloggers here. Who’s live blogging the dinner?!” I guess the answer is: Me.

Nota bene.

Since I’ll be in transit much of the day today, it may take longer than usual for your comments to appear. Imagine yourself in solidarity with me in a line at an airport. In the meantime, here’s who’s on notice:

The past week or so, I’ve been on a little bit of a cooking jag. This has not gone unnoticed by the Free-Ride offspring. Elder offspring: Why have you been making us so many yummy things to eat this week? Dr. Free-Ride: I guess I’m going to miss cooking for you while I’m away at…

I’ve decided that the “intersession” we have between semesters is a cruel hoax. Though it promises a few weeks in which one might actually get some writing done, what it delivers is an endless list of tasks (many spawned by bureaucracy) that one must scurry to accomplish before the next semester starts. Feh! As I’ve…

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the University of California is getting serious about ethics — by requiring all of its 230,000 to take an online ethics course. Yeah, throwing coursework at the problem will solve it.*

File this away.

Because everyone is doing it, here’s the card catalog entry for this here blog: I miss physical card catalogs. I would totally buy one for Casa Free-Ride if I could get my hands on one. (Although, would buying them up amount to contributing to their demise in libraries?) The sprogs have only ever dealt with…