Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for September, 2007

Mike Dunford just passed on most excellent news: Six Apart is giving away $30 gift certificates for my favorite philanthropic organization, DonorsChoose. Here are the details:

Friday Sprog Blogging: circuitry.

Have you ever bought a present for a loved one where you weren’t totally sure that he or she would be enthusiastic about the present, but you figured that you could always keep it if it was a dud? I have this hunch that a good number of “educational” gifts that parents get for kids…

Somehow, the Florida State University Office of Athletic Academic Support Services had in its employ a “Learning Specialist” who seemed to think it was part of his or her job to help a bunch of student athletes cheat. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel:

Do you self-report lab mishaps?

This is a question that occurred to me earlier this month when I had occasion to observe an undergraduate laboratory course: If something goes wrong in the lab, do you tell the lab instructor? The “something wrong” could range from breaking a piece of glassware, to getting a stick with a syringe (of non-biohazardous material),…

Sean, Chad, and Steinn ponder the lameness of academics in self-reporting their “guilty pleasures”. Quoth Sean: I immediately felt bad that I couldn’t come up with a more salacious, or at least quirky and eccentric, guilty pleasure. I chose going to Vegas, a very unique and daring pastime that is shared by millions of people…

You may have noticed a lull in my postings here. I’ve been laboring to put the finishing touches on my dossier for my sixth year review. This dossier is the document on which a succession of committees will be basing their decisions as to whether San José State University will be tenuring me and promoting…

While discussing poop with a bunch of life scientists — in particular, we were discussing its utility in a wide variety of research projects — one of the scientists at the table related a rousing cheer which I simply must share:

The Free-Ride offspring are 2.5 weeks into the new school year and still bubbling with enthusiasm. This week they share some of what they’ve been thinking about, and some hopes for the school year as it unfolds. * Material you saw when the first kid encountered it is still there for the next kid to…

Tara notices that social networking site Facebook has decided, in the enforcement of their policy against “nudity, drug use, or other obscene content”, that pictures of breastfeeding babies are obscene. As such, the Facebook obscenity squad had been removing them — and has deleted the account of at least one mom who had posted such…

Ask a Pirate Blogger.

Avast, ye bloglubbers! We be starin’ down the crow’s nest at another International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a holiday marked in these seas by the seizin’ o’ this bucket by the Dread Pirate Free-Ride. Aye, it happened last year, and by the beak o’ the squid guardin’ Davy Jones’ locker*, it’s happened again. What’s…