Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for October, 2007

In response to my open letter to the ACS, Rudy Baum, the Editor in Chief of Chemical & Engineering News, emailed me some information which I am posting here with his kind permission:

It looks like you get 1440 extra minutes. And you can blame Presidential candidate (in South Carolina) Stephen Tiberius Colbert. From the DonorsChoose blog: …our site was flat-out overwhelmed by the massive traffic that resulted from Stephen Colbert and Craig Newmark’s announcement around midnight on Thursday, October 18. As we scrambled to increase capacity, we…

At the upcoming North Carolina Science Blogging Conference on January 19, 2008, I’ll be leading a discussion on the ethics of science blogging (not about blogging about ethics in science). If you attend the conference (and if you’re not sucked in by one of the other attractive discussions scheduled for the same time-slot), you’ll be…

I’m told we had a moderate earthquake here last night. Indeed, it is reportedly the largest earthquake in the area since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake — which, as it happens, was the temblor that welcomed me to the San Francisco Bay Area. I completely missed it.

The 2007 DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge ends tomorrow, and ScienceBlogs readers have met (and exceeded) 10 of the 20 challenges we mounted, raising $47,705. Here’s who’s left:

As this is published (about 10 AM Eastern time) there are two hours left before the noon deadline for the last of the drawings for T-shirts, books, mugs, and subscriptions to Seed to thank you for your donation to our DonorChoose Blogger Challenge. All you have to do is make a donation to one (or…

The 2007 DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge is in its last few days, which means there may be enough data to start identifying trends as to which ScienceBlogs readers are the most generous:

… The Ridger has posted the illustrated sonnet about Saturn’s rings that the sprogs and I crafted as a “thank you” for donating to a project in my DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge. It’s not too late to get your own sprog artwork, or nerd poetry, or sprog-illustrated nerd poetry — and to help teachers and students…

Jennifer is another reader who made a generous donation to one of the projects in my challenge. She wrote: I felt like I definitely needed a piece of art work from your very talented crew. … I’d like something in the style of Dr. Seuss about reptiles with some accompanying artwork. I’ve done my best…

Ewan made a generous donation to one of the projects in my challenge and wrote me the following: The concept of a sprog-illustrated nerdy poem was especially appealing… Could I please request a topic of ‘brain’ (ideally, hippocampus, but that seemed a little potentially overdemanding)? The sprogs and I are delighted to oblige. They have…