Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for October, 2007

Dan Hough, a regular ScienceBlogs reader and the webmaster for Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, made a generous donation to my challenge. He requested some insect artwork from the sprogs, and said, “Please tell them from me I think they are really cool!” Dan, the sprogs think you are the cool one for lending…

The Free-Ride offspring are magnets for questions not easily answered in the framework of the grade school science curriculum. This means, I think, that the Free-Ride parents are going to have to work out some age-appropriate ways to offer explanations. And I have a feeling my molecular model kit is only going to take us…

As mentioned before, I’m currently at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (or SERMACS if you’re in a hurry) in Greenville, South Carolina. I got in last night, just in time to catch the last 25 minutes or so of Dick Zare’s plenary address on “The Chemistry of Propulsion”. Where I arrived…

An open letter to the ACS.

Like Revere and the folks at The Scientist, I received the series of emails from “ACS insider” questioning the way the American Chemical Society is running its many publications — and in particular, how compensation of ACS executives (and close ties to the chemical industry) might influence editorial policies at ACS publications. The ACS disputes…

David Ng at The World’s Fair wants me to play along before I head to the airport. Here are the rules: I’d like to suggest a meme, where the premise is that you will attempt to find 5 statements, which if you were to type into google (preferably google.com, but we’ll take the other country…

In the last 22.5 days, ScienceBloggers and their generous readers have: Mounted twenty challenges to fund educational projects through DonorsChoose. Met (and exceeded!) the targets in five of those challenges (for which I issue a heartfelt “w00t!” to the readers of Retrospectacle, Deep Sea News, evolgen, Signout, and Pharyngula). Secured every last cent of the…

I’m blogging from the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This morning, I was part of a session (along with Bora Zivkovic and Jean-Claude Bradley) entitled “Opening Science to All: Implications of Blogs and Wikis for Social and Scholarly Scientific Communication”. I thought I’d make a…

I know that a lot of features of the world seemed bigger to me when I was a kid than they do now, but I’m starting to think that it’s not just a matter of me getting bigger relative to my surroundings. The Free-Ride offspring keep reminding me that it takes a while to really…

A reader made a generous donation to one of the projects in my challenge in the name of Connor S. (age 8) from Conshohocken, PA. Connor S. in interested in the rainforest, so the donor requested an illustrated poem about the rainforest. The sprogs and I are pleased to provide haiku about the five layers…

Regular commenter ctenotrish made a generous donation to a project in my challenge called Starfish View of the Sea. The project was proposed by the teacher of a 6th grade bilingual science class in a Houston school with a high poverty level (88% of the students in the school qualify for free lunch). It’s an…