Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for November, 2007

… as a result of the incessant drive to make learning too darn safe. Not that this is a terribly new development (I wrote about this sort of thing here and here), but it appears that anxieties about terrorists and meth-labs are sucking all the chemically goodness out of chemistry sets: Current instantiations are embarrassing.…

This post is dedicated to a donor to my Blogger Challenge who prefers to remain anonymous. The donor actually asked for artwork on the subject to which this discussion eventually turns; I hope the dialogue is an acceptable substitute. * * * * * Even though certain elements of the U.S. early grade school curriculum…

I just found out about something cool for which the window of opportunity closes in eleven days: Through November 26, the One Laptop Per Child project has a Give One Get One deal (in the U.S. and Canada) wherein you can donate a spiffy new and super-cool XO laptop to a child in a developing…

The November 5, 2007 issue of Chemical & Engineering News has an editorial by Rudy M. Baum [UPDATE: notbehind a paywall; apparently all the editorials are freely accessible online] looking at the “Google model” for disseminating information. Baum writes:

Over at The World’s Fair, David Ng dangles another meme before us: … this meme asks that you come up with your own scientific eponym. What’s that exactly? Well, first read this excellent primer by Samuel Arbesman, which basically provides a step by step description of how to do this effectively. Then have a go…

The results of our drive to raise funds for teachers and students with DonorsChoose are, in a word, astounding. Ginny reported the morning-after stats:

The younger Free-Ride offspring seems to have developed a contrarian streak that’s about a kilometer wide. I haven’t given up hope that logic might be an effective antidote to it, but some days those heels dig in rather deep … Younger offspring: There are lots of interesting animals that are mammals. Dr. Free-Ride: Yes, there…

… despite the fact that I’m deeply suspicious of claims that getting the most votes is truly indicative of being the best. Anyhow, the category in which your vote might make a real difference (here at the last minute) is Best Science Blog: I’m a big fan of In the Pipeline, Bootstrap Analysis and Invasive…

… is to get all the way through the 16 weeks without a single incident of plagiarism turned in as “student work”. Alas, it appears this will not be the semester in which my fantasy becomes a reality. Dammit.

If you’re a TV watcher in the U.S., you’re probably already aware that the Writers’ Guild of America is on strike, owing largely to inability to reach agreement with the studios about residuals from DVDs and from internet distribution of TV shows and movies. While I am a member of a faculty union that was…