Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for February, 2008

A (qualified) ‘woo-hoo!’

I hold in my hand a letter from our Provost informing me that my sabbatical leave for academic year 2008-2009 is awarded. Of course, this is contingent on:

Groundhog’s Day It’s February again and what do you know — the groundhog has made its appearance in school work! It doesn’t matter that the sprogs have discussed it before, the curriculum requires an annual reexamination of Punxsutawney Phil’s predictive prowess. Thankfully, there seems to be at least a little critical thinking involved, to wit:

In my earlier post, I described the feeling I had as I started my graduate training in chemistry that there was a huge pile of knowledge I would need to acquire to make the transition from science student to grown-up scientist. I should make it clear (in response to JSinger’s comment that I seemed to…

You may have been following the saga of intelligent design proponent Casey Luskin’s use of the ResearchBlogging.org “Blogging on Peer-Reviewed Research” icon in a way that didn’t conform to the official guidelines for its use. The short description on ResearchBlogging’s mission says: Research Blogging helps you locate and share academic blog posts about peer-reviewed research.…

In the latest issue of The Scientist, there’s an article (free registration required) by C. Neal Stewart, Jr., and J. Lannett Edwards, two biologists at the University of Tennessee, about how they came to teach a graduate course on research ethics and what they learned from the experience: Both of us, independently, have been “victims”…

I’m writing this post (and the posts following it, so the bites are of reasonable size) at the urging of Bill Hooker, with whom I’ve talked about these issues in real life. The idea of becoming a grown-up in the scientific community is a thread that runs through a lot of my posts (and also…

links for 2008-02-05

The Questionable Authority : Blogging About Peer-Reviewed Research at the Discovery Institute. Who knew Casey Luskin would swipe an icon an represent himself as living up to a standard he was clearly dodging? (Anyone who’s been paying attention, of course.) (tags: integrity) Is this post following our guidelines? | BPR3 The Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research…

Who has the biggest snakepit?

As I was weighing in on aetosaurs and scientist on scientist nastiness, one of the people I was talking to raised the question of whether careerist theft and backstabbing of professional colleagues was especially bad in paleontology. (Meanwhile, a commenter expressed surprise that it wasn’t just biomedical researchers who felt driven to cheat.) I don’t…

Blogroll Amnesty Day

By way of Abel and DrugMonkey (among others), I see that today is Blogroll Amnesty Day. Jon Swift has the must-read post on the origins of the day and what it means now: The idea that links are the capital of the blogosphere seems so obvious that you would think an economist like Atrios of…

links for 2008-02-03

Christina’s LIS Rant: Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose What’s at stake in deciding whether to blog under a pseudonym or under your real name? (tags: blogosphere) Hope for Pandora: Double Dipping What’s worse than mouth bacteria? Hand bacteria. (Do you know where those hands have been?) (tags: medicine food) The Republic…