Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for May, 2008

Which would you totally do if you didn’t know better (and suspect someone might catch you)?

The elder Free-Ride offspring got to go on a field trip this week to an area lagoon. The high points of the visit included seeing a Steller’s Jay (we more frequently encounter scrub jays), looking at a possum skull, and being pointed in the direction of the turkey vultures who were eating the rest of…

How hot was it?

The classroom I taught in this semester was fairly hot. Even when it was chilly outside, the temperature in the classroom was uncomfortably warm. Of course, I think it might have been worse for me (pacing in front of the whiteboard, trying to keep things lively) than for the students most of the time. But…

Connections.

Because it strikes me as somehow related to my last post, and because Memorial Day is the Monday after next, I’m recycling a post I wrote last year for WAAGNFNP: On Memorial Day, because I really needed to do something beside grade papers for awhile, I decided to go to the nursery to buy some…

After what has felt to me like a cooler than usual April and beginning of May, we seem finally to be changing seasons here. (OK, changing seasons with a vengeance — apparently our temperatures yesterday were record highs.) Of course, in this part of California, we have two seasons: the green season and the gold…

There’s an article in Access (the glossy magazine put out by our School of Journalism and Mass Communication) about why so few of our students manage to get their degrees in four years. Part of it has to do with the fact that most of our students work — many the equivalent of full time…

Which do you choose? Behind door #1:

As promised last Friday, today we report the results of our investigation of the solubility properties of an avocado. To get the disappointment out of the way up front, we will not be reporting Ks.p. values. Since we had some around, we decided to use conical tubes to hold the avocado pieces and the experimental…

Busy.

I have at least six things I really want to write blog posts about at the moment, but the day job is a harsh mistress. So instead of a content-laden post, you get a list so you can play along vicariously. In the next nine days, I must:

Cult Book Meme.

I’m still grading, but Bikemonkey tagged me on a book meme and I really want to cross something off my to-do list tonight, so here it is. The rules: books you’ve read in bold and books you started but never quite finished in italics. (In that latter category, I’ll include books from which I’ve read…