Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for September, 2008

Actually, this might just be a question about my typing habits.

In the last post, we started looking at the results of a 2006 study by Raymond De Vries, Melissa S. Anderson, and Brian C. Martinson [1] in which they deployed focus groups to find out what issues in research ethics scientists themselves find most difficult and worrisome. That post focused on two categories the scientists…

In the U.S., the federal agencies that fund scientific research usually discuss scientific misconduct in terms of the big three of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism (FFP). These three are the “high crimes” against science, so far over the line as to be shocking to one’s scientific sensibilities. But there are lots of less extreme ways…

Recipe: lemon-chard soup.

By request, here’s a reconstruction of the recipe for the lemon-chard soup we made with the rainbow chard from the garden:

Garden update: day 64.

Another installment of the ongoing saga of the raised garden beds I planted back in July, in which we get to start enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of our labors.

Mediterranean jellies.

In browsing through my photo library, I stumbled on pictures from my last trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium of a jellyfish I haven’t blogged yet, the Mediterranean jelly (Cotylorhiza tuberculata). I consulted the Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Field Guide and discovered that it isn’t listed. That hardly seems fair!

Stories about the honeybee crisis and colony collapse disorder (CCD) keep turning up in the news (at least here in California, where we grow so many big cash crops like almonds that rely on honeybees to pollinate them). But it turns out that getting to the bottom of CCD is made more difficult by the…

The congresscritter in question being Sherwood Boehlert, who represented New York’s 24th Congressional district (1983-2007), and chaired the House Science Committee (2001-2007). Boehlert offers this advice in a video called “Speaking for Science: Bringing Your Message to Policymakers,” available for download from the American Chemical Society website.* The video presents two scenarios in which a…

Do not claim to have earned a degree (or degrees) that you did not in fact earn. Degree-granting institutions maintain records of degree recipients. Eventually, chances are good that someone will check. And even if your talents are worth more to your position than a degree could be, your dishonesty will be held against you.…

Sprog art: dreaming of a rat.

The elder Free-Ride offspring drew this lovely rat in a thought-bubble. The critter who is dreaming of an encounter with this rat is revealed below.