Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for November, 2008

This summer, I had the pleasure of having coffee in Palo Alto with Eva. She had been to the Exploratorium the day before, where, in the gift shop, she picked up a couple cool science books for the sprogs. “Of course, you’ll have to blog them!” she said. Of course! Today, we look at one…

In the event that your horoscope in this morning’s paper was not sufficiently informative, there is a website that will take the URL of your blog and return an analysis of your personality type. Is it accurate? Well, here’s what Typealyzer makes of me:

Excuses for discounting people.

In a comment on another post, Alex gently reminds me that what counts as a leak from the science/technology/engineering/math pipeline depends on your point of view:

… and the university, in turn, fires the professor. You’ve probably already seen this story. Loye Young, an adjunct professor at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, warned his students (as we all do) against plagiarism. Indeed, as reported by Inside Higher Ed, he included this statement in his fall course syllabus for his management…

Permanent budget crisis.

There are some newspaper stories that must be pretty easy to write at this point because it seems like they’re essentially the same year in and year out. California is having another budget crisis, and the Californians who are going to take it in the teeth are students — especially students in the California State…

So, at the end of the PSA I was so sick that I took to my overpriced hotel bed, forgoing interesting papers and the prospect of catching up with geographically dispersed friends in my field who I can only count on seeing every two years at the PSA. I managed to get myself back home…

Friday Sprog Blogging: dog days.

I’m still trying to get out from under the monstrous head cold given to me by the younger Free-Ride offsrping just in time for last week’s trip to Pittsburgh. The sprogs have actually given me wide berth this week, as if they expect me to mutate the germs and give them back. How well they…

It turns out that the session on electronic scholarship I mentioned didn’t really get into the defining characteristics of electronic scholarship, nor how it might differ from “digital media”. (Part of this had to do with trying to fit spiels from nine speakers into a 75 minute session while still allowing time for discussion. You…

This is not an exhaustive account of my experiences at the PSA so far, but rather what’s at the top of my Day-Quil-addled head:

A conversation last Thursday, amid rain and wind, as we watched the elder Free-Ride offspring’s soccer game: Dr. Free-Ride: How are you doing? Younger offspring: Brrr! Dr. Free-Ride: Well, why don’t you zip up both your warm layer and your raincoat? Younger offspring: OK. Why does zipping them up keep you warmer? Dr. Free-Ride: Well,…