Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for July, 2009

Today Americans for Medical Progress has announced three recipients for academic year 2009-2010 of the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach, designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of research advocates. From the AMP press release: The importance of animal research to medical progress will be highlighted in projects by three graduate students…

Bastille Day sprog art.

Not that the art has anything to do with Bastille Day, but it seemed like as good an occasion as any to share some more of their work. And, for the record, if art classes somehow lead the Free-Ride offspring to adopt an all-black wardrobe, they are bloody well going to find themselves reading Sartre.…

In the post where I reviewed it, I promised I’d have more to say about Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. As it turns out, I have a lot more to say — so much that I’m breaking it up into three posts so I can keep my trains of thought from colliding.…

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum Basic Books 2009 In this book, Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum set out to alert us to a problem, and they gesture in the direction of a solution to that problem. Despite the subtitle of the book, their target is not…

At his lounge, the Lab Lemming poses an excellent hypothetical question about manuscript review: Suppose you are reviewing a paper. Also assume, that like most papers these days, that it has multiple authors, each of whom applies his expertise to the problem at hand. And finally, assume that you are an expert in some, but…

Actually, the Free-Ride offspring are just taking a few art classes this summer. We haven’t packed them off to live in a garrett somewhere. (Not that we haven’t given the matter thought.) Here are some drawings from their first week.

For the record, this is the entry I would have posted last Friday if I hadn’t been occupied with provisioning for our Independence Day barbecue. (Indeed, regular commenter $0.01 saw me at Trader Joe’s last Friday doing that provisioning. “I haven’t checked the sprog blog yet,” said she. “I haven’t posted it yet!” I replied.)…

Why is it that on hot days, the Free-Ride offspring take up the question of how animals stay warm on cold days? Does this kind of consideration make the heat seem more desirable? Younger offspring: During the winter, why do some animals go underground to get warm? Dr. Free-Ride: Why do you think?

The Colorado Springs Gazette discovered that a summer intern in their newsroom published articles with plagiarized passages. The editor of the paper, Jeff Thomas, deemed this plagiarism a breach of the paper’s trust with the public: [R]eporter Hailey Mac Arthur, a college student doing a summer internship in our newsroom, has been dismissed from The…

In case you’re interested, Paw-talk, a website aimed at humans with pets, invited me over to chat about philosophy, ethics, science, and the use of animals in research. You can find that interview here. It’s also worth noting that the site features a number of interviews with science bloggers you may recognize … perhaps because…