Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for March, 2010

Longtime readers of this blog may remember last year’s orgy of pies on the run-up to Pi Day (March 14th, or 3-14). This March at Casa Free-Ride, there’s been less pie making, in large part due to the fact that I’m no longer on sabbatical (either from my job or from coaching soccer). But the…

Because there are some conversations you have to have with your kids even if you wish you didn’t have to have them: Dr. Free-Ride: I wanted to talk to you about a situation that has come up for a friend of mine and is a little worrisome. So, you know I went down to UCLA…

Why is it that it’s not until you’re right in the middle of a class discussion, one where lots of people are actively engaged, asking good questions and raising important issues, and where you know that you are working against the clock to get all the contributions in, that you discover …

Back in January, at ScienceOnline2010, Sheril Kirshenbaum, Dr. Isis, and I led a session called “Online Civility and Its (Muppethugging) Discontents”. Shortly after the session, I posted my first thoughts on how it went and on the lessons I was trying to take away from it. Almost two months later, I’m ready to say some…

Question for the hivemind.

Which has a larger carbon footprint: An office that uses a photocopier or an office that uses carbon paper?

It’s been awhile since the Free-Ride offspring have shared their artwork. Today, we offer some of their drawings of animals. From the younger Free-Ride offspring: Tigers. They may look cute, but you don’t want to get near them when they’re hungry.

Let’s say you’re a book review editor for a large circulation science periodical. You receive books from publishers and you look for scientists with the relevant expertise to write reviews that really engage the content of the books they are reviewing. The thing with having the relevant expertise, though, is that it may put you…

The semester must be in full swing, because suddenly I have an abundance of papers to grade. So I’m using a brief pause (between grading one stack of papers and grading another stack of papers) to share a grading-aid I just figured out at the end of last semester. Typically, by the time the stacks…

When to cancel class.

At Dot Physics, Rhett Allain discusses his philosophy about class meetings: Here is the point I am trying to make – class is for students. Class is not for me. Students pay for classes, so they should get them. Here is the other point. If a student chooses not to come to class, that is…