Integrity of Science

That’s All, Folks

This is the last post for the Pacific Institute’s Integrity of Science blog. We’ve really enjoyed our time at ScienceBlogs and think this is a great community. To quote a walrus, “You’re such a lovely audience, we’d like to take you home with us, we’d love to take you home.” At this time, the Pacific…

In her Aug. 12 column, “Paralyzing fog of certainty on climate” Debra Saunders asserts many things, including that money flows to climate scientists as well as climate skeptics. No argument there. However, she neglects to distinguish between the quality of research this money funds, asking, “Why not posit that there is such a thing as…

Something else is bothering me about yesterday’s USA Today article Science vs. politics gets down and dirty. It’s the implication that scientists are speaking out because of political bent. Science policy professor Daniel Sarewitz of Arizona State University in Tempe says: “I think the opportunity to use science as a political tool against Bush has…

This morning, hotel guests across the country this morning woke up to a chronicle of the divide between science and poltics in USA Today’s “Science vs. politics gets down and dirty.” There’s no need to hit the complimentary continental breakfast for a second cup of coffee when your morning news starts The relationship (between the…

Jesse Springer of Eugene, Oregon is the new Union of Concerned Scientists Science Idol His entry was our pick as well: Established last year, UCS’s “Science Idol” is an annual editorial cartoon contest on the theme of science integrity. Last year’s winning cartoon is here. Check out all of this year’s finalists.

In a nutshell: “This administration’s political appointees might be unique in their contempt for government scientists and the empiric process that shapes their work.” Read “Frog by frog.” Hat-tip to Michael Halpern

A number of voices have weighed in following this months revelation that Surgeon General Richard Cormona had been subject to widespread political restrictions from the White House during his 2002-2006 tenure. Many have held up the story as another example of politics and bias getting in the way of reality-based problem solving — the Kaiser…

The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby had an interesting thought-piece in yesterday’s paper. Did you hear about the religious fundamentalist who wanted to teach physics at Cambridge University? This would-be instructor wasn’t simply a Christian; he was so preoccupied with biblical prophecy that he wrote a book titled “Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the…

Bad News, Bears

Would the oil and gas industry underwrite research that makes the plight of the polar bear seem, well, less dire? Does a polar bear swim in the Arctic? From NewScientist: Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and his colleagues question whether polar bear populations really are declining and if sea ice, on which…

It’s been a while since we checked in with Flamy McGassy, but here’s a toon from a couple months ago. Despite the Supreme Court ruling on C02, Flamy is unabashed in this episode: “Feeling the Heat.” The takeaway message is that despite the Court’s intervention, enemies of science-based decisionmaking still lurk in the EPA. However,…