Integrity of Science

Archives for July, 2007

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…