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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…

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…

… or Convenient Fiction? News at 11

For those of you in the Bay Area, look for me on TV tonight. I just taped an interview serving as a counterpoint to the AEI and Pacific Research Institute-backed documentary “An Inconvenient Truth … or Convenient Fiction?” Tonight is its World Premeire in San Francisco. Click here for the official line on the documentary.…

With a calculator in one hand and a red pen in the other, the White House Office of Management and Budget is in an ugly light when it comes to scientific integrity and policymaking. The calculator hit yesterday with a recess appointment that is directly related to January’s OMB rule change (see “New Oversight Policy…

A Week of Testimonies

It’s taking all weekend to sort through everything that happened last week, a banner one if you’re concerned about scientific integrity. Thankfully, we can stream the past. The biggest science integrity news of the week had to be the House Committee on Government and Reform’s continued investigation on political interference with climate science. From Chairman…

House Passes Protections for Scientist

From Union of Concerned Scientists: WASHINGTON (March 14, 2007) – The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which would, for the first time, grant federal scientists and contractors the right to expose political interference in their research without fear of retribution. The bill passed by a 331 to 94 vote,…

In Friday NCAA men’s hoops, Arkansas beat Vanderbilt 82-81, advancing the Razorbacks to the SEC Semi Finals and sending the Commodores back to class for now. Now imagine, if following his team’s defeat, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings had had this to say in the post-came news conference: “If you look at the score since half…

We’re Back, With a Funny

It’s been more than 3 weeks, 6 flights, 4 states, 2 presentations, 1 AAAS meeting, 1 new nephew, and more than 1500 new e-mail messages since our last post. Sorry ’bout the lapse. It’s a busy time in the world of scientific integrity, but we hope to be back up to pace shortly. In the…

Two House Committees are currently running a concurrent hearing to discuss revised Executive Order 12866, the January 18 Order that looks to delay and constrain several federal agencies’ abilities to implement new regulations and provide guidance to businesses, doctors, and others. E&E Daily (subscription required) reports that the official in charge of implementing the new…