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Archives for September, 2010

We want to hire a biologist!

The UMM biology program is looking to replace a recent retiree, and we need someone who is an excellent teacher, competent to teach cell biology and a basic genetics course, and with some interesting expertise that can be used for upper level electives in your specialty and can provide undergraduate research opportunities. We will need…

The permanent thread could use a little amusement, and this video offers it. Ask a scientist whether they believe in god, and what you get is an I-can’t-believe-you-asked-me-that look; ask them about their work, and they get all enthusiastic and passionate. That’s fairly universal among any group of scientists. (Current totals: 11,090 entries with 1,137,575…

He’s done it again. It’s another comic that mocks biologists. It’s entirely true, but that’s beside the point — he’s exposing us! And yes, I know that he’s married to a parasitologist, which just means he’s been given direct insight into the mind of a biologist and will be using that information against us. This…

Obsessed with a gay young man

Anderson Cooper nailed Andrew Shirvell. Shirvell has been on a long-running crusade against a fellow named Chris Armstrong, creating a blog called “Chris Armstrong Watch” (always a bad sign), picketing his house, monitoring his facebook page, making wild accusations that Armstrong is abusing his power, etc., etc., etc. Shirvell is the perfect picture of insanity.…

Watch your language, young lady!

We often get remarks from people that the Pharyngula comments are a cesspool, that I ought to moderate more, that people use intemperate language and even profanity in their discussions…and, you know, I just roll my eyes and ignore these silly bluenoses and their prissy airs. We’re adults here. I am not a playground monitor.…

The class writes

I told you I’ve got my development class blogging, and here’s the update for this week. Hannah’s blog discusses recent observations in blind cavefish. Lisa’s Ledger is about a new Alzheimer-associated gene. Development from a naiad is on a brief break while the author does some extracurricular traveling. Kele’s Science Blog goes above and beyond…

Show me

Larry Moran is as exasperated as I am with these so-called allies who accuse the Gnu Atheists of ignorance of the ‘sophisticated’ modern arguments for gods and the rationality of theists. We keep being told we’re know-nothings who are simply unaware of the great stuff that believers actually believe, yet somehow, these defenders of the…

For the teachers

(via Greg Laden)

Stuart Pivar has responded

Stuart Pivar has replied to my criticisms. He’s very quick. It’s too bad he isn’t rational. Dear Dr. Myers, My paper, “The Origin of the Vertebrate Skeleton,” published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, does not describe what is observed in embryology. I never made this claim. The references in the paper illustrate and support…

When I was much younger…

The local newspaper would print out the names of all of the kids who made it onto the school honor roll, and my grandma would pinch my cheek and tell me what a good boy I was for studying hard. I do wonder how she would respond to making it onto the Playboy Honor Roll.…