Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for April, 2007

Several people have emailed to let me know that some commenting is going on at the Volokh Conspiracy over what qualifies as “fair use.” Its cool that some experts in law might chime in. Check it out.

So, as I mentioned before, Dr. Irene Pepperberg is in Ann Arbor to deliver a lecture at the annual Neuroscience Spring Symposia today. Also giving talks is Dr. Steven Finkbeiner from UCSF (on neurodegeneration in Huntington’s) and Dr. Clifford Saper from Harvard/Deaconess (on hypothalamic regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms). But last night was the…

Irene Pepperberg at UM NOW!

I just got back from picking up Irene Pepperberg from the Detroit airport and dropping her off at a hotel here in Ann Arbor. A while back I interviewed her for Friday Grey Matters, and afterwards suggested to the UM Neuro peeps on high that she be an invited speaker for the Neuroscience Spring Symposia!…

Univ. of Michigan To My Rescue!

Got this from UM’s publishing license negotiation team. I asked for permission to publish the email, and they said sure. I removed names just in case anybody decided to be over-zealous again. —————- Hi Shelley, I’m the Electronic Resources Officer at the University of Michigan Library, i.e. one of the people responsible for negotiating licenses…

Looks like the big dogs are coming out to play: Science Journal (Almost) Polices the Blogosphere

Last week I came across an interesting press release on a strange phenomenon: vocal ‘naming’ of parrot chicks by their mothers. At the time of that posting I hadn’t come across the primary journal article, but a few commenters were kind enough to point me in the direction of this paper by Wanker et al,…

I have another post coming out later today for Friday Grey Matters, but I just had to put up a link to this amazing parrot-post at the Lounge of the Lab Lemming. In America, the nuts of the sweet gum tree are prickly, indestructible annoyances: It was a family joke that they were so indestructible…

Picture from Grant Robertson. In an interesting turn of events, it was announced on Page 3.14 (the editorial blog of ScienceBlogs) that there will be an ongoing, online discussion of fair use issues here. How do copyright and fair use laws, framed before the internet was a twinkle in the eye, apply in the world…

Earlier today I noticed this blog post on a Nature Blog, (cross posted here) specifically on FnL – Euan Adie’s blog, who was overly critical of the science blogosphere’s response to the ‘Fair Use’ kerfuffle (WileyGate?). He opined that it was quite unlikely that there was any big conspiracy going on. I agree. I think…

Thats what some bloggers have suggested. Well, am I? Some may call it cowardly, but here was my response: Sorry, guess I’m not as brave as you. Perhaps its is all well and good for people to try to take a confrontation stance on these issues however my first line of defense will always be…