talking science


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I’m sitting in panels and sessions at this great conference on Engineering, Social Justice and Peace which is the 7th annual conference of this kind. Here are only some of the snippets of what I’ve been seeing and hearing:

Polar bears and penguins

It is becoming an annual tradition to post my open letter to the Coca-Cola Corporation. Maybe one of these year’s Coke will listen. Dear Coca-Cola Company, While I have been known to enjoy your products, and never those of your competitor, I am saddened by the misinformation you are spreading in your current advertising campaign.…

Sheril Kirschenbaum and Chris Mooney at The Intersection are spearheading a push to get the candidates running for president to address issues of science and public policy. Their goal: Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision…

The IPCC/Gore Nobel

I am so pleased that the thousands of scientists who have contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are being recognized for the work with the Nobel Peace Prize. And Al Gore is not a bad guy either. Hearing the news on the radio this morning made my day.

I’m almost done grading a massive mound of papers by my freshman. There’s the usual assortment of dismal writing, hilarious colloquialisms, and insight. It’s been an exhausting task (minnow’s teething hasn’t helped), but also a useful one, because the papers have exposed the continuing misconceptions my students have about -ology. The assignment was to select…