The Scientific Activist

Archives for February, 2007

A couple of current American Rhodes Scholars ruffled a few feathers today after writing an unabashedly critical account of their Oxford experiences for their undergraduate alma mater’s paper, The Harvard Crimson. Melissa Dell and Swati Mylavarapu write: Take it from two veterans, the glitter and prestige of big name scholarships may be less appealing under…

Back in my undergraduate days at Texas A&M University, I often lobbied for there to be a student representative on the A&M Board of Regents (the organization that governs the university). With issues such as skyrocketing tuition negatively affecting A&M’s students, I thought that it was important for the students to have their own voice…

Last year’s Valentine’s Day entry was quite a hit, so here it is again. (13 February 2006) We all know how normal people celebrate Valentine’s Day: either going out on a hot date or, more likely, sulking alone at home and possibly crying themselves to sleep. Many of you, though, may wonder how scientists–those mysterious…

As 2008 approaches, many of the Republican contenders for the Presidency will try to paint themselves as moderates. An article in today’s Washington Post, though, underlines why we should be weary of their empty rhetoric. Romney, who is expected to formally enter the presidential race today in Dearborn, Mich., has been particularly aggressive. In October…