The Scientific Activist

Archives for July, 2007

If we learned anything from the Atlas of Creation, it’s that we can refute any evidence, regardless of how scientifically sound it is, just by putting a red X across it and writing “FALSE”. Jeremiah McNichols reflects on this at his blog Think In Pictures… and then he takes it one step further. McNichols is…

News for a Scientific Activist

To keep my readers better informed, I’ve added a Google News RSS feed to the sidebar of the blog. It’s currently located just under the search form, although I may move it later. It should deliver the latest headlines from the intersection of science and politics, so hopefully most of the entries that appear on…

Scientific Activism in the News

Today’s New York Times includes a profile of drug safety advocate Dr. Steven E. Nissen by medical business writer Stephanie Saul: His questioning of the safety of the Avandia diabetes medication in late May, for example, prompted a federal safety alert and led to a sales decline of about 30 percent for the drug, which…

Sphere Related Content

You may have noticed a new link at the bottom of each entry that says “Sphere: Related Content” (only on a post’s individual page, not on the home page). If you click on it, a window will come up offering links to related blogs and blog posts. On the top left, you’ll see relevant blog…

Another example of Bush Administration political interference in science came out in October 2006, when it was discovered that Julie MacDonald, the deputy assistant secretary of the interior for fish and wildlife and parks (a political appointee), had actively censored scientific information and inappropriately elevated industry concerns to prevent new additions to the Endangered Species…

In my post earlier today, I stressed the need for the NIH to mandate open access to research publications supported by its funding: As the largest supporter of biomedical research in the US, the NIH has a special obligation to make sure that its (taxpayer funded!) research is published in the public domain. Since May…

General Thoughts on the NIH

I’ve been tagged by Hope for Pandora (who was tagged by DrugMonkey, who was tagged by Writedit) in a blog meme regarding the NIH’s request for feedback on its peer review system. I’m not huge into these blog memes, so I’m not going to pass this along to seven others, but I will share a…

Ira Flatow, of NPR’s Science Friday, reports on the Science Friday blog about being the target of an interesting Republican Party scam, specifically one involving the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC): The phone message on my machine from the NRCC office said that the Congressman [Tom Cole, (R – Oklahoma)] wanted to “recognize me with…

Yesterday, I mentioned the Atlas of Creation a book by Islamic creationist Adnan Oktar (a.k.a. Harun Yahya) sent unsolicited to scientists around the world. My boss also received a copy a few months ago, and yesterday he dug up the enormous volume for me. My first impression was that it was even larger and more…

Take Action on CHIP!

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Senate Finance Committee is considering a $35 billion expansion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP), which is currently scheduled to expire in September. Incredibly enough, President Bush has already declared that he will veto such a bill. This is the same president who, just a year…