The Scientific Activist

Archives for September, 2007

Via A Blog Around the Clock comes news that the Senate will be voting on mandatory public access to NIH research later this month (on September 28, apparently). Such a bill has already passed the House (in July 2007). The Alliance for Taxpayer Access is urging citizens to contact their Senators in support of this…

Earlier this year, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article for The New Yorker called “Open Secrets” in which he discussed the distinction between two types of problems: what he called “puzzles”, which are simpler, and “mysteries”, which are more complex. Building on the work of national security expert Gregory Treverton, he wrote: “Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts…

From the Archives: My 9/11 Story

Last year, I recounted my personal experience on September 11, 2001, and I offered some commentary about what that day–and the events of the ensuing year–meant to me and to American politics in general. I’ve reposted my 9/11 story again this year, below. (11 September 2006) When I was a freshman in college, at Texas…

Only in Oxford…

The following email was recently sent out to members of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford: Sometime between last Wednesday, 5th, and yesterday Sunday 9th, about two and a half tons of lead roofing was stripped from the top of the building on the outside of the deer park (at the southern, Holywell St…

The following is a transcript of the remarks I delivered to the Texas Aggie Democrats at Texas A&M University on September 5, 2007 (and I’ve added some links). I start out talking a little bit about the work I did in the organization when I was a student there, but I eventually get into the…

This one is for my readers at Texas A&M University. I’m currently visiting Texas for a couple of weeks, and I’ll be speaking at the first meeting of the semester of the Texas Aggie Democrats this Wednesday, 5 September, at 8:30 pm in Rudder 502. I’ll be talking a bit about the Democratic Party in…