The Scientific Activist

Archives for January, 2009

Last Friday the British Minister of Science, Paul Drayson, visited the science area of Oxford University to give a short speech and take questions. The audience was a fairly random assortment of a couple of hundred academics and students, mostly from the sciences. I was invited to fill one of ten graduate student slots granted…

Checking In

Since my earlier post was my first in over a month and a half, and since blogging was sporadic before then, I suppose I owe my readers an explanation. Basically, it boils down to the fact that like so many of you, I’ve just been busy. Really busy. For the last several months, I’ve been…

As the day’s inauguration festivities approach their finale, if you’re anything like me the whole experience still feels a bit surreal. However, thinking back to Obama’s inauguration address, the one part that really stands out in my mind came from the middle, when he spoke about national security and civil liberties. Specifically, the following paragraph,…