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Robert May on the State of UK Science

Recently I came across a Nature commentary article (subscription required) by Robert May, former president of the Royal Society. Published in June of this year, May’s article commented on the state of UK science as the government transitioned from the leadership of Tony Blair to Gordon Brown. As I read it I couldn’t help but…

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…

Wait… is that smoke coming out of the upstairs window? Uh oh. That can’t be good….

Last week, I attended a seminar at the Oxford Internet Institute presented by J. Ignacio Criado and entitled “Political Blogging in Campaign and Political Communication: Political Leadership 2.0?” (see my announcement and the event’s abstract here). My impressions are mixed, particularly in relation to the relevance of the seminar and the methods and conclusions of…

This one is for my readers in Oxford. The Oxford Internet Institute is hosting what could be a semi-relevant and interesting talk this Wednesday at noon. Here are the details: Title: Political Blogging in Campaign and Political Communication: Campaigning for Political Leadership 2.0? Speaker: J. Ignacio Criado (OII Visiting Fellow) When: Wednesday 8 August 2007…

Since it’s suddenly all over the media that Oxford University is using Facebook to dig up dirt on students, here’s the email that I received from the Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) yesterday: It has been brought to the attention of the Student Union that the Proctors have been using evidence gathered from Facebook for…

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…

This announcement is a couple of days late, so please accept my apologies, although I can blame it in part on a lack of internet access. Anyways, as of 15:30 GMT last Thursday (August 17th), after enduring what was surely the longest transfer viva in the history of man (two and a half hours–hell, they…

Since January, I’ve been covering Oxford’s animal rights movement, and the response of local scientists, primarily through the organization Pro-Test. This post from the archives describes a particularly informative Pro-Test event. (26 May 2006) On Monday, May 22nd, an audience of about 100 people joined the pro-research organization Pro-Test at a public meeting in the…

Pro-Test in Pictures and Sound

I’ve been following Oxford’s pro-research organization Pro-Test since its inception, and a few weeks ago I wrote a post describing its second large march through the streets of Oxford. Pro-Test has received quite a bit of well-deserved press in general, but I was recently directed to another very comprehensive account of the latest march. On…