Terra Sigillata

Archives for August, 2006

I’m deeply appreciative of all who’ve come out to support my student and former lab intern, Jen, who is riding in her brother’s memory in the Philadelphia LIVESTRONG Challenge 100-mile bike ride for the Lance Armstrong Foundation on 10 Sept 2006. http://www.livestrongchallenge.org/06pa/jenforjon Jon, a Carnegie-Mellon graduate student, crew coach, and all-around monster athlete, died in…

Sadly, we have no Winston Churchills evident among us this evening. We have only Donald Rumsfelds, demonizing disagreement, the way Neville Chamberlain demonized Winston Churchill. But we at least have Keith Olbermann, and an all-too-small handful of journalists willing to call it like it is. You can read the text of his lovely essay and…

I was so happy to learn that this e-mail is still posted on CNN’s website. After I read it a year ago, I paid $55 on eBay for a Joe Horn Saints’ jersey: There was a Saint in New Orleans during the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and his name is Joe Horn, pro-football player for…

I am not worthy

Four years ago at 11:24 am EDT (1624 GMT), your humble blogger was handed the keys to a whole new vocabulary of love. The gift came in the form of a 7 lb. 13 oz. (3,544 gm), 20.5 inch (52 cm) bundle of drooling, peeing, meconium-pooping bundle of baby girl, yanked from an incision in…

No Mickey Mouse operation

The Burnham Institute chooses Orlando. First, some big health systems like Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic established satellite hospitals and clinics across north and south Florida. Now we learn that one of the top non-profit research institutes in the US is setting up shop in Orlando. The article brought to my attention that this is…

The wimpy approval of OTC status today for Plan B emergency contraception only for women 18 and older has me nonplussed. I’ve been disgusted by the intrusion of politics into science and medicine on this issue for quite some time. As some Terra Sig readers know, a major network news outlet keeps the real Dr…

I’ve been terribly remiss in not welcoming the trickle of additions to the ScienceBlogs.com stable, especially Molecule of the Day, the new blog most allied with my subject matter. However, I was not going to miss the Sb launch of one of my faves and long-time members of my very short and poorly-updated blogroll, Thus…

The beauty of being here on ScienceBlogs.com is being part of an international discussion with so many folks from diverse backgrounds. So, on many occasions, commentors have more to say than I, with both broader perspective and greater brevity. In our recent discussion of the Virginia teenage cancer patient who wishes to refuse conventional cancer…

Triangle Bloggers Barbecued???

A Mr. Richard Feder from Fort Lee, New Jersey, writes in and says, Dear Roseanne Roseannadanna, I just read of some bizarre Southern ritual whereby Durham-Chapel Hill-RTP bloggers are meeting this coming Friday for a barbecue. What have Triangle bloggers done to anyone such that they should be barbecued?? The ones here at ScienceBlogs.com seem…

I try to not to be too much of a homer here, especially since moving to ScienceBlogs.com. Instead, I have been running a second blog called Bull City Bully Pulpit for items of local interest that our some of the Terra Sig audience might not care about so much. But with the university academic year…