Terra Sigillata

Archives for October, 2007

Welcome, Reader: This post was updated on Halloween 2009 to remedy linkrot and add an interesting tidbit on the famous Macbeth passage. As it is likely you ended up here via a search engine, click here to go to the updated post. Have you ever wondered, perhaps on 31 October, why witches are depicted as…

One Day Left for DonorsChoose Drive

I chose not to plague you with incessant reminders to contribute to our drive to raise funds for projects at DonorsChoose.org – where public school teachers propose class projects and you decide which ones to fund. Just one post at kickoff and another halfway through. We just completed the drive for our local NPR station…

Perhaps you’ve stumbled on this post late at night while tending to a child suffering from a cold. Well, I’ve been reading a fair bit lately about the 18-19 October meeting of the FDA’s joint meeting of their Nonprescription Drug and Pediatric Advisory Committees, trying to make sense about calls to restrict or prohibit the…

Thoughts About Gender in Science

The Scientiae blog carnival has been soliciting posts for their November edition on “talking to yourself.” Zuska brought this theme to the attention of some of us guy bloggers and carnival host Yami at Green Gabbro elaborated as follows: …the past few Scientiae carnivals have been composed entirely of women’s voices. While I think it’s…

The always-insightful blog commenter, PhysioProf, had a terrific post yesterday on DrugMonkey about managing the various types of trainees in a research laboratory. Some are focused on just doing interesting science. Some are working towards the goal of eventually achieving scientific independence and becoming independent PIs themselves. Some don’t know why they are doing what…

This message has now appeared on the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting site: UPDATE: Southern California Fires & Annual Meeting As Neuroscience 2007 approaches, SfN is monitoring the fires in the greater San Diego County area very closely and we continue to be in regular contact with area officials. While the situation is a tragedy…

Over at the WSJ Health Blog, Ron Winslow breaks the news that Jerry Bishop has passed away from lung cancer at age 76. Winslow is an outstanding sci/med journalist in his own right and provides us with a detailed retrospective of Bishop’s career and his role as a science writing mentor. In his 42 years…

We wrote a few days ago on the disappointing discontinuation of Pfizer’s Exubera, the first inhaled insulin product. The always-insightful Dr Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline has an excellent commentary on this case, including his own take on the futility of putting lipstick on a pig: 1. Marketing isn’t everything. The next time someone…

Update 27 October: For those of you landing on this post via search engines, this message has now appeared on the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting site: UPDATE: Southern California Fires & Annual Meeting As Neuroscience 2007 approaches, SfN is monitoring the fires in the greater San Diego County area very closely and we continue…

Getting a Rise Out of Helium

Sci/Med blogging is an interesting pastime. You can spend a tremendous amount of time writing a post and get two comments and 30 total viewers, or you can write a brief post about your daughter asking where helium comes from and get many more commenters and nearly a thousand viewers. Clearly, the five-year-old is a…