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Archives for February, 2008

There are responsible ways to present medical information and irresponsible ways. I will say at the outset that I have no ethical issues with discussing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with cancer patients, as long as the information presented is based in fact. So it was no surprise to me and actually quite alarming to…

Last week, we discussed the cowardly terrorist act toward UCLA’s Dr Edythe London which was then expanded upon quite forcefully by Mark Hoofnagle at his denialism blog. While we spend a fair bit of time around these parts questioning the leadership of the US national health agency, this statement of response from NIH is quite…

Disappearance of Tiffany Sessions

Nineteen years ago, University of Florida junior, Tiffany Sessions, disappeared from her townhouse complex in Gainesville, Florida. What happened to her remains a mystery today. While a graduate student, a certain pharmacology blogger lived for two years in the same complex as Miss Tiffany up until five weeks before she disappeared. Along with a few…

Go ask Alice. . .

I’m an engineer. But a comparatively weird engineer: a feminist, radical, social justice-y engineer. In my research, I combine theoretical frameworks from women’s studies, sociology, science and technology studies to apply to the study of engineering and engineering education – I like to think of my work as feminist engineering research. With that introduction, Dr…

Another Wine Experience – Spanish wines from Ribera del Duero and Rioja By Erleichda The gathering of Jim’s Disciples met at a nearby BYOB restaurant that we had used before for the monthly wine dinner. Most of the diners were outside on the patio enjoying a marvelous summer evening, while the ten of us gathered…

I’ll leave my neuropharmacology and neuroscience colleagues to comment in greater detail on this story (see earlier DrugMonkey post), but this report is just in from AP on Heath Ledger’s toxicology report: The cause of death was “acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine,” spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said…

I received a special missive this morning from the Foundation for Biomedical Research that reported the home of UCLA nicotine researcher, Dr Edie London, was vandalized/terrorized by a fire set to a “device” on her front porch. The story now appears at the Los Angeles Times: London, a professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences and…

DrugMonkey welcome post at Page 3.14

For those looking for some new material here, I wanted to say that I spent my energy on the first post of the week for a piece over at the ScienceBlogs editor’s blog, Page 3.14. Readers may recall that I sang the praises of the DrugMonkey blog here a few weeks ago on the occasion…

Rise Up: Blogroll Amnesty Day

Yesterday was the 1st anniversary of Blogroll Amnesty Day, originally proposed by a reasonably prominent blogger who used the occasion to relieve himself of guilt when purging his blogroll and building back up only a list of those he reads regularly. I learned via my new homies, PhysioProf and DrugMonkey that Jon Swift and Skippy…

Corporate blogging

Many of us who are principal investigators of academic research laboratories operate essentially as CEOs of our little empires. Therefore, I throw out to the Terra Sig readership a very interesting Sunday morning story entitled, “Bloggin’ Bosses”, by Frank Nelson of the Raleigh News & Observer. Of course, true CEO bloggers have to contend with…