Terra Sigillata

Archives for May, 2008

I’m not sure whether this story qualifies as alternative medicine or religion, or neither. I throw it out to you because I and other sci/med bloggers widely criticize the infiltration of so-called alternative medicine in our academic medical centers. But here in today’s Health Journal section of the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Beck tells us…

I had a lovely chat with PharmMom today and I am truly grateful for her example and all of the opportunities she gave me. Mom, I love you – but I urge you and all of my readers to saunter over to Thesis – With Children written by acmegirl, one of the stars-to-be of the…

Effective science communication and science advocacy in the public arena has been much discussed in the science blogosphere. But is ranting on science and medical blogs the most effective way to promote science, especially in the United States? I’ve had some discussions with other scientists, including blog colleague PhysioProf, who submit that the best way…

Alison McCook has a lengthy article now up on The Scientist website that illustrates how NIH grant funding shortfalls are coming home to roost, with soft money faculty first to be jettisoned. In 2007, more than 4,000 NIH-funded researchers were denied grant renewals. For some, that means they have to close up shop. The article…

Sorry to get to this so late but I wanted to weigh on an excellent post from my cancer blogging colleague, Orac, the other day on the investigation of CAM therapies in cancer. The post covers a lot of ground, as expected from any of Orac’s exhaustive missives, but I wanted to focus on the…

We’re not a political blog here but I certainly care about politics as it relates to national science policy and social justice. Last night, North Carolina’s Jim Neal lost in his bid to fight against Sen Elizabeth Dole for her seat in the US Senate. Pam Spaulding at Pam’s House Blend has all the details…

Debunking “bunkum”

I did not know this: In the spirit of our recent hosting of the Tar Heel Tavern blog carnival and our general posts on debunking alternative medicine, I learned today about the source of these two words with ties to the homeland. Miss Cellania’s always informative posts at mental_floss blog linked today to Neatorama’s, 10…

Well, we kept the polls open as long as possible and some bloggers voted early and often while others waited ’til the last minute. We’ve had some locals and some out-of-staters with recollections of North Carolina. So, without further adieu, the NC primary edition of the Tar Heel Tavern: NC Politics Political bloggers in the…

I was unaware the DrugMonkey and PhysioProf were on the payroll of The Onion. I’m not a behaviorial pharmacologist but I know quite a few and it didn’t keep me from howling out loud at yet another gem from one of my favorite satirical pubs.

Something to make Bora smile

Awhile back, I was given a PLoS T-shirt by Bora Zivkovic, science blogger extraordinaire and online community manager for PLoS-ONE, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science. Every time I wear the dang thing, someone says something to me about the Open Access journal movement. Of course, I live in a rather science-dense…