Terra Sigillata

Archives for July, 2008

Unlike the blogosphere and some unhinged stakeholders, I’ve been quietly watching the PZ Myers crackergate episode unfold. My concerns have been less theological than educational, primarily because I am the beneficiary of an arm of the University of Florida public higher education system. I’ve been beating my head against the wall as to why the…

Jake Young, the MD/PhD student blogging at Pure Pedantry, has a great post this week on the detection of a novel formulation of the erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) erythropoietin in Riccardo Riccó, the Italian cyclist who was thrown out of the Tour de France. Jake’s post is a superb primer on the use of this…

Giuilani and Duke

Yes, I know that my science blogging has been light as of late but I couldn’t resist putting up this article I found in today’s local fishwrapper. Two of the most polarizing names in American politics and US collegiate athletics, respectively, come together as Rudy Giuliani’s son sues Duke University for being booted from their…

As you may have read elsewhere on ScienceBlogs, a bunch o’ bloggers will be converging on New York City (“The City” as I knew it growing up) on Saturday, 9 August. Seed Media Group, the host of this blog network, is proposing a meet the bloggers session sometime around 3 pm EDT somewhere in the…

I was originally going to let this one lie since I was so late to the game: Jacob Goldstein at WSJ’s Health Blog picked up on a recent NEJM perspective paper by Harvard Medical School Dean for Medical Education, Jules L Dienstag, MD, describing the need and justification for re-examining the pre-med curriculum. In the…

Karen Ventii got her Ph.D.!!!

Go on over and offer your best wishes to Dr. Ventii. She was just awarded her Ph.D. in cancer biochemistry from Emory University in Atlanta. Karen writes the blog, Science to Life. Congratulations, Karen!

This is not Twin Falls, Idaho

In my previous post on race-based vitamins where I invoked the bitingly satirical publication, The Onion, I noted something funny about their frontpage photograph that accompanied the article, Man Returns To Place Of Birth To Mate. BTW, it’s quite a clever article, as usual: TWIN FALLS, ID–In one of nature’s most stirring and mysterious rituals,…

[Posted originally on 19 July but updated to include more information on BiDil] DrugMonkey alerted me to this gem at Light-skinned-ed Girl on a company called GenSpec Labs who are marketing, African American-, Hispanic-, and Caucasian-focused vitamin supplements. Seriously. I thought this was a link to The Onion. The GenSpec promotion is a completely asinine…

Among my favorite wines are those made from old-vine zinfandel, defined as vines with an age of greater than 50 years. Immigrants to the US from Italy, as well as Croatia and Eastern Europe, planted vines in various parts of California over 100 years ago, well before systematic irrigation. Most of these old, untamed vines…

Arachnologist and diplopodologist Dr Jason E Bond at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, is most recently well-known for naming a spider (Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi) after Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Neil Young. Kristin Day of The Daily Reflector is now reporting that Professor Bond has agreed to name a spider after Stephen Colbert, Comedy…