Terra Sigillata

Archives for March, 2009

I just had a chance to check in on a triad of posts by Prof Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science (1, 2, 3) on the ethical issues of the conduct of studies, particularly clinical trials, supported by the US NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). For background, NCCAM was…

The local food movement is not local here in the sprawling US. Hence why am posting this note here. North Carolina beer saint and local-ag brewer, Sean Lily Wilson, will be on the radio in about an hour. We featured Sean back in January when the state’s flagship newspaper named him Tar Heel of the…

I am truly humbled by reader response to my Thursday post on the 12th anniversary of my father’s death. What began as a simple journaling exercise interspersed with some great photos provided by my sister has become one of my most highly-read and most-commented posts. I don’t want to comment too much lest I take…

Blogfather, editor, and science journalist extraordinaire, Anton Zuiker, is selling his house. Tomorrow, they are hosting an open house: Help me sell my house – invite your NC friends to stop by our open house Sun, 3/15 at 2pm. http://bit.ly/Q8UoZ Although nestled in tall pines, the home is exceptionally bright and comfortable, and the hardwood…

Well, the living nightmare that is my home office refuses to clean itself completely. So , I am left with all the best intentions but no pie to contribute to the Pi Day competition. I had intended to bake PharmGirl’s great-grandmother’s old Southern traditional coconut pie. Alas, it was not to be. From PharmGirl’s Facebook…

Even though it’s Saturday morning, drinking coffee while getting ready to take the PharmKid to ballet class, I’m not usually one to throw up YouTube videos as blog posts without any context. However, my dear friend, frequent commenter, and devoted traffic-driver, anjou, passed this along to me. I’ve never really gotten into the whole spoken-word…

Dear Dad, With Love

Today marks 12 years since you died. Well, it might have been today, possibly yesterday, I hope not too many days ago. You see, you died alone in your apartment you rented from your sister downstairs. Yet no one checked on you as your mail accumulated Monday and Tuesday. One of your drinking buddies from…

Wayne Sutton is to social media what Bora Zivkovic is to science blogging. So, I got this tweet today from Wayne from Blackhippychick’s Blog on 100 Black Twitterers of note: Are you curious to know what the African American Community is twittering about then check out these 100 Black Twitters. The ones chosen except in…

Back in February 2007, we had a lively discussion on a post about pharmacist objection to filling prescriptions for drugs they felt went again their personal moral stance: from morning-after pills to garden-variety oral contraceptives. I held that since pharmacists are licensed by the state to provide a service to the citizenry (and they make…

I’m very proud today to see one of my formative professors, Dr Fulton Crews, quoted extensively in a USAToday article on a new, web-based alcohol awareness initiative, “Rethinking Drinking,” from NIH’s National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. While many associate heavy drinking with liver problems, it can…