Terra Sigillata

Archives for August, 2009

Here’s the updated version of the group, Billionaires For Bush, doing their clever schtick prior to a healthcare town hall forum last evening in Durham, NC (Yes, they are standing in front of a Hummer H2). A robust crowd of 850 people filled the B.N. Duke Auditorium on the campus of North Carolina Central University…

I know that we have been very fortunate to attract a few new readers over the last year or so. For those, and as a reminder to others, I wanted to focus on some of my major blog influences. One of these is Derek Lowe, an early science blogger who is perhaps the only pharmaceutical…

Although I’m American, much of my training and early independent career was influenced by British cancer researchers. At the time, their laboratories were supported by ICRF, the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. In 2002, ICRF merged with the Cancer Research Campaign to create Cancer Research UK (CRUK). I have several friends who work for Cancer Research…

Welcome to the August 2009 edition of Scientiae, the blog carnival of “stories of and from women in science, engineering, technology, and math.” [Apologies at the outset for missing the submission from ScienceWoman, co-blogger at Sciencewomen, entitled, "Unhurried summer mornings"] I’m honored to be the first man invited to host the carnival. The invitation means…

Just a quick note this morning as I picked up the dead-tree version of The New York Times this morning in the PharmDriveway. For some reason, I recognized the name of Anthony DeCurtis in the byline of this short essay on the Manson family Tate-LaBianca murders marking the demise of the 1960s counterculture movement. I…

During the summer between high school and college, about this very time in 1981, I was sitting at a beach house in North Carolina listening to my uncle rail against The Beatles. He held that the band never truly took its fame and international press attention to doing anything good for the world except to…