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What’s a good citizen to do if he or she thinks that cough and sneeze is swine flu? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. This afternoon I’ve…

Seed’s “Rightful Place” Project

Perhaps you have noticed our newly redesigned front page, and on that page, a link to the Rightful Place Project. In his inaugural address, President Obama promised to restore science to its “rightful place”. Seed Media Group is starting a dialog in response, asking the question “What is science’s rightful place?”, through Seed Magazine and…

How To Ruin A Cityscape

I wasn’t able to blog this when I first saw it in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Dec. 19, but it annoyed me so much I hung onto the paper and saved it for a time when I could. The typical traffic light is roughly the size of a large table fan. The hardware necessary to…

Washington Post reports on the appointment of Susan Orr: The Bush administration again has appointed a chief of family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who has been critical of contraception.

Kudos to the Al – and the Nobel Committee

By now you’ve no doubt heard that Al Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I must confess that this announcement gives me no small degree of schadenfreude when I think of how the denizens of the White House must be feeling about this. The LA…

Men [Sick]

Have you read the Nature editorial? Have you read my earlier post about it? Maybe what you are wanting is a deeper textual analysis of the editorial itself. You’ve come to the right place. Men [sick] Our 1869 mission statement is out of date. That’s what the bitchy, complaining women are making us say. It…

Have Cash, Will Pay For Truthiness

Low on cash? Need to repay student loans? Not bothered by morals or respect for reality? Then the American Enterprise Institute has a deal for you! … according to an article in The Guardian, a British newspaper [the AEI], a right-leaning think tank that has received more than $1.6-million from Exxon Mobil, wrote letters to…

Grant Proposal Submission At The Ministry

Most of you are no doubt aware of this, but it’s been ages since I’ve had to submit a government grant proposal (one of the perks of unemployment). But I just read in the Jan. 12 Chronicle of Higher Education a First Person article by Carol Kolmerten about the exciting new world of Grants.gov.

Global Warming In The Right World

Today marks the debut of guest-blogger Cynthia Burack at TSZ. A professor at the Ohio State University, Cynthia is a political scientist who tools are feminist political theory and political psychology. We have worked together in the past on several projects, including work on group dynamics and resistance to diversity (see sidebar, NWSA Journal article)…

Holiday Gift Guide

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a little tongue-in-cheek holiday gift guide in the December 8 issue. I really liked this item: the Scientific Integrity Calendar, published by the Union of Concerned Scientists and available at their website.