I actually have a longish post I'm working on (about whistleblowing), plus a bazillion submissions for the upcoming Skeptics' Circle to sort through, but between teaching and grading and coaching and making lunches, well, there are a bunch of important tidbits that will fall through the cracks unless I give you a random bullets post:
*DonorsChoose is in the middle of a California Back to School Challenge, a drive to raise $250,000 to fund teachers' proposals for California classrooms by September 30 -- and they've lined up matches to double contributions. If you're so inclined, toss them a few buck to make a big difference.
*Student Pugwash USA has launched a blog, MindFull, "to engage students across the country in substantive discussion regarding ethical matters that span a variety of science and technology disciplines. The blog will offer regular postings on peace and security, emerging technology, health, energy and environment, and scientific integrity. It will also feature expert guest blogger entries on Wednesdays."
*Say happy 150th birthday to mauve! It's true, and Chemical Heritage has a cool feature article about the birth of the synthetic dye industry
*Last chance for Skeptics' Circle submissions! Get them to me by 3 PM (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, September 13.