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Posts Tagged ‘Research Ethics and Hype’

June 12th, 2017 - 7:49 am § in Misc.

Medical Research During Slavery

Excerpt from: How black slaves were routinely sold as ‘specimens’ to ambitious white doctors” Stephen Kenny, Lecturer in 19th and 20th-century North American History at University of Liverpool  When an elite white enslaver-physician, Charlestonian Elias S. Bennett, published notes reca[...]

February 9th, 2016 - 1:07 am § in Misc., Science

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Man as God: Humans Engineering Evolution

From the NY Times Biologists in the United States and Europe are developing a revolutionary genetic technique that promises to provide an unprecedented degree of control over insect-borne diseases and crop pests. The technique involves a mechanism called a gene drive system, which propels a gene of [...]

December 1st, 2014 - 12:26 pm § in Uncategorized

Scientists revolt against one of Europe’s most ambitious research projects

  Dissenters are threatening to boycott a $1.6 billion attempt to simulate the brain’s workings. from the Global Post:   — If it’s true, as the saying goes, that politics in academia are especially vicious because the stakes are so low, raising the ante doesn’t always seem to improve [...]

January 27th, 2014 - 4:30 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

UPDATE: A Response to OpEds on GWU

Public-University Group Offers Alternative to Obama’s College-Rating Plan                                          This article in The Chronicle raises the very important issue of standards.  Sadly, while this debate is being focused n universities tha[...]

November 25th, 2012 - 10:26 am § in Misc., Science

The (Mad) Scientist

  By Hannah Waters, The Scientist Mad science has always fascinated the public, but that isn’t why Jim Fields, video producer and journalist for Time Magazine, decided to make the documentary, A: Head, B: Body, about White. “I’m intrigued more by him than anything he particularly [...]

March 20th, 2012 - 10:16 am § in America, Hypocrisy

Gay Marriage

“The state does not ‘own’ the institution of marriage. Nor does the church. The honourable estate of matrimony precedes both the state and the church, and neither of these institutions have the right to redefine it in such a fundamental way. If marriage is redefined, those who believe in t[...]

February 28th, 2012 - 12:49 am § in Religion, The Ave Scene

Reconciliation: Faust comes to science.

Scientific Spirit How romantics and technophiles can reconcile our love-hate relationship with scientific progress by Joseph Grosso Published in the March/April 2011 Humanist ShareThis In March 2009 headlines blared across the front pages of New York’s Daily News that were at once stimulating, sca[...]

January 22nd, 2012 - 11:13 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges, Science, UW

IRB Extremism

Institutional Review Boards Overstepping Their Roles  … from Gwendolyn Bradley The AAUP recently submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services in response to proposed new rule making on institutional review boards, the campus bodies that oversee research on human subjects[...]