Owing to summer-session teaching and a sprained ankle, I have been less attentive to the churn of online happenings than I usually am, but an email from SciCurious brought to my attention a recent controversy about a blogger's "self-plagiarism" of his own earlier writing in his blog posts (and in one of his books)...
There's scientific knowledge. There are the dedicated scientists who make it, whether laboring in laboratories or in the fields, fretting over data analysis, refereeing each other's manuscripts or second-guessing themselves.And, well, there are some crackpots.I'm not talking dancing-on-the-edge-of-the-paradigm folks, nor cheaters who seem to be on a quest for fame or profit...
Plagiarism -- presenting the words or ideas (among other things) of someone else as one's own rather than properly citing their source -- is one of the banes of my professorial existence...
In the "Ethics in Science" course I regularly teach, students spend a good bit of time honing their ethical decision-making skills by writing responses to case studies.
It is probably no surprise to my regular readers that I get a little exercised about the science wars that play out across the U.S. in various school boards and court actions.
Drugmonkey takes issue with the assertion that mentoring is dead*: Seriously? People are complaining that mentoring in academic science sucks now compared with some (unspecified) halcyon past?Please...
One of the courses I teach regularly at my university is "Ethics in Science," a course that explores (among other things) what's involved in being a good scientist in one's interactions with the phenomena about which one is building knowledge, in one's interactions with other scientists, and in one's interactions with the rest of the world...
A few weeks back, Chemjobber had an interesting post looking at the pros and cons of a PhD program in chemistry at a time when job prospects for PhD chemists are grim.
You may recall (as I and my offspring do) the controversy about six years ago around the demotion of Pluto. There seemed to me to be reasonable arguments on both sides, and indeed, my household included pro-Pluto partisans and partisans for a new, clear definition of "planet" that might end up leaving Pluto on the exo-planet side of the line...
During one of my trips this spring, I had the opportunity to read Carl Elliott's book White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine .
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