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Doing Good Science

Building knowledge, training new scientists, sharing a world.

You’re not rehabilitated if you keep deceiving.

Regular readers will know that I view scientific misconduct as a serious harm to both the body of scientific knowledge and the scientific community involved in building that knowledge.

October 12, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Communicating with the public, being out as a scientist.

In the previous post, I noted that scientists are not always directly engaged in the project of communicating about their scientific findings (or about the methods they used to produce those findings) to the public.

September 30, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Are scientists who don’t engage with the public obliged to engage with the press?

In posts of yore, we’ve had occasion to discuss the duties scientists may have to the non-scientists with whom they share a world. One of these is the duty to share the knowledge they’ve built with the public — especially if that knowledge is essential to the public’s ability to navigate pressing problems, or if [...]

September 30, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Complacent in earthquake country.

A week ago, there was a 6.0 earthquake North of San Francisco. I didn’t feel it, because I was with my family in Santa Barbara that weekend.

August 31, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Fall semester musing on numbers.

The particular numbers on which I’m focused aren’t cool ones like pi, although I suspect they’re not entirely rational, either.

August 30, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Some thoughts about the suicide of Yoshiki Sasai.

In the previous post I suggested that it’s a mistake to try to understand scientific activity (including misconduct and culpable mistakes) by focusing on individual scientists, individual choices, and individual responsibility without also considering the larger community of scientists and the social structures it creates and maintains.

August 9, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

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