By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
The Time is Right to Confront Misconduct – Scientific misconduct, from plagiarism to falsification of data to authors signing off on publications they haven’t read, has always been a problem. However, several high-profile cases of misconduct in the past few years have led, Colin Macilwain says, to a shift in the scientific community’s perception and treatment of scientific misconduct. (via Nature)
Let Academia Lead Space Science – This opinion piece by Daniel Baker (also in Nature) on big vs. small science in the space exploration field struck a chord with me, because I see the same discussion happening in biosciences. As funding gets tighter, where should the money be allocated? To large center-driven projects or small PI-driven projects? Which gives the most scientific bang for the buck?
On Parenting, Science, and Trust– “I trust scientists and doctors, because I have worked side-by-side with them for a decade, and I know that they are not only knowledgeable, but by and large, they are overwhelmingly good people. At some point, you have to trust someone. I trust scientists and doctors.” Alice Callahan, scientist and mom, hits upon a major component of the public’s perception of science and health recommendations (particularly for children): personal familiarity with and trust in not just nebulous “science and health authorities” but scientists and doctors. (guest post on Double X Science)
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