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The Final Sunday’s Science Poem
Communication & Rhetoric of Science / Monthly Science Poem

The Final Sunday’s Science Poem

And from my pillow, looking forth by light Of moon or favouring stars, I could behold The Antechapel where the Stature stood Of Newton with his prism and his silent face, The marble index of a Mind for ever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone… William Wordsworth, The Prelude (1850), Book III lines 58-64 Continue reading

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Clashing Perceptions in Severe Weather Communication
Communication & Rhetoric of Science

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Clashing Perceptions in Severe Weather Communication

Currently on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) website, there is a heading at the top of the weather bar that asks for public comment on the usage of terms like “warning,” “watch,” and “advisory.” This appealed to me because not only am I a weather forecast skeptic, but I am intrigued by the awkward … Continue reading

Atul Gawande: How Do We Heal Medicine
Communication & Rhetoric of Science

Atul Gawande: How Do We Heal Medicine

  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2kxG1v/www.ted.com/talks/atul_gawande_how_do_we_heal_medicine.html/ This TED talk of Atul Gawande highlights some of the scientific and cultural barriers that face modern science medicine. interactions between scientists who do basic research and practitioners, who–in theory–take the research and apply it. In this TED talk, surgeon and public health journalist Atul Gawande highlights some of the scientific and cultural barriers … Continue reading

Global Disease Burden: Uncertainty,Precaution, and Policy Gridlock
Communication & Rhetoric of Science

Global Disease Burden: Uncertainty,Precaution, and Policy Gridlock

The official Global Disease Burden 2010 (GDB) report was released today to a cadre of enthusiastic scientists, clinicians, and public health officials at the Royal Society in London (research that I mentioned this morning in a post about University of Washington scholar Christopher Murray–seen in photo). The project has been underway since 2007, and its results are as anticipated by … Continue reading