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Category Archive: science policy

Jun 01

Spread the word about chemistry & don’t fret the chemophobia


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Tweet #Chemperceptrions  At times chemists can feel rather maligned. But according to the RSC’s study of the UK public’s perceptions of chemistry we shouldn’t be quite so worried about what people think of us.  We do however need to get out there and let people know what we do. The other sciences seem to …

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May 27

There’s something interesting brewing…


There’s something interesting brewing over at the Royal Society of Chemistry. They’ve been beavering away trying to figure out what the (UK) public thinks for chemistry, chemicals and chemists. Results are out on Monday 1st June via a live-stream. Be sure to tune in and join in the conversation on twitter with the #Chemperceptions hashtag. And …

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Jun 27

Is the Coop bank fishing for an anti-science cause?


The Cooperative bank has had its troubles of late, mismanagement, scandal ridden executives and massive debts have seen an the organisation that prided itself on its ethical policy forced to reevaluate its self image. At the moment it takes a stance, both through its investments and the customers its accepts, that supports communities, tackles povety, …

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May 15

Who knows reviewers’ identities?


A couple of posts ago I shared a pretty unpleasant experience I had after peer-reviewing a grant application. In short my anonymity appeared to have been breached and I received ,what I took to be, a thinly veiled threat from the grant’s author. Some of the comments that followed thanked me for bring the case …

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Mar 28

‘Anonymous’ peer-review – a cautionary tale


Some time ago I received a grant proposal to review. Its was from an eminent professor. I was extremely disappointed, on numerous accounts, with the quality of the proposal. In short I thought it relied very heavily on the authors standing in the community and only paid lip service to the science. And so (naively) safe …

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Jun 26

The Geeks are Coming!


The geeks are coming. Mark Henderson is calling them to arms and politicians would do well to take notice. Henderson is head of communications at medical research charity the Wellcome Trust and a former science editor for The Times. His latest book is a disturbing catalogue of the abuse of science by politicians to support …

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