Category Archives: Uncategorized

Another school shooting–will anything change?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep one’s nose to the grindstone and carry on in America of 2018 as though everything is okay. That’s because it isn’t. I have to be optimistic—and despite Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman’s wariness of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Reversing Copernicus

The revolutionary advance in our understanding of the universe, as proposed by Copernicus. Donald Trump heads the single most anti-science administration that has ever set foot in the White House. It is fortunate that this self-centered, narcissistic personality, who born … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Reversing Copernicus

A Sad Sign of the Times

This past week, my graduate student, my post-doctoral fellow, and I flew out to Philadelphia for the annual American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting. This 2017 meeting was my 20th year as an ASCB member, and marks 20 years … Continue reading

Posted in research, science, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Sad Sign of the Times

Prayer works–or does it? Shall we ask the murdered?

No sooner had I penned my piece exposing the hypocrisy and weak-kneed leadership of Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, when he has made new headlines with another smug, holier-than-thou, awful and divisive statement–that is also wrong. Following the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Prayer works–or does it? Shall we ask the murdered?

Paul Ryan, it’s time to go home

It has now been a full year since the elections that brought a morally reprehensible person into the White House. By now, any remaining negligible hope that the man who was elected president might “pivot” and show even a semblance … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A danger to science and so much more

Recent polls demonstrate that a shocking number of Americans believe ridiculous conspiracy theories. For example, nearly 1/3 of Americans believe that the Federal Drug Administration in the US deliberately withholds new drugs that target cancer from the American public. In addition, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, science, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thin slicing a thin-skinned president

A wonderful elementary school friend who I haven’t seen for over 40 years recently drew my attention to a Canadian journalist and author named Malcolm Gladwell. I first read his book “Outliers,” a book that examined how the very most … Continue reading

Posted in research, science, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Thin slicing a thin-skinned president

The Chinese Hoax that affects the globe

Something wicked this way comes (R. Bradbury) Our Dear Leader took to Twitter, his favorite media form, some years ago (and one would presume that it is his favorite because reading or writing more than 140 characters may be beyond … Continue reading

Posted in science, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Chinese Hoax that affects the globe

Back to the cranes

Although it feels almost treason-like to momentarily hold my tongue and write a blog  unrelated to the war being waged on science and truth in the US, the annual crane-fest is as good a reason as any to distract oneself … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Back to the cranes

Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the White House

Full disclosure: I am not a psychiatrist. But it doesn’t take a board certified psychiatrist to see ominous parallels between the behavior of the recently elected president of the United States and a mental illness known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the White House