Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The lawn road to college


The secret of college student recruitment: lawn care.  Read about it on the Chronicle of Higher Education Brainstorm blog.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The FDA slams Celltex

From the Houston Chronicle:

"The Sugar Land company involved in Gov. Rick Perry's unlicensed adult stem-cell procedure is rife with basic manufacturing problems, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

"In a report one expert called a blow to the entire adult stem-cell industry, the FDA found that Celltex Therapeutics Corp. cannot guarantee the sterility, uniformity and integrity of stem cells it takes from people and then stores and grows for eventual therapeutic reinjection."

Read more here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The LipoTRON? Seriously?

This device uses "microwave" technology to burn your fat away, brought to you by the medical innovators in Texas.  Read about it here.

Is academic medicine an oxymoron?

If you have ever suspected that medical school administrators don't play by the rules of academic freedom that are supposed to govern American universities, have a look at the case of Dr. Michael Wilkes at the University of California-Davis, who has been threatened and punished for a critical op-ed he wrote in 2010.  Bill Heisel has a run-down of the case.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Last Moment Robot

Artist and designer Dan Chen has created the End of Life Care Machine, a robot tasked with comforting dying patients in their last moments. Built for Chen's Master's degree thesis, titled File > Save As > Intimacy, the robot is part of an interactive installation called "Last Moment Hospital." Read more here.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Snorting Adderall for the SAT

If you've ever actually doubted that prescription stimulants are used as academic performance enhancers, have a look at this story in the New York Times, "Risky Rise of the Good Grade Pill."

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"I am very pleasure that you can read this letter"

A Q&A With Jeffrey Beall on predatory open-access publishers, at the Chronicle of Higher Education "Brainstorm" blog.