Tagged: University of Wollongong

Wollongong University—feeble excuses for not naming Wilyman anti-vax thesis examiners - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 14, 2016

Late last year Australia’s Wollongong University awarded a Ph.D. thesis for what could be described as a barely veiled anti-vaccine conspiracy. Wollongong University’s feeble excuse for not naming the examiners of Wilyman’s anti-vaccine thesis is laughable. Good for entertainment, though.* Ken McLeod alerted readers of Helen Petousis Harris’ blog that The Australian has reported that,** … Read More

Wilyman anti-vaccine thesis not in Wollongong thesis review - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2016

In further news on the Wilyman anti-vaccine PhD thesis saga, University of Wollongong says it will conduct a review of the processes in PhD theses. But! — apparently their review will exclude past and current theses, and thus exclude Wilyman’s theses that raised the need for the review. Let’s have a look at the announcement, some possible review questions and … Read More

Responses to *that* PhD thesis - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 19, 2016

Several Sciblogs writers have discussed Judy Wilyman’s PhD thesis on vaccination policy, through the University of Wollongong. – A PhD by Stealth, Helen Petousis-Harris, Diplomatic Immunity. – Unsound vaccine thesis or how to review a PhD, Grant Jacobs, Code for life. – Freedom of opinion has its place, but this PhD thesis goes too far, … Read More

Critiquing another thesis on vaccination - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 19, 2016

Given the fuss occasioned by her PhD thesis, I was interested to look at the document produced for Judy Wilyman’s MSc (available here on-line), largely to see what attention had been given to the science content and perspectives. Having examined or adjudicated a number of Masters theses in the sciences, I’ve a reasonably good idea of the standards … Read More

The Wilyman thesis on how smallpox is transmitted - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 17, 2016

I had another head-desk moment today, on reading a bit more of Judy Wilyman’s PhD thesis (a bit at a time is quite enough). Smallpox vaccines. Flickr CC, Pan American Health Organization-PAHO / World Health Organization-WHO. The document has quite a bit to say about smallpox. I’ve already noted the ill-considered statement that the vaccine has never … Read More

Wollongong thesis has this to say on smallpox - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 15, 2016

This is the human face of smallpox: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), #3265, James Hicks. Smallpox is now extinct in the wild: the last known case was in 1977. And this is what Judy Wilyman has to say about the vaccine that eradicated smallpox virus, in her strongly anti-vaccine PhD thesis – you’ll find the quote … Read More

Wilyman’s ‘thesis’ from a relativistic viewpoint? - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Jan 15, 2016

“It’s rather like a sociologist who insists that jet aircraft remain aloft only because of a conspiracy between aeronautical engineers and greedy airlines. Perhaps Wollongong already has someone working on such a thesis.” (Editorial, The Australian) The antivax rant accepted as a PhD thesis by University of Wollongong is defended by the student’s supervisor Professor Brian Martin. Read More

Freedom of opinion has its place, but this PhD thesis goes too far - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 15, 2016

One of today’s big stories, in the blogosphere and elsewhere, is of the University of Woollongong’s decision to award a PhD to a thesis that promotes a strongly anti-vaccination take on the policies and science relating to immunisation. Fellow NZ scibloggers Helen Petousis Harris and Grant Jacobs have already commented on it, and over on Respectful Insolence … Read More

Unsound vaccine thesis or how to review a PhD - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 14, 2016

How should PhD theses be reviewed to avoid a nonsense thesis? Especially if the work is between two disciplines. Today a PhD thesis that might be considered an extended anti-vaccine essay was brought to my attention. The red flags start popping up from the very first sentences of the abstract. I got as far as the second sentence and honestly … Read More

A PhD By Stealth (BS) – What are University of Wollongong thinking? - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Jan 14, 2016

Wollongong University has accepted a Doctoral thesis so fatally flawed even an arrested Koala could spot the shortcomings. The offending work is entitled “A critical analysis of the Australian government’s rationale for its vaccination policy” and well established antivaxer Judy Wilyman was recently accepted as fulfilling the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Read More

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