Science and Society

The sad state of science learning in primary school - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Dec 06, 2018

In 2011, Sir Peter Gluckman released his report, Looking ahead: science education for the 21st century. In it, he noted the need to improve science teaching in primary schools, commenting that: there should be an attempt to improve the confidence [my emphasis] of all teachers within primary schools to assist in science and that all primary schools should be encouraged to develop a … Read More

How To Make Friends And Influence People (By Being A Great Session Chair) - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 03, 2018

Dr Lucy Stewart Chairing talk sessions at conferences can be a weird gig. It’s a skill we expect people to learn by observation, but we rarely talk about how to do it well. Instead, we bolt our lunch while grousing about yet another overrun session, as if it had been caused by uncontrollable forces of nature. But that’s … Read More

Science and environmental conflicts e.g., 1080 poison - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Dec 01, 2018

The responses to my recent article reveal that some in the conservation community, including scientists, policy-makers and managers, are having difficulty understanding the difference between facts and values. They appear also to be having trouble understanding how the distinction is an important guide to scientists when they advocate publicly for one side of an environmental conflict, like that currently … Read More

What He said - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 30, 2018

Peter Mills, Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics I arrived in Hong Kong on Monday lunchtime for the second ‘international summit’ on genome editing amid stories circulating that gene-edited twin girls had been born to a Chinese couple. The editing, it was claimed, had targeted the CCR5 gene, with the aim of introducing a variant that confers immunity to HIV … Read More

A pivotal species? What’s that? - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Nov 20, 2018

By the end of the school year, Year 13 students preparing for Schol Bio should have a pretty good grasp of the concepts and content they’ve encountered in their studies. What tends to throw some, though, is the fact that the context used for each question will almost certainly be something that they haven’t come across before. I experienced that “what the … Read More

Messing with the Unconscious - Mind Matters

Michael Corballis Nov 15, 2018

It appears that there is something of a panic, especially in our universities, over the possibility of unconscious biases, especially against minority groups. This has led to workshops and publicity material designed help us recognise our biases and correct them. Much of the impetus for this has been driven by a psychological test known as the implicit association test (IAT). Read More

Bias toward action? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 15, 2018

Kiwis so-inclined can petition their Parliament for legislative change. But they cannot petition Parliament to maintain the status quo. Victoria University’s Chris Eichbaum wants the government to ban private fireworks displays. This is just phenomenal. With this level of support we now have an opportunity to get them issues in front of law makers and to push for … Read More