Tagged: University of Wollongong

Published review of Wilyman’s anti-vaccine thesis says fail - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 06, 2019

A few years ago several of us at Sciblogs took objection to one of the trashiest theses we’ve seen. (Which we, naturally enough, trashed.) Now there’s a review of the thesis published in the scientific journal, Vaccine. The review looks a thorough job… and the conclusions don’t look good. Essentially the author’s review of Wilyman’s anti-vaccine thesis review says … Read More

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

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