November 05, 2014

7:11 PM | Science Cheerleaders, SciStarter and Citizen Science featured in current American Airlines magazine
We love this article in the current issue of American Airlines magazine, “American Way” (the one with Carson Daly on the cover). Highlights include: “Still, stereotypes that suggest female scientists are the dour antithesis of personable cheerleaders do have an impact on keeping women from pursuing science careers. Jenna Carpenter, associate dean in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, says when those stereotypes are combined with the ways that […]
4:32 PM | Still more on the concept/value of a "science of science journalism"
From correspondence with a friend: You mentioned you were eager to learn what I had in mind for the study of science journalism.  I'm sure you can guess what I'd say: you tell me -- & I'll measure!   We talked about this philosophy, of course.  I think all the professions that traffic in the dissimulation of what's known by science can benefit from the use of science's signature methods to improve their craft.  Not b/c those methods furnish a […]
4:13 PM | Challenges of acting on patient experience surveys: quality assurance or quality improvement?
Patient experience surveys are a central feature of primary care evaluation. For years we have had the national GP Patient Survey; we also recently had the Patient Participation DES, part of which required practices to conduct a local patient survey; and there is the requirement for every GP to have patient feedback as part of more

November 04, 2014

6:17 PM | No. Those Clothes Don’t Make You Look Thin
I’ve been saving this for a day when we need some comic relief.  Seems like this might be one. About a month ago, the FTC cracked down on a product I had no hint could possibly exist. (Get offa my lawn!) That would be caffeinated underpants. No.  Really. “The revolutionary new anti-cellulite iPant from Wacoal. …embedded microcapsules […]
4:04 PM | How *cognitive* adaptation relates to mitigating a polluted science communication environment
I've been corresponding with a friend whom I -- & many others -- regard as an extraordinary climate-science communicator (& whose skills in this regard are matched by the depth of her civic virtue). In addition to how she manages to communicate so successfully, we have been discussing my view of  how big an impact her efforts, if they could be enlarged in scale, could be expected to have in reducing public conflict over climate change.  My position is complicated; and I'm not […]
1:23 AM | How Procter & Gamble Cools the Safety vs. Engineering War
“Do Engineering and EHS compete?” Mark Lewandowski asked the health and safety experts crammed into the technology track at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference. “Does it ever feel like you’re in a boxing match?” has asked. “Does it seem like a tug-of-war for time, money and resources?” The crowd offered enthusiastic agreement, fervent nods across the room [...]
12:49 AM | If you Think Safety is Expensive, Try an Accident: Paralyzed Worker Awarded $21.7M
The combination of working at heights and failure to de-energize equipment proved tragic for a 28-year-old construction worker. The company responsible must now pay him $21.7 million as the result of a jury verdict. A Maryland jury awarded the sum to Hugo Hernandez Palomino, who was paralyzed from the neck down after receiving an electric [...]
12:18 AM | Baked: Dealing with the Growing Problem of Workplace Drug Use
Continuing my series of blog coverage of the EH&S Today’s Leadership Conference I wanted to point out another great session that I attended. In High Society: Substance Abuse Challenges in Today’s Workplace. This is a keen area of interest to me, since many of my clients are high-consequence industries, that is to say, one screw [...]
12:01 AM | Utah Woman Nearly Dies After Drinking Chemical-Laced Iced Tea at Restaurant
Related Training DVDs: Food Safety & Sanitation Training Video Teaches your workers the proper procedures and laws to follow to ensure food is handled safely. View Product Chemical Handling Safety Basic Principles Training DVD Teaches employees how to identify, handle, and store dangerous chemicals safely and properly. [...]

November 03, 2014

6:15 PM | November Open Thread
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1:33 PM | "A science of science journalism & filmmaking" vs. "Throw strikes & keep 'em off the bases" (lecture synopsis & slides)
I haven't been faithfully reporting on recent talks, workshops etc.  But fortunately, James Bell, who attended one recently, did a great writeup!   The event was a panel at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.  The two other panelists were Naomi Oreskes and Carl Zimmer. Katie Carpenter's award-winning documentary! It's soooo good!In addition, the moderator for the panel was Katie Carpenter, my collaborator in the CCP's ongoing project to supply evidence-based science […]

November 02, 2014

5:09 PM | Firefighter Safety Training
Being a firefighter is much more than a profession, it means being a hero each and every day. Firefighters help people with problems big and small, all while saving lives and improving communities. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most firefighter. OSHA Required Training [...]

November 01, 2014

4:56 AM | QOTW: Berman
People always ask me one question all the time: ‘How do I know that I won’t be found out as a supporter of what you’re doing?’ We run all of this stuff through nonprofit organizations that are insulated from having to disclose donors. There is total anonymity. People don’t know who supports us. [more]
4:52 AM | Excellent Interview with Michael Mann
An hour, and very much worth your time.

October 31, 2014

2:38 PM | Monty Python Was A Documentary
At least — those bits of mockumentary they’d sneak into the circus (think Kray brothers) may have to be reevaluated in light of the intro to this bit of (astonishing) rock history: Have to say — I never knew about Clapton’s secret past as a stained glass designer.  But that narrator intro is a thing of […]
10:11 AM | "Who am I? Why am I here?" My (ongoing) trip to West Point
At West Point yesterday & today, where I'm giving talks & today co-teaching a criminal law class. The military, it seems to me, is an institution that is ruthlessly self-evaluative & remarkably unambivalent -- to point of lacking any self-consciousness of the attitude it has adopted -- about use of empirical methods of self-assessment. The questions & discussions are great & there are tons of really smart people here thinking about how to teach critical thinking & […]

October 30, 2014

2:28 PM | Not Even Trying To Hide It
Via TPM – Lindsay Graham (R-Who Can We Bomb Today) tells the one true beating heart of the GOP exactly what it wants to hear.  Speaking to the all-male, seemingly all-pale Hibernian Society fo Charleston SC, the Senator forgot a fundamental truth of modern politics:  there is no such thing as a private speech anymore.  […]

October 29, 2014

5:54 PM | Annals of “If Anyone Was Offended” — Post-Racial America Edition
Via TPM I came across this repulsive story: Officials have confirmed that an offensive Halloween display at a Fort Campbell residence has been removed. A reader sent a photo of the display, which shows what appears to be a black family hanging from a tree in a yard on Litwin St. The child in the display […]
2:19 PM | More discussion of SPBMC ...
Chris Mooney has written an interesting story in the Washington Post about the SPBMC paper on climate-science literacy and cultural cognition of global warming.  There is also interesting discussion appearing in the comments section after my own post on the paper--including an important and informative response by S[evenson].   So today I'd rather see what others think about SPBMC & my response to it (including whether I'm missing something; wouldn't be first time!) than divert […]
1:58 PM | Republicans Are Bad For Your Health
This is just a drive-by sidelight on Richard Mayhew’s brief over at Balloon Juice — but its worth taking a look at this explainer from the Upshot. The good news:  Obamacare is doing what it set out to do.  Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz write that The biggest winners from the law include people between the […]
4:19 AM | Climate, Chaos, Confusion
A common question is "doesn't chaos theory mean you can't predict the climate"? Or sometimes, just "isn't climate chaotic"? Here I have to get very careful with language, because a few things are getting confused. There is a way of thinking about these questions that makes sense, but not everybody who talks about them knows it. [more]

October 28, 2014

2:12 PM | What comes first--misinformation or the motivation to believe it? Some reflections on study design
 Unlike our myriad competitors, the CCP blog now & again gets genuine experts to come in & address complicated stuff that these commentators actually know something about. We've been criticized for this, but sometimes I'm too busy to write myself & have no choice.  Anyway, the following is an expert guest post from a commentator making his second "guest" appearance.  Kevin Arceneaux's last essay, Partisan Media Are Not Destroying America (while subsequently disproven […]
8:56 AM | Dealing with Ebola and Ebola-Related Fears in the Workplace
Now that the Ebola virus has landed on U.S. soil, employers here are grappling with how to address various workplace issues, ranging from addressing irrational fears among employees to dealing with employees who may have had actual or potential exposure to the virus. First, employers should learn the facts about the Ebola virus to help [...]
8:22 AM | Lights not Working, Truck Runs Over and Kills Worker: Is Company to Blame?
The overhead flood lights at a UPS facility’s entrance gate weren’t working. It was before sunrise, and a worker who had to open the gate for incoming trucks was run over by one and killed. Will OSHA violations against the company for lack of proper lighting and employee training stick? On Sept. 15, 2010, a [...]
7:44 AM | He did What to try to get Workers’ Comp?
Some employees will go to great lengths to fake an injury and claim workers’ comp. In this case, the worker even damaged company property in his effort. Glenn Jones of Cleveland has pleaded guilty to filing a false workers’ compensation claim, a first-degree misdemeanor. Security video shows Jones stomped on the floor to create a [...]
7:02 AM | No Escape: Dangers of Confined Spaces
Related Confined Spaces Training DVDs: Confined Space Entry Training Video Address the major areas of employee training required by the regulation. View Product Confined Space Entry A Retraining Program Video or DVD Gives employees the information they need to refresh their knowledge of OSHA’s Confined Space regulation. [...]

October 27, 2014

5:23 PM | Marijuana and Teenage Brains: Can Pot Make Kids Dumber?
Ever wondered why the legal age to consume marijuana is 21 (in Colorado and Washington)? My first publication in The Stranger (A Seattle newspaper founded by Tim Keck, who also  co-founded The Onion) takes a look at the scientific research behind how toking up at a young age might do permanent brain damage. Read it HERE! Fair warning, although my article is safe for work, a lot of content in The Stranger is somewhat outspoken and contains NSFW language.SourceThanks […]
5:00 PM | SpotOn London 2014 – Fringe Events
To accompany this year’s SpotOn London conference, at the Wellcome Trust on Friday, 14 November
1:41 PM | Unconfounding knowledge from cultural identity--as big a challenging for measuring the climate-science literacy of middle schoolers as grown ups
A friend (of the best sort—one who has “got your back” to protect you from entropy’s diabolical plan to deprive you of the benefits of advances in collective knowledge) sent me a very interesting new study: Stevenson, K. T., Peterson, M. N., Bondell, H. D., Moore, S. E., & Carrier, S. J., Overcoming skepticism with education: interacting influences of worldview and climate change knowledge on perceived climate change risk among adolescents, Climatic Change, […]
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