Friday, April 29, 2016

"Every day I was an adjunct was better than when I was a waitress, but sadly, I made more hourly by asking what type of tequila people wanted in their margaritas than I did helping people read, write and think.”

Adjunct professors living below the poverty line: a case study in Seattle.

Elsevier's fear turns to panic as everyone, everywhere downloads pirated academic papers from SciHub

The apocalypse is drawing near.

Public Citizen sues the FDA

About time, too.  What possible public interest could be served by hiding the conflicts of interest of FDA experts?

Public Citizen says that at one point, the FDA said that its practice is to “categorically redact” certain information from resumes, including "nongovernment funded grants; pending clinical trials; pending publications; dates degrees were conferred; medical board and professional association certification numbers; names of graduate or doctoral students supervised; military service; and information related to hobbies and outside activities."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Prison guards in Florida tortured and killed mentally ill inmates, but the psychiatric staff was too afraid to speak out

In The New Yorker, Eyal Press has written an explosive investigative report on the abuse of mentally ill prisoners in Florida, drawing largely on the testimony of Harriet Krzykowski, a former psychiatric staff member at the Dade Correctional Institution.

If you have a conscience, this one will make you very angry.

For years, UNC whistleblower taped conversations about academic fraud with dismissive administrators

Doing her best Alexander Butterfield impression, University of North Carolina whistleblower Mary Willingham just dropped this bombshell on the Paper Class Inc. website:

"We will soon be posting to this website transcripts of audiotapes recording the conversations Mary Willingham had with a succession of influential leaders between 2010 and 2014. What those transcripts show, we believe, is a leadership cohort so in thrall to the athletic program that it was aggressively uninterested in learning what a whistleblowing insider might have to teach academic officers. With remarkable consistency, the questions and comments they offered were limited, hostile, defensive, and dismissive. Why? Stay tuned."

"Evolution of a culture and practice in which patient safety gradually, and unintentionally, became subservient to research demands."

Sound familiar?

This time it's not the University of Minnesota, but the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where a working group has found some alarming threats to patient safety.