Why You Should Care About Creative Commons 4.0

Creative Commons, as many of you know, provides and promotes the sharing of material by creating licenses that allow authors to chose the conditions how their work can be reused. In the science community, Creative Commons is especially important because all scientific research is build on the reuse and re-analysis of other scientific works in … Continue reading Why You Should Care About Creative Commons 4.0

Google Books and Libraries- Continuing a Lovely Friendship

Late last week, judge Denny Chin dismissed a lawsuit against Google brought by the Authors Guild on claims that Google Books  is violating copyright by digitizing items and making short samples available online. While the Authors Guild is already appealing the case, libraries and scholars are celebrating this expansion of the definition of fair use. … Continue reading Google Books and Libraries- Continuing a Lovely Friendship

Med Students, Free Clinics, and a Library: A Few of My Favorite Things

The UM Student Run Free Clinic was featured in the Atlantic for the work they're doing in Pickney, Mi. Every Saturday, three clinical and three pre-clinical med students (along with three UMMS  physicians) head a decommissioned branch of the Pickney Community Public Library to staff the entirely student run free clinic. The clinic promises to … Continue reading Med Students, Free Clinics, and a Library: A Few of My Favorite Things

UM Faculty Accepted to Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit organization within the National Academy of Sciences that works to provide unbiased and authoritative advice on medical and health care issues, elected 70 new members this week, three of which are from the University of Michigan! Congratulations are in order for: Professor Eric Fearon, Chief of Molecular Medicine and … Continue reading UM Faculty Accepted to Institute of Medicine

PubMed Commons: New Space for Discussion among Researchers

Earlier this week, NCBI announced the released a pilot of PubMed Commons, a feature that enables commenting on article abstracts by researchers. According to the NCBI blog, the new feature is in response to requests by the scientific community. Their goal is to encourage constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. For now, PubMed Commons is … Continue reading PubMed Commons: New Space for Discussion among Researchers

Bioethicists Go to Hollywood; Gives Injection of Bioethics Reality!

Have you all noticed the recent movies and TV shows that revolve heavily around bioethics? I'm thinking of World War Z and Grey's Anatomy in particular but there are several examples in recent history. These story lines tend revolve around the gray areas in medicine and information science, and generate a great deal of conversation … Continue reading Bioethicists Go to Hollywood; Gives Injection of Bioethics Reality!

Our Stone Age Bodies in a Modern World

We all know we're supposed to eat sweets sparingly, but the CRAVING is still there. It can be unstoppable, and NPR Books just published an article that explains the cause from an evolutionary biological perspective.In short, our Paleolithic bodies were trained to crave sugars because they were a quick energy supply that wasn't usually available. … Continue reading Our Stone Age Bodies in a Modern World

The American Diet: Lots of Cheese

The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a report card called "The Changing American Diet" yesterday and, as usual, there's good news and there's bad news. . Let's start with the good news... GOOD JOB, AMERICA! We are... Eating less sugar, shortening, beef, whole milk and flour Eating more chicken and yogurt Eating about … Continue reading The American Diet: Lots of Cheese