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

Pharma & Data Transparency

I absolutely adore those instances when my job and my degree dovetail, so reading about the pharmaceutical industry's latest proposal for more transparent data was quite interesting. The interplay between data transparency to validate the effectiveness of clinical trials and protecting the privacy of the patients involved in those trials is certainly proving to be … Continue reading Pharma & Data Transparency

Is It Time to Quit Honorary Authorship?

A coworker recently sent along an interesting editorial from Science written by Philip Greenland, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University (and the former editor of Archives of Internal Medicine) and Phil B. Fontanarosa, executive editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, who argue that "honorary authorship must no longer be tolerated." Although Greenland … Continue reading Is It Time to Quit Honorary Authorship?

The Internet Reacts: Hathi Trust vs. the Author’s Guild

I was pleasantly surprised last week to see an email that the judge in the Author's Guild case against several universities (U of M and the Hathi Trust included) had ruled, quite in favor of our efforts, it seems. Since then there has been a flurry of activity on Twitter (check out @HathiTrust and #AGvHT), … Continue reading The Internet Reacts: Hathi Trust vs. the Author’s Guild

Medical Safety Net for Undocumented Patients

Via Bioethics.net news Updates and Science Daily:  The Hastings Center, supported by a grant by the Overbrook Foundation Domestic Human Rights Program, is exploring the ethical challenges that clinicians and organizations face when providing medical care to undocumented immigrants in the United States. "Health care professionals can be deeply troubled when they encounter situations that … Continue reading Medical Safety Net for Undocumented Patients

MIT Biologist Sentenced for Grant Fraud

Luk Van Parijs, formerly with MIT, who confessed to data falsification in 2004, has pled guilty to grant fraud after an investigation by the US Office of Research Integrity.  He has been sentenced to 6 months of  home detention with electronic monitoring, 400 hours of community service, and repayment of  money already returned to the NIH by MIT.  Read … Continue reading MIT Biologist Sentenced for Grant Fraud

Financial transparency skin-deep at medical journals

Biioethics.net News Update features a story from Reuters Health, about the problems of financial disclosure by authors--no one is checking the accuracy of such disclosures. "In a review of 50 reports from the British Journal of Dermatology, a top-tier skin research journal, Reuters Health has found that authors often don't disclose even the most glaring … Continue reading Financial transparency skin-deep at medical journals