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Truly gobsmacked to find this blog got first prize at the Good Thinking Society UK science blog event. It was shared with PhD student, Suzi Gage @soozaphone. We must have been the youngest and the oldest entrants. More in the diary.
Another unsolicited testimonial: this blog appeared in the Sunday Times guide to the 100 best blogs (May 2009)
This blog is archived by the British Library.
22 December 2012. A post in 2006, now removed, criticised the organisation CancerActive, for selling D-mannose and Chloralla with the suggestion that they might help people with cancer. In May 2012, I added to that post a quotation from one of several authors who claimed that there was an a priori case for investigating the relationship between the business and the charitable activities of CancerActive. Mr Woollams then threated to sue me for defamation. As a consequence, the original post has been removed and I am required to publish the following apology. It’s better than destitution.
Chris Woolams -an apology
In my blog posted under the heading ‘Bad advice about cancer from ICON/cancer active’ on 18 May 2012 allegations were made that Chris Woollams’ business affairs involved him obtaining significant personal financial benefits from the charity CANCERactive. I accept, and wish to acknowledge publicly, that Mr Woollams has never taken any money from the charity; to the contrary he has made sizeable donations to it and undertaken significant voluntary work for it. I also accept that the charity and the company Health Issues Ltd, that was associated with it, have nothing to do with Mr Woollams’ business affairs.
He is a father who lost his daughter to cancer, and has devoted considerable funds and time to charitable work in this area. I do not question either his motives or his integrity. I apologise for the distress this has caused both him and his family.
DC’s Improbable Science., at dcscience.net, now comes from a server powered by those wonderful people at The Positive Internet Company. I am enormously grateful to Alex Lomas for his expert help in making the move.
Lime tree in UCL quad, under which I have lunch and talk in summer.
(Older pictures here)
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“What are you going to do, then?” I [Watson] asked. “To smoke,” he [Holmes] answered. “It is quite a three-pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.” The Red-Headed League. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan-Doyle. Posted after seeing Roger Llewellyn in The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes.
This WordPress blog continues, in a new format, the original DC’s IMPROBABLE SCIENCE Page. Older entries from there are being transferred here as time allows.
This blog now incorporates ‘DC’s goodscience’, which was centred on university politics, in particular, how science should be organised to get the best results, and the invidious rise of management bollocks and corporatisation. It was started as a vehicle for an extended version of an article that I wrote for the Times Higher Education Supplement, HOW TO GET GOOD SCIENCE. This extended version has now been printed in full in the Physiology News, 69, 12 – 14, 2007 [download the pdf version].
Guardian science podcast is here.
A paper that came out in 2008 was the most fascinating I’ve been involved in for years. On the nature of partial agonism in the nicotinic receptor superfamily. This is the day job, and so not mentioned much here. But this one represents over three years of hard work, especially by Remigijus Lape, and for once it came out well -positively sexy (if you like ion channels). It featured on UCL News. See also the News and Views in Nature and Making the paper in Nature.
|UCL Lunch hour lecture. 16 October, 2007.
Science in an Age of Delusions: some examples from scientific fraud, quackery, religion and university politics
[Seems that this got the biggest audience of the 2007 lectures]
Some older sites (really they are all about various consequences of the endarkenment). None of these are now maintained.
- DC’s Improbable Science page
- DC’s politics page
- Education and religion
- Committee for UCL. The pages that helped to thwart the 2002 attempt to merge UCL into Imperial.
- Save UCL. The much wittier and more elegant site written by a Graduate student at the time of the 2002 takeover attempt by Imperial. See especially “ask Jeremy“.
My day job pages
- My original home page
- My corporate home page
- Publications page
- Older publications
- Our computer programs for analysis of single ion channel results.
- Our summer course on matrix algebra, with applications to analysis of stochastic properties of single ion channels.
Registration now open for 8 – 12 July 2013 course.
- OneMol New site: a one stop shop for the single ion channel group at UCL, http://www.onemol.org.uk/
- UCL photo pages
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