Sep 102013

Over the years I’ve come across the work done by Eugenie C. Scott and the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), and I’ve posted some articles on her work. I remember quite clearly when she was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Science in 2010. Earlier this year, Scott announced that she would retire by the end of the year.

NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott announced on May 6, 2013, that she was planning to retire by the end of the year, after more than twenty-six years at NCSE’s helm. “It’s a good time to retire, with our new climate change initiative off to a strong start and with the staff energized and excited by the new challenges ahead,” she commented. “The person who replaces me will find a strong staff, a strong set of programs, and a strong board of directors.”

During Scott’s time at NCSE, she was honored with no fewer than eight honorary degrees as well as the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Science, the inaugural Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Public Service Award from the National Science Board, and the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“It’s not going to be easy to fill the shoes of someone who has done so much to make NCSE into the respected and admired organization it is,” remarked Brian Alters, the president of NCSE’s board of directors. “We look forward with working with Genie to find the best possible successor.” A job announcement is now available; members and friends of NCSE are encouraged to spread the word that what Scott once described as “the best job in the world” will soon be open.

Science Insider (May 6, 2013) reported on the announcement, quoting Kenneth R. Miller of Brown University as saying of Scott, “She’s incomparable, irreplaceable, and indispensable,” and Sean B. Carroll of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as saying, “The entire scientific community, legions of teachers, and millions of students owe her a great debt for her dedication and passionate advocacy. She has established a remarkable legacy at NCSE.”

She’s done a good job at the NCSE, and I’d like to thank her for that work there and for her lectures.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Jun 102012

Quackometer article on the money-wasting, money-grabbing, bullshit-dispensing and witchcraft-thinking organisations in London:

The guilty:

  1. University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  2. The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (built on the remains of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital)

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Jan 252012

I’ve been watching with increasing bewilderment and concern over the reaction of two London universities (London School of Economics and University College London) to the “Jesus and Mo” pictures. Coyne of “Why Evolution Is True” has a couple of posts on this today:

Pharyngula also has a piece on the LSE:

To this eclectic mix I would add the brilliant piece by Eric MacDonald:

It’s clear that the LSE and UCL have made a mistake. Religion is NOT protected from criticism and does NOT deserve any special privileges. Those who call themselves “devout” need not fear criticism as they’ve already closed their minds and can continue to live in the happiness of their delusions. Certainly the “devout” have no legitimate mechanism to feel “hurt” or “offended”, and any claims for such feelings are mock by definition.

Equating criticism of religion to racism as these universities are doing is mistaken and beyond rationality. In the short time that I’ve looked at bogus degrees at British universities it has become evident that universities are more interested in generating revenue than in instilling knowledge. By capitulating to the religious, by appeasement to the irrational, these two universities have shown that they will do anything to acquire as much money as possible by stamping on rationality, by censuring and silencing the minority.

LSE, UCL, shame on you.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Oct 142011

This from Quackometer on The University of Wales:

…and this from DC’s Improbable Science where the University’s previous practices on validating external degrees are described as bordering on corrupt:

However, what about the people within the University that promoted this practice? Are they still there to further poison the well of education? And it seems that this disgraceful practice is still undertaken at other universities so I imagine that all those external bogus organisations will get their bullshit degrees validated one way or the other.


Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Aug 132011

Read DC’s Improbable Science article and decide for yourself:

I’ve said many times, universities such as Westminster don’t care about reputation or quality education. They care about making money. Lots of it.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Jul 042011

Please, please, please, please, please, Southampton University. Quality courses and critical thinking skills go a long way. Let’s keep the garbage out.

keep britain tidy

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Jun 212011

Detailed investigation from DC’s Improbable Science:

Maybe the University of Westminster don’t care about their reputation or the quality of their courses. Perhaps money is more important. Judge for yourself.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

May 032011

Another great article written by David Colquhoun:

I’ve been saying for years now, that universities are increasingly seeing themselves primarily as profit-making organisations and not as institutions of education. They will therefore teach anything, good or bad, just so long as it generates money. Reputations be damned, money is what it’s all about.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011