An Emerging Animal Rights Strategy to Impede Health Research

There’s no shortage of news coverage of the midterm elections. However, with all the drama in D.C., America’s research community may be unaware of a ballot initiative in one small Wisconsin community which may one day have national implications.  The residents of Mount Horeb, a community outside of Madison, will soon vote on a referendum … Continue reading An Emerging Animal Rights Strategy to Impede Health Research

Longtime Animal Rights Target Advocates for Increased Transparency to Counter Misinformation and Threats

Speaking of Research readers might recognize the name Christine Lattin. She’s the Louisiana State University scientist (and former Yale post-doctoral researcher) who studies stress hormones and neurotransmitters in birds.   We’ve written about her research in the past. In doing so, we’ve pointed out PETA’s many misleading claims about Dr. Lattin’s studies. We’re also pleased … Continue reading Longtime Animal Rights Target Advocates for Increased Transparency to Counter Misinformation and Threats

PETA’s Latest “Drive-By” Campaign, Free Speech or Dangerous Harassment?

It’s no secret that academic institutions conduct a significant share of the world’s health research. It is also common knowledge that colleges and universities have a strong commitment to free speech and open dialogue. However, in the era of fake news, alternative facts and increasing division, are there limits? When does free speech cross the … Continue reading PETA’s Latest “Drive-By” Campaign, Free Speech or Dangerous Harassment?

Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

One likely reason why America has become so polarized, is the rise of opinion journalism. For those unfamiliar with the term, here’s how Wikipedia describes it: Opinion journalism is journalism that makes no claim of objectivity. Although distinguished from advocacy journalism in several ways, both forms feature a subjective viewpoint, usually with some social or political … Continue reading Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

University Leadership and Animal Research: A Dean’s perspective

I am a former NIH program manager and have been a research dean for almost 20 years.  I first had to deal with the effects of animal activism on research in 1984, when I was at NIH, and have worked on the issue ever since through my role at NIH, my scientific societies and my … Continue reading University Leadership and Animal Research: A Dean’s perspective

OSU President Yet to Explain Decision to Cancel Primate Project

The rapidly growing controversy over Oklahoma State University’s President Burns Hargis decision to cancel a research project has attracted national attention for a number of reasons.  The November 30th Daily Oklahoman report on Hargis’ decision has ignited discussion and calls for both reversal of the decision and accountability in addressing the many questions that have … Continue reading OSU President Yet to Explain Decision to Cancel Primate Project

UCLA Pro-Test – Post-rally Video Coverage

After the hugely successful UCLA Pro-Test rally (full report) it is time to turn towards the media coverage of the event: Video: Fox News covered the event with a news story and video (embedded below - or linked). They compared the motives of the Pro-Testers and the animal rights activists and included a number of … Continue reading UCLA Pro-Test – Post-rally Video Coverage