KSJ Tracker February 15, 2013

Links, notes, and nitpicks.

From this week's reading:

--If you think of Canada as a place a lot like the United States but nicer, you might want to think again. The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans says Canadian scientists--and their U.S. collaborators on an Arctic research project--may not discuss their work with anyone, including the media, without prior written authorization. "I'm not signing it," said Andreas Muenchow, of the University of Delaware...It's an affront to academic freedom and a "potential muzzle," said Muenchow, who has been collaborating with DFO scientists on the project in the Eastern Arctic since 2003. This is not the first time this has happened, and the Canadian Science Writers Association is fighting it.

--Over at On Science BlogsTabitha M. Powledge rounds up the many posts on the reappearance of the disgraced science writer Jonah Lehrer at a Knight Foundation conference on Tuesday. If it wasn't the science story of the week, it was certainly the science journalism story of the week. Not many of the posts were complimentary. Indeed, even the Knight Foundation, which briefly defended Lehrer on Tuesday, caved later in the week and said it regretted its mistake in inviting him. 

--Discover magazine, which endured some painful departures by bloggers when it moved to Wisconsin last year, has not given up the ghost, thrown in the towel, or kicked the bucket. (Gratuitous cliché roundup; no extra charge.) It has hired Tom Yulsman, a science and environmental journalist--and a good one--who co-directs the environmental studies program at the University of Colorado. Find him at ImaGeo, where he began posting Monday and has posted every day since--sometimes twice. (He'll get over that.)

And that's it for now. I'm off to the AAAS meeting tomorrow, where I hope to pick up ideas for a few posts. We're off on Monday, but back to work on Tuesday.

-Paul Raeburn


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