Category: Commentary

Students’ Reading/Writing: Take Nothing for Granted

Welcome back to the new academic year here in the US. Related to one of faculty members' perennial concerns about college student learning and their abilities as nursing science writers, I want to bring to your attention a growing body of research about college students as readers. First, and if you take nothing else away … Continue reading Students’ Reading/Writing: Take Nothing for Granted


CFP: Health, Wellness, Society

The Fourth International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society will be held at the University of British Columbia at Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada, 14-15 March 2014. This interdisciplinary conference is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in exploring matters of concern in the fields of human health and … Continue reading CFP: Health, Wellness, Society

Brown: Calling All Nurse Writers

Writing in the Center for Health Media & Policy at Hunter College's blog HealthCetera, Theresa Brown, RN, a featured writer in The New Yorker and a regular columnist in the New York Times, invites nurses in "Calling All Nurse Writers": Brown explains: These nurses, and I, all write for the same reasons that physicians … Continue reading Brown: Calling All Nurse Writers

Inside Higher Ed: Scholarly Publishing

Three articles in Inside Higher Ed today came to our attention. The controversial proposed law originating in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the Research Works Act, which would have prohibited the government from requiring open access publication of studies funded by the federal government, lost a key supporter, Elsevier Publishing and has been withdrawn by … Continue reading Inside Higher Ed: Scholarly Publishing

Dowd: Giving Doctors Orders

In her column in today's NY Times, Maureen Dowd reports on the alarmingly high rate of nosocomial infections in hospitals. Citing the death of her brother who entered the hospital to treat pneumonia and published reports she observes: Michael died in that I.C.U. A couple years later, I read reports about how neckties and lab … Continue reading Dowd: Giving Doctors Orders

Avalanche of Low-Quality Research?

Writing in the 13 June 2010 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education's Commentary section, Mark Bauerlein, Mohamed Gad-el-Hak, Wayne Grody, Bill McKelvey, and Stanley W. Trimble assert "We Must Stop the Avalance of Low-Quality Research." Noting that "the number of 'refereed academic/scholarly' publications grows at a rate of 3.26 percent per year (i.e., doubles … Continue reading Avalanche of Low-Quality Research?