Differing Viewpoints: A Case Study on the Politics of
Information" Christopher Hollister, University at
In this case students work in small groups to analyze and critically evaluate the often political nature of news stories. The case was developed from two newspaper articles published in different newspapers—New York Times and Wall Street Journal—about the release of an Environmental Protection Agency report on the state of the environment. While the New York Times article discusses White House editing of the report, which eliminated several references to the causes and dangers of global warming, the Wall Street Journal article focuses more on the report’s evidence of environmental improvements.
The case was developed for an undergraduate information literacy course. Its subject matter also makes it suitable for use in undergraduate level courses in environmental studies, journalism, or political science.
"Mother's Milk Cures Cancer? Researchers Deliberate Over Whether to Publish" Linda Tichenor,
This case study on the immune system, cell cycle regulation, and cancer biology explores the role that serendipity plays in new discoveries in science, how scientific research is funded, and the personal and professional implications of unexpectedly finding one's self on the "cutting-edge."
This case is appropriate for high school biology and general science classes, and for college undergraduate biology, pharmacology, and biochemistry classes.
Articles filed in resource cabinet by
subject heading and topic, located outside SCIC 207
Between Scientists and the Public" Lakoff, Sanford. The
Chronicle of Higher Education. 6 May 2005. B18-B19.
Science has long been politicized, and this article points out some of the ways that this has occured. It also discusses the need for scientists to come up with ways to educate the public on making sound judgements about a scientist's credentials and promoting a better understanding of scientific terms within the public. The article addresses a few ways that this is already happening plus a few ways to further promote this public awareness.
"Asking the marriage question".
Behre, Robert. Post and
Courier. October 9, 2006.
The November 7 referendum to Article 17 of the State Constitution on the SC ballot asked the definition of who can say "I do". Voting no asserts that the constitution should not be changed and therefore a marriage stands as a union between a man and a woman. One side wants to protect the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, while the other side wishes to extend the right to be married and receive tax benefits to all couples. Society's definition of marriage is at the forefront.
"New York City eases gender change
rules". Caruso, David. Post and Courier. November 8, 2006.
New York City wants to make it easier for transgender citizens to switch the sex on their birth certificates even without undergoing sex-change surgery. Under current rules, only those with proof of surgery can make the change. The danger is when a person's documents do not match the way they look and dress. This will ease the use of passports, driver's licenses, and other official documentation.
Articles in “Taking Sides”
Society Restrict the Publication of Unclassified but
'Sensitive' Research?" Easton, Thomas. Taking Sides:
Science, Technology, and Society, sixth edition.