Poetry with Pinsky

First a confession: I’m in the meet and greet line after poet extraordinaire Robert Pinsky  read and described his work to a crowd from his (and my children’s) hometown of Long Branch, New Jersey, when the woman who had been… Read More

The Short Term Future of Stem Cell Funding

 California Stem Cell Report appropriately opines … As California’s public universities are turning away students and state cash is being cut for projects ranging from research labs to affordable housing, the California stem cell agency is on track to… Read More

Thinking about Religion, Belief & Politics @ Princeton

The inaugural Danforth Lecture at Princeton University was a lucky little feast for the brain Thursday afternoon. CUNY anthropologist Talal Asad gave a breathtaking talk on “Thinking About Religion, Belief and Politics.” I hadn’t expected Charles Taylor to be the… Read More

Some Thoughts on Substance at Saddleback

My thoughts on the Saddleback Forum on the Presidency? Overall, I thought John McCain looked and sounded really old. I thought he spoke in sound bites. I thought it was absurd that he had to reach back some… Read More

Goodnight Saddleback

            Here’s Gary Bauer selling John McCain. He thinks Obama’s in trouble.   Here’s Joshua DuBois, National Director of Religious Affairs for the Obama campaign. He seemed less than thrilled when I asked him if he… Read More

Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency 5pm

     The most surprising moment of the day so far … a room full of journalists not only standing up to sing the national anthem, but continuing to sing when the audio went down … except for a… Read More

Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency 10 am

    In a few hours, I’ll be glad I got here so early. Right now, I’m glad I brought a couple books: Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D. and An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. Research for… Read More

Tommorrow …

I’ll be one of hundreds of reporters descending on Saddleback Church for Rick Warren’s Civil Forum on the Presidency, starring Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. I’m hoping to run into Maureen Dowd, only I’m pretty sure she’ll be… Read More

Cheers to hESCs@CHOC

It’s been many, many years since I’ve sipped a cocktail like the one above, but this was the celebratory drink ordered for us by I don’t know whom on the last night of the NIH hESC training course…. Read More

Winding Down

I’m on day 10 or so of conference lectures. Today it’s Stem Cell Culture Secrets and Patent Issues (which combine into quite the quagmire in the hESC field). Yesterday I only attended one talk, that of Gary Robbins,… Read More

Monday Notes on hESCs@CHOC

    Michael Kalichman, director of the Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego, spoke this morning about hESC ethics. His was a probing Q&A format as he tried to get the scientists to think through the pertinent… Read More

Friday Fun with Religion, Science and the Press

Friday, March 7, 2008 ACT I: 12:00 pm, directly after a Psychiatry & Spirituality Forum lecture to psychiatric residents at UC Irvine (Paraphrasing) Senior Staff Doctor: “Hello” Christine: “Hi, I’m Christine. I’m a journalist. I’m doing a story… Read More