Three short items to pass along.
The next Bioethics Commission meeting is November 17 in the Washington, D.C. area. The agenda is now available online. The meeting is effectively a continuation of the September meeting, when the Commission focused on deliberation and deliberative methods in bioethics and bioethics education. Following a morning panels on innovation in ethics education, the rest of the day is dedicated to member discussions. This suggests that a report on these topics is reaching a place where it could be released in the next few months.
314 PAC, a political action committee which focuses on (Democratic) scientifically inclined candidates for federal office, has started issuing its endorsements for the 2016 Congressional elections. The three endorsed so far are all incumbent members of Congress, and two of them – Representative Bill Foster (Illinois, and the sole Ph.D. physicist in Congress) and Representative Seth Moulton (Massachusetts, with an undergraduate degree in physics) – have been endorsed by 314 PAC in the past. The newest addition is Representative Louise Slaughter of New York. She has undergraduate training in microbiology and a master’s degree in public health, and has served in Congress since 1987 (far longer than either Foster or Moulton). Among Slaughter’s legislative accomplishments is ensuring that the National Institutes of Health would include minorities and women in the populations of its clinical trials.
Sadly, I cannot find recent activity of two other political committees organized around science. Neither Franklin’s List nor First in Science (a so-called super PAC) appear to be currently active, though I would love to be proven wrong.
Finally, Tom McFadden has released the third episode/lesson of Science With Tom. It focuses on body systems and bacteria. His scientist guest is Dr. Jonathan Lynch, a microbiologist. As is his practice, each lesson has bonus video besides the main episode. I’ll embed the main episode, but check out the full playlist for the reading recommendation, music video and other science goodness.
McFadden links his lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards, which will explains some of the on-screen graphics that non-educators might not recognize. You can also make your own ‘Verse Two’ to go over the instrumental break in the music video (at the end of the main episode or available separately).