Supervisor meeting, 5.12.06

December 7, 2006

Supervisor meeting, Tuesday 5th December 2006
Present: Tom Chivers, Patricia Walsh
Items discussed:

  • Supervisors’ written comments on ethical theory piece to be posted.
  • Written comments on piece about the importance of medical reporting by journalists to be discussed  at next meeting.
  • Short meeting with second supervisor: Jonathan’s comment that the PhD thesis was in danger of platitude: “Do health journalists have an ethical duty to achieve a certain level of expertise in their topics?”  too obvious a question. The possibility of re-aligning the PhD in response to this so that instead of being about “expertise” in general it could ask whether journalists have a responsibility to be able to read clinical trial reports themselves instead of merely relying on press releases; this would be less platitudinous, as not only do most journalists not read the reports, there is an argument that if they are not trained in reading scientific papers they may misinterpret technical language and take a different meaning away from the report than a trained scientist would. This to be thought about further.li>
  • The questions for John Naish, Times journalist; should we add more? Which other journalists do I want to contact?
  • Requirements of interview training: Roger Mayhew investigating this but has not got back to us yet
  • It was suggested that it would be important to sign up for KILT’s Teaching training, though this is full for this year. To contact them about next year.
  • Homeopathy talk by Ben Goldacre and the networking possibilities it opened up
  • Possibility of tutoring work at the Open University- to investigate
  • Ongoing work on a Philosophy of Science breakdown thing
  • To produce new 6 month plan of work with deadlines

  • Date of next meeting : Tuesday 9th January 2007 at 2.30.
  • Agenda:
  • Report on interview with John Naish, if it happens by then

    Report on interviewing training

    Work on scientific methodology

    To discuss new plan of work

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