Meeting with Pat, 23.01.07

January 23, 2007

Discussed AHRC funding application form: Pat suggested rewrite to make it more eye-catching, including an introduction stressing the importance of the research – impact of journalism on public opinion, the nature of the three main subjects (MMR, ID, climate change), the nature of balance in reporting, and why print journalism over, say, TV news (less regulation in TV news). Will send Pat rewrite ASAP for her to make further suggestions.

 Training – sign up ASAP for “reviewing existing research”, “using documentary sources”, “elite interviewing” and “appraising research critically”. Await information from KILT about teaching certificate application deadlines for 07/08 academic year. Ethical approval relies on interview training so can’t do interviewing until after approval meeting – probably June (training in April).

Update work plan with deadlines for next meeting.

Write extended version of AHRC application entry on new direction (controversy, balance, science rather than merely medicine etc) to explain thinking behind it.

Start work on methodology section – comparison of academic journals with popular press and so on. Need to find sources for ID/evolution and for climate change – can use BMA, Lancet, JAMA, NEJM for MMR.

Read comments on ethics thing

Continue with philosophy of science

Next meeting 2:30pm 06.02.07

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