March 02, 2007

I Wanna Be a TV Scientist

Seriously... I do.

Hopefully my credentials aren't too respectable for them.

via Terra Sigillata (who knew scienceblogs had other blogs)

Abel Pharmboy takes a look at the credentials of a TV scientist. Wow. Among other things, he finds that Dr Bond's degree comes from a diploma mill lacking sufficient accreditation standards and at his website offers individual nutritional consultations by telephone at $60/30 min. That's pretty expensive to listen to a duck's quacking...

Two things I can see needing to happen is:

1) Shut down, or at least more effort done to "name and shame" diploma mills
2) Less stigma, or even encouragement, be given to actual scientist who engage in media relations

Media science people :Hooray Dr. Karl!!!

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