Interesting stuff for the month of May

Steve Simon


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Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition. College Entrance Examination Board, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Accessed on 2006-05-30. (Teaching resources, Internet) [Excerpt] The future health of the American population depends in large part upon the knowledge and ability of our upcoming health leaders, practitioners and researchers. The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition for original student research is designed to inspire talented students to investigate the many behavioral, biological, environmental and social factors that affect health and, based upon this knowledge, to identify ways to improve the health of the public. The YES Competition offers college scholarship awards to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue.

Comparing Two Measurement Devices. Part I. Gerard E. Dallal. Accessed on 2006-05-26. (Model, Agreement) [Excerpt] It’s rare when a paper says everything that needs to be said in a way that can be readily understood by a nontechnical audience, but this is one of those cases. The paper is “Statistical Methods for Assessing Agreement Between Two Methods of Clinical Measurement,” by JM Bland and DG Altman (The Lancet, February 8, 1986, 307-310). Perhaps it is so approachable because it was written for medical researchers three years after an equally readable version appeared in the applied statistics literature (Altman and Bland, 1983) and about the same time as a heated exchange over another approach to the problem (Kelly, 1985; Altman and Bland, 1987; Kelly, 1987). This could very well have been a two-sentence note: “Here’s the Bland and Altman reference. Please, read it.” Still, its message is so elegant by virtue of its simplicity that it’s worth the time and space to review the approach and see why it works while other approaches do little more than confuse the issues.

Citation advantage of open access articles. G. Eysenbach. PLoS Biol 2006: 4(5); e157. [Medline] [Full text] [PDF] (Writing, Open source)

Open Source Web Design. Francis J. Skettino. Accessed on 2006-05-17. (Writing, Web) [Excerpt] Open Source Web Design is a place to download free web designs and share yours with others. We help make the internet a prettier place.

Where Do New Ideas Come From?. Michael Trigoboff, Portland Community College. Accessed on 2006-05-17. (Plan, Research)