Journal Research Selection
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren?t medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what?s, well, just more junk?
Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he?s not here just to tell you what?s wrong. Goldacre teaches you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You?re about to feel a whole lot better.
The written body of the assignment (separate from the abstract) should be brief but concise, totaling no more than 5 pages. In the main body of your paper the aim is to first, describe your chosen topic in full detail. In addition, your next aim is to focus on why topic is so important and what controversy is all about. What implications did it have in the scientific community? What implications does it have in the lay man society? Is it relevant today? Where do you see the future of this topic? Be sure to give specific examples of its relevance and relate it back to the major themes in Dr. Goldacre?s novel. CSE style should be followed (please see below and additional handout).
? Organic foods
Summary of physical requirements:
Typing – All text should Time New Roman in 12 point font, double spaced
Page numbers – page numbers must be located on the bottom center of the page. The body of the paper begins with the first page of the introduction.
References – References must be written in conventional CSE citation style.
? Major Paper Sections
Your paper should include four major sections: the Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References. The Abstract for this paper will be the general summary from your chosen technology. It should be no more than a paragraph in length.
? Title Page
The title page should contain the title of the paper, the student?s name, and the institutional affiliation. Include the page header flush left with the page number bottom centered starting on the title page. Please note that on the title page, your page header/running head should look like this:
Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
Pages after the title page should have a running head that looks like this:
TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
Begin a new page. Your abstract page should already include the page header (described above). On the first line of the abstract page, center the word ?Abstract? (no bold, formatting, italics, underlining, or quotation marks).
Beginning with the next line summarize your paper. (Do not indent.) You should also include possible implications of this selected biotechnology. Your abstract should be a single paragraph double-spaced. Your abstract should be between 150 and 250 words.
? Main Body
Begins on a new page after the abstract. It should include and answer all the questions raised in the assignment.
Follow strict CSE format, as well as in text citations. The Reference page should be separate from the main body and included with the page numbers. The references are a direct reflection of your in text citations, and no overview sources that you used for gaining an understanding.