Roger Martin

KU professor’s book documents problems in Africa
November 27, 2005
Charitable contributions to Pakistan after its earthquake have been slow coming. Given all the tsunamis, hurricanes and such lately, maybe it’s a case of compassion fatigue.
Disinterest in science could cost Americans
October 30, 2005
As a society, we’re increasingly ignorant about science, and if that continues, it’s going to cost us.
Vanishing species won’t thrive here
September 18, 2005
K ansas has had a lot of tourism slogans, including, back in the 1980s, “America’s Central Park.”
Martin: Speak up about prescriptions’ side effects
September 4, 2005
A litter of cats was born in my basement. They’ve grown from blind lumps the size of gherkin pickles to scampering attack kitties. When they wear out their mother and me, we steal upstairs.
Martin: Woodpecker debate illustrates how science should work
August 21, 2005
If you’ve been asleep since late April, you’ve missed a fascinating scientific discussion about the existence - or not - of the ivory-billed woodpecker.
Martin: Truths behind tone, word choice guide writing success
August 7, 2005
I had no business teaching freshman English at Kansas University in the 1970s. Not really. Teaching the young to choose words and construct sentences that affect hearts and minds is work for masters, not apprentices.
The little - make that the tiny - things merit further study
July 24, 2005
Last week, Oxford University professor Richard Dawkins told an international conference that human beings are having to “come to terms with the increasing queerness of the universe.”
Simple approach best to conquer addictions
July 10, 2005
I got simple-minded in order to quit smoking four packs a day. My first simple idea was this: “You don’t have to quit forever, Roger. Only for a minute. And then another.” My second was this: “All you have to do is never lift a cigarette to your lips again.”
Martin: Extinction not always the end
June 19, 2005
An ominous story ran in Science magazine 25 years ago. It concerned a theory that dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago after an asteroid struck Earth and threw up a dust cloud that blocked the sun and changed the chemistry of the atmosphere. Since then, scientists have paid increasing attention to extinction.
Try a little tenderness
KU department could teach Harvard president a thing or two about chemistry
May 29, 2005
Harvard’s president recently tried to make amends for casting doubt on the “intrinsic aptitude” of women to become scientists and engineers. President Lawrence Summers announced that Harvard would spend at least $50 million during the next decade to recruit and promote women and members of minority groups to the ranks of scientists and engineers.
Reading aloud offers plenty of benefits
May 15, 2005
Last month, the novel “Don Quixote” was read aloud at a public event in Madrid. It was a birthday present to the book, which had just turned 400.
Worms move earth beneath our feet
April 17, 2005
Charles Darwin saved his last book for animals that were, in his opinion, among the most significant in world history.
Flexibility required to survive globalization
April 3, 2005
The book “Future Shock” was written 35 years ago, but author Alvin Toffler has never stopped making bold pronouncements.
Bird flu raises concern
March 20, 2005
The Spanish flu of 1918 killed between 40 million and 75 million people worldwide. In the United States, 600,000 died. In Africa, no one kept count.
Subscription costs soaring for journals
March 6, 2005
Remember Lorenzo? The little kid with the wasting genetic disease in the 1992 movie “Lorenzo’s Oil”?