Win your own Sidney Harris original cartoon! A contest will be held in which ACS members can submit “one original cartoon caption” of 35 words or less. Cartoonist Sidney Harris will draw a cartoon based on the winning caption. The grand prize winner will receive the original cartoon based on his/her winning caption. The runner-up will receive a personally autographed copy of one of Harris's most famous cartoons chosen by Harris. For more information and the official entry form, go to: http://acshist.scs.illinois.edu/index.php.
The incongruity of the reviewers’ comments with the criteria that one thinks should govern the evaluation of a paper or proposal is what makes the cartoon funny. But, as is always true in Sidney Harris’s cartoons, there is another message under the surface: Perhaps scientists should embrace the “broader audience” of their papers, or the “outreach” criteria of the granting agencies more openheartedly. Nothing in the nature of the world or the understanding of scientists would be damaged if humor and suspense were allowed to enter scientific papers. Gatekeepers relax!