Archive for November, 2009
As you know you can see everyone who’s registered for the conference, but I highlight 4-6 participants every day as this may be an easier way for you to digest the list. You can also look at the Program so see who is doing what.
Stephanie Zvan is a science fiction and fantasy writer and editor. She blogs on Almost Diamonds and Quiche Moraine and tweets. I interviewed Stephanie on the blog, and Stephanie interviewed me on the radio. At the conference, she will co-moderate the session on Trust and Critical Thinking.
Travis Saunders is an obesity researcher, a PhD student in Exercise Physiology in Ottawa, Canada, a Certified Exercise Physiologist, public speaker, writer and distance runner. He blogs on Obesity Panacea and tweets.
Novartis opens the doors to the first flu vaccine plant in the U.S. that uses cell cultures instead of chicken eggs, Research Triangle Park tries to modernize as the recession exacts its toll and Salix Pharmaceuticals sells $128 million in stock sale.
NESCent Catalysis Meeting, coorganized by the Evolution Institute was on November 13-15, 2009 and several of the participants remained another day and came to NESCent on the 16th to report on the meeting in a form of a panel. The meeting and the panel were organized by David Sloan Wilson, professor of evolution at Binghamton University and one of my newest SciBlings. The other panelists were Dennis Embry, John Gowdy, Douglas Kenrick, Joel Peck, Harvey Whitehouse and Peter Turchin.
RTI Fellows Symposium was a two-day event at the University of North Carolina’s Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This was also the first time I saw the Friday Center from within and I was looking at it with the eyes of a conference organizer. It has a Goldilocks quality to it: not so pleasant, intimate and science-themed as Sigma Xi, and not as big, cold and corporate as the Raleigh Convention Center. Just the right size and feel. But expensive as hell – Sigma Xi has been good to us over the years, not sure if we could negotiate a similar deal with Friday…..though we have definitely grown and a 420-seat main conference room at Friday Center looks good.
Lisa Sanders is a physician and a professor of medicine, but you probably heard of her in a different context: Lisa writes the Diagnosis column in The New York Times, has recently published a book Every Patient Tells a Story, and has inspired and acts as the medical adviser to the TV show House (of which I heard, not being a TV watcher, at the beginning of her talk).