Archive for January, 2010
On Tuesday I went to the monthly pizza lunch at Sigma Xi, featuring a guest lecture by Dr. David B. Eggleston, Professor of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science at North Carolina State University and the Director of Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST).
While Dr.Eggleston conducts research in several areas (and several geographic locationa), in this talk he focused on the ecology, conservation, and restoration of oyster reefs in North Carolina.
Last week’s ScienceOnline2010, our fourth annual science communication conference in North Carolina, was our biggest, best and most successful event yet, and from the long list of blog and media coverage and the Flickr pictures, YouTube videos and Twitter mentions of the conference (all using the tag #scio10), it certainly seems the BlogTogether spirit was coursing through the 267 participants.
Anton and I can’t be happier, or more proud, of what this conference achieved. More than anything, we are astounded by the openness with which so many people came together to share, explore, question, listen and narrate in order to reflect the importance of science in their lives and how the Web can be used to share their passions for science. See my post, Making it real: People and Books and Web and Science at ScienceOnline2010 (and please give us your feedback through this form).
Our gratitude goes to all who attended the conference and participated so energetically in the conversations there.
And special thanks goes to the following individuals and organizations that helped us grow and improve this conference. Please thank them for making ScienceOnline2010 possible — click through to their sites to learn more about each person or organization. (We thanked the sponsors of ScienceOnline’09 here, the second event here and the first event here.):
Liquidia Technologies in Durham gets $20 million in venture capital, b3bio, a biotech startup in Research Triangle Park, teams up with pharma giant Roche in a big way and Prolacria, Inspire Pharmaceuticals’ dry eye drug, fails yet another late-stage trial. Read more…
A biotech startup in Research Triangle Park signed a deal with pharma giant Roche that could turn the company into a brain trust of cutting-edge technologies.
The deal allows b3bio, a two-year-old company with 10 employees, to be Roche’s eyes and ears for new drug development and delivery technologies that are in the works at universities. Technologies that suit both partners could then be nurtured at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, where b3bio has its labs, before they are turned over to Roche for further development, said Dani Bolognesi, co-founder and chief executive of b3bio. Read more…
You cannot see the feedback that many participants at ScienceOnline2010 have already provided to Anton and me (keep them coming – we take the responses very seriously), but the recurring theme for the “highlight of the conference” question was “Meeting the People”; and the main request for the future is “provide more time for informal conversations”.
You will see even more of that kind of sentiment if you peruse the growing list of blog coverage. Or glean it from photographs posted on Flickr and Picasa here, here, here, here and here. Or on YouTube videos here and here.
While Early Bird Dinner, Friday Workshops, Coffee Cupping, Lab/Museum Tours, Friday gala, long lunch breaks, evenings at the hotel bar, and Saturday banquet were all good opportunities for mingling and schmoozing and networking, obviously people crave even more, and we will try to make sure to provide even more such opportunities next year. Your suggestions as to how to do this are welcome.
Fact checking is a drag. It’s tedious and it can get in the way of a really good story. But, of course, it’s crucial unless you write fiction. The ScienceOnline2010 session on fact checking Sunday, which was led by freelance science writers Rebecca Skloot, Sheril Kirshenbaum and David Dobbs, made that clear.
Blogs have a reputation for being loosey-goosey about accuracy. Who wants to spent time on checking facts when you want to be funny or profound, right? That gave me an idea for a quick experiment. Read more…
What will become of science journalism, and the good ‘ole days when a writer could actually make a career from writing for mainstream media about science? Four panelists wrestled with this question in the “Rebooting science journalism” panel on Saturday at ScienceOnline 2010. Budding science writer that I am, my feet carried me to the talk like a moth flapping to a flame.
Ed Yong, who writes Not Exactly Rocket Science, a blog that has made an international splash, talked about the future of science journalism as a blending of old and new: retaining the best skills from the specialized training journalists receive and blending it with new mediums like blogging. He also compared the shifting landscape to that of filling a new set of niches in an ecosystem that had just undergone a significant disturbance, you can read his eloquent explanation here. I have to point out though that he talked about the role of science journalism in society, but less so the preservation of that one keystone endangered species: the science journalisT. Read more…