ScienceOnline2011 begins Thursday evening and I’m getting more & more excited as the minutes tick away. The Keynote Lecture Thursday night is being given by Robert Krulwich, and is again being hosted at the RTP headquarters. I’ve gotten to sign up for a Friday tour at the RTP US Environmental Protection Agency. My whole family thinks that sounds cool & wants me to bring notes home on anything interesting that I learn. I’m looking forward to learning about some new databases that they develop – maybe I’ll get some cool tip ideas! After that I will attend two different workshops (‘Death to Obfuscation’ & Prezi), meet authors at the Casbah & dine in one of Durhams finest establishments. I’ve been so excited about these opening events, I haven’t begun to decide what Sat & Sunday sessions I’ll attend – other than my own OpenHelix demo on Sunday, of course – but I’m sure whatever session I join will be amazing. If you are drooling at my opportunity, fear not the conference sessions are being broadcast & you can participate online at http://scienceonline2011.com/watch/ .
In my continued gathering of interesting articles on communication, information or other (that might be useful for some of the session discussions) here are a few more that I’ve found:
- Video: Sleepy Bees Lose Their Rhythm from ScienceNOW – I’m not sure I’d do nearly as well as the bee at ‘hitting my diagonal’ if I was kept up all night. Half the time I get tongue-tied if I miss half a night of sleep, let along get bugged all night long.
- A gender-equity discussion (reported in the BioTechniques article “For female scientists, discrimination is in the details“), includes a ScienceOnline2011 featured author, Sheril Kirshenbaum, that I get to have dinner with Friday night – how cool is that?!?
- Interesting, but maybe not surprising: Flaming drives online social networks by Jamie Condliffe.
- A historical resource for the History of Science panel, perhaps: Profiles in Science from the National Library of Medicine.
- And a quote that really relates to one of the goals of ScienceOnline: From the Nature article “Science in the digital age”, Jane Maienschein is quoted as saying:
Modern technologies cannot replace personal contact. “People are connected through quick-fix email,” says Maienschein. “But this does not lend itself to thoughtful or deeply reflective exchanges. This is why we still need in-person conferences. Even video chats don’t do the whole job with larger groups of people.