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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My visit to Science Online 2010

This past weekend was the 4th annual Science Online conference. It was a marvelous experience and I met so many amazing people, all of whom want to share science with the world!

I wish I could recount all of the people I met, so no one feels left out, but I fear it is nearly impossible. One of the most startling things that happened repeatedly was people coming up to me and saying either "Joanne!" or more tentatively "Joanne?" :) I suppose I'm recognizable by my videos. I was left trying not to look too quizzical when trying to figure out who was addressing me, but always pleased when they would say "I'm "so and so" on twitter" and I had the flash of recognition.

I met and also saw from afar several authors of popular science books. I think I will just list them for simplicity sake:

I hope I didn't miss anyone, but surely I did!

Before I go further, let me first point out a great mash-up photo/vid collage done by teacher Stacey Baker who brought several of her high school students who use many new technologies and programs in their science work to share with us at the conference! Their presentation was just fabulous! I love to see articulate, intelligent teens who can teach me something! I will try to post vids of their talks as I find them. You will be as impressed as I was.

gummy/scicomladies.jpgYou might look at this picture and wonder, who is that incredibly fortunate fellow to be surrounded by all of us ladies? This smart man is Russ Cambell, communications officer for Burroughs Wellcome Fund in North Carolina (did you know that NC has a very high number of science bloggers? I learned that this weekend!) He knew a good opportunity when he saw it. Surrounding him, from left to right are Darlene Cavalier (science cheerleader), Kirsten Stanford (Dr. Kiki), Rebecca Skloot (author mentioned above) and myself. Make no mistake, the four of us gals are out to tell anyone about science if they are willing to listen!

My Ignite Talk on Saturday night went well, although I was trapped behind a podium and the lighting was not optimal for a video, so I recorded my talk and placed it on youtube. You can watch that HERE It starts off sounding a bit syrupy, but improves as you go along. You are missing the legs and the great red shoes, but maybe in your future is a photo for full effect.

I will work on getting my reminiscence of science popularizers in a format that can be loaded on youtube or on this site. I have a lot to say, so I believe it deserves its own blog post.

I left the conference with plans to return with longer and more involved sessions that will probably be done in collaboration with some of the people I met this year. I have some ideas on a session about creating science videos and one expanding on my "Characteristics of Science Popularizers", possibly discussing international portrayals of science on TV as well.

Hope you found something to your liking to read on this list! I will talk more about my visit to Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in a few days.

Until then,

Kindly, Joanne

 

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