After my exhausting hospital ordeal, I mustered enough strength to fly
out to Raleigh, North Carolina for this years Science Online conference (many thanks to Bora Zivkovic and Anton Zuiker for their marvelous efforts again this year). This is where those
of us who use the online environment to share about science come together to discuss current issues and generally share a
lot of ideas. This conference is run as an "unconference" style where the attendees create the content and topics
of the workshop. We do this on our own wiki and it is a successful event each and every year!
Thursday night was the keynote talk by Robert Krulwich. You may have seen him on TV or have
heard him on the NPR as one part of the team of RADIOLAB. You might want to check out their innovative podcasts that help people sneakily and enjoyably learn science.
Friday included a morning full of optional tours. My roomie and co-presenter
for a few workshops, Carin Bondar, and I instead took some time to have our photo taken (many thanks to Louis) together for a future video blog project we have in the works. More on that when the opening day draws closer.
Since Carin and I both create videos, we volunteered to host a workshop on amateur
video making. The portion I presented was based on questions I receive on a regular basis about making videos from people
who watch mine on occasion. In case people were unaware, I do everything for my videos. It would be great to have a team of
helpers, but they'd have to work for free at this point. I do not claim to know everything about video making and I consult
web resources quite often.
This powerpoint presentation contains the information we presented. It is in pptx format, so not everyone will be able to easily
access it if the ppt program is not up to that level.
Carin and I also presented a First Annual Science Online Film Festival, Video: from YouTube to
TV to Hollywood and back: Mini Science Film Festival. We have some great entries. Here are the links to the videos eligible for voting with 1st,
2nd and 3rd place videos listed as such. Thanks to those who attended and voted!
First Place: Bill Hammack, Photocopier
Second Place: Neil
Losin, Researcher Profile: Kristin Aquilino
Third Place: Kate
McAlpine: Large Hadron Rap
The other entries, in no particular order:
Jeri Ellsworth: Darlington Learns Electrophorus
Science in Seconds: Female Orgasm (I think it is SFW, but parents may want to screen to be sure!)
Science in Seconds: Dinosaurs + Evolution
Debbie Berebichez: Science Babe Time Reversal
Jamie Vernon: Don't Drink Bacteria
Ben Paylor: Epigenetic Landscapes
Biovisions: Powering the Cell: Mitochondria
Carin and I are keeping our eyes out for great entries for
the next Science Online Film Festival, and also for featuring on our new project, so feel free to suggest some to us or to
start making some yourself!
I also hosted with The Science
Comedian, Brian Malow, a panel called The Entertainment Factor - Communicating Science with Humor as well as assisting
on a panel about How to explain science in blog posts with too many co-panelists to list, and finally, Perils
of blogging as a woman under a real name with wonderful
co-panelists Sheril Kirshenbaum, Anne Jefferson, and Kathryn Clancy
Saturday night's banquet included a marvelous talk by Canopy Meg (Dr. Meagan Lowman), a performance by The Science Comedian, and our presentation of the three top videos in the Science
As always, I had a wonderful time and
enjoyed meeting many people I only speak with online! I could not possibly list them all here!
Upcoming next post, my review of three chemistry books and an introduction to the International
Year of Chemistry!