Archive for the “scienceblogingconference” Category
Jan 21 2007
Murphey Hall is full. Folks are struggling to get on the net. The biggest problem is the UNC set up. Once on, the room is fairly well provisioned.
We’re even on schedule.
Food and set up are all fine — except that the Open Eye dropped the ball on delivering coffee. We (Brian) had to run get some from another nearby coffee shop.
Did I mention that the swag bags are full of great science publications?
Then Anton announce Dr. Hunt Willard who created to first artificial human chromosome who is talking about science communications. He has amusing stories about his adventures trying to get his stories covered sanely by the press (MSM that is) and about writing OpEd pieces. (see AskBig).
Props given to the Public Library of Science and various F/LOSS journals in discussion with Dr. Willard. Great discussion of scientists speaking to the public. Now a guy from Lancet asking about blogging and peer-review publishing — specifically about timing. Worries about the credibility of blogging and of scientists in the face of peer-review and citation. Will that change? Willard says no change. But he thinks that our current students who are used to real time will be the ones who bridge the two worlds. Can Lancet provide that bridge? Time frame? Willard says within three years. That soon.
Janet Stemwedel leads a discussion about how to be a blogging scientist.
[lunch and break outs -- I exercise my garbage removal skills which are awesome if I do say so myself]
How can a science blogger convert their stuff for use in teaching — what is a lesson plan? is asked by a science blogger.
Adnaan is pretending to be a wiki sorta. he is refering to a page on the wiki (linked above as teaching and science)
Is science about accuracy (as one guy here says; i think he means classical empiricism) or about the process of science through falsification or Popper’s critical rationalism or from Kuhn‘s more complex vision of “paradigm shifts.” Basically a discussion of the role of accuracy. Is accuracy the end or one of the tools that help science progress by falsification. We’re not even touching on critical science theory.
Science resources being tossed out like Science House at NCSU and Moodle and BlackBoard (which I don’t personally like) and Google Earth.
At drinks and later at dinner, we were joined by elected officials, US Representative Brad Miller (NC-13) and Chapel Hill Town Council Member Sally Greene. Miller has an interesting announcement which I have been ask not to blog just yet.
Great conference! Thanks to Anton, Bora and Brian for all their hard and good work.
Jan 19 2007
Jan 17 2007
Saturday, this Saturday Jan 20, is the Science Bloggers Conference here in Murphey Hall. There is room for one more as of this writing. Sign up or end up on the Waiting List. The folks have already signed up look great and the collection of the Best of the Science Blogs which Bora edited will be there too.
Then on Tuesday, I’ll be speaking about contributor-run digital libraries at Dukeâ€™s John Hope Franklin Centerâ€™s TechTuesdays on Tuesday January 23. Weâ€™re delaying the start of the talk from the regular TechTuesday time â€” starting at noon:30. The announcement is below and on the ISIS TechTuesday site. Iâ€™ll be creating a wiki entry for the talk to which you may add stuff if you like and/or you can leave comments on what I should be saying to this post.