Did I mention that the swag bags are full of great science publications?
Bora gets things going. It was his idea to have a science blogging conference.
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).
Badger is IMing me with stories of digital accordions in the middle of all of this.
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.
[still helping folks set up their wireless. I will have learned a lot about WinDoz once this conference is over.]
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.
LISA NAPOLI: Forget those pricey science journals. Debut your cure for cancer in a blog. From the Marketplace Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.
JANET BABIN: More than a hundred journalists, scientists and teachers are coming to the blog conference at the University of North Carolina.
The goal is to get more people to think of blogs as a tool to communicate about science.
Bora Zivkovic helped organize the event. He says science blogs accomplish a lot.
BORA ZIVKOVIC: Debunking pseudo-science, fighting against anti-science, and science popularization. Hoping that especially kids who are online all the time will bump into science blogs and see cool stuff and get excited about science.
Zivkovic was one of the first researchers to publish data using a blog — a trend he predicts will become more popular.
Conference attendees will learn how to start a blog and how to use one to collaborate on scientific exploration.