Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Science Online 09

I recently attended the ScienceOnline09 conference, formerly known as the NC Science Blogging Conference. Once again, Anton Zuiker and Bora Zivkovic did a phenomenal job organizing the event, which was hosted by Sigma Xi, in RTP. On Thursday night, the festivities started with an Early Bird dinner at the Town Hall Grill, which I will cover in a separate post. Friday's activities included a coffee cupping at Counter Culture Coffee and lab tours, which I did not attend, since I had to work. Friday night, the Women in Science and Engineering had a networking event that included a talk by Rebecca Skloot on her research concerning the origin of HeLa cells, unknowingly donated by Henrietta Lacks in the 50s.

Saturday and Sunday consisted of a day and a half of sessions, which were primarily discussions in a slight "unconference" fashion. I was thrilled that this year there were two sessions on how science relates to art and scientific illustration. Glendon Mellow, pictured above, did a great job leading two of those sessions. There have been so many technological advances in the ten years since I actively painted scientific illustrations, so learning about some of the techniques and possibilities was certainly inspiring.

I attended multiple sessions on writing and writing for hire and was particularly fascinated by Henry Gee's description of life as a senior editor at Nature. I will never have the academic qualifications for such a position, but just knowing more about how such an esteemed journal functions was certainly educational.

That only barely scratches the surface of the variety of things about which I learned. There were four concurrent sessions, so it was often hard to choose which one I wanted to attend. Other sessions I picked included sessions on Open Access, using Wikipedia for annotating genes and and nature blogging. The conference offered a beautiful selection of opportunities to learn.

Photos from ScienceOnline09 on Flickr.
Blog posts from ScienceOnline09.
Tweets from ScienceOnline09.

4 comments:

  1. Always nice to see you! And thank for this post! Looking forward to your review of Town Hall Grill...

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  2. Great to meet you! Glad you enjoyed the sessions. Some great ideas being tossed around.

    You can continue being inspired by Jessica Palmer's post on art vs science - an intriguing and fun/creepy video.

    You can see more of Jacqueline Rae Dillard's admirable work at her gallery. She did the cat pictured above.

    What a great weekend, eh?

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  3. It was a lovely conference - meetings with other bloggers makes me come over all warm and fuzzy, like.

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  4. It was great meeting you at the Conference. I had a great time and the after-glow of it all is visiting everyone's page (like yours) checking them all out.

    Nice post. Have a great week.

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