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Biotech Journalism Panel Series Part 2: Who’s Great At Communicating San Diego Life Science?

Posted by Mary Canady April 28th, 2013 .
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Part of the motivation behind organizing our upcoming biotech journalism event is that we want to encourage more communication about the terrific life science advances in the region. In putting the panel of local science communication experts together, we realized that there are many other examples we can discuss to inspire you to promote your scientific work. As part of our #SDScicomm series, here are 7 great San Diego life science communication efforts.
First, though, let’s talk about why science communication is so important. As the online media landscape is developing, …

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Biotech Journalism Panel Series Part 1: Where Do You Get Your Local Life Science News?

Posted by Mary Canady April 25th, 2013 .
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In anticipation of our Biotech Journalism event Monday, we’re providing resources related to San Diego life science communication tagged here with #SDScicomm (also the hashtag for the event). Over the five years since the SDBN’s creation, we’ve seen a lot of changes such as the SDUT’s acquisition of the North County Times, the rising popularity of news organizations such as Xconomy, and more local companies starting blogs. Keeping in touch with the local life science news is important for many reasons: to learn about advances, funding, jobs, and events. We …

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SDBN 2013 Poll Results: Drug Development, Translational Research, Green Tech Top Interests

Posted by Mary Canady February 7th, 2013 .
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We have the results of our 2013 poll. You can see the questions we asked here, we kept it short this year. See the results below and we will try to cover the interests and companies you are interested in!

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Company of Interest
# Votes

Illumina
5

Novartis
3

Genomatica
2

GNF
2

Intrexon
2

Life Technologies
2

Pfizer
2

Sapphire Energy
2

Sequenom
2

Synthetic Genomics
2

Verenium
2

Amgen
1

BP Biofuels
1

Cardinal Health
1

Ceres
1

Dart Neurosciences
1

Ferring
1

Halozyme
1

Johnson and Johnson
1

Roche
1

SG Biofuels
1

Takeda
1

Trius Therapeutics
1

Verdezyne
1

Vertex
1

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SDBN 2013 Poll

Posted by Mary Canady January 17th, 2013 .
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2013 is here and we’d like to know how we can serve your needs this year. Please fill out this short survey and we’ll send you a 2013 MO BIO calendar (also shipping with orders from them through January). (Poll is now closed, see the results here.)

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Tips For Starting A ScienceOnline Satellite: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Posted by Mary Canady January 16th, 2013 .
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Last October the SDBN did a grand experiment and hosted a ScienceOnline satellite meeting. In the end, it was a great success, we pulled together a fantastic panel, got an attendance of 75, and had a stimulating discussion. However, to be completely honest it was a lot of work organize it and times I thought the event was going to be a flop! Here are some tips for those of you who want to start a ScienceOnline satellite, as well as how to participate in San Diego.

Think outside the (micro)blog. …

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Storify: ScienceOnlineSoCal Event 10/22 #ScioSoCal

Posted by Mary Canady October 25th, 2012 .
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#ScioSoCal Panelist Karyn Traphagen: Science and Serendipity

Posted by Mary Canady October 21st, 2012 .
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Just when we started getting serious about a ScienceOnlineSoCal event, Karyn Traphagen, their Executive Director, contacted me out of the blue on the day I was going to reach out to her. The rest is, as they say, history, and Karyn flew out today to be a part of our panel Monday. I spent some time with her this afternoon and found that the serendipity that resulted in her joining us tomorrow is likely a theme in Karyn’s life, as she describes herself as a “boundary bridger.” Karyn’s journey through …

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Building a Digital Lifeform Through an Open Source Project

Posted by Mary Canady October 19th, 2012 .
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Stephen Larson, panelist for our October 22nd ScienceOnline event, describes the OpenWorm project, a fascinating initiative that demonstrates the power of researchers working together online.
Can a large scale biological simulation project be run as an open source project?
With well funded efforts like DARPA’s synapse project and the Blue Brain project it seems like it would be difficult.  But that’s what the passionate group behind the OpenWorm project believe and have been making it a reality for the past year.  Some basic facts about the project:

The complexity of understanding the human …

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How Does Great Science & Communication Benefit You? Ask #ScioSoCal Panelist Miriam Goldstein.

Posted by Mary Canady October 18th, 2012 .
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We are very lucky to have Miriam Goldstein on our ScienceOnlineSoCal panel October 22nd for several reasons. One is that she is very busy right now as she’s in the final process of writing her Ph.D. thesis at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Another reason we’re lucky is that although many would consider that Miriam is just beginning her scientific career, she’s gotten more press than many do their lifetime. Miriam clearly understands that science communication is important, and her experience can help researchers utilize this tool to improve …

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9 Reasons Sanford-Burnham Blogs

Posted by Mary Canady October 15th, 2012 .
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Heather Buschman, Ph.D, scientific communications manager at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, explains why she and others blog at Beaker, the Institute’s science blog. Heather will speak on the expert panel at our ScienceOnline event on October 22, 2012.
At Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, it became apparent a few years ago that we needed a new way to communicate the Institute’s science to the lay public. We produced a quarterly newsletter and we issued press releases when necessary, but many smaller discoveries, events, and other tidbits slipped through the communications cracks. We …

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