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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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The Evolution of Crowdsourcing

Posted by Mary Canady October 12th, 2012 .
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Assay Depot’s Kevin Lustig explains how crowdsourcing is changing how scientific research is done in anticipation of our ScienceOnline event October 22nd 2012.
In James Surowiecki’s book “The Wisdom of Crowds” he lays out the criteria for successful decision making by large groups[1]:

Diversity of opinion
Independence
Decentralization
Method of Aggregation of Results
The most successful outcome will be achieved when the four criteria are all present. When you think about it this is very similar to the requirements for successful evolution of a new species. Under selective pressure (e.g., an environmental change that makes the …

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Interview With ScienceOnline Panelist Suzanne Kennedy: MO BIO Blogger

Posted by Mary Canady October 11th, 2012 .
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Leading up to our first ScienceOnlineSoCal event October 22nd, we’re featuring posts about and from our panelists. I had the chance to speak to Suzanne Kennedy (@suzyscientist) about her experience writing on the MO BIO blog, The Culture Dish.
Besides being MO BIO‘s R&D Director, Suzanne is a veteran blogger, having also written for Bitesize Bio since ’07. The MO BIO blog was started in September ’09 and they post about twice a month. The topics include technical tips, news, events, interviews, and product information. The company, founded in 1993 and …

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