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Sunday, January 27, 2008

SciBlogCon '08: Real Time Blogging in the Marine Sciences

A week late, but better than never! Here are some pictures from our Real-Time Blogging in the Marine Sciences session at SciBlogCon '08. Thanks to all the participants and my fellow moderators: Rick, Peter, Karen and Jason!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Nature Reviews The Open Lab

Science über-journal Nature has published a review of The Open Lab 2007: The Best Science Writing on Blogs. Many know that I was a judge for the anthology as well as a contributor. It will be marked for distribution soon and you can buy it at bookstores in March. will hopefully start selling it online next month (possibly at a discounted price). For now you can buy it online at, all proceeds go towards the next science blogging conference. For all the low-down on The Open Lab, check out Bora's webpage. Here is Nature's (glowing?) review!

"The editor of this second anthology of the best scientific communiqu's [sic] from the blogosphere thinks blogs offer new ways to discuss science. The Open Laboratory 2007: the Best Science Writing on Blogs (, 2008) takes the curious approach of using dead tree format to highlight the diversity of scientific ideas, opinions and voices flowing across the Internet. Every year a different guest editor — here Reed Cartwright, a blogger and genetics and bioinformatics postdoc from North Carolina State University — picks the best posts to coincide with the Science Blogging Conference (in North Carolina on 19 January). First-hand accounts bring to life the stresses of a graduate student, a mother returning to the bench and an archaeologist's joy at unearthing mammoth fossils. Topics tackled are as varied as the writers, from Viagra and tapeworms to trepanning. Explanations are often offered with a personal twist, such as a father's tale of his child's Asperger's syndrome. The measured voices of trustworthy academics make medical research easy to swallow. If you are overwhelmed by the surge in science-related blogging and don't know where to start, then this compilation may help you steer a course through the sea of perspectives on offer — or inspire you to start a blog yourself."

Sunday, January 20, 2008

SciBlogCon '08 Friday Dinner

For the Friday dinner we ate at a restaurant called the Town Hall Grille in Chapel Hill. Bora and Anton arranged a nice full course dinner for us (almost 50 in attendance). I had ample amounts of Yuengling, some mixed greens, the vegetarian option (I can't remember what it was called, but it was good! A baked vegetable dish with mexican-style flavor topped with a salsa), and a banana custard desert (below).

The mixed greens were lame in honesty. Just some green leafy stuff with a non-descript vinegarette. But the main course and the desert were delicious! I didn't get to see a full menu really since I think we had predetermined menu options for the gathering, but if you are in the area or visiting go check it out!

Liz from PLoS, Peter, Karen.

Lisa from NBC17, Jason.

My dinner table companions! Clockwise from left: Peter, Karen, Lisa, Jason, Jen, Christine, Liz

Dinner party left side.

Dinner party center.

Dinner Party right side.

Speech Bora! Who also has dinner party pictures: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Saturday, January 19, 2008

North Carolina Science Blogging Conference '08

We had our session this morning on real time blogging in the marine sciences and it went great! We had about 15 in attendance, plus the five of us and the discussion was non-stop. I'm real proud of my co-moderators, Rick MacPherson, Jason Robertshaw, Karen James and Peter Etnoyer. I am also very proud and the audience, they embraced the unconference format there was never a dull moment and they all brought up great points and every person contributed. Jason was hard at work working the live video feed AND participating in the discussion. It is archived here (click on thumbnail under 'past posts') for your viewing enjoyment! The next couple posts will be on various parts of the conference.

Looking out at the frosty landscape on my to the conference. This flight segment was from State College, PA to Washington DC Dulles airport over the folding ridges of the tortured Appalachian range.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

OMG! SciBlogCon '08!

I'm very stoked to be going to the 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference. I hope we get a good turn out so we get a nice discussion going, such as some of the points on our conference discussion wiki (click the link for examples of real-time blogging we pulled from the blogosphere):

-Using blogs as a tool in Science, Conservation and Marine Education
-Blogs as filters of novel research and synthesizers of concepts
-Communicating Marine Science to the public via blogs (including podcasting and video blogs) to increasing public awareness of Ocean Science and related issues (i.e. who reads marine biology blogs and why).
-Blogging from the field as a method to communicate the scientific method, how research is done and what its like to be a scientist
-The multifaceted constraints of blogging in the field and to what extent blogging does or does not represent the organization you work for.
This conference is following the "unconference" format so come prepared to discuss and exchange ideas! For those unable to attend we are going to try to have a few options in place.

First: Jason over at Cephalopodcast, one of the session co-moderators, will try to stream the presentation (9:50 to 11am ET). Here are details:
Second: SciBlogCon has set up chat rooms through (instructions here). You have to register, but each session at the conference is supposed to have a chat room. Once logged in the chat channel is called NC Science Blogging Conference 1. Would be interesting to try out!

Third: Live blogging! I am sure each of us will be live-blogging the whole weekend, so keep your eyes peeled to our blogs or your RSS feeds for updates. Obviously I will be blogging here, Jason has set up a special little place for the conference (first bullet point above), Rick blogs at Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets, Karen blogs of The Beagle Project (and possibly her new little personal space on the web: Data Not Shown), Peter blogs at Deep Sea News. We encourage questions, discussion and comments at any of our blogs ALWAYS!

Monday, January 7, 2008

NC Science Blogging Conference

Its only 12 more days till the North Carolina Science Blogging Conference. I've got my room booked, my flight scheduled, and am raring to go! The Real-Time Blogging in the Marine Sciences session that I have put together is looking real good. We've got Peter Etnoyer from Deep Sea News, Karen James from The Beagle Project, Rick Macpherson from the blog Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice and Sunsets and The Coral Reef Alliance and Jason Robertshaw from Cephalopodcast on the panel in addition to myself. We've got lots to discuss, specifically blogging discovery as it is happening - in real-time. This has applications outside of the marine sciences too. We hope you can join us in this discussion at the conference!

Consequently, I arrive in the morning on Friday and leave early Monday morning. I might head out to the Museum of Life & Science on Friday. If anyone wants to come with me or meet me there, I'd love to have some company! If anyone is arriving at the airport around 10-11am, let me know and we can share a ride. I'll be at the Friday night dinner as well. My Sunday, as of now, is also completely open so all you Research Triangle folk better give me some cool suggestions.