ScienceOnline2010 commentaries for those who weren't there

By Grant Jacobs 21/01/2010

and maybe some who where.

You know how good sports commentaries are entertaining in the own right? There were some great twitter streams written while the talks were in progress. Sports commentary for science communication!

I can’t hope to track them all down, there just too many of them, but one commenter who I thought was right on the ball was Janet Stemwedel, an associate professor of philosophy at San Jose State University who also has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. (Now there’s an unusual mix of degrees!) She writes Adventure in Ethics and Science, one of the blogs in my blogroll.

If you want the meat without the filler, the flow of action without the dead play, try these:

Well, there's the glory...
Well, there's the glory... next the pay (?)

Write for more than glory: Proposals and Pitches that Pay. This one I followed “live”. Of course any who wants to write wants to know how to make a buck (or many) from it…! This features Rebecca Skloot, whose latest book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks I hope to review when (if) my copy arrives. (Here’s hoping…)

Casting a wider net: promoting gender and ethnic diversity in STEM. (STEM in this context will be ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’.) I personally would have liked them to add disability, but then you’ve got to draw the line somewhere. (I’ve written an earlier article on this topic.)

Rebooting science journalism in the Age of the Web. This subject should need no introduction to my readers!

Talking Trash: Online Outreach from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The North Pacific Gyre is an area where ocean currents conspire to gather floating debris… kilometre after kilometre of it. This talk looks at on-line outreach, from a remote location, using this as an example.

Science and Entertainment: beyond blogging. TV, movies, that kind of stuff.

An Open History of Science. Open-access and science: “free” access to the scientific literature (and data?).

Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Session: Engaging underrepresented groups in online science media.

Getting the Science Right: The importance of fact checking mainstream science publications — an underappreciated and essential art — and the role scientists can and should (but often don’t) play in it. Phew! – what a long title, but an important topic.

Janet also has her remarks on her own session Online Civility and Its (Muppethugging) Discontents. (A topic of which I’ve been recently reminded of by some local anti global warming folk… ’nuff said.)

I want to extend a personal thanks to Janet; I followed a couple of her tweet streams in real-time and it was a pleasure. Bit like the on-line commentary for cricket matches, but with more intellect content!

These other posts at Code for life might interest you (check the links at the bottom of these posts for more):

Teasers for day two of ScienceOnline2010

And the winning entries for The Open Laboratory for 2009 are…

Science writing vs. science journalism

New decade cartoon: Calvin on scientific progress

Media thought: Ask what is known, not the expert’s opinion

potpourri: homeopathy, journalism masterclasses & open access

Explore ancient science books on-line

Minorities, disabilities and scientists

Bibliographies-why can’t research papers self-document what they are?

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