2011 Program Suggestions

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This year, we will have full three days of meeting. The 'unconference'-style sessions will be in the morning (approx. 9am-12:30pm) on each of the three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). In the afternoons, we will have other activities: workshops, lab tours, a TechExpo, demos, perhaps a Citizen Science project. And in the evenings we will have a Keynote Address and other dinner-time fun activities. Keep checking back for more information as it becomes available.

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Volunteer (nominate yourself to run sessions, i.e., do not suggest others yet until the Program starts taking shape and we identify definite “holes” in it) to develop sessions, workshops etc..


I've just (tentatively) confirmed Tom Peterson, Chief Scientist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC., and head of the WMO panel on climate change, as a panelist for the climategate panel. He's available Jan 14 and 15, so I'm going to recommend that we nail down a time, Jan. 14, in the afternoon, for:

"You guys have got to start fighting back" is the message many climatologists are hearing in the wake the slanderous attack on their integrity that has been called Swifthack, or Climategate. But for many scientists, fighting back means publishing a really good paper in a reputable journal. That doesn't cut it anymore. How should scientists and their communicator allies go about planning a strategy?

Tom Peterson, Chief Scientist, NCDC
James Hrynyshyn, journalist, Class M -- or Chris Mooney (he's been invited)
Josh Rosenau, NCSE
(James Hrynyshyn)

- One thing to think about for this panel would be getting someone who has experience organizing successful campaigns. With the GOP promoting the idea of Congressional hearings on the "fraud" of global warming this discussion should involve strategies for countering their smear of climate scientists for political purposes. I have a few contacts among Duke faculty and at the grassroots level around Durham/Raleigh that have experience in this area if the organizers are interested. - Eric Michael Johnson (primatediaries@gmail.com)

Open Government and science blogging
- brief background of open government initiative [Anil Dash, someone from the Office of SciTech Policy or someone from O'Reilly. Let me know if you need an intro. -Darlene Cavalier]
- progress/projects from science-funding agencies [or federally funded agencies, such as NASA or the NIH. reps from either of these agencies can talk about progress and projects. --Darlene Cavalier]

- web-based agency resources that can be useful to bloggers
- discussion - has the movement towards a more transparent government created more opportunities for science bloggers? what more could be done?
(Nicole Garbarini - njgarbarini)

Folding in this proposed topic "Taking a peek behind Government Agencies' science blogs" with Nicole's...since they're so similar - thoughts include that this session or discussion or workshop could be :
  • an opportunity to hear how government agencies are contributing to the science blog community
  • an opportunity for networking and establishing partnerships with managers of (tentatively US EPA's Greenversations/Science Wednesday blog + will be seeking others if there is interest)
  • What else would you find interesting and informative? APPRECIATE feedback!!!! Email: anley-mills.melissa [at] epa.gov
    Thank You!


= = = = What's the (changing) role of an online editor on a site aggregating independent blogs? "Merely" a bloggers' assistant for bug fixes and spam busting or a signposter to content, online marketer, creator of community or what? Also, how closely do you monitor your community's behaviour? Do you know visit times/bounce rates/preferred pages for all your archive and how easy is it to predict what will be "good" (high traffic?) content? (LouWoodley)

Danica Radovanovic + moderators
write down your name if you are interested to participate, thanks!

This collaborative, participatory and highly interactive session has the goal to gather scientists, geeks, ecologists, environmental folks/organizations, artists who deploy digital technologies and promote the civic and environmental consciousness with the care for the local and internationals eco-systems. How is possible to upgrade, foster the networks of interdisciplinary scientists, IT people and artists for better collaboration, social media connectivness, environmental sustainability?
The session will emphasize the usage of digital technologies and virtual environments for bringing on the new ideas and projects incorporated before the conference and presented during the session, with the online live stream.

It will involve the audience on the web as well, and through the program I will create with you and moderators, the group of interdisciplinary multimedia snippets (social media crowd sourced material) that we will use during the session.

I need co-moderators, if you are creative, social media oriented in your field of work, environmentally and civic conscious, artist and/or scientist and want to raise the awareness of your work and make the difference even for a day, join me as this is highly participatory session. Let's show how the power of human will/action and the knowledge with the implementation of the social media and digital technologies can make a difference.

Detailed action session plan after we gather the names of interested folks.

Danica Radovanovic
Social Media scholar, Web activist
PhD in Internet studies and communications


Standing Out: Marketing Yourself in Science
And open-floor discussion on the tools and methods for developing, communicating and maintaining your personal brand in science. What's worked for you? What hasn't?
Walter Jessen @wjjessen
Pascale Lane @PHLane
Kiyomi Deards @KiyomiD

Workshop idea: Get more people viewing your site - search engine optimization (SEO) for credible science.
Ways to "fight fire with fire" when it comes to competing with science misinformation on the web.

I'll need help with this - anyone interested?

Walter Jessen @wjjessen


How to explain science in blog posts

David Dobbs is interested
Scicurious is interested.
Jason Goldman is interested.
Joanne Manaster is interested.
Maryn McKenna would be interested
Vivienne Raper is interested
Eric Michael Johnson is interested
Brian Mossop is interested
Carin Bondar is interested
Melody Dye is interested
Christie Wilcox is interested
Lyndell Bade is interested
Misha Angrist is interested

This may seem like a mundane and mechanical topic, but for many bloggers, this is a key objective of their work. Subissues could include:
To whom is this science being explained? (teachers, skeptics, avocational scientists, professionals, grad students?)

Who is the blogger? A scientist? Interpreter? Journalist?

Given the intersection of the above two, what are best practices? What should be avoided?

Bigger subissue: How would we get the science blogosphere more on the menu of day to day activities of some of this intended audience? Are grad students and researchers using Research Blogging to find or sift through peer reviewed research? Are teachers taking blogs into classrooms? Why, when bloggers decide to write for the public or teachers explicity, do they write “101” posts? Do we universally believe this is all we can do? All this medium can do? All our readers can handle?
Looks like plenty of people are on board, and so am I - Danielle Lee (@DNLee5)

Danielle, I'd like to add communication with stakeholders (like fishers, fish house owners, restaurant owners, natural resource managers, recreational fishermen, and researchers) in the blogosphere... Anyone else have an interest or need to discuss this sort of online interaction?
--Lyndell Bade


KEEPERS OF THE BULLSHIT FILTER: How to crowdsource accountability and accuracy in the new media world
Organized and moderated by David Dobbs; submitted via email 1 Feb, 2010

In this session we’ll discuss how a combination of blogs, tweets, and online-MSM work can replace some of the credibility-filter (and fact-checking work) that people worry will be lost in move from MSM to Whatever Comes Next. Such crowdsourced BS detection and exposure is an implicit part of the blogosphere (and the unconference idea). But how does one actually do it? The panelists will share — and then ask the audience to share — examples, experiences, and ideas about how individuals and institutions can contribute constructively but efficiently to this vital function. Hazards and caveats will be discussed.

David Dobbs will "moderate" (good luck) a panel that includes Steve SIlberman, Ivan Oransky, Maia Szalavitz and Ed Yong. We are working on a Keepers of the Bulllshit Filter badge to be awarded to all participants.

(What I'd like to see discussed in this: the way that 2.0 can help smaller media outlets - small papers, blogs, online mags - claim back their stuff from the big papers who in the past have routinely bigfooted them without giving credit to the smaller outlets who got to the story first. - Maryn McKenna)


WHAT’S KEEPING US FROM OPEN SCIENCE? Is it the powers the be, or is it … us?
Organized and moderated by David Dobbs; submitted 27 Sept 2010.
Kristi Holmes is interested (VIVO project; holmeskr@wustl.edu)
Melody Dye is interested (pkipsy@stanford.edu)
John Timmer (jtimmer@arstechnica.com) is interested.
I'd be willing to carry the DIYbio flag--Misha

There’s been a lot of talk about open science, and the need to change current research, publication, and reputational structures so that we can take full advantage of the internet (and the hivemind) to speed and enrich the flow and development of scientific data, idea, findings, and discussion. But what’s holding us back? What changes need be made to ensure a) free and open access to scientific results and publications and b) a more free, open, faster flow of scientific information? Can we just start publishing papers on blogs and let the hivemind replace peer review? Do open notebooks really work? How can we encourage scientists to contribute by reviewing and commenting on others’ work rather than focusing just on “the paper”?

This session, drawing on a magazine feature that I am currently (Oct 2010) finishing about open science, will examine and discuss these questions, as well as a) where the current bottlenecks are b) key functions served by current structures (such as publishing, peer review, and credit/reputation systems) that need to be replaced in an open system; and c) ideas and efforts already underway to serve those new functions. I’ll summarize my findings for the article (slated for publication Jan 2011); have 2-3 panelists from the open-science movement discuss the points above; and then, of course, open things up for discussion.


Dave Munger, Bora Zivkovic, Jessica Perry Hekman, Anton Zuiker, and Mark Hahnel (submitted October 6, 2010)

ScienceBlogging.org has been a success as an aggregator of science blogging networks, but it has some limitations—most notably the inability to search and filter posts. We're developing a community-based, open-source network of all science blogs, and we hope to have a working prototype of this new site ready in time for ScienceOnline 2010.

But the worst thing that can happen to an aggregator is to stagnate, so we'd like to utilize ScienceOnline 2011 as an opportunity to develop plans for the future of the aggregator. We're discussing the process on the ScienceBlogging Blog. There is also an outline of the project on this Google Doc. In order for the site to succeed, it's going to need curators, coders, designers, and editors who are committed to building a hub for all science blogs and blogging networks.

We envision this as a planning session for the site -- a fairly open-ended discussion where we can talk about the future of the site and actually come up with a plan for getting it all done.


Open Notebook Science: pushing data from bench to web service

Jean-Claude Bradley and ... (submitted Oct 11, 2010)
This year I would like to host a panel on ONS with an emphasis on archiving and quickly abstracting data from the lab to versatile web services.


Defending Science Online: Tactics and Conflicts in Science Communication
Organized by Eric Michael Johnson; submitted via email 31 Oct, 2010

Perhaps the most contentious issue among science bloggers and journalists is how to best engage proponents of demonstrably false information. Whether it’s described as “framing science” or presented as confrontation vs. accommodation, the conflict between science communicators is a debate over tactics and how to best achieve our shared goals. Is there one tactic that is best employed in all cases? Does a multi-level approach undermine scientific values by not fully defending the evidence and countering false information? When considering science policy, how should evidence and democracy interact? Panelists will include Chris Mooney, Eric Michael Johnson, and Josh Rosenau will discuss what they see as the most effective tactics within three different areas of science communication.


How can we maintain high journalism standards on the web?

Panel: Paul Raeburn, Knight Science Journalism Tracker

The web in many cases has undermined the wall that traditionally separated reporters from advertisers in 20th century offline journalism. What should take its place? With new models of web advertising and funding appearing daily, it seems, can we keep reporters independent? And what does it mean to be independent when a website is supported by a foundation, or a single advertiser or patron?
Bloggers share responsibility for the credibility of their sites with their employers, advertisers, or other supporters. How do we make sure that the new financing models do not destroy our credibility?

@Paul: Will you include Mary Knudson in this panel, to talk about her decision to pull her blog from US News because they were going to link ads to key words in her blog posts? (Elia Ben-Ari / @smallpkg)

In the category How the Web is changing the way scientists communicate with each other, we could talk about the importance of reliability and trustworthyness. For example, the CrossMark initiative, a way to mark scientific articles so that readers can see that they are looking at a Version of Record and further find out if there have been any updates such as errata, corringenda, revisions, or retractions. (Carol Meyer, CrossRef). Also, we could also discuss ethical issues, specifically plagiarism, a topic that has been in the news lately. (Nature, New York Times, New Scientist. (Carol Meyer)


Industry and Academia -
A discussion on how academic and industry sides of science can come together in social media.

Moderators – Kristy Meyer of Sigma Life Sciences offers to moderate (unless you have another person in mind).
Aaron Rowe would like to represent academia as a moderator. He constantly nags Sigma, 23andMe, Fisher, and other companies via twitter.
A second moderator from Academia would be great to represent both perspectives.
Participants/Panel – Panel of 3-5 people from both Industry and Academia.
The Academic moderator and I could work together to ask and choose panel members. Abel Pharmboy might be a good one to consider - since he is a department chair and researches in a field that has very strong industry ties.

Discussion points:
• Where do we stand today? Which scientists are using social media?
• Initial thoughts on what vendors can deliver for online scientists via social media?
• How feedback from scientists via social media could coax vendors into offering new products or changing the way they do things.
• What responsibilities do vendors have to the scientific community? How can they better serve scientists?
• Why do scientists use social media?
• What does it mean for large and small companies?
• What is the future?
• Other?


Stacy Baker, Marie-Claire Shanahan and 9 students:
*I'm bringing my students again to discuss online science and education. I'd like my nine students to join a panel rather than my students having an entire session where we just present what we do. We've done that the last two years and this year I was hoping to have more of a mixed panel discussion with them included. Perhaps we could somehow fit into this discussion here? - @stacycbaker


-"Web 2.0, public and private spaces in the scientific community, and generational divides in the practice of science." (Janet Stemwedel)
I was at a meeting of NSF PIs, trainees, and program officers back in May to talk about how blogging might fit into scientific work/training, and became aware of a huge generational divide on the appropriateness of the use of "new technologies" of all sorts. The divide can best be summed up in the words of a PI who said (to students at the meeting talking about their use of such technologies), "Why is it that your generation feels compelled to do in public what the rest of us know to do in private?" I think this is a HUGE issue in the practice of science (and one with interesting epistemological and ethical issues). Would love to see someone from The Third Reviewer participating in this one, as well as some open notebook/open science folks, and possibly folks blogging about what it's like to lead a scientific life. Would also welcome a designated curmudgeon to stand up for the old ways.


How is the Web changing the way we identify scientific impact? (contact: Jason Priem)
Panel: Jason Priem, Paul Groth, ?
- The tyranny of the IF: how do we challenge institutional overreliance on the Impact Factor?
- Crowdsourcing peer review (post-pub PR, article commenting, "soft-peer review")
- Tenure from tweets: can alt-metrics (downloads, bookmarks, etc) count in evaluating scholars?
- Astroturfing eminence: are social metrics too easy to game?
- alt-metrics and OA: perfect match?
- beyond good ideas: how do we go about researching alt-metrics?
    • Jason, as you may know, a big challenge here is providing incentives/rewards for activities other than publishing. Martin Fenner (http://twitter.com/#!/mfenner) is v active in creating one way to do that, a unique researcher identifier, known as ORCID (http://www.orcid.org/). It's like a DOI for individuals. Would make it easier to register (and count towards tenure, grants, etc) their non-paper contributions such as blogging, commenting on papers elsewhere (post-pub peer review, soft peer review), public outreach, etc. He's a wonderful contributor and great fun as well, would be sharp move to recruit him to this panel.

    • I would love to contribute. And I would be particularly interested in scientific contributions beyond papers and research data. What are we interested in, are there unique and persistent identifiers for these contributions, and what is the level of detail (e.g. blog/blog post/blog comment?) we want? These contributions could then be associated with a particular researcher using ORCID, and used both for discovery and for alternative metrics. This also relates to the session on "Having fun with citations" that I would like to do. - Martin Fenner


“Blogging on the Career Path” Opportunities emerging out of the blogosphere (Sheril Kirshenbaum)
I’d be down with “how to (and whether to) include blogging in your tenure dossier”. (Janet D. Stemwedel)
As a recent tenure-achiever, I'd be happy to join in a discussion on the tenure-blogging connection! Or should tenure-blogging be a separate discussion from more general career path bloggin? (Greg Gbur, "Dr. SkySkull", 11/9/10)
I put together a bunch of statistics and notes when I did my tenure package, and have some specific ways that we worked with my committee to quantify the blog and relate it to my research record, so I’d be pleased to be able to share. I also have some stuff I could share about online research databases in paleoanthropology, which might go well with a panel that included genetics, astronomy or other databasing efforts. – John Hawks


"Web 2.0wned: Harnessing new media to enhance your science communication power"
(11/9/10, Arikia Millikan)

Social media technologies are changing the way science information is passed between scientists, journalists, and readers — for better or worse. We think it’s for the better and that resistance is futile. Using new media tools like twitter and the facebook can be a self-rewarding reflex that, when applied to science communication, can have far-reaching effects. But we’ve noticed that people sometimes struggle with how to “do” the social media thing and view it as labor with little reward. In this session, we will demonstrate how keeping social media social is the key to success in both gaining readership and participating in the communal conversation of science journalists. Through a series of case studies and experiments, we will show you awesome and interesting ways individuals and companies in the science communication field are using new media and how cultivating your online personality and simply being human yields both professional and personal rewards. Presented by Arikia Millikan (Community Manager, Wired Science), Dave Mosher (Contributor, Wired Science), Taylor Dobbs (Journalist, The Northeastern).


History of Science in blogging

(11/8/10, drskyskull) A suggested session listing:

"Making the history of science work for you"
Michael Barton, Greg Gbur ("Dr. SkySkull"), Eric Michael Johnson, John McKay, and (if you could use another: Holly Tucker (@history_geek)Most scientists know just enough history of science to share a story or two about the quirky characters and events that shaped their scientific field. However, history can do so much more for scientists to help them as bloggers, as researchers and even as citizens. In this session we will have a discussion of the ways in which using the history of science can help you connect to your readers, combat misinformation (such as quote-mining) on the web, and find common-ground between the sciences and humanities. (We'll also share some of our favorite historical anecdotes along the way.)
(11/4/10, drskyskull): How about, "Making the history of science work for you": a discussion of the ways in which using the history of science can help you connect to your readers, combat misinformation (such as quote-mining) on the web, and find common-ground between the sciences and humanities.

--> I like this overall topic, how HoS can be useful, practical, etc. (11/5/10, M. Barton)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’d be happy to take part in another “history of science in blogging” panel. As a recently tenured person who put his blog stuff in his tenure package, I’d also be willing to help out in a panel on “selling your blogging to the admin”. (drskyskull)
If I’m able to make it, I’d love to take part in a history of science in blogging panel with Dr Skyskull. I think I’m one of the only usual suspects who comes to the topic as an historian looking at science rather than a scientists doing history. John McKay (archymc) I’m game! That would be great! (drskyskull)
“On the history theme, I think it would be interesting to talk about how online tools have allowed the task of combating the quote-mining of scientists (largely Darwin) simpler.” Michael D. Barton, FCD
I'll definitely be there and would be happy to take part in a History of Science panel. - Eric Michael Johnson (ericmjohnson)

Important to add discussion about responsible research when it comes to history of science. What are the uses and abuses of the history of science? A nuts-and-bolts discussion of where to find reliable historical resources, primary texts, experts, etc. would be a good addition too--Holly Tucker (@history_geek) <-- I agree with Holly, that is an important component. (11/9/10 E.M. Johnson)


Blogging networks and the emerging science communications ecosystem - managers of networks in hot seats, audience asks questions, gives suggestions, criticisms, etc.

One word: Pepsi (james hrynyshyn)
If we’re going to be talking about Pepsigate, perhaps the most constructive way to go about it is to have a discussion of the grand blogospheric alignment that it triggered. The birth and growth of new collectives and communities, the benefits and perils of the different approaches being taken (networks and aggregation services), and how to encourage intra-network traffic and discussion. (Chris Rowan, Scicurious would be glad to help here) - I'd be happy to join in with that (SFriedSci)
I would be remiss in my duties as a smartass if I didn’t suggest a panel on the importance of communications in sponsoring a portal for multiple blogs. John McKay (archymc)
Building off John's idea, what about an Overlord panel. By the time January roles around, there will be at least 10 networks that I can think of off hand and it would be cool to get five or six overlord/community manager/founders to have a session on motivations for founding new networks as well as the nuts and bolts (SFriedSci) - Note: yes, the panel of overlords is in the making (@BoraZ)


Having fun with citations (contact: Martin Fenner)
Panel with ?
Citations play a central role in science communication, but their role in the traditional scientific publication is often rather boring. We love to count citations for measures of scientific impact, but we spend little time thinking about the context and meaning of citations. In this session I would like to talk about topics ranging from semantic meaning of citations (using CiTO, the Citation Typing Ontology by David Shotton), citations of retracted papers, citations of datasets (using Datacite), the importance of an Open Bibliography, formatting of citations using CSL (Citation Style Language), citations in Twitter and other unusual places, citation mutations to the integration of unique researcher identifiers (using ORCID).


Liveblogging and livetweeting scientific conferences: dos and don’ts
Late to the party here (It's Nov. 1st) but I (Carmen Drahl @carmendrahl) have live-tweeted and blogged from a couple of different conferences for a scientific audience. I and my colleague Lisa Jarvis (@lisamjarvis) would be interested in moderating/participating in a panel on this topic. We could speak to why we decided to live-blog the events we did (drug structure disclosures from pharma companies and a blog panel featuring Abel Pharmboy among others), the pros and cons of syncing tweets to a Wordpress blog versus just liveblogging and promoting the liveblog via Twitter, syncing to Friendfeed, using surveys to get reader input before and after the liveblog, etc. It might also be worth discussing what makes a conference environment conducive to liveblogging-livetweeting (obviously free wifi, but what else?)

Abel tells me that the Society for Neuroscience has tried to promote bloggy-tweeters. Anyone from that crowd interested in participating? I will be hunting for you on Twitter....

This also seems to relate to something suggested below (pasted here again for clarity).. I'll try and contact Anne and Christina
Engaging scientific societies with social media: What’s being done? What’s working? What do we do next? – maybe a panel of society representatives +/- science bloggers/tweeters. (suggestion by Anne Jefferson, but not sure I’m the person to organize this) - I like this but we also should talk about societies that aren't helping/engaging in a healthy way (Christina Pikas)

Blogging in the Academy: Tom Levenson, Dr. Isis, and Martin Frank of the American Physiological Society

Blogging about science – and especially working as a scientist – is deeply exciting to many, and perhaps to none more than to younger researchers, students and junior faculty. But there are issues associated with the thrill and the social value of blogging: it is public, permanent, and unmediated. This panel aims to open up a discussion of what is involved in blogging within the academy, addressing issues of anonymity; relationships within and between individuals and institutions; hiring and tenure considerations; how scientists and their societies can work to increase public understanding of science; concerns about status and hierarchies; editing (self or otherwise), networks and support; audience and intended impact – and anything else the participants in this session want to raise.

Here are some more ideas to get you thinking, then add your own below:

How the Web is changing the way science is done
- Open Notebook Science
- Open Data – crowdsourcing, sharing
- Citizen Science [a favorite topic if mine but I am happy to relinquish the mic to a fresh face. Here if nobody else volunteers. -Darlene Cavalier]
- Ethical concerns in Citizen Science (who gets to be the authors, should the paper be Open Access, evolving
IRB s for personal data) [suggest someone from Galaxy Zoo speak to this...happy to reach out to them if anyone is interested.-Darlene Cavalier]
- Did you get an IRB approval for that online poll you did on your blog (and the problem of Ethics Creep)?
- Turning data into visualizations so humans can comprehend them [suggest Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs.com ; closely tied to Gov 2.0, Open Gov movement; his company helps launch apps for this purpose. Again, happy to reach out to him. -Darlene Cavalier]
- Changing academia from within: is your blog in your tenure dossier? does your CV show the download data of your publications?
- How to build collaborations between your blog about professional societies in your field.
- Freelance science and the importance of physical space
- Museum collections online
  • Please see "What's Keeping Us From Open Science," full entry below.
How the Web is changing the way scientists communicate with each other
- Reference Managers
- Evolution of the Scientific Paper
- Peer-review: online options
- Rise and fall of “facebooks for scientists”: why, and will there be a “winner” ever?
- information overload, filter failure and discovery deficit: how to find relevant stuff without losing your mind.
- is mobile the future?

How the Web is changing the way science is communicated to lay audiences
- Science journalism today and how it differs from yesterday
- Local science journalism – does that make sense?
- the role of Press Information Officers in the new journalistic ecosystem
- Completing your science communicators toolkit: from social networks and blogs, through newspapers, magazines and books, to radio, TV and movies: putting together a coherent strategy.
- A popular science book: using the Web from the initial idea to pitching to writing to selling your book (I’ll help with this one – Brian Switek)
- Blog as a book-writing tool (This one can probably grouped with the one above, but either way I’d like to jump in on this one, too – Brian Switek)
- Picture is worth a thousand words: nature photography - Gina Granados Palmer from MacroGarage is interested (http://www.facebook.com/gina.palmer or "contact@ginapalmer.com")
- Audio: podcasts and radio
- Video: from YouTube to TV to Hollywood and back (Mini Science Film Festival to be hosted by Joanne Manaster and Carin Bondar)
- the new science blogging ecosystem: a network of networks and a whole lot of independents – how to put them all together
- from online to offline: reaching communities without reliable online access - I'm very happy to help with this one (Danielle Lee @DNLee5)
I'm happy to help with this too--I don't have the answers but am dealing with this right now. (Lyndell Bade)
- liveblogging and livetweeting scientific conferences: dos and don’ts
- museum exhibits: online outreach
How the Web is changing the way science is taught
- Hands-on-mouse teaching of science (Joanne Manaster?)
- Blogging in the undergraduate science classroom (Tara Smith and Jason Goldman)
- Doing actual science in the classroom (Joanne Manaster)
- A picture is worth a thousand words: visualized science in the classroom (Joanne Manaster)
- Is learning science communication an essential aspect of learning science
- Open textbooks – Blake Stacey
- free online courses and the implication for universities and formal degrees
- Games, gaming and learning
- “But it’s just a blog!” Balancing blogging to communicate and blogging to learn (and being understood as to which type of blogger you are) – a bunch of young bloggers should lead this! – Hannah Waters, Psi Wavefunction…
How science is studying the Web
- Pros and cons of computational approaches to analysis of human behavior online
- Sociological, anthropological, rhetorical, linguistic and ethnographic methods in studying human behavior online (I can contribute to this one - Krystal D'Costa @anthinpractice)
- Your own Web Science: measuring reach and results of your own online activity
- Private, personal, public or publicized? What are the differences and how to think about them. (This may be combined with the socio/anthro/etc. discussion above. I may also be able to help with this. - Krystal D'Costa @anthinpractice)
Math Online (contact: Maria Droujkova)
- Learning math by doing math
- Gaming: using math to help teaching math
- Origami community: topology through play
- Innumerate society: how dangerous it is and what to do about it
Social Sciences and Humanities
- History of Science: window into how science and scientists work – John McKay, Greg Gbur, Michael Barton | <John & co, I'd be happy to join this and discuss how doing my book on Darwin's coral reef argument (http://amzn.to/DobbsReef) has helped frame science for me ever since. Let me know. - David Dobbs (davidadobbs@gmail.com) | <-- Naturally, I'd also be down for any discussion on the History of Science - Eric Michael Johnson (primatediaries@gmail.com)
- Science in Fiction: “Can we stimulate a wider interest in and appreciation of scientists and what they do via the medium of mainstream fiction? And how can we leverage online tools to help?”. – Jennifer Rohn
- Science Fiction: the invitation to science – Blake Stacey
- Gender and Race: does greater visibility online translate to the real world? Are online discussions percolating into the academia and broader?
- Art and Science, 3.0
Medicine and Health
- Patients networks, support groups and advocacy groups: the good and the bad
- Why are physicians and hospitals jumping fast onto the mobile bandwagon?
- Patient blogging as therapy (would be interested in doing something with this – Suzanne Franks)
- Livetweeting surgery: whys, hows, pros and cons
- Nursing experience and wisdom, online.
- Being Right vs Being Influential: How To Win The Hearts & Minds Of Patients Online (e.g. why vaccines are a good thing, how to expose snake oil without alienating people, what to do when good science doesn't make good television) - Val Jones, MD

Building a reality-based community
- how effective is your outreach effort?
- what does it mean for a nation (or the world) to be ‘scientific’ and how to get there?
- gentle voices vs. shrill voices: why both are necessary and how the two can work together (Happy to help with this, Josh Rosenau)
- persuading people, persuading politicians, effecting policy (interested: Josh Rosenau)


Data Discoverability: Institutional Support Strategies

Funding agencies are increasingly calling upon researchers to make data
available beyond that shared in publications. Without guidelines
stipulating deposit in specific repositories, responsibility for
developing data management plans falls upon researchers and
institutions. Join (TBA), Molly Keener, Dorothea Salo, and (TBA)
for a moderated discussion of how researchers and institutional
constituents can collaborate to ensure sustainable data management
strategies are developed. Moderated by Kiyomi Deards

I'd be happy to lead a workshop on "media training" for science bloggers - how to position yourself as an accurate and valuable resource for mainstream reporters AND how to communicate effectively in mainstream channels like TV, radio & newspapers (David Wescott)

More seriously, Scion2010 got me thinking about the problem of being a science blogger without a background in science or journalism, a true amateur. John McKay (archymc) Count me in this boat too. Jason (cephalopodcast) I would be interested also. Glendon Mellow (flyingtrilobite).

Get more people viewing your site – search engine optimization (SEO) for scientists and journalists. Walter Jessen (wjjessen)

Some sort of talk on the most useful/efficient ways folks find for organizing/managing the influx of daily Web material they are interested in, to get through it all every 24-hr. time period! (R. Gluck) Great idea – I’d like to be involved with this as well. Walter Jessen (wjjessen)

Talking mathematics on blogs and wikis! Using computer programming and simulations as educational tools! We had a great time chatting over these things last year, even though we were stuck in the little room behind the coat closet. (Blake Stacey) – Since then, the Math 2.0 interest group grew, and several people are eager to run some math sessions at the conference. Online math communities is the topic I’d like to lead (Maria Droujkova)

Science in Fiction: what does it mean that a made-up story is “scientifically accurate” (or not), and what can we, as busybodies on the Internet, do about it? (Blake Stacey) [Get Ollie Morton (eaterofsun) or Adam Rutherford (adamrutherford) to speak on this – Ed]

On a related note to the above, science on TV and in the movies: Jennifer Ouellette, director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange for the (U.S.) National Academy of Sciences, who is based in LA, would be great, though may be hard to get. I believe one or more people at the National Science Foundation are involved in a similar effort and may be able to find out more. (Elia Ben-Ari/@smallpkg)

Similar: cross-media science-communication. It’s no longer just a movie or a documentary – they team up with blogs, Twitter, games, apps etc. not just for promotion or merchandising, but as integral tools to communicate different aspects of same issue, often for different audiences and on different levels. Often set up in cooperation with scientists and institutions. (K.Hoppenhaus/@quinoat)

It might be a bit late by next year but: Lessons from Climategate: What can scientists and journalists do to prevent the next hatchet job on their reputations? (james hrynyshyn)

A panel on the perils of blogging as a woman under our real names. There’s a lot to be said about safety and dealing with things that others simply don’t need to. (Sheril Kirshenbaum) (This is something I’d be happy to help with – Anne Jefferson) (Me, too--Joanne Manaster) (WIlling to help on this or another gender-related panel, as the female WiredScience blogger whose selection inadvertently inspired #wsb - Maryn McKenna)

“From Blog to Book” I know that’s been done, but several of our books continue to develop directly out of our blogs. (Sheril Kirshenbaum) – [Why not extend this idea to magazine/newspaper articles and other media, as well? Make it about using blogs as a springboard for other forms of science writing and engagement rather than just books alone – blogs as labs to grow as a writer, etc. – Brian Switek] (Happy to help here also, having a blog that was the platform for SUPERBUG for 3 years prior to publication - Maryn McKenna)

I would be interested in something that explores the implications of online science for science education – perhaps taking the flipside of Stacy Baker + class’s great presentation last year (the value of blogging for students) to look at what the importance and prominance of blogging etc. means for students and teachers/professors. e.g., are the processes and people of science more visible because of blogging? does that matter? what would bloggers, journalists, and scientists want students to learn to read and engage in online science and online science communication? (marie-claire shanahan) [Great idea – you absolutely HAVE to get Sophia Collins (@imascientist) to present on her work here – Ed] [Thanks Ed, Yes! That would be terrific. – mc]

Using blogs in undergraduate education (Jason Goldman) I have several undergrad blogging projects, also engaging undergraduates in blogging outside the classroom (SFriedSci)

Science/nature photography (Melody Dye and Alex Wild?) I have several pictures/ nature photography, (unique) that you might want to see and add for your presentation.(Evelyn Lynge) storytelling through science/nature photography (@loveofscience aka Allie Wilkinson)

Science communication in locations outside big cities, where support is lacking e.g. smaller counties, rural settings, 3rd world, etc. (Grant Jacobs)

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? How can you tell if your blogging/tweeting/whatever is making a difference? Are blogs reaching diverse audiences, or are they a giant echo chamber? How do you go about measuring the impact of your blog? – Ed Yong. I’d love to talk about this and plenty of Brits have been discussing this recently. Try Martin Robbins (mjrobbins), Petra Boynton (drpetra), Frank Swain (@sciencepunk) etc. Could recruit a panel with people who have different blogging aims – mass public communication, activism, countering bad science, mentoring other scientists. etc. (am interested in this too. I tried getting a 'member of the public' to read my blog - Viv Raper). (I would be willing to play skeptic/echo-chamber advocate--Misha)

There’s an app for that? What does the mobile market place mean for your blog and how does one “appify” a blog anyway? Jason (cephalopodcast)

Practical issues in Open Education: how do we get affordable, usable textbooks written and adopted? See, e.g., here and here and here. (Blake Stacey)

It looks like there is some interest in doing a session or even sessions on battling pseudo-science and politicized anti-science. Michael Barton mentioned quote miners. James Hrynyshyn mentioned the lessons of Climategate. Medical woo is always popular. I’m a big fan of bad history. (John McKay – archymc) I can throw in with pseudoscience in marine management (SFriedSci)

The BP Oil Spill: science, outrage, spin, and dead pelicans. How did BP, scientists, amateurs, bloggers, and MSM journalists use the web to communicate? Was the public outrage dependent on dead charismatic megafauna photos, or can these methods be leveraged for other social/environmental issues? (Miriam Goldstein) - plus outcomes from the blogging, I know the the social networking between SFS and DSN landed some sweet Gulf Coast science (SFriedSci)

Building online outreach for scientific and conservation institutions

Blogs, podcasts and social media are a key outreach tool for most non-profit science and conservation organizations, but building those assets can be challenging due to institutional roadblocks, time constraints and limited budget resources. The panel will briefly share their experiences building and maintaining online science outreach programs and facilitate a discussion about strategies, difficulties, and rewards of integrating new media into an institution. (Jeff Ives New England Aquarium and Jason Robertshaw Mote Marine Laboratory)
- I'd like to count "government" among these institutions. NOAA, for example, is putting a lot of effort into online outreach. How can we as active online educators contribute to this? And what are the perils? (Miriam) -I did vodcasting for USGS this summer and can speak about the review process and some of the obstacles to government outreach (@loveofscience aka Allie Wilkinson)
-combined with: Institutional online science outreach: how to get people to actually read your organization’s blog/Twitter/Facebook (Miriam Goldstein
-Maybe this is the right place to discuss building online outreach/community for stakeholders in the management and conservation processes? I need to communicate online with commercial and recreational fishermen, both to engage them in conversation but also to communicate findings to them. (Lyndell Bade @lyndellmbade)

Engaging scientific societies with social media: What’s being done? What’s working? What do we do next? – maybe a panel of society representatives +/- science bloggers/tweeters. (suggestion by Anne Jefferson, but not sure I’m the person to organize this) - I like this but we also should talk about societies that aren't helping/engaging in a healthy way (Christina Pikas). I'm interested in this too, as well as Christina's suggestion about what's not working. It would be great to hear from people who encountered resistance in their organization to institutional social media, as well as those whose organizations support and foster it (Allison Bland).

Science-Art – The burgeoning fields of niche artwork aimed at scientific disciplines.
  • Is science-inspired art a new zeitgeist, or just cyclical?
  • An overview of science's influence in art history, and how the internet changes its influence.
  • What makes something "science art" anyway? How does it differ from fantasy or scientific illustration?
Glendon Mellow – Flying Trilobite
Would enjoy a co-moderator for this.

In addition to science illustration/art/photography, expressing scientific concepts and developments via different artistic media, such as fiction, poetry (e.g., the Science Fiction Poetry Association is planning a science poetry issue), music/video (e.g., Symphony of Science), etc. (Suggested by Elissa Malcohn, from a lay perspective, and member of SFWA, SFPA)

Technology and the Wilderness – Technology offers unparalleled opportunity for outdoor education – yet it is viewed as a cause of “Nature Deficit Disorder.” But little glowy screens can be amazing educational tools. Potential directions include tools (e.g., iPhone nature apps), networking (e.g., Outdoor Afro bringing people of color outdoors together), exploration (e.g., following up on the Blogging From the Field/Trash Gyre sessions from past years). (Miriam Goldstein)

Patient Blogging as Therapy – not sure exactly what was intended by whoever posted that suggested session title but I have done some blogging about health issues from the point of view of the patient. I am interested in this topic and would like to hear from anyone else who wants to work on this. (Suzanne Franks aka Zuska) I have a number of friends with cancer whose treatment centers provide "therapeutic blogs" for them. (Pascale Lane)

Freeing yourself from Blackboard and making your own Drupal site for teaching – Sandra Porter (digitalbio)

The First Line of Response – Blogging and the role of reporting disasters and current events as they occur. The role of bloggers in exposing events, correcting mainstream media, and keeping important issues current after the MSM interest wanes. (Kevin Zelnio)

Challenges to online access in the developing world: Streaming down Web 2.0 for use in slow connection speeds, hand-held internet devices and why Open Access publications (indeed all journals) need to pay attention to bandwidth. (Kevin Zelnio)

I liked the suggestion in the bulleted list of “Science journalism today and how it differs from yesterday”. To give more structure to this, here are some questions: How does the web change our perception of what is “newsworthy”? What attributes are valuable in online science journalism – do we really care about things like scoops, or is context king? How does the web blur the lines between news and opinion? How does it change the practice of reporting, and what features present opportunities that can be tapped (e.g. space, context, links, multimedia)? (Ed Yong)

Who watches the watchmen? – Let’s hear from the wide range of watchdog blogs that are helping to keep an eye on the practice of science journalism? Would be awesome to get Gary Schwitzer, Ivan Oransky, the folks from the Knight Science Journalism Tracker etc. (Ed Yong)
How is Twitter used at conferences? Analysis of Twapperkeeper archives for #scio10 and #solo10 as a starting point for discussion. (Martin Fenner)

A couple of ones that I’d be really interested in are: – Sociological, anthropological, rhetorical, linguistic and ethnographic methods in studying human behavior online : specically how important is expertise/experience in the way we interpret what people say online (e.g., bloggers but esp. commenters) and how do we judge? (mcshanahan) – and I think I added this one earlier but it might have gotten lost when things fell apart for a bit. I think the following suggestion made above is a fantastic question: “- Is learning science communication an essential aspect of learning science”, something I’d really like to explore with people. (mcshanahan)

Lessons from Climategate is good. Happy to tie in my and NCSE's experience fighting creationism, our expansion into global warming, and other such denialism. (Josh Rosenau)

The secrets of successful science blogging. What do the world's most successful science bloggers do that makes them so good? Where do they find their ideas? How do they market their blog? The practical nuts and bolts behind being a great science blogger is rather mysterious, but is rarely discussed. Anyone else fancy rounding up a few amazing science bloggers and picking their brains in a Q&A session? (Vivienne Raper). Happy to round up speakers if anyone else fancies it.

It's All Geek to Me One of the things that the never-ending "scientists are good/bad communicators" argument often leaves out is that there are multiple audiences out there. Let's turn the discussion around and look at how communication differs between two of the largest subcultures that science communicators are trying to reach: geeks and non-geeks. Rather than focusing on who's doing it right or wrong, we'll discuss how our work changes depending on whether we're doing fan service or outreach. (Stephanie Zvan)

Outreach and Career Development for Scientists in the Blogging Ecosystem-I have been writing about a bench-to-outreach job transition to help scientists make a similar move, and would like to work with others interested in a career session to discuss how we are leveraging our online presence to help scientists get the skills they need to pursue outreach and "alternative" careers. -Stephanie Levi

For the "Communicating Science to Lay Audiences" session-I am interested in working with whomever is presenting the component of video online, as well as anything regarding the integration of online and offline programming to present an integrated, community-based outreach strategy. -Stephanie Levi

=================The un-miseducation of the public about the "dangers" of vaccines. What was the role of science communication in the initial tidal wave of misinformation and how do we use science communication to address the question, Can the damage be undone?
The roles of the news media in the current vaccine controversies are multiple: hot headlines that misinformed; articles that couldn't mention "autism" without also mentioning "vaccines" until about 2009, in spite of little to no scientific basis for a connection; and now...outbreaks of life-threatening preventable disease, reduced vaccination levels, unfounded fears, the "vaccine wars", the "spread-out schedule", and the "mercury militia"--convinced that all things vaccine are harmful. We've got Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield and the Age of Autism (which purports to be online journalism, a whole topic unto itself), and people know about them and their anti-vaccine nonsense in part because the news media and the blogosphere communicated it. People seeking information earn their degrees from Google U--so can the science blogosphere trump the misinformation that's out there and provide science-based answers for genuine information seekers? Should it have such a role, and when does it cross the line from communication to activism? What is the interaction of the blogosphere with traditional journalism in re-informing the public? How can bloggers and science journalists undo the power of the fear that these misinformation debacles have generated? These questions aren't limited to the anti-vaccine movement--they apply to other scientific controversies, such as climate science denialism and intelligent design. --Emily Willingham


Engaging undergraduates in science communication - Andrew Thaler, Jason Goldman, David Shiffman, others [Glad to help. I've taught several courses at Duke and soon UT that encourage students to blog and think about science communication broadly - Sheril Kirshenbaum]
  • Successes and failures in undergraduate blogging. What strategies work for engaging students, how much guidance or freedom do you give them, what platform or support structure should you provide (if any)?
  • Examples of successful (and not so successful) attempts.
  • What responsibilities do you have towards your students? Ethical responsibilities - protecting you students online and providing an alternative for those who are uncomfortable with the assignment, Legal responsibilities - FERPA and student privacy.
  • The social media question. Do you use facebook/twitter and other social media tools to engage with your students? How much do you really want to know about your students? How much do you really want you students to know about you

--This sounds great! (Lyndell Bade @lyndellmbade)