My friend John Ohab is hosting a new DoD webcast called “Armed With Science.” Sure, it has an over-the-top logo reminiscent of the Syfy Channel (I like to intone “ARMED WITH SCIENCE” with the same cadence as “PIGS IN SPACE!”), but the show turns out to be really well-done and interesting. Each episode is a half-hour interview with a researchers in a scientific field relevant to the military: sometimes that means SONAR or geopositioning, but they also take on general science topics like Brain Awareness Week at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. It’s a nice mix of topics, and it’s great to see the folks at the Pentagon recognizing the centrality of basic science and engineering to their mission.
I wanted to call attention to tomorrow’s show in particular, because I thought it might be of interest to many of you. John’s guest tomorrow will be National Defense University researcher Mark Drapeau, a biologist who is investigating how wikis, blogs, social networks, and other Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way government agencies share information, collaborate, and engage the public.
Like me, John and Mark both represent a departure from “traditional” science careers. We’re all biology PhDs, but in John’s words, “we’re using our science backgrounds to inform policy and connect intersecting worlds (policy, IT, science, public affairs) that often do not relate that well.” This is a good opportunity for those of you who may also be considering nontraditional careers to see how the scientific toolkit can be applied to very different types of challenges, like public policy and communications.
The show begins at 2pm EST on April 1 at BlogTalkRadio. For the very first time, they will be taking live questions by Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ArmedwScience, so join me in chiming in with your questions about Web 2.0, science policy, transitioning into nontraditional science careers, etc.
One last note: John has the best tagline evah: “You’ve Been Scienced.” (I might have helped come up with that line. I’m just sayin’.)