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Archives for January, 2010

One of the many interesting sessions I attended at ScienceOnline 2010 (#scio10) covered the questions of trust and critical thinking. Sitting in the audience, I couldn’t help but think of a mash-up (like on Glee!) between this session the one on Fact checking. Granted, I know I’m a nitpicky scientist with an obsession for minutiae…

Have you ever wanted to volunteer your talents and help with fun projects like these: * Refurbish computers for schools * Teach students how to use popular software or online services * Build a database for a nonprofit * Help out in your school’s computer lab * Become an online mentor for students across the…

ScienceOnline 2010 was one of the most amazing meetings I’ve attended in a long time and it’s going to take some time to process it all, but in the mean time, it seems other bloggers (phylogenomics, CogSci, and Ed) have started one of those meme things and so, here goes.  At ScienceOnline 2010, I learned:…

Okay, I’ll grant that visiting Second Life can seem a bit uncomfortable, especially at first, but it does open some new doors and present an alternative to travel. In flu season, virtual visits could be the next best thing to being there. (Yikes, that sounds like an ad. No more yahoo news for me!) Here’s…

Is there a place for citizen scientists in the world of digital biology? Many of the citizen science projects that I’ve been reading about have a common structure. There’s a University lab at the top, outreach educators in the middle, and a group of citizens out in the field collecting data. After the data are…

A common theme I hear in talks on personalized medicine, is that increased access to genomic data and medical literature are changing the relationship between doctors and patients. Patients are through being passive recipients of paternalistic health care. They are demanding to participate and be treated as partners with health care providers. Citizen science can…

When I was a post-doc, I spent a few months seriously thinking about changing careers and teaching high school. I might have followed through on that plan, too, but I didn’t know how to pay for it. Today, if you have a background in science, technology, math, or engineering, you can retrain to become a…

Do citizen science efforts ever go beyond “feel good” contributions? Do the data get published in peer-reviewed journals? In an earlier post, I started a list of citizen science projects that allow students to make a contribution. Many commentors are graciously adding to that list and I thank you all! I’m glad to learn there…

These days, DNA sequencing happens in one of three ways. In the early days of DNA sequencing (like the 80’s), labs prepared their own samples, sequenced those samples, and analyzed their results. Some labs still do this. Then, in the 90’s, genome centers came along. Genome centers are like giant factories that manufacture sequence data.…

Next Saturday afternoon, at ScienceOnline2010, the science goddess, the chemspider, and I will be presenting a workshop on getting students involved in citizen science. In preparation, I’m compiling a set of links to projects that involve students in citizen science. If you know of any good citizen science efforts, please share them in the comments.…