EPA research scientists will be on-site to discuss their work. The RTP campus is also one of the largest “green” buildings in the country.
Spaces: 6 currently, more possible with carpooling
Time: Afternoon, TBD
Transportation: Provided for up to 6 currently
Advice from Scott: “You’ll need to bring your own flashlight and a camera of one sort or another (if you like), and given that many of the places we’ll be walking will have a couple inches of flowing water, you’ll need to either put plastic grocery bags in a pair of hiking boots (my solution) or bring waterproof boots of one sort or another. Or just get wet feet, if you promise not to complain. Note — this is NOT SEWAGE — this is storm water. Which, what with the fertilizer and the brake dust and the pet waste and whatnot I wouldn’t drink, but I wouldn’t worry too much about splashing around in either.”
[Stormwater Film Festival via Scientific American/Scott Huler]
Leave hotel 1:00, return 4:00
Transportation: Walking Tour
Fee: $20, includes hard hat
You can hear a podcast about Rebecca here.
Read more about Rebecca in this summary of the Dec/Jan 2013/2014 Ability Magazine article Ability Magazine.
Read more about Meg on her ScienceOnline Board announcement.
Science infiltrates every part of our lives so, as communicators seeking outlets, we needn’t limit ourselves to science magazines or even science topics. For instance, the Olympics isn’t “science programming” but it does offer opportunities to discuss various science topics, in a popular context that already has an engaged audience. How else can we connect science to what people encounter in their everyday lives? Food and cooking, health, parenting, beauty products, home maintenance--any of these topics could reveal an interesting science angle and also suggest a new (non-science) venue to pitch a story. Let’s talk about creative ways to bring science to the people - in print, web, or video venues - or physical venues like science festivals and cafes. We can expand the scope of our market and find new ways to engage people with science.
Jorge Cham (PhD Comics)
Heather Bailey (TranslateHouse.org)
This discussion will focus on the challenges of tackling a career in science for those with various disabilities, including mobility limitations. Other groups to consider include the deaf community, autistic people, etc. The conversation will also discuss the “invisible glass ceiling” for many scientific professions. Many underserved audiences face similar challenges--including women and ethnic minorities--and we may find lessons and ideas from these groups to apply to the disability community. Let’s talk about ways that the online science community can become a catalyst for more inclusivity of individuals with disabilities in science professions.
We know the internet connects people across the world and we can use many resources and apps to work together. Our speakers today will help us imagine ways to push the limits of these tools of the web to envision new collaborations and discover new models for global participation.
Jon Schull (e-NABLE)
Jon is Research Scientist at the Rochester Institute’s Center for Media, Art, Graphics, Interactivity and Creativity (MAGIC). A sometime biological psychologist, inventor, entrepreneur, and human computer interaction researcher, his recent work concerns real-time web-based collaboration in the service of innovation, learning, and community engagement. All of these interests recently converged when he created e-NABLE, a global, online collaborative community of 3D printing enthusiasts who design, develop, fabricate and customize 3D-printed mechanically-enhanced hand devices for children and adults who are missing fingers.
Nick Parker (e-NABLE)
Nick is 18 years old and lives in Silicon Valley, where he likes to work on just about anything that moves. Right now he's renovating a thirty-four year old CNC mill, writing a CAM program for 3D printers with a novel twist, teaching 3rd graders to use basic CAD programs, and designing a new arm for a 7 year old girl born who was born with her right forearm missing.
Information about the e-Nable group can be found here:
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/enableorganization
A recent post on the blog tells about an e-NABLE collaboration that Karyn Traphagen (ScienceOnline, Executive Director) has been a part of:
Community has become something of a buzzword in recent years – many projects, ScienceOnline included, use it as a way of indicating a more collaborative and participative emphasis to their activities. In this session we’ll consider various aspects of community – from basic definitions to day-to-day community management issues. We’ll mention the importance of in-person interactions, as well as online ones, and we’ll consider what the future might look like for online communities. Some questions that you might want to consider before the session include:
If you’re part of – or a manger of - any community, do come along and add your input to the conversation!