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Thursday, February 27

9:00am EST

Changing Challenges into Opportunities
A wheelchair didn’t stop Rebecca Tripp from doing field research in treetops with Dr. Meg Lowman (aka Canopy Meg). Rebecca will share about her experiences with a summer research project, conceived by Dr. Lowman, giving mobility challenged students the ability to focus on science by rethinking traditional “barriers” and creating opportunities for success.

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.

Dr. Meg Lowman has her own set of stories of charting a path through barriers and creating her own successes. Her research has taken her across the world and from the surface of the earth to the leafy tops of rain forest canopies. But she’s also journeyed along the career path of a scientist as a woman. Her stories of challenges, opportunities, and the work still to be done for diversity in science careers will give us a unique perspective on the issues and opportunities.

Read more about Meg on her ScienceOnline Board announcement.


Meg Lowman

California Academy of Sciences
Mantra: No child left indoors!

Thursday February 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am EST
CONVERGE Room (1cd) McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioConverge
Friday, February 28

9:00am EST

Reaching Diverse Audiences
From comics to animations to reaching different cultures. Today's CONVERGE speakers will share their experiences about reaching diverse audience, cultures, and interests.

Jorge Cham (PhD Comics)

  • Jorge is the creator of “PHD Comics”, the popular comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. He is also the co-founder of PHDtv, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids in East L.A. He earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005. He is originally from Panama.
  • To read his comic strip, click here.
  • To learn about the research he used to do, click here.
  • Read his profile in Science Magazine.

Heather Bailey (TranslateHouse.org)

  • From the start of her career, Heather was concerned by the inequality and injustice in South Africa. From her early days in fashion design and retail buying she was already finding herself involved in small businesses and fair trade for South African crafters.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages making it rich in cultural diversity and challenges. Heather helped setup Translate to embrace this diversity in a time of liberation in the country’s history. The first focus was translating OpenOffice.org and Firefox to allow non-English speakers access to technology in their language. This had a great affect on other prominent software vendors starting to translate their software. As a result of this work Translate began building open source tools that could assist translators to translate more effectively.
  • Her next project was setting up ANLoc, the African Network of Localisers, building relationships with like-minded people working in languages across Africa.
  • Heather also works with the Rosetta Foundation, a global network of volunteer translators. The Rosetta Foundation’s aim is to enable access to information in your own language, a fundamental human right.


Friday February 28, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am EST
CONVERGE Room (1cd) McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioConverge
Saturday, March 1

9:00am EST

Creating Collaborations across the Wide World with the Web

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

Blog:  Website: E-NABLING the Future

A recent post on the blog tells about an e-NABLE collaboration that Karyn Traphagen (ScienceOnline, Executive Director) has been a part of:


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Jon Schull

Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Research Scientist, MAGIC ACT initiative (Media Arts Games Interaction and Creativity Center Access and Collaboration Technology initiative)

Saturday March 1, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am EST
CONVERGE Room (1cd) McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioENABLE

2:30pm EST

This final CONVERGE session will be our time to summarize and to look forward.

We'll have a lightning round summary of all the sessions. Each session will have a 60-second snippet to share one highlight or take-away.

Exciting information about ScienceOnline Together 2015 will be shared!

Saturday March 1, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
CONVERGE Room (1cd) McKimmon Center