NEWS UPDATE and ROLL CALL!
Things have been a bit quiet around here – and I think I finally figured out the problem last night. I moved a couple months ago and there is a high correlation between this life change and my inability to write. So I rearranged my apartment last night – hopefully having a more legit “desk” will help? I’m pathetic, I know. My space is important to me, ok!!
It occurred to me yesterday that while stressing out about my writer’s block, I totally missed my ONE-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY. Culturing Science and I have been together for a whole year! And while we’ve gotten in some arguments over time, mostly we’ve learned from one another.
I really do want to thank you guys for sticking it out with me this year. I went to a lecture last month and, afterwards, realized that all the topics he covered I did not know a year ago, but now understood because of writing this blog. So thank you for putting up with my learning and stumbling.
Which brings up my next question: WHO ARE YOU? Some famous bloggers sometimes do a roll call to get to meet some of their readers who don’t comment. I think it’s a nice idea, although I’m a little nervous that not even my dad will comment. But I really am interested in learning a little about you … so … will you leave me a comment? I’m nice and friendly, we can be internet friends? Yeah?
Recent news you might be interested in:
- Carnival of Evolution #30! Up at This Scientific Life
- The Molecular Biology blog carnival is up, hosted by the dear Labrat
- Carnival of the Blue #43 is being hosted by Alistair Dove’s Deep Type Flow
You may know that I am attending the Science Online conference, being held in the Science Triangle in January, for the first time! Not only that, but I’m on a panel to moderate a discussion about amateur blogging! (Full program here)
“But it’s just a blog!” – Hannah Waters, Psi Wavefunction, Eric Michael Johnson, Jason Goldman, Mike Lisieski and Lucas Brouwers
Many young people are eager to communicate science despite their lack of scientific and/or journalistic credentials. While all science communicators face challenges, this subgroup has their own set of challenges including cultivating a following of readers from scratch, and high levels of self-doubt, often referred to as “imposter syndrome.” What value does this rapidly-growing group of science communicators bring do the field? How can the science blogging community encourage and mentor young bloggers? How can we hold these individuals accountable to the high standards of science and journalism while simultaneously allowing them to make mistakes as part of the learning process? In addition, established and successful science communicators will be encouraged to share their tips and tricks with their newer colleagues.
And, lastly, I’m an reviewer for the 2010 edition of Open Lab! Open Lab is a yearly collection of the best science blog posts from the previous year, collected together into a physical book (!). This year, Jason Goldman is the editor and faces the monstrous task for sorting through the 900 nominated entries! So I’ll be helping out with some of the ecology posts. It’s a great honor and I’m very happy to support this fine publication.
Thanks for slugging through this poor excuse for a blog post. Don’t forget to check in in the comments! (Please, Dad, will you at least check in so I don’t feel like a total loser?)