There are many people in my life who think it’s strange that I like to meet up with my online friends in real life. “What if he/she is an axe murderer?” is a common remark. And it was very strange at first: The first time I met Bora I basically fled the scene because I couldn’t handle it. (Lucky for me, he stuck around for a second night so I had a chance to redeem myself.)
But it really is fun! I mean, we form these communities online of people that share very specific interests. Why wouldn’t you want to hang out with them?
I was lucky enough last weekend to get to spend an afternoon with Noam Ross (great ecology blogger, grad student, and awesome dude // @noamross) — and then last night a group of us got together at a bar in Manhattan and I had some great conversations with people I’ve known, as well as made new friends. (Awww.) I’ll shoot up a note next time we have one of these meetups in case any of y’all want to join in! We don’t bite… well, at least I don’t.
Anyway: I have the list of attendees and it is my duty to share. So here goes.
- Bora Zivkovic – the blogfather; scientific american blog network editor – @BoraZ // blog
- Angela Saini – author of Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World – @AngelaDSaini // blog
- Jennifer Gong – biology, archaeology, law, publishing – @jzgong // site
- Jeanne Garbarino – formidable science blogger and co-organizer of Science Online NYC – @themothergeek // blog
- Jon Stone – PR, newest client of @ccziv’s matchmaking service – @Asher8072
- Michael Habib – librarian, works for Elsevier/Scopus, ex-pat – @habib // site
- Ben Lillie – former physicist, current projects: story collider podcast, TED, my new BFF – @BenLillie // site
- Allie Wilkinson – science blogger, kayaker – @loveofscience // blog
- Krystal D’Costa – writes one of my favorite blogs, all around great person – @anthinpractice // blog
- Nancy Parmalee – hardworking science grad student – @nparmalee // site
- John Timmer – science writer for Ars Technica, co-organizer of Science Online NYC – @j_timmer // site
- Catharine Zivkovic – nurse, science comm, matchmaker – @ccziv
- Cassie Rodenberg – discovery planet green producer – @cassierodenberg // planet green
- Kirk Klocke – journalist/writer – @citizenkirk // site
- Lena Groeger – NYU science journalism student – @lenagroeger // site
- Douglas Main – NYU science journalism student – @douglas_main // NYU scienceline
- Stephanie Warren – NYU science journalism student – @steph_warren
- Rose Eveleth – NYU science journalism student – @roseveleth // site
- Holly Tucker – science historian, author of Blood Work – @history_geek // site
- Steve Mirsky — scientific american podcasts – @stevemirsky // site
If I forgot you, i.e. you missed Krystal forcing my list into your face/beer, leave a comment and I’ll update.
Here’s to next month’s #nycscitweetup! See ya there, I hope