Posts Tagged ‘conference’

Guest hosting Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour with Greg Gbur

For the next few weeks I will be guest host of Dr. Kiki’s Sci­ence Hour on Leo Laporte’s TWiT net­work. Dr. Kiki is out on mater­ni­ty leave, hav­ing just giv­en birth to a beau­ti­ful baby boy 20 days ago! Pre­vi­ous guest hosts have includ­ed Phil Plait, David Har­ris, and Jeri Ellsworth.

The show streams live every Thurs­day on TWiT at 4pm Pacific/7pm East­ern. For oth­er time zones, do the math! You can also watch or down­load it lat­er.

For first-time vis­i­tors: in addi­tion to my science-flavored stand up com­e­dy, I also make sci­ence videos for Time Magazine’s web­site. That link will send you to my vids on, or you can click the VIDEO tab above and see them on this site. Quite a vari­ety of top­ics in sci­ence and sci­ence fic­tion. I am also a con­trib­u­tor to Neil de Grasse Tyson‘s radio show StarTalk Radio.

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“Let There Be Light!” – my first show will be about light and weird sci­ence facts. My guest is Greg Gbur, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Physics and Opti­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Char­lotte, spe­cial­iz­ing in research on the­o­ret­i­cal clas­si­cal optics. Since August of 2007 he has blogged as “Dr. SkySkull” at Skulls in the Stars, where he cov­ers optics, the his­to­ry of physics, his­tor­i­cal weird fic­tion, and the inter­con­nec­tion of these sub­jects. Greg also co-founded the his­to­ry of sci­ence blog car­ni­val The Giant’s Shoul­ders. He has over 60 peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tions and is the author of the upcom­ing text­book, “Math­e­mat­i­cal Meth­ods for Opti­cal Physics and Engi­neer­ing”.

– Fol­low Greg on Twit­ter: @drskyskull
– Skulls in the Stars blog
– Go direct­ly to the Weird Sci­ence Facts cat­e­go­ry on Greg’s blog
– Greg’s recent invis­i­bil­i­ty arti­cle on Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can
– Read his very in-depth post The Saga of the Sci­en­tif­ic Swindler! (1884-1891)

When the show is avail­able, I will post the video here and per­haps some addi­tion­al notes and links. Please fol­low me on Twit­ter, sub­scribe to my YouTube chan­nel, and get on my Email list.

Next week my guest will be sci­ence writer extra­or­di­naire Carl Zim­mer!

Thanks for stop­ping by! 

Science Online 2011

Jan. 13-16, 2011 – ScienceOnline2011, Research Tri­an­gle Park, NC

I’m thrilled to be attend­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in ScienceOnline2011 – the fifth annu­al con­fer­ence on sci­ence and the web in Research Tri­an­gle Park, North Car­oli­na.  My first time!  I’ll be lead­ing a ses­sion with Joanne Man­aster on com­mu­ni­cat­ing sci­ence with humor, and I’ll be speaking/performing at the Sat­ur­day night ban­quet.  I’m look­ing for­ward to recon­nect­ing with some friends and mak­ing some new ones.


Synthetic Biology Conference

Feb. 3-4, 2011 – Syn­thet­ic Biol­o­gy con­fer­ence held at Google’s Wash­ing­ton, D.C. offices

I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in a syn­thet­ic biol­o­gy con­fer­ence called “Here Be Drag­ons: Gov­ern­ing a Tech­no­log­i­cal­ly Uncer­tain Future.” 

Stel­lar cast of speak­ers from sci­ence AND sci­ence fic­tion:  Drew Endy, Andrew Hes­sel, George Church, Robert J. Sawyer, Neal Stephen­son, Bruce Ster­ling, Robert Wright, and many more!

Part of the Future Tense series, the event is co-sponsored by Slate mag­a­zine, Ari­zona State Uni­ver­si­ty, and the New Amer­i­ca Foun­da­tion, and will explore gov­er­nance issues sur­round­ing new, rapidly-developing fields of sci­ence.

How do we pro­ceed when we have no maps for these unex­plored ter­ri­to­ries?


Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 3, 2011 – 8:30am – Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 4, 2011 – 1:30pm

Google, DC
1101 New York Avenue, N.W.
Wash­ing­ton, DC 20005 

SkeptiCal 2010 Science & Skepticism Conference

I will be speak­ing at Skep­ti­Cal 2010, the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Sci­ence & Skep­ti­cism Con­fer­ence in Berke­ley, April 24.

Oth­er speak­ers include Euge­nie Scott, Seth Shostak, Kirsten San­ford, Bri­an Dun­ning, and more.  See the list of speak­ers.

I've Been Scooped Again

A cou­ple of the pre­sen­ta­tions at today’s “Let’s Have An Awe­some Time Doing Sci­ence” con­fer­ence were con­duct­ed via Skype video.

Uri Alon of the Depart­ment of Mol­e­c­u­lar Cell Biol­o­gy & Depart­ment of Physics of Com­plex Sys­tems at the Weiz­mann Insti­tute in Israel, gave a par­tic­u­lar­ly fun pre­sen­ta­tion enti­tled, “Peace Love Sci­ence Hap­pi­ness.”

He per­formed his song “I’ve Been Scooped Again” – with audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion from across the globe.  Here’s a snip­pet:

Music & Lyrics ©2009 Uri Alon

“Let’s Have An Awe­some Time Doing Sci­ence” was a 3-day sci­ence con­fer­ence (and part uncon­fer­ence) held at UCSF’s Mis­sion Bay Cam­pus, Oct. 8-10, 2009. Sci­en­tists from var­i­ous fields and at all stages of career devel­op­ment met to dis­cuss ways to help make sci­ence as fun, sup­port­ive and nur­tur­ing as pos­si­ble.

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Zoe Keating Performs at ETech 2009

One of the many high­lights of the Emerg­ing Tech­nol­o­gy con­fer­ence was the Wednes­day evening per­for­mance of Zoe Keat­ing: “Using a 17th Cen­tu­ry Instru­ment to Cre­ate the Music of the 21st Cen­tu­ry.”

Zoe uses a cel­lo and a lap­top to make beau­ti­ful mul­ti­lay­ered music. She plays with her­self.  It’s loopy.  Very cool.

Excuse the rough cam­era work up front – it was shot on a tiny Flip cam­era – and it gets much bet­ter a cou­ple min­utes in when I get to the close­ups.