The ScienceOnline Together Conference is the 8th annual international meeting on Science and the Web. 

ScienceOnline Together
Raleigh, NC
February 26 – March 1, 2014

We are able to participate without traveling to North Carolina.
We will watch moderated discussions and create our own conference at OSU.  All are welcome.   SEE SCHEDULE

The sessions are especially interesting to:

  • Science writers and journalists;
  • Web communicators;
  • Outreach specialists; and
  • Scientists and students with an interest in outreach, blogging, and social media.

More info on ScienceOnline Watch Parties

The Watch Party is sponsored by

Terra Research Magazine

Environmental Health Sciences Center

Please join us for our next event!

Telling your story through compelling video 

Tuesday, February 18  
12 noon – 1 pm 
Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC)  
seminar room 402

Presenter: Heather Turner, 
Multimedia Communications Specialist for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State
Former reporter Heather Turner will take you inside mind of a videographer -showing the basics behind creating a video story that is compelling, informative and relevant to the viewer.

Using visuals, Heather will describe what it takes to prepare yourself and the interviewee for an interview, how to set the scene, conduct the interview, use basic lighting and editing techniques and more.

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to create a video people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.

You are invite to our next brown-bag discussion…

Open Access: Where Are We Now?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12 noon to 1 pm
Linus Pauling Science Center room 402

Presenter: Michael Boock
Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services at OSU Libraries & Press

Michael Boock will provide a brief definition of open access; describe where we are at now in terms of open access prevalence and where we might expect to be in the near future.

Boock will differentiate between gold and green open access, describe the growth or diminution of those two forms of OA around the world, provide examples of each form, and describe existing and emerging gold open access funding models.

Finally, he will touch on the emergence of federal, state and institutional open access policies with a focus on implementation of the OSU open access policy adopted by Faculty Senate in 2013. Potential implementation scenarios for the White House Office of Science and Technology open access policy memorandum and the FASTR legislation will also be reviewed.



By Naomi Hirsch

There were 24 people gathered together yesterday for the Twitter SciComm brown-bag.  It was nice to see many new faces this month representing diverse positions and departments on campus. We want to build on this momentum.  There is a need for more panels, discussions, and support related to social media.

For those that didn’t make it, here is the handout:
Twitter Cheat Sheet for Grad Students

Hashtags shared worth following on Twitter:

  • Science communication topic #scicomm
  • The Science of Science Communication topic #scioscicomm
  • ScienceOnline network (general) #sciox
  • ScienceOnline 2014 conference #scio14 Feb. 27- March 1, 2014
  • Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication #sackler (in the Fall)

Two other resources come to mind.

Yesterday, there was an excellent Google Hangout discussion related to our brown-bag. This Hangout was part of a series put on by the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Participates gave outstanding advice and tools. The experienced panel included Dawn Wright, Liz Neeley, Gretchen Goldman (host), Craig McClain, and Jamie Vernon.

Google Hangout:  The Science of SciComm in Social Media (12-17-13)

dbh_largeMuch was mentioned at the brown-bag related to the fact that Twitter is about communication, and it is valuable to take into consideration “the science of science communication”.  A popular concern is how we deal with misinformation about science on social media and the web.  A recommended (free download) is The Debunking Handbook.

The Handbook explores the surprising fact that debunking myths can sometimes reinforce the myth in peoples’ minds. Communicators need to be aware of the various backfire effects and how to avoid them, such as:

It also looks at a key element to successful debunking: providing an alternative explanation. The Handbook is designed to be useful to all communicators who have to deal with misinformation (eg – not just climate myths).


To Tweet or Not to Tweet

That is the question.

Tuesday, December 17th 

12 noon – 1 pm 

Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC) seminar room 402

Three OSU Tweeters will share their knowledge, expertise, and advice. 

~ Naomi Hirsch @naomichirps, On-line science communicator for two research centers, will provide an overview of how Twitter is useful for outreach and professional careers.

~ Brett Tyler @BrettTylerOSU, Director, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, will provide a scientist perspective on use.

~ Brendan Cahill @bgcahill, Fulbright-Marine Institute Scholar, will provide a career development perspective helpful for graduate students and postdocs.

Bring your laptop or tablet and tweet. Get questions answered.  A Twitter cheat sheet will be provided to help the newbie get started and the beginner to intermediate tweeter save time.  Getting more familiar with Twitter will perhaps help you make an informed decision “To Tweet or Not to Tweet”.