ScienceOnline2011 – introducing the participants

As I do every year, I will do a series of posts introducing attendees/participants of ScienceOnline2011. You can find them all on the list, but it may be helpful if you get them in smaller chunks, focusing on a few at a time. Today I will get “us” out of the way first, introducing people most involved in the organization and running of the event this year.

Anton Zuiker is the communications director for the Duke Department of Medicine, a veteran (10 years!) blogger and twitterer and has been, for years, the heart and soul of the local online community.

I guess you know about me – the new Blog Editor at Scientific American, blogger (you are on it) and twitterer.

The two of us, Anton and I, have concieved and organized this meeting for five years now, and are both involved in a number of other local online and offline communications projects, including Scienceblogging.org, SCONC, Science In The Triangle, BlogTogether, Open Laboratory and more still to come.

Catharine Zivkovic is my wife, and thus has had a lot of influence on me and on the conference over the years. She is a registered Intensive Care nurse, a UNC student, a bioethicist and a writer. She also tweets.

David Kroll is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Carolina Central University. He blogs on Terra Sigillata and Take as Directed and sometimes on the group blog Science-Based Medicine. And he tweets. His traditional involvement in ScienceOnline? Hotel, banquet and wine.

Karyn Traphagen has taught or is teaching a wide variety of things that only at first sight do not seem related: physics, violin, biblical Hebrew and art. She is an online adjunct faculty at University of Virginia (physics), and a PhD student at the University of Stellenbosch. She volunteers at the NC Museum of Life & Science in Durham. She blogs at Boulders 2 Bits and tweets. This year, Karyn is helping us organize volunteers and is in charge of the swag and the Book Fair.

Nancy Shepherd is the founder and CEO of Shepherd Research. She is also on Twitter. As she did masterfully last year, Nancy is in charge of organizing the Lab and Museum Tours this year as well.

Ross Maloney is a UNC student, reporter for Science In The Triangle and an intern at The Research Triangle Park Foundation. Ross blogs and tweets. He is a ‘jack of all trades’, doing whatever needs to be done to make sure the conference runs smoothly.

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2 responses to “ScienceOnline2011 – introducing the participants

  1. And we’re all incredibly grateful to all of you! This is going to be *massive.* (Hugs self in glee.)

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