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SOBA: Citizen Science


Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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SOBA: Citizen Science

Science Online Bay Area is all about how science is carried out and communicated online. As part of the Bay Area Science festival, SOBA opens up the debate to the larger community and addresses the question of citizen science with amateur scientists and professional researchers.

“DIY science”, “science hacking”, “citizen science” – these are just some of the many terms used to describe the experiments of amateur scientists, a trend that’s been evolving for more than 20 years. In garages, kitchens, and community labs, these “new” scientists shed light onto how science happens and occasionally contribute to exciting discoveries.  But how do they interact with professionals?  Science Online Bay Area and Swissnex San Francisco invite the public to attend a talk with citizen scientists and researchers to share their views on this new interface between science and society.

Presentations are followed by a panel discussion, audience Q&A, and follow-up conversation at a nearby bar (to be announced at the event). During the discussion portion of the evening, we’ll probe the challenges and opportunities of citizen science. Bring your questions!

*Presentations and discussion livestreamed. Follow the event on Twitter (@sciobayarea and #sobay), like SOBA on Facebook, and visit the ScienceOnline Bay Area blog for event recaps, news, and more.


Date: October 30th, 2012
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Speaker biographies

Ariel Waldman is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global instigator of Science Hack Day, an event that brings together scientists, technologists, designers and people with good ideas to see what they can create in one weekend. She is also an interaction designer, a research affiliate at Institute For The Future, and an advisor for the SETI Institute‘s radio show, Big Picture Science. Previously, she worked at NASA’s CoLab program whose mission was to connect communities inside and outside NASA to collaborate. Ariel has also been a sci-fi movie gadget columnist for Engadget and a digital anthropologist at VML. In 2008, she was named one of the top 50 most influential individuals in Silicon Valley.

Roberta Ayres, is a is currently an Education Consultant for the Gulf of Guinea Biodiversity Project education component at the California Academy of Sciences Department of Herpetology. For the past twelve years, Roberta has been managing a cadre of educational programs and initiatives including Citizen Science projects. She was an integral part developing, launching, and managing the first Citizen Science project by the California Academy of Sciences. Roberta was a key member of the Organizing Committee for the first West Coast Citizen Science Convening in April 2012. The convening brought together over 50 professionals in the field for discussions and exchange of ideas and experiences on citizen science best practices.  Roberta received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Mackenzie University, São Paulo, Brazil and a Master of Science Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Kristina Hathaway, is a consultant, strategist and entrepreneur focused in the life sciences industry. Kristina is the COO and Co-founder of BioCurious, the first and largest hackerspace for biology in the U.S. Kristina has a deep understanding of open science, and the emerging grassroots biotech culture, creating communities where biotech can thrive and contribute. Kristina has led human resources, operations, and administration for a variety of large and small organizations, and excels at helping companies transform from early stage to full commercial enterprises. Kristina has a unique perspective on developing talent and encouraging open use of biotech knowledge, methods and tools. She took Incyte from a 50-person start up to an over 1,500-person multinational industry during its three years of highest growth, as she headed the international HR team. Kristina led global teams at Entelos, Ingenuity Systems, UBC Clinical Technologies and Tercica/Ipsen. She has extensive experience leading teams in diverse locations, and a wealth of multi-state, international, M&A, turnaround, and small company experience. Kristina has attended Stanford and UCSC graduate schools, and she has a B.A. from San Jose State University.

Yasaman Sheri is an Industrial Designer interested in the biological future. Her interest lies in rethinking materials and processes as living systems. She is a Teaching Fellow in the Design Track at Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center and Board of Directors at Fluxmedia, Concordia University. Emerging technologies and the fuzzy end of innovation is her passion, where she can dream up the future. She is a DIYbio enthusiast and has worked closely with Open wetware labs such as Genspace NYC in Brooklyn and BioCurious in Sunnyvale. She is an advocate of co-learning, co-design, and human centered design strategies.
Follow her Twitter feed @yeahsnos and read her Google+ profile.

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730 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, 94111

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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ScienceOnline Bay Area (SOBA) is a monthly series to encourage the discussion of how science is carried out and communicated online.

SOBA is a local meeting of the ScienceOnlineNOW community and is co-organized by David Harris, William Gunn, Dr. Kiki Sanford, and Megan Mansell Williams. These local events are recognized and encouraged by ScienceOnline, a non-profit organization that facilitates discussion about science through online networks and face-to-face events.

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