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SOBA: Conducting Big Science


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

SOBA: Conducting Big Science

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SOBA: Conducting Big Science

Particle collision in the LHC showing the production of a top quark. Image by Ylai [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons.

As the upper limits of science and data get bigger, special tools, techniques, and approaches have to be developed to make it all work. How do these enormous collaborations of thousands of scientists succeed? How do they decide workflows, communicate effectively, handle all that data, and coordinate their analyses? This month at ScienceOnlineBayArea, scientists from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), and the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, will discuss how they get the job done in the era of big science and big data.

Presentations are followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Continue the conversation at a nearby bar (to be announced at the event).

*Presentations and discussion livestreamed. Follow the event on Twitter (@sciobayarea and #sobay), and like SOBA on Facebook.

6:30 pm: doors open
7:00 pm: talks and panel discussion
8:30pm: event ends


Deborah Bard
Debbie is a cosmologist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. She works on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope that will photograph the entire available sky every few nights.

Pauline Fujita
Pauline is a Biological Data Curator in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC, Santa Cruz. Among other projects she has worked on is the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) project by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Ariel Schwarzman
Ariel is a physicist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory working on the ATLAS experiment of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, outside Geneva, Switzerland. It was one of the experiments that found evidence for the Higgs boson last year.

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swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, 94111

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 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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