ScienceOnline2010 wrapped a few days ago, but I’m still processing it all.
It was a rewarding experience. I enjoyed great conversations with writers, professors, scientists, and reporters from Britain, Italy, Canada, and all over the U.S. and here in North Carolina. I put faces and voices to Twitter handles and found new minds to follow. I laughed, I tweeted, and I learned.
There are simply too many ideas and takeaways from the conference to easily synthesize. What follows are mere notations, with apologies to Harper’s Index…
- Number of tweets tagged with #scio10 throughout the days of the conference, Thursday through Sunday: 3,842
- Number of meatspace attendees: 267
- science hostels
- “Science isn’t a company. Science isn’t a country. Science is a way of doing something.” — Michael Specter
- “I hate the word ‘balanced’… do you balance a word from God with a word from the Devil?” — @mtdukes
- Chat Catcher
- Number of diaper changes recorded by users of parenting iPhone app Trixie Tracker since its release in 2006: 722,000
- Number of naps recorded: nearly 1.2 million
- Number of Twitter handles operated by NASA’s social networking office: 53
- Cost-per-megabyte charged for internet access in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the expedition crew: $11
- Big Word of the Month
- myPANTONE iPhone app
- “Instead of calculus in high school, we should teach statistics.” — medical journalism session
- “Statistics is the best training a journalist can have today.” — medical journalism session
- Hammerhead shark shirt worn by @WhySharksMatter
- Video of an erect duck penis splitting a silicone model of an incompatible vagina
- Number of jokes tweeted juxtaposing “duck penis” with “Carl Zimmer“: ≥1
- “Turns out there’s no computer in that ‘digital’ prostate exam.” — @klb8s, quipping on digital media pundit Jeff Jarvis’ prominent tweeting of his own prostate cancer treatment.
- Number of times the quip was retweeted by Jeff Jarvis: 1
More on Scio10: