Bloggers are even better in person
I’m at the 2nd Annual NC Science Bloggers Conference and it is true bloggers are even better in person. This is a great conference—blogger, journalists, scientists, pr folks, students etc. with most people fitting into two or more categories. The conference is free, the food and the swag good and the sessions and people so good that in spite of the potential for being snowed in tonight, I’m coming next year. Here are some personal highlights:
I got to meet Sciencewoman and Minnow (who is even more adorable and well behaved than I expected), Karen from Science to Life and Dr. Free Ride as well as getting a chance to catch up with Suzanne from Thus Spake Zuska. Our session went really well with a lot of discussion about issues of gender and science on and off line. While there was not as much discussion about issues of race/ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation and science, unlike most gender and science sessions, there was some, which made me very happy. .
Also making me happy was the level of the discussion. One interesting point raised was by an editor who e-mailed an equal number of women and men to recommend science blogs for an article in a popular science article. The men responded, the women didn’t. When the article was published the editor caught hell for only including sites recommended by men. Understandably he was upset. Equally understandably those who complained were upset, they didn’t know equal numbers of women and men were asked. One suggestion was that in the future the editor should include in the article that “I asked five men and five women and only men responded so that’s what we have.” The “but wait, shouldn’t we look at why the women didn’t respond” argument was raised but we ran out of time.
And that was only one session—will blog on some others soon.