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Conference World Debut: Oh hi, anxie— err excitement!

Conference World Debut: Oh hi, anxie— err excitement!

I just came back from my first *real* conference (one that was directly related to my work and passion), and it was incredible and overwhelming. I was super excited when I got invited to the Open Science Fair in Athens. First Open Science conference, first time in Greece, first poster presentation. Before I left for the conference a couple other firsts got added to that list: first conference talk and I landed my first job right before the conference. All…

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Aletheia for OSFair2017

Aletheia for OSFair2017

Aletheia: publish research for free, access research for free Aletheia is a decentralised and distributed database for publishing scientific research and datasets. The database itself is managed as a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) run by users. Aletheia was inspired by the documentary covering Aaron Swartz’s struggle with paywalls in academic publishing, The Internet’s Own Boy. Academic paywalls are discriminatory to those who cannot pay for research and serve no purpose past making money for publishers as research is usually covered…

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My application to the Sage Bionetworks 2017 Assembly: Mapping Open Research Ecosystems

My application to the Sage Bionetworks 2017 Assembly: Mapping Open Research Ecosystems

Dear Sage Bionetworks, I am writing to express my great interest in your Assembly in Seattle this coming April. I recently finished my Master’s in North American Studies, which focused on politics and culture. My research has focused on how partisan groups communicate their messages, and what leads to either successful or failed communication. In that, I gained a deep understanding of how communities are established, what holds them together, and what causes disruption, which can lead to the formation…

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Open Science-ing in Chiang Mai

Open Science-ing in Chiang Mai

As some of you know, Jon and I are travelling through Southeast Asia at the moment. We always try to find things to do that lead away from the typical ‘tourist trail’, and let us connect with the local people and environment to experience Thailand (for now) on a deeper level. It is also very important for us to live our passions wherever we go, because only then can we fully be our authentic selves. Instead of doing the usual…

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Facebook and the Echo Chamber of Secrets

Facebook and the Echo Chamber of Secrets

Since the 2016 election kicked off, the term ‘echo chamber’ has been dropped more times than Casey Neistat has dropped his camera over the course of his vlog. The concept of an echo chamber describes a closed system, where information, beliefs, and/or opinions that comply with personal preferences are augmented and reinforced. Opposing views, however, are often marginalized or neglected from any sort of thought process or aspect of life. Being exposed to highly one-sided information that strengthens personal beliefs,…

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Scientoons are my new favorite thing!

Scientoons are my new favorite thing!

One of the coolest regular events I attended while in Vancouver was Nerd Nite, where self-confessed ‘nerds’ share their projects and stories. On my first Nerd Nite, I learned about Scientoons – cartoons about science. Although younger audiences are just as important as older ones, I feel like they are often left out when it comes to our science communication efforts. Cartoons are a great way to spark kids’ interest in science, and can make learning much more appealing to…

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Time for a new perspective

Time for a new perspective

Before I start, I know some of you will not wholly agree with what I have to say, and that’s perfectly fine. Comment on this post and give counter-arguments if you wish, because what I’m writing here is about getting a conversation started, and inviting other perspectives in. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. That is if you keep away from Downtown Eastside, which is like nothing I have ever seen before. This area…

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Why I decided to publish my Master’s thesis

Why I decided to publish my Master’s thesis

A little over a month ago, I published my Master’s thesis (you can read about it here). Special thanks to the amazing team at ScienceOpen, who made it all possible and painless. I will write about the publishing process another time. One reason why I wanted to publish my thesis was that, realistically, nobody really cares about thesis grades later on in your career, but a publication gives you credibility. Master’s degrees are relatively common these days, but a publication…

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