We are continually looking for new ways to engage and share with students, scientists, and the general public. Everyone can follow us on github, tumblr, facebook, youtube, twitter, wikispaces, flickr, and figshare. Web-based resources we have developed include an online version of the Colton Shellfish Collection, crassostreome, Research Notes on Ocean Acidification and oystergen.es.
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If anyone is interested in what a tenure package looks like (I know I could have benefited from a few more examples) I am making mine available here.
Below is one of the tables I included, an attempt to quantify online science outreach.
“Exploring the biology of oysters, a few hundred base pairs at at time.”
We just launched a new site intended to serve as a portal for sharing research data, resources, and information as it pertains to active research efforts that intersect the fields of shellfish genomics and environmental science.
Currently the site highlights two oyster species and documents ongoing activities in “Tidal Cycles”
The Ecology of Infectious Marine Disease Course is currently going on at the Friday Harbor Laboratories. This course will be a training program in invertebrate-pathogen ecology that will bring together and train the future leaders in this rapidly emerging, multidisciplinary field. The course will 1) survey host-pathogen interaction in the Friday Harbor region, 2) teach diagnostic tools for identifying viral, bacterial, protozoan and fungal infections of invertebrates, 3) teach approaches to examine the invertebrate innate immune response to different pathogens, and finally 4) use these methods to address ecological questions about the distribution of pathogenic interactions, and the experimental effects of temperature and increased acidification on interactions. Instructors include Drew Harvell, Carolyn Friedman, and myself with Lisa Crosson as the TA. In an effort to enhance the educational experience and engage in effective outreach the course has a blog (infectiousness.tumblr.com) for us to share and address any questions and comments. The public can also peruse the class website and the class message board, though the latter is primarily intended for the inside baseball stuff.
Each instructor will be overseeing a module, and I will be running the genomics module during week 4. The plan is to highlight the underlying rationale for examining molecular mechanisms, introduce online resources in the form of carrying out a ‘my favorite gene’ project, as well as having them explore how to analyze high-throughput sequencing (Illumina Hi-Seq) datasets. While the sequencing is yet to be completed, the goal is to analyze datasets designed to examine the effect of temperature on QPX (a pathogen) and identify a novel phage that is associated with a pathogenic bacteria in abalone.
In the end students will work in small groups to further develop a research project that will be presented at the end of the quarter, accompanied by a research paper. Stay tuned as the plan is to broadcast the presentations online.
This has been reposted from our lab tumblelog
My rockethub project closed today and it was an incredible success! I raised $5,175 – more than my goal. The success of this project was due to a group of family, friends, colleagues, and strangers who thought my project was cool and/or were intrigued by the crowdfunding model. Overall, it was really awesome to see how many people got excited about science and wanted to help out. Here are some pointers on how to make your own project a crowdfunding success:
1. Make sure your project information is accessible to a broad range of people. Transcriptome sequencing can seem pretty esoteric to many, but I had a number of people tell me that my project description made it easy to understand.
2. Use your social media connections to get the word out. A large majority of my fuelers came from advertising my project over facebook. I posted about it on my wall (and friends re-posted), but I also created an “event” so that people actually got invitations to donate to my project.
3. Spread the word to people who are somehow connected to what you do. The last-minute surge of donations came mostly from people involved in the shellfish industry. I had contacted Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish about my project and he spread the word to his colleagues. A number of them showed amazing generosity, including one person who created a challenge for the others to collectively donate $750, which he then matched!
Thank you to everyone who made this project a success! I’m excited to put the funds to good use and generate some much needed data on how ocean acidification affects Pacific oysters.
via the Lab Tumblr: http://genefish.tumblr.com/post/24010561426