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I met Rose at the airport when I went up to her and mentioned her bag. We'd been to the same science blogging event over the weekend but hadn't previously met.

Rose loves her swag bag from North Carolina Museum of Life and Science: www.ncmls.org/

Orange complements her ensemble perfectly!

 

Rose is a program specialist at the INFO Project, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her job includes blogging:

www.infoforhealth.org/blog/

 

See scienceonline09.com/ for information about the 2009 Science Blogging Conference.

This is a very special vacuum cleaner used by EPA scientists to sample envrionmental pollutants where people live.

 

@5by5 and I got to spend the better part of Friday afternoon touring the EPA's RTP campus as part of the 2008 Science Blogging Conference. There were some restrictions on where photography was allowed, so I wasn't able to photograph things like the Rainbow Furnace, the Rotary Kiln Incinerator Simulator or the aerosol testing wind tunnels.

 

But believe me when I say that they were very, very cool and the only think that would have been better, would have been seeing these labs in actual operation.

 

Understandably, one wouldn't want a few laboratory noobs running around while the lasers are on, but it's quite a bit easier to see what sort of work goes on rather than just explaining the sort of work that goes on. That said, EPA staff talking about three and a half hours of their day to show eight of us around is greatly appreciated.

 

We covered quite a bit of material I need to look into further:

 

The Green Curve: Peter Schubert spent about 45 minutes talking about the EPA's campus and learning how to build sustainably. What's interesting here is that some of the sustainability moves came out of economic concerns. For instance, street lights came out of the plan when the construction plan got tight. But, by working with Duke Energy, the EPA was able to get solar powered street lights on a lease

 

I asked if the federal government was taking the lessons learned from the campus construction and was told that, yes, the GSA is using the experience and targeting sustainability when building new government facilities.

 

The EPA, for their part, is targeting LEED Gold certification for future facilities.

 

Other points Shubert touched on:

- Labs and office space were combined from separate buildings to be in a multi-story building with a floor to roof central atrium, running the axis of each wing. Rather than having several standalone buildings, and requiring building materials, the atrium encloses what would have been two separate buildings, thus reducing the building materials that needed to be mined and processed.

- When the buildings were first built, the EPA staff rescued plants on site that would have otherwise been bulldozed. Some of the plants were brought back to the site after construction and replanted.

- Instead of acres of golf course rough grass with associated irrigation and drinking water requirements, the EPA has wildflower meadow and wild grasses. It gets mowed once a year.

 

More to come on air quality monitoring and wind tunnels.

Friday lunch bufffet for some science bloggers at the second annual science blogging conference in North Carolina, 2008.

Janet D. Stemwedel blogs about Ethics and Science at scienceblogs.com

A speculative exhibit at NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Dale Russell, curator of vertebrate fossils at the National Museum of Canada produced this imaginary concept in 1982, to illustrate the result if bipedal theropods had evolved into intelligent beings similar to humans.

Baked Alaska filled with cake and chocolate ice cream at the Radisson Hotel buffet on Friday Jan 18th 2008.

Audience for Changing Minds through Science Communication: a panel on Framing Science on Saturday afternoon January 19, 2008 at Sigma Xi Center.

Gabrielle visits the Paleontology Research department at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences during the 2008 Science Blogging Conference.

 

Find out about the 2009 Science Blogging Conference at scienceonline09.com/

Rwanda coffee in the science blogging conference swag bag:

shop.msu.edu/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RCOF-1

Nice!

The Living Conservatory at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences - enter the dry tropical forest and immerse yourself in an amazing world of living plants and animals, including North Carolina’s favorite long-distance travelers, ruby-throated hummingbirds. You’ll also find butterflies...

Jennifer Jacquet is a Ph.D. candidate with the Sea Around Us Project at the UBC Fisheries Centre. Her blog is at:

scienceblogs.com/shiftingbaselines/

She was a discussion leader for a whole conference session:

Changing Minds through Science Communication: a panel on Framing Science.

Chris Mooney , Jennifer Jacquet and Sheril Kirshenbaum - discussion leaders for "Changing Minds through Science Communication" - a panel on Framing Science.

North Atlantic Right Whale vertebrae - they are massive!

zipcodezoo.com/Animals/E/Eubalaena_glacialis.asp

Exhibits Director Roy Campbell gave a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s research experiences to science bloggers on Friday January 18, 2008.

Here's an aquatic salamander showing the external gills

 

www.naturalsciences.org/

NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Sauropod model at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

At NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Chris Mooney , Jennifer Jacquet and Sheril Kirshenbaum - the panel for "Changing Minds through Science Communication"on Framing Science at Sigma Xi Center, Research Triangle Park, on Saturday, January 19, 2008.

In the computer lab of the UNC-CH Health Sciences Library to get an overview to blogging and introduction to science blogging, as well as step-by-step instructions to creating and writing a new blog.

 

Instructions for creating your first blog: mistersugar.backpackit.com/pub/904845

In the computer lab of the UNC-CH Health Sciences Library to get an overview to blogging and introduction to science blogging, as well as step-by-step instructions to creating and writing a new blog.

 

Instructions for creating your first blog:

mistersugar.backpackit.com/pub/904845

Roy Campbell, Exhibits Director, and another natural treasure of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

From l to r:

Elisabeth, Gabrielle, Bora, Mona with Exhibits Director Roy Campbell.

Radisson Hotel Research Triangle Park

 

Tenuous Link: glass

In the computer lab of the UNC-CH Health Sciences Library to get an overview to blogging and introduction to science blogging, as well as step-by-step instructions to creating and writing a new blog.

 

Instructions for creating your first blog here:

mistersugar.backpackit.com/pub/904845

The outstretched hand helps give an idea of scale of these bones.

zipcodezoo.com/Animals/E/Eubalaena_glacialis.asp

GLyon-Science Blogging Conference 2008

 

GLyon- Science Blogging Conference 2008

 

Science Blogging Conference 2008

scienceblogging.com, scienceblogging

 

Diorama at NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

locopop provided mid-afternoon refreshments. Thanks locopop!

Adnaan Wasey

www.linkedin.com/in/wasey

Wasey (center) leads morning session on Science Journalism at 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference at Sigma Xi Center. This was based on the unconference format.

David Warlick of davidwarlick.com/2cents/ leading session: "Teaching Science: using online tools in the science classroom"

A collection of 50 selected blog posts showcasing the quality and diversity of writing on science blogs till 2006.

 

Buy it here: www.lulu.com/content/631016

Photo bloggers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, viewing the Acrocanthosaurus exhibit. The museum's exhibit is the best yet unearthed, with 54% of the bones represented, and the only one with a complete skull. The Acro's sauropod prey is behind them.

See the pen at top right which gives an idea of how huge these bones are. They were behind the scenes at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

 

Sip coffee in the Acro cafe and watch hummingbirds and butterflies in the neighboring Living Conservatory at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Behind the scenes at NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Note the pileated wooodpecker - ' Heh-heh-heh-HEH-heh! Probably the most prominent pileated character in the American experience is Woody the (pileated) Woodpecker, created by Walter Lantz.'

Flying overhead in the 'Terror of the South' exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, where the Acrocanthosarus pursues its 50 foot long prey, a lumbering, plant-eating sauropod.

Great swag at the science blogging conference!

Elisabeth finds a hardback book in her bag:

'Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World' by Sidney Perkowitz:

www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Science-Movies-End-World/dp/0231...

Image shows the entryway to arthropod exhibit at NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The museum is home of BugFest — held annually as the nation's largest single-day bug event, and offering quirky bug-filled fun for adventurous people of all ages.

Mona investigates a collection of birds behind the scenes at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Sunday brunch with Rep.Brad Miller - Josh Rosenau, Martin Rundkvist and Suzanne Franks

locopop ice pop from www.ilovelocopops.com/

Afternoon break at 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference on Saturday January 19th at Sigma Xi Center.

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