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Ordered some free business cards!

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:

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:


See for information about the 2009 Science Blogging Conference.

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.

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.

NC Science Blogging Conference

You can now find me on the Science Artists feed (via, maintained by Glendon Mellow, who also has a great new column on Scientific American called Symbiartic. Updates from will now show up on the feed.


Find Glendon's work and blog on his site The Flying Trilobite.

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..., scienceblogging


Rwanda coffee in the science blogging conference swag bag:


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

Less than a week to go before the second annual NC Science Blogging Conference, and Bora's got a double-fisted approach to staying awake.

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

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.

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

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

North Atlantic Right Whale vertebrae - they are massive!

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

She was a discussion leader for a whole conference session:

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

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

Diorama 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.

Cover art for the Institutional Blogging panel

At NC Museum of Natural Sciences

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Sauropod model at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

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.

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

On occassion, I'll get some very wacky RAW corruption on import. I don't know why, but sometimes, I like the results.

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

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

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