Let's Have An Awesome Time Doing Science 2009

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October 8, 2009 to October 10, 2009
Location: UC San Francisco

The first LHAATDS conference took place October 8 — 10, 2009, at UC San Francisco, Mission Bay campus. Scientists from various fields and at all stages of career development met to discuss ways to help make science as fun, supportive and nurturing as possible. To get a better feel for the format of the Saturday sessions, take a look at this review.

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ATIS 2009 conference imageThursday October 8
9 a.m. Intro and coffee
Morning Session — Chair: Geeta Narlikar
9:30 a.m. Ira Mellman, Genentech “The science of giving/the giving of science”
10:30 Alicia Grubb, University of Toronto “Through the Looking Glass: Perceptions of Scientists”
11:00 Andrew Horwitz and Raquel Gomes, UCSF “Taking a San Francisco high school class to the international iGEM competition at MIT”
12:00 — 1:30 Lunch
12:15 Chancellor’s Concert Series: The Del Sol Quartet performs at Mission Bay! “Gabriela Ortiz: Cuarteto No. 1 (1990),” “Pawel Szymanski: Five Pieces (1992),” and “Paul Yeon Lee: Ari, Ari, Ari (2009)” are scheduled to be performed.
Afternoon Session — Chair: Tejal Desai
1:30 p.m. Pat O’Farrell, UCSF “The nature of truth”
2:15 p.m. Daniel Gerlich, ETH Zurich “Working together”
3 p.m. William Shih, Harvard Medical School “Self-assembly of DNA into nanoscale three-dimensional shapes” — This is the annual CMP Postdoctoral Fellows Invitation Lecture!
4 p.m. Ron Vale, UCSF “Why I love my Job”

ATIS 2009 conference imageFriday October 9
9 a.m. Intro and coffee
Morning Session — Chair: Wallace Marshall
9:30 a.m. Satyajit Rath, NII India, “Science in the backwaters: competition and community”
10:15 a.m. Peter Binfield, PLoS ONE “The future of publication”
11:00 Kishore Hari, Kirsten Sanford, Science Cafe and The Bird’s Brain “Science communication”
11:30 Uri Alon, Weitzmann Institute “Peace Love Science Happiness”
12:15 Delia Santiago, NASA “Your Moon: Connect with Lunar Science”
12:45 — 1:45 Lunch

Afternoon Session — Chair: Eric Griffis
1:45 p.m. Cynthia Fuhrmann, Program Director, Office of Career & Professional Development: “Survey Reveals Diverse Career Preferences for UCSF Graduate Students”
2:15 p.m. Jan Skotheim, Stanford — “Making Science More Awesome”
3:15 Brian Malow, Science comedian “Comic relief”
4 p.m. Henry Bourne, UCSF “Ambition and Delight“
7 p.m. Octoberfest at Langton Labs
9 p.m. Let’s Have an Awesome After Party at Langton Labs! From 7-9 p.m. UCSF Brewing Club will have beers for sample for Octoberfest, with live music from Zinc Finger and the Major Groove... from 9 p.m. onwards we will shift to DJs into the evening...

ATIS 2009 conference imageSaturday October 10 (Breakout sessions)

Conference participants will self-organize into small groups based on topics they themselves will have suggested and voted upon in the first two days of the conference. This isn’t your grandfather’s conference: here the agenda is set by you! To get a better feel for the format of this session, take a look at this review of SciBarCamp Toronto.

10 — 10:45 Session 1
How do naturally curious people become untaught to be curious?
11-11:45 Session 2
Frustration and Catharsis
Every model is incorrect and that’s OK
12 break for lunch
1-1:45 Session 3
What do you love outside of science?
Sharing science with the public
Is authorship broken?
2-2:45 Session 4
Identifying cultural bias in scientific thought
3-3:45 Session 5
If you had a vision of science the way you want it, what would it look like?


Satyajit Rath: Science in the backwaters, competition and community


Uri Alon — Peace, Love, Science, Happiness