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North Carolina Sea Grant Participates in ScienceOnline2010


Katie Mosher,, 919/515-9069

Posted Jan. 12, 2010



North Carolina Sea Grant will have a strong presence at the ScienceOnline2010 conference to be held in Research Triangle Park this weekend.

For the fourth straight year, this international gathering of scientists, writers, journalists, and teachers will explore new ways to communicate science to the general public and among scientists.  Blogs, videos, and Twitter are just some of the online and social media tools that will be discussed and demonstrated.

In a "Citizen Science" session, North Carolina Sea Grant fisheries specialist Scott Baker will present his creative use of mobile phones.  Baker found a way to help recreational anglers report their tournament catches using text messaging.  The additional data allows scientists to better understand the status of North Carolina's fisheries.

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Scott Baker

Photo: North Carolina Sea Grant

The "Rectext" project has garnered interest from the fisheries management community.  "It utilizes new technology and angler participation to address data collection," Baker says.  "I'm especially excited about sharing this with the tech-savvy audience at ScienceOnline, and hope to get some good suggestions on how to improve the project."

The idea of using seemingly unrelated modern technologies to improve science communication and research is the focal point of the annual conference, and North Carolina Sea Grant is proud to be a co-sponsor.

"ScienceOnline brings in innovators from all over the world, and the end result is finding exciting ways to help the public be a part of and benefit from the pursuit of science," says Katie Mosher, North Carolina Sea Grant communications director.  "I'm glad we can be a part of it."

The conference kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon.  Conference participants also will tour research labs, universities and museums in the Triangle.


Registration for this year's event is closed, but parts of the conference will be broadcast live online at and via Second Life at Triangle Park/128/129/25.

Twitter users can also follow the conference discussion by searching the hashtag #scio10.

Noted New Yorker writer Michael Specter will be giving the keynote speech on Friday night at Research Triangle Park Headquarters.  This event is open to the local science community; no advanced registration required.  For more information on this and other conference events, go to

Note to Editors: If you would like to cover the event, please reach conference media contact Sabine Vollmer at  Conference organizers Anton Zuiker and Bora Zivkovic can be reached at, 919/724-4220, and at, 919/259-3830, respectively.


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