Thursday, August 21, 2008
1st panel I went to,was called Future Science, Present Fiction.
went to some great panels today. nanotechnology is a big topic ofdiscussion. a recommended fiction book on it is by Michael Cricton called Swarm. Marc Audetat had some great resources, including CIPAST, Citizen Participation in Science and Techology.http://www.cipast.org/ and also a site for Nanotechnology and society http://www.unil.ch/nanopublic. Mark Erickson mentioned this very odd game for introducing nanotechnology to kids called Nanomission. went to a panel called The Mouse in Biomedical Reseearch, there is this huge mouse selling web site called The Jackson Laboratory where they sell Jax (TM) transgenic mice. they supply 2.4 million mice to researchers a year. It's a weird study of marketing and science. Both Monika Cwiarka and Gail Davies referred to it. also the Mouse Genome project was mentioned, can't right now remember by whom. after lunch i went to a panel called Locations, Latin America. basically some amazing discussions of completly different STS projects in different parts of Latin America. Julia Rodriguez has just finished a database of latin american science..it's at www.hoslac.org. Great resource on Latin American science and good images. lots of other intersting things too..did you know that scientific research on cassava and beans as food crops are much less studied in science than corn or rice. This was in a presentation by Christina Holmes. Two more talks on Amniocentesis in Columbia by Maria Fernanda Olarte Sierra, and the history of a state supported truck factory called FNM in Brazil presented by Ivan da Costa Marques. at the end of the panel, the chairs invited us all to drinks later on. i was delighted because I had decided after this panel to really begin work on one of our INtransit issues called Scientific American and was looking forward to good conversations. after this panel, there was Dutch Treats time which i missed because i was talking to someone, and then i went back to the hostel because i was fried and figured i wanted to be up later the night. when i got there, i had been evicted from my bed! a girl was snoring in my bunk.. deciding that i could be a nomad i moved down the hall where i met more STS conference folks. I rented a bike and met the folks from the Latin American panel at Big Ben's a weird dutch pub which supposedly is modeled on an english pub, but fortunately stuck to dutch food and drinks. that was fun! then i went on my bike to an art event at V2: The Institute for Unstable Media. The event was called Hydrous, and more work from the artists can be found at http://diffusion.org.uk/ -sam smiley