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My talk alongside @EricMJohnson for #soVan @ScioVan (ScienceOnlineVancouver)

Making Contact: A Panel Discussion with Eric M. Johnson and Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD.
May 15th, 2012 6:30-9:00pm.
Science World (Telus World of Science)
1455 Quebec St.
Vancouver, BC Canada

I have given dozens of talks on how academics could/should use social media platforms to advance their research, how my own undergraduate students use Twitter for collaborative projects and I have encouraged scholars to share their research on Twitter using the #MyResearch hashtag. But this is the first time I get to share this with the knowledge mobilization and science reporting community, and I’m thrilled to have been invited by my friend and colleague, Dr. Peter Newbury, to speak about using social media for research, teaching and scholarship advancement. I will be sharing the stage with Eric M. Johnson, a doctoral student at The University of British Columbia and the acclaimed writer behind Primate Dairies. I hope to see many of you there. The event has no cover charge.

From the ScienceOnlineVancouver website event:

Do you have facts that could could clear up confusion or an informed opinion to share? Do you know the question whose answer would help you and others better understand the issue? How do you contribute your knowledge and expertise to your community? Social media is supposed to make it easy but how to you pick between Facebook friends, twitter hashtags, google circles, blog posts and countless other online options?

In the 2nd ScienceOnlineVancouver event on Tuesday, May 15, [updated — it’s on the 15th, not the 17th] you’ll meet people who successfully use social media to communicate with their professional communities, Eric Michael Johnson (@ericmjohnson, and Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco, They’ll describe what they do, what works (and what doesn’t.) You’ll have a chance to ask questions and share what you know, whether you’re a professional blogger or just-got-a-twitter-account-now-what-do-I-do?

By popular demand, the event will start at 6:30 pm with a chance to mingle with your friends, new and old and we are investigating ways to have alcohol available. The discussion will begin at 7:00 pm. In accordance with the liquor license, please RSVP for the event, even right up to the last minute.

This month’s raffle: your very own Galileoscope telescope, complete with tripod and carrying case. For the price of a ticket, you could see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter!

All proceeds from drink sales and raffle tickets are used to run ScienceOnlineVancouver events, including materials and the licenses.

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