Science Blogger, Editor, Web Activist to Talk on Big Change in Science

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE  - Feb. 14 - 2012 - In a recent article in the New York Times about the effect of digital culture is having on the culture of science (“Cracking Open the Scientific Process” Jan. 16, 2012), Alan Leshner, head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, notes that a revolution is going on in science where publishing and communication are  rapidly evolving. “When a better system comes into being that has quality and trustability, it will happen,” he said. “That’s how science progresses, by doing scientific experiments.”

Scientific American Blogs editor Bora Zivkovic is perhaps experimenter-in-chief in the global laboratory where the culture of science is being re-invented. Zivkovic, a scientist, popular blogger and founder of the wildly successful annual Science Online conference, is a prominent voice in science and research blogging, Twitter, and virtually everywhere on the web where science and scientists are thriving.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, Zivkovic will visit the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to talk on “How the Web is Changing the Way Science Is Communicated, Taught and Done.” The free public lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Bioinformatics Lecture Room 105.

Zivkovic is the editor of Scientific American's blog network. Before that, Zivkovic was the online community manager at Public Library of Science. He also writes A Blog around the Clock, a popular blog that blends chronobiology, science, politics and education, among other subjects.

Zivkovic -- a long-time spokesperson for science on  a wide variety of social media networks  including Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia,  Google+ -- founded the annual ScienceOnline “unconference” in 2007 as a way for the internet diaspora of  science-interested students, educators, scientists, physicians, journalists, librarians, bloggers, artists and programmers to meet and share, learn and collaborate. In the six years since, ScienceOnline has grown to the point where participants fiercely compete to get coveted registration spots. ScienceOnline2012 took place January 19 through 21 on the campus of N.C. State University and had some 450 participants from across the US and around the world, with an additional 200 on a waiting list.Zivkovic is also the series editor of The Open Laboratory – a series of annual anthologies of best writing from science, nature and medical blogs. He is an external adviser to the World Science radio+Web science program, is a member of BlogTogether, and writes on the ScienceInTheTriangle blog.

Born in Serbia, Zivkovic emigrated to the U.S. in 1991. He received an M.S. degree in the department of zoology at North Carolina State University. He has taught biology at North Carolina Wesleyan College and at North Carolina State University.

UNC Charlotte’s Bioinformatics Building is located on the university’s Charlotte Research University campus, immediately adjacent to N. Tryon St. From the Tryon entrance, follow the signs for event parking.

This lecture is sponsored by the Charlotte Research Institute.

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James Hathaway, 704-687-3388, jbhathaw@uncc.edu