Category Archives: website

New Google Calendars links

Please note that we have changed the Google Calendars links for the FoSEP and FoSEP-like events. If you follow the calendars using XML, HTML, ICS, or Google Calendar, please update the links accordingly.



Follow us on Twitter

Sometimes we hear about events happening around campus or the area that are of potential interest to our members (Science on Tap, departmental seminars, public seminars, outreach opportunities, etc). In the Forum we strive to raise awareness and develop ties in the community. We would like to accomplish this in whatever way works best for the participants, so rather than hitting your inbox with our list-serve, we’ll be sending out alerts for any events or blog postings via tweets – you can catch the latest ones in the sidebar at Whether or not you’re a twitter tracker, you can still follow us on facebook, RSS, or the list-serves.

TED talks- A source of inspiration

On June 30th, 2010, the X Prize Foundation ( announced its most recent project, “…a multi-million dollar prize [aimed] at cleanup efforts in the Gulf as a way to incentivize immediately privately-funded innovation and action.”  Francis Beland (VP of X Prize) and Dave Gallo (Oceanographer) made the announcement during the TEDxOilSpill Conference in Washington, D.C.   This is the 5th X Prize to be offered and “will be focused on the development of rapidly-deployable methods to clean up crude oil among coastlines and seas/oceans.”

News of this prize was met with enthusiasm and excitement, but what gave it the extra “wow factor” was its debut at the TEDxOilSpill Conference.  If you have not yet heard of TED, I urge you to check out their website. is a non-profit organization (started in 1984) dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading.”  Started as a conference to bring together leaders in their respective fields (beginning with technology, entertainment and design), TED has expanded to encompass experts in all fields and move well-beyond the conference setting.

For those individuals who are not selected to attend one of TED’s 3+ annual events (the application process is highly selective and pricey), TED offers a website chock full videos from their conferences (+700 and counting) from years past to present-day.  Their website reads: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”

A quick perusal brings up well-known names in science such as: UW’s own John Delaney, talking about “Wiring the Ocean”; Clay Skirky, “HowCognitive Surplus Will Change the World”; Carter Emmart, “A 3D Atlas of the Universe”, to name a few.  There are also featured videos by pioneers in economies, politics, policy, art, music, and world health.  The archives are staggering.  And of course, if you aspire to one-day give a TED talk, you’ll have to keep it short.  Talks run about 18-minutes in length and are Powerpoint “lite”.

I urge you to peruse their website, and to listen to talks in areas outside of your realm of expertise.  It is inspiring to see how well the featured speakers use interdisciplinary approaches to communicate to their audiences and to the general public.  And for those of you interested in the progress of the oil spill and the 5th X Prize, be sure to visit:

Several recently added TED talks featured on (2010)

FOSEP in San Diego for AAAS Conference

Kate and just got to San Diego for the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). We’re looking forward to lots of interesting talks especially since this year’s theme is “Bridging Science and Society” which obviously fits in with FOSEP’s goals. Like previous years, this should be a good place to get ideas for topics and speakers that we can bring to Washington.

We’ll also be presenting a poster describing how we organize different types of events and how people might go about setting up a FOSEP-like group in other places. This will also be an opportunity for us to meet some of the people from FOSEP Colorado which has recently been formed with the help of one of our former leaders, Melanie Roberts.

We’ll be writing updates whenever we get a chance so you all can have an idea of what’s happening out here too.

Website Changes

We’re excited to announce that we will be soon unveiling a new website adapted from wordpress blog templates. The FOSEP directors will be blogging on it and we’ll be linking the blog up to facebook notes. We’re continuing to use our wiki and google calendar. It’s going to be an exciting year for FOSEP we have a lot of great events in the works and hopefully more funding coming down the pipe!