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Virtually Speaking Science: Megalodons, Mermaids, & More with David Shiffman

Image Credit: APL/DCL
Image Credit: APL/DCL
Tonight on Virtually Speaking Science, I have a treat for biology and science fiction lovers: David Shiffman, a PhD student in shark biology and conservation at the University of Miami, known to many by his Twitter name WhySharksMatter, will be joining me to talk about his research and social media outreach efforts, including shark week and Sharknado II. (And yes, megalodons, mermaids, Discovery Channel, and all that jazz.)

We’ll start at 5pm PT/8pm ET over at BlogTalk Radio, or you can join us in Second Life! If you’d like to ask David a question, feel free to tweet me the question ahead of time, and use the hashtag #VSpeak or #AskVS. During the show, definitely use the hashtags and either tweet me or my producer, Sherry. Talk to you tonight!

Virtually Speaking Science: A New Place to Find Me on the Interwebs

In what is likely the worst “kept under wraps” bit of news in a while, I’m happy to announce that I’m joining the Virtually Speaking Science collective as a new host. But before I get to roll out the welcome mat and chatter with other people about their work, I’m going under the interviewee lens; Jennifer Ouellette is interviewing me Wednesday, May 14, at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

What is Virtually Speaking Science? It is a live webcast ‘radio’ with a digital, Second Life studio audience of:

[i]nformal conversations hosted by science writers Alan Boyle, Tom Levenson and Jennifer Ouellette, who explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy, the history and economics of science, science deniers and its relationship to democracy, and the role of women in the sciences.

VSSI’ve been having a blast getting to know my co-hosts, setting up my Second Life avatar, and getting to know my producer, Sherry Reson. And for a touch of nostalgia, VSS is hosted by the Exploratorium in Second Life. As some of you know, I not only grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I spent many, many hours in the Exploratorium. In some ways, this is very much a coming home for me; a long time later, I’m back—at least virtually—at one of the first places that sparked my interest in and wonder for science.

I hope you’ll tune in and join me. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.