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CONVERGE Sessions available to all

The ScienceOnline Together 2014 CONVERGE sessions are our morning events that rally all attendees together. We meet together first thing in the morning (well, after coffee and breakfast) to frame the day and hear from some inspiring speakers. This year we’ll have two short CONVERGE talks each morning. The sessions start at 9am EST.


Not coming to ScienceOnline Together 2014? No worries! You can still watch the CONVERGE sessions—online! The CONVERGE sessions will be publicly broadcast to anyone who wants to watch LIVE (9-10am EST) and will also be archived for viewing later.

To view CONVERGE sessions, bookmark our LIVE site:

To view archived videos from the 2014 conference (and other ScienceOnline events), check out the video archive:

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Changing challenges into opportunities

in.my_.natureA wheelchair didn’t stop Rebecca Tripp from doing field research in treetops with Dr. Meg Lowman (aka Canopy Meg). Rebecca will share about her experiences with a summer research project, conceived by Dr. Lowman, giving mobility challenged students the ability to focus on science by rethinking traditional “barriers” and creating opportunities for success.

You can hear a podcast about Rebecca here.
Read more about Rebecca in this summary of the Dec/Jan 2013/2014 Ability Magazine article Ability Magazine.

Dr. Meg Lowman has her own set of stories of charting a path through barriers and creating her own successes. Her research has taken her across the world and from the surface of the earth to the leafy tops of rain forest canopies. But she’s also journeyed along the career path of a scientist as a woman. Her stories of challenges, opportunities, and the work still to be done for diversity in science careers will give us a unique perspective on the issues and opportunities.

Read more about Meg on her ScienceOnline Board announcement.

Friday, February 28, 2014
Reaching diverse audiences

From writing popular comic strips to translating content in web browsers, our CONVERGE speakers for Friday will tell stories of how their work reaches diverse audiences and how knowing their audience affects their work.

Jorge Cham (PhD Comics)
jorgechamJorge is the creator of “PHD Comics”, the popular comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. He is also the co-founder of PHDtv, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids in East L.A.

He earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005. He is originally from Panama.

  • To read his comic strip, click here.
  • To learn about the research he used to do, click here.
  • Read his profile in Science Magazine.

Heather Bailey (

  • From the start of her career, Heather was concerned by the inequality and injustice in South Africa. From her early days in fashion design and retail buying she was already finding herself involved in small businesses and fair trade for South African crafters.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages making it rich in cultural diversity and challenges. Heather helped setup Translate to embrace this diversity in a time of liberation in the country’s history. The first focus was translating and Firefox to allow non-English speakers access to technology in their language. This had a great affect on other prominent software vendors starting to translate their software. As a result of this work Translate began building open source tools that could assist translators to translate more effectively.
  • Her next project was setting up ANLoc, the African Network of Localisers, building relationships with like-minded people working in languages across Africa.
  • Heather also works with the Rosetta Foundation, a global network of volunteer translators. The Rosetta Foundation’s aim is to enable access to information in your own language, a fundamental human right.

Saturday, March 1, 9am EST
Creating Collaborations across the Wide World with the Web

We know the internet connects people across the world and that we can use many resources and apps to work together. Our speakers today will help us imagine ways to push the limits of these tools of the web to envision new collaborations and discover new models for global participation.

Jon Schull (e-NABLE)
s200_jon.schullJon is Research Scientist at the Rochester Institute’s Center for Media, Art, Graphics, Interactivity and Creativity (MAGIC). A sometime biological psychologist, inventor, entrepreneur, and human computer interaction researcher, his recent work concerns real-time web-based collaboration in the service of innovation, learning, and community engagement. All of these interests recently converged when he created e-NABLE, a global, online collaborative community of 3D printing enthusiasts who design, develop, fabricate and customize 3D-printed mechanically-enhanced hand devices for children and adults who are missing fingers.

Nick Parker (e-NABLE)

nickNick is 18 years old and lives in Silicon Valley, where he likes to work on just about anything that moves. Right now he’s renovating a thirty-four year old CNC mill, writing a CAM program for 3D printers with a novel twist, teaching 3rd graders to use basic CAD programs, and designing a new arm for a 7 year old girl born who was born with her right forearm missing.

Information about the e-Nable group can be found here:

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