Talk – Amplify: Conversations about Science Communication

Amplify masthead

Open Access, Open Science: How Transparent Do We Go?

“Open science”—where research results, and even research products like data, methods and grant proposals, are made freely available—is an approach that appears to be gaining momentum. There is a steady increase in open-access journals and in tools for sharing research products. Recently The National Science Foundation (NSF) released its plan to require all NSF-funded, peer-reviewed journal articles be made freely available. And scientists from across UW are developing a policy for public accessibility of resarch papers.

Are there drawbacks to freely sharing your research products? And if there are, why do some researchers do it anyway? Join us on May 19 for Amplify, and explore the ways in which open access and open science are being implemented across disciplines, campuses, and institutions.

RSVP to join the conversation!


Felix Chew, Professor of Radiology and Vice-Chair for Academic Innovation; Chew began an open access journal (Radiology Case Reports) that started publishing in 2006. The project was begun as a Tech Transfer project (now CoMotion), and it was on the basis of this alone that Chew was named as a UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow in 2012.

Stephanie Wright, Data Services Coordinator at UW Libraries; Wright is UW’s “data concierge”, providing consultation and resources for data management for faculty, staff, and student researchers.

Steven Roberts, Associate Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences; Roberts runs an “open lab”, maintaining an online lab notebook, data sharing, live lab meetings on YouTube and more.

Moderated by Ben Marwick, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, working with the Burke Museum, the Center for Statistics and Social Sciences and the Quaternary Research Center; Marwick is interested in techniques and methods for reproducible research.

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 5 p.m. happy hour; 5:30-6:30 p.m. panel and open conversation
Location: Vista Cafe in Foege Genome Sciences (GNOM)


About Amplify: Conversations about Science Communication

Amplify is a series of conversations among faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who want to explore and engage in science communication and outreach. Bringing together members from the College of the Environment and around UW, each discussion focuses on a particular challenge. We might discuss whether we can do outreach while attaining tenure; how to communicate uncertainty; where should we stand on the science-advocacy continuum; what is ‘open science’ and why might we care. Each event is an opportunity to consider and challenge ideas in science communication, outreach and engagement; to learn how others might be addressing this emerging ‘third leg’ of faculty tenure; and to amp up the conversation so that we can connect our science to society in ways that are effective, appropriate and rewarding.

Hosted by the College of the Environment, Amplify begins with conversations over a glass of wine and a bite to eat, leading to a rapid and informative panel featuring three to five faculty with diverse opinions, experience, or expertise on the topic of the night. Then we wrap up with another opportunity for casual interactions with the panelists and other attendees.