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What happened at the last meeting? April 18, 2012

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I missed the meeting, but Jenny took minutes

Open Science Minutes 4/15/2012, start time: 3:45 PM

Anthony is moderating.

Introductions of newcomers & what they’re interested in-trae (advertising, genetic engineering) & greg (Northwestern-biomedical engineer, DNA protein simulation)

Present: Greg, Dillon, Trae, Ben, Anthony, Jenny

Topic: new space, with possible new lab space!

Anthony asks: what kind of laboratory do you want, and how can this come about?

-class n clean room, or mud room needed for entering space?
-Ben says Sacha will direct building of lab (primarily chemhacking/biohacking)
-what level of clean room is necessary (will be class 100)? Filtered ventilation system? Refrigeration units? Eye wash and shower?
-DIY bio discussion—what level of difficulty of biohacking? Professional vs. hobbyist (yogurt for example)
-Anthony mentions Steve’s proposed experiment? Greg brings up mail order DNA sequences
-Anthony: mail order catalogues, emails of biologists? Greg: used PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine is relatively affordable

What is a PCR machine? Greg explains: PCR is used by biologist to amplify the amount of some DNA, hugely important in genetic engineering developments
-relevant website: journal called JOVE, Journal of Visualized Experiments—peer reviewed, but post protocol of experiment online; ex, make cartridges of running gels

-Anthony: need glassware, hot plate, place to store toxic chemicals
Greg: need someone with expertise in waste chemicals—see Sacha?
-Anthony: collectively need disposal of chemicals mechanism
-Trae: difficulty in getting certain chemicals, certain people are only interested in getting chemicals? Anthony: possible legal issues with safety, need acid shower & eyewash

Topic: Funding of laboratory

Ben: Sacha can get adequate funding from PS1 for much of it (we also can fundraise and beg)
Trae: we need pricing

Itemized wishlist:
carefully considered countertops
a sink + filter
hot place
basic fridge for chemicals
basic chemical cabinet
clean room of some type + air filtration
optical microscope with camera
safety equipment: chem shower, eye wash bottle, chem gloves & apron, goggles
mail order catalogs
attention to the servers
tables, stools

Greg brings up fluorescence microscopy, Anthony: camera + microscope=publishing

-deionized water? Prices important!

Ben: DIYbio lists have lots of suggestions for techniques to save money; Biocurious said lots of equipment was given to them by labs or at discount from manufacturers who lacked customers, recession

Anthony: university labs might have microscopes for free

Trae: tried getting anti vibration table from northwestern? Had reqs for giving away equipment: had to go to someone who worked there, or at the very least a student

-Greg is postdoc at Northwestern, Anthony has contacts at Uchicago

-unis should have listings that we should keep tabs on

-flea markets??? need to find places with cheap or preferably free stuff

-Anthony: wants to do fluid dynamics experiments, asks about electricity in lab space, suggests worktables

-having a computing cluster & servers that people can have access too—will facilitate program, but not space; computational work possibly? Astronomy simulations ex

Ben: michael cho mentioned laser experiments

Topic: Projects!

Ben: at Biocurious, one of the members is doing anti-aging research on cancer cells, affiliated with SENS (strategies for engineering negligible senescence)

-second project, renewable energy, Sacha was involved with that kind of R&D for a while, car that ran on oil from restaurants all across the country

Greg: cell lines you can order in the mail, HELA cells??? (need clarification)

-can start your own culture

-Greg: interested in viruses that infect bacteria, bacteriophages! (can get mail order)

-Ben: Jim Lund seems to know about biology

Topic: Agenda topics, Open Badges & Educational outreach

-tabling some things Sheila wanted to talk about, but Anthony opening up topics

Trae asks: what’s Open Badges?

-Anthony explains educational discussion at last meeting

-proposal: turning PS1 into agency of badge issuing

Interrupting here to link to Badges – Less Yack, More Hack. Did Chris show up to the last general PS1 meeting to discuss this? I missed that meeting too.

-Ben: need to manage lab, Anthony: PS1 has structures in place

-previous discussion asked about educational outreach

-concept is something like Open University, need camera equipment (Carl!)

Greg: excited about open biology movement, & open science because it avoids bureaucracy & bullcrap about having degrees–> degrees don’t tell people the truth of what you’re capable of

-need certification, need record keeping of what people are doing in the lab (blog)

-Homeland Security & law enforcement take an interest in DYI-biolabs because of possible links to bioterrorism

Greg: GENspace (NYC) reached out to law enforcement first & things worked out

-tabling open science conference Sheila wanted to bring up

-Sheila had interest in EEG cap? Not sure how to implement, Anthony mentioned videogame

I had read about Open EEG and constructing it is beyond my skills. Sounds like Anthony was thinking of the various kits out there from NeuroSky et al, see How to Hack Toy EEGs for example. The toys are dissappointing because they don’t have as many electrodes as I was hoping.

-conclusion: not much interest in educational outreach right now, we can figure it out as we go along

Topic: Open Science Blog

-could be used for note-taking of experiments & projects later when we have a laboratory

-right now, inactive, Sacha has admins

Topic: Journal Club-Open Science can give presentations on some topic of interest

-should involve pizza

-can be informal talk on anything science-y

Greg brings up experiment: making yeast evolve into multicellular creatures; need a centrifuge, & ability to grow yeast

Talks Planned for Next Time:

Anthony: physics of spectroscopy for biologists & chemists
Greg: yeast experiment

-next time: Trae brings up advertising, naming

After meeting:

1. Anthony presents on physics of Titantic: Did Rose kill Jack?

-evaporative cooling, thermal conductivity, air vs water

2. Anthony presents on fusion: curve of nuclear binding energy, deuterium & tritium are focus of fusion projects

-need to overcome the potential barrier needs ultra high temp & pressures
-plasma: fully ionized gas; responds to em fields; z pinch trick to contain vs magnetized target fusion


X-Labcoats-Allowed: True; Agenda posted for this Sunday’s meeting April 13, 2012

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Finalized PS1 Open Science Agenda for 4/15/2012

PS1 Open Science Meeting of 4/15/12 (Third Sunday Meeting)

A. Welcome/open meeting at 3:30pm (<3 min)

-have any newcomers introduce themselves and say what projects they’re interested in, or their vision for open science

B.  Minutes from 3/18/11  (5 min)

Gerry, Sheila, Sacha, Anthony, Steve, Allen, Jenny, Excalibur, Dillon, Colin, Liz, Ben

(12 total)

[For now, regular attendees get program votes – when we aren’t doing the “do-ocracy” approach – eventually replaced by small fee, ~$10?, to PS1 OR PS1 membership]

The formal meeting lasted very briefly as there only were two minor agenda items but a semi-formal 45 minute discussion lead by Anthony was very productive. The whole event lasted a bit past 5pm or over 2.5 hours.

I have less time this quarter so I will start linking to the “meeting minutes” post on the ChiOpenSci lit instead of summarizing events here.

1.        Notes from the 3-18-12 meeting: https://groups.google.com/group/chiopensci/browse_thread/thread/8dd1a90c422d946c/f1ad8e9ad4b0e631?lnk=gst&q=Ben+Hyink#f1ad8e9ad4b0e631

Meeting adjourned

C. Open Discussion (45 min). Points to be discussed:

1) General Announcements (10 min)

i) Sheila wanted to discussing the upcoming Open Science conferences and workshops

-in case anyone wanted the link: http://opensciencesummit.com/about/

ii.) call for assistance: Sheila needs help with an eeg cap, she saw some schematics online

iii) anyone else with relevant announcements or calls for assistance can present them, request to keep content brief

2) Projects: approximately 0 min

i) No project/proposal submissions this month (0 minutes)

3) Other topics (10 min each, with possible extensions of 7.5-15 min if necessary, or else table discussions until end)

i) Open Badges (10 min)

-how can they relate to Open Science at PS1? educational aspect, outreach, technical hurdles?

-Ashanan at the last general meeting held a meeting about Open Badges at the space

-Chris McAvoy of Mozilla presented on Open Badges at Flourish Mar 31st

-relevant link: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges

ii.) Educational Outreach Open Discussion, with a focus on something actionable to come out of the discussion (10 min)

-gauge interest in educational outreach, methods, content?

-if people aren’t interested in educational outreach, what kinds of projects are more preferable?

iii.) Journal Club, proposed by Anthony last week (10 min)

-does Anthony want to organize, if not, does anyone else want to do so? (figure out JIT topic protocol, bug him for advice–Sheila)

-possible topics that people would want to present, format

D. Any other business? (15 min)

-see what projects people in the room are really excited about for open science

-maybe discuss probable research areas in general: more technology/engineering vs. neuroscience/psychology vs. bio vs. chem vs. physics

-can also discuss one of the three main topics (open badges, educational outreach, journal club) that people want to further explore

E. Arrange/announce details of next meeting (5 min)

F. Close meeting (total time: 1 hour, 8 min, or 68 min)

Informal open discussion at PS1 for a while or somewhere nearby if it is closed, like the Burger King at the corner of Belmont and Elston. Sadly, La Finca is closed on Sundays.

See you at 3:30pm!

Informal discussions: (these may be concurrent, or not occur at all depending on interest)

1.) Informal discussion of Open Badges (10-20 min)

2.) Informal discussion of educational outreach (10-20 min)

3.) Informal discussion of Journal Club (10-20 min)

Next meeting this Sunday, April 15 at 3:30pm April 10, 2012

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The next open science meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting at the usual time and place, Pumping Station One at 3:30pm.


Brian Science lecture series (zombies not allowed) March 23, 2012

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Brian Science lecture series (zombies not allowed)

Sign up! The first lecture is next week at Sulzer library.

Illinois Science Council’s Spring 2012 Series

Meeting tomorrow! February 18, 2012

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Read the meeting announcement details on our mailing list.

We will discuss projects, interests, and ideas for future projects.