Google hangout with some of the world's leading biology discoverers. The hangouts are organized by iBiology.org, the open-access, free science video site supported by ASCB. (You will need to sign up for Google Plus, a free social networking site launched by Google, to participate in the hangout. During the hangout you can see a group of participants on their webcams in tiny tiles on your screen. Google then automatically detects who's talking and gives him/her a big tile.)Hankering for face time with a distinguished researcher? No matter where you are in the world, you will soon be able to drop by for an online
First up will be Ron Vale from the University of California, San Francisco, on November 7 at 12:00 noon EST. Vale is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator, a winner of the 2012 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his discovery of the motor protein kinesin, and, not incidentally, the founder of iBiology.org. Before participating in his hangout, check out his iBioEducation lecture on "Molecular Motors" or his iBioMagazine talk "Looking for Myosin and Finding Kinesin."
Vale will soon be followed by other well-known scientists. Gregory Petsko, a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and member of the National Academy of Sciences, will be hanging out on December 3 to discuss postdocs and the biomedical workforce. On January 13, pull up a chair with Princeton's Bonnie Bassler, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, HHMI investigator, and the discoverer of bacterial "quorum sensing."
Nine participants will be selected to be "inside" the hangout "room" with the "visiting" scientist while everyone else "outside" can watch the live broadcast and submit questions in real-time. To find out more about the event, sign up here.