Open UBC Week: #Arseniclife, Social Media and Open Science

Name: #Arseniclife, Social Media and Open Science

Date: Thursday, November 1

Time: 2:00pm – 2:40pm

Location: Irving K. Barber Centre, Lillooet Room

Description: In late 2010 NASA-funded scientists claimed to have overturned a basic principle of biochemistry by finding bacteria that used arsenic in place of phosphorus. Science blogs and Twitter rapidly spread the word that the data were unreliable and the findings contrary to the known chemistry of these elements. These social media interactions led to an open-science collaboration that overturned the claims. The talk will consider the conflicting effects of secrecy and openness in such processes as peer review and pre-publication embargoes.

Ticketing: FREE

Open to Public, Recommended for Faculty, Staff, Students, and other Schools

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