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Is Software a Method?

Last month I went to the Annual Meeting of the US Biophysical Society. As a Software Sustainability Institute fellow I was interested not only in my research area, but also in how my community viewed software. Were there talks and posters on how people had improved important pieces of community software? After all, there would be talks and posters on improving experimental methods. Turns out, not so much. Click here to read the full post.

 

BPS15: Twitter and conferences: an ideal match or a nuisance?

I’m at the Annual Meeting of the US Biophysical Society Meeting in Baltimore which is large (6,500 scientists) with multiple parallel sessions. You might have thought that Twitter would be the ideal platform for providing a feed for all the questions, reactions and suggestions but very few people are using it, although there is definitely more tweeting compared to last year. You can read my musings on it here. This is part of my series of posts as one of their guest bloggers.

BPS15: Where shall we have lunch?

The most useful and enjoyable part of coming to the Annual Meeting for me is not the talks, nor is it the poster session nor even the free T-shirts. It is meeting up and talking with fellow scientists. But one must first solve an important question that Douglas Adams describes better than I ever could in his book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe:

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch?’

My favourite place, recommended to me back in 2011 by two friends who were at the University of Maryland at the time, is a Pot Belly sandwich shop. I went today to the one a few blocks on W Pratt St west of the convention centre but I’ve heard there is one in the Inner Harbor too. It’s quick, tasty and you can while away a pleasant half an hour chatting before hitting the posters.