Participate in Open Access Day – October 14, 2008

Join in the campus festivities celebrating the first international Open Access Day on October 14. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access for publicly funded research, Open Access Day will be an opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.

The main events will be two webinars which will be viewable in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library. The first one, broadcast at 4 PM Pacific time, will feature Sir Richard Roberts, joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 for discovering split genes and RNA splicing, one of 26 Nobel Prize winners to sign the Open Letter to U.S. Congress in support of taxpayer access to publicly funded research, currently Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, and a member of the PLoS Biology Editorial Board.

The second speaker will be our own Dr. Phil Bourne, Professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCSD. Dr. Bourne is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology and the author of the popular PLoS Computational Biology “Ten Simple Rules” series. Dr. Bourne will be broadcasting his talk live from the Seuss Room at 7 PM Pacific Time.

Prior to each talk, there will be a brief viewing of the “Voices of Open Access” video series which includes key members of the research community talking about why Open Access matters to them. Following each talk, the speaker will answer questions from the public. Come for some of the events, or stay for the whole thing!

Other activities such as a contest for the best joke about Open Access, a contest for the best blogger entry about what Open Access means to you, and tables with materials describing how you can get involved are under development, so stay tuned.

Light refreshments will be served. No reservations are required. More information about Open Access Day is available at http://openaccessday.org/program or by contacting Nancy Stimson at (858) 534-6321 or nstimson@ucsd.edu

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