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Saturday, March 8 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Indie Science Revolution

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An increasing number of brave researchers are venturing out from the ivory towers of academia to pursue their own independent research. This new culture of indie science attracts investigators with the freedom to develop their ideas without the confines of politics and bureaucracy often found in academic departments. Escaping the urge to "publish or perish" also affords individuals the flexibility to tackle the toughest questions in science. Further, with the declining proportion of tenure-track positions available for professionally trained scientists, many highly qualified investigators are forced to leave their beloved wet lab bench-tops. Finally, our newly founded culture of independent science combines quality research with startup culture, affording more flexibility for upcoming scientists. We will explore the ins and outs for navigating the path to becoming a successful independent scientist.

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Daniel Grushkin

JournalistDaniel Grushkin is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of biology, culture and business. Hi blog Biohackers appears on PopSci.com. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Businessweek, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, and Scientific... Read More →
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Jacob Shiach

FounderBrightwork CoResearchJacob is the founder of Brightwork CoResearch, an open and collaborative research space built to make scientific research and entrepreneurship more accessible for all.
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Cindy Wu

Co-FounderMicroryzaCindy co-founded a crowdfunding platform for research scientists called Microryza. In a former life, Cindy used a videogame to re-engineer an enzyme treatment for anthrax bacteria and developed a two year love-hate relationship with dendritic cells. Cindy also likes... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Omni Downtown, Lone Star 700 San Jacinto