Scientists have …. (impressions from #scio12)

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When I was enduring a painfully extended journey home from Science Online 2012 I kept thinking about the essence of the meeting.

And for reasons I am not entirely clear on, the essence kept coming up as single words.  So I tried to write them down but it was a bit too vague … so then I thought – what about giving those words some friends …

So I decided to try to come up with 100 words to complete the phrase “Scientists have …” I made a list and then gave each word a “weight” and used Wordle.Net to make a word cloud with them.

This word cloud, in the context of “Scientists have …” captures a lot of meeting for me.

Would be great to see other people come up with their 100 words for this …

My full list with scores is below:

art 15
awkwardness 5
badges 10
biases 10
bills 5
blogs 5
blues 5
bodies 5
books 20
bugs 5
cameras 5
cards 20
cash 5
cheerleaders 20
chocolate 10
circles 10
cliques 5
coffee 5
color 5
companions 10
computers 10
creeps 5
culture 10
data 20
debates 15
degrees 10
diversity 20
drinks 5
enemies 5
favorites 5
fears 20
feelings 10
fights 5
flavors 10
friends 20
fun 20
futures 5
glasses 5
goddesses 5
gossip 5
hangovers 20
hates 5
heroes 20
historians 5
homes 5
humor 20
ideas 10
institutions 10
issues 5
jargon 5
jobs 5
journalists 20
journals 20
languages 5
leaders 15
lemurs 15
love 10
lovers 20
microbes 5
money 5
museums 5
music 20
networks 5
nicknames 5
obsessions 20
papers 10
pasts 5
patience 20
pets 5
phones 20
pictures 5
piercings 10
pleasure 20
politics 10
porn 5
power 20
press 10
principles 5
prizes 5
problems 10
pseudonyms 20
respect 15
rights 5
scandals 5
science 20
sex 20
skin 15
stories 20
students 10
style 20
surprises 5
t-shirts 10
tattoos 20
teachers 20
tears 5
tolerance 5
toys 20
trolls 20
videos 5
weaknesses 10

About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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