I know – Ego Blogging is so 2010 – But I won. I won. I won. (The Ben Franklin Award …)

OK so the title is a bit much. But I am really happy that I won this years Benjamin Franklin Award, given out by the Bioinformatics Organization. For more on this see …
I found out a few days ago and am rearranging some things to go to Boston April 13 for the award ceremony at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo.  
From the Bioinformatics Organization web site:

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the most remarkable men of his time. Scientist, inventor, statesman, he freely and openly shared his ideas and refused to patent his inventions. It is the opinion of the founders of the Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. that he embodied the best traits of a scientist, and we seek to honor those who share these virtues

The Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences is a humanitarian/bioethics award presented annually by this organization to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted free and open access to the materials and methods used in the life sciences.

I like the general sentiment very much.  And perhaps more important – the list of prior winners is an impressive crew.  Again, from the Bioinformatics Organization web site:

Note – my brother won the first one.

Anyway – am thinking about what to say in the awards ceremony.  Probably going to say something about how openness is more than about being at no charge.  Also I might discuss how it would be good to have a female winner one of these days.  Speaking of which – maybe people can give suggestions for women to nominate for next year …

UPDATE 9/25/12: See this Friendfeed discussion for some more comments about possible female candidates. I have copied the text below in case Friendfeed disappears: “maybe people can give suggestions for women to nominate for next year …”. OK, I’ll start: how about Rosie Redfield? If it weren’t for the Life Sciences focus I’d also suggest Heather Joseph. Speaking of Heathers, one H. Piwowar springs to mind whenever Open Foo is mentioned. – Bill Hooker heh, that would be cool someday 🙂 For now, how about Helen M. Berman, Judith A. Blake, Maryann E. Martone, Catherine Ball, or other pioneers in open databases? – Heather Piwowar Janet Thornton. – Heather Piwowar Agreed! – Egon Willighagen In an award speech at ISMB 2005, Janet Thornton expressed gratitude she was able to take years out-with-family and then pick up again. Inspirational. Not relevant for the Ben Franklin award, but wanted to mention it because it made such an impact. – Heather Piwowar

Thanks "The Open Lab"

Very happy to get this email:

Many congratulations that your post (check http://scienceblogs.com/clock/2009/01/the_open_laboratory_2008_and_t.php for which one) was selected to be part of this year’s print anthology of the best science blogging on the web.

Check out the collection at the link. There is some fun stuff there. I was selected for what else, my April Fools prank about brain doping. On the one hand, I wish something I wrote about science or policy was picked. On the other hand, I consider this April 1 joke of the best things I have done on the web …

Larry Moran on Phylogenomics, my new paper, and species

Just a quick note to encourage people to check out Larry Moran at The Sandwalk blogging about my new phylogenomics paper (with Martin Wu) and talking about whether one can use species as a term for bacteria.

Ego blogging — what is your favorite self written blog entry or comment?

The Scientists is running a very informative discussion on people’s favorite science blogs. There are some blogs there that I have never heard of that seem quite interesting as well as others I knew about and had forgotten. So it is a good place to look to see what people pick as their favorite.

But I think there is a more interesting question. What is your favorite blog entry that you have written in your own blog? Or, especially if you do not have a blog, what is your favorite comment you have written on someone else’s blog? If you can’t pick just one — well do what they did on the Scientist site and pick a few.

My three favorites of my own blog entries:

  1. Why all medical professionals need to study evolution. I like this because I have been harping on it for years but never wrote about it or did anything about it.
  2. Top 10 Novel ways to contribute to the open access movement. I like this because it was one of my first serious moves to write about Open Access to scientific literature.
  3. Adaptationomics Award #1. This if high on my list because it represents both my obsession with adaptationism and my need to be snarky.

How about anyone else — what are your favorite self-written blog entries?