I'm also all about showing the ScienceOnline sponsors a little love - especially my good friends at Alltech. (say it with me: "Bourbon. Barrel. Ale.")
Further, I'm grateful to Emily Wilingham, who is co-moderating the panel "Tackling science denialism with a systematic gameplan." I talk a good game when it comes to addressing those who would deny or obfuscate science for their own ends, but Emily lives it. Emily and I will share some of our experiences, and we hope others will do the same. I already wrote a bit about our panel, but I think I'll just repeat the questions I like to have handy when formulating a communications strategy:
Most importantly, I'm grateful to the people who love science and understand its importance, even if they're not scientists or science writers. People like Cecily Kellogg, Brenna Burke, Thea Joselow, Jason Sperber, Kristen Chase, Catherine Connors, Kelly Wickham, Julie Marsh, Kim Moldofsky, Veronica Arreola, and many more. These are the people - parents and good citizens who think critically and have strong credibility and many relationships in their communities - who will defeat denialism through their everyday decisions and the values they pass on to their kids. We need more people like them.