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DC Science Writers Meeting tomorrow in DC April 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 17 I will be attending the DC Science Writers Association's Professional Development Day. If you are in the DC area you may want to consider attending. Here are the details:

LOCATION: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington DC


8:30-9:00 Continental breakfast

9:00-10:45 Plenary - Hollywood and Science
Speakers: Jennifer Ouellette (NAS), Brooke Hardison Wang (NCI), Leslie Kenna (FDA)
Moderator: James Riordon

11:00-12:15 Morning Breakout Sessions

Writing about science for kids
Panelists: Amy Hansen (freelance), Catherine Hughes (National Geographic KIDS magazine), and Janet Raloff (Science News for Kids)
Moderator: Sid Perkins

Ethics, Controversies and other Challenges for PIOs
Panelists: Steve Cole (NASA), Steve Maran (American Astronomical Society), Kathy Sawyer (Washington Post, retired) and John Verrico (Dept. of Homeland Security, S&T Directorate)
Moderator: Jennifer Huergo

Pitch Slam
Panelists: David Grimm (Science), Laura Tangley (National Wildlife magazine), Meg Guroff (AARP), Christine Dell'Amore (National Geographic News), Laura Helmuth (Smithsonian magazine)
Moderator: Laura Helmuth

12:15-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:30 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Freelancing 101
Panelists: Helen Fields (freelance), Michael Newman (NIST), Jennifer Ouellette (NAS) and Cassandra Willyard (freelance)
Moderator: Michael Lucibella

Quick Multimedia to Enhance Stories
Panelists: Stefan Estrada (National Geographic Digital Media), Nancy Shute (US News & World Report), and Rob Frederick (Science)
Moderator: Carolyn Gramling

Writing a book in collaboration with a scientist
Panelists: Tina Adler (freelance), Nathan Seppa (Science News), Joel Shurkin (freelance)
Moderator: David Lindley

2:45-3:30 DCSWA Newsbrief Awards
Winner: Sam Kean (ScienceNOW)
Honorable mentions: Sarah C.P. Williams (HHMI Bulletin) and Helen Fields (ScienceNOW)
Moderator: James Riordon

3:30-5:00 Plenary - The State of Science Journalism
Speakers: Deborah Blum (University of Wisconsin, Madison), David Perlman (San Francisco Chronicle) and Charles Petit (Knight Science Journalism Tracker)
Moderator: Harvey Leifert


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