ScienceWriters2015

Thank you

October 9-13, Cambridge, Mass.

With 800 attendees registered, ScienceWriters2015 was our biggest meeting yet. Read archived reports from Saturday's professional development workshops, check out Newsroom stories from the New Horizons sessions on Sunday and Monday, and watch a video of the Patrusky Lecture.

A special thanks to our hosts at the Knight Science Journalism at MIT for welcoming us to Cambridge. Thanks, too, to all of the volunteers from NASW, CASW, KSJ@MIT, and the New England Science Writers for their efforts, from planning sessions to staffing check-in.

We hope to see you in San Antonio next year October 28-November 1 for ScienceWriters2016.

Attendees can log in here for materials.

ScienceWriters2015 is a meeting for science writers, by science writers. Join us in Cambridge, Mass., for professional development workshops developed by the National Association of Science Writers, briefings on scientific research presented by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, and lab tours and science field trips organized by Knight Science Journalism at MIT.

   NASW workshop       CASW New Horizons in Science       Hosted event, trip or tour   

W  NASW workshop registration required ($)    F  CASW New Horizons or hosted event (free)    $  Separate registration required ($)   
9Friday11:00 am - 5:00 pmNASW Board meeting
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Aquarium room (closed meeting)
12:00 - 5:00 pmCheck-in
Location: Main lobby, Hyatt Regency Cambridge
1:00 - 5:00 pmHow to make awesome science video: A hands-on workshop
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Thomas Paine room
$
1:00 - 5:00 pmNonfiction book proposals: A hands-on workshop
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Charles View Ballroom
$
6:00 - 9:00 pmCheck-in
Location: MIT Walker Memorial, 142 Memorial Drive (Buses depart from Hyatt)
6:00 - 9:00 pmKnight Science Journalism welcome reception
Location: MIT Walker Memorial, 142 Memorial Drive (Buses depart from Hyatt)
F
9:00 - 10:30 pmDiversity Mixer
Location: Hyatt Cambridge Regency, Paul Revere Room
W
10Saturday7:30 - 8:00 amMeet and greet for newcomers/students
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Crispus Attucks room
W
7:30 - 8:45 amContinental Breakfast
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom
W
7:30 am - 5:30 pmCheck-in
Location: Main lobby, Hyatt Regency Cambridge
8:00 - 8:45 amNASW membership meeting
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom
9:00 - 10:15 amEthics in today's science writing landscape: A community conversation
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom
W
9:00 am - 5:00 pmPersonal headshot photography
Location: By appointment
10:15 - 10:45 amBreak
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom Prefunction
W
10:45 am - 12:00 pmCovering public controversies about science topics: From GMOs, to vaccines, to climate change
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Paul Revere room
W
10:45 am - 12:00 pmDIY publishing — Does it yield?
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Charles View Ballroom (top floor of hotel)
W
10:45 am - 12:00 pmUse with no abuse: How to acquire, borrow, quote and reproduce without copyright infringement
Location: Cambridge Hyatt Regency, Thomas Paine room
W
10:45 am - 12:00 pmWhat every editor needs to know
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, William Dawes room
W
12:00 - 1:30 pmLunch
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom
W
1:30 - 2:45 pmEmbracing the B word: Branding and social media
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Charles View Ballroom (top floor of hotel)
W
1:30 - 2:45 pmFunds for all: How to win an NASW Idea Grant
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, William Dawes room
W
1:30 - 2:45 pmOther stories: Exploring alternative narratives
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Paul Revere room
W
1:30 - 2:45 pmUsing art to communicate science
Location: Hyatt Cambridge Regency, Thomas Paine room
W
2:45 - 3:15 pmBreak
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom Prefunction
W
3:15 - 4:30 pmData journalism for every scale and skill level
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom AB
W
3:15 - 4:30 pmFour writers sat in a bar:  Humor and voice in science writing
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Paul Revere room
W
3:15 - 4:30 pmPIOs: How to pitch a story (without being annoying)
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom D
W
3:15 - 4:30 pmPower Pitch 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom C
W
4:30 - 4:45 pmBreak
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom Prefunction
W
4:45 - 6:00 pmFact-checking: How to get everything perfectly right always
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom D
W
4:45 - 6:00 pmSex, death, and privacy: Reporting in the first person
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, William Dawes room
W
4:45 - 6:00 pmSexism, science-writing and solutions: Charting the future
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Paul Revere room
W
4:45 - 6:00 pmThe fair contract project
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Thomas Paine room
W
6:30 - 9:00 pmAwards reception
Location: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom
F
11Sunday7:00 - 8:15 amContinental breakfast
Location: MIT Kresge Lobby (Buses depart from Hyatt)
F
7:30 - 11:00 amCheck-in
Location: MIT Kresge Lobby
8:15 - 9:30 amLighting up biology: The quest to see every molecule in every cell
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
9:00 am - 5:00 pmPersonal headshot photography
Location: By appointment
9:30 - 10:30 amPluto's close-up: The latest from the New Horizons mission
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
9:30 - 10:30 amThe tiny cell with a big gene "app store"
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center
F
10:30 - 11:00 amBreak
Location: MIT Kresge Lobby
F
11:00 am - 12:00 pmNext in space: Spray-on microthrusters for miniature satellites
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center
F
11:00 am - 12:00 pmThe genome's mysterious UCE surveillance system
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
12:00 - 2:00 pmLunch With a Luminary I
Location: Assigned Rooms at MIT Student Center and the Broad Institute; volunteer guides will direct. Pick up lunch first at Kresge Lobby
F
12:00 - 2:00 pmMIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center tour
Location: MIT Building NW17, Room 218, 175 Albany St., Cambridge, MA (walking tour, 5 minute walk, departs from Kresge Lobby, pick up lunch first at Kresge)
F
2:00 - 3:00 pm2015 Patrusky Lecture: The Earth’s microbiomes
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
3:00 - 3:30 pmBreak
Location: MIT Kresge Lobby
F
3:30 - 4:30 pmCan computer science help physicists resolve the firewall paradox?
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center
F
3:30 - 4:30 pmLessons from the lives of older homeless adults
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
4:30 - 5:30 pmControversy in the "Goldilocks zone" as the search for habitable exoplanets intensifies
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center
F
4:30 - 5:30 pmVaccines and vaccine hesitancy: Lessons for science writers
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
7:00 - 10:00 pmScienceWriters party
Location: The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston (Buses depart from Hyatt at 6:40, 6:50, 7:00, 7:20, and 7:40 pm; one bus departs from Fairfield Inn at 6:40 pm)
F
12Monday7:15 - 8:30 amContinental breakfast
Location: MIT Kresge Lobby (Buses depart from Hyatt)
F
8:30 - 9:30 amApplying science to poverty
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center
F
8:30 - 9:30 amMoney and medicine: Challenges and opportunities for science writers
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
9:30 - 10:30 amGathering big data on tiny devices: A path to better medical diagnosis?
Location: Kresge Auditorium
F
9:30 - 10:30 amMercury, fisheries and human health: Local threats and global challenges
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center
F
9:30 am - 12:00 pmHarvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences tour
Location: 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA; board bus at Kresge Lobby at 9:30 am for the 10-minute ride to the Harvard engineering campus.
F
10:30 - 11:00 amBreak
Location: MIT Kresge Lobby
F
10:30 am - 2:00 pmBoston University Photonics Center tour
Location: 8 St. Mary's St., Boston, MA (board bus at Kresge Lobby at 10:30 am; 10-minute ride to Boston University)
F
11:00 am - 12:00 pmAir pollution and hurricanes: A connection?
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center
F
11:00 am - 12:00 pmHow technology designers will dictate our civic future
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
12:00 - 2:00 pmLunch With a Luminary II
Location: Assigned Rooms at MIT Student Center, Kresge, and MIT Building 4; volunteer guides will direct. Pick up lunch first at Kresge Lobby
F
12:00 - 2:00 pmThe ingredients for innovation in Kendall Square
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center. Organized by KSJ; participants register as part of Lunch With a Luminary; pick up lunch at Kresge Lobby.
F
2:00 - 3:00 pmNew observations and new ideas about cosmic inflation
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
2:00 - 4:30 pmBoston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories tour
Location: Board bus at Kresge Lobby at 2:00 pm for the 15-minute ride to BU's medical campus.
F
3:00 - 3:30 pmBreak
Location: MIT Kresge Lobby
F
3:00 - 5:00 pmLabCentral tour
Location: 700 Main St., Cambridge (walking tour, 10-minute walk, departs from Kresge Lobby)
F
3:30 - 5:30 pmMerchants of Doubt film screening and discussion
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium
F
5:30 - 7:30 pmBroad Institute of Harvard and MIT tour
Location: 320 Charles Street, Cambridge (bus departs from Kresge Lobby)
F
5:30 - 8:00 pmDine around Cambridge and Boston
Location: Varies
8:00 - 10:00 pmStory Collider
Location: Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Attendees are responsible for their own travel to Harvard Square. Admission at the door by will-call based on purchase at registration.
$
13Tuesday7:15 am - 5:00 pmMarine Biological Laboratory/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution tour
Location: Buses depart from Hyatt Regency Cambridge
$
9:00 - 11:30 amBiogen tour
Location: 225 Binney St., Cambridge (Bus departs from Hyatt Regency Cambridge)
F
9:00 - 11:30 amDana-Farber Cancer Institute tour
Location: 450 Brookline Ave., Boston (Bus departs from Hyatt Regency Cambridge)
F
9:00 - 11:30 amHarvard Museums of Science & Culture tour
Location: 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA (Bus departs from Hyatt Regency Cambridge)
F
9:00 - 11:30 amJohnson & Johnson Innovation tour
Location: 255 Main St., Cambridge, MA (Bus departs from Hyatt Regency Cambridge)
F
9:00 - 11:30 amNovartis Institutes for BioMedical Research tour [CANCELED]F
9:30 am - 12:30 pmDraper Laboratory tour
Location: 555 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA (Bus departs from Hyatt Regency Cambridge)
F

SciWri15 organized by

NASW logoCASW logoKSJ at MIT logo

Brought to you by
*