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October 14-18, High Country Conference Center and Northern Arizona University

This is an archive of the ScienceWriters2011 meeting site. See ScienceWriters2012, NASW, or CASW for details on the next ScienceWriters meeting.

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A meeting for science writers, by science writers. Join us to experience professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, and field trips to explore the region's unique setting.

Meeting schedule

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Free, registration required
14Friday8:00 am - 6:00 pmForest and Range Science Management around Flagstaff, AZ
Location: Field Trip
9:00 am - 5:00 pmAudio Storytelling: Pre-conference workshop
Location: School of Communication Computer Lab
9:00 am - 5:00 pmVideo for the Web: Pre-conference workshop
Location: School of Communication Computer Lab
10:30 am - 3:00 pmNASW Board Meeting
Location: HCCC Ponderosa Boardroom
6:00 - 9:00 pmCheck-In
Location: HCCC Lobby
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6:00 - 9:00 pmNASW Welcome Reception
Location: HCCC Lobby
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7:00 - 9:00 pmIgnite! Session
Location: HCCC Agassiz
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8:00 - 9:00 pmFriday Social at ScienceWriters2011 for First-Timers, Students and ‘Sci-Buddies’
Location: HCCC Fremont
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15Saturday7:30 am - 6:00 pmCheck-In
Location: HCCC Lobby
8:00 - 9:00 amNASW Business Meeting
Location: HCCC Humphreys
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9:15 - 10:30 amPlenary Session: The Digital News Consumer
Location: HCCC Humphreys
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10:45 am - 12:15 pmA1) DIY Data Visualization
Location: HCCC Humphreys
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10:45 am - 12:15 pmA2) 1001 Questions about Freelancing
Location: HCCC Fremont
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10:45 am - 12:15 pmA3) Writing about Science for Non-Science Publications
Location: 1899 Ballroom
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10:45 am - 12:15 pmA4) Straight to the Source: Helping Scientists Speak Directly to the Press
Location: HCCC Agassiz
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12:15 - 1:30 pmCreating Connections with Latin American Science Writers
Location: HCCC Ponderosa Boardroom
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12:15 - 1:30 pmLunch
Location: HCCC Lobby and Humphreys
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1:30 - 3:00 pmB1) Covering Scientific Controversies
Location: Wettaw Auditorium
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1:30 - 3:00 pmB2) The Seven Deadly Sins of the Science PIO (and How to Avoid Them)
Location: HCCC Fremont
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1:30 - 3:00 pmB3) How to Sell That Story You Can't Let Go
Location: HCCC Agassiz
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1:30 - 3:00 pmB4) Pitch Slam: Meet the Editors
Location: 1899 Ballroom
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3:00 - 3:30 pmAfternoon Break
Location: HCCC Lobby
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3:30 - 5:00 pmC1) Science News, Spot News, or Both? Managing and Covering Science Protests
Location: HCCC Agassiz
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3:30 - 5:00 pmC2) Get a Life: I Tweet, I Blog, But Do I Sleep?
Location: HCCC Fremont
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3:30 - 5:00 pmC3) You're Not Going to Print That, Are You? Handling Difficult Interviewees
Location: HCCC Humphreys
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3:30 - 5:00 pmC4) Beat It: To Specialize or Not to Specialize?
Location: Wettaw Auditorium
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3:30 - 5:00 pmC5) Going Long: How to Structure the Longform Narrative - with Help from Music, Theater, and Film
Location: 1899 Ballroom
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6:00 - 7:00 pmNAU Evening Reception
Location: HCCC Lobby
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7:00 - 10:00 pm Awards Dinner
Location: HCCC Humphreys
16Sunday8:00 - 10:00 amBiohunters: How genomic analysis is aiding the fight against bioweapons, global epidemics and deadly food contaminants
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
10:15 - 11:15 amHuman microbiomes: How bacteria affect our behavior, our weight and our brains
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
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12:00 - 1:30 pmLunch with Scientists
Location: Various locations
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2:00 - 3:00 pmApplied anthropology: Using research tools to help transmit Native American and Latino culture to a new generation
Location: Doyle/Rees
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2:00 - 3:00 pmRestoration ecology: Guiding the destruction of a century-old dam in Arizona
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
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3:00 - 4:00 pmAre environmental pollutants contributing to the nation’s epidemic of obesity and diabetes?
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
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3:00 - 4:00 pmReconciling ranching and conservation on public lands—is it possible?
Location: Doyle/Rees
4:15 - 5:15 pmBoosting intelligence
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
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4:15 - 5:15 pmDoes taking away guns reduce crime?
Location: Doyle/Rees
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7:00 - 9:00 pmReception at Lowell Observatory
Location: Buses begin leaving from in front of the Drury Hotel at 5:45 p.m.
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17Monday8:00 - 9:30 amA history of violence
Location: Agassiz/Freemont
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9:45 - 10:45 amFrom particles to people: The laws of nature and the meaning of life
Location: Agassiz/Freemont
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10:45 - 11:45 amUndocumented immigration across the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona: A long-term analysis of clandestine border crossings
Location: Agassiz/Freemont
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12:00 - 1:00 pmWriting about climate change: Listening to the “voices from the field"
Location: Agassiz/Freemont
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1:00 - 2:30 pmLunch
Location: Humphreys
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2:30 - 3:30 pmNew caves, new species, new genera—and caves on Mars
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
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2:30 - 3:30 pmThe Goldilocks Zone: Searching for planets outside the solar system
Location: Doyle/Rees
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3:30 - 4:30 pmReconstructing an ancient cataclysmic event: The Sunset Crater eruption
Location: Doyle/Rees
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3:30 - 4:30 pmThe “quiet ego:
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
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4:45 - 6:30 pmSleights of mind: The neuroscience of magic
Location: Agassiz/Fremont
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7:00 - 9:00 pmParty
Location: Informal gathering at the Weatherford Hotel
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18Tuesday7:00 am - 6:00 pmGlen Canyon Dam and River Trip
Location: Leaving from the entrance of the Drury Inn promptly at 7 AM
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