Updates for Attendees
Below is a collection of updates, changes, and helpful hints for ScienceWriters2013. The most recent updates will be listed at the top as they are added throughout the meeting.
SATURDAY BREAKFAST TO BE IN PREFUNCTION AREA
The Saturday breakfast will take place in the prefunction area of the conference center NOT Albert's Restaurant. Albert's will be serving breakfast only for those who wish to purchase a full meal whereas breakfast in the prefunction area is free for attendees.
SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR "THE XX QUESTION" WORKSHOP SESSION
Recent incidents in the science writing community have heightened interest in professional issues that affect our entire society. In order to accommodate this increased interest, we have moved "The XX Question," Session D1, which focuses on women in the profession of science writing, to a new time slot and larger room. The session will now be held from 5:00-6:30pm on Saturday, November 2 in Century Ballroom A. The Awards presentation has been moved back to accommodate the shift and will begin at 7:00pm in the theatre at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, a short walk from the hotel and conference center.
The session may also present an opportunity for interested attendees to discuss a way forward for the science writing community. To foster trust and respect at our conferences, discussion in any session should be framed as a collaborative and reflective opportunity. As with any session or conference event, participants should treat each other with dignity and respect and refrain from offensive or charged comments that create a hostile environment for any attendee.
To assist in creating a respectful environment in which panelists and discussants can be truly heard, we ask that attendees refrain from using social media during this particular session. Even though we will attempt to create a social-media free space in which attendees devote attention to listening, as with all sessions comments and presentations are still considered to be made in public. The session will also be videotaped for potential distribution to the larger science writing community unable to attend the meeting.
Are you planning to pitch? Please visit www.sciencewriters2013.org/sessions/b3-power-pitch for details regarding onsite sign-ups and links to pitching suggestions from specific editors.
NEW HORIZONS BACKGROUND PAPERS AND SPEAKER SLIDES
Several of the scientists speaking Sunday and Monday have provided publications for ScienceWriters2013 attendees to read. These will be posted on the CASW New Horizons website along with PDF copies of speakers' slide presentations. You'll need to go to http://casw.org/new-horizons/conference/634/program, register as a site user and navigate to the pages for each session. Links to all downloadable resources will be visible only when you're logged in. Questions? Contact Ros Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN UP FOR LUNCH WTH A SCIENTIST
Don't forget to sign up for Lunch With A Scientist -- http://sciwri13.ifas.ufl.edu/?page_id=1723 -- so we can have things well organized on Sunday.
For those of you who have signed up for tours on Tuesday, be on the lookout for e-mails with tour-specific information from Kathy Momberger (email@example.com) for the Springs Tour, Cindy Spence (firstname.lastname@example.org) for St. Augustine, and Bev Sensbach (email@example.com) for Thomas Farm.
GET A JUMP START ON NETWORKING
Download the free ScienceWriters2013 Feathr app to create a personalized schedule, read speaker bios, and connect with other attendees. Beef up your profile by adding your social media info ahead of time. Your email is the address at which you are receiving this email. Only registrants pre-loaded into the app based on information sharing preferences indicated during registration as well as those with the password (see conference desk) will be able to view and use the information in the app.
NEW HORIZONS GOES INTERACTIVE AND ONLINE
This year's science program will include a "Space Hangout "on Sunday afternoon. Fraser Cain of Universe Today will join Alan Boyle in funneling questions from the on-site and off-site audiences to George T. Whitesides of Virgin Galactic following his 4:30 pm talk on the future of spaceflight. If you have to leave Gainesville early, feel free to view or participate in the hangout via http://universetoday.com. Two other New Horizons sessions will be video-recorded for future educational use by CASW:
--"From Haiti to the Hajj," the session on emerging pathogens at 9:30 am Sunday. This session will feature a special dialogue with the speakers on the challenges of communicating the science of emerging diseases, led by Maryn McKenna.
--"Simplicity, Surprise, Science," George M. Whitesides' Patrusky Lecture at 10:45 am Sunday.
Stop by the conference desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org