ScienceWriters2014 preview

Registration for ScienceWriters2014, October 17-21, in Columbus, Ohio, opens on August 15. Until then, we invite you to peruse for full program and schedule information. Your science writing colleagues and fellow members have been busy crafting five days of events “for science writers, by science writers.”

NASW’s Programs Committee, led by chair Robin Henig, developed the workshops slate for Saturday, October 18, based on 44 proposals received from members this spring. Each of these professional development sessions is organized and led by a member, volunteering their time to recruit speakers, moderate, and provide professional development content that make the workshops what they are. Based on survey feedback from the membership renewal survey, we are also offering two smaller, longer hands-on workshops on Friday, October 17, and cutting the number of concurrent sessions from four to three. Many thanks to the committee and all the volunteer organizers and speakers.

Ros Reid, executive director of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, can't give away details of many of the science stories to be unveiled in the New Horizons in Science briefings on October 19 and 20. But she promises that you'll hear the latest about those "gene drives" capable of wiping out whole species, see downtown Chicago through a coyote's eyes, get a new view on whether astronomers really did detect gravitational waves from the early universe, and learn what mosh pits have in common with metastasis. During this year's New Horizons program, science writers will join scientists on stage to examine two intertwined controversies in science and science writing.

The Ohio State University looks forward to welcoming you to Columbus, which has a lot to offer you during your stay. From top-notch faculty to research-oriented tours to a vibrant social scene, attendees will find much to experience. You will have the opportunity to see ice cores holding thousands of years of climate history; hear about cutting-edge Ohio State research on the link between marital stress and health; and enjoy dining in what Forbes Travel Guide calls one of America's "secret foodie cities.”

See you in Columbus!