ScienceWriters 2012 – Oct. 26-30

North Carolina is going to be the proud host of the ScienceWriters 2012 meeting, Oct. 26-30 at the Raleigh Convention Center and environs.  http://www.sciencewriters2012.org/  I hope all of you can be involved in some way. (Program details, so far:http://www.sciencewriters2012.org/about)

Please plan to attend the “New Horizons in Science” http://casw.org/new-horizons portion of the meeting on Sunday and Monday to which everyone is welcome, and  also consider participating in the members-only National Association of Science Writers (NASW) workshops on Saturday. (See 2011 Saturday program here – http://www.sciencewriters2011.org/)

Here’s your ticket: The NASW is soliciting workshop proposals.  If your pitch is accepted, you get in for free AND you get a nifty ribbon on your nametag, even if you aren’t a member! How cool is that?

They need a 300-word proposal on some speaker or panel of speakers who might lead a discussion on the current state of science communication: new tools, best practices, new opportunities, group therapy for freelancers, etc.  Instructions are on this page:http://www.sciencewriters2012.org/  The most glaring need I’ve heard is for sessions by, for and about public information officers (PIOs), who are about a third of the membership, but never a third of the program.

The catch: To propose a workshop you need to be a member of NASW — OR you need to get one of the local NASW members to co-sponsor your proposal. (Membership details are here:  http://www.nasw.org/membership-information) You can do this!

Deadline, March 1: A 300-word idea and some proposed speakers.

If you have any questions or need to bounce ideas, please feel free to contact me or Ashley Yeager here at Duke. (Ashley.yeager@duke.edu) Both of us have been on the workshop selection panel in the past.

We’re also going to need volunteers during the entire run of the conference for all sorts of crucial and mundane tasks. Please let us know if you’d like to help there, too!

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