Professional Development Day 2013

2013 DCSWA Professional Development Day
Program Planner and Schedule

8 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:45 a.m.


Welcome and Newsbrief Award Presentation

Winner: Lauren K. Wolf, Ph.D., Chemical & Engineering News
Honorable Mention: Susan Milius, Science News
Honorable Mention: Meghan Rosen

9 a.m.


Plenary Lecture (Room A)

DCSWA and the DC Science Writing Community:

Where Did This All Begin and Where Is It Going?

Speakers: Joe Palca and Richard Harris


10:15 a.m.

Session  1 (Room B)

New Ways of Journalism:

Outreach Via Social Media

Session 2 (Room C)

Science, Pseudo Science, and Bad Science

Speakers: Seth Shostak, SETI

Chris Wanjek, Author Bad Medicine

11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break (Main Hallway)

11:30 a.m.

Session 1 (Room B)

Pitch Slam!

Speakers: Laura Helmuth, Slate

Beth Quill, Smithsonian Magazine

David Malakoff, Science

Session 2 (Room C)

How to Assess Medical Evidence Critically

Speaker: Barnett Kramer, MD, MPH

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Session 1 (Room A)

Embargoes: Who Wants Them, Who Needs Them, Who Enforces Them?


Vincent Kiernan, Georgetown Univ.

Mitch Waldrop, Nature

Charles Day, Physics Today

Session 2 (Room B)

Writing a Book & Publishing a Book:

Speakers: Sam Kean, Author

Howard Yoon, Agent

Ivan Amato, Agentless-author

Session 3 (Room C)

How to Interview and be

Interviewed over the Web

2:30 p.m.


Concluding Lecture (Room A)

Life as a Scientist, Journalist, Celebrity, and Alien Hunter

Speaker: Seth Shostak

3:30 p.m.


10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Resume Coach (Board Rom)


Sign-up sheet at the registration table