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December 2016

DCSWA Holiday Party- Tues, Dec. 6th

December 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Brixton, 901 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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It's time for our favorite event of the year- the DCSWA Holiday Party! This year, we will have the band, "Affordable Rock'n Roll Act" featuring NIH Director Francis Collins and his NIH colleagues! We will also have a photo booth, hors d oeuvres, special DCSWA punch, and more! Registration will open in mid-November.

the party will be held at Brixton (901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001). 

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January 2017

Happy Hour at Satellite Room- Jan 19, 2017 @ 6pm

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Satellite Room, 2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Get rid of the back-to-work-after-a-great-holiday blues with some happy hour cocktails, golden tater tots, and the best company you could ask for: us! Let’s gather for the first DCSWA happy hour of 2017 and drink together. There will be signs pointing you to the DCSWA group. Place: Satellite Room (2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) When: Thursday, January 19th from 6pm to 8pm

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$7 - $10

Workshop on How Audio Stories Begin- Jan. 23, 2017

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
NPR, 1111 North Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States
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It doesn’t matter how groundbreaking or gorgeous your story is; if it doesn’t start well, listeners won’t stick around. So when you’re trying to craft a story, how do you decide what the beginning sounds like? What’s the most compelling starting point? What’s the best tape to use? Alison MacAdam is NPR's Senior Editorial Specialist and helps train the team on creating top-notch audio stories. In this special DCSWA session, MacAdam will share her valuable insight on how to plan and structure an audio story with a focus on the beginning of audio stories.

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DC Science Café “Saving Science From Itself” – Jan 24, 2017

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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The common and long-held claim that the self-direction of science accounts for its social benefits is a myth and has led to alarming flaws in science's organization, funding, and reward systems. The most important foundation of the scientific enterprise — trust in its fundamental validity and social value — is now at risk.

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February 2017

Enter the News Brief Award– deadline is Feb 1, 2017!

February 1

We love longform, but short pieces are the true workhorses of science communication. In the spirit of recognizing these unsung works of excellence, we offer the DCSWA Newsbrief Awards. Since 2009, we’ve been celebrating achievement in brief science writing, and in 2015, we added a Multimedia category. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on February 1, 2017. Members of DCSWA can enter their own work, or others can nominate it, via the entry form. Entries will be judged by a panel…

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March 2017

Protecting Crops with Caterpillar Spit, and Other Innovations in Agricultural Science– March 1 @ 6pm

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20045 United States
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The Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation will highlight federally-funded research in crop science, animal health and sustainability at the National Press Club on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6pm. This event is free. Refreshments will be provided.

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Behind-the-Scenes Science Tour of Smithsonian’s “Objects of Wonder” Exhibit and Natural History Collections- March 7 @ 6:30pm

March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20560
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DCSWA has been invited to join the museum for an exclusive sneak peak of this interdisciplinary exhibit followed by an opportunity to see the vast behind-the-scenes collections that drive the museum’s science, exhibitions and outreach. You’ll have access to the curators, collections managers and exhibitions staff who selected these wonders, and are the leading experts on their scientific and historic significance.

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Springtime Happy Hour- March 16 @ 6pm

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Local 16, 1602 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Springtime is trembling to life, and science writers are coming out of hibernation! Join us for a refreshing $5 happy hour cocktail and basking in the sunlight (hopefully) on the rooftop bar of Local 16, on U Street Corridor from 6-8pm on Thursday, March 16th. See you there!

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Behind-the-Scenes Preservation Tour at the Library of Congress– 3/24/17 @10am

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Library of Congress is welcoming DCSWA members for a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques and technology scientists and conservators use to preserve the collections of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The tour will cover various analytical and testing methods for research and treatment, as well as the chemistry behind neutralization of acidic paper in bulk. Cameras are allowed on this two-hour tour.

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April 2017

Professional Development Day- Saturday, April 8, 2017!

April 8 @ 8:30 am - 5:15 pm
AAAS headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Join us for our biggest event of the year! This year, PDD will include sessions on self-editing your work, writing headlines, tips for getting repeat business from your editor, how to successfully brand on social media, how to use 360 videos, and more!

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