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April 2017

Professional Development Day- Saturday, April 8, 2017!

April 8, 2017 @ 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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May 2017

DC Science Café: Other Worlds! (May 3)

May 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Busboys & Poets – Takoma Park, 235 Carroll St, NW
Washington, DC 20012 United States

One of our time’s most uplifting and profound adventures of discovery has been the hunt for exoplanets—planets circling other stars. In our most local neighborhood of the Milky Way, scientists have confirmed the presence of 1000s of planets circling our Sun’s closest stellar neighbors. Coming are new observational tools and techniques that many suspect will enable us, in our lifetimes, to enjoy the  superlatively profound moment when researchers detect the first signs of life beyond Earth. For a rare insider…

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Tour of the National Cancer Institute

May 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
NIH Campus Bethesda, Maryland United States + Google Map

Join DCSWA for an exclusive tour of the NIH’s Clinical Center, the world’s largest research hospital. Following the tour, researchers from the National Cancer Institute will discuss their work on childhood cancer, new brain tumor therapies, and show off cutting edge imaging techniques that allow scientists to see individual atoms within drug molecules. Read more info here. Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 Time: Clinical Center tour from 12-1 pm, talks from 1-2 pm Location: NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. (Government…

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June 2017

Tour of Carnegie Institution for Science Broad Branch Road Laboratories

June 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Carnegie Institute for Science, 1530 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The Carnegie Institution for Science invites DCSWA members on an exciting and exclusive tour of their Broad Branch Road (BBR) Campus, home of two of six Carnegie Science departments located across the country: the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and Geophysical Labs. At its inception in 1914, BBR served as a “mission control center” for magnetic survey expeditions and sailing ships that crisscrossed the globe measuring the planet's magnetic field, as well as early materials research on glass and fuses. Today…

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Hands-on Workshop on crafting a winning resume

June 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
American Geophysical Union (temporary headquarters), 1 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Many job applicants look at their resume and think, “Isn't it obvious what I do and how wonderful I am?” Actually, no, it isn't. In this HOW, experienced resume coach Amy Leighton, principal of All Resume Writing Service, will share tips and tricks for crafting a winning resume that’s more than just a series of generic industry buzzwords. Bring your current resume to get Amy’s expert opinions on how to stand out among applicants and make it easy for potential…

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Happy hour at Local 16

June 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Local 16, 1602 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Come enjoy summer weather drinks with DCSWA at a rooftop happy hour on U-Street! Members and prospective members can convene at 6:30 at Local 16 to fraternize, discuss science and, mostly, enjoy all the glorious benefits that an extended $5 happy hour until 10 p.m. can bring to writing. Come on down to 1602 U St. NW on June 21.

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July 2017

Happy hour at Saufhaus

July 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saufhaus, 1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Photo courtesy of Saufhaus Julyfest is a real thing, as far as DCSWA is concerned. Come join the D.C. Science Writers for a beer- measure in metric 1 liter or half liter steins for the sake of scientific accuracy - at the rooftop bar Saufhaus in Dupont Circle. Bevies are $2 off until 7 p.m. as well as discounts on giant pretzels (metric weight undisclosed) and platters. Come by at 6:15 on July 19 for a mid-summer DCSWA happy hour and feel free to bring your…

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August 2017

Tour the Nation’s Measurement Labs at NIST

August 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NIST headquarters, 100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899 United States
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Join DCSWA for a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. We’ll start with a brown bag lunch and networking session from 12 noon – 1 p.m. in the NIST cafeteria where you can mix and mingle with other members of DCSWA and the team of communicators working on the NIST campus. You can either bring your own, or buy a meal from the NIST salad/hot bar and grill. We’ll begin the tour of…

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Happy Hour with AAAS Mass Media Fellows

August 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Brixton, 901 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Save the date for the annual DCSWA mixer with AAAS Mass Media Fellows on Monday, August 21 at the Brixton on U Street. The Mass Media Fellowship, now in its 43rd year, places science graduate students at media sites for a 10-week fellowship during which they get a taste of science news reporting. Many DCSWA members are former fellows. Come by to socialize and discuss science, journalism, beer, or whatever! When: Monday, August 21, 2017, 5 - 7 pm Where:…

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Take it to the Milk Bank: Smithsonian National Zoo Tour

August 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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  Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 30. We'll start with a lecture by Mike Maslanka, who oversees the zoo’s “milk bank,” the biggest frozen repository of exotic milks in the United States. Its 15,000 samples from 185 species (including gorillas, bears, and bats) help scientists study the biochemical signals passed from mothers to their offspring through milk. They also help zookeepers develop better formulas for hand-rearing animals, including a…

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