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January 2017

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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$7 - $10

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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May 2017

DC Science Café: Other Worlds! (May 3)

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