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October 2016

Tour of Chocolate Factory that Restores Rainforests– Oct 22nd @ noon

October 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Harper Macaw Chocolate Factory, 3160 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC United States
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DCSWA members will take an hour-long tour of Harper Macaw — a state-of-the-art chocolate factory in DC interested in rainforest conservation! A chocolate tasting will follow after the tour.

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November 2016

Science Comedy trivia show!- Wed, Nov. 16th

November 16, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037 United States
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Join us for a new kind of trivia and comedy show-- where YOU write the questions and try to stump our panel of experts in their own field of expertise!

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Informal, on-the-record conversation with NRC Chairman Stephen G. Burns – Thurs, Nov 17

November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave NW
Washington,, DC 20009
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DCSWA members are invited to sit down with Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Stephen G. Burns to hear his thought on the current status of nuclear energy. Read more information about Stephen G. Burns here. This special Q&A event will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 17 at the American Geophysical Union (2000 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009). More information to come. To prevent last minute cancellations, a $5 deposit is required for this event. The $5 will be…

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HOW to become a Tumblr Master- Tues, Nov 29th

November 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Environmental Working Group, 1436 U St NW #100
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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You will learn how to set up a Tumblr for success, how to make the most shareable content, monetization options, and more!
During the Hands-On-Workshop segment, you will learn how to create gifs that are ideal for Tumblr.

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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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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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