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September 2016

HOW: The Delicate Art of Headline Writing– 9/20/16

September 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A great headline can help you figure out what your story is about, pitch it to your editor, and get more eyeballs on it once it's out there. Yet many of the best reporters remain mystified about what goes into a good hed/dek combo. As Smithsonian.com's science editor and a former headline-writer at Slate, Rachel Gross aims to make you love writing succinct, snappy, clever, and sometimes punny headlines-- or at least, not dread them.   This HOW session will…

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Quacktoberfest Brewery tour- 9/24/16

September 24, 2016 @ 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Hellbender Brewery, 5788 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20011 United States
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Come partake in a microbiological yeast survey with your DCSWA chums at Hellbender Brewery. The September happy hour, which will henceforth be referred to as Quacktoberfest, kicks off at 2:45 p.m. on September 24 and will include the chance to tour the brewery and ask science related (and non-science related) questions to the brew masters.

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A Mind Mix Conversation with Ed Yong- 9/28/16

September 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th and V), 2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Come listen to award-winning science writer Ed Yong at this special DCSWA event at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V. The discussion will cover the latest science of microbes and science writing generally. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Seating is first come, first serve so make sure you arrive early to secure a seat.

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October 2016

DC Science Cafe: From exotic pet trade to urban biodiversity — Oct 3rd

October 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Meet the new socio-environmental scientists from the exotic pet trade to urban biodiversity! Wildlife veterinarian and research scientist Elizabeth Daut is applying this synthesis to tease out how the interplay of government policy and the importation of animals primarily for the exotic pet industry opens ecosystems, native wildlife, and people to a range of health threats. Ecologist and evolutionary biologist Chris Trisos is looking into how the growth of urbanization—cities now cover 3% of Earth’s land surface—could reduce, or perhaps increase, the diversity among plant and animal communities across the entire planet. Join Elizabeth and Chris for a discussion about how their new approach to synthesizing disparate sciences, theories, data, and tools can open the way to asking and answering complex and consequential questions about people, society and ecosystems.

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New Editors Group!– first meeting Wednesday, October 5th

October 5, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20045 United States
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Join a new group of talented editors looking to build on these and other valuable editorial skills. Here, members will critique each other’s work (gently and constructively, of course), share tips on writing good headlines and compelling ledes, discuss diplomatic ways to manage “strong-willed” reporters, and more. Join us for our inaugural meeting from 6.30-7.30 p.m. on Wed, October 5th at the National Press Club's Reliable Source.

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Tour of USGS Map Collection – October 13th

October 13, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
USGS Reston Library, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
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Calling all map enthusiasts! See some of the rare and historical maps that are part of the USGS collection during a private tour of the USGS map room and library in Reston. The tour will start with a brief history of the USGS Library and then guides will share items from the Rare Book room - including some original land survey pieces. Visitors will see a variety of maps of the New Madrid area, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, along…

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Happy hour with AAAS policy fellows- Oct 21st

October 21, 2016 @ 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
Satellite Room, 2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Join DCSWA as we mingle with the AAAS policy fellows at the trendy Satellite Room! DCSWA gets wristbands for an extended happy hour from 5-8pm. Hope to see you there!

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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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