On Monday April 20, a DC Science Café Event:
Versed in Science (and Math):
Science and technology are leading characters in many of our time’s great ongoing narratives. And so these categories of human endeavor offer rich fodder for the synthetic and analytic, and the metaphoric and analogic, powers of poetry. Join us to hear the work of two accomplished poets, Rick Mullin and JoAnne Growney, and then read your own science-inspired poetry at the open mic. Mullin is an editor with the weekly Chemical & Engineering News. Growney, a former professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, is a poet and mathematician who often explores where the twain of these pursuits meet in her blog.
I think that I shall never see
A behind-the-scenes tour of the National Zoo -- Tuesday, April 28
The National Zoo in Washington maintains one of the most sophisticated veterinary facilities in America, monitoring the health of some 1,800 animals. Vets treat allergies, perform ultrasounds, and establish what is the healthy norm for species as varied as Panamanian golden frogs (extinct in the wild) and Asian elephants. A limited number of DCSWAns will be able to tour the Zoo’s hospital with its chief veterinarian, Dr. Don Nieffer. He will lead early morning rounds (cage calls) of sick animals and then in the afternoon show off the hospital and describe some of the recent and past cases it has treated.
The Zoo also hosts a modern genetics laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Rob Fleischer. Opened in 2010, it allows scientists to determine the sex of a panda cub from a saliva swab, analyze the scat of wild tigers to understand how habitat fragmentation affects gene flow, and conduct many other investigations. Dr. Fleischer will conduct a tour of the lab, immediately following the hospital visit.
Due to the very limited numbers these facilities can accommodate, this trip is for DCSWA members only (sorry, no guests, spouses, or children).
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Highlights from DCSWA's 2015 Professional Development Day
PDD is DCSWA's biggest event of the year -- a full day of talks, workshops and networking with other science writers and editors. This year's event took place on March 28 and featured:
Read scintillating session reports from PDD 2015 scholarship recipients!
Enjoy tweets from PDD 2015 at #DCSWA15
Matt Davenport and Elaine Seward Win 2014 DCSWA Newsbrief Award; Honorable mentions to Beth Mole and Mark Zastrow
Washington, D.C.—The D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA) named a winner and two honorable mentions in the sixth annual DCSWA Newsbrief Award.
For the 2014 award, four science writers judged more than 70 entries, including print, online, audio and multimedia pieces. A video from Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) earned the top prize.
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