On Monday April 20, a DC Science Café Event:

Versed in Science (and Math):
An Evening of Poetry

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 transcendental quite like e
So tell me more, prithee!

A behind-the-scenes tour of the National Zoo -- Tuesday, April 28Frog

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.

On Tuesday, April 28, DCSWA members are invited on a free tour of the veterinary facility and the genetics lab in the afternoon. Members are also invited to follow Dr. Nieffer on his morning rounds. You can do one or other of the tours, or both!

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
Time:     7:00-8:30 a.m. (veterinary rounds)
              3:00-6:00 p.m. (hospital and genetics lab visit)
Place:    National Zoo (exact meeting point will be communicated to participants)
Cost:      Free
Parking: Available free to participants arriving by car

Register here


PDD 2015 crowdHighlights 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:
  • Plenary talks by the Washington Post's Joel Achenbach and NPR's Christopher Joyce
  • A session all about editing, led by some of the D.C. area's top science editors
  • A panel on funding international reporting projects
  • A discussion about how the press got it right and wrong while covering the Ebola crisis
  • Sessions on book writing, storytelling, animation and freelance finance
  • Appointments with a resume coach
  • A workshop on the art and science of story pitching, leading up to the...
  • Ever-popular pitch slam, featuring the speed-dating format we introduced last year.

Read scintillating session reports from PDD 2015 scholarship recipients!

Enjoy tweets from PDD 2015 at #DCSWA15

See the full agenda for PDD 2015

Davenport awardMatt 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.

Full information here


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