Opening Reception: Science in an Election Year

April 06, 2008 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Meet in the lobby of the Doubletree Guest Suites Austin at 6:30 pm to catch the shuttle to EarthSky Communications, The Jefferson Building, 3500 Jefferson Street, Suite 210

A discussion about the hot science issues this political season, led by Shawn Lawrence Otto

Why Science is the Hardest/Best Beat in Journalism

April 07, 2008 9:00am - 10:00am

A wide-ranging talk covering: what science makes news; why traditional journalistic balance can mislead the public; the clash between science’s uncertainty and the public’s misunderstanding of science; how to deal with science fact and scientific opinion; and other issues facing journalists who cover the realm of human endeavor with the greatest impact on humanity.

Explaining the World in Four Minutes

April 07, 2008 10:15am - 12:15pm

When David Kestenbaum tells people he covers science for NPR, they often say something like: “It must be hard explaining such complicated ideas in such a short amount of time!” Well, it is.

Scientific Method

April 07, 2008 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Proof, truth and evidence are essential to the methods of both scientists and journalists, but these words can have very different meanings.

A Primer in Evolution

April 07, 2008 3:00pm - 5:00pm

In this talk, Daniel Bolnick reviews some of the basic ideas of evolutionary biology, including common ancestry, identity by descent, and natural selection.

Group Meeting

April 07, 2008 5:00pm - 5:30pm

An opportunity to catch up on various logistics issues.

Welcome Dinner

April 07, 2008 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Meet in the lobby of the Doubletree Guest Suites Austin at 6:30 pm to catch the shuttle to the restaurant.

Introduction to Genes and Cells

April 08, 2008 9:00am - 10:45am

The frontier of modern biomedical research requires an understanding of the mechanisms within cells and the workings of their genes.

Rebuilding the Nation’s Infrastructure

April 08, 2008 11:00am - 11:30am

The immediate past chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association presents a report card on the nation’s infrastructure, and explains what’s needed for the roads and bridges that are failing.

Meaning from Data

April 08, 2008 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Data do not come with meaning. Statistics is a collection of techniques whose basic goal is to extract meaning from data.

Boring Science Made Vivid (a.k.a. Complex & Messy Science Made Profound)

April 08, 2008 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Radio Lab Executive Producer Ellen Horne will offer a few case studies out of the Radio Lab series which illustrate common problems in science reporting and some novel attempts to address these issues.

Ellen Horne

Constructive Critique I: Listening Session

April 08, 2008 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Ellen Horne
Gary Covino

The Science Reporter: Watch Dog, Lap Dog or Interested Observer?

April 09, 2008 9:00am - 12:00pm

This session focuses on the role of the individual reporter in science journalism, including the potential opportunities and pitfalls.

Sally Lehrman

Climate Change Panel

April 09, 2008 1:15pm - 3:15pm

Scientists Don Blankenship and Ginny Catania discuss their work on large ice sheets, melting, and sea level rise. Charles Jackson punches holes in accepted climate models. Moderator Camille Parmesan is an expert on the impacts of climate change on wildlife.

The Ten (or Twelve) Rules for Making Great Radio

April 09, 2008 3:45pm - 5:45pm

You may have done some excellent reporting and have a fascinating story to tell. But if you don't tell that story in the language of radio, your report likely will go in one ear of your audience, and right out the other.

Gary Covino
Rebecca Perl

Constructive Critique II: Listening Session

April 09, 2008 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Gary Covino
Rebecca Perl

Chemistry: Public Perception versus Chemical Reality

April 10, 2008 9:00am - 11:00am

Most of the world is certain that synthetic chemicals are dangerous and that “natural” means safe.

Brent Iverson

Not Your Average Texas Ranger: Visit to Supercomputer Lab

April 10, 2008 11:00am - 12:00pm

We leave for the J.J. Pickle Research Campus for an 11:30 visit to Ranger, the most powerful supercomputing system in the world for open science research.

Energy Panel

April 10, 2008 12:45pm - 2:45pm

In the 21st Century, power is all about energy. Where is it? Who has it? How can it be distributed?

Eric Potter
Paul Mann

Part I: A Different Beat — Part II: Podcasting 101

April 10, 2008 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Part I will explore ways to cover science and technology that can distinguish you from the competition.

Clark Boyd

Constructive Critique III: Listening Session

April 10, 2008 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Clark Boyd
Gary Covino

Astronomy and the Popular Press

April 11, 2008 9:00am - 10:30am

J. Craig Wheeler will survey the hot topics in astronomy, why the media and the public should care, and the role of journalists in bringing astronomy to the public

Nanotechnology: Novel Solutions (and Potential Drawbacks) Arising from Nanoscale Dimensionality

April 11, 2008 11:00am - 12:30pm

In this presentation at the Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology, chief scientist William Lackowski will discuss nanotechnology and how a scientist’s view is different than popular culture.

Water Sustainability

April 11, 2008 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Bridget Scanlon’s research, on the impact of changing land-use on water sustainability, has tremendous implications for the future of global economics and politics.

Quick Turnaround

April 11, 2008 3:15pm - 5:15pm

In a practical session using a real-world example, Helen Palmer, producer of the environmental show Living on Earth and former Marketplace health desk correspondent, will discuss some of the pitfalls of reporting about health and the environment, and possible solutions.

Helen Palmer

Advanced Google and Beyond: Find the Scientific Information You Need!

April 12, 2008 10:00am - 12:30pm

While Google is an excellent search engine, it is rarely used to best advantage. Expert researcher Amelia Kassel will bring you to the next level of finding information for science, health, technology and environment reporting.

Amelia Kassel

Evaluation & Farewell

April 12, 2008 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Saul Rockman and Bari Scott

Bari Scott