March 5, 2006 - 10:00pm - March 6, 2006 - 12:30am

Get to know one another and your SoundVision hosts, and find out what's ahead for the week.

Randy Thom

Greeting from Jo Anne Wallace

March 06, 2006 12:00pm - 12:15pm

KQED vice president & general manager

Scientific Method: Theory & Reality in Doing Science

March 06, 2006 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Sylvia Spengler: The scientific method is often viewed as an intrinsic, characteristic part of science—simple and logical to all. It is something you read about and perhaps practice as a process.

Why Science Is the Hardest/Best Beat in Journalism

March 06, 2006 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Boyce Rensberger: 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.


March 06, 2006 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Vistas in Physics: A Guided Tour

March 06, 2006 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Alain Brizard: A survey of physics in some of its most far-reaching applications and implications.

Alain Brizard

Making the Most of AX/TRX

March 06, 2006 7:30pm - 9:30pm

David Baron, global development editor for The World and former science correspondent for NPR, shares tips on writing simple, short pieces that portray scientists as what they truly are: detectives.

David Baron

Introduction to Genes and Cells

March 07, 2006 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Understanding the Role of Public Information Officers in Science Communications

March 07, 2006 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Doug Levy, who has participated in science communications from both sides of the fence, will lead a workshop covering the essential steps that reporters should take before deciding if they have a story, including ways to judge a scientist’s (or a news release’s) credibility and questions that should always be asked.

Doug Levy

Lunch with Vern Paxson

March 07, 2006 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Dr. Vern Paxson will discuss his research on the detection of terrorist attacks on the Internet, and particularly the problem of detecting large-scale subversions of Internet hosts by "worms."

Vern Paxson

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

March 07, 2006 4:15pm - 7:15pm

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

Sally Lehrman

How the Brain Works: Putting the Mind in Its Place

March 07, 2006 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Howard Fields: The talk will cover the nuts and bolts of basic brain functions, perhaps going into what you actually see with brain imaging and how that relates to basic brain operations.

Howard Fields

Sound Matters

March 07, 2006 9:30pm - 11:00pm

Robin Wise: Your good writing deserves good sound. During this session we’ll discuss the process of recording sound, what to listen for in the field, and how to use that sound to tell your story.

Robin Wise

Talk Better Radio

March 08, 2006 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Marilyn Pittman: Veteran broadcaster and trainer Marilyn Pittman shows you how to "talk the copy" instead of reading it.


March 08, 2006 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Ten (or Twelve) Rules for Making Great Radio

March 08, 2006 4:00pm - 7:30pm

Gary Covino, Rebecca Perl: You may have done excellent reporting work and have a great story to tell, but if you don’t use the powerful inherent methods and techniques of radio, your report will likely go in one of your listeners’ ears and out the other.

Gary Covino
Rebecca Perl


March 8, 2006 - 8:30pm

Systems Biology 101: Prediction, Control and Design in Biology

March 09, 2006 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Adam Paul Arkin: Systems biology is a new field that is a melding of biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. This session explores the basics of the systems biology approach.

Stem Cells: The State of the Field

March 09, 2006 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Arnold Kriegstein: Stem cells hold the promise of revealing fundamental information about human development, and could ultimately be used to illuminate and treat a broad range of diseases and disorders, from heart disease, Parkinson's disease and diabetes to birth defects and cancer.


March 09, 2006 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Evolution: A View from the Trial

March 09, 2006 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Dr. Kevin Padian, professor of evolutionary biology and paleontology and veteran of the "Darwin/I.D. wars," will help us understand the basics of evolutionary biology.

Kevin Padian

The “Science” of Polling

March 09, 2006 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Mervin Field: What are the differences between scientific and unscientific polls? What kinds of questions should a journalist ask before reporting on a poll?

Mervin Field

Constructive Critique, Part I

March 09, 2006 8:30pm - 11:00pm

Gary Covino and Rebecca Perl lead a listening session of participants' work.

Gary Covino
Rebecca Perl

How To Evaluate Statistical Evidence Even If You Can't Do the Math

March 10, 2006 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Judith Grabiner: This is a talk for people who are not knowledgeable at all about statistics, to arm them with a few simple tools that will help them evaluate statistics: that is, not just debunk, but tell the good from the bad and celebrate the good while explaining why the bad is bad.

Earth-Moving Stories: Natural Hazards and Disasters

March 10, 2006 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Michael Blanpied: When the earth speaks, people listen. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides make for riveting news.


March 10, 2006 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Covering the Creationism Controversy

March 10, 2006 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Glen Branch: Creationism is making news, but it's not simply the Scopes trial all over again.

Glenn Branch

Nanoscience: Materials for the Future

March 10, 2006 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Miquel Salmeron: Nanoscience—you've seen it heralded as the next big thing, a coming revolution in science and technology.

Constructive Critique, Part II

March 10, 2006 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Gary Covino and Rebecca Perl continue the listening session of participants' work.

Gary Covino
Rebecca Perl

Getting Beyond "I’ll Google That": Online Research for Reporting Science, Health, Environment & Technology

March 11, 2006 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Amelia Kassel: While Google is an excellent search engine, it is rarely used to best advantage.

Amelia Kassel


March 11, 2006 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Evaluation & Farewell

March 11, 2006 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Saul Rockman and Bari Scott.