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ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) launched a science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead. In theme for November elections, we’ll be discussing <The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail–but Some Don’t> by Nate Silver. Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club. Save the date: Sunday, 11/4 at 4 pm on the third floor of BookPeople.

 

We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm.

Upcoming meetings and titles:
Sunday, 11/4 at 4 pm (meet on the third floor): Nate Silver’s THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE (November)

Sunday, 12/2 at 4pm: Mary Roach’s GULP (December)

Sunday, 1/6 at 4pm: David Quammen’s THE TANGLED TREE (January)

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club @BookPeople

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club @BookPeople

Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) is launching a new science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead. First up: Rachel Carson’s environmental classic, Silent Spring. Head to BookPeople, online or in-store, for 10% off if you mention the club. Save the date: Sunday, 10/7 at 4 pm in the BookPeople cafe.

 

We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm.

Upcoming meetings and titles:
Sunday, 10/7 at 4 pm (meet in the cafe): Rachel Carson, SILENT SPRING
Sunday, 11/4 at 4 pm (meet on the third floor): Nate Silver, THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE

The Loh Down Happy Hour

The Loh Down Happy Hour

This is a space-limited event

**Membership required to attend**
Location near UT announced over email to the first 12 RSVPs

 

Member’s-only happy hour with NPR podcast host Sandra Tsing Loh,  from The Loh Down on Science.
After Sandra Tsing Loh’s keynote lecture exploring science communication 34pm in the SAC Auditorium (1.402) on campus, ATXSciWri will host an exclusive happy hour from 4:30pm for our members. Space will be limited to the first 12 respondents that are members.
After you’ve joined, send an email to atxsciwri@gmail.com with your RSVP.

The above image is for the unaffiliated event hosted by UT. Loh will be available to meet and talk shop at our members-only happy hour after the talk.

If you’d like to become involved, send us an email at atxsciwri@gmail.com

Collaborative Workshop: Bridging the Space Between the Lab and the Press

Collaborative Workshop: Bridging the Space Between the Lab and the Press

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Members receive a discount for year-round events. For our first-ever workshop, members will receive a discount of 50%. Non-member price for the workshop is $40, but $20 for Practicing Professional, Associate, and Student Members. Sign-up to become a member (https://www.atxsciwri.org/join/) before registering for the discount. After your membership is approved, the discount will be automatically applied to your shopping cart.

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This inaugural full-day workshop featuring an expert panel and break-out sessions will explore spaces where scientists and science communicators interact, offering an unprecedented perspective into each others’ perception of popular science media coverage. Results will be disseminated to the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) for use nationwide. Funding for the workshop was provided by a NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grant.

 

Featuring panelists:

Dr. Susan Hovorka // Scientist

Dr. Susan Hovorka is a senior research scientist in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin studying how to reduce green house emissions by geologic carbon sequestration. Hovorka also helps facilitate communication between scientists and the  public, focusing on pre-college students and teachers, particularly regarding energy security and climate mitigation technology.

 

Dr. Juli Berwald // Science Writer

Dr. Juli Berwald is an ocean scientist and science writer who has written for outlets such as National Geographic magazine, Discover magazine, Wired.com, The Huffington Post, Slate, and several other popular science outlets. By combining science and memoir, Berwald told her story of the thread of science throughout her life in her recently published book, Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.

 

Marc Airhart // Moderator

Mar Airhart has more than 15 years of experience as a science communicator. He is currently a communications coordinator and science writer embedded in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the contact point between many writers, journalists, and news outlets and the scientific research that goes on at the university. He produces the Point of Discovery Podcast.

 

Collaborative discussion and breakout sessions

During a time when media and scientific public distrust makes daily headlines and the pressure puts more demand on scientists and communicators, scientists and the press need to connect. This workshop aims to break barriers to scientist and media interaction and foster the partnership with aligned, collective interests: public education and scientific literacy.

During breakout sessions of the Bridging Spaces workshop, in addition to learning the various skills and strategic use of writing, participants will help compile an expert-sourced guide that reduces the complication and frustration of media coverage, and writers will learn more about what scientists want them to know, questions they never get asked but want you to know, what that last conference coverage was like. Both will leave with a local Rolodex of sources and connections to amplify their work without complicating their workload.

Ever had a question or comment on how journalists, writers, and communicators do their work? Bring it for discussion.

ATXSciWri directors will polish and deliver results to the nation’s largest association for science writers, the National Association of Science Writers, with the opportunity for science writers and communication-savvy scientists nationwide to adapt those results.

Refreshments and lunch provided!

 

 

 

Science communicators meetup at The Jackalope

Science communicators meetup at The Jackalope

Want to hobnob w/ fellow science communicators who live in Central Texas? Or, are you in town for ONA18? Either way, you’re welcome to attend our meetup at The Jackalope downtown. (We’ll probably be decamped inside, escaping the Texas heat.)

 

ONA18 is in Austin this year and runs Sept 13-15

The Online News Association is an annual conference and networking event focused on the latest trends and best practices in digital media by bringing together the best and the brightest in online journalism to share innovative ideas for the future newsroom to keep ahead of the curve.

Find more about ONA at https://ona18.journalists.org/

 

 

Scicomm co-working w/ ATXSciWri

Scicomm co-working w/ ATXSciWri

Come to the northside’s Cenote (Windsor Park) for some hive-mind motivation! Thursday mid-afternoon we’ll be at:
6214 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78723

Bring some work that you could do in your sleep or could benefit from a change of scene. Something like transcribing interviews (hint).
We will be in the side, enclosed area with ATXSciWri bookmarks on the table! Join us and see what other scicomm’ers are doing in the area and maybe meet your next writing partner.

Mid-morning meetup/coworking

Mid-morning meetup/coworking

Come co-work w/ fellow science writers/communicators at Opa’s on South Lamar. New to coworking? Basically, plan for some light human interaction while working on a project that doesn’t need your intense concentration. (Example: I have to create a email newsletter every Friday that I can basically do in my sleep, so that’s what I’m slotting my time for.) Also, buy some food or drinks to support Opa. I’ll either be inside at the back of Opa’s or out on the front patio, depending on weather/head count. Opa!

August ATXSciWri Happy Hour

August ATXSciWri Happy Hour

Join ATXSciWri for its second happy hour to chat about science communication. Stop by Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches in East Austin on Thursday August 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 and learn about plans for our fall workshop, book club, field trips, and co-work hours. Become a stakeholder in your local scicomm community and help us ramp up science communication in Central Texas! More info at www.atxsciwri.org.

Batch is on Manor, a block East of Airport Blvd on Austin’s East side. The cafe has craft beer and cider on tap, wine, and an espresso bar, in addition to a few hundred bottled beers in their cooler. Before 7:00, the corkage fee for those bottled beers is waived (it’s usually $2). For snacks, they have kolaches and salads. And on Thursday nights, Batch has a jazz band starting at 8:00, if you want to hang around after the ATXSciWri meet-up for live music.

 

See other interested attendees on our Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2160836984199201/

 

July Happy Hour

July Happy Hour

Join ATXSciWri to chat about science communication at our inaugural happy hour. Come and learn about plans for our fall workshop, book club, field trips, and writing cafes. Become a stakeholder in your local scicomm community and help us ramp up science communication in Central Texas!

Bar Scrawl

Bar Scrawl

*****ON PAUSE*****

Every other Thursday through May 2018

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Wax nonfiction literary and libations in a regular series of Bar Scrawls hosted by Austin Texas Science Writers (@ATXSciWri). The Bar Scrawl time has been shifted up so we are not distracted by the rad wrestling practice of Party World Rasslin’ (PWR).

Meet other science writers and work on anything that you’ve been putting off, needed that little extra motivation on, or just needed to write in the presence of other living, breathing humans.

4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
10615 Metric Blvd Austin, TX, 78758
512-904-9817
4th Tap is open 4 to 12 on Thursdays