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Crystals, Quarks, Biomes and Genomes: How to Make Complex Science Compelling

A seminar on communicating science

When: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: 101 Friend Center

Why: Have you ever struggled to explain a scientific idea? How do you communicate with your dissertation committee? What do you put in your abstract?

A free, two-part seminar designed for students, postdocs, and faculty and staff members sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Research and the Office of Communications.

4:30 to 6 p.m. Panel discussion

Prominent journalists, authors and bloggers who write about science will tell us how they convey its complex heart while attempting to get it right.

Speakers will include:

  • Mike Lemonick, Princeton/Time magazine
  • Ken Chang, New York Times
  • Sam Wang, Princeton/author
  • Peter Maass, Princeton/New York Times Magazine
  • Fred Guterl, Newsweek
  • Amy Ellis Nutt, Star-Ledger
  • Ed Silverman, Pharmalot blog/Star-Ledger
  • Beth Livermore, Rutgers/freelance

6 to 7 p.m. Buffet

7 to 8:30 p.m. Workshop

Expert communicators will give pointers to scientists, students who want to be science writers and scientists-to-be on how to communicate their work in a way that is clear and accurate. Scientists are invited to bring an abstract describing their research for revision.

Speakers will include:

  • Judith Swan, assistant director, Princeton Writing Program
  • Robert Cava, chair, Princeton chemistry department
  • Kitta MacPherson, senior writer, Office of Communications
  • Cass Cliatt, director of media relations, Office of Communications
  • Steven Schultz, director, Princeton engineering communications

Registration is requested

Please e-mail, or call (609) 258-5500.

"Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things."

—Isaac Newton