The Denver Café Scientifique normally features a scientist giving a short talk on his research, over beers. Then the audience grills the speaker for an hour with their burning questions. At this Tuesday’s Café, a panel made up of members of SciLance will be on the other side of the microphone, fielding questions on everything you ever wanted to know about how science journalists report and write the stories you love to read.
At the event, which is free and open to the public, three contributors to The Science Writers’ Handbook, Susan Moran (bio), Hillary Rosner (bio) and Kendall Powell (bio) and their special guest, science and math humorist and writer, Garth Sundem, will tell ‘war stories’ from the frontlines of science journalism. Come hear how we’ve hunted for 1,000-year-old pack-rat nests (they’re held together by crystallized pee), hugged orangutans in Borneo, and coaxed stodgy scientists to be funny on the radio. You’ll also find out what Sundem learned from interviewing 93 Nobel winners and certified MacArthur geniuses for his book Brain Trust.
Then we’ll answer your questions on how we made the leap from scientist to science writer, how we survive and even thrive as freelancers, or how digital media is changing how science gets communicated to and consumed by the public. Or just ask us why we gave up eating Girl Scout cookies.
Café organizer John Cohen says, “A lot of us, I’m sure, have read a nice bit of science reporting in places as various as Scientific American or The New Yorker and thought, I could do that. Yes, I realize after looking through the Handbook, but they seem to have to do it backwards, and in heels.”
Whether you are a grad student looking to break into a writing career, a scientist who blogs, or simply a word nerd and science geek at heart, come join us at Wynkoop Brewing Company in Lower Downtown Denver (1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202, just across from Union Station) on Tuesday June 4th from 6:30-8pm.
The Wynkoop generously hosts the Cafe Scientifique for FREE every month and provides light snacks. You can express your thanks by buying a tasty beverage from the bar (formerly co-owned by Colorado’s governor and self-proclaimed science geek, John Hickenlooper).
We will have copies of The Science Writers’ Handbook for sale for $15 after the event, cash or check only, please.
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