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Sarah Webb writes about science, health, technology and policy for researchers, for the general public and for children. Her work has appeared in Discover, Science News,, Science, Nature Biotechnology, National Geographic Kids, Science News for Kids and many other publications. Trained as a PhD chemist, she has reported on the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, the science and policy of stem cell research and the acoustics of carbon fiber cellos. Sarah also served as the research coordinator for the award winning astronomy exhibits at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband, son, two cats and a Senegal parrot. Sarah is the Editor in Chief of

2 responses to “Going to a new conference? When in doubt, volunteer.”

  1. Jill U Adams

    >>Looking back on it, diving right in was the best possible way to get the most out of a new-to-me conference.


    I think diving right in is the best way to get the most out of a lot of things! Like you, I can be quite tentative, whether at a conference or when exploring a new story idea. But if I remember that I’ll learn more by doing, I’m more likely to go for it.

  2. John Platt

    I always say, you get out of any experience what you put into it. The more active you are, the better the reaction.

    PS — It was such a pleasure to meet you! I never would have guessed that this was your first SEJ conference!

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