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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 23, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 8
More Than 350 Science Writers to Visit JHU During Conference

By Lisa De Nike

Johns Hopkins will welcome more than 350 science writers to Baltimore from Oct. 28 to 31, when it hosts the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's 44th annual New Horizons in Science Briefing at the Tremont Grand Hotel.

CASW is a group dedicated to improving the quality of science news reaching the public. This annual event brings eminent scientists from various disciplines together with writers for an intense, four-day exploration of the developments in medicine, technology and science that are likely to make news in the coming year.

During the conference, writers will learn about groundbreaking research being done at Johns Hopkins in fields ranging from genetics and particle physics and cosmology to neuroscience and earth science.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to talk casually with 31 leading researchers from APL and the schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health during a luncheon to be held on Saturday.

On Monday, Oct. 30, participants will be transported to the Homewood campus, from which they will embark on tours. One group will head to APL and others to East Baltimore, where they will explore a stem cell lab, a lab dedicated to training surgeons in minimally invasive techniques and a biomaterials and tissue engineering lab, among others. At Homewood, writers will visit the room from which astrophysicists control the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite, the Child Development Lab, a haptic exploration lab, a coastal engineering lab and a hydrodynamics test facility.

The conference also includes an opening night reception at the Rusty Scupper in the Inner Harbor, a banquet and awards dinner at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and a closing night party at the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill.

The 44th annual New Horizons in Science Briefing was organized by the Johns Hopkins Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs and is hosted by the university with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Research!America.


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