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"Writing Science for the Masses" Roundtable

Apr 08, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Schlow Centre Region Library (211 S. Allen Street), Downsborough Room

This event is part of the 2014 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Mary Roach's Packing for Mars.


In Packing for Mars, author Mary Roach transforms intricate scientific details into understandable and stimulating prose—a combination that encourages scientific literacy among the general populace.  Accordingly, CALS is sponsoring a roundtable discussion entitled “Writing Science for the Masses.” Three invited panelists will reflect on the task of translating the esoteric language of science into an accessible form, as well as why cross-pollination between science and literature is crucial to the success of both fields. Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience. 

Featured panelists include:

Amy Teitel, space historian and writer. Teitel has written about the history of space, technology, and society in such venues as Scientific American and Popular Science. Her academic background is in the history of science, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Combined Honours in the History of Science and Technology and Classics from the University of King’s college and Dalhousie University respectively, and a Master of Arts degree in Science and Technology Studies from York University.

Alison Fromme, writer. Fromme has tracked rattlesnakes, witnessed dynamite blasts, and eaten goat stew while on assignment for national magazines and regional publications, including Backpacker, Discover, Pregnancy, and Mountain Home Magazine. She has also created educational materials for the New York Times Learning Network, PBS, McDougal Littell and many others. In 2013, Fromme collaborated with 34 colleagues to write The Science Writers' Handbook (Da Capo Press).

A’ndrea Messer, Penn State Senior Science & Research Information Officer, Research Communications. A graduate of Purdue in Science and Culture (chemistry), Boston University in Journalism/Science Communication, Messer is a veteran science communicator and press officer at Penn State where she covers the natural science waterfront. At Penn State, where she has worked for 24 years, Messer writes about research of all kinds and advises faculty, staff and students on all aspects of media relations. She is also an archaeologist, with master's and doctoral degrees in Anthropology from Penn State.


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