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
New Horizons in Science Briefing at the Tremont
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