This meetup is part of our Science Track at the 2011 Decatur Book Festival Labor day weekend. All events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Time and location are subject to change, so please consult the official schedule before attending.
From Page to Pub to Podcast: Science Writers Address New Venues and New Media
The Atlanta Science Tavern has its roots in the International Science Cafe movement which brings science researchers face-to-face with general audiences in informal settings. It has flourished, unexpectedly, with the assistance of on-line social-networking websites such as Meetup.com.
Science writers have been an important part of our program, and their experiences speaking in novel venues, such as Manuel's Tavern, and working with new media, such as blogs and Facebook and Twitter, parallel our own story. What are the challenges that they have had to face - as science educators - in these new teaching environments? What tried-and-true approaches do they rely on? How have they had to adapt to take advantage of emerging digital technologies?
Anthony (Tony) Martin is a Professor of Practice at Emory University, where he teaches a variety of courses in paleontology, geology and the environmental sciences on campus and in study-abroad programs. His expertise as a paleontologist who specializes in the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, burrows, and nests, is showcased in his upcoming book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast.
Tony was our very first speaker at the Atlanta Science Tavern back in June, 2008 and has appeared before us once since then.
Maryn McKenna blogs for Wired and writes for Scientific American, The Guardian, SELF, More, Health and other publications. She is the author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA and Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines With the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. Most people call her Scary Disease Girl.
Maryn spoke about Suberbug at the Science Tavern in May, 2010 and has been instrumental in helping us develop the Science Track for the this year's Book Festival.
Holly Tucker teaches the History of Medicine and French studies at Vanderbilt University. Her latest book, Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, is featured as part of our Science Track this year. Holly's writing has appeared in Scientific American, New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Journal, among other places.
Holly became the Tavern's first "virtual" speaker when she Skyped in for a discussion of Blood Work with us in July.