Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Pinker to headline New Horizons 2011

Steven Pinker, noted Harvard psychologist and author of the forthcoming book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, will be a keynote speaker at CASW's New Horizons in Science, part of ScienceWriters2011, the annual gathering of American science writers.

ScienceWriters2011, to be held Oct. 14-18 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff—an hour from the Grand Canyon—features an array of workshops on the craft of journalism, science field trips and two days of presentations on cutting-edge science, under the umbrella of New Horizons in Science. The workshops are part of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).

New Horizons in Science will feature, in addition to Pinker, a program manager on the Kepler mission to find extrasolar planets; a restoration ecologist carefully dismantling a century-old hydropower project in a highly scenic part of Arizona; an anthropologist who tracks illegal immigration by collecting what’s left behind in the desert; the noted cosmologist Sean Carroll from Caltech; an expert on gun control; and one of the world’s leading experts on arsenic and other bioweapons.

We’ll also be taking a field trip down the Colorado River, and you can expect a few other surprises.
Registration opens August 17, with a discount for early birds. Join us for what’s new in journalism, what’s new in science, and what’s new with your colleagues.

Watch for more details in August here and at www.sciencewriters2011.org or subscribe to the RSS feed at casw.org/new-horizons.