When writing the other day about how blogging has been of benefit to my career, I neglected to mention my recent invitation to the board of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC).
Founded in June 2007 by Karl Leif Bates and Chris Brodie, and now headed by President Ernie Hood (Radio In Vivo), SCONC is a group of “science writers, journalists, public information officers, teachers and institutional communicators from academia, government labs, industry, museums and schools — just about anyone interested in communicating science,” who aim to improve public understanding of science and medicine.
For those of you who are in the area, please join us tomorrow evening:
Science Communicators of North Carolina
INFLUENZA — What’s more contagious, the virus or the hype?
Join us for an informative, free-wheeling backgrounder about the seasonal flu, H1N1, the history of pandemics and what you should (and should not) be doing about all of it.
MICHAEL MERSON, MD
Director of the Duke Global Health Institute
CHRISTOPHER WOODS, MD, MPH
Chief, Infectious Diseases Section, Durham VA Medical Center
September 30, 2009 — 6-8 p.m.
The Terry Sanford School of Public Policy is at the corner of Towerview and Science
Drives on Duke’s west campus (near Cameron Indoor Stadium).
Public parking is available in the Bryan Center lot, one block north on Science Drive, or in a small surface lot one block south on Science Drive.
For the latest flu information from Duke, see duke.edu/flu
Our gracious hosts, Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will be celebrating this week their inauguration as Duke’s tenth school. The previously-known Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy was founded by the eponymous president of Duke and former North Carolina governor. Sanford’s role in national history was sealed by his 1960 primary endorsement of John F. Kennedy over Lyndon B. Johnson, a controversial but pivotal move by a Southern politician.
A high-profile program of activities are planned for the elevation of the Institute as a School including journalist and Duke alumna, Judy Woodruff, and Ernest Mario, namesake of the Rutgers School of Pharmacy, longstanding Duke trustee, and pharmaceutical company executive.
A full list of the inaugural events for the Sanford School of Public Policy can be found here.