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Mysteries Behind Publicity

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When is your research news? What do science writers need to tell your story? What is the best way to reach out to the news media? This panel of leading science writers will offer insight into their world and a roadmap to reaching your audiences.


Henry Fountain: A science writer at the New York Times, Mr. Fountain covers engineering but winds up writing about many topics — earthquakes, oil spills, automatons, mudslides, nuclear tourism, synthetic tracheas, the Panama Canal and an elephant that thinks she’s a truck, to name a few. From 2000 to 2010, he was the Observatory columnist for Science Times and has been an editor for the Times' weekly technology sections Circuits and the Week in Review as well as the special sections department, which covers environmental, business, and other subjects. Mr. Fountain joined the Times in 1995 as an editor on the national desk. Previously, he worked at The International Herald Tribune, New York Newsday and two Connecticut newspapers. He graduated from Yale University in 1976, with a major in architecture.



Becky Oskin: Much of the earthquake engineering reporting on the Internet carries Becky's byline. She is a staff writer at TechMediaNetwork, one of the most influential Internet outlets for science, producing OurAmazingPlanet and LiveScience, among others. Previously, she was a freelance writer, and her work appeared in New Scientist magazine. Becky also has experience in university communications, having worked in media relations at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Duke University Medical Center. Her first reporting job was covering Caltech and JPL for the Pasadena Star-News. She earned a master's in geology from California Institute of Technology.


Evan Hadingham: Mr. Hadingham is the ideas "gatekeeper" and editorial manager for the PBS science series NOVA. He has had two stints at Nova, having been the senior science editor since 1998. In between he was the co-executive producer for the Discovery Channel's series Discover Magazine from 1995-1998. At Nova, he is involved at every step from development through final script writing. The author of numerous books on prehistory, his work has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Discover, and Reader’s Digest. Mr. Hadingham earned his master's degree in prehistory and archaeology from Sheffield University, England.


Barbara Fossum: Barbara Fossum is the deputy center director for NEES.