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COVID-19 Reporting Resources: Experts from ScienceWriters conferences

Science writers: Did you attend a ScienceWriters conference and hear a presentation or had a lunch conversation with an expert in epidemiology, infectious disease modeling, virology, health disparities or vaccines during the CASW New Horizons in Science program, or Lunch with a Scientist?

During the current coronavirus pandemic, we need all the expertise we can muster! Here's a list of recent experts selected to present by CASW and our host universities. And hop over to the National Association of Science Writers website for tips, videos and lists of fellow journalists covering #COVID19 as well as public information officers offering experts and information.

ScienceWriters2019, State College, PA

Andrew Read, director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences: "A call for radically new tactics on the evolutionary battlefield of medicine
Steven Schiff, Lunch with a scientist: predictive personalized modeling of infectious disease

ScienceWriters2018, Washington, DC

Lunch with a scientist:
Amanda D. Castel, epidemiologist, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
Aileen Chang, health disparities, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
Keith A. Crandall, Computational Biology Institute, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

ScienceWriters2016, San Antonio, TX

Robert Davey, Lunch with a scientist, immunologist, Boston University School of Medicine

ScienceWriters2015, Cambridge, MA

Ari Brown, pediatrician, Texas, and Daniel Salmon, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University: “Vaccines and vaccine hesitancy: Lessons for science writers"
Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories tour, various experts on infection control, virus detection, and zoonoses

ScienceWriters2013, Gainesville, FL

Gregory C. Gray, epidemiologist, Duke University, and J. Glenn Morris Jr., Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida: "From Haiti to the Hajj: Real-time science to prevent pandemics

ScienceWriters2012, Research Triangle, NC

Ralph S. Baric, virologist at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health: "New vaccines I: Synthetic biology and the fight against pathogens” (Baric's expertise is in the versatile type of vaccine that is being developed against SARS-CoV2.)


Image: Scanning electron microscope image of novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (CC BY 2.0) NIAID.