Science Writers in New York (SWINY), The Hastings Center, and City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism present a unique one-day workshop on Friday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., “Bioethics Bootcamp: Finding the Must-Read Angle for Science and Medical Stories.”

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Funded by a grant from the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the Bootcamp will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street. Bioethics Bootcamp was developed because today’s science writers have to understand and communicate advances in science and technology that frequently raise immediate or potential ethical concerns for individuals, institutions, families, and society.

Throughout the day, a series of panel discussions and question-answer opportunities will feature leading bioethicists, journalists, scholars and scientists exploring a specific, sensitive issue, ranging from conflicts of interest to genetics, human life from beginning to end, and emerging biotechnology. In the Bootcamp’s closing panel, editors from scientific, business, and consumer media will share their criteria and considerations for health or medical topics with a bioethical aspect. Attendees and panelists are invited to mingle from 4:30 onward at a wine and cheese reception.

Confirmed panelists and moderators (more will be announced soon) include:

Daniel Callahan, Co-founder, Senior Research Scholar, President Emeritus, The Hastings Center
Alan Fleischman, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Susan Gilbert, Public Affairs Editor and Editor of Bioethics Forum, The Hastings Center
Michael Gusmano, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center
Josephine Johnston, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center
Gregory E. Kaebnick, Research Scholar and Editorial Director, The Hastings Center; Editor, The Hastings Center Report
Robert Klitzman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director, Master’s of Bioethics Program, Columbia University
Karen Maschke, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center; Editor, IRB Ethics & Human Research
Thomas H. Murray, Senior Research Scholar, President, CEO, The Hastings Center
Rosamond Rhodes, Bioethicist and Professor of Medical Education, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Mildred Solomon, president-elect, The Hastings Center; Senior Director for Implementation Science, Association of American Medical Colleges; Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Anesthesia at Children’s Hospital Boston
Claudia Kalb, Freelance journalist and former senior science and medical writer, Newsweek
Randi Epstein, medical writer, adjunct professor of journalism at The Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, and managing editor, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine
Jeff Kluger, Senior Editor, TIME Magazine
Emily Laber-Warren, Director of the Health & Science Reporting Program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Doug Levy, Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Columbia University Medical Center
Brendan Maher, Features Editor, Nature
Robin Marantz Henig, Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine
Ivan Oransky, Executive Editor, Reuters Health
Charles Ornstein, Senior Reporter, ProPublica
Jennifer Rainey Marquez, Senior Editor, Parade Magazine
Andrew Revkin, Former New York Times environmental reporter and founder, DotEarth blog; Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University
Beth Schachter, Science Communications Consultant
Ron Winslow, Health Editor, The Wall Street Journal


Friday, March 30, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Followed by wine & cheese networking reception

City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40 Street, Suite 308
New York, NY

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Bioethics Bootcamp is designed for science and medical reporters and editors, other professional science writers, public information officers, journalism students, and concerned physicians and scientists. Special rates for students and members of SWINY or NASW.  Each participant will receive the Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists and Policymakers, a $35 value.

Register now and save! Members of SWINY and NASW who register by March 1 pay only $70; non-members pay $95. After March 1, registration fees increase to $90 for members and $115 for non-members.

Not a SWINY member? No problem! Annual dues are only $25 a year. Join now and pay the member rate for this event.

Special pricing for students: CUNY Journalism School students can attend for free. Students other than those attending CUNY J School pay only $20.