2001 Spring Meeting: Press conferences (preliminary list)

May 07, 2001

Media Advisory 3
2001 Spring Meeting
Press Conferences (Preliminary List)

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
May 29 to June 2, 2001


Contents of this message

1. Press Conferences (Preliminary List)
2. "Solar Max" on view
3. Press Registration Information
4. Who's Coming
5. Press Registration Form


Note: This announcement should be read in conjunction with Media Advisory 2 of April 18 [http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/prrl0114.html], which contains important information that is not repeated here.


1. Press Conferences (Preliminary List)

We are in the process of developing 12-15 press conferences for this meeting, with the largest number during the first three days. A subsequent advisory, about one week before the meeting begins, will provide detailed information about each scheduled press conference: synopsis of main points, full information about participants (name, title, institution, location), and the relevant meeting sessions. Any modifications to the information in that advisory will be posted in the Press Room at the meeting.

The following list of proposed press conferences is not final and is subject to the usual caveats, including that any of them may be dropped or modified in content, and others may be added.

Overview of 2001 Spring Meeting. Suggestions about sessions of unusual interest, special lectures, and other events open to the media, other than press conferences.

Remote sensing to meet the needs of local communities. Preventing and mitigating natural disasters, especially in the Third World.

"Intelligent design": A threat to teaching Earth and space science? The latest phase of the evolution debate.

Mercury in the northeastern United States environment. Effects on wetlands, forests, bird populations.

Eros magnetism. Why does this asteroid have so little magnetism, as compared with other asteroids and with meteorites on Earth?

Solar eclipse preview. Whether you are going to Africa or not for the June 21 total eclipse of the Sun, get a preview of how it will look.

Studying Jovian aquifers. Using airborne electromagnetic mapping techniques to investigate subsurface water on Jupiter's moons, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

First digital map of Antarctica. This map, resulting from an intense international effort, provides the best ever view of the Antarctic continent beneath its icy cover, via digital study of magnetic anomalies. (The map will be released at this press conference.)

Strategies for water supply development and management in developing nations. Approaching and dealing with a crucial issue in environments as diverse as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Human impacts on the nitrogen cycle at regional scales: science and policy. A wide variety of human activity impacts the nitrogen cycle, but exactly how, how much, and where does it occur?

Mars: new perspectives on processes and evolution. Mars Global surveyor continues to provide new insights into the planet's history.

Galileo and Cassini at Jupiter. The combined and coordinated efforts of these two spacecraft provided a wealth of new information about the largest planet and its moons. Earthquake at Gujarat, India. First seismic analyses of the Mw 7.7 earthquake on January 26, 2001. Sources of long term trends in space weather. A look at solar weather and its sources over a number of solar cycles.

Snowball Earth. Studying the period over 700 million years ago when Earth may have been covered in ice.

First results from ASTER. This instrument aboard the Terra spacecraft is providing a wealth of new information about volcanoes, glaciers, and other natural features on Earth.

Western Hemisphere Knowledge Partnerships. A multidisciplinary, multinational effort to achieve a society that is environmentally sustainable, economically prosperous and equitable, and, therefore, socially stable.

Solar interior flows. Helioseismology reveals some of the Sun's inner workings.

New science of the Sun. A preview of the Hale Lecture, accompanied by spectacular new imagery.


2. "Solar Max" on view

We have been promised some passes (around 20) for Press Room registrants to attend a special screening of the IMAX film, Solar Max, on Monday, May 29, at 8:00 pm, at the Boston Museum of Science. This showing is sponsored jointly by AGU's Space Physics and Aeronomy Section and the American Astronomical Society's Space Physics Division. (Note: complimentary press passes do not include dinner at the museum, for which SPA and SPD members are paying $25.)

Solar Max was shown at Fall Meeting in San Francisco last December and received enthusiastic praise from scientists and the media alike. It is a 40 minute tour de force, presenting spectacular images of the Sun never before shown on the large screen. For details, see http://www.solarmovie.com/ .

The Boston Museum of Science may be reached by the MBTA Green Line, eight stops from the Hynes Convention Center station.

Passes will be provided, one per person, at the Press Room, starting at 7:30 am on May 29 (first day of the meeting). We will maintain a stand-by list in the event additional passes are received following the distribution.


3. Press Registration Information (repeated from Media Advisory 1 of March 20)

Press registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, the exhibition hall, and the Press Room and Briefing Room. No one will be admitted without a valid badge. A press registration form will be found at the end of this message. You are encouraged to register in advance, to avoid delay at the meeting. If you prefer to register on site, go directly to the Press Room, Room 104, not the main registration windows.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of the publication;

Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, NESW (or other regional affiliate of NASW), CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ, or evidence of by-lined science writing intended for the general public and published in 2000 or 2001, or a letter from a recognized publication, assigning you to cover this meeting;

Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.

Note: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must pre-register through the AGU web site or at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees.


4. Who's Coming

The following people have registered for Press Room credentials as of the date of this advisory. (If you believe you have registered, but your name is not here, please resubmit the form. See Part 5, below.)

Anatta, NCAR
David Appell, Freelance
Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope
Joseph Blumberg, Rutgers U.
Robert Boyd, Knight-Ridder
Victoria Bruce, Freelance
Mike Carlowicz, ISTP/NASA Goddard
David Chandler, Boston Globe
Kenneth Chang, New York Times
Steve Cole, NASA Goddard
James Cornell, ISWA
Robert Cowen, Christian Science Monitor
Ann Marie Cunningham, New York Times TV
Charles Day, Physics Today
Marty Downs, Freelance
Britt Erickson, Environmental Science and Technology
Lauren Gravitz, Freelance
Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard
Deborah Halber, MIT
Mary Hardin, JPL
Jeff Hecht, New Scientist
Dick Kerr, Science
James Kloeppel, U. of Illinois
Don Lockhart, CBC
Emilie Lorditch, DBIS
Rory McGee, Inside Science News Service
Sean McNaughton, Boston Globe
Mark Pendergrast, Basic Books
Sid Perkins, Science News
Sara Pratt, Discover
Karen Rafinski, Miami Herald
Christina Reed, Geotimes
Eugenie Samuel, New Scientist
Emily Sohn, U.S. News & World Report
Peter Spotts, Christian Science Monitor
Bill Steigerwald, NASA Goddard
Glenn Strait, World & I
Robert Tindol, Caltech
David Tytell, Sky & Telescope
Joe Verrengia, Associated Press
Megan Watzke, Chandra
Guy Webster, JPL
Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics


5. Press Registration Form (repeated from Media Advisory 1 of March 20)

You are encouraged to register in advance. Your badge will be waiting for you, which will save you considerable time upon arrival at the meeting.

For immediate online registration, go to:
http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/prrl0109.html (scroll to last page)

For a Press Registration Form that can be e-mailed, faxed or mailed, go to:

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