Media Advisory 3 - 2001 AGU Fall Meeting - Press Conferences, etc.

November 16, 2001

Important note:
This message should be read in conjunction with Media Advisory 2 of October 16, as it does not repeat important information in that message. See:


1. Press Room

The Fall Meeting Press Room is Room 111 of the Moscone Convention Center (same room as last year). Moscone is located at 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, California.. Room 111 is down the escalator from the main entrance on the north side of Howard Street.

The phone number for incoming calls is 1-415-905-1007.
The phone number for incoming faxes is 1-415-905-1008.
Please provide the above numbers to anyone who may have to reach you at Fall Meeting.

The Press Room is open daily during the meeting from 7:30 a.m. until at least 5:30 p.m. It will remain open as long as feasible to accommodate journalists who are writing and filing stories. It is equipped with phones and phone lines for modem connections (no charge for business calls), a fax machine, a computer with Internet access and printer, and a photocopy machine.

Breakfast will be available in the Press Room from 7:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m., daily.

Press releases relevant to the meeting will be available in the Press Room, as provided by participating scientists and their institutions.

The Press Briefing Room is Room 112, adjacent to the Press Room. This is the venue for press conferences. It is equipped with microphones and a mult box for recording sound directly. When not in use for press conferences, the Briefing Room may be used for interviews.


2. Press conferences

The following press conferences are planned, as of the date of this advisory. They are still works in progress, and any of them may be rescheduled on a different time or day or may be cancelled. Other press conferences may be added. This list will be updated in Media Advisory 4 in early December, which will include names of press conference participants and an explanatory statement about each topic. Any subsequent changes will be announced in the Press Room. All press conferences take place in Room 112 Moscone.

Day: Monday, December 10
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Topic: Overview of Fall Meeting

Day: Monday, December 10
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Topic: Extraterrestrial Oceans

Day: Monday, December 10
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Topic: The Largest Active Area of the Solar Cycle and Time-distance Helioseismology

Day: Monday, December 10
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Topic: Interplanetary Biodecontamination

Day: Monday, December 10
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Galileo's Polar Flybys of Io

Day: Monday, December 10
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Topic: Pinatubo at Ten Years: Lessons Learned

Day: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Topic: The ACE-Asia Project: Advances in Aerosol Science

Day: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Topic: Arctic Oscillation: New Studies

Day: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Topic: First Maps From the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)

Day: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Fractals in the Earth Sciences

Day: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Topic: Challenges to Climate Observation

Day: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Topic: Real-time Oceanography

Day: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Topic: Abrupt Climate Change

Day: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Topic: Global Warming Mitigation

Day: Wednesday, December 11
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Topic: New from Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor

Day: Wednesday, December 11
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Topic: SAFARI 2000: Studying Southern Africa's Air and Land

Day: Wednesday, December 11
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Topic: First Simultaneous Imaging of Both Polar Auroras

Day: Thursday, December 13
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Topic: Deep Space One's Encounter with Comet Borrelly

Day: Thursday, December 11
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Topic: North American Carbon Sinks

Day: Thursday, December 13
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Topic: Ancient Earthquakes and Volcanoes and Their Impact on Early Human Societies


3. Press reception, book and author program

Day: Monday, December 10
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Our annual press reception and program takes place the first afternoon of Fall Meeting. At 5:30, the Press Room is the site of our wine and cheese reception, where we can meet new colleagues and greet old friends. Members of the Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) who are not otherwise covering the meeting have been invited to join us.

At 6:30, we will move into the Briefing Room for a program featuring the authors of two new science books aimed at the general public.

Kevin Krajick, winner of AGU's 1998 Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, will discuss Barren Lands, in which he relates the fascinating story of the quest for diamonds in the most desolate reaches of the Canadian Arctic. Kevin skillfully imparts a great deal of scientific information while spinning a colorful (and true) story.

Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, will discuss Plate Tectonics, which she edited, consisting of memoirs by 17 scientists (many of whom will be attending Fall Meeting). They recount the birth and early years of this young science. (The term, "plate tectonics," is only 35 years old, Naomi notes.) This book will literally be off the press just days before Fall Meeting, and you will be among the first to see it.

Signed copies of both books will be available for purchase following the program.


4. Field trip update

Day: Sunday, December 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. - ~7:00 p.m.

Details of the field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium remain as stated in Media Advisory 2 see, with one exception: The bus will not return to Moscone, but to a downtown hotel from where participants can easily walk, or catch a taxi, to other hotels.

If you are confirmed on the field trip, an asterisk (*) appears after your name on the "Who's Coming" list in Section 7, below. There are still some places available; please advise Harvey Leifert if you would like to participate (preregistration is required even if you will make your own way to the aquarium).

Lunch will be served, compliments of AGU, upon arrival at MBA. Please send a note with your panini sandwich preference from the list of options below to Emily Crum at , so we can order the correct number of each. (Please do not return this entire message!) We need your reply no later than November 29.

1) Ham
2) Turkey
3) Roasted Veggie
4) Chicken Pesto
(All are accompanied by chips, a fruit, a cookie, and a beverage)


5. NCSWA holiday dinner: you are invited!

Date: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Note: The following announcement is presented as a courtesy to the Northern California Science Writers Association. This is not an AGU event.

The Northern California Science Writers Association invites press covering the December AGU meeting to our annual holiday dinner. This is one NCSWA dinner you don't want to miss! We've lined up an evening of great food, door prizes, belly dancing, and a hilarious look back at the '90s with Merle Kessler, aka Ian Shoales, radio commentator, co-creator of Dr. Science, and founding member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. Leave your worries at the door and enter another world. Dine in splendor, surrounded by pillows and gleaming brass tables, under a red-hued Sultan's tent, while you catch up with old friends. Enjoy the musicians and belly dancer, then decide if you've got the guts to try it yourself. Then hang on to your hats as mile-a-minute sneer artist Ian Shoales takes you down memory lane, talking about the good, the bad and the excesses of the nineties. Bring your spouse, significant other, partner, friend, date, or just some guy you met at the Safeway. You don't have to be a science writer to enjoy this evening!

WHERE: Pasha Restaurant (Moroccan, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine), at 1516 Broadway in San Francisco (Taxi or bus ride from Moscone). URL:
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 6 pm - 9:30 pm
6-7 pm: No-host bar
7-8:30 pm: Dinner and belly dancing performance (including audience participation)
8:30 - 9:30 pm: A look at the 1990s, with Ian Shoales

Ian Shoales is a pen name for Merle Kessler. First heard on NPR's "All Things Considered," in 1979, Shoales has since been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition," ABC's "Nightline," and online in Salon Magazine. His commentaries also air weekly on ABC's overnight news program, "World News Now." Mr. Kessler is also a playwright, screenwriter, fiction writer, and lyricist. He co-created Dr. Science (with Dan Coffey), and is a founding member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000.


1. Appetizers: a selection of hummus, fried pita bread, falafel, piyaz (Mediterranean white beans), kesir (bulgar, tomatoes, spices), and Middle Eastern bread
2. Entrees: Combo kebabs of chicken, lamb, and ground meat -or- vegetarian entree of stuffed dolmas and couscous with mixed vegetables (please let us know in advance if you want the vegetarian entree)
3. Dessert
4. Hot mint tea

HOW TO RESERVE: Make your reservations now! We need a head count by Wednesday, November 28! Please send a check (made out to NCSWA) for $30 per person to:

Bob Sanders
1512 Holly Street
Berkeley CA 94703
(Do not make or send your check to AGU!) If you want the vegetarian entree, please let us know when you send in your check. NCSWA is subsidizing some costs of the dinner to help make this evening special.

For further information, please contact: Sally Stephens,, 415-664-3460


6. Sullivan and Perlman Award ceremony

Date: Wednesday, December 12 Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

AGU's 2001 journalism awards will be presented during Fall Meeting. As previously announced, the winners are:

Richard Stone - Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism - Features, for "Vostok: Looking for Life Beneath an Antarctic Glacier," in Smithsonian magazine.
Glennda Chui - David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism - News, for "Acid Mountain," in San Jose Mercury News.

The awards are presented during Honors Evening in the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, 55 4th Street (one block from Moscone). A reception follows, also at the Marriott. The event is open to all, and there is no charge.


7. Who's coming Following is the list of press registrants as of the date of this advisory. An asterisk(*) following the surname indicates that the person is confirmed for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip on Sunday, December 9. If you believe you have registered, but your name does not appear below, please resubmit the form (in Section 9, below). If your name is misspelled or your affiliation is incorrect, please notify Harvey Leifert asap, as this list will be copied onto the badges.

Robert Adler, Freelance
Mario Aguilera*, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Andrew Alden,
Kristina Bartlett*, Geotimes
Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope
James Bela*, Freelance
Henry Bortman*, Astrobiology News
Andrew Bridges*, Associated Press
Korey Capozza, United Press International
Mike Carlowicz*, NASA GSFC/Emergent IT
Kenneth Chang, New York Times
Glennda Chui*, San Jose Mercury News
Tom Clarke*, Nature
Robert Cowen*, Christian Science Monitor
Eva Emerson, Freelance
Britt Erickson*, Environmental Science and Technology
Cassie Ferguson*, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Timothy Ferris, Triplepoint Films
Stacey Fowler, Environmental News Network
Andrew Fraknoi, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Geoffrey Garrison, Freelance
Helen Gillespie*, Freelance
Donald Goldsmith*, Interstellar Media
Bonnie Gordon, Astronomy Magazine
Rob Gutro, NASA Earth Science News Team
Carl Hall, San Francisco Chronicle
Brooks Hanson*, Science
Mary Hardin*, NASA JPL
Bob Henson, UCAR
Christian Heuss*, Freelance - UCSC
Tara Hicks, Freelance
Jacqueline Hollister, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Robert Irion, ScienceNOW
Pat Jorgenson, USGS
Dick Kerr, Science
James E. Kloeppel, University of Illinois
Jonathan Knight, Nature
Edie Lau, Sacramento Bee
Shelley Lauzon, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Barbara Levi, Physics Today
Dawn Levy*, Stanford University News Service
Emilie Lorditch, Discoveries and Breakthroughs
Naomi Lubick*, Freelance
Betsy Mason, New Scientist
Barbara McConnell*, National Geographic Magazine
Usha Lee McFarling*, Los Angeles Times
Debbie Meyer*, MBARI
Ryder Miller, Freelance
Kendall Morgan, Freelance - UCSC
Mary Beth Murrill, NASA Mars Exploration Program
Madeleine Nash*, Time
Larry O'Hanlon,
Sid Perkins*, Science News
David Perlman*, San Francisco Chronicle
Charles Petit, U.S. News & World Report
Kendall Powell*, Freelance - UCSC
Andrew Quinn, Reuters
Horst Rademacher*, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Krishna Ramanujan, NASA Earth Science News Team
Dave Rosenbaum, Engineering News-Record
Linda Rowan*, Science
Ned Rozell, University of Alaska
Jim Scanlon*, Coastal Post
Phillip Schewe, Physics News Update
Randy Showstack*, Eos
Mark Shwartz, Stanford University News Service
Sarah Simpson*, Scientific American
Jesse Smith, Science
Peter Spotts*, Christian Science Monitor
Alan Stahler*, KVMR-FM
Michael Starobin, NASA TV
Bill Steigerwald*, NASA GSFC
Rich Stone, Science
Kathy Svitil, Discover
Timothy Tawney, NASA GSFC
John VanDecar, Nature
Ray Villard, Space Telescope Science Institute
Lidia Wasowicz, United Press International
Krista West*, Scientific American Explorations
Kasey White, Joint Oceanographic Institutions
Andrea Widener*, Contra Costa Newspapers
Alexandra Witze*, Dallas Morning News
David Wolman, ACFnewsource
Kathleen Wong, California Wild
Byron Young*, KVMR-FM
Robert Zimmerman, Freelance


8. Press Registration
(This information is repeated from previous advisories.)

Press registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to 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.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

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


9. Press Registration Form An online version of this form is available at

A formatted, printable copy of the form found below is also available as a stand-alone file at

The version below may be copied and returned to Harvey Leifert by email or by fax (202-328-0566).

Once the Abstracts are available in CD-ROM and/or book form, and while supplies last, they will be sent to registrants, upon request, below. (Others will receive a copy in the Press Room.)

The press pre-registration deadline is Friday, November 30, 2001. The form must be received at AGU by that date for your badge to be available upon arrival, avoiding delay. You may, of course, also register in the Press Room.

Fax to:
Harvey Leifert 1-202-328-0566

Mail to:
Harvey Leifert
2000 Florida Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20009, USA

Or, take the completed form to Fall Meeting Press Room.

*** 2001 Fall Meeting Press Registration Form ***

Name (to be printed on badge):

Mailing Address:



Email Address:

Media or organizational affiliation:

If freelancer: Check below one basis of your eligibility below and bring relevant proof to meeting.

_____ Member of NASW
_____ Regional affiliate of NASW
_____ CSWA
_____ ISWA
_____ Letter from recognized publication assigning you to cover this meeting
_____ Evidence of bylined science story published in 2000 or 2001

Indicate preference for book or CD-ROM version (Check one box below)

____ I prefer a CD-ROM in advance of the meeting.
____ I prefer a bound volume in advance of the meeting.
How shall we send the abstracts?
____ Send Abstracts to me at the above address by USPS First Class mail.
____ Send Abstracts to me at the above address (no P.O. Boxes!) via express service
Name of express service (e.g. FedEx, UPS, etc.):
Class of service (e.g. next day, 2nd day, etc.):

My Account Number:
____ Do not send Abstracts in advance; hold for me in the Press Room.
Field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium on Sunday, December 9:
____ I would like to participate. (You will be notified that you are confirmed or on standby.)

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