1. Preliminary press conference list
2. New Press Room!
The Press Room is Room 238 Moscone South. Upon arrival at Fall Meeting, go there first, to pick up your News Media badge (if preregistered) or to fill out the News Media Registration Form. The room provides working space for reporters, including phone lines (no charge for business calls), two computer terminals, wi-fi for use with your own laptop, and space for socializing. Press releases and related materials provided by scientists and their institutions will be available, along with the official Program Book and the CD containing all 13,000+ abstracts.
Breakfast (from 0730h) and lunch (from 1130h) are provided daily for News Media registrants, with coffee, tea, and soft drinks available all day. The Press Room is open daily from 0730h to 1800h (earlier closing on Friday). Phone number: +1 415-348-4440.
The Press Conference Room is Room 236 Moscone South, immediately adjacent to the Press Room.
3. MBARI field trip itinerary
Sunday, 10 December
Meet at Moscone South, 800 Howard Street, corner of Fourth Street
We are currently running a wait list for this visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, but if you are interested in participating, please do let us know via e-mail or the News Media Registration Form. In previous years, most wait-listed registrants who showed up prior to departure time have been accommodated, due to last minute cancellations and no-shows. The following itinerary is subject to change.
Field Trip itinerary
0815h - "Registered" status expires for anyone not already checked in; Wait Listed people may fill slots up to maximum capacity of MBARI (not of the bus!).
0830h SHARP - Bus leaves with scientist [TBD] on board to explain geologic features visible during the trip south along California 1 (coastal route). The distance is approximately 160 kilometers [100 miles].Water and soft drinks will be available on the bus, but no food. Please eat breakfast prior to arrival at Moscone and take snacks along!
1030h - Bus arrives at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) at 7700 Sandholdt Road in Moss Landing, California.
1040h - Field trip participants gather in MBARI's Pacific Forum auditorium:
1040-1100h - Communications Associate Kim Fulton-Bennett welcomes participants and gives an overview of MBARI
1100-1130h - Marine chemist Edward Peltze: Recent undersea research on methane hydrates
1130-1200h - Marine geologist Charles Paull: Active geologic processes in Monterey Canyon
1200-1230h - Box lunches provided by AGU. If the weather is nice, participants can eat on the beach or sit on the concrete sea wall in front of MBARI. Alternatively, participants can eat in the Pacific Forum.
1230-1300h - (Optional) Participants can watch a video about MBARI's research ships and undersea vehicles in the Pacific Forum.
1300-1330h - Physical oceanographer Francisco Chavez: Long-term cycles in ocean and atmospheric processes
1330-1400 - MBARI engineer Gene Massion presentation: The MARS ocean observatory in Monterey Bay
1400-1600h - Participants split into four groups. The four groups visit the locations listed below on a rotating basis. At each location, an MBARI researcher or staff person will describe the equipment and answer questions.
1600h - Bus departs MBARI, arriving in San Francisco at approximately 1800.
Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change with regard to time, presenters, topics, and sites visited.
4. NCSWA holiday dinner: You are invited!
[The following notice is provided as a courtesy to the Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA). This is not an AGU event.]
AGU press invited to NCSWA's holiday dinner 13 December
The Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) invites reporters and PIOs covering AGU to attend its holiday extravaganza in San Francisco on Wednesday evening, 13 December. This year, two of our members will describe their international adventures in science journalism. Ruthann Richter, media relations director at Stanford's School of Medicine, traveled to rural Kenya to document the impact of AIDS on families and children; and Erika Check, senior reporter for Nature, explored the tension between tiger conservation and the rights of indigenous people in India. We'll also have a science-trivia contest for door prizes, a book exchange, and time to socialize with 100 NCSWAns at a no-host bar.
The event starts at 1830h at a nearby San Francisco landmark: Sinbad's, at the foot of Market Street on the waterfront. We have a choice of three entrees: bouillabaisse, prime rib, and filet of halibut with wine sauce. The cost is $40 (we provide receipts for reimbursement). To sign up, specify your entree selection and mail a check payable to "NCSWA" by 1 December to:
115 Northrop Place
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
5. News Media registration information
News Media 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 allowed into the Moscone West Exhibition Hall (Level 1) or up the escalators or elevator to Levels 2 and 3 without a badge.
Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:
Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, a regional affiliate of NASW, CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ; or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2005 or 2006; or a letter from the editor of a recognized publication assigning you to cover Fall Meeting.
Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.
Note 1: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above documents. They are not accredited as News Media at the meeting.
Note 2: Scientists who are also reporters and who are presenting at this meeting (oral or poster session) may receive News Media credentials if they qualify (see above), but must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter.
6. News Media Registration Form
The News Media Registration Form is set up for online submission, but includes a link to a version that can be printed out and faxed or mailed. Go to: http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm06/?content=media&show=pressReg_online
The last day for advance News Media registration, assuring that your badge will be waiting for you when you arrive, is Friday, 1 December 2006. You may also register onsite.
7. Who's coming
This year, we are posting the Who's Coming list online. It is updated daily and may be seen at http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm06/?content=media
Media Advisory 1 for important information regarding visas for international reporters and information on hotel bookings at meeting rates: http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/prrl0628.html
Media Advisory 2 for information about the News Media field trip to MBARI: http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/prrl0631.html
Media Advisory 3 for information on searching for sessions and abstracts of interest to you: http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/prrl0637.html
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