Discuss, Then Drink to the State of Science Journalism, Feb. 26


REASON magazine and the Institute for Humane Studies present:


7pm, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005

The Crystal City Marriot at Reagan National Airport (1999 Jefferson
Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA), near the Crystal City Metro Stop.

Stem-cell research. Biotechnology. Global warming. Prescription drug
scandals. HIV/AIDS. Never before have so many daunitng and complicated
questions about science, medicine, and technology dominated the news–and never before has clear, accurate, and insightful writing about such topics been more important to public policy and personal decision-making. But are we getting the science journalism we need?

You're invited to participate in a freewheeling panel discussion on "The State of Science Journalism" featuring Chris
Mooney (American Prospect), Sally Satel (author of the forthcoming One
Nation Under Therapy), Ron Bailey (author of the forthcoming Liberation Biology) and Nick Gillespie (Reason magazine).

Audience Q&A to follow. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a
cash bar will be provided.

RSVP to Patrick Coryell.

About the moderator:

Nick Gillespie is editor-in-chief of Reason, the libertarian commentary magazine that has been called "one of the 50 best magazines" two years running by the Chicago Tribune and "less predictable and more interesting than any other political magazine" by Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit. Gillespie is also editor of the new anthology, Choice: The Best of Reason.

About the panelists:

Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine. Bailey, who has
written widely on stem-cell research, nanotechnology and the environmental issues, is the editor of Global Warming and Other Eco Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death and author of the forthcoming Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Defense of the Biotech Revolution (Prometheus).

Sally Satel is coauthor of the forthcoming One Nation Under Therapy: Why Self-Absorption Is Eroding Self-Reliance and author of PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine. She is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and staff psychiatrist at the Oasis Clinic in Washington, D.C. Her writing on domestic drug policy, mental health policy, and political trends in medicine has appeared in the New York Times, National Review, Forbes, The Atlantic, and many other publications.

Chris Mooney, senior correspondent for The American Prospect. Mooney has written about battles over teaching evolution, how the search for "balance" undermines scientific reporting, attempts to certify alternative medicine, and other issues for Columbia Journalism Review, Skeptical Inquirer, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He is writing a book about the modern conservative movement and science and maintains a blog called The Intersection.

This event is sponsored by Reason magazine and the Institute for Humane Studies.