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Writing in the Sciences: In the Classroom & On the Air

Thursday, February 1, 2018 • 3 - 7:30 pm
The Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT

In the 21st century more than ever, science depends upon effective writing and communication in order to engage a variety of audiences, from the academic to the general public.

This afternoon, two-part conference will begin with presentations by recent Ph.D. recipients currently teaching high school science, and will close over dinner with keynote speaker Patrick Skahill, WNPR science reporter.  

3-3:30 p.m.                 Registration (The Clark Science Center)

3:30-5 p.m.                 Session One: “Science Writing in the Classroom”

5-5:30 p.m.                 Mix & Mingle Time (Katharine Brush Library)

5:30-7:15 p.m.            Dinner & Session Two: “Science Writing on the Air”

For more information, contact:
sally_knight@loomis.org (LC Writing Initiatives director; English teacher)
karen_parsons@loomis.org  (LC Writing Initiatives associate; archivist and history teacher)
jessica_hsieh@loomis.org  (LC Writing Initiatives associate; English teacher)


WNPR reporter Patrick Skahill covers science with an emphasis on health care and the environment. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009 and won a PRNDI award in 2011. He writes about science for The Beaker. 

 Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He worked for two years as a print reporter at Stonebridge Press in Massachusetts where he covered crime and education and has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. 

A graduate of Villanova University, Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in history with a concentration in Arab & Islamic Studies and a minor in Classical Studies. He holds a master's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

CLARE PARKER FISCHER, Ph.D.  A graduate of Reed College, Clare Parker Fischer earned her doctorate in Physiological Ecology from Tufts University in 2017 (her dissertation, “Easing the Chronic Stress of Captivity in House Sparrows”); she also served as a Tufts Graduate Institute Teaching fellow.  At Loomis Chaffee, she teaches Advanced Chemistry and Advanced Biology.

ERICA GERACE, Ph.D. Erica earned her doctorate in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University in 2011 and, after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Melbourne and teaching for several years at Georgetown University, now teaches Loomis Chaffee’s college-level biology electives in Genetics and Cell Biology and runs the science department’s Guided Research Project in Molecular Biology. 

SCOTT MACCLINTIC (LC ’02), Director of Loomis Chaffee’s Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and of the school’s Pearse Hub for Innovation  A 1986 graduate of Trinity College with a BS in Biochemistry, Loomis Chaffee’s Scott MacClintic teaches microbiology and molecular biology. He is currently Chair of the CAIS Commission on Professional Development, and has presented at a wide variety of professional conferences on such topics as flipped learning, the neuroscience of teaching and learning, and the power of the connected educator.

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