Dear Science Journalist:
Science is a process, and big scientific gatherings are a vital part of the equation. The ASCB Annual
Meeting is the world’s largest yearly conference of research cell biologists, drawing investigators from
across the discipline and from related fields. Some of the ASCB presentations are complete work,
already heading for publication. Others are work in progress. Yet all presentations offer something new
or considered in a different light. Poster or platform talk, all of it is subject to instant response from
peers along with critiques, opposing theories, backgrounders, and context.
To make some sense of this heady mix, the ASCB Public Information Committee (PIC) publishes a
meeting press guide for science journalists and the interested public. PIC’s scientist–members “peer
screen” all the abstracts submitted for panel presentation at ASCB. The peer screeners score the ab-
stracts in simultaneous panels to develop our short list of “Novel & Newsworthy” top picks. These
stories are the “tip of the iceberg” of work that PIC thinks is worth seeing and understanding in the
context of a major scientific meeting where nothing is endorsed and everything is up for discussion.
Moreover, the Novel & Newsworthy top picks represent only a fraction of what will be presented, dis-
sected, and explicated at ASCB’s 49th Annual Meeting. A big scientific meeting is science in progress,
and you can see powerful, exciting basic bioscience in action, December 5–9, 2009, in San Diego.
Here are the media-friendly basics of the ASCB Annual Meeting.
Find your own news angle:
Wherever you’re based, there’s probably scientific news from “home” at the
ASCB Annual Meeting. Go to
and click on “Abstracts/Posters” and then on
“Itinerary Planner.” You can search by keyword (such as city, state/province, or country), session title,
institution, and/or the scientist’s last name. Through the same link, you can download a PDF of the
Annual Meeting Program and check out Symposia and Minisymposia presentations.
Sign up for ASCB “Working Press” credentials online or onsite:
Journalists can register online through
Wednesday, November 24, at
Once registered, journalists
will find press badges waiting at the ASCB Newsroom, Room 21, at the San Diego Convention Center,
starting at 8:00 am, Saturday, December 5, 2009. From then on, walk-upWorking Press registration is
available onsite in San Diego. Note:
journalists must bring professional—and personal—identifica-
tion to the ASCB Newsroom.
Cover breaking science stories at the ASCB Annual Meeting from your desk:
We can help set up
interviews with scientific newsmakers or pull you into press briefings by conference phone. Contact
ASCB Annual Meeting Media Manager Cathy Yarbrough at
All Novel & Newsworthy news stories are embargoed against broadcast and publication until 10:00 am,
Pacific Time, on the day of presentation.
See each Novel & Newsworthy story for details, and check with
the ASCB Newsroom for any embargo extensions.
For more information:
Contact ASCB ScienceWriter John Fleischman at
(513) 929-4635, before December 4. At the meeting, call (513) 706-0212 or (619) 525-6211.
See you in San Diego.
Chair, ASCB Public Information Committee
Joan R. Goldberg,
ASCB Executive Director