Category Archives: SWINY Events

January 18: Cells Are the New Cure with Dr. Max Gomez

Thursday, January 18: 6–8 pm

Yale Club

Science Writers in NY cordially invites you to a special evening with award-winning medical correspondent Dr. Max Gomez — discussing his new book “Cells Are the New Cure.”

Dr. Max Gomez and his co-author, Dr. Robin L. Smith, will talk about their exceptional book, answer questions about content and craft, and sign books (sold at discount for $18.)
Beer, wine, soda and substantial hors-d’oeuvres will be provided.

Dr. Gomez’s just-published book on the use of living cells and genetic modifications as revolutionary agents of healing has arrived with exquisite timing. The very first such treatments received FDA approval in the past several months, making 2017 the year that reality began to emerge alongside promise.
Two therapies genetically transform a patient’s immune cells to target a specific leukemia. And sight is restored in a type of inherited blindness by a gene-normalizing treatment that targets the retina.

Drs. Gomez and Smith have tackled this viscerally and intellectually thrilling area head on. They cover the full breadth and depth of cellular therapy research—assimilating and organizing the promising results from more than 35,000 clinical trials—and its potential applications, from genetic defects to organ repair, cancer, autoimmune diseases, cognitive health, longevity—and so much more. They create a clear roadmap for understanding past, present, and future, narrated in highly accessible language that is a rewarding read for novice and knowledgeable alike.

Dr. Max Gomez graduated cum laude from Princeton University, earned his Ph.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at The Rockefeller University. In his more than 35 years of pursuing and communicating innovative science and healthcare progress, Dr. Gomez has earned 9 Emmy Awards, 3 NYS Broadcaster’s Association awards, and UPI’s Best Documentary award.

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a global thought leader in regenerative medicine, one of the fastest growing modern medical disciplines. She received her M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.



Thursday, January 18, 6–8 pm
(arrive at 6 for networking; talk begins at 6:30)

Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 44th–45th Sts across the street from the Grand Central Station

Admission is complimentary.



Sept. 6: Save the Date: Science, Journalism, and Democracy: Grappling with a New Reality


Science, Journalism, and Democracy: Grappling with a New Reality

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The current media landscape is a confusing swirl of reality, misinformation, and so-called fake news. Where does science communication fit into this mess? And how can science communicators navigate a political climate that’s increasingly hostile to both science and journalism?

This one-day conference will give science communicators new tools for doing their jobs in the current political climate. It will also help attendees learn strategies to get answers from governmental agencies and other sources that may be reluctant to answer questions. Conference attendees will hear not only from journalists and PIOs but also from historians, psychologists, lawyers, and scientists exploring the evolving interactions among science, journalism, and democracy in our society.


Organizing committee:

Brooke Borel
Freelance journalist and author
Board member, NASW

David Levine
Freelance health/medical writer
Board co-chair, SWINY

Joe Bonner
Freelance communications consultant
Board co-chair, SWINY

Franklin Hoke
Ex. Dir., Communications and Public Affairs
The Rockefeller University

Conference venue:
The Rockefeller University
Carson Family Auditorium
1230 York Avenue
New York, New York 10065

For more information, please contact Brooke Borel at A full agenda and other details about the conference will be forthcoming in August, including information about live-streaming the event. Please save the date! And please share this email with colleagues who might be interested in attending.

Aug. 23: Cybersecurity and You: Risks, Precautions, and Responses

Cybersecurity and You:
Risks, Precautions, and Responses

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Courtesy Nick Youngson –


It’s in the headlines 24/7.  We’ve all learned that no person, institution, election, or organization is safe from hacking or other cybercrimes.

Since everyone is vulnerable, what can we each do to lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim?

Please join Science Writers in New York and the NYC Metro Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association to explore cybersecurity for journalists, writers, and editors. Two experts will explain the threats and some tools that can help protect you.


Beverly Stacy, MBA, is the owner and Information Architect of Façade Interactive, where cybersecurity has become a major focus. For writers and editors, specifically, Beverly will cover both proactive steps (such as firewalls and security plug-ins), and reactive measures (including webmaster warning tools and the best responses to a site hack). Beverly founded Façade 18 years ago to meld quality programming and outstanding design to help small and medium-size companies build their digital façade, and heads a team of 12 programmers.

Sandeep Junnarkar is director of interactive journalism (and a founding faculty member) at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He worked at as a founding Web editor, writer, and producer when the Times first went online. Sandeep’s numerous awards for investigative reporting include one for his 2002 series, “Cracking the Nest Egg,” a prescient exposé shedding light on how hackers’ increasing attacks on online banks suggested they were about to hack into all aspects of our digital lives. Sandeep will focus on journalists’ digital weaknesses, and ways to fortify your digital files and communications, in an overview of how you can protect your sources, your reporting, and your credibility.

Q&A will follow the presentations. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, August 23
Doors open 6:15 p.m., program begins 6:30 p.m.

Editorial Freelancers Association
71 West 23 Street, 4th floor
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Nearest subway stops: F or R to 23 Street
PHOTO ID REQUIRED for entry to the building.

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Cost: Due to the urgency of this information, SWINY invites members and their guests to attend at no charge.


Seating is limited. Please register by Tuesday, August 22. If you are unable to attend, please cancel to make your seat available to others.