Saturday, March 9, 2019, 6 – 9 pm
Treebeards Market Square, 315 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
Join us for cocktails and appetizers, Southern style buffet dinner, and a lecture by our 2019 McGovern Award recipient, Maryn McKenna.
Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of the 2017 bestseller Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (National Geographic Books, Sept. 2017), which received the 2018 Science in Society Award, making her a two-time winner of that accolade. Her 2015 TED Talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?", has been viewed more than 1.6 million times and translated into 33 languages.
She has reported from epidemics and disasters, and farms and food production sites, on most of the continents, including a field hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a Thai village erased by the Indian Ocean tsunami, a bird-testing unit on the front lines of West Nile virus, an Arctic graveyard of the victims of the 1918 flu, an AIDS treatment center in Yunnan, a polio-eradication team in India, breweries in France, a “Matrix for chickens” in the Netherlands, and Midwestern farms devastated by the 2015 epidemic of avian flu. She writes for The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, NPR, Newsweek, WIRED, Scientific American, Nature, The Guardian, and other magazines and sites.
Her earlier books are Superbug (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2010), on the international epidemic of drug-resistant staph in hospitals, families and farms, and Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (Free Press/S&S 2004), the first history of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, for which she embedded with the corps for a year.
Maryn McKenna's photograph by David Tulis.
New Mexico members invite you to join us at our informal fall meeting at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, NM, December 14, 5:30 —7:30 p.m. We'll review highlights from the annual meeting in Washington, DC and enjoy around-the-table discussion. Appetizers provided. For more information, reach out to Director-At-Large Kelly Byram at KellyByram@DukeCityConsulting.com.
The AMWA Southwest Chapter (Houston area) will host a happy hour on Thursday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m. at Americas River Oaks. The chapter will provide appetizers only. Members are responsible for purchasing their own drinks. Please take this opportunity to meet some of your fellow AMWA members, as well as some new faces. Hope to see you there!
Address: 2040 West Gray, Suite 200
Parking: The restaurant is located in the River Oaks Shopping Center at the corner of Shepherd and W Gray. Parking is available in the adjacent garage. Valet parking is also available.
Contact: For more information or questions about this event, please contact our Houston Director-at-Large, David Stewart at email@example.com.
Washington, DC is the host city for this year's exciting lineup of medical communications-related workshops and presentations. Pre-conference events begin October 31. Read more on the conference site. Read the AMWA Southwest Chapter Guide to the 2018 Medical Writing & Communication Conference that showcases chapter member involvement.
AMWA SW Chapter members held their New Mexico networking meeting on June 29 at The Range Cafe in Bernalillo. A casual roundtable discussion covered technology to ethics to bullet journaling.
From left to right: Julie Catagnus, Deb Norman, Michele Sequeira, Cindy Clark, NM Director-At-Large Kelly Byram, and Adia Shy.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come join us as we gather for our annual roundtables and luncheon. A great meal will be had and four options for roundtable topics are available for you to choose from. In addition, we will be voting for next year's board. Not a member? No problem! You are welcome to join us at this event and get to know how AMWA can help you. This an excellent avenue to connect with other new and experienced writers in multiple different fields and vocations.
Beyond Freelancing: Building a Science Communication Business
Job Hunting and What Hiring Managers Look for in Medical Writers
A Guide to Working Well with Different Personalities
Open Networking Table
Tickets: $25 per ticket, 10 available for each roundtable topic (40 total available).
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Where: Texas A&M University, College Station
Hosted by: Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Join us after the conference for our networking dinner and McGovern Lecture at Cenare Italian Restaurant. Listen to Larry Lynam’s talk, “Did you really think you would only have one career?"
The conference includes breakfast, lunch with a keynote speaker, and a variety of open sessions. The BELS exam, workshops and networking dinner are an additional charge. For more details on the conference, read the brochure and flier below.
Any new member who joined between October 2017 & April 2018 receives a complimentary registration. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Have additional questions about the conference agenda? Contact conference co-chairs, Michelle Sauer-Gehring at email@example.com or Frieda Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register today! Register before February 28 for a chance to win a $50 gas card.
Early Bird registration ends March 31.
Each year the Southwest Chapter of AMWA hosts the John P. McGovern Award Banquet and Lecture. AMWA Southwest will be presenting the 2018 McGovern Award to Dr. Helen Valier (see below) on Saturday, January 20 at Treebeards in Houston, TX.
The festivities will begin at 6 PM with complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Admission also includes the buffet dinner, which will begin at 7 PM.
Dr. Valier will begin her discussion at approximately 8 PM with a lecture entitled, “Cancer, Men, and Medicine: What Cancer's Past Can Tell Us about the Future of Academic Medicine.” A question and answer session will follow the lecture.
McGovern banquet tickets are $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers, and $30 for students. Seating is limited, so please register early via:
About the award recipient: Helen Valier, PhD, is a researcher, educator, and author. She is director of the Medicine & Society Program in the Honors College at the University of Houston.
As a researcher, she studies the history of contemporary biomedicine, specifically as it relates to cancer research, treatment, and policy in the United States and Europe. She believes that the way to a better future lies in a better understanding of our collective past.
As an educator, she teaches an array of topics across the medical humanities curriculum, including surveys of the history of medicine. She also teaches specialized upper-division classes in the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine on topics such as epidemics, public health, cancer, high technology, and the politics of health reform. In appreciation of her contributions and service at the University of Houston, she has received the Provost Faculty Advising Award for Excellence, a Distinguished Service Award, and a Faculty Development Initiative Award. She was also a recipient of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Award for Early Program Development.
Her book, Cancer, Men, and Medicine: A History of Prostate Cancer, was published in 2016. She has two forthcoming books, The Oxford Handbook of the History of American Medicine (Oxford University Press, to be published in 2018), and Cancer Inc.: The Business of Oncology in the Era of Managed Care (in progress).
You are invited to join the AMWA Southwest Chapter - New Mexico Region for a holiday gathering with white elephant gift swap on Friday, December 15 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Meet up at The Range Café, 925 South Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004 (located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe). Light snacks will be provided; dinner is optional, pay as you go. Attendees are encouraged to bring a "writing/editing-related" gift under $15 for the festivities.
The invitation may be found at: http://evite.me/xjdKynpXdk. For more information, contact Kelly Byram, New Mexico Region Director-At-Large, at 352-284-5815.
Congratulations to Katrina R. Burton on her appointment as the inaugural chair of AMWA’s Chapter Advisory Council (CAC). In addition to chairing this group, Katrina will represent our Southwest Chapter.
Katrina is a senior communications specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She works in the division of Institutional Advancement on the Public Relations team, covering the Department of Pediatrics and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Burton is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism and a background in marketing. She has more than 15 years of experience in health care marketing and public relations.
Katrina served AMWA as the 2016-2017 Southwest Chapter President. Since 2012, she has also supported her chapter in the roles of President-Elect, Communications Director, Program Chair, and Director-at-Large. She served on the AMWA Board of Directors as Southwest Chapter delegate in 2016 and 2017. Katrina shared her talents with AMWA on the 2012-2013 Communications and Marketing Committee and has also participated in the AMWA annual conference as a roundtable facilitator (2014) and open session speaker (2013 and 2017).
The CAC serves as a connection between AMWA chapter leaders and the AMWA Board of Directors (BOD). The complete list of CAC membership is available on the AMWA website at http://www.amwa.org/page/Committees.
We are reaching out to our chapter to ensure that all are safe and to find out if any are in need of assistance. The AMWA SW Chapter is home to many members that may have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and we want to offer support where we can. If you have been impacted, please reach out (email@example.com) and let us know. We consider our chapter a family, and this family would like to help!
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the hurricane. For members who want to help/donate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will let you know as we receive requests. Other sites and organizations to consider include the American Red Cross who is currently serving those affected by Harvey. Donations can be made online, or text HARVEY to 90999. If you're looking for a local charity to support, Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated organizations, including Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi , Houston Humane Society, and San Antonio Humane Society.