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AGU 2002 Fall Meeting - media advisory 2

Sessions and abstracts now online

American Geophysical Union


1. Sessions and Abstracts Online
     A. Searching for Abstracts of Interest to You
     B. Finding Sessions at Fall Meeting
2. Press Conferences in Development
3. Press Registration Eligibility
4. Press Registration Form
5. Who's coming

1. Sessions and Abstracts Online

All 551 sessions and 8,240 abstracts for 2002 Fall Meeting have been posted on the AGU web site.

A. Searching for Abstracts of Interest to You

All 8,240 Fall Meeting abstracts may be accessed by a search tool:

Reporters and public information officers may search for abstracts of particular interest to them, by looking up any the following parameters on the search tool above:

Name of a scientist
Name of an institution (e.g., university, government agency)
Geographic location (e.g., city, state, province, or country)
Topic (e.g., volcano, Io, iceberg)

Up to three search parameters may be combined (e.g., presentations on earthquakes by USGS scientists in California). Full instructions are included on the search page.

Hint: In searching for abstracts from a particular institution, it is often more effective to search by e-mail address than by the name of the institution. The latter may be written in different ways by various authors (e.g., UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, Univ. of Cal. at Los Angeles, etc.), but all of their e-mail addresses will presumably include "ucla." The search category "Affiliation" covers both names of institutions and their locations (e.g., look for either Yale or New Haven under Affiliation).

The CD-ROM and printed volume of abstracts for this meeting will be available in November. They will be sent at that time to Press Room registrants who have requested them, while supplies last. (See Press Registration Form, below.) Copies in both formats will be available in the Press Room, as will the Program Book.

B. Finding Sessions at Fall Meeting

The names, numerical designations, dates, times, and room numbers of all 551 Meeting sessions have been posted on the AGU web site at

By clicking on the name of a Section (e.g., Hydrology, Atmospheric Science), all of the sessions under that Section's auspices will be displayed. Clicking on any of these sessions will open a list of oral presentations and/or posters associated with that session. Clicking on the name of a particular presentation will open its abstract, including name and contact information for the lead author.

Many sessions are jointly sponsored by two or more Sections. Union Sessions have the broadest interdisciplinary appeal. Room numbers beginning "MCC" simply refer to Moscone Convention Center. Sessions in Hall C are poster sessions.

2. Press Conferences in Development

We are currently in the process of organizing press conferences on some of Fall Meeting's newsworthy sessions. We will send an advisory with a preliminary listing of press conferences early in November and the detailed list, including days, times, and participants, about a week before the meeting.

As a preliminary hint, among the topics under consideration are Mars (Odyssey results, extant water, the new Rover), interiors of outer planet satellites, forensic seismology, North American carbon cycle, recent changes in the Antarctic ice sheet, discoveries about convection in Earth's mantle, coastal ocean floor observing systems, the April 2002 solar storm, scientific targets for Earthscope, and recent changes in polar regions as evidence of global warming.

3. Press Registration Eligibility (repeated from Media Advisory 1)

Press registrants receive a badge that allows access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room, Briefing Room, and other events specifically for media representatives. No one will be admitted without a valid badge. A registration form will be found at the end of this message.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

Working press representing bona fide news media with a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of the publication.

Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, a regional affiliate of NASW, CSWA, SEJ, or ISWA, or evidence of bylined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2001 or 2002.

Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Note: Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and of for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

4. Press Registration Form (repeated from Media Advisory 1)

If possible, please use the online submission form at [].

If you prefer to e-mail, fax, or mail the form below, please do not send back this entire media advisory, just the form itself. Send it to:

Harvey Leifert
2000 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Fax: +1 202-328-0566

*** 2002 Fall Meeting Press Registration Form ***

Name (to be printed on badge):

Media or organizational affiliation:

Mailing Address:

Email Address:
If freelancer: Check below one basis of your eligibility below and bring relevant proof to meeting.
      _____ Member of NASW
     _____ Regional affiliate of NASW
      _____ CSWA
     _____ ISWA
     _____ SEJ
     _____ Letter from recognized publication assigning you to cover this meeting
     _____ Evidence of bylined science story published in 2001 or 2002
Indicate preference for book or CD-ROM version (Check one box below)
     ____ I prefer a CD-ROM in advance of the meeting.
     ____ I prefer a bound volume in advance of the meeting.
How shall we send the abstracts?
     ____ Send Abstracts to me at the above address by USPS.
     ____ Send Abstracts to me at the above address (no P.O. Boxes!) via express service
      ____ Do not send Abstracts in advance; hold for me in the Press Room.

Name of express service (e.g. FedEx, UPS, etc.):
Class of service (e.g. next day, 2nd day, etc.):
My Account Number:

5. Who's coming

Following are the names and affiliations of Press registrants as of the date of this message. If you believe you have registered, but your name is not here, please resubmit the form (above).

Robert Adler, Freelance
Mario Aguilera, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
David Appell, Freelance
Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope
Henry Bortman, Astrobiology Magazine
Andrew Bridges, Associated Press
Alan Cameron, GPS World
Mike Carlowicz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.
David Chandler, Freelance
Robert Cowen, Christian Science Monitor
John Cox, Freelance
Helen Gillespie, Today's Chemist
Katie Greene, Earth and Sky Radio
Rob Gutro, NASA Earth Science News Team
Carl Hall, San Francisco Chronicle
Brooks Hanson, Science
Nigel Hey, Freelance
Tara Hicks, SOEST - University of Hawaii
Deborah Hill, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
Jacqueline Hollister, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.
Robert Irion, Freelance
Dick Kerr, Science
Edie Lau, Sacramento Bee
Dawn Levy, Stanford University
Emilie Lorditch, Discoveries & Breakthroughs
Rick Lovett, Freelance
Naomi Lubick, Freelance
Barbara McConnell, National Geographic Magazine
Usha Lee McFarling, Los Angeles Times
Robin Mejia, Center for Investigative Journalism
Debbie Meyer, MBARI
Ryder Miller, Freelance
Richard Monastersky, Chronicle of Higher Education
Robert Naeye, Mercury Magazine
Jan Null, San Jose Mercury News
Larry O'Hanlon, Discovery News
Sid Perkins, Science News
David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle
Charles Petit, U.S. News & World Report
Horst Rademacher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Krishna Ramanujan, NASA Earth Science News Team
Mark Shwartz, Stanford University
Alan Stahler, KVMR-FM
Sally Stephens, Freelance
Kathy Svitil, Discover
John VanDecar, Nature
Krista West, Freelance
Andrea Widener, Contra Costa Times
Alexandra Witze, Dallas Morning News
David Wolman, Freelance
Robert Zimmerman, Freelance

Reminder: Hotel registration at special meeting rates closes November 5. See Media Advisory 1 at


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