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AGU Fall Meeting - Media Advisory 3

Press conferences, press room, field trip, press reception and program, press registration information and form

American Geophysical Union


1. Press conferences
2. Press Room
3. Field Trip sign-up
4. Press Reception and Program
5. Who's coming
6. Press Registration eligibility
7. Press Registration Form


Important note:

This message should be read in conjunction with Media Advisory 2 of October 13, as it does not repeat important information in that message. See:


1. Press conferences

The following press conferences are planned, as of the date of this advisory. They are still works in progress, and any of them may be rescheduled to a different time or day or may be canceled. Other press conferences may be added. This list will be updated in Media Advisory 4 in late November, which will include names of press conference participants and an explanatory statement about each topic. Any subsequent changes will be announced in the Press Room at the meeting. All press conferences take place in Room 2012 Moscone West.

***** Topic: Overview of Fall Meeting
Day: Sunday, December 7
Time: 5:00 p.m. (Approximate!)

Topic: Martian surface water double previous estimate, Odyssey reports
Day: Monday
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Topic: Magnetic anomalies on Earth and Mars
Day: Monday
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Topic: Preview of the Aura Satellite mission
Day: Monday
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Topic: A season in the life of the Antarctic ozone hole
Day: Monday
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Topic: New insights into coronal mass ejections
Day: Monday
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Topic: Growth and collapse of Hawaiian volcanoes
Day: Monday
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Topic: The 11 kilometer deep sea vehicle and other new technologies
Day: Tuesday
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Topic: Earthquake alerting systems
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Topic: Aqua's first year of sea, ice, and land observations
Day: Tuesday
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Topic: Infrasound as a re-emerging science
Day: Tuesday
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Topic: Ice sheet analysis and climate change: ICESat's first year
Day: Tuesday
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Topic: Aerosol measurements to improve global modeling
Day: Wednesday
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Topic: Imaging solar mass ejections
Day: Wednesday
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Topic: Newly discovered life in winter's snowpack
Day: Wednesday
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Topic: Earth's dipole field is decreasing
Day: Thursday
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Topic: Seismic hazards in Cascadia
Day: Thursday
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Topic: Recent eruptions of Etna and Stromboli
Day: Thursday
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Topic: Earth's climate over the past millennium
Day: Thursday
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Topic: The climate impact of urbanization
Day: Thursday
Time: 3:00 p.m.


2. Press Room

The Fall Meeting Press Room is Room 2021 of the Moscone Convention Center West. Moscone West is located at 800 Howard Street, San Francisco, California., at Fourth Street. Room 2021 is up the escalator from the main entrance, on Level 2.

The phone number for incoming calls is 1-415-348-4440.
The phone number for incoming faxes is 1-415-348-4452.
Please provide the above numbers to anyone who may have to reach you at Fall Meeting.

The Press Room is open daily during the meeting from 7:30 a.m. until at least 6:00 p.m. It will remain open as long as feasible to accommodate journalists who are writing and filing stories, except on Wednesday, when it must close at 6:00 p.m. The room is equipped with phones and phone lines for modem connections (no charge for business calls), a fax machine, a computer with Internet access and printer, and a photocopy machine.

For the first time, the Fall Meeting Press room will be equipped for wireless Internet access ("wi-fi") from your laptop, if it is set up for it. Lobby areas of Moscone West will also have wi-fi access.

Breakfast will be provided in the Press Room from 7:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m., daily.

Press releases relevant to the meeting will be available in the Press Room, as provided by participating scientists and their institutions.

The Press Briefing Room is Room 2012, across the poster display area from the Press Room. This is the venue for press conferences. It is equipped with microphones and a mult box for recording sound directly from the room's microphones. When not in use for press conferences, the Briefing Room may be used for interviews.


3. Field Trip sign-up

Reminder: If you plan to participate in our December 7 field trip, please let us know on the Press Registration Form, below. If you submitted your Press Registration Form before the field trip was announced, please submit another form with just your name and "Yes" in the Field Trip box. If you are already signed up for the field trip, an asterisk (*) follows your name in the Who's Coming list, below.

For information about the field trip, see


4. Press Reception and Program

Day: Sunday, December 6
Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m. (Approximate!)

Whether you live in the Bay Area or are attending Fall Meeting from afar, keep Sunday evening open. We have organized an evening of information and camaraderie, not to mention good food and drink. Please advise us if you will be attending, as we must provide the number of participants to the caterer. If you submitted your Press Registration Form before the reception was announced, please submit another form with just your name and "Yes" in the Press Reception box. If you are already signed up for the field trip, a plus sign (+) follows your name in the Who's Coming list, below.


Press Reception
Place: Press Room, Room 2021 Moscone West

Greet your old friends and meet new ones at our annual wine and cheese reception. This is the perfect opportunity to relax with your science writing colleagues on the eve of a busy and newsy Fall Meeting in our new facility. The reception is hosted by the American Institute of Physics, Westview Press, and AGU.


American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award to a Journalist
Place: Press Briefing Room, Room 2012 Moscone West

Dr. James Stith, Director of Physics Programs of the American Institute of Physics, will present AIP's Science Writing Award to Diane Tennant of the Virginian-Pilot for her story, "A Cosmic Tale." Tennant's article covers many aspects of Chesapeake Bay: how it was created, the effect it has on people, and research into its past and present by both astronomers and geologists.


Book and Author Program for Science Writers
Place: Press Briefing Room, Room 2012 Moscone West

David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, will discuss his brand new book, King of Fish, about the influence of changing landforms on the life of salmon. He traces human activity that has impacted and endangered the survival of this migratory species in Europe, eastern North America, and now the Pacific northwest.


5. Who's coming

Following is the list of press registrants as of the date of this advisory. If you believe you have registered, but your name does not appear below, please resubmit the form (in Section 7, below). If your name is misspelled or not as you want to see it on your badge or any other information is incorrect, please notify Harvey Leifert

Note: Asterisk (*) indicates the person has signed up for the December 7 field trip. Plus sign (+) indicates the person has signed up for the December 7 press reception and program.

Robert Adler, Freelance +
Mario Aguilera, Scripps Institution of Oceanography *+
Anatta, National Center for Atmospheric Research
James Bela, Freelance *+
Molly Bentley, BBC
Brad Bohlander, Colorado State University
Andrew Bridges, Associated Press
Doug Brusa, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Alan Buis, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Lynn Chandler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Rani Chohan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center *+
Glennda Chui, San Jose Mercury News *+
Cindy Clark, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Julia Cole, NASA Langley Research Center
Robert Cowen, Christian Science Monitor
John Cox, Freelance
Keay Davidson, San Francisco Chronicle *+
Gil Davis, Freelance
Shelley Dawicki, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution +
Douglas Fischer, Oakland Tribune +
Kim Fulton-Bennett, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute *+
Pam Frost Gorder, Ohio State University *+
Leslie Gordon, U.S. Geological Survey
Katie Greene, Freelance *+
Rob Gutro, NASA/GSFC Earth Science News Team
Scott Harris, U.S. Geological Survey *+
Bob Henson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Jill Hammons, Scripps Institution of Oceanography +
Martha Heil, Inside Science News Service
Tara Hicks, SOEST - University of Hawaii
Robert Irion, ScienceNOW
Dick Kerr, Science
Jonathan Knight, Nature
Geoff Koch, Stanford Report +
Dawn Levy, Stanford University *
Emilie Lorditch, Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science
April Love, Library Hi-Tech News
Rick Lovett, Freelance *
Naomi Lubick, Geotimes
Carolina Martinez, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory +
Robin Mejia, Freelance
Debbie Meyer, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Mary Beth Murrill, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Madeleine Nash, Time *+
Nancy Neal, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jan Null, San Jose Mercury News
Larry O'Hanlon, Discover News
Sid Perkins, Science News *+
David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle
Charlie Petit, U.S. News & World Report
Philip Plait, Freelance
Horst Rademacher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung *+
Krishna Ramanujan, NASA Earth Science News Team
Donald Robertson, Astronomy Now
Anne Rosenthal, Freelance
Linda Rowan, Science
Jim Scanlon, Coastal Post *+
Laurie Schmidt, NASA DAAC Alliance +
Megan Sever, Geotimes
Randy Showstack, Eos *+
Jesse Smith, Science
Curt Stager, North Country Public Radio
Alan Stahler, KVMR-FM
Michael Starobin, NASA Television
Bill Steigerwald, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Kathy Svitil, Discover
Diane Tennant, Virginian-Pilot +
Elvia Thompson, NASA Headquarters *+
Marijke Unger, National Snow and Ice Data Center *+
John VanDecar, Nature
Ray Villard, Space Telescope Science Institute +
Lidia Wasowicz, United Press International
Krista West, Freelance
Kasey White, Joint Oceanographic Institutions
Alexandra Witze, Dallas Morning News *
Kathleen Wong, California Wild


6. Press Registration eligibility
(This information is repeated from previous advisories.)

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

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

* Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of the publication.

* Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, NCSWA (or other regional affiliate of NASW), CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ, or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2002 or 2003.

* Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.

Note: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must pre-register through the AGU web site or register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees.


7. Press Registration Form

The Press Registration Form is available at

The URL above includes a link to a version of the form that may be copied and returned to Harvey Leifert by email or by fax (1-202-328-0566).

Once the Abstracts are available in CD-ROM and/or book form, and while supplies last, they will be sent to registrants, upon request. (Others will receive a copy in the Press Room.)

The press pre-registration deadline is Friday, November 28, 2003. The form must be received at AGU by that date for your badge to be available in the Press room upon arrival at Fall Meeting, avoiding delay. You may, of course, also register in the Press Room.


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