Coffel to Present at

Monday, September 22, 2008

Writers and scientists don’t always speak the same language, but an upcoming colloquium aims to bridge that gap. “Writing Science at the Writing University” will take place Tuesday–Friday, Oct. 7–10, at The University of Iowa.

The conference, which is open to the public, is presented by the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), the International Writing Program, the Graduate College, and 16 co-sponsors across campus. Topics include communicating science in writing, a discussion called “Scientist Meets a Writer,” writing science textbooks, the role of writing in learning science, and more.

Panel members include Scott Coffel, coordinator of the Hanson Center for Technical Communication in the College of Engineering.  Coffel will be part of a panel on "The Role of Writing in Learning Science" from 12:45-2:00 p.m. October 8 in 1289 Carver Biomedical Research Building.

Other presenters include ecologist and acclaimed author Sandra Steingraber; Washington Post science writer David Brown; poet Richard Kenney; fiction writer and mechanical engineer Karl Iagnemma; McGraw-Hill executives; Pulitzer Prize–winning author and evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson; and Ben Beck, conservation director of the Great Ape Trust. Also sharing perspectives on links between science and writing will be 16 UI faculty and staff from an array of fields.

For a schedule and locations of the sessions, visit