From an email sent out this morning by NSF. If readers can make it, this panel is definitely worth attending.

NSF to Host Panel Discussion on Communicating Climate Change
Journalists Andy Revkin (New York Times), John Carey (Business Week), Tom Rosenstiel (Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism) to join climate scientists Michael Mann, Maureen Raymo on Jan. 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Leading journalists and climate scientists will headline a January 8, 2009, program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Va., to discuss a newly released book on climate change science and journalism.

Andrew C. Revkin of the New York Times, John Carey, senior correspondent for Business Week, and Tom Rosenstiel of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism will participate on the panel along with climate scientists Michael Mann of the Pennsylvania State University and Maureen Raymo of Boston University. They will be joined on the panel by Yale Forum editor Bud Ward and Tony Socci of the American Meteorological Society.

The NSF program is open to the public, but individuals must register in advance to gain entrance to NSF's headquarters. It will take place in room 595 of NSF's Stafford II building, 4201 Wilson Boulevard. Please RSVP by Monday, December 29. To RSVP, contact Dana Topousis:

Ward and Socci headed-up as series of climatologists/journalists workshops, funded by NSF's Paleoclimate Program, aimed at improving journalism and communications to the general public on climate science. The book derived from those workshops - "Communicating on Climate Change: An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators" -- is being published by the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, housed at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, in Narragansett. A limited number of printed editions of the 74-page paperback are available from the Metcalf Institute for shipping and handling charges.