View or review the 2nd Science Talks on Tackling Ebola

The second Science Talk on Tackling Ebola took place on Tuesday 24 July at 11:00 am EST. In this session, Dr. Peter Halfmann, Research Associate Professor at the Influenza Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin, discussed the latest facts and figures on this infectious disease including news about vaccines.

Attendees learned more about:

  • The current situation in regions affected by the Ebola virus and if there is still any danger.
  • Where we stand with the research on finding a vaccine and if the latest human trials were successful.
  • When the vaccine will be made available for humans affected in regions by the Ebola virus.
  • What the future will bring in terms of infectious diseases, such as Ebola.
  • How local journalists can better report on infectious diseases including what they should look for, what kind of questions to ask, what resources they should use.

2nd Science Talks! Tackling Ebola with Dr. Peter Halfmann, influenza specialist

The second Science Talk on tackling Ebola will take place on Tuesday 24 July at 11:00 am EST. In this session, Dr. Peter Halfmann, Research Associate Professor at the Influenza Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss the latest facts and figures on this infectious disease including news about vaccines. Attendees will learn more about:

  • The current situation in regions affected by the Ebola virus and if there is still any danger.
  • Where we stand with the research on finding a vaccine and if the latest human trials were successful.
  • When the vaccine will be made available for humans affected in regions by the Ebola virus.
  • What the future will bring in terms of infectious diseases, such as Ebola.
  • How local journalists can better report on infectious diseases including what they should look for, what kind of questions to ask, what resources they should use.

Register here. 


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WHO IS Dr. PETER HALFMANN?

University of Wisconsin, B.S. Bacteriology  // University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology

Initially, Peter wanted to pursue a medical degree after his undergraduate studies, but he became interested in infectious diseases and viruses, particularly Ebola virus, after reading Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone”. At the beginning of his junior year, he sought out a lab at the University of Wisconsin that focused its research on virus pathogenesis and discovered the lab of Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine and a world expert on influenza virus.

After being told that influenza viruses were as interesting as Ebola virus, Peter started his career in the Kawaoka group. He was a student research assistant for two years, then, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology, he was a technician for one year before starting graduate school in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program with Dr. Kawaoka as his mentor. Unable to conduct research with authentic Ebola virus in Wisconsin, Peter developed a novel, biologically-contained Ebola virus as part of his graduate thesis research. The biologically-contained virus resembled authentic Ebola virus but could be handled safely under non-biosafety level-4 containment. Besides being an important research tool, Peter demonstrated that the biologically-contained virus could also be used as a whole-virus vaccine to protect against Ebola virus infection.

In 2008, Peter earned his Ph.D. and decided to continue his research with Dr. Kawaoka. He received biosafety level-4 training at the NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories from Dr. Heinz Feldmann. As part of his high containment research, he continued to evaluate his Ebola vaccine. During the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Peter established a research lab at 34 Military Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone to examine the body’s responses to Ebola virus infection. Currently, Peter is a Research Associate Professor at the Influenza Research Institute (part of the University of Wisconsin) and manages the Ebola research efforts in the Kawaoka group. With support from the Japanese government, his vaccine is currently being produced at Waisman Biomanufacturing for a human clinical research trial in Japan. Peter still travels to Sierra Leone to follow-up with Ebola survivors and to conduct surveillance studies to identify neglected and novel viruses circulating in Sierra Leone.

Exploratory Meeting: Constructing the Future of Science Journalism in Europe

In a nutshell

The first-ever meeting between a select group of 20 international innovative science journalists and change-makers in newsrooms to discuss, explore and envision the future of science journalism in Europe. This one-day meeting will take place on Monday 9 July 2018 at ESOF2018 in Toulouse.

The Exploratory Meeting will gather some of the most influential science/digital journalists in Europe who are looking at the opportunities to advance science reporting in the rapidly-changing media landscape.

We will mix the group with those who have already done interesting, innovative things and science journalists who know their subject and who want to innovate, but have not yet had the chance to try and test ideas around and who would welcome the opportunity to discuss concepts with.READ MORE

Next webinar with Wiley on tackling Ebola. Tuesday 24 July at 11 a.m. EST

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR UPCOMING WEBINARS

  • Tuesday 24 July at 11 am EST on Tackling Ebola: The latest facts and figures on this infectious disease including news about vaccines
  • Tuesday 25 September at 11 am EST on New HIV and AIDS evidence that journalists should know
  • Tuesday 27 November at 11 am EST on Artificial Intelligence challenges and its potential for science journalism

HOW TO REGISTER FOR A WEBINAR?

Science Talks webinars are complimentary to WFSJ members and other science journalists interested in the subject. The registration for our next Science Talks on Tackling Ebola will open soon! If you are not able to attend the live one-hour session the webinars will be recorded for later viewing on the WFSJ website.

#KS4 – Interim paper on the 4th Kavli Symposium on science journalism in Austin

Ryan Wallace, a researcher and doctoral student at the University of Texas’ School of Journalism, attended our 4th Kavli Symposium on Science Journalism (KS4) in Austin, Texas (19-21 February 2018) and wrote an interim paper on his experience and findings.

The 4th Kavli Symposium was attended by approx. 50 journalists, researchers, scientists, academia, etc. from a number of countries, and “while some conferences only focus on academic research or are solely geared towards professional development the Symposium is unique in that it blends both to give a wide view of the science journalism landscape and its future directions.”


David Secko, Chair of the Department of Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, is currently finalizing the full KS4-report. It will be made available soon.


Download Mr. Wallace’s interim paper here.


More information on KS4 can be found here.

WCSJ2017 – Final Report is now available

All told, nearly 1,400 delegates from 74 countries came to San Francisco, making it the largest such world conference to date. They participated in 61 plenary and breakout sessions featuring 283 speakers; toured labs and sat down to lunch with scientists from our host institutions the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley; made connections and new friends during the gala opening and closing events; and visited some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s prominent attractions during post-conference field trips.

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All of this was accomplished through an extraordinary group effort by selfless volunteers, generous sponsors, committed partners, and hard-working committee chairs, all of whom piece by piece, panel by panel, event by event made this conference come together as one. Yes, indeed “the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.”

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We salute the hundreds of U.S. and international delegates who traveled to WCSJ2017, engaged with the program and with each other, and brought the buzz of human energy and enthusiasm to our truly global conference. They returned home armed with new skills, knowledge and stronger connections that advance our profession.

Cristine Russell & Ron Winslow
Co-chairs, organizing committee for WCSJ2017


Quotes are taken from the Final Report’s introduction. Download the WCSJ2017 Final Report here.