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Breakfast series encourages participants to 'Get Smart'


October 13, 2008

For better and for worse, most in the people will get health science information from the news and feature stories in newspapers, magazines and documentaries on television. How can we bring about better translation from science into story?

Speakers from The University of Arizona and Arizona State University will tackle that issue in the next session of “Get Smart,” a monthly breakfast series held by the two universities at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 15 at the historic Tom’s Tavern in downtown Phoenix.

The session features journalism professor Ed Sylvester, who has written four popular books on science and medicine, two of which were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. A faculty member of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and has taught Science and Medical Writing to ASU students from many disciplines since 1999.

Also speaking will be Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, associate chairman and clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University. He is also a scientific analyst for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The educational breakfast series takes place at Tom’s Tavern, 2 N. Central Avenue. A downtown institution since 1929, Tom’s has been the meeting place of the state’s power brokers for generations, playing host to governors and mayors and people from all walks of life for eight decades.

Cost for the presentations is free; breakfast additional. All breakfasts will be from 7:30-9 a.m. To RSVP, please call (602) 827-2007.