‘Tis the Season’ to celebrate in Houston

Join AMWA SW for a festive celebration in Houston

hosted at the home of

Rene Michelle Sauer and Robert Gehring

Date: December 13, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Address: 14411 Middle Bluff Trail, Cypress TX 77429
Theme: White Elephant Gift Exchange- Bring a gift that is “writing-related” and under $20 for a gift exchange.
Menu: Christmas chili, appetizers and drinks
RSVP: r.michelle@rnaeditingllc.com

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Chapter Webinar – Writing and Editing Newsletters: Are You Achieving Your Purpose?

Writing and Editing Newsletters: Are you achieving your purpose?

Date: Tuesday, November 11

Time: 12-1 p.m. CST

Description: The webinar will focus on choosing the appropriate publishing platform, making decisions about design and layout, generating ideas for topics, obtaining feedback from readers, and maintaining a focus on the newsletter’s purpose. Participants in this interactive session are encouraged to share their experience.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Bryan Tutt, MA, ELS, managing editor of OncoLog, MD Anderson’s newsletter to community physicians. bftutt@mdanderson.org

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AMWA National Conference – Chapter Greet and Go

The National Conference is coming, and we hope to see all of the attendees there at our Chapter Greet and Go!

We will gather at the Chapter Greet and Go at the Convention center on October 9th (Thursday). We will then walk to the famous Rendevouz Restaurant, which is a few blocks away (bring comfortable footwear). Alternatively you can meet us at the restaurant.

Where: Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103
When: Oct 9, 2014. 7 PM

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STC Houston – Presentation Skills Discussion and Networking Event

Date: Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014

Time: Networking – 5:30 PM; Program – 6:30 PM

Place: American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX

Cost: STC Members – $15; Non-members – $25; Students – FREE

Topic: Don’t Suck at Presenting with Rhyne Armstrong, Director of Documentation at RouteMatch Software and Associate Fellow of STC.

For more information, see STC Houston’s website: Don’t Suck at Presenting

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Congratulations to our 2014 Student Scholarship winner, Jessica Osmond

AMWA Southwest is happy to congratulate our inaugural Student Scholarship winner, Jessica Osmond. Jessica is currently a postdoctoral fellow in vascular physiology at the University of New Mexico and is actively pursuing a future career as a medical writer. It was great to meet her at the recent conference, and we look forward to having her as a member of our chapter.

The AMWA Southwest student scholarship award includes registration fees for AMWA Southwest’s regional conference at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas as well as lodging in the conference hotel, fees for one workshop, and a year-long student membership to AMWA.

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Thank you, chapter conference attendees and speakers

Thank you to everyone who recently attended our very successful Chapter Conference in San Marcos. We had a great turnout and excellent speakers. Special thanks go to Cindy Hamilton and Howard Smith, who led many of our workshops, Aimee Roundtree, who gave the keynote lecture on opportunities for medical writing in the modeling and simulation field, and Scott Mogull, who served as our gracious host at Texas State University. We’d also like to thank everyone who gave open sessions and the staff at Texas State University for making the conference a memorable one. We all look forward to the next chapter conference in 2016!

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2014 Annual Roundtables and Brunch

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time: 11:00 am

Place: Hugo’s Restaurant l, 1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Cost: Tickets are $25

Roundtable topics:

Fostering Successful Partnerships Between Editors and Authors. Leader: Jill Delsigne, PhD

Associations and Certifications, which one is right for you? Leader: R. Michelle Sauer, PhD, ELS, CRA

Show Me the Money: Grants Writing Tips and Current Trends. Leader: Angela Beeler, BS

Writing and Editing for a Physician-Oriented Newsletter. Leader: Bryan Tutt

Time Management. Leader: Erica Goodoff, ELS.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-annual-roundtable-event-and-brunch-tickets-11221573027

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Announcing the 2014 AMWA Student Scholarship

AMWA Southwest is pleased to announce our first student scholarship! This scholarship is available for full-time students of any accredited university, and applicants do not have to be AMWA members. The scholarship award includes registration fees for AMWA Southwest’s regional conference at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas as well as lodging in the conference hotel, fees for one workshop, and a year-long student membership to AMWA.

For more details and an application form, please download the PDF below and return the completed form to Angela Beeler.

AMWA SW 2014 Student Scholarship

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Announcing the 2014 AMWA SW Chapter Conference

Date: June 21, 2014

Location: Texas State University – San Marcos


7:30a – Sign-in and continental breakfast

8a – Speed networking

9a – 12p – Workshops

  • Writing the Final Report of A Clinical Trial[Howard Smith] (RR/PH) #414
  • Tables and graphs [Cindy Hamilton] (ES/G) #2011

9a – 10:30a – Open Session 1: Scope of Medical Writing

10:30a – 12p – Open Session 2: Microsoft Word tips and tricks

Noon – Lunch

12:30p – Plenary Lecture: TBD

2p – 5p – Workshops

  • Building A New Drug Application [Howard Smith] (RR/PH) #4003
  • Writing Abstracts [Cindy Hamilton] (CP/EW/PH) #3019

2p – 3:30p – Open Session 3: Scott Mogul – Scientific miscitation

3:30p – 5p – Open Session 4: Maureen Keeley – Nonverbal and gendered communication

5p – Conference adjourns

6p – Networking dinner

Please visit the registration portal to sign up for this event:

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Judging the strength of peer review

A recent News Focus article in Science magazine highlighted the difficulty inherent in predicting publication outcomes for funded grants. The article highlights the work of Michael Lauer, the head of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH. Lauer and his colleagues found that grant review committee ratings did not necessarily correlate with publication metrics like number of publications or time to publication. This calls into question the primacy of peer review as the main predictor of grant success and paves the way for changes to the grant review process. The article also mentions a fledgling proposal to increase focus on pragmatic trials that address “important clinical questions” without necessarily being the sort of in-depth molecular analysis that is common in most current NIH grant applications.

These types of changes to the grant funding environment may greatly influence the rules as well as the strategies that grant editors, writers, and reviewers use on a daily basis. The News Focus also mentions some preliminary changes that Lauer has made for his institute, including the creation of a separate pragmatic trials review group, that may be a sign of things to come.

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