Houston Happy Hour

Com celebrate Belgian National Day with AMWA Southwest for Houston’s July Happy Hour!
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cafe Brussels
1718 Houston Ave, Houston, TX 77007

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Join us for the 2015 Annual Roundtable Brunch

Enjoy a great meal with your choice of three roundtable topics. In addition, we will vote for next year’s board.
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Michelangelo’s Restaurant in Houston
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-amwa-southwest-chapter-roundtables-luncheon-tickets-16262020140

Roundtable Topics:

Associations and Certifications, which one is right for you?
Discuss related organizations and certifications to help guide your professional memberships.
Led by R. Michelle Sauer, PhD, ELS, CRA

Hidden Tools in Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word has many helpful tools, but they are not always easy to find. Join a discussion on helpful features in Microsoft Word that don’t appear in the most obvious places.
Led by Stephen Palmer, PhD, ELS

Personal Branding for Career Success
Do you have a personal brand? Do you need one? How do you develop one? As our work lives continue to evolve based on the opportunities created by technology and by the transition to a global economy, a personal brand is paramount to career success. Discover how to focus on the importance of having a personal brand and learn tips for creating and honing your brand.
Led by Cathleen Kearns

Not a member? No problem! You are welcome to join us at this event and get to know how AMWA can help you. This is an excellent avenue to connect with other new and experienced writers in different fields and vocations.

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Announcing the 2015 AMWA Southwest Chapter Conference!

The Southwest Chapter’s Annual Conference is an opportunity to connect with other members of the Southwest region as well as learn valuable new skills and attend workshops and seminars.

April 18, 2015
8AM – 6PM

Dallas, Texas

UT Dallas Campus
800 W Campbell Rd
Richardson, TX 75080

Credit workshops include Basics of Epidemiology, Statistics for Medical Writers and Editors, Reporting Correlation and Regression Analyses, and Improving Comprehension: Theories and Research Findings. Our workshop presenters for this year will be Jane Rollins and Thomas Lang.

Open sessions will cover grant editing, starting a freelance career, time management, and social media.

Registration is free for new members! To register, please click the link below:

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2015 Annual McGovern Lecture and Awards Ceremony

2015 Annual McGovern Lecture and Awards Ceremony

6PM – Complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
7PM – Buffet dinner
8PM – Award Ceremony and Lecture

Treebeards at Market Square
315 Travis
Houston, TX 77002

Dinner will consist of multiple Treebeard specilities, including vegetarian options.

This year AMWA Southwest will be presenting the 2015 McGovern Award to Dr. Ivan Oransky, who is the vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today, co-founder of Retraction Watch, and founder of Embargo Watch.

Retraction Watch has earned wide praise throughout the scientific and journalism communities. Former BMJ editor-in-chief Richard Smith called the blog “one of the best innovations in science in recent years,” and Columbia Journalism Review columnist Craig Silverman described it as “required reading for anyone interested in scientific journalism.”

Dr. Oransky previously was executive editor of Reuters Health and held editorial positions at Scientific American and The Scientist. His publications have won numerous awards, including two Gold Eddie Awards for science magazines from FOLIO and the Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He has authored or co-authored four books and written for numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal Online, The Lancet, and The New York Times.

Dr. Oransky earned his BA at Harvard and his MD at the New York University School of Medicine. While a student, he served as executive editor of The Harvard Crimson and as co-editor-in-chief of the medical student section of the Journal of American Medical Association.

In addition to his work as a medical writer and editor, Dr. Oransky teaches medical journalism at New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program, and he is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Oransky currently serves on the board of directors and as vice president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Registration for the banquet is $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers, $30 for students. Please RSVP by January 20, 2015. Seating is limited, so please register early.

Tickets can be purchased on the EventBrite page for this event. Please RSVP by January 20.

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‘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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