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Sep
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WAS Conference
Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day

Western Apicultural Society Conference
Sept 17-20, 2014
The University of Montana – Missoula

G. PHILIP HUGHES PRESENTATION
Interest is high, as expected, in the announcement of G. Philip Hughes as a speaker and there have been questions about how a White House Writers Group guy has the expertise to speak to us on neonics.
No, Hughes isn’t a scientist. That’s not the point. What he will tell us is what information was originally given to the Press Corps, and what they did with it to get us to the point of pure confusion we are currently seeing. That he does know about, and how political and personal motivation can persuade a journalist to ‘bend’ the information to suit a particular purpose.
When I started as a journalist, the basic rule was, “The facts, Ma’am, just the facts.” The journalist was expected to portray both sides of a question faithfully, equally, without judgment and to maintain sound sources for his/her information. “Everybody knows” was a big red flag and we were expected to hit the research trail right now, because such a declaration meant only that someone hadn’t done their homework. One doesn’t see a lot of that attitude today. I am anticipating a stimulating presentation from Mr. Hughes.
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE
The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring and the 2014 WAS conference will be held in the University Center (UC) building on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. PLEASE DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY. Though UM will be in full session during the dates of the conference, the campus is easy to get around on and for anyone who is less agile, there is a drop-off point at the UC and an elevator to the third floor where the meetings will be held.
The August issue of the WAS Journal has just been mailed and is also posted on the WAS website. Maps and directions are contained in it. Click ucnar.edu/sites/was2/WAS_Journal and then on the link at the bottom of the paragraph on the right to get to the digital version.
For a downloadable registration form, speaker agenda etc., visit the Conference Information section.
If there is other information you need, email me at febach3@gmail.com or call me at 509-573-4245.

 

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