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BELS Professional Development Webinar: Summer Book Chat
Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Category: Professional Development

Join the BELS Professional Development Committee as we talk about some of our professional-development-related summer reads (they're fun books... Trust us!).  Claire Levine, MS, ELS, Barbara Gastel, MD, ELS(H), and Stephen Bublitz, ELS, will share some intriguing books that will pique your interest.  Come for the recommendations and have a plan to share a few of your own!  The session will end with an informal discussion of great books on editing, language, or self-development.

This event is free and open to BELS members.

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Stephen Bublitz
Stephen Bublitz, ELS

Stephen Bublitz is a BELS board member and Co-chair for the Professional Development committee.  He cut his teeth as a copyeditor at a large nonprofit Geophysics publisher in Washington, DC, and, after a decade-long foray into freelance editing, is currently a senior medical editor at a MedComms agency that specializes in publications.  He currently resides in the metro Detroit area and is a foster parent, musician, lego enthusiast, and recreational pugilist.

Barbara Gastel
Barbara Gastel, MD, ELS(H)

Barbara Gastel, MD, ELS(H), is a professor at Texas A&M University, where she directs the graduate program in science journalism.  She also teaches in the University of Chicago certificate program in medical writing and editing.

Claire Levine
Claire Levine, MS, ELS
Claire Levine earned a BS in biology from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Cincinnati.  She worked as a technician in biomedical research laboratories for approximately 15 years, during which she began editing journal manuscripts and grants for her bosses and the postdoctoral fellows.  In 2002, she received her BELS certification and in 2004 left the lab for good to become a full-time scientific editor.  Claire worked as an editor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 18 years before deciding to try working at a medical communications agency in 2022.  She missed working directly with the scientists, so a year later, she left the agency to start freelance editing.