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Notetaking (Rapporteur) Services

Dr. Dakin provides professional notetaking (rapporteur) services for scientific conferences and workshops. She takes detailed notes on presentations and panel discussions and provides a summary in the form of a written report. As requested, she also facilitates drafting of reports by participants during conferences.

She confers with clients on the following aspects of each assignment:

• level of detail for the report
• report format
• report organization (chronological or topic)
• identification of speakers
• editorial and writing style
• availability of reference materials

Depending on the length of the conference and the type of report desired, the report usually can be delivered about a week after the end of the conference. Reports can be provided in hard copy and/or electronic form.

Notetaking Experience

Dr. Dakin has served as notetaker for about a dozen scientific conferences and workshops, ranging in length from two days to a week. In addition, she has taken the minutes of scientific advisory board meetings and high-profile government-sponsored public meetings. She has summarized discussions of a variety of scientific and technical topics, including politically sensitive issues.

Following are examples of meetings for which Dr. Dakin has provided notetaking services:

• Expert Peer Review Workshop on the Draft Chapter on Epidemiological Studies of Health Effects Associated with Exposure to Airborne Particles/Acid Aerosols, for the Air Quality Document for Particulate Matter. Sponsored by the U.S. EPA Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office, 1995.

• Endocrine Disruptor Research Needs Workshop. Sponsored by the U.S. EPA Health Effects Research Laboratory, 1995.

• Atlanta Conference on the Superconducting Super Collider: Industrial and Scientific Opportunities. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, and ten other associations and corporations, 1990.

• Peer Review Workshop on the Draft Health Effects Chapters of the Oxides of Nitrogen Criteria Document. Sponsored by the U.S. EPA Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office, 1989.

• Peer Review Workshop to Evaluate a Protocol for Reproductive Assessment. Co-sponsored by the EPA Health Effects Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Medical Bioengineering Research and Development Laboratory, 1985.

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