In Packing for Mars, author Mary Roach transforms intricate scientific details into understandable and stimulating prose—a combination that encourages scientific literacy among the general populace. Accordingly, CALS is sponsoring a roundtable discussion entitled “Writing Science for the Masses.” Three invited panelists will reflect on the task of translating the esoteric language of science into an accessible form, as well as on why cross-pollination between science and literature is crucial to the success of both fields. Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience. Featured panelists include space historian and writer Amy Teitel; science writer Alison Fromme; and A’ndrea Messer, Penn State Senior Science & Research Information Officer, Research Communications. This event is part of the slate of events for the 2014 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Roach’s Packing for Mars. For more information, please see here: http://cals.la.psu.edu/events/writing-science-for-the-masses-roundtable.