Ghostwriting and Plagarism

Thanks to Gabe Goldberg for sharing this article about Senator Charles Grassley's efforts to eradicate medical ghostwriting.

The following paragraph summarizes the point of this article:

Students are disciplined for not acknowledging that a paper they turned in was written by somebody else," Mr. Grassley wrote. "But what happens when researchers at the same university publish medical studies without acknowledging that they were written by somebody else?

Lili Fox Velez, PhD, explained the practice of medical ghostwriting and why we should care at the November 10 chapter meeting. Her presentation received the highest results in our post-event satisfaction surveys of any event in recent memory.

A post reviewing the event with photos of the fascinating National Museum of Crime and Punishment is forthcoming.

Law and Order: STC WDC

National Museum of Crime and Punishment logo

Come out to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment to network with fellow technical communicators, learn some tips about ghostwriting, and peek inside DC's newest museum and headquarters for FOX TV's hit series, America's Most Wanted. To register, see Law and Order: STC WDC on Eventbrite.


5PM: Tour the museum

6PM: Eat and socialize in John Walsh’s television studio

7PM: Lili Fox Vélez, Ph.D., presents “Haunted Manuscripts: Current Issues in Ghostwriting”


Dr. Lili Fox Vélez’s presentation is entitled "Haunted Manuscripts: Current Issues in Ghostwriting."

Lili Fox Velez, Ph.D., event speaker
Lili Fox Vélez, Ph.D., event speaker

Lili Fox Vélez, Ph.D. (B.A., Arcadia University; M.A. and Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) currently teaches medical communications, rhetoric, ethics, and environmental science writing at Towson University in Maryland. She has worked in industry and academia and founded the MS program in Biomedical Writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Whether she has ever been a ‘ghost’ is one of the questions she will discuss in her presentation.

WDC Chapter’s New Partner: the National Museum of Crime & Punishment

Great News! The National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, DC is a new partner with the STC Washington, DC Chapter.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment logo

Explore the technology and science behind solving crimes, discover the heroes of law enforcement, and venture into the dark side of the criminal mind. Described by Good Morning America as a "must see for CSI fans," the National Museum of Crime & Punishment includes a crime scene lab and the filming studios for America’s Most Wanted. A simulated FBI shooting range, virtual high-speed police-chase, John Dillinger's getaway car, Bonnie and Clyde's death car, and hundreds of interactive exhibits and artifacts pertaining to America's favorite subject fill the 3-floor, 25,000 square foot museum.

Keep your STC membership card handy. Chapter members receive several benefits from this partnership beginning on 1 October 2009:

  • Members and their guests receive a discount when visiting the museum: $14.00 instead of $19.95
  • FREE days for chapter members and guests (probably in December but not yet scheduled—announcements will be made about the free days in the blog, the annc list, our Facebook page, and the LinkedIn group.)
  • 10% discount in the gift shop
  • Access to special events/lectures, and book club meetings
  • The chapter has access to meeting/event space with a set minimum of 100. No rental space fees, which are about $3,500-$4,000. Instead, a small “per head” fee of $7.00-$10.00 depending on the duration of the event and date/time.

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Find out more about the museum at and watch the videos about some of the displays, CSI labs, and interactive exhibits.